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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.08%


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:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-25-2012)
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aaron2013


4.68/5  rDev +44%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Whay eye man, If Gascoine had a functioning liver and the ability to drink anything other than Windolene he would definately have a gander at this Ale!! picked up from the off licence at a pleasant 80p a bottle this beer is dynamite. Having been a Newcastle brown drinker ale for many a year im always a wee bit sceptical when a new product is launched however this beauty has suprised me!!

Taste: old school ale'y, like kissing the local tramp early on a friday night( before the abuse of the calpol ha kicked in!)

Head: Its in a dark bottle and you naye payed the electric bill so who cares!

Knock out power: Had 9 can still see so better than that foreign pish nay as good as the shoe polish!!

A real bleedin corcker!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 00:34:42 | More by aaron2013
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle.

Nice fresh aroma. Light amber clear liquid with generous white head.

Extremely well-balanced pale ale. Excellent pairing of hops and malt, just the right amount of each. A tinge of pineapple. Some grainy notes. A little bit of herbs.

Smooth finish. Nice light-to-medium mouthfeel.

Overall, a great session beer and a nice change of pace. I've had a lot of hop and malt monsters lately so I enjoyed something that was more easy going but still tasty and definitely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 05:10:31 | More by jmbranum
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 16:09:03 | More by WVbeergeek
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bubseymour

Maryland

4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper and clear with a nice 1 finger head.

Smell - Nice sweet notes through the maltiness.

Taste - Very pleasant to drink. Some hop crispness but its well balanced and well made pale ale. Some grainy taste in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel - fine

Overall - A nice pale ale that is easy to drink, provides pleanty of flavor and well balanced. Another good beer from the UK.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 18:17:12 | More by bubseymour
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MikeAAL

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best Newcastle product I've had.

White head with a copper body. Very nice lacing on it.

Strong smell of hops and citrus.

The first thing I taste is a strong hops flavor with a crisp citrus taste at the end.

Medium carbonation with a clean, crisp, dry and refreshing finish.

Definately a good Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 18:48:14 | More by MikeAAL
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a generous but coarse head with lots of large "fish eye" bubbles and generous sticky lace with a golden amber/brown color. Aroma is sweet malt and pastries with a floral and fruity aroma possibly attributed to esters and hops. Flavor is a complex blend of sweet malt, biscuits (in the British sense) and spicy hop flavor and resiny hop bittnerness to balance it out. This tastes fresher than what usually comes across the pond. Mouthfeel is light and the CO2 is refreshingly restrained. This would be an entirely different experience on the palate if it had been pumped up to an American CO2 level. Overall, this is tasty, complex and well composed EPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 22:31:44 | More by EagleTalon
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Luigi

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a sparkling amber color with a large white foaming head. Head retention is good with some lacing sticking around the glass.

The aroma is clean. The hops and the sweet malt are not overwhelming. There is a bit of spicy bitter hop and a very English style of sweet malt (as one would expect from this style).

The taste of this pale is sweet yet crisp from the bitter hop. Again, nothing is over the top in this pale ale. The malt and hops are there, but are blended beautifully.

Light carbonation with a medium/light body. Finishes clean with a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

I can't really say too much about this English pale ale but go and get some!! Just clean tasty Pale Ale with a wonderful balance. Ya know, sometimes I get bored of over the top beers. If you just want a great Ale to sip on or even pound down. This is it!! The drink-ability is perfect!!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 04:13:31 | More by Luigi
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DocJitsu

California

3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with an off white creamy head that fades quickly. A distinctly dried apricot bouquet that acts as a spoiler for what will, ultimately, stimulate the palate. Lovely tangerine and dried apricot that drops abruptly to expose a mild tartness at the beer's finish. Extremely drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 03:26:24 | More by DocJitsu
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Crundy

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very clear, dark mahogany color, no lacing, white head

S: Smell was not very strong but I did get some banana, and caramel malt, and a subtle nut aroma

T: Very similar to the nose, Caramel roasted malt, distinct nut flavor, and banana and maybe clove flavors

M: light medium bodied, creamy and smooth with just enough bite to keep it interesting and a bittersweet aftertaste

O: Very good beer, good balance of sweet and malt bitterness, this must be a relatively new beer but its a nice EPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 16:56:17 | More by Crundy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newcastle Founders' Ale

There are not a lot of good reviews here so far, and I can see why. It's a little unbalanced.

Starting with the appearance, it's a clear amber beneath a short head of creamy white. The head retention is OK, and the lacing is good. Could the lacing be better? Yes, of course, but it's not bad.

Moving forward, let's look at the aroma. It's leafy, earthy, and a touch spicy. My first impression was a little vegetal. It's not a great, welcoming aroma, but it's not bad. And as far as bitters go, it's pretty much right on. I don't expect the hops to stand out, and I don't expect the malt to be separate from the hops. It's a muddled mix, but I don't think that's unusual really.

In the mouth it's either light-medium in body with a bit of a dextrinous edge, or medium-light - however you want to look at it. I see it as being closer to medium bodied because of those residual sugars; and to a certain extent the moderate, fine bubbled carbonation helps with that. Once it's warmed a bit it becomes a touch creamy.

The flavor is where things start to fall apart a bit. It's subtly lime-like, leafy and spicy - which is a little odd. I'm sure it's from a combination of fruity yeast and hops, but how it gets there I don't know. (Are they using some kind of citrusy hops? That would be weird in a "Founders' Ale"). The fruit (berries, pear, lime) and hops tend to stand apart from the malt. Why, I don't know. There's a nice bit of character to the malt (it's obviously high quality - perhaps Maris Otter or Golden Promise), but there's not a lot of added caramel/crystal malt, so maybe that leaves a bit of a gap. It's straw-like and a touch toasty, which is nice, however, that that doesn't exactly match up with the hops. And maybe, it's just a touch too sweet across the middle. It dries in the finish, but the sugar syrup and pear across the middle might be a little too much of an arc above the dry and lime/bready start and finish. It should be noted, however, that the bitterness is not really too low overall - but a bump would have been welcomed, and maybe brought the whole of it a little bit more into focus and balance.

Overall, I'd have to pass, and I guess that's been the consensus. There are just too many better English ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:26:35 | More by NeroFiddled
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml Bottle: best before 30 Apr 2013, opened on 12 Apr 2013 and poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard.

Looked good, light amber going onto copper in body colour, on top a full head of white crowned it off nicely.

I thought this had a malt bias throughout: something I like. The nose had a mild caramel hint within the aroma and that followed along within the mouth flavours. Hops are around giving the beer a balanced feel but this is a semi-sweet brew which fits my taste profile very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 06:19:25 | More by BlackHaddock
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Finn

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber and clear with a thin fine head on top, the aroma has husky grains and fruit, with a hint of toffee. A taste reveals a full, fruity english yeast profile, with a smooth caramel backbone. Throughout is a mild bitterness that surrounds it all. this is a medium bodied, clean and crisp english pale ale. Very well done and drinkable, though not bold really, it's an easy-drinking and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:17:46 | More by Finn
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ryanonline

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance is actually quite similar to regular newcastle brown. only real difference is a bit more of a amber hue than brown. pretty standard stuff.

smell is very sweet with just a hint of grassy hop aroma. slight citrus aroma also.

taste is quite similar but has a rather nice crisp, bitter finish.

the mouthfeel is very thin bodied and prickly, also a very dry finish.

fairly drinkable but the dryness in the finish is a bit off-putting.

overall a very passable beer, by the people who brought you newcastle brown ale. The lighter body and sweeter flavor may make this a replacement for my usual mass consumption brew, sierra nevada pale ale. Maybe.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 11:10:15 | More by ryanonline
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see a new offering from the boys at Newcastle. Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Clear, copper/amber in color, with a shortish, off-white head of foam.
Aroma-fruity, mineral note
Taste-Mineral fruitiness, sedate English hops, nice little hop bite in the finish. Pleasant and easygoing, nicely balanced, sessionable ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 16:41:40 | More by hosehead83
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Brad007

Vermont

3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally, something other than "brown water" from Newcastle. Quite a change.

Pours a light copper with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks pale enough for the style.

Sweet, buttery malt with the hop swagger of a mild or bitter. Blighty good? Depends on taste.

Sweet and yet, very soft on the palate. Malt, as observed is buttery and chewy at the same time.

Just enough lingering flavors in the mouth to please the connoisseur.

Not bad. More drinkable than their flagship, which speaks volumes.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 04:19:40 | More by Brad007
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oldirtycaffrey

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very big fan of Newcastle, was happy to see this in the store recently and picked up a 6 pack. With the Winter IPA and Werewolf, looks like Newcastle is branching out. This is hardly an impressive looking beer -- pours a dark copper with a very slight bubbly head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing along the glass as you drink it. The smell is pretty underwhelming as well -- sweet & slightly malty with a hint of raisin/prune. But very plain. Therefore, before I took my first sip, I didn't have high hopes. However, this might be one of the smoothest, easiest to drink beers I've had in quite some time. It has just the right amount of sweetness to it, but is very easy to drink. Would be an excellent session beer. It's malty & slightly grainy -- doesn't pack the best punch -- but it is solid and just exceptionally easy to drink and like. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 20:05:49 | More by oldirtycaffrey
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flagmantho

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a haze-free body and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a half-finger of creamy ivory foam. Not bad!

Smell: subdued malty aroma with a fair helping of caramel character. A bit light, but nice.

Taste: nice caramel-malt flavor with a light but present bitterness; it's definitely tipped more to the malty side of the spectrum. This beer is almost a caramel mild in its lightness and balance. Still, the overall effect is working for me.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation and a unexpectedly robust and satisfying creaminess. I'm quite pleasantly surprised!

Overall: this beer just rubs me the right way. It's light but balanced, sweet but not cloying, and really quite satisfying. I would be glad to quaff gobs of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 19:03:57 | More by flagmantho
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deadchef

Michigan

3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from a bottle into a standard pint...

a: short head, off white, quickly dissipates. dark brassy color, transparent.

s: pineapple, cream, caramel, a little spice.

t: caramel malts, dried dates, medium toast. floral hop flavor. medium-dry finish. bitterness smoothed out by a residual sweetness.

m: medium body, maybe a bit too carbonated from what i would expect for a pale from across the pond.

o: sub 5% puts this in the sessionable category. easy drinking with lots of flavor. not what i expected from a this but interesting nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 02:49:26 | More by deadchef
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BDIMike

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice looking dark tan hue. A slight bit of carbonation, but a nice thick white head that retains throughout the entire drink.
Smell has very nice caramel notes to this beer. Also, a bit of good dry hop smell, too.
Taste has nice caramel and toffee malts to it. The hops are not the usual European hops that I am used to. Instead of being bitter, they are very sweet.
Mouthfeel is very nice on this beer. A good thickness and carbonation creates a solid beer with good refreshing qualities.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. Very good tastes going on, but a very nice balance. I could, and have drank these beers all day long. Great beer for the spring time. I nice new offering from Newcastle.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 02:04:01 | More by BDIMike
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jkrich

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: bright and clear copper hue with a quickly receding white head. The pour looks exactly like a Bass ale.

The aroma was sharp and peppery with an almost rye-like aroma.

The ale has a refreshing, rounded malty flavor very typical of an English ale with a faint, buttery aftertaste. The mild hop profile helps support the malt and keeps the ale from being one-dimensionally cloying.

The body was light with a thin, sleek and short-lived mouthfeel. A slight sweetness lingers on the palate and quickly fades.

It is very quaffable and lively if a little boring. This ale is clean and sessionable but hardly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 23:57:32 | More by jkrich
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

3.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a very small white head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is of caramel and hops. Tasted pretty much like the smell suggests with toasted malt as well. Overall, surprised that it was pretty good as I do like their "Brown Ale" also and fairly smooth to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 22:31:11 | More by BeerWithMike
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber with not much head - but the latter may be an artifact of the pour. Malty aroma has a fruity undertone and is not strong, but still invites a taste. Flavor - whoa, now that is good flavor. Malty core, apple plus more than a hint of pear, hint of horehound. Smooth and somewhat fizzy texture has more than average body. If this is not outstanding, it is still worthy of a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 02:11:48 | More by Cyberkedi
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Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium amber to copper with a light white head, some lace.

S: Light notes of sulfur, malt, minerals, some citrus.

T: Biscuity malt, moderate hopping for the style. Good flavour, nothing overwhelming at all.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, easy drinking, refreshing.

O: A solid quaffer, nothing more. Worth a single pickup for fans of this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 22:45:32 | More by Halcyondays
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wages

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5 - transparent copper, pours a one finger white head that disappears fairly quickly

smell - 4/5 - can't smell anything but I think that is due to the charcoal grill near me

Taste - 3.5/5 - I instantly tasted the same strange flavor that permeates their nut brown ale. I'm beginning to think it is the water creating the flavor, but I don't know for sure. Aside from that, I find it more enjoyable than the brown. While it has a faint sweet flavor, it leaves a dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5 - seems like a moderate amount of carbonation that doesn't add our take away from the beer.seems to have a medium body and is somewhat refreshing

Overall - 3.5/5 - not a bad brew, but kind of ho hum overall. I could care less whether I drank it again or not

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 12:55:22 | More by wages
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MSR129

Maine

3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-color. Pours with a very thin head. While it's no porter, it is darker than many pale ales.

S: Nothing special. Despite the low ABV, you can smell the alcohol. It is not an aromatic beer.

T: Good full-bodied taste. Plenty of hops, but not overpowering like New Belgium's Ranger. It is grainy and sweet.

M: For something with such a thin head, it is certainly well-carbonated. Classic pale ale sharpness. The feel is like that of a stronger beer. It is very smooth.

O: An easy-to-drink pale ale that is a great value ($8 or $9 for a sixer). A great way to introduce your friends to the joys of pale ales. It has the sharp edge you expect, but not as hard as the Ranger or Sam Adams' Latitude 48.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 17:20:18 | More by MSR129
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Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.