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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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75
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388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts detected. Taste is also a bit weak, some malts, a bit of hop bitterness, a touch bready. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking but unspectacular beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An okay ale. Seems mass produced and lacking passion. Gives some slight promising character, but doesn't deliver a real firm punch. Could have been a whole lot more, but it's clear these guys are catering to the mass market. Decent, but not anything spectacular.

Photo of uno99
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A blighty good brew the bottle says... Well its certainly an "ok" one...

Appearance: Quite bright, almost florescent straw color with a hint of caramel. Not much head going on but there seems to be some nice lacing an a halo of foam around the meniscus.

Smell: Straight forward, simple and understated. Gently hopped with what I presume is traditional English bittering hops. Good malt balance. Slight metallic note but nothing truly off putting.

Taste: Pretty well balanced but unremarkable. No off flavours really. This would be very drinkable stuff.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, and nice bitter finish

Overall: Not great, but decent. A good addition to their excellent and world famous brown ale.

Photo of bmwats
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Deep, dark, golden hue. Heavy carbonation. Pours into a 1 finger, frothy, white head. Disintegrates slowly, and unevenly, leaving a bit of a beer ring as it does; and leaving a foamy blanket. Really nice substantial lacing.

S: Baked Italian bread, and fresh tea leaves.

T: Baked sourdough bread with a little acetyl.

M: Light body, slightly sweet in the front,with a pungent subtly bitter finish.

D: Easy drinking.

Atmosphere is really solid. Deep golden hue, carbonation, a dense frothy head, and some nice spider web lacing. Nose is simple but full combination of sour grain and tea. Flavor is sour bread with an acetyl characteristic. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with a short lived white head. Like a lot of these seasonal Newcastle releases, really quite buttery. A bit of melon in there, too. Bread and toast with a touch of toffee. Toffee and toasted malt flavors to this one which aren’t bad, but still a hint of butter. Slight melon notes and a light floral hop character.

Photo of horshack7
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I pours a clear copper with brassy scattered brassy hues. On top is about one finger of an off white head.

Aroma: Bready malts slightly doughy, dry floral hops with a twinge of mustiness. Light citrus towards the back. Bits of lemon zest and orange peel.

Taste: Biscuity, light doughiness, fairly crisp mouthfeel. Hops are dry but carry a light citrus note. Minor spice, with a dry finish.

Notes: Well it's not too bad and it's drinkable very good for a warm day. Cheers.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a half finger of head on a clear, dark copper colored body.
The aroma is a good, if faint, grain and malt smell.
The taste is fairly bland. A touch of sweetness.
The texture is too fizzy with a crisp texture.
At 4.8% and no real flavor you could go to town on these and not be offended.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter

A: clear, yellow/orange with a white, one finger head that slowly dissipates. Some lacing

S: Sweet, citrus, toasty, malty, lemons

T: A malty/citrus mingle. A somewhat bitter hoppy finish.

M: Light, watery. Low carbonation. A bit creamy.

O: Not that impressed. A good springtime beer. Would definitely stick with the Brown Ale. Newcastle needs to "Found" a better taste.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark amber color, clear, with good steady carbonation and about half a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - malty smell, but with a smoky quality to it. Almost a pit-like singe to it.

Taste - malty taste as well, and a little musky in the middle and finish. Interesting taste in general.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but it does lean more on the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew, but not very intriguing.

Photo of Heatwave33
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Color: Clear amber with a khaki head.

Smell: Bready malts up front followed by cinnamon and brown sugar.

Taste: I get the bready malts and cinnamon up front follwed by the brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, Smooth with a medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: Light bodied with an OK blance. Not a bad brew by any means. Just not going to go buy a six pack of it. Worth a try for sure. Cheers.

Photo of yodagruv
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: coppery amber, pretty clear, head was less than 1/4", don't know if it was a little old or if that's just its style.

S: biscuity, malty, less intense than Newkie Brown.

T: malty, earthy, simple, drinkable, biscuity at the end, slightly dry finish.

M: A little heavier than a tea, slippery

O: May be a bit easier on the American drinker than the Brown offering. I read that the original Newcastle Brown was considered a failure by the formulator because he he'd been attempting to recreate Bass Pale Ale. This is much closer to Bass but I'd say a smidge mellower.

Photo of scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a dark shade of amber with a couple fingers of greasy off-white head that slowly faded into a thick oily film leaving sticky sheets of lace down the glass.
S: I get notes of leafy, earthy hops and a bit on onion. There is just a hint of pale grains and bready malts. There is a tiny bit of citrus as well.
T: More bread crust malt than the nose with the earthy leafy hops bringing up the rear. The finish has that faint note of lemon and onion, and the aftertaste is slightly metallic. Grains and a hint of grass are noticeable as well.
M: Medium body with a thickish and slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is even and not overly ample.
O: Not the most enjoyable beer. I’m no expert on the style, and I’ve never consumed an English beer from the source where I’m sure they are a lot better, but let’s just say I’m glad I got a single bottle instead of the six or twelve pack.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #148
Served On: 03/28/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 30 11 W / L324 59 11

This was from a 6-pack I got at WestView Liquors in Frederick.

Look: The color was a bright bronze orange. Highly transparent almost no carbonation bubbles present. The head was a ½ finger of beige foam caused by a vigorous pour from the bottle. Some sticky lacing was left behind from the tiny head.

Smell: Typical English maltiness. Very light and biscuity aroma.

Taste: First was a sweet malt with notes of cracker and faint spice. Some dry hop notes hit somewhere in the middle. The aftertaste was fairly clean with the malts lingering.

This was an average beer. From what I understand – Some of the Newcastle offerings are actually brewed by one of the Heineken breweries. I believe some of the seasonals may still brewed by Caledonian. Overall I would probably consider keeping this one on hand as a sessionable ale when having macro-lovers over to the house.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Newcastle Founders’ Ale has a thick, off white head and a clear, copper appearance with lots of thick lacing and few streaming bubbles. The aroma is of wet, lightly-roasted barley and light sweetness. Taste is of light-roasted barley, sweetness, some candy, and a touch of hop bitterness. Mild is the operative word with this one. Mouthfeel is watery and a bit fluffy, and Newcastle Founders’ Ale finishes mostly dry and very drinkable. Overall, though, this is rather plain.

RJT

Photo of FlyingBull
3.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased this brew in a 6 pack at a local grocery. I really like Newcastle Brown, so I was interested in trying this.

Into a traditional pint glass, this brew poured a crystal clear dark yellow to amber. It had a small white head that dissipated rather quickly leaving some lacing down the glass sides. Carbonation looked to be on the "average" or "medium" side.

The initial aromas seemed to be dominated by cider, some sulfur, mild flowery/citrus hops, and very little malt. Initial taste was dominated by sweet malt up front, followed by a cider taste (...to me), ending with some mild hop bitterness. Mouth feel was on the medium side balanced nicely by the carbonation.

Overall, this beer seemed odd to me. I think it's the cider smell and taste that is throwing me off. 5 more bottles to go - we'll see how it "drinks" out.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a regular glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. In particular, I enjoy how creamy it looks topping this brew off. As it recedes, a semi-solid ring of lacing is left behind.

S: Some caramel sweetness augments a slight ping of fruit esters. Hops are (sadly) almost imperceptible, but this isn't turribly fresh, either. It smells okay. Pretty middle of the road, though.

T: The flavor to me seems a bit nuttier than what the aroma suggested. Mainly, though, it's still sodden with caramel and faint fruity esters on the opening. I can even pick up slight chocolate at times. It really dries up on the finish, with only a slight tea leaf note to break up the monotony. Not bad.

M: There's a dry note on the back end that makes me think of Guinness. Or Bass. This creates good drinkability at the cost of gutted palate duration. Ah well, the latter doesn't really mean much considering what this is. It's easy to drink.

O: It's alright, I guess. Come to think of it, this lived up to my expectations perfectly - by being completely average in almost all aspects. Among macros, I've had FAR worse.

Photo of bambam2517
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass and served at 45F.

A - Burnt orange with nice effervescence but a really watery head. No foaminess or froth too it, just weak bubbles.

S - Little bit of a sour tang, really muted grain smells.

T - Not offensive but very meek. We are approaching BMC territory... and a pale ale with no hop presence? hmmmm....

M - Drinks like a flat Shiner bock. Easy to drink, but little in the way of satisfaction.

O - Good thing it was free, I'd leave this alone.

Photo of budgood1
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a clear dark amber colour, almost bronze with a thin off white head. a little alce. sweet dextrin like maltiness in the nose, some brown sugar and molasses wrapped around a chocolate malt middle. the flavour profile is rather timid...watered down maltiness with a noticeable hop spiciness that actually has the upper hand overall. rather dry, with the little residual dextrin sweetness quickly interrupted by the semi-bitter finish. medium bodied and a crisp, light mouthfeel. a sessionable beer for sure...wish it had a bit more of a creamy texture.

overall a nice , simple session ale. that's about it. for the price it seems a bit of a let down, but i suppose you could drink worse. i'm sure i won't be seeking this out again.

Photo of oberon
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Shakerman
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of DruC4
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -8%

Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.