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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adavis234 (287) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pour is a light brown orange with a thin off-white head. Slightly hoppy, grassy aroma. Spicy, grassy, and a bit stale with the tiniest bit of hops. I was excited to see a new newcastle but I guess unsurprisingly it was kind of a disappointment.

Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Actively bad, which is a shame considering that it will be hard for Americans to distinguish a beer from the old brewing name of "Newcastle" from "All English Beer that has Ever Been Brewed". The problem I had with this was a mid-palate flavor and lingering finish that was tinny, metallic, and really unbalanced. Tasted like they used old, stale hops. As I said, this wasn’t just an insipid beer for a beer hunter; I shared it with my neighbor, who has a much less refined palate and usually drinks Mexican lagers...and he found it to be bad as well. Bottle.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Bottle thanks to nuplastikk: Pours a transparent deep golden with a well-lacing clingy froth of white head. Aroma of fresh grassy noble hops and some soft pale malty undertones. Body starts with average fullness and somewhat high carbonation with a mild pale malty sweetness well-balanced with a drier grassy floral hop bitterness before a smooth bittersweet finish. A pretty decent golden ale, but nothing exceptional.

Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2010
gold pour, thick tight creamy looking head. aroma is floral and grassy hop. some biscuity malt under that. Flavour is more of the same. Grassy hops, a bit more of a vegetable taste to the hops. Low sweetness. some biscuity maltiness hides behind that odd vegetable-grassy hop. Some mineraly taste in the finish.

FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joe’s this beer poured a medium amber color with a small white head that produced a small amount of lacing. The aroma was lightly bitter, nutty and dry. The flavor was lightly dry, nutty and yeasty. The finish was long, dry and nutty. Medium body. Not a whole lot going on flavor wise but not unpleasant.

SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 9, 2010
12oz bottle. Very pale amber with a small white head. The aroma is tangy cooked vegetables, stale bread, and mineral water. The flavor is stale, papery, abrasive, and metallic. Weak oxidized malt, a touch of rough hop bitterness, and coarse carbonation. Curiosity got the best of me and I had to buy a single of this. Hope my drain appreciates it. It’s been awhile since I’ve drain-poured anything, but this stuff is awful.

illidurit (2340) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Pours a filtered light orange color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is a little sweaty/skunky despite this being in a brown bottle. Could just be some earthy hops, but it’s not particularly pleasant. A bit of musty grain too. Flavor is light grains and dust with a hard finish, similar to mineral water. In fact this might actually even be malt-flavored mineral water. Kind of slimy on the finish, ultra-thin. Not a good beer.

nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2010
12oz bottle. Pretty surprised to see a new one from Newcastle on the shelf. Filtered orange-tan color, with a soapy, foamy head. Smooth and toasty, with flash of hop bitterness. I’m rating this one cold, but I have certainly found that it improves as it warms, and displays much more character that way. I really enjoy this beer, it’s nice to have a good English session beer in Wisconsin.

JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
On tap at Selma’s in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, this is basically a lawnmower beer with some flavor. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2010
12 oz. bottle to pint glass. Pour is dark golden yellow and a soapy head, and leaves a froathy sticky film. Aroma is sourdough and bitter hops. Taste is earthy malts and a little spice, but sweet too. Palate is crisp and bitter and dry swallow.

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