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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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75
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369 Ratings
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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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05-08-2013 00:47:38 | More by Tavo2311
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dalepryor

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

05-07-2013 21:12:08 | More by dalepryor
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at The Tap in Boston, MA

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some light amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall frothy off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale and biscuit malts along with a lightly fruity yeast and just a touch teas leaves.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with just a hint of the pale malts. Light notes of fruity yeasts and hints of tea leaves (likely from an herbal/earthy hop). Light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Very easy to drink and definitely one that could be a session beer - reminds me of afternoons in pubs when visiting London. Not one I would go out of my way to find again but certainly one I would enjoy if I came across it in a bar again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 18:06:07 | More by dbrauneis
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h4ger

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -8%

05-05-2013 00:05:15 | More by h4ger
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +15%

05-03-2013 20:14:24 | More by RedneckBeerz
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gshackles

New York

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

05-02-2013 02:07:42 | More by gshackles
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A blighty good brew the bottle says... Well its certainly an "ok" one...

Appearance: Quite bright, almost florescent straw color with a hint of caramel. Not much head going on but there seems to be some nice lacing an a halo of foam around the meniscus.

Smell: Straight forward, simple and understated. Gently hopped with what I presume is traditional English bittering hops. Good malt balance. Slight metallic note but nothing truly off putting.

Taste: Pretty well balanced but unremarkable. No off flavours really. This would be very drinkable stuff.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, and nice bitter finish

Overall: Not great, but decent. A good addition to their excellent and world famous brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 01:37:11 | More by uno99
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MarshMan71

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

04-28-2013 20:22:56 | More by MarshMan71
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -8%

04-27-2013 18:53:35 | More by Damian74Shensky
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DirtyPenny

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

04-25-2013 22:49:15 | More by DirtyPenny
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.24/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not expecting much from this one... indiscernible dating code on it

Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb+ of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Pears & jammy notes,

T: Follows the nose,a touch of diacetyl & faint leafy hops. Slight sulphuric notes mix in with ever so faint leafy & mineral hoppyness, plus cardboard & a wisp of pear flavor as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty & sulphury; finished stronger than it started

MF: Light bodied, fairly firm carbonation, gets even thinner as this warms

An average example of the style, muted hop profile, alright drinkability. Got better as it warmed past cellar temp, but not enough to redeem it

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 02:32:14 | More by russpowell
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BuddyE

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -8%

04-23-2013 05:27:53 | More by BuddyE
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Bighorn

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-22-2013 23:43:02 | More by Bighorn
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Bowers-Brew

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -31%

04-21-2013 21:42:03 | More by Bowers-Brew
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Act25

New Jersey

2.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like other reviewers this beer gets slightly better as it warms. And even with one glass tasting notes could be all over the map but never up and to the right.

A- Nice color, but the head doesn't last. 2nd try did lace well. Lots of large bubbles in fast fade head. Lots of bubbles in the body.

S- Smells sweet and malty. Not much going on. A little industrial stink, a touch staleness.

T- Thin. Better taste than smell. changes over time and temperature. Malt mostly, a bit of tingle, feel the bubbles, but not much hops. Better than their brown ale, but I am not a Newcastle fan. I am not a Scotch Ale fan. Stick to whiskey mates! With the better scotch ales, they need to breathe and warm.

M- Feel is refreshing. OK in a pinch. Lots of bubbles. Easy going.

This ale is not exciting. OK / average. No real subtlety or hop flavor, no big flavor arc as with a real pale ale like Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale. Would drink only if everything else was bud.

Serving type: bottle

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TubbyDullard

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -8%

04-19-2013 15:48:52 | More by TubbyDullard
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SuyoonShin

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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davemathews68

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

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tr9871

Mississippi

3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this beer previously at a much colder temperature and found that I did not care for it very much. This time I waited until it warmed to around 52-54 degrees and was pleased to find that characteristics were a bit more appealing.

A- The color is a very nice dark copper color, perfectly clear with large bubbles in the head. It seems a bit dark for a pale ale on first glance. The small head did not last long and disappeared very quickly. Left no lacing.

S- Not much going on here, some toasted malt smells and a very faint hop aroma. Smells sweet.

T- Same as the smell really. Not much going on. Mostly a sweet malty beer with barely any bitterness or hop character. Not too sweet however, with just barely enough dryness coming through to make it palatable.

M- This is where this beer comes through and shares similarities with the more widely enjoyed Newcastle Brown Ale. It has about the same mouthfeel- delightfully thin and easy to drink with not too much or too little carbonation. Could be quite refreshing on a hot day.

Overall, this beer is not bad, its just nothing exciting. It is a bit unbalanced for the style, with too much sweetness and not enough hops to counteract the malts. I will be able to finish the six pack, but won't seek this one out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 01:47:51 | More by tr9871
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gritz147

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-15-2013 00:02:49 | More by gritz147
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml Bottle: best before 30 Apr 2013, opened on 12 Apr 2013 and poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard.

Looked good, light amber going onto copper in body colour, on top a full head of white crowned it off nicely.

I thought this had a malt bias throughout: something I like. The nose had a mild caramel hint within the aroma and that followed along within the mouth flavours. Hops are around giving the beer a balanced feel but this is a semi-sweet brew which fits my taste profile very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 06:19:25 | More by BlackHaddock
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magnusdave

New York

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

04-12-2013 00:57:46 | More by magnusdave
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CoCambria

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -8%

04-11-2013 12:30:23 | More by CoCambria
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Nebraska

2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

04-11-2013 04:06:36 | More by beerbrains
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.