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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 14.72%
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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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

03-23-2012 06:04:20 | More by ChrisPratz
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2/5  rDev -38.7%

03-21-2012 05:59:26 | More by pjeezus
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-21-2012 01:32:16 | More by rcatalano
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4.5/5  rDev +38%

03-20-2012 09:18:08 | More by Majorwolfe
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2.63/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass the beer is a translucent amber color with a nice 2 finger white head, good retention, and lacing. Looks great. The nose is extremely sweet, overly so, with a strong caramel tone. A hint of earthy hops? Sweetness is too much and districts. The flavor starts with a nice light bready malt flavor from which the caramel builds. Again the sweetness appears and begins to overwhelm the flavor. Mildly bitter with a hint of earthy hops but the sweetness is too much. Lighter bodied and crisp with a lingering sugar flavor. Overall, too sweet for me, not balanced at all. Glad to have tried this as I had not heard of it but I won't be back.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 02:26:22 | More by hopfacebrew
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +15%

03-19-2012 02:11:04 | More by Gilly1980
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent head and lacing, bronze color beer, lots of carbonation. A sweet malty, corn smell. Taste is smooth, sweet, uncomplicated. A little bready flavor on the back end and a touch of sourness like the kind you'd find with Jack Daniels - again, reminding me of corn. Could probably have several because it goes down easily, but there are better session beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:27:34 | More by jar2574
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3/5  rDev -8%

03-17-2012 00:17:41 | More by jaidenjb
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

03-16-2012 03:20:48 | More by wbillw
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3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clean amber, with a brisk white head. Attractive. Thick, but not delicate band of lace.

Nose is grainy sweet. A little fruit in there, too. Not bad,

Taste is mild, with malts in the classic English pale ale tradition, but more balanced than others I've had of late. I get a gentle hint of citrus hops in the mix, which makes for a solid and enjoyable brew. Solid enough of a sessioner.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 00:42:36 | More by secondtooth
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3/5  rDev -8%

03-14-2012 18:52:16 | More by bluckbeyes
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

03-12-2012 22:10:26 | More by ColdPoncho
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

03-12-2012 20:05:48 | More by cantstandya65
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

03-12-2012 17:41:23 | More by beerguy36
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3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally, something other than "brown water" from Newcastle. Quite a change.

Pours a light copper with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks pale enough for the style.

Sweet, buttery malt with the hop swagger of a mild or bitter. Blighty good? Depends on taste.

Sweet and yet, very soft on the palate. Malt, as observed is buttery and chewy at the same time.

Just enough lingering flavors in the mouth to please the connoisseur.

Not bad. More drinkable than their flagship, which speaks volumes.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 04:19:40 | More by Brad007
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

03-12-2012 04:06:15 | More by huskerfan76
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2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 23:32:43 | More by beergoot
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3/5  rDev -8%

03-11-2012 18:43:20 | More by BeerCigar
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

03-11-2012 18:33:30 | More by bona2vada
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3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber with not much head - but the latter may be an artifact of the pour. Malty aroma has a fruity undertone and is not strong, but still invites a taste. Flavor - whoa, now that is good flavor. Malty core, apple plus more than a hint of pear, hint of horehound. Smooth and somewhat fizzy texture has more than average body. If this is not outstanding, it is still worthy of a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 02:11:48 | More by Cyberkedi
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New York

2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 04:56:31 | More by fmccormi
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

03-09-2012 18:31:20 | More by BeerMeBrah
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3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark amber color, clear, with good steady carbonation and about half a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - malty smell, but with a smoky quality to it. Almost a pit-like singe to it.

Taste - malty taste as well, and a little musky in the middle and finish. Interesting taste in general.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but it does lean more on the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew, but not very intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 04:06:30 | More by Nerudamann
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

03-08-2012 02:47:28 | More by tbeer40
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3/5  rDev -8%

03-07-2012 23:50:10 | More by SnatchyMcPants
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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