Newcastle Summer Ale

Good GOD, Geordies across the globe will be horrified I'd imagine, and as for the old-timers, well they must be mortified. I'm really not at ALL sure what style of this beer is supposed to be and S&N's web site (including the Heineken USA site) reveals nothing. HILARIOUSLY, a 'phone call to Heineken USA in White Plains, NY connects me with a courteous young man who tells me that no such beer exists - he takes my number and promises more research! === *** PLEASE NOTE: I've entered it here as a...

McEwan’s Scotch Ale

Thanks to BigLove for this as part of BCG BIF. Wow! Incredibly surprised and delighted by this. I was expecting a fairly bland beer from what I usually consider to be a pedestrian brewery, but instead I got a full-on taste assault, and delicious experience. Deep garnet pour, decent head and retention and some nice lacing too. Put it all together, and it's a really nice looker. Sugary, malt molasses and burnt caramel are present in the nose and this is almost exactly replicated in the taste....

Newcastle Brown Ale

Another beer that seemes to have changed a lot since I first drank it. There are certainly two factors that are influencing this. Firstly the American insistence on serving this stuff at temperatures which are simply too cold. Then (to add insult to injury) serving it in frosted mugs! Why oh why this obsession? This is much better enjoyed at room temperatures, or at least removed from the fridge for some time before consumption. Once it's up to a decent temperature this is a sweet brown ale...