Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Bitter
Edinburgh, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Keg & bottle. Mainly for export to USA. Available in the UK at Tesco Supermarkets in 2012.
"The Hoppings" - reputedly the largest traveling fair in Europe, takes place on Newcastle Town Moor every June. Several origins has been suggested for the name. It may derive from the word "Hoppen" an Old English word for dancing or funfair. It has even been suggested that people "hopped" about itching due to fleas caught from animals that travelled with the fair. However, we’d like to think it may relate to the quality hops used in the brewing of our famous beer. Enjoy Newcastle Summer Ale at the fair or wherever you are this summer.

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roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Had on draft at walnut grove restaraunt in wexford, pa. Poured a clear light copper color with medium foamy white head. Aroma is nice clean malts, with slight fruit and floral hops. Flavor very light and watery, nice creaminess to it, sweet, but light floral citrus hop notes without being bitter in any way shape or form. Very very clean crisp beer. Good for a hot summer day.

keokani (20) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Aroma: floral, herbs. Appearance: golden, brown, clear, sparkling, frothy, white foam. Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter. Palate: light body, thin feel, lively. Overall: This is one of the best session beers I’ve ever tried, and in my opinion, it is better than most beers offered in the average bar. It is very drinkable. A light amount of bitterness is present, but this is outweighed by the malt character. This beer has the potential for mass appeal. Let’s see if it ever makes its way into bars.

Ernest (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, malt syrup, cookie), trace hops (flowers, apricot), with light notes of diacetyl and DMS. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Nose is unattractive...raw malt with some butter and cooked veggies underneath, only a whisper of hops. Ok flavor balance (ample bitterness) but not very clean and rather watery/bland. Not horrific, but a drain pour all the same.

mansquito (6438) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Buffulo Billiards, DC (tap): This was the only beer that I never had at the bar. Looks like an ESB, when i saw it. Copper body with an off-whitish head. Aroma is of malts and mildest notes of hops. The beer itself is rather smooth. Really not that bad. Got some hop bitterness, along with a sort of sweetish burnt finish. A few bready and toffee notes in there as well. Not bad, but not really that good either.

andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Enjoyed from 12 oz bottle. I’m a fan of Newcastle Brown, so I figured I’d give this a shot. It’s just average. Appearance is a clear/cloudy amber gold with not much head. Taste is crisp but somewhat flat as well, an unusual array of malt and a very faint backing of hops. Aroma is rather bland. It’s a good beer to consume when backyard barbecuing, otherwise not something I’d drink again.

satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2010
aroma is clean malted grain and its own fresh esters of peach. grassy as well. appearance is well polished just dark of blonde. flavor leans more towards balance of wet grains and subtle hop bitterness then esters but some survive.

brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
A: The pour is an innocent enough looking golden color with a mild, white head. Quite summery, indeed... S: Nothing says summer quite like the smell of...butter? Tons o’ diacetyl with a bit of sweet orange and sweet malt. T: Though I did not believe it to be possible, the flavor displays even more butter than the nose! Buttered popcorn with a side of butter and a mild sweetness as well. M: Light and somewhat spritzy. Perhaps a touch watery. D: This was bordering on awful. I’ll simply classify it as really bad and suggest staying away from this beer.

BillKismet (4064) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Carbonated bronze body with a an airy froth cover. Nose of crisp, sharp European hops, some grains, and distinct fruitiness. Very bitter, earthy European hops, strong grassiness, and some skunk.

drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Poured golden with a head that faded very quickly smelled of nothing tasted sweet and malty kind of lagerey boring

Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Wow, I liked this way more than the other Ratebeerians. On tap at San Diego Brewing Co. Clear Pale amber-yellow. Tiny head to lace. Nose very light. Yeast and light citrus. Spice. Light and bright in the mouth. Deep lemon to yeasty wet mouth. Refreshing finish.

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