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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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BA SCORE
75
okay

388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
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 cbutova
2.73/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of fisherbray
3.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of JLapadura
2/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Amp
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.3/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of IMTHOMAS
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of guzzleacoldone
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An okay ale. Seems mass produced and lacking passion. Gives some slight promising character, but doesn't deliver a real firm punch. Could have been a whole lot more, but it's clear these guys are catering to the mass market. Decent, but not anything spectacular.

Photo of Nate
3/5  rDev -8%

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.

Photo of mcsquint
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of robertaddis
4.5/5  rDev +38%

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

Photo of lovellfam5
4.5/5  rDev +38%

Photo of MSR129
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of keenanite21
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of bh123
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of fchicken
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of wages
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Photo of Jhatwig
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of tsulli
3.75/5  rDev +15%

Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.