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Newcastle Brown Ale – Heineken

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Newcastle Brown Ale – Heineken

2 Mins read

Something factual about the beer goes here:

A brown English ale first brewed in 1927 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, now brewed by Heineken – but don’t let that put you off. In fact, the Wikipedia page about Newkie B is quite interesting. It is sold in a large variety of countries and is apparently one of the best selling beers in the UK. Light, refreshing and at 4.7% abv – “A bottle of Dog please, barman!”

Above the City

I’ve managed to clamber high to sit atop a 5-story building to withdraw from the hustle and bustle of Soho. Accompanying me above London (in slight irony): the Newcastle Brown ale. The ale is deep amber-brown in colour and I am particularly intrigued by the label design – it’s a little bit hipster. Amusingly, it comes with drinking instructions on both front and back labels: “drink cold”, which is something I cannot recall seeing on any other beer label. Something catches my eye on the back. At the bottom there is a star that allegedly turns blue when the bottle is at 12oC.

My star is not blue. My beer is not cold. In attempts to change its colour (because I am excited by colours, changes, and everything) I sat pressing and rubbing my cold fingers over the star for five minutes trying to cool it (oh, a girl’s famous blood circulation). I am unsuccessful. “The one and only“ is embossed on the bottle giving it underlying high expectations which I’m uncertain it will meet. I open the bottle with a lighter and yes; I do feel almost 15 again. I catch its scent for a moment, fighting to smell it over city smog and for a moment it smells inviting. Something warm with a hint of malt and nut but nothing that encourages a lasting impression.

The pour of the unsuccessfully-cooled-by-my-fingers beer gives a thin 2cm foam that vanishes quickly. Tiny and few bubbles bounce to the top that gives a delightful subtly fizzy hug to your tongue as it enters your mouth. Despite its colour it’s a bit watery. It does, in effect, taste as it smells (malt and nut) but it’s almost not too sure of itself – the flavour could do with being intensified. Just a little! Over all it is quite a pleasant beer, even despite of its lack of density in fluid and flavour in comparison to its colour. It’s an easy drink – it would do nicely on a warm or hot day chilled, something to start your evening off with or even the beer that introduces you to the joys of real ale.

Well, Newkie Brown, you started my afternoon off kindly.

Now? Now I’m going to walk my dog.

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