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


on tap


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RATINGS: 238   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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Beesbeer (450) - WALES - JAN 28, 2013
I know why I am drinking this summer ale in winter ... it cost just 50p from Home Bargains. That is probably all it’s worth to be honest. This is not offensive in any way, it’s just a little low on either flavour or character. Can’t describe it more than it’s both sweet and slightly bitter without much depth of taste at all.

fattybladdy (830) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Not entirely sure why I’m drinking a summer ale mid-winter...but anyways. Pour from a 12oz bottle, a dark orange/amber. Scent is a little lemony, reminds me of kitchen cleaner. Taste is malt and lemon, overall pretty thin and watery. The label says Hops and Glory, but this is neither hoppy nor glorious. Ugh.

geologyguy (1687) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2012
the smell is a little skunky but I am drinking a Summer Ale in the winter! first thought that came to mind In taste is ash tray.... definitely not good... 1 of my worst beers yet, but might be because its old...

iammadeofjelly (194) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2012
The yen an anny, but yeasty bottled and much much sweeter. dunna be takin the yen an anny from us!! This tastes of corn.

StueyD (1586) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2012
A mid amber coloured beer with a thick white head. A slightly sour note at the beginning of the aroma, then a light malt aroma comes through. Fizzy mouthfeel. The taste starts well with a tangy citrusy hop flavour, but this soon fades into a mildly bland, biscuity malt flavour which itself drifts off in the finish, leaving a tart, synthetic lemon juice type taste in the mouth.

mr_h (6059) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2012
355ml bottle from Tesco, Ayr - clear amber brown, creamy off-white head, aroma of grassy, resin, flavour is citrus and grassy, with a bitter citrus aftertaste and dry finish

Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Nothing special. The nose is grassy with notes of hay. Golden with a white cap. Balanced with a little towards the sweet side. Crisp and clean finish.

dynamiteninja (1930) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2012
Bottle. Gold body; medium white head. Sulphur, English hops, spice, a hint of red fruit, black malt, aromatic, minerals, dialactyl, dirty, wet cloth. Bittersweet. Dry finish. Watery palate. Similar to Badger Golden Champion or Pedigree. Brewed by accountants. Like a crap microbrew, or a mass market cask ale.

Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 10, 2012
Aroma: wet cloth, golden malts slight tart notes with gentle hop topping. 5-
Look: clean gold look with medium plus white top. Some lace. 3+
Taste: medium bodied, fairly low caronation. Golden malts , does not feel too clean. Mild off wet cloth feel. Average at best.

theisti (4237) - Kansas, USA - OCT 26, 2012
12 oz bottle purchased as part of a mystery six pack from Andy’s in Rochester, Minnesota. The pour is a clear golden with a foamy two inch white head. The aroma is light grain, and some sweet floral. The taste is a weird herbal honey floral sweetness, slight dirty metallic malt, and a weird grassy dirtiness to finish. It tastes very "industrial". The palate is medium bodied, long lingering dirty finish. Not all that refreshing. Not my thing.

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