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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 386
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 smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

smakawhat, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pub pint glass, copper colored with a small white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: light hop smells with a light sulfur mineral smell, caramel malt

T: malt profile up front, toasty bread, cereal grain

M: thinner side of medium with a drier finish

O: drinkable but not really noteworthy, nice toast flavor

M_C_Hampton, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into goblet.

A: Pours a clear reddish amber with a 1 finger white head. Fisheyes in the head dissipate it quickly. Hardly any visible carbonation. Pretty good lacing on the glass.

S: Musty skunky hop with a roasted stale malt compliment. Smells quite English indeed. Pretty standard.

T: Smooth blend of sweet roasted malt and hop. More sweet and hoppy than bitter. Some of that cellar taste in it.

M: Pretty refreshing to drink. Nothing too strong about it. Leaves a sweet taste on the palate after swallowing. Low carbonation but still fairly clean.

Overall I'd imagine this is better on draft and on a warm day. Wouldnt turn this down in the future, not a bad beer.

CloudStrife, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of dbossman
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper hue with a thin head; bubbly; good lacing

S: Grainy and bready: really toasty, slightly burnt; some herbal and grassy notes from the hops

T: Much more bitterness up front than I expected from the aromas; herbal, grassy hops but the sweet bready malt balances this out rather nicely

F: A touch over-carbonated and thin though a good oily residue gives this beer enough mouth feel

O: An easy drinking English pale ale; nothing incredibly crazy here--just a drinkable, simple brew but I like it nonetheless

dbossman, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells of crackers and malt with a little caramel. Low level of scent though.

Starts out mildly malty with the taste of English style hops. Tastes of herbs and leather with some tobacco flavor. This get sweeter as you drink it but it is a nice English Pale Ale. I get a real light butter and toffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty English Pale Ale. Not outstanding here but I could drink another.

Zorro, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of damndirtyape
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a Shaker pint glass. I'm guessing this is from the 2011 round of this brew, since the Newcastle website says that this beer won't be out until Feb 2012. Batch on the bottle is 30 11 W, L324 59 21.

Appearance: Crystal clear copper color with a rocky white head upon pouring. Foam died down pretty quickly to a thin ring at the edge and some islands of thin foam across the top. Some long strands of persistent lacing noted here and there.

Smell: Sweet malt mostly, with some toasted smells, caramel, and toffee notes thrown in. Faint though, not a very strong smelling beer, but what I can smell is appealing enough.

Taste: Sweet, but not overpowering. Definitely malt forward and malt heavy but not a malt bomb. Reminds me a bit more of a ESB rather than an English Pale Ale as described on the bottle and Newcastle website. Malt flavors again are caramel and mild toffee flavors. Bitter finish at the end is earthy, not tea-like or typically what I would expect from an ESB...and so it's hard to describe exactly what that bitter finish is like. Still, it works here, but you'll need to want a sweet brew to really enjoy this one I think - more malt than hops.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, but just right. Mouthfeel of the beer however is a bit on the watery side.

Overall / Drinkability: Interesting beer. Went well with food (meatballs, rice, green beans) and went fast by itself. I think this beer would be better on draft/cask, and again wondering about its age, for a beer from the 2011 brewing of this beer it's pretty good for this age. But with the cryptic nature of the date stamp no way to know for sure. So overall, not a "wow" beer, but definitely above average and worth a try.

damndirtyape, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a Newcastle Geordie Schooner Glass.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thinned out and left some thin lacing.

S - sweet caramel cream with a earthy smell.

T - sweet toffee met briefly with enough hops to keep the malty sweetness in check.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - "A Blighty Good Brew".

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, dark amber body with nearly a half inch of near white fizz.

Smell: Minor notes of toast, nutty caramel with a layering of dried herb hops.

Taste: Crisped sugar flecks atop a very lightly toasted bready malt base. Light berry-esque quality. Leafy, herbal hops with a medium-low bitterness. Dry, bready, leafy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: While not a beer to be celebrated, it is okay, it is drinkable, and a far sight better than some of their other seasonal offerings.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color. Beautifully crystal. Hefty bone collar of a finger and a half. Laces with oily foam stick.

Lightly toasty and very floral. Some harvest fruit and an ester reminiscent of tutti frutti. Fresh and minty nose. The hops that carry that are of that disposition.

Weaker in the flavor, after a very mild aroma. Steeped grains gather some sweeter notes alongside that light toast. A little soapy, too. Herbal hops have a spearmint freshness. Almost a note of cilantro. Somewhat grassy. Faint artificial peach.

Lightly carbonated. Hard to conjure up a burp. Reasonably easy to take down. The body is not particularly smooth, but it's at the right viscosity.

Newcastle is not where to turn for an authentic and delicious session pale. Look elsewhere. This one misses the mark.

thecheapies, May 10, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clean amber, with a brisk white head. Attractive. Thick, but not delicate band of lace.

Nose is grainy sweet. A little fruit in there, too. Not bad,

Taste is mild, with malts in the classic English pale ale tradition, but more balanced than others I've had of late. I get a gentle hint of citrus hops in the mix, which makes for a solid and enjoyable brew. Solid enough of a sessioner.

secondtooth, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Bitterbill, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pure white head a bit more than a finger tall tops a clear, rust-colored brew. Quite creamy and rocky, the retention is good and this solid head leaves good lacing.
The aroma gives a twinge of grains, a bit of an herbal note, some very light earthy hops, and a touch of something a little bit brighter. This isn't strong, but it isn't completely lifeless or dull either, as a bit of complexity pushes it over average.
The taste is the same; lightly herbal and gently earthy with almost a touch of an American-style brightness from hops, there's a bit more hops than I detect in the smell. Grains still pull through all the way. If not for a taint of rubbing alcohol in the finish, this is good.
The body is light, as expected, though the crispness comes from a carbonation that fades off toward the middle. It's pretty dry until that point, at which it becomes even drier and pushes out an astringent element, though it's not extreme.

Brenden, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that has good retention properties and left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass..
S: There are aromas of pale malts in the nose along with some notes of fruity yeast and hints of tea leaves.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of pale malts and fruity yeast along with notes of biscuits and crackers. Some notes of tea leaves are noticeable in the finish. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing overly special about the taste but this beer goes down like a breeze and is quite quaffable.

metter98, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of MCDuhamel
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip at cellar temperature. A fairly small, white head forms on the pour, maintaining a foamy cap all the way down. Carbonation appears light, as is appropriate for the style and, unfortunately, increasingly uncommon in bottled pale ales. The beer is a very clear dark orange. The nose is of hay, light toffee and pear skin. The flavor reveals a nutty toffee/caramel, balanced by a light bitterness, with some English hop character. The finish is a tad sour. The mouthfeel is light. Overall, really a very decent English pale ale. Nicely balanced, tending toward the malty side.

MCDuhamel, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Strix
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-yellow, decent head, nice curtain of lace.

English hops and malt the main scent.

Caramel, toffee and sweet malt, bready earthy hop note.

Crisp smooth mouthfeel.

This was nicely balanced, if not particularly unique. I'd have another.

Strix, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Mitchster
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$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.

Mitchster, Mar 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.