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

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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KajII (781) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle. Poured a sparkling light orange with an average size white frothy head that was mostly lasting and had good lacing. The aroma was nice and crisp of a nutty caramel malt, floral hops and an earthy yeast. It tasted a slightly sweet, a little acidic and mildly bitter from start to finish with a slight malty feel at the end. The flavor had a short duration although it did leave a nice light hoppy flavor lingering for quite a while. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery yet dry in texture with a nice fizzy carbonation. Overall a tasty ale with a nice light hoppy aftertaste.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sparky (2243) - 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

2.9
   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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5465) - 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.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
SilverfoX (257) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
seymour (1410) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Christpuncher (1100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
A really smooth pale ale. More bitter than I expected and the best if the new castle beers I have tried. Smells skunky ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
comedygene (8) - New York, USA - SEP 10, 2013 does not count
Basically a kicked up newcastle, which I like. The base is a traditional nutty Newcastle with more bite and caramel flavor. I subtracted points due to the slightly unbalanced flavor.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zach8270 (3423) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2013
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear gold with a puffy white head. Slightly dry malt aroma with a light hint of caramel. Dry and lightly bitter at the start with a semi-sweet middle and a very surprising bitter bite at the end.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jhgrantjr (417) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2013
On tap at Mellow Mushroom, pours a golden clear color, small white head. Aroma has that Newcastle smell, malty, but not as heavy. Taste is also Newcastle with some light hoppiness. I'm not a fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ed5388 (2030) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a small bubbly white head.of bubbly foam. Aroma is grassy and floral. Taste of bitter grassy hops, and some grain-like sweetness.


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