Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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3.63/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
03-11-2012 02:11:48 | More by Cyberkedi
2.95/5 rDev -9.2%
Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a 12oz tulip pint-style glass (it’s an Alexander Keith’s glass). Production date of December 21, 2011 if I’m not mistaken (“31 12 W L340 59 03”), printed on the back label, at the bottom-right corner.
Appearance (4.5): Sure looks like an English Pale. Burnt golden body, crystal clear, and a white head of foam that starts around three fingers and fades surprisingly slowly to a rocky head with above-average lacing all around. Looks great, actually.
Smell (3.5): Earthy and sweet tones mix with a stale syrupy scent that comes off slightly vegetal. It’s not as bad as that sounds though, it’s really mainly just earthy and slightly vegetal with a clear, moderately sweet malt component underneath it all.
Taste (2.5): That earthiness is more subdued here, and mixes with spicy and grassy hop notes in the front and middle of the palate. The mix of the hops and a mildly sweet malt note combine for that odd vegetal quality—it’s like the malt brings out that character. It doesn’t dominate though, and if you don’t linger on that aspect, the finish comes off very grassy for a moderately long, mild but bitter finish. If you DO linger, it kind of tastes like puke (though not as dramatic as that sounds).
Mouthfeel (3.0): Low to medium carbonation, light- to medium-bodied (though much closer to medium), and the carb doesn’t stick around for long. Dry finish asks for another sip, and considering the ABV this is definitely a session beer in that regard.
Overall (3.0): This is a pretty standard-tasting English Pale, in my mind. Not bad, not spectacular, and more or less what you could expect if you blindly chose a Pale in a random English pub. It’s decent. It LOOKS fantastic, though beyond that it’s pretty typical for an English Pale. It’d probably be a decent cask-conditioning candidate, and could easily see this on gravity at a better English pub.
03-10-2012 04:56:31 | More by fmccormi
3.13/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
03-08-2012 04:06:30 | More by Nerudamann
3.45/5 rDev +6.2%
Nice golden coloured brew with a 2 finger head of foam and it does well with the lacing.
It has a good hoppy nose, I'd say of pine, but not much else going on.
The taste sure has some piney hop bitterness going on with what I would guess is the base beer of Newcastle Brown. Some mild sweet notes from the latter; this works okay and it is certainly drinkable but it isn't a Pale that I'd reach for as my first choice, or second, or third...
I'm not trying to knock this beer but there are many more that I'd turn to first, even in my market.
03-04-2012 20:40:24 | More by Bitterbill
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
3.1/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
03-04-2012 03:50:53 | More by Heatwave33
2.95/5 rDev -9.2%
Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mellow gingerbread maltiness. In the taste, not much but a standard gingerbread like maltiness. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry gingerbread like maltiness. Kind of a standard English ale, not bad, but nothing exciting.
03-03-2012 19:00:27 | More by OWSLEY069
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
3.48/5 rDev +7.1%
$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. Thank heavens they opted out of the clear glass for this. Pours out to a sparkingly clear medium caramel, forming a soapy white head with average retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation.The aroma is kinda adjuncty with the suggestion of corn, caramel, and light brown sugar. No noticeable hop aroma. Mouthfeel is light with a thin body. The taste is also quite light, with just the suggestion of caramel and a very mild hop bitterness. No perceptable off-flavors. Has a touch of yorkshire yeast character but not as strong as Sam Smith or Fullers. Clean finish. Well balanced.
This is what it is...an easy to drink British style pale ale. Considering it's price, if I wanted a real easy drinker on the cheap, I would pick this up again.
03-01-2012 01:22:57 | More by Mitchster
3.38/5 rDev +4%
Poured from the bottle into an of course, classic nonic pint glass.
A good simple pour provides a simple creamy head, off white, a little foamy. The body is crystal clear with some faint cola bubbles on the side, but a real nice dark amber brown. Very nice looking beer.
Nose is very different from most English Pale Ale's I've had. This is really dirty soil smelling but not pleasant. It smells like dirt. A faint classic English malt tries to creep up behind it. Interesting yes, different yes, do I enjoy it? Really no.
Front palate hits with really not much. I am wondering where the flavor is? Texture though is very solid, and just rolls nicely while consuming. Finish though is a real nice airy biscuity dry cracker like malt. The finish is actually the most impressive thing about it. A little bit of graham sweetness on the end as well.
Overall for the style, yeah this is different good for them for trying something new. But I am not drawn to this at all.
02-29-2012 01:23:14 | More by smakawhat
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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