Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


on tap


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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
An Englishmans first love is his brown ale. However, in the summer he often fancies blondes instead! With this inspiration, weve created Newcastle Bombshell, an English style blonde ale. The combination of Cascade, Hellertau and Northdown hops balance this golden coloured ales light aroma and bitterness with toasted malt to ensure a silky smooth finish. After one sip of this brew, were sure youll agree shes a real bombshell.

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   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2013
12floz/355ml bottle into a shaker. Served cold. Aroma: White bread. Paper. Appearance: Crystal clear, bright yellow body with a very sparse white head. Taste: Pretty strong malt balanced by hop bitterness. Palate: Light-moderate body. Finish lasts a little bit and ends on bitterness. Overall: I havent been crazy about any of Newcys seasonal offerings, but this one is quite preferable to the old Summer Ale, and a nice brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7549) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (cracker, cookie, cereal, husks), lightly hoppy (stale flowers/herbs), with a note of metal. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic. Pretty typical Newcastle quality. Fairly metallic in both nose and aftertaste. Industrial and just barely drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (6527) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Tap. Pours a clear gold body with a nice looking frothy one finger white head. The nose is kinda off to me, some pale doughy maltiness, some light fruitiness, then this weird white grape like note. The flavor is similar to the aroma, overly sweet with an odd white grape juice note on the finish. Minimal to no hops present. Lighter bodied, yet a touch clingy and sticky. Wouldnt ever recommend this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2013
draft at Buffalo Brew Fest. blonde golden pour, sweet malts, mild bitterness, touch of biscuit notes. lighter bodied. ok summer beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (5234) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 9, 2013
355 fluid ounces bottle courtesy of Rune - clear yellow, bubbly off-white head, biscuit malt aroma, malty flavour, very easy to drink, bit of fruit, clean finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Not a fan of Newcastles Brown Ale but thought this was much better, especially during a beautiful summer day.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JFGrind (2029) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Thin bodied Blonde Ale with minimal bitterness, grassy aroma. Easy drinker thanks to a basic recipe. While not a dud, Bombshell did not blow me away.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
rubbishystuff (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2015 Thanks to Sean for this. Low hop level, light and thin. Needed just a little more in everything. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5198) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2013
The usual Newcastle brown bottle, good label, good cap. Clear, light gold, thin white head. Aroma is a decent mod-UK pale ale aroma - a bit sweaty, the British hops dominate, and the Gemano-american hops are just there to make things interesting. Very light diacetyl. Lightly sweet, zippy, bright but non-aggressive hops. Pleasant bitter and dry citrus finish, medium to slightly light body. Decent summer brew. Thanks to PorterPounder for the informal trade.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pershing (548) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Clear gold with a small white head. Fair amount of carbonation. Grassy aroma with some sweet malt. Nice balanced malt/hop taste without overdoing the hops. Refreshing clean finish. Better than expected.

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