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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 377
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 Brenden


3.48/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

02-28-2012 17:41:55 | More by Brenden
Photo of barczar


3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a clear light copper color with a half inch solid cream head that dissipates quickly into a skin of bubbly foam.

Herbal hops lead the aroma, with a biscuity, almost toasted malt dominating the finish. A hint of citrus accompanies the tea-like herbal hops.

Flavor is decidedly malty, toasted bread and caramel, toffee, with hints of lemon and orange at the finish. A bit of bitterness closes out the flavor profile.

Body is moderate to light, with a fairly high level of carbonation.

A very sessionable beer. Not a whole lot of complexity, but it's an English pale ale.

02-28-2012 04:43:56 | More by barczar
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

02-28-2012 00:10:28 | More by rayj212
Photo of Shakerman


3/5  rDev -7.7%

02-27-2012 23:33:29 | More by Shakerman
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-26-2012 12:53:35 | More by tread
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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

02-26-2012 01:06:54 | More by khargro2
Photo of duceswild


3/5  rDev -7.7%

02-25-2012 18:22:10 | More by duceswild
Photo of Merkur


3.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Beer pours a solid amber color, with a little bit of white foam.

Beer smells a bit grassy and slightly of sweet caramel malts. Not very hoppy.

Beer taste sweet and malty, with a bit of spicy and slightly floral hops on the back end. Not too terribly overpowering.

Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated but very easy drinking.

An OK pale ale.

02-25-2012 15:31:15 | More by Merkur
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-25-2012 02:46:05 | More by hockenbeer
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

02-25-2012 01:22:13 | More by SteveGus
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-24-2012 23:36:13 | More by Bito401
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.58/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

02-24-2012 17:59:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BeerRookie87


2.63/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

02-20-2012 20:29:24 | More by BeerRookie87
Photo of augustgarage


3.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Hooray for brown glass bottles - poured from a 12oz one into my Samuel Smith nonik.

Brilliantly clear safety orange liquid is capped by a fringe of off-white foam. Poor retention; fast running vaguely soapy lacing.

Malty, caramel-laden aroma with no real hop presence (I know Styrian Goldings are delicate but in this beer they appear to be too delicate). One man's bland is another man's clean...

Caramel and white tea on the palate - slightly floral hop notes, with very low bitterness and a touch of orange peel. Finishes dry and not-quite-crackery. Faint toast and spice emerge as the beer warms.

Light bodied with somewhat low carbonation.

An average, middle of the road, unoffensive example of the style. Rather weak, but at least it isn't overly suffused with corn, sugar, and other adjuncts in the flavor profile.

02-20-2012 04:48:32 | More by augustgarage
Photo of scottfrie


3.1/5  rDev -4.6%

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a dark shade of amber with a couple fingers of greasy off-white head that slowly faded into a thick oily film leaving sticky sheets of lace down the glass.
S: I get notes of leafy, earthy hops and a bit on onion. There is just a hint of pale grains and bready malts. There is a tiny bit of citrus as well.
T: More bread crust malt than the nose with the earthy leafy hops bringing up the rear. The finish has that faint note of lemon and onion, and the aftertaste is slightly metallic. Grains and a hint of grass are noticeable as well.
M: Medium body with a thickish and slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is even and not overly ample.
O: Not the most enjoyable beer. I’m no expert on the style, and I’ve never consumed an English beer from the source where I’m sure they are a lot better, but let’s just say I’m glad I got a single bottle instead of the six or twelve pack.

02-19-2012 23:02:44 | More by scottfrie
Photo of Draughted


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
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New York

3/5  rDev -7.7%

02-19-2012 06:05:25 | More by JedediahK
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-19-2012 02:10:30 | More by SouthernBuckeye
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South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint

The beer pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a small off white white head that recedes quickly leaving behind just the slightest bit of lacing.

The aroma is slightly sweet, with caramel malts being the main discernable aroma. I get a bit of earthiness, and some spicy hops as well. The aroma is fairly mild and not overly inviting, but not quite off putting either.

The flavor is slightly toasty, with some herbal and grassy hop flavors. There is a bit of a fruity yeast flavor that is just barely noticable. The body is light to light medium, and the carbonation is on the light side. The beer finishes dry and leaves behind very little after taste.

Overall, this is a fairly average beer, that fails to distinguish itself. Not a bad beer, but not a good beer either. To be honest, if I had not reviewed it, I would have forgotten that I even tried.

02-18-2012 22:45:55 | More by CBlack85
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -7.7%

02-17-2012 23:34:16 | More by ATPete
Photo of EagleTalon


3.98/5  rDev +22.5%

Pours to a generous but coarse head with lots of large "fish eye" bubbles and generous sticky lace with a golden amber/brown color. Aroma is sweet malt and pastries with a floral and fruity aroma possibly attributed to esters and hops. Flavor is a complex blend of sweet malt, biscuits (in the British sense) and spicy hop flavor and resiny hop bittnerness to balance it out. This tastes fresher than what usually comes across the pond. Mouthfeel is light and the CO2 is refreshingly restrained. This would be an entirely different experience on the palate if it had been pumped up to an American CO2 level. Overall, this is tasty, complex and well composed EPA.

02-17-2012 22:31:44 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of BDIMike


3.68/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

02-17-2012 02:04:01 | More by BDIMike
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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

02-17-2012 01:23:54 | More by murf1087
Photo of Finn


3.85/5  rDev +18.5%

Medium amber and clear with a thin fine head on top, the aroma has husky grains and fruit, with a hint of toffee. A taste reveals a full, fruity english yeast profile, with a smooth caramel backbone. Throughout is a mild bitterness that surrounds it all. this is a medium bodied, clean and crisp english pale ale. Very well done and drinkable, though not bold really, it's an easy-drinking and tasty beer.

02-17-2012 01:17:46 | More by Finn
Photo of outsider


3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-16-2012 22:34:48 | More by outsider
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.