Sunday, 17 March 2013

Newcastle Brown Ale

A real favourite from my early days as a young beer enthusiast, Newcastle Brown Ale has been an occasional treat for as long as I have considered myself a beer snob.

Brewed by The John Smith Brewery in Tadcaster, England, Newcastle comes in an iconic yellow and brown 500mL cans featuring a blue star. It clocks in at 4.7% alcohol. It pours a clear, rich, reddish brown colour topped with a cream head--it's a great looking pint.

The aroma is of malt and copper. It has a relatively smooth body. The flavour is a mellow, subtle blend of caramel, brown sugar, malt, and a smidgeon of hops.  There's also a dose of copper flavour throughout. There are definitely stronger and more full-bodied brown ales out there, and more booze and more bitterness would make this a better brew on paper, but I like Newcastle Brown Ale just as it is.  It tastes comfortable.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10.

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