Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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3.98/5 rDev +22.5%
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.
02-17-2012 22:31:44 | More by EagleTalon
3.98/5 rDev +22.5%
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!!
03-01-2012 04:13:31 | More by Luigi
3.95/5 rDev +21.5%
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.
03-01-2012 03:26:24 | More by DocJitsu
3.88/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
02-05-2012 23:26:35 | More by NeroFiddled
United Kingdom (England)
3.88/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
04-13-2013 06:19:25 | More by BlackHaddock
3.88/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
01-21-2012 16:56:17 | More by Crundy
3.85/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
02-17-2012 01:17:46 | More by Finn
3.83/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
02-16-2012 11:10:15 | More by ryanonline
3.83/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
03-04-2012 16:41:40 | More by hosehead83
3.8/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
03-12-2012 04:19:40 | More by Brad007
3.8/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
03-26-2012 20:05:49 | More by oldirtycaffrey
3.78/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
05-19-2013 19:03:57 | More by flagmantho
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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