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Oh, duh
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:39:43 PM »
So I've been learning about beer and whatnot. I brought home some New Castle Brown. Enjoyed a couple last week. Nice and fresh and tasty. I used one to do a blind triangle with one of my beers (a Scot 70/- actually, ya I know) and served the three to my wife. After struggling to figure out the difference she picked the New Castle as the odd man out, and my beer and the other New Castle were the same. Not sure how to take that. Hey she thinks my beer is as good as that :) or that my 9B is out of style :(

Anyway, last night after work I poured the last one from the six pack. My first thought was "do they use continental pils in this?" And why didn't I notice that before. Smelled and tasted so similar to an imported store bought Urquell. .. and as I drank it it got stronger. How could that be. Then it finally darned on me. That's not continental pils, it's light struck.

Oh duh!

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Re: Oh, duh
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2014, 11:54:06 PM »
Oh by the way. My wife, former Coors light fan, is also learning. She told me the one she picked as different was because it had a slightly fruitier ester aroma than the other too. Well, it had about a half inch of head from being the last one poured. The other too had very little head. I poured them that way to try to trick her. Anyway, a year ago she wouldn't have known what fruity esters even were. I'm so proud of her!

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Re: Oh, duh
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2014, 05:45:31 AM »
Interestingly, Newcastle Brown is a blended beer so you just can't brew it up. Good job for getting so close!

Also, I think it (what we get) is brewed in the States now at the behest of Inbev.
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Re: Oh, duh
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2014, 06:04:12 AM »
About all I know is its tasty fresh but the clear bottle is not good. I thought maybe it was unskunkable but now I know it's not. It was very faint at first but unmistakable after it warmed up a bit.

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Re: Oh, duh
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2014, 06:53:56 AM »
In my mind, a Northern Brown is not that different from a 70/- if the 70/- is not made by doing a concentrated  boil.  I'll have to familiarize myself with the differences before the BJCP tasting exam.
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Re: Oh, duh
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2014, 08:18:43 AM »
Try Newcastle on tap, you won't know its the same beer. Yea, those clear bottles do skunk.