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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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BA SCORE
75
okay

380 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-25-2012)
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Reviews by Bfarr:
Photo of Bfarr
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%

Clear copper with frothy tan head, good retention and linger. Toasty, earthy aroma. Crisp clean malt and light earthy hop linger. Sharp feel with high carbonation.

Tastes like a lighter, slightly hoppier Newcastle Brown. Refreshing but average beer that if you’re a NC Brown fan you’ll like this but I found it boring.

Bfarr, Jul 02, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured into a nonic a nice clear copper with a thinner white head atop,like many UK pale ales it has a nice richness and definition in color.Muted aromas with mainly caramel/biscuit malt coming into play,as it warms a faint leafy hop presence is felt.Thin to near watery in the mouth with subtle flavors,caramel/biscuit malt with again light leafy hops,a light sourness lingers in the finish wich I don'l like so much.Eh it's average and to be honest boring,today Iam drinking alot of "session" style ales and I would pick many of them over this.

oberon, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
2.48/5  rDev -23.7%

A: A medium amber with good clarity. A half an inch of rocky, off-white head with good retention.

S: Esters dominate. There is a moderate fruitiness that is kind of between cider and apple with a moderately-light malt sweetness with a light toasted aroma. No diacetyl, no hops.

T: A moderate malt sweetness with slight grainy and toasted notes. Moderately-low hops bitterness and almost no hops flavor. There is more of that pear and apple in the taste as well. The balance is fruity and slightly bitter with an off-dry finish. Aftertaste of bitter and apples.

M: medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight dryness on the back of the tongue.

O: This was fruit and odd without enough balance and a bit too much sweetness.

MadScientist, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev -7.7%

tbryan5, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Shakerman
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Shakerman, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of lionnusmb
3.25/5  rDev 0%

lionnusmb, Jun 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

GreenMountainBoy, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.96/5  rDev -8.9%

A 355ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Picked up a while back from Tesco. Brewed in Tadcaster (presumably at the John Smith's brewery). This is the first time I've come across a beer from the Newcastle brewery that wasn't the Brown. The blurb on the back label goes on about commemorating Archie Jones, one of the creators of Newcastle Brown.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with decent carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a thin surface layer. Aroma of light caramel malt, mild fruity ale yeast, faint grain and weak stewed leaves. Not much going on.

Tastes of mild caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of fruity ale yeast, vague caramel, subtle grain and stewed leaves. A rather harsh cardboard hint in the background. Dry, with a slight bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation but a somewhat thin body. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of ale yeast, cardboard and faint caramel malt.

Meh - dull and unimaginitive. Average flavour and aroma, with some off-notes lurking behind the scenes. Doesn't do anything for me; just another lacklustre also-ran. Give it a miss and buy something decent instead.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of sastian
4/5  rDev +23.1%

sastian, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of dmk91
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

dmk91, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours kinda brown for a pale ale, but nonetheless, the beer looks more like the flagship brown ale (with a little more ooomph/viscosity) than anything I'm accustomed to calling a pale ale. Carbonation adequate, nearly 1" of head on it. Aroma, for saying that it is dry hopped, and then smelling nothing in terms of dry hopping, well my expectations, while not high, were still not met.

Taste, fits the bill, sweet instead of bitter, mild instead of robust. Much more on point when calling oneself a British Pale Ale. Mild body, good amount of mild sweetness, not diabetic coma inducing, but definitely leans sweet over bitter. Only $3.99 a 6 at Total Wine, a good buy, especially since they are easily pawned off on girlfriends and other family members who don't like big bitter and hoppy beers.

Beerandraiderfan, May 15, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +23.1%

I'm a rookie to their seasonal lineup except fro the summer which wasn't too bad. This was a super fresh English pale less than 5% abv sure no problem. Pours a copper amber hue with a bright slightly off whtie head forms thick and dwindles slow leaves behind speckled lacing. Aroma earthy citrus hops intertwined with fruit malts and hints of caramel a really good finesse beer. It's not in your face but each sniff and sip draws you in further. Basically compare full blown hardcore porn (American pale ale) to a burlesque show where you may get a peek at some leg with a garter on. One leaves much more to the imagination and makes your senses work harder to acheive the same result. Flavor wise caramel malt with a slight tart sourdough bread note and a quick fleeting hop note earthy/citrus thus far. "A blighty good brew", okay it's good... not world class pale nice earthy tones arise within the caramel/citrus combo finishing balanced with more hops arising the more you take a deep inhalation. The nose has a really nice hop character and it brings out more of the hoppiness with each sniff. Mouthfeel as a whole medium bodied even carbonation, pretty effortless to drink and consume at least a few bottles in a session. Like I said it's not instant beergasm but eventually it gets you to the point of beervana, but it's an experience to sip and session with.

WVbeergeek, Jan 29, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

JohnLynch, Jul 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Samichez, Jul 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

dsauter, Mar 31, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

Schlafly33, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Big off white head slowly dies into a pretty nice lacing above a clear rich copper colored pale ale.

I think the pine out ways the citrus in the aroma with compliments of sweet caramel malts. There was also a light alcohol in the aroma that reminds me of whiskey, crazy.

The sweet caramel malts dominate the taste as it loses most of the piney/citrus hops that I had noticed in the aroma.

The aftertaste on the medium bodied beer is a very light dry with just a hint of the malt remaining.

LXIXME, May 21, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%

A pure white head a bit more than a finger tall tops a clear, rust-colored brew. Quite creamy and rocky, the retention is good and this solid head leaves good lacing.
The aroma gives a twinge of grains, a bit of an herbal note, some very light earthy hops, and a touch of something a little bit brighter. This isn't strong, but it isn't completely lifeless or dull either, as a bit of complexity pushes it over average.
The taste is the same; lightly herbal and gently earthy with almost a touch of an American-style brightness from hops, there's a bit more hops than I detect in the smell. Grains still pull through all the way. If not for a taint of rubbing alcohol in the finish, this is good.
The body is light, as expected, though the crispness comes from a carbonation that fades off toward the middle. It's pretty dry until that point, at which it becomes even drier and pushes out an astringent element, though it's not extreme.

Brenden, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

12oz bottle poured into goblet.

A: Pours a clear reddish amber with a 1 finger white head. Fisheyes in the head dissipate it quickly. Hardly any visible carbonation. Pretty good lacing on the glass.

S: Musty skunky hop with a roasted stale malt compliment. Smells quite English indeed. Pretty standard.

T: Smooth blend of sweet roasted malt and hop. More sweet and hoppy than bitter. Some of that cellar taste in it.

M: Pretty refreshing to drink. Nothing too strong about it. Leaves a sweet taste on the palate after swallowing. Low carbonation but still fairly clean.

Overall I'd imagine this is better on draft and on a warm day. Wouldnt turn this down in the future, not a bad beer.

CloudStrife, Mar 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

huskerfan76, Mar 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

optimator705, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of javlin624
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

javlin624, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance - Pours a clear, deep copper with an off-white 2 finger head, good retention, and resulting in a nice lace.

Smell - Faint, sweet malt aromas; nut and bread.

Taste - Light, sweet malt flavors: bread and caramel. Hops are hidden, but their presence provide good balance.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Carbonation makes for a crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - A good offering from Newcastle. The flavors are somewhat tame, but there's a nice all-around balance. Certainly drinkable, and not a bad option for session drinking.

TheSixthRing, Apr 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Mar 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

GMUPatriot_inKansas, May 27, 2013
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Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.