Beer Review: Newcastle Brown Ale
Now, I gotta admit, I’m quite taken with Newcastle Brown Ale. It’s a fantastic beer. When I first reviewed this beer I gave it very high marks. Again for this review, I’ll be using Beer Universe’s scoring system: Aroma, Appearance, Flavor, Palate on a 5 star rating score in 1/2 star increments.
Now I’ll be one of the first to admit that I’m still leagues behind others when it comes to professional beer tasting, but I think I may have gotten the basic for this. LoL.
Here’s a little background on the beer. It is an English brown ale. The beer has been brewed for over 80 years now. It has a light aroma (which I’ll talk about in just a bit). It’s best served very cool to very cold.
Aroma 4.5 Now it does have a light aroma. I picked up a smell of malts and bread. The bread smell can be probably attritubed to the amount of yeast used. Also you might be able to pick up a slight nutty smell. Mind you, I’m recovering from a cold and my sniffer might not be back to 100%.
Appearance 5 Now I love dark beers and ales, so seeing this beauty poured out into a tumbler is fantastic. It has that fabulous brown color too it. It also has a great creamy brown head that doesn’t stick around too long. A picture of that head to the left.
Taste 5 I admit I love the taste of this beer. It’s clean, distinct, bitter, yet slightly sweet undertones.
Palate 5 If you “look” at the flavor, you might pick up some sweet flavor and all the bite from it as well. Personally, I picked up a bit of nuttiness to it as well. The sweet I picked up was kinda similiar to the same sweetness as a salted caramel. Not overpoweringly sweet, but subtle. By no means am I saying this beer is sweet, but it doesn’t have a completely bitter bite. So no worry on getting one of those bitter beer faces.
If you average out those scores, you’ll get about a 4.9. It’s well deserved for this beer. I don’t think anyone would really be disappointed with this one if they are a fan of brown ales. It’s a good beer that has been around for quite a long while.
Bottle, Can, or Glass? I have yet to see it in a can (if anyone has, please let me know). So between bottle or glass? Well… You honestly, can’t really go wrong either way. Personally, I tend to drink it out of bottles. That’s mainly due to the fact that I’ll drink it at home or at a friend’s house and I’ll pick it up at the supermarket. Now if you get the chance to try this on tap: Oh Lord! You’ll love it! Honestly, if I find this beer on draft, I’ll drink that the whole night unless I’m in a more Bock mood.
One thing I will say about Newcastle is: It’s the only beer you can drink that night. I’ve found that when mixing beers, Newcastle will seem the odd man out especially if you’re mixing it with domestic lagers. But enjoy the beer all you can. It’s a great beer and I’m HIGHLY recommending it.
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