214. New Englander Brown Ale

Posted: June 25, 2014 in Australian ales
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New Englander Brown Ale - BOTTLENew Englander Brown Ale

Company info:
New England Brewing Co
Uralla, NSW


Bottle size sampled: 640ml

Alcohol: 4.5%
Standard drinks: 2.3

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $6.50 AU

Label info: ‘Traditional style brown ale. Five Australian grown malts. Australian hops’.

What the label really means: Sounds great. I’m keen to sample these five malts.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: The label is a very plain beige glossed label with the brewery’s mascot, a winged merino sheep taking centre stage. The text is all very serious and proper, but the brown inked sheep is really quite fun. What could have been a horribly boring sheep is transformed into a thing of beauty with those magnificent wings. It is for the sheep that any points are awarded. The rest of the label is a bit of a let down.

I give it a label rating of 6 out of 10.

AROMA:  Amazing! This is quite possibly the most amazing smelling beer I have come across all year. There is a port wine aroma with a tinge of caramel. Simply breathtaking. 

Taste: GLASS – Good, strong upfront flavours of malty caramel goodness. It’s smooth and very easy to drink. However, and it pains for me to have a clause with this brew, the finish is a little unresolved. It dissipates all too quickly and I’m left with a soft watery flavour in my mouth. It feels like it needs a good smack of bitterness to round off the beer and finish on a high. 

I give it a beer from glass rating of 6 out of 10.New Englander Brown Ale - GLASS

Taste: BOTTLE  Stick to the glass. From the bottle this brown ale is very very watery, and all those great upfront malty flavours have now diminished greatly. You get but a mere glimpse of how good this beer is supposed to be. 

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 5.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Slow roasted lamb would be great with this.

Best season to appreciate: It’s destined to be a Winter warmer.

All-nighter beer? This is a very easy to drink brew. Deceptively easy. I could see myself drinking this all night quite easily.

Other: Why not check out my self-indulgent instagram page @masonhellcat or Hell-Cat’s Beer Blog on Facebook?
Or don’t. It’s up to you. Really.

NEXT WEEK: I celebrate Christmas in July with Mad Abbot Christmas Ale

  1. […] label is similar to the previously reviewed brew from these guys, but with a more brown tinge. Here’s what I said earlier: ‘…the […]


  2. Berbert Oiyarl says:

    New beer alert! New beer alert! Crown Golden Ale. It’s like Crown Lager, but it’s an ale, and it’s golden.


  3. Horst von Shizenfoozen says:

    Five malts, ‘ey? Pfff! That’s like wearing undies – completely unnecessary.


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