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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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383 Ratings
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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 Brad007
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Brad007, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of huskerfan76
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

huskerfan76, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of beergoot
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

beergoot, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of BeerCigar
3/5  rDev -7.7%

BeerCigar, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of bona2vada
4/5  rDev +23.1%

bona2vada, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Cyberkedi, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

fmccormi, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of BeerMeBrah
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

BeerMeBrah, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Nerudamann
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Nerudamann, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of tbeer40
3.25/5  rDev 0%

tbeer40, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of SnatchyMcPants
3/5  rDev -7.7%

SnatchyMcPants, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of NEDmiller
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

NEDmiller, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of tfsimpkins
3/5  rDev -7.7%

tfsimpkins, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden coloured brew with a 2 finger head of foam and it does well with the lacing.

It has a good hoppy nose, I'd say of pine, but not much else going on.

The taste sure has some piney hop bitterness going on with what I would guess is the base beer of Newcastle Brown. Some mild sweet notes from the latter; this works okay and it is certainly drinkable but it isn't a Pale that I'd reach for as my first choice, or second, or third...

I'm not trying to knock this beer but there are many more that I'd turn to first, even in my market.

Bitterbill, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of craftbeer31
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

craftbeer31, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see a new offering from the boys at Newcastle. Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Clear, copper/amber in color, with a shortish, off-white head of foam.
Aroma-fruity, mineral note
Taste-Mineral fruitiness, sedate English hops, nice little hop bite in the finish. Pleasant and easygoing, nicely balanced, sessionable ale.

hosehead83, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of UncleAddie
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

UncleAddie, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Heatwave33
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Color: Clear amber with a khaki head.

Smell: Bready malts up front followed by cinnamon and brown sugar.

Taste: I get the bready malts and cinnamon up front follwed by the brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, Smooth with a medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: Light bodied with an OK blance. Not a bad brew by any means. Just not going to go buy a six pack of it. Worth a try for sure. Cheers.

Heatwave33, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mellow gingerbread maltiness. In the taste, not much but a standard gingerbread like maltiness. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry gingerbread like maltiness. Kind of a standard English ale, not bad, but nothing exciting.

OWSLEY069, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of ErnieNavarro
3/5  rDev -7.7%

ErnieNavarro, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of JasonONeill
4/5  rDev +23.1%

JasonONeill, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Peyton5410
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Peyton5410, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of h0gg
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

h0gg, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Luigi
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a sparkling amber color with a large white foaming head. Head retention is good with some lacing sticking around the glass.

The aroma is clean. The hops and the sweet malt are not overwhelming. There is a bit of spicy bitter hop and a very English style of sweet malt (as one would expect from this style).

The taste of this pale is sweet yet crisp from the bitter hop. Again, nothing is over the top in this pale ale. The malt and hops are there, but are blended beautifully.

Light carbonation with a medium/light body. Finishes clean with a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

I can't really say too much about this English pale ale but go and get some!! Just clean tasty Pale Ale with a wonderful balance. Ya know, sometimes I get bored of over the top beers. If you just want a great Ale to sip on or even pound down. This is it!! The drink-ability is perfect!!

Luigi, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of DocJitsu
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with an off white creamy head that fades quickly. A distinctly dried apricot bouquet that acts as a spoiler for what will, ultimately, stimulate the palate. Lovely tangerine and dried apricot that drops abruptly to expose a mild tartness at the beer's finish. Extremely drinkable beer.

DocJitsu, Mar 01, 2012
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.