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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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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 jmbranum
4.43/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle.

Nice fresh aroma. Light amber clear liquid with generous white head.

Extremely well-balanced pale ale. Excellent pairing of hops and malt, just the right amount of each. A tinge of pineapple. Some grainy notes. A little bit of herbs.

Smooth finish. Nice light-to-medium mouthfeel.

Overall, a great session beer and a nice change of pace. I've had a lot of hop and malt monsters lately so I enjoyed something that was more easy going but still tasty and definitely balanced.

jmbranum, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of doowhat
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

doowhat, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of nickdank
3/5  rDev -7.7%

nickdank, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Smarty_Pints
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Smarty_Pints, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Esplinx
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Thin white head that dissipates quickly. Copper color.
S: Pale malts. Caramel. Nutty. Slight honey.
T: Similar to Newcastle Brown except smoother and lighter. Upfront there are biscuit malts with some pale malts. Caramel notes throughout. Some grassy hop that tastes kind of like tea leaves. Finish is sweet and slightly fruity.
M: Light bodied. Easy drinking. Refreshing especially after being out in the sunshine all day.
O: A decent session beer worth drinking. Not amazing by any means but if you like the one and only then its a good beer to get into. I wasn't begging for another but I will definitely finish off the case I bought.

Esplinx, Feb 19, 2014
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
Photo of benloho
3/5  rDev -7.7%

benloho, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of KyleRV
3.25/5  rDev 0%

KyleRV, Jan 30, 2014
3.25/5  rDev 0%

REY_CORTEZ, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of jzlyo
3/5  rDev -7.7%

jzlyo, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3/5  rDev -7.7%

DrunkinYogi, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of kvgomps
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Petey_the_Quiet, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of osant37
3/5  rDev -7.7%

osant37, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of tard24
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

tard24, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of javlin624
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

javlin624, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of thegiantc
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

thegiantc, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -7.7%

jaydoc, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of Arch-Harris
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Arch-Harris, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
2/5  rDev -38.5%

KevinGordon, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of TR0219
3.25/5  rDev 0%

TR0219, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of anon
3/5  rDev -7.7%

anon, Sep 10, 2013
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 instinct2
2/5  rDev -38.5%

instinct2, Aug 13, 2013
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.