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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3763   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
7/19/03: on tap: actually, not bad in color. nice brown bodied brew. otherwise, so-so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (6063) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Pours a translucent brown with a light, quickly receding tan head. Nutty, malty, toffee-ish nose and taste. But there's a little skunk to this. Probably because of the clear bottle. Wish they'd learn! Very smooth but not overly complex. Finishes well. Average nowadays but I used to love this stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MaBeer1972 (1861) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2003 This is pretty much the benchmark for Brown Ales worldwide. Of course there are several American micros which attempt to "supercharge" the roasted-malty thing, but if you are looking for an admirable, drinkable brownie, this is not a bad place to start.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
YnotABeer (96) - Missouri, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Forgot how tasty this stuff is. Nice caramel/nutty flavor. Smooth and malty with the lightness, alcohol content, and low bitterness to be a session beer. A little pricey, but quite common and often the best "premium import" available in restaurants and small bars.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2003 Brown color with a very shy head. Nose of honey and caramel. In mouth, we assist to a sweet caramel taste that is later accompanied by a short, yet balancing bitterness. Nothing complicated, but an excellent introduction beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2004 Cloying, stale, malty taste that just builds and builds. Most Brown Ales are much better than this one. Too bad this is the one that is available in most stores and bars.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 13, 2003
This is light for my preferece in brown ales but it is delicious. It has a slight hoppy flavor with a good balance of nut and smoked flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUL 12, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2003 This is two different beers. If you can find it on tap, it's actually pretty good. Don't even bother with it out of the bottles, it's got a lot better reputation than it deserves. Even on tap, it's still a little thin and watery, but at least it's not skunked. Why not brown bottles??? Stupid marketing decision.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Another brew i can't believe i have never rated,I have been drinking this brew for some time considering it's one of the few brews i can get in my own town.Nice brown color,small head that was short lived.Malty aroma with maybe a slight hint of hops.The taste was malty mild sweetness to it a bit watery and thin with the after taste being malt and a slight hop presence.It's nothing special but when your in need of a brew other then the macro's and are tired of drinking up your cellared private stock this will do.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2003
My most recent bottle was skunked (probably due to the clear bottle), but I'll try to give a review in spite of that fact. I usually have Newcastle Brown on draft, since the kegs aren't clear. Small head that fades fast, good lacing though. Nice color with a malty aroma. Taste is malty and slightly bitter, mouthfeel is a little thin, the finish is nice except the skunk. Overall a good drinking beer thats not too expensive.

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