Newcastle Brown Ale

Newcastle CapThis was one of the original 21 caps I had before beginning this blog. It came in my international beers mixed case, so I figured I could write a review of it. Unfortunately, that beer was drunk without my knowledge. Luckily, the person who drank it agreed to replace it, with the 18.2 oz bottle pictured.

Newcastle is a British beer. I always said that if I ever go to England, I want to spend more time in pubs than in tourist traps. As a general rule, I like English beers. Of course, in a pub I’d have some fish and chips or some bangers and mash. I don’t have those things now.Newcastle Bottle

The first sips of this beer helped wash away some stress. It’s a bitter beer, but clean. It’s crisp with a mildly sweet finish. There might be a slightly metallic taste, but it’s hardly noticeable. If this beer were accompanied by food, it would make a wonderful accompaniment – especially if that food were a bit heavy and greasy.

Would I buy this beer again? Yes, but I’d much prefer it off the tap. I don’t think being cooped up in a bottle does Newcastle any favors. Should you try this beer? Yes, but again, try to find it on tap. Most bars carry Newcastle, and any English or Irish themed pub would have it. Plus, at a pub you can get some greasy food to go with it.

I give Newcastle 4/5 caps, but from the bottle I’d say it’s a low 4/5.

RedRice Ale

IMG_3052 This beer has an owl on its cap. Anyone who is building a beer cap table needs to have a beer cap with an owl on it. Now, I do. And that will be the best comment I have about this beer.

RedRice was brewed at the Kiuchi Brewery in Ibaraki Japan. With a name like RedRice, I was hoping for a beer resembling the American red ales. Boy was I in for a shock. Otherwise, I expected something light and refreshing reminiscent of the other Japanese beers I’ve had. Unlike the other well-known Japanese beers, Sapparo and Asahi most notably, this beer was anything but light and refreshing. To say it in a positive way, it was a unique beer experience.


The first thing I noticed about this beer was the price. At over $5 a bottle, I’d have been much happier with a six-pack of something a bit more modest. The second thing I noticed about this beer was the horrible taste. The worst cough syrup I’d ever had was much more pleasant than the first sip of this beer. However, as I continued through this beer, the medicinal quality was limited to only the aftertaste. I have to wonder if something went horribly wrong with this batch, but for the price, I won’t be trying it again to find out. Honestly, the more I drink it, the less appalling it is. However, now that it’s done, I’m very happy to put this beer behind me. I gagged a little bit on the last swallow.

Would I buy this beer again? Hell no. Should you buy this beer? Hell no.

I wanted to give this beer a higher score, but no one should be asked to pay $5 for that experience. This is my first 1/5 cap beer.