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.

zombywoof's rating

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
zombywoof (462) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Weak aroma of cardboard yeast and vanilla. Tea, paper and raisin. Flat and boring.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JPDIPSO (5667) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Dark golden to light amber in color. Taller slightly off-white head. Weak malt and hops aromas. Mild corn and urine scents. Grain and corn flavors. Light earthy to herbal bitterness. A watered down English ESB. Bah! 2/10

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
hopdog (11560) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle from Tesco. Poured a clear, mid golden colour, with a dense white head. Aroma of caramel, candy sugar and some peppery hop. Tropical fruit flavours, with some grass and raisins. Finish was very light, some mineral notes and dried fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
slowrunner77 (10229) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
a lighter in color (between yellow and amber) than the brown, with an ever so slightly livlier hop presence in the aroma and flavor. malt still dominates and is pretty similar to that of the brown, just a touch lighter. I enjoyed this at a local baseball game, shocked to find a brand new beer on tap there. doesn’t distinguish itself from it’s predecessor a whole lot, but it was good enough, and like the brown, a light in flavor non-offensive beer."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bulk_Carrier (3839) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer. The smell had a slight "soapy" sweet citrus hops. Bitter? Hmm...not exactly. The taste was mainly sweet with a slight sweet maltiness. There they are: bittered malts - okay so they’re in the taste. Alright, at least I found them. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was slightly there and allowed a slight smooth sweet citrus in a soapy sort of way to come across. Overall, well, it’s a Bitter. To try and make this appealing is a super hard job to do so my hat goes off to Caledonian for the effort. Not bad, nice to try but I probably wouldn’t come back to this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
2011 backlog. Pours clear dark gold with a half finger white head. The nose is light burnt malt, grain and nuts. The taste is caramel, grassy hops and muted citrus. Medium mouth feel. Better than I expected. 2.8

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2014
Bottle at home. Gold colour with a slightly off white medium frothy off white head. Aroma of malts, biscuit, faint chlorine. Flavour has more malts, some lemon and citrus, some floral notes. Nowhere near as bad as I was expecting, nowt special but a reasonable session ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2014
I picked this up at the local Food 4 Less fairly cheaply. Pale gold in color with a modest head, its aroma had a light floral earthiness to it over a touch of old honey. It had a bready flavor with a dab of toffee and a mild earthy bitterness that continued to the finish along with a hit of candy sweetness. Better than the Brown and the BMCs for the summer, but so are a lot of tastier beers.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
SilverfoX (871) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2013
smells just like toasted marmite sandwiches and tastes like a blander hoppier ’newkie’ probably better to go spend your hard earned elsewhere.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
seymour (1897) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Tasted from 12oz bottle into Geordie Schooner glass, of course. It poured a crystal-clear light golden amber colour with weak white head. Very predictable blond ale characteristics. A bit mushy and watery. A bit hoppier than standard Newcastle Brown, but still nothing special. Bland but drinkable, an okay summer spritzer, but there are millions of those.

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