Brewed by John Smiths (Heineken UK)
Style: Brown Ale
Tadcaster, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3798   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Available filtered and pasteurised in keg and bottle.
Newcastle Brown Ale was first brewed in 1927 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, by Jim Porter after three years of development. Production moved from Newcastle to Gateshead at the end of 2004 and to Tadcaster on closure of the Dunston brewery in 2010.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2004
On tap only. Brown, clear, with small head. Light aroma with chocolate and caramel notes. Poor lacing. Flavor is lightly caramel sweet with hints of nutty flavor, very smoothe. Not much flavor, medium-light body, light carbonation. Bottled this beer can be quite bad, or pretty decent, but is consistently good on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
g1golo (5) - Exeter, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2004 does not count
Due to the fact that it has been in the premium market for a while, Newcastle has been getting bashed. But I feel that it is great for social occasions, dinner meetings, or watching a game. The Miller lite of the superior beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2004
I like this one, which is unsual for me. It's a brown and the nutty flavors usually turn me off, but this one wasn't overpwering. A good Brown to use to compare other browns.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Daytona00 (158) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
On tap. A good brown ale, I was actually pleased with this one. A good flavor wich provide a nice mouthfeel. For those who never try a brown ale this one is a good one to start with

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2004 A great go to beer since it's readily available at the store or on tap in most bars. Smooth and crisp with a slightly sweet, caramel and malty flavor. Sometimes I get a skunked bottle though, and that's never fun.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleindulger (12) - Venice, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
i love the after taste of this beer. it seems to linger; dancing about until the next taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2004
this beer looked great as it poured crystal clear brown with thick off white head. aroma was of rich malt. the taste was thick malt that is sweet but not too sweet and just bitter enough to be refreshing. finished dry with a little aftertaste. overall a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2004
UPDATED: APR 18, 2004 Nice and malty, with a very clean start. Finish is a little empty (no pun intended). There is a toffee-like sweetness that carries this brew quite well. One of the better large volume imports. One small problem...I can't seem to drink even one of these without getting a headache...not sure of the correlation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drinkinfla (21) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Definitely not the best I've had, but very good for what it is - a clear-bottled toned-down import. Nice and malty, but a little watery for my taste. Minimal carbonation. If the bottle's been well-chilled, let it sit out about 10 minutes or so before cracking into it. It's worth the wait for a halfway-decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (13060) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2009 Updated rating 4/16/09: Bottle. Pours mahogany with a small, fizzy, off-white head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, caramel, wet grain), light hop (herbs), average yeast (sweat) with notes of wet brown paper sacks. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a metallic finish. Long duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. Original rating: 2/15/04: 5-2-6-3-16=3.2 Dark brown with little head. Malty aroma. Somewhat sour flavor but smooth on the palate.

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