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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3799   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazywoodsman (10) - USA - MAY 12, 2003
This is my default beer at a pub. It's a nice brown ale, better when served at almost room temp. The aftertaste gets me (on tap) sometimes, but it's clean and strong out of the bottle. Best drank with a meal.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
brewbear (48) - 3096 Oberbalm, SWITZERLAND - MAY 8, 2003
The one and only brown ale to forget, but fast and it's in a clear bottle...?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2003
A average brown ale. Not much head or aroma. Smooth going down but not much taste happening. Just average

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2003
No big surprises or strong flavors, just a decent tasting but underpowered ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (7012) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 A rapidly diminishing head and that destroys the aroma too. A soft palate, very short taste and flavour from caramel.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
Personally, I don't see what all the fuss is about. I've heard "Oh, this is great beer", etc. on internet news groups so often, that I decided to buy a 12 pack of bottles to try it out. The first thing I noticed is the clear bottle. I don't know why the British have a thing for clear bottles, but all it does is let the beer skunk that much faster. The second thing I noticed is what can only be described as a "locker-room" smell to it when opened. Sort of like old, dirty gym socks or the like. It is just barely a light brown color, and when you hold the bottle up to the light, you can see right thru it. It poured well enough, even though it has a thin head that doesn't last very long. My batch didn't leave any lace to speak of, either. No hops aroma or flavor either. This is a greatly over-hyped beer. It is more like a super sweet soda than a great British beer. It sure did not taste anything nutty or even malty for that matter. Save your money, buy a better brown ale, there's plenty out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2003
It has a pretty smooth taste. The top end is much better than the finish. An average beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2003
Weak tasting, watery and lightweight. However, it's very drinkable. I just don't consider it to be a notable brown ale, despite being highly over-hyped. I'm glad it's getting cheaper around here. Pours with little head and is very flat. Sweet caramel initial taste, but kicks back with bitterness. I get this one every couple of months when I'm bored. If they flavored this one up a bit, then it might be a winner. But as it is, it has neither the taste or the alcohol to make it noteworthy. I'd expect at least 6% in in this sucker to make it really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2003
Awesome beer, second only to Grain Belt in my book, Thanks UW for one heck of a time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (13143) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2003
Frothy off-white head, diminishing slowly. Cherry aroma. Thin and a bit watery. Slight hopbitter and milk chocolate flavor. Toffee and cherry. Slight bitter finish. Nice, tasty beer, could use some more body.

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