Chances are, this is the first Brown Ale that you'll remember having, but that has more to do with their relentless ad campaign (and what the hell are they saying? You need, you need, Newcastle? That commercial should be on kissthisguy.com). Brown ales, I think, are meant to look like you're drinking something dark and badass, but in reality they're not that heavy on the hops, so they don't taste as strong as the more bitter pale ales. You could probably drink this out of the bottle without hurting your drinking pleasure, and you might even look all European and cool. If you're drinking this, I applaud you for upgrading your standards of beer, now put it down and go try a good pale ale or IPA.
Reviewed: April 24, 2004