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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | 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 zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, egg shell white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel, sweet breads and floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet bready malt with some caramel and toffee. It had a grassy bitterness I associate with an English pale.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice pale ale. I enjoyed this new Newcastle.

zeff80, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Omnium
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Winter Lager Glass

A - Pours a dark gold/light amber color, with half a finger of head, medium lacing.
S - Some baking flour, lager yeast, floral hops, and a little fresh cut grass.
T - This tastes and drinks much more like a lager than a pale ale, with just a few more hops, and some light fresh baked bread kinda malt.
M - Clean and smooth, nice finish for refreshment.
O - While not the worst, this is decently sessionable with some moderate flavors that make for a good hoppy lager, but its far off from a pale ale.

Omnium, May 13, 2013
Photo of magnj
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - Clear copper body, white head drops quickly leaving behind a little bit of lacing.

s - Caramel dominates, toasty, hard to detect anything other than a bit of grassy hops.

t - Caramel up front, crisp, well balanced, hop bitterness is detectable but doesn't add much to the flavor profile. Slight bit of vegetable to it throughout.

m - light mouthfeel complimented by crisp taste

o - Nice balanced beer, let it get a bit warmer for it to open up.

magnj, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with a decent head, but weak retention. A little skim showing towards the end. No lace. Brown bottle - for Newcastle?

Some toasted malt, a little caramel, some bitter herbal notes.

Decent toasted malt with moderate hop bitterness. Some slight sweetness, but balanced out with some good toasted grain notes and light bitterness in the finish. I was surprised how easy drinking this was.

Medium body, good carbonation.

One of Newcastle's better offerings. Good balance, not over sweet. I had this with lunch and it was great with food. Worth a shot.

OtherShoe2, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: VONS in Grantville (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $8.49 for a 6-pack
Purchased: Feb. 7, 2013
Consumed: Feb. 7. 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel amber clear color with about one finger of bubbly off-white head that dissipated very fast. Minimal lacing on the sides. Very bad retention.

Smelled skunky malts up front. Also bread, hay, cereal, honey and light lemon grass. Some amber-like malts come in late.

Tasted much better than the smell. Got honey, light lemon, cereal, hay bread and a metallic finish.

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt finish. Somewhat refreshing.

Decent beer. Nothing to great, nothing too bad.

BucannonXC5, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Offa
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a good English pale ale.

Amber, small off-white head soon thinning to foamy ring and wisps.

Aroma is nutty toasted bread, grain, hint of baked apples, leaves & tea.

Taste is bread dough, metal hint, peppery-leafy bitterness dominating finish gently, with faint hint of caramelised grain. It is fairly simple but well-rounded, solid, balanced, and enjoyable.

Offa, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of NiceTaps
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

A- Poured a bright copper-amber color with brilliant clarity and nice lively bubbles. A 1-plus finger head resulted from a gentle pour, it tapered to a heavy film and left some lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malts dominate. It smells good, but I would like some more hop aroma to come through.

T- Again, it tasted good, but the sweet malts really make it one dimensional. There is a note of alcohol, surprisingly.

M-Like it says on the bottle, sweet not bitter. It also has a very clean short finish as advertised. The sweet malts do give it some body, and the carbonation is okay. No bite.

O- It comes as advertised, so my review really is subjective. I like to 'feel' the hops, that's lacking here.

NiceTaps, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, deep copper with an off-white 2 finger head, good retention, and resulting in a nice lace.

Smell - Faint, sweet malt aromas; nut and bread.

Taste - Light, sweet malt flavors: bread and caramel. Hops are hidden, but their presence provide good balance.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Carbonation makes for a crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - A good offering from Newcastle. The flavors are somewhat tame, but there's a nice all-around balance. Certainly drinkable, and not a bad option for session drinking.

TheSixthRing, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of MSR129
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-color. Pours with a very thin head. While it's no porter, it is darker than many pale ales.

S: Nothing special. Despite the low ABV, you can smell the alcohol. It is not an aromatic beer.

T: Good full-bodied taste. Plenty of hops, but not overpowering like New Belgium's Ranger. It is grainy and sweet.

M: For something with such a thin head, it is certainly well-carbonated. Classic pale ale sharpness. The feel is like that of a stronger beer. It is very smooth.

O: An easy-to-drink pale ale that is a great value ($8 or $9 for a sixer). A great way to introduce your friends to the joys of pale ales. It has the sharp edge you expect, but not as hard as the Ranger or Sam Adams' Latitude 48.

MSR129, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of wages
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5 - transparent copper, pours a one finger white head that disappears fairly quickly

smell - 4/5 - can't smell anything but I think that is due to the charcoal grill near me

Taste - 3.5/5 - I instantly tasted the same strange flavor that permeates their nut brown ale. I'm beginning to think it is the water creating the flavor, but I don't know for sure. Aside from that, I find it more enjoyable than the brown. While it has a faint sweet flavor, it leaves a dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5 - seems like a moderate amount of carbonation that doesn't add our take away from the beer.seems to have a medium body and is somewhat refreshing

Overall - 3.5/5 - not a bad brew, but kind of ho hum overall. I could care less whether I drank it again or not

wages, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium amber to copper with a light white head, some lace.

S: Light notes of sulfur, malt, minerals, some citrus.

T: Biscuity malt, moderate hopping for the style. Good flavour, nothing overwhelming at all.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, easy drinking, refreshing.

O: A solid quaffer, nothing more. Worth a single pickup for fans of this style.

Halcyondays, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cyberkedi, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of BeerWithMike
3.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a very small white head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is of caramel and hops. Tasted pretty much like the smell suggests with toasted malt as well. Overall, surprised that it was pretty good as I do like their "Brown Ale" also and fairly smooth to drink.

BeerWithMike, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of BDIMike
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice looking dark tan hue. A slight bit of carbonation, but a nice thick white head that retains throughout the entire drink.
Smell has very nice caramel notes to this beer. Also, a bit of good dry hop smell, too.
Taste has nice caramel and toffee malts to it. The hops are not the usual European hops that I am used to. Instead of being bitter, they are very sweet.
Mouthfeel is very nice on this beer. A good thickness and carbonation creates a solid beer with good refreshing qualities.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. Very good tastes going on, but a very nice balance. I could, and have drank these beers all day long. Great beer for the spring time. I nice new offering from Newcastle.

BDIMike, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of jkrich
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: bright and clear copper hue with a quickly receding white head. The pour looks exactly like a Bass ale.

The aroma was sharp and peppery with an almost rye-like aroma.

The ale has a refreshing, rounded malty flavor very typical of an English ale with a faint, buttery aftertaste. The mild hop profile helps support the malt and keeps the ale from being one-dimensionally cloying.

The body was light with a thin, sleek and short-lived mouthfeel. A slight sweetness lingers on the palate and quickly fades.

It is very quaffable and lively if a little boring. This ale is clean and sessionable but hardly memorable.

jkrich, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of deadchef
3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from a bottle into a standard pint...

a: short head, off white, quickly dissipates. dark brassy color, transparent.

s: pineapple, cream, caramel, a little spice.

t: caramel malts, dried dates, medium toast. floral hop flavor. medium-dry finish. bitterness smoothed out by a residual sweetness.

m: medium body, maybe a bit too carbonated from what i would expect for a pale from across the pond.

o: sub 5% puts this in the sessionable category. easy drinking with lots of flavor. not what i expected from a this but interesting nonetheless.

deadchef, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.