The latest in Newcastle’s limited edition beer series will be available from now through July 2013. Naturally, it’s Newcastle’s most “summery” brew, though it’s still got a big mouthfeel and lots of heft to it.
Nicely grainy, almost biscuity with distinct toast notes, this very light pale ale doesn’t stray far from the basics. Hops are muted, leaving both bitterness and sweetness as relative afterthoughts. Really just a hint of dessert on the back-end, a somewhat cookie-like character that adds just a touch of sugar to an otherwise sedate brew. Altogether it’s fine and moderately refreshing (and quite low in alcohol, which is good for summertime drinking), though hardly complex.
Also note the bikini-clad gal on the label, an addition, per Newcastle, intended “to sell more beer.”
B / $8 per six-pack / newcastlebrown.com