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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

Newcastle Founders' AleNewcastle Founders' Ale

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360 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-25-2012)
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Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a pint glass:

A: crystal clear copper yet transparent colored body and has a light amount of carbonation seen rising. The small white head only lasts about a minute and then dies. It leaves spotty yet foamy rings as the beer goes down.

S: pale malts with some fruitiness. However, I did detect some soap as well.

T: very light bitterness with the pale malts and the fruits coming back, however there really isn't much exciting about this beer.

M: light, and a bit watery with not a whole lot of carbonation. This is a pretty drinkable beer.

O: this is nothing special. I was hoping for a really great Spring brew, but am slightly disappointed. I'd only have this on tap depending upon what else was served.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 13:51:53 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of GossageBrewery


2.43/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured this traditional English Pale Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a clear copper color, produced a think white head, poor retention and left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of toasted malt, caramel and herbal hops. Medium bodied, a foundation of toasted malt, caramel and some slight hop bitterness. It starts off with a decent dose of malted grain but fades quickly and has some what of a watery character. Much to thin for my liking-

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 18:49:18 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.45/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A light and bright amber with a foamy, two centimetre thick head that looks quite creamy and stays for a good while even leaving some lacing on the glass.

Almost no noticeable smell from this one other than some toasted bread, very light malts and a sort of earthy, nutty aroma but on the whole it is pretty weak on the nose.

Earthy nut aroma with some bread, toasted malts and slightly sweet toffee taste and hints of caramel. This one was basic and just what I was expecting from the style.

Light medium with medium to strong carbonation and slightly grainy finish that is quite dry.

Another pretty basic and fairly standard pale ale here, it wasn't particularly enjoyable and the smell was almost undistinguishable but nothing in the beer was offensive or harsh, just a little plain.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 20:31:26 | More by flyingpig
Photo of MadScientist

New York

2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 22:58:51 | More by MadScientist
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2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, butter, and some vegetal aromas. Taste is of malt/grain and some off buttery and vegetal flavors. There is a weird herbal bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is just not a very good beer all around. Some of the other Newcastle seasonal beers have been tolerable but this one is definitely at the bottom of the pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 17:59:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looking not a million miles from Newkie Broon Ale with a light brown/bronze body and none comital white head.

Slightly sweet on the nose Rock candy, vanilla essence and cut grass.

Funny tasting and poorly balanced pine nuts and some hops but somehow not quite right almost rescued by a bitter aftertaste, almost.

Too thin on the mouthfeel, too lively carbonation.

In one word Lacklustre.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 22:28:18 | More by EmperorBevis
Photo of Bfarr


2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 22:48:46 | More by Bfarr
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2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is actually my first review so bear with me.

I actually have always enjoyed other reviews and felt a little too uneducated about beer to write my own. But I was so unimpressed with this beer I had to speak up.

I may be too quick to judge because I just bought a six pack and only tried a mouthful (I let my friend have the first bottle).

However, I was VERY disappointed. If there is a such thing as a "light" ale, I think I just found it. Lacked flavor, aroma and body. It makes me wonder because I have had Newcastle's other releases and was unhappy as well.

Will make for an upscale round of beer pong.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 20:29:24 | More by BeerRookie87
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2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass the beer is a translucent amber color with a nice 2 finger white head, good retention, and lacing. Looks great. The nose is extremely sweet, overly so, with a strong caramel tone. A hint of earthy hops? Sweetness is too much and districts. The flavor starts with a nice light bready malt flavor from which the caramel builds. Again the sweetness appears and begins to overwhelm the flavor. Mildly bitter with a hint of earthy hops but the sweetness is too much. Lighter bodied and crisp with a lingering sugar flavor. Overall, too sweet for me, not balanced at all. Glad to have tried this as I had not heard of it but I won't be back.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 02:26:22 | More by hopfacebrew
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2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright copper with excellent clarity, nice foamy ivory colored head that holds some decent retention and leaves little lacing on the glass. Aromas are earthy, musty, and metallic, some toasted grain, and herbal hop. Tastes are earthy as well, with notes of toasted grain, herbal hops, grassy, nutty, rather bland with a metallic finish. As is warms, the sweetness they speak of comes out a little more in the way of caramel, albeit faint. Body is thin and watery, ample carbonation, goes down crisp and clean. Overall, I'm usually not a fan of herbal hops, so add that to the metallic finish and the muted flavor, this was not a hit for me. It wasn't awful, but wasn't good either. I'll still drink the 6 pack over time.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 19:47:56 | More by barnzy78
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2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A half finger head that is ivory in color. The is foamy and creamy with poor retention (typical in EPA). The color of the beer is reddish orange color with mahogany hues. The clarity of the beer is clear. Some carbonation bubble exist within the beer. The appearance of the beer is really good for this style of beer.

Nose: A moderate caramel malt aroma with some biscuit notes. The hops aroma is moderate with fruity esters and a hint of sulfur.

Taste: A mild caramel malt flavor with a subtle sweetness. The hops is mild with some fruity esters. Earthy, sulfur, and wood notes. To me, the flavors are lost and muddled, not much else in the way of flavors.

Mouth of the beer is slightly carbonated, coating, sticky, and astringent.

Overall: the body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium as well. I was let down by this beer, the beer taste skunky. I really do not know why, or how come. The aroma is so much better than the taste. It is just an okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 03:30:19 | More by colts9016
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.71/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear copper with a one finger moderately disappating white head. Left no lacing.

S - Some odd honey malt and hay with a bit of slight bubblegum. Smells kind of like a weak trippel.

T - Creamed corn and skunk, followed by a moderate amount of malt. Very grassy finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, It was a slightly glorified AAL. I'd have again at a party but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 06:36:30 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of cbutova


2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a pint glass with a copper-amber body. Forming on-top is a bubbly off-white head with lackluster retention. Small ring remains leaving a few fine lace streaks.

S- A bit malty with toasty, nutty and caramel hints. Some herbal, floral and earthy hops in the background.

T- Flavor feels stripped down. There are some good hints but not enough to be that satisfying. It feels like a light beer with slight hints of herbal/floral hops, citrus and cracker caramel malt. Yeast bread and fruit backbone.

MF- Light body with a silky texture. Carbonation is high and stings the palate just a bit. Slightly bitter finish.

Like I mentioned in the taste profile, it just feels like a beer that is missing a major flavor. There are decent hints here and there but it is somewhere between macro and decent pale ale. Does improve with warmth somewhat but there is still some fruity/raisin flavor that is a astringent.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 01:29:33 | More by cbutova
Photo of rangerred


2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Appearance is a clear dark orange with a tiny head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is of slightly toasted caramel and a faint wisp of grassy hops.

The flavor is watered down toasted caramel with maybe just a hint of dark fruit. There is a drying bitterness towards the finish but no real hop flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty watery.

Overall this beer seems like it is halfway to being pretty good. The initial flavors just drop off too rapidly and everything becomes muddled after that. A nice try, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 01:28:02 | More by rangerred
Photo of pmcadamis


2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Bronze-gold ale with a thin head. A bit of soapy lace coats the glass.

S - Butterscotch and Ritz crackers. Tangerine and orange juice hop notes.

T - Buttery up front with some thinly citrusy hops at the end. A little sour in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with an off-dry finish.

I've always thought that their standard brown ale was sort of thin and flavorless, and this doesn't really change my opinion of the brewery. Like their ubiquitous brown brew, this is far from bad, it's just sort of plain. This also has a slightly sour finish and buttery/fruity combo that I didn't really care for.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 15:48:28 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of AllenJasper


2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle to mug

A:coppery bronze with 1-2 fingers of slightly off-white head, mild lacing

S: hints of pine, caramel, and hops

T: not as hoppy as i like my pale ales, slight hint of pine, but then mid-palate, an alcohol taste sneaks in, and escalates until you want another sip to get rid of it. (edit: in my nine reviews, this beer contains the least amt. of alcohol)

M: rather soft for a pale ale.

O: Not a bad beer, but certainly not a good pale ale. I doubt the Brits were thinking of competing with Sierra Nevada for an inexpensive but damn good pale ale. But if they had, they failed.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 05:20:45 | More by AllenJasper
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New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this lighter beer to pair with a long night of work. Newcastle didn't seem like much of a challenge.

I poured this beer into a fluted glass and got about two fingers of foam. The coloring is a little darker than the average Newcastle.

Off the top I pick up a little maple and some wheat. I'm not getting much hops out of this one.

The flavor is really funky. I get a lot of funk throughout my mouth. I don't get much more, just a little bitterness.

This wasn't a very good beer. I can't recommend this one for any occasion or pairing.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 00:13:28 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of NODAK


2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell here isn't anything special, and I certainly don't get some of the notes that others have had. It seems somewhat vegetal to me at first...almost like an American macro. Eventually some malt sweetness does peek through but it's faint. Not all that great.

The taste isn't anything I'd really call wonderful, either. Again, there is some malt sweetness present to a degree, but there's also that vegetal taste that I get again and it's here in droves. I get more of that than any other taste in this one. Towards the finish, there's a touch of grain and a smattering of hops that give it sort of a dry finish. Regardless, it's really pretty thin.

Eh....didn't think I'd say it, but the original Newcastle probably has a better flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:27:17 | More by NODAK
Photo of Draughted


2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass:

Color: Dull copper, yet an overall weak pale ale.

Smell: Penny (U.S. 1 cent) scent with light pale ale hops, but who knows. Floral notes, but nothing that makes sense overall for a Newcastle special edition.

Taste; It sort of falls apart for me here. Based on my experience, this is a pale ale that is lacking in the traditional hop blend. It is like tasting the "one and only" Brown Ale, but without the sweetness and traditional Newcastle famous brown-ale taste. It is not undrinkable, it is just serves no purpose next to its famous counterpart.

Mouthfeel: Quality ale feel, but a little bit over-bubbly for a pale ale. I really wanted this to be an expansion of my favorite beers (The One and Only Brown Ale). I think it is a "pale comparison", pun intended.

Overall - Not really worth it. Much better Pale Ales out there, and Newcastle's One and Only Brown is one of my favorites if I had to rank them. Some companies excel in their main brew, some extend that to their expansions. This would be an example of one that just, pure and simple, failed.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 06:58:16 | More by Draughted
Photo of hackmann


2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On the bottle: “Founders’ is a pale ale with a dry hoppy flavour and aroma. It is sweet rather than bitter, with a clean short finish.”

Appearance: shiny crystal copper body with a thin eggshell colored head that leaves very little lacing

Aroma: clean aroma, dry white toast, not much else

Flavors: okay, I’ll buy their description ‘dry hoppy flavour’ – a light grassy dry hops, light caramel, toasted white bread

Mouthfeel: Yes it is clean and short on the aftertaste, moderate carbonation,

To the Point: they are correct and honest in their description. How many times a company says, ‘full bodied, big time hops or malts, triple hopped’ … sure, sure, sure … you buy it and try it and it tastes light bodied and thin on the flavor side.

If you want simple, fairly clean, light on the flavors, easy to drink, and personally it is not that bad tasting.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 20:59:37 | More by hackmann
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 20:23:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of woodychandler


2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My generous local trader, tone77, really came through recently and I am spending some time getting caught up. Many thanks for all of the different beers!

From the bottle: "A blighty good brew"; "From the One & Only"; "To Our Fivefathers"; "We bring you Newcastle Founders' Ale, a unique Limited Edition brew with the drinkability you expect from Newcastle. Our Newcastle founders came together to produce beers with real star quality. This ale is a tribute to the heritage and authenticity of those top brewers of Victorian Newcastle. Founders' is a pale ale with a dry hoppy flavour and aroma. It is sweet rather than bitter, with a clean short finish. What better way to toast the season of renewal!"

My pour produced a finger of dense tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was soft, slightly hoppy but with a good deal of biscuit malt up front. Mouthfeel was likewise rather soft with flavors of grass, crackers and even a metallic tang on the tongue. Finish was dry, no question, but I felt like something was missing. I had this on draft at one point and really enjoyed it, but this presentation seemed somehow lacking. Just not enough Ooomph, I guess.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 01:12:10 | More by woodychandler
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2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper that is totally translucent. Even with an aggressive head there was no more than a 1/2 finger head. And it had no retention. Average lacing.

S- Not a whole lot of aroma. Grainy smell with some grassy notes. Very little hop profile.

T- Grainy like the smell. Did i buy an adjunct american lager by mistake? Sweet, malty base. Slight herbal hops that you are used to with English ales. Pretty one dimensional. Touch of caramel and pale malts. Not much bitterness. An English ale with an adjunct taste

M- Pretty refreshing and smooth. Light body. Not much flavor lingers. (maybe a good thing)

O- No thanks. If you are looking for a beer with a light body/flavor profile that is not too filling and you are sick with bmc, then you may be pleased with this one. About as average as can be. Probably won't have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 00:01:02 | More by Bosoxfan20
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2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 19:00:27 | More by OWSLEY069
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New York

2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 04:56:31 | More by fmccormi
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Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.