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Newcastle Brown Ale

English Brown Ale /4.7% ABV / California, United States

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Product details

English Brown Ale
California, United States
Tasting Notes
Nutty, Malty, Caramel
Food Pairing
Duck & Game Bird, Fish - Meaty & Oily
Suggested Glassware
Pint Glass, Stein/Pub Mug
Suggested Serving Temperature
45-50° F

Product description

Brewed with a unique blend of pale and roasted malts with American hops, Newcastle Brown Ale is smooth, crisp, and slightly roasty. Not too sweet. Not too bitter. Altogether an uncommonly balanced Brown Ale.

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Community reviews

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  • Davey Jones

    I recently found this for the first time, since it disappeared from the shelves in my area, years ago. I used to love New Castle Brown Ale. I was actually very excited to taste it again. I was disgusted with the flavor. It wasn’t what I remembered. So, I turned to the internet…and what did I find out? Lagunitas brews it now and THEY CHANGED THE RECIPE!….and they boasted about it! “We are known for our super hoppy beers”. And that they couldn’t resist the temptation to alter the recipe. LAGUNITAS RUINED THIS BEER. These arrogant people think they know better than you, what makes a beer taste good. They changed the bottle and the label, which on its own, is annoying, but the flavor is the only thing that mattered. If you liked it for the old recipe, save yourself the disappointment and don’t buy it.

  • Bret
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    Didn’t even try to send me something comparable

  • Ye
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    Love this England beer

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    Not teceived

  • Christopher
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    I have have tasted 755 beers. I am an expert and am very upset about English Ales, lagers, and stouts using American Hops. Our hops--yes I am American--who have lived in England for years because I am A professor. Now I I am willing all beers except Microbeers for the US that do not tin the inside of there copper kettles. Now after offering my services as a teacher and connoisseur of beer I believe the New Castle Brown Ale to be too sour for real Ale. Ale is sweeter than this. I will drink this but prefer the original, British version.

  • Steve
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    They were out of stock and didnt bother to let me know until I called after an hour and a half.

  • David
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    Nothing like the real thing - completely disappointed- what a joke

  • Ben
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    Substituted another brand of beer.

  • Pamela S.
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    It’s a nice easy to drink Brown ale Perfect for summer

  • Noreen D.
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    Love it


English brown ale is a coffee or tea-colored beer that’s made in both southern and northeastern England. These two regions produce different styles of English brown ale. Northern English brown ale is malt-focused and flavorful and carries hints of caramel, biscuit and nuttiness, while southern English brown ale is darker and sweeter. This style of beer has a low hop bitterness, making it more approachable than many other ales — and less strong, as well. The mildness of English brown ale is also a “young” beer, meaning it’s often brewed for short periods and therefore won’t have the strong flavor of aged beers.
English brown ale’s deep, coffee-like color hints at the flavors within. You can expect plenty of earthy flavors like nuttiness, a gentle malty sweetness and sweet notes like chocolate and caramel. You’ll notice that English brown ale has a balanced flavor profile, with low hop bitterness. Brown ales originating from southern England tend to lean toward the darker, sweeter side with lower alcohol contents, while those from the northeast are malty, stronger and nutty.
English Brown Ale is a famously moderate beer in terms of alcohol content. It tends to have an alcohol by volume (ABV) ranging between 4% and 5.5%. This is in the same ballpark as other ales like Irish red ale, though it’s significantly lower than IPAs. This low alcohol content contributes to English brown ale’s soft body, and along with its low to medium carbonation, it gives it a short finish and medium to high attenuation. It’s also got a low enough ABV to let you enjoy more of it than you might a higher-ABV beer.
English brown ale is not gluten-free, at least not in its original incarnation. As with nearly every ale brewed in England, brown ale is made from 100% barley. Barley contains plentiful gluten, meaning traditional English brown ale cannot be gluten-free. However, English brown ale enjoys lower carb counts than many other beers, with around 14 grams of carbs per 12 oz. serving.
English brown ale is indeed an ale, is indeed brown and is indeed brewed in England as it has been for centuries. Ales are differentiated by lagers in several ways. The first is the type of yeast used — there are ale yeasts and lager yeasts and each performs best under specific conditions. The second is that ales ferment in warmer temperatures ranging from 60°F to 70°F, while lagers prefer cold temperatures between 35°F and 50°F. These differences result in the final differentiation, which is their flavor: Ales tend to be full-bodied, fruity and full of esters, while lagers have a cleaner, crisper taste.
A 12 oz. glass of your standard English brown ale will deliver around 142 calories and 14 grams of carbohydrates. Compare that with a standard glass of beer, which has 150 calories on average and 13 grams of carbs. English brown ale pretty closely hits the average mark here, making it a good choice if you’re calorie and carb counting. It also delivers rich, sweet flavors while weighing in at far fewer calories/carbs than many other ales.
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