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Old 08-21-2008, 11:23 PM   #1
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Okay, no I'm not going to say that.

But I do think whoever decided to ship a beer across the Atlantic in a clear bottle is a moron. Seriously, if I wanted skunky beer I'd put mine out in the sunlight for 10 minutes. If I was your average Joe when it came to beer, I'd probably never want to try the stuff again.

All because of the improper storage. I can definitely see the potential in it though, and I hope to try the draft version (if there is one here in the States).

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Old 08-21-2008, 11:28 PM   #2
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Dude, I'll say it becuase I just bought a 22 of it last night to compare with my own Brown Ale. Newcastle Brown Ale sucks! The biggest problem was the skunkiness as you say...horrible. And does anyone else think the beer smells like red ants? MY Brown Ale on the other hand smells like chocolate covered raisins, and tastes like liquid gold!

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Old 08-21-2008, 11:36 PM   #3
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I used to like it about 30 years ago. I didn't drink it for a long time.......I had one a short while back and it truly truly sucked. It wasn't even skunked either. It was just plain bland.

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Old 08-21-2008, 11:41 PM   #4
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Newcastle was the bridge for me off of BMC. In hindsight yes it does suck but I thank it for steering me away from the real swill.

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Old 08-22-2008, 01:01 AM   #5
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I can definitely see the potential in it though, and I hope to try the draft version (if there is one here in the States).
If there's a draft version in the States? I'm in the midwest, and it's on tap everywhere here. Even restautants that carry next to nothing past Bud will have Newcastle on tap. While it'd never be my first choice at a place with craft brews, it's often a welcome tap handle in a sea of Miller Lites.

It doesn't taste bad actually. It's just sort of bland.
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Old 08-22-2008, 01:04 AM   #6
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It doesn't taste bad actually. It's just sort of bland.
Agreed, and it has a rather watery mouthfeel as well.
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I used to think it was okay, until I made Biermunchers version of it. Once I made a non-skunked version of it, my opinion changed dramatically.

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Old 08-22-2008, 02:30 AM   #8
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Wow, I'm honestly surprised by the amount of agreement I've gotten. I was positive this was a favorite among fellow enthusiasts.

I don't go out to pubs much (no need when there's plenty of homebrew flowing), but I'm glad to hear there's a good chance I can find some on tap.

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I don't go out to pubs much (no need when there's plenty of homebrew flowing), but I'm glad to hear there's a good chance I can find some on tap.
Yeah, you should at least try it on draft. As I said in an earlier post, Newcastle is nothing particularly special, but getting it in a dusty six at the grocery isn't really giiving it a fair shake. Fresh and unskunked it's not a terrible beer.
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Fresh and unskunked it's not a terrible beer.
Correct, it's merely mediocre.

But hey, I've drank a lot of them, and I'm sure I'll have a few more before they close the lid on me. When it's the best choice available, I'm happy to drink it.
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