MNAle (120) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown color, somewhat ruby red. Active carbonation. 3/4 inch off-white thick creamy head. Aroma is not too strong, but is nice: roasty, bready, hint of dark fruits. Substantial mouth feel, not at all thin, smooth and creamy. Pleasant initial taste, hint of fruits, not sweet at all, with some dry bittering asserting in the middle and a mild malty finish with just a touch of bittering hops. The finish is not exactly dry, but it is not sweet either. Nicely balanced as expected for an English-style brown. Very much a malt dominated beer. This is a top notch brown ale, roasty, bready, slight fruit and just enough bittering from the hops for balance, and very good tasting. This is a highly recommended beer. Northgate is really nailing the traditional English style ales.
igneous1 (1532) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
deep reddish brown color, light beige head. clear, light to moderate carbonation. aroma is lightly nutty and toasty malts. flavor is slightly nutty with more of a hop presence. slight plasticy quality, not unpleasant. notes of cocoa in the finish.
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great fruity front, more carbonation than an English beer would have (except if Newcastle is your model for an English beer, which assuredly it is not for me). Balanced bitterness. (At Summer Beer Dabbler, St. Paul, MN)
islay (2221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz. can, consumed on 8-24-15. Pours a clear, light brown to dark amber with a nice copper-red hue. Very large amount of uneven, cream-colored head. Produces good, extensive lacing. Nice shade of liquid and head, but there is too much head; otherwise, I would say this is a very good-looking beer. Very English smell. Coco, toffee, raisin, plum and rhubarb scents. Flavor is drier than aroma implies. Cool, funky, musty finish. Rye bread or rye cracker flavor. Nice toasted malt taste. Plummy (or prune juice) tanginess from the yeast. Light body. Easy to drink. Excessively aqueous, which probably makes sense for the style (low-ABV English brown ale) but does not please my personal tastes. Not my favorite style of beer, but pretty good for what it is and likable. This reminds me of some of the beers I drank during my early days of drinking craft beer. It’s a pleasant throwback that I can’t honestly say holds up very well against more modern alternatives.
csaso (2099) - Missouri, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap - fair foamy head, pretty dark Amber color, good malty, nutty and mildly smokey aroma and flavor, good earthy hop balance, moderately dry finish, pretty good overall
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arminjewell (9260) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish brown pour with white head, aroma brought notes of cocoa, coffee, nuts into some caramel, slight earthy note with a hint of butter. Taste was a mix of butter, caramel, toffee into some slight cocoa, nutty note into a hint of grass, finishing sweet, slightly dry.
johnnymusky (889) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bomber from beer rep via Bradley...thx man!...fairly average brown...malt backbone all the way...drinkable not watery like lots of browns...drinkable...(#416)
Ericular (961) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Northgate Liquors tasting. Meh... an average brown all-around. Clean, light, no complaints.
Stine (1760) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly clouded mahogany brown. Some holly on the aroma alongside the sweeter-side chocolate and roasted hazelnut indicative of the style. The chocolate note is close to a chocolate soda fountain, thin and sugary. Somewhat undefinable red fruits settle in with toasty dark bread. The flavor is built on lean nutty notes and smooth caramel sweetness. Grassy hop shadings can be perceived in between cinnamon and other soft, woodsy spice. Generally very clean. The palate is often too feathery, but for a lighter-side brown ale this is well made and has good character.
Nsanders (1002) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Darker red brown with a medium tan head. Nutty, roasted malts, light brown sugar and light earthy hop. Balanced lightly sweet and dry flavor. Body is lighter with a bubbly feel. Tastes like a slightly heavier/maltier newcastle.