I’ll be completely honest, I bought the Newcastle Brown Ale on accident, thinking it was Honey Brown. Apparently I was looking at the sale price more than the actual name of the beer. Anyway, I think this was my first experience with this beer which is imported from England (according to that yellow label on the bottle). It’s not a bad beer, but I don’t think I’ll be jumping back into this particular pool for a while.
This is a funny beer. The initial taste, right when it hits my tongue, is pretty mild, but then I’m struck by a bitter almost metallic taste. But then there’s a bit of sweetness to the aftertaste. It’s a hard flavor to pin down, but I’m not in the beer drinking game to enjoy a beer AFTER I drink it. In the end none of the flavors are particularly interesting, so I don’t think I’ll be coming back.
It’s funny because the label on the back says that it’s a smooth beer that’s “full of flavor.” I completely disagree on the smoothness factor, but I guess it’s full of lots of kinds of flavors, though none that I’m particularly interested in returning to. Just like the bottle says it truly is a “one and only.”
On the plus side, in addition to coming in smaller bottles that actually fit in my refrigerator standing up, I’m pretty sure these 12 ouncers have a higher than normal alcohol content because I get a surprising buzz off of just one. So, it’s got that going for it.
4 thoughts on “Beer Review: Newcastle Brown Ale”
Newcastle Brown Ale: “The Ice Tea of Beers.”
Check out Dogfish Head’s India Brown Ale if you’re looking for a brown ale experience on the East Coast: http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/year-round-brews/indian-brown-ale.htm Good stuff!
Interesting, I’ll give that a shot after I finish up the winter Magic Hat sampler I picked up recently.
New Castle has only 4.7% alcohol… the buzz must have been in your head.
Blech, yet another reason not to drink Newcastle.