Caledonian – Newcastle Brown

Tasting: July 3, 2011
Style: Ale

It rained all day. We decided it might be a good day to pick up some odds and ends at the mall. After a torturous day of shopping, my wife and I take the kids out to Outback for dinner. Kids are bouncing off the walls of our booth. Before our dinner arrives the waitress brings a blooming onion and a Newcastle in a frosted mug. I’ve had 1,000 Newcastle Brown Ales, but never really stepped back to offer a written opinion. I must like them — because I keep drinking them. It just seems to be one of those beers that has made its way onto bland beer menus everywhere — so, faced with the choice of Bud, Coors, Sam Adams and Newcastle Brown — I’ll take the Newcastle.

The color doesn’t really match the taste. It’s so brown, you might expect a nearly porter experience. But this one offers light, but wonderful malt and flinty flavors (my guess from the mineral laden waters used). Not much of a hop profile — but that’s not the signature of an English ale (or Scottish Ale in this case). I can recommend this in the mini-keg, its got a bit more flavor. I put this in the same class as Bass Ale. A nice example of the style — but light in the characteristics of that style. I’ll give this one 82 points.

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