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Old 08-22-2008, 03:55 AM   #11
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Newcastle on tap is alright. I used to think it was great back in my Newcastle, Corona, and Heineken days. Has anyone had Newcastle in the can? I've heard its supposed to be much better than the bottle.


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Old 08-22-2008, 05:16 AM   #12
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Newcastle on tap is alright. I used to think it was great back in my Newcastle, Corona, and Heineken days. Has anyone had Newcastle in the can? I've heard its supposed to be much better than the bottle.

Agreed. It's my port in a storm when there is no proper beer.


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Old 08-22-2008, 12:47 PM   #13
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From Beer Advocate which I happen to agree with

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This brew uses corn grits, added liquid sugar and is pasteurised. Hardly a "real ale" from England. It's very much a commercial beer these days, and long gone is the age old "goodness." It's now another brew victim to global fame and demand. Despite this, it's drinkable. Not the best brew, or Brown Ale even. In fact, some might find its claimed "special flavour" hard to swallow. Newky Brown uses the tag line "The One and Only" ... let's hope so.
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Old 08-22-2008, 02:02 PM   #14
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It is available on draft, but you'll probably have to look around a bit. I've had many a pint while wandering around RenFaires. Rarely see it any place else and the bottled stuff bites. They should use cans exclusively for export.

It's a good example of the style. If you don't like Northern Brown Ales, you'll hate it.
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:22 PM   #15
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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.
The same for me.
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:26 PM   #16
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This brew uses corn grits, added liquid sugar and is pasteurised. Hardly a "real ale" from England. It's very much a commercial beer these days, and long gone is the age old "goodness." It's now another brew victim to global fame and demand. Despite this, it's drinkable. Not the best brew, or Brown Ale even. In fact, some might find its claimed "special flavour" hard to swallow. Newky Brown uses the tag line "The One and Only" ... let's hope so.
That sounds very accurate, and would explain possibly, why I liked it 30 years ago, but didn't like it the last time I tried it. I do regret saying in a previous post that it truly truly sucked though. I should have just said I was extremely disappointed....Just as I was with Old Speckled Hen in bottles.
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:35 PM   #17
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I had one the other day. Could barely drink it, thought I had accidentally taken a sip from a car battery.
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I agree with everything previous, as well! Drinkable on tap, never had it in a can though. It was definitly good and an important part in the process of my beer education, but now I'll only have it on tap at a place I frequent and if there is nothing else available.

Getting it on tap is a gamble in some places around here - and im sure in a lot of other places as well; it is very common for the keg to be old/lines to be sour in a lot of bars that don't have a lot of demand for it and don't know wtf they are doing, lol.

A bit OT, but why do a lot of the English breweries ship their stuff over here in clear bottles? I went out and got a 6er of Old Speckled Hen and bam, skunked! Should have known...In cans or on tap is great, though.
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I still enjoy one from time to time. It has its place. I've always considered it very much like milk. In that... it will calm an upset stomach. I think mostly because the beer is so bland.
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Man, you guys are pretty rough on poor ol' Newcastle. Yeah, I'd never order it at Mad Anthony's or anything stupid like that, but when you've been forced into eating at Outback and you see Bud, Bud Lite...blah blah...Foster's, then the Newcastle tap handle is a welcome sight.

I'm just sayin'.


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