Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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2.75/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
02-10-2012 01:28:02 | More by rangerred
2.78/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
12-09-2012 15:48:28 | More by pmcadamis
2.8/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
02-05-2012 05:20:45 | More by AllenJasper
2.83/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
09-06-2012 00:13:28 | More by ummswimmin
2.9/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
02-01-2012 02:27:17 | More by NODAK
2.9/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
02-19-2012 06:58:16 | More by Draughted
2.9/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
05-17-2013 20:59:37 | More by hackmann
2.93/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
05-15-2012 20:23:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
07-17-2012 01:12:10 | More by woodychandler
2.93/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
03-17-2013 00:01:02 | More by Bosoxfan20
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
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
2.95/5 rDev -9.2%
The beer comes out a solid amber color, two-finger white head, and good carbonation. Great clarity and lacing.
No obvious malt nose except for a tad bit of sweetness, but there is a grass-like hop aroma. Not much else.
The taste brings out more malt character. Light biscuit and cereal notes. There's a light yet sharp bitterness throughout.
Mouthfeel is rather light and crisp with a light residual sweetness.
I can't get too fired-up on this pale ale. Drinkable but not memorable. Would I drink it again? Sure. Would this be one of the first beers I'd go for if given a choice. Nope.
03-11-2012 23:32:43 | More by beergoot
2.95/5 rDev -9.2%
Founders is an alright ale. I'm not the biggest fan of ales, but I am a big fan of Newcastle so I had to try. First and formost the best thing I enjoyed about this was the mouth feel. It's very malty like in the mouth. Worst thing I hated is the after taste. Too bitter for me. The overall finish is okay. In my opinion this beer taste quite a bit like Fat Tire. The caramel biscut taste is all up there front and center. It's worth trying, but I'm not a big fan of ales. Give it a try!
05-27-2012 01:24:14 | More by Clones21
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.