Newcastle Bombshell Blonde Ale
Brewed by: Newcastle
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Ale
- Variation: Blonde, English Style
- Seasonal: Summer
- ABV: 4.4%
- IBU: N/A
Notes: Newcastle is owned by Caledonian (Heineken).
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Newcastle Bombshell is an English-style blonde ale that offers a floral hop aroma, a balanced and bittersweet flavor with toasted biscuit notes and a smooth clean finish with hints of caramel sweetness. Brewed with a combination of Cascade, Hallertau and Northdown hops.
Hops: Cascade, Hallertau, Northdown
Artwork: Label is consistent to Newcastle family, but pin-up girl holding a beach ball is inside the star.
Aroma: Sweet, almost like sake.
Arrived in: Bottle
Served in: Glass
Lately Newcastle has been releasing more seasonal / limited edition beer, and they have not been very good.
Their Founders Ale comes to mind, but luckily Newcastle Bombshell Blonde is a better effort than that one.
The top of the label says “A real British beauty.” And to that I say Newcastle is getting a little carried away describing their product. Or maybe they’re referring to the pin-up girl on the label.
Bombshell is light textured, and filled with big slow bubbles, leading to a wispy foam head when poured. This blonde ale smelled sweet, and tasted slightly metallic at first, until its sweeter finish kicked in.
Final Score: 2.5/5
Newcastle Bombshell is not a bad summer beer, but you can easily find better. The good news for Newcastle is they finally have a decent tasting special release in their lineup.