Brew Review #3: Newcastle Brown Ale

newcastle brown ale review

I know this beer appears to be mostly full, but I assure you it was all gone before I wrote this review. The Newcastle Brown Ale is a solid, reliable brown ale with a strong malty smell and smooth taste. I don’t usually drink a lot of brown ales as I usually opt for hops (IPAs), but when I do I’ll go for Newcastles – the caramel / malty blend really hits the spot for me sometimes. Though, it’s definitely not the most flavorful beer. There are definitely a few distinct but subtle flavors, which has me wondering if the clear bottle is to blame? It’s possible these guys start their life with much more complexity.

I’m sure many of you have probably had the Newcastle, but do you have any brown ales you’re particularly fond of?



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  • roger

    Divine Brown is a brown ale made by High&Mighty. Brewed with coffee. Goes down smooth, but a little more interesting than Newcastle.

    • Thanks Roger, I’ll have to give that a try. I’m going to look out for it next time I’m at the store.

  • Nipper

    Newcastle Brown (or ‘dog’ if you prefer) is from my home town and I have to say, my main memory of it is that it gives a wicked hangover… a REALLY good one…

    • Haha, I guess any beer will do that to ya at some point. I like it, but wouldn’t be interested in drinking more than a couple in a sitting…then move onto something hoppy!

  • Ben

    I had either Smuttynose’s Old Brown Dog Ale, or their Winter Ale while at Waterville Valley. I can’t remember which one it was but it was amazingly delicious. I know City Market and Pearl St. Bev sell the Old Brown Dog but the Winter is a seasonal and I haven’t seen it at either. It is definitely worth trying out either one.

    • Hey thanks Ben! Yeah I think I’ve had the Old Brown Dog a while back…but it’s been a while. I’ll have to grab a 6-er soon, thanks for the suggestion.