Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Bitter
Edinburgh, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Keg & bottle. Mainly for export to USA. Available in the UK at Tesco Supermarkets in 2012.
"The Hoppings" - reputedly the largest traveling fair in Europe, takes place on Newcastle Town Moor every June. Several origins has been suggested for the name. It may derive from the word "Hoppen" an Old English word for dancing or funfair. It has even been suggested that people "hopped" about itching due to fleas caught from animals that travelled with the fair. However, we’d like to think it may relate to the quality hops used in the brewing of our famous beer. Enjoy Newcastle Summer Ale at the fair or wherever you are this summer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (20238) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle at home ... Golden amber ... small white head ... soft mellow toffee hop ... little grassy ... ligth fizz ... soft grassyness ... not laggery but hints of it... soft fruit...light lemon finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
A: The pour is an innocent enough looking golden color with a mild, white head. Quite summery, indeed... S: Nothing says summer quite like the smell of...butter? Tons o’ diacetyl with a bit of sweet orange and sweet malt. T: Though I did not believe it to be possible, the flavor displays even more butter than the nose! Buttered popcorn with a side of butter and a mild sweetness as well. M: Light and somewhat spritzy. Perhaps a touch watery. D: This was bordering on awful. I’ll simply classify it as really bad and suggest staying away from this beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Oakes (14841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
Vaguely amber colour, but it isn’t all that attractive. Bleached white head. Aroma us mostly overripe fruit. Taste is like neutered newkie, mineral water, and more overripe fruit. Not a fan, kind of a poor brand extension.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (13612) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours light amber with a creamy/frothy white head. Aroma is citrus and grass over pale malt. Med minus body. Flavor is wheaty with some citrus. Finishes a touch sour (probably the citrus) and lightly bitter. Lawnmower beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tmoney99 (13070) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear pale color with an average white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197 (12680) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2009
On tap at Falling Rock poured a clear golden amber with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of straw, butterscotch and a hint of spice. palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bread, light carmel and a hint of butterscotch with a smooth lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear gold with an average, white head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, straw, cereal), light hops (earthy), and light esters (fruity). Flavor is heavy malt (grain, straw, cereal), light hops (earthy), and light esters (fruity). Light body, low warmth, medium carbonation, light creaminess, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA, opened 5/5/11. Pours a clear golden color with a large frothy offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted malts and floral hops. The taste is toasted malts, floral hops, some stone fruits and a caramel finish. Medium bodied. Tasty.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle. Poured an amber color with an averaged sized head. Citrus, some grass, and grains with some generic sweetness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009

Date: August 26, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Perimeter
Appearance: clear gold, wispy white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet corn aroma, light floral hops
Flavor: sweet corn flavor, light balancing floral hops and bitterness, light bitter finish
Aroma: 3/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 3/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 6/20
Rating: 1.8/5.0
Drinkability: 5/10
Score: 4

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