Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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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
3.48/5 rDev +7.1%
A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that has good retention properties and left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass..
S: There are aromas of pale malts in the nose along with some notes of fruity yeast and hints of tea leaves.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of pale malts and fruity yeast along with notes of biscuits and crackers. Some notes of tea leaves are noticeable in the finish. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing overly special about the taste but this beer goes down like a breeze and is quite quaffable.
04-14-2012 00:48:21 | More by metter98
3/5 rDev -7.7%
Founders' Ale makes me think about what beers were like before palated evolved to enjoy darker and richer ales. Now largely placed in Mild Ale catagories, this is just one beer that easily represents a wide range of tastes in a rustic and elementary fashion.
The beer pours with a bright and light tawny brown color. A partly froathy, partly fizzy head forms and rests on the beer but only momentarily. A slowly fading head and lace gives in just a bit too soon to endure the session.
Mild aromas that are partly of malt and partly of grain gives a mild caramel and raw barley aroma that accompany a balance of herbal and earthy hops with a delicate spice. Slight fruitiness sings the praises of English ales and gives intrigue as the mouth draws near.
Flavors seem to carry a more malty taste than grain, but does eventually waiver to allow the taste of barley and husk to emmit in the finish, as the sweeter caramel malt components fade into dryness. Modestly balanced with a light herbal and grassy note at mid palate, the beer's hop profile ushers in a balanced bitterness in finish. Lightly fruity to offer a soft note of complexity to complement the hops/malt dialogue.
Light to moderate in body, the beer's early carbonated creaminess is short lived as the dry-malt and hoppy bitterness ushers in a quick development toward dryness, which reveals a slight grainy and tannic bite to present themselves.
This is by no means a stellar beer, but it is a timid approach to how I imagine early English Mild Ales might have tasted. Certainly not offensive, but a very light ale all arround.
02-01-2012 19:02:27 | More by BEERchitect
3.15/5 rDev -3.1%
Amber in color with a short lived white head. Like a lot of these seasonal Newcastle releases, really quite buttery. A bit of melon in there, too. Bread and toast with a touch of toffee. Toffee and toasted malt flavors to this one which aren’t bad, but still a hint of butter. Slight melon notes and a light floral hop character.
07-16-2012 20:53:24 | More by womencantsail
3.43/5 rDev +5.5%
16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, dark amber body with nearly a half inch of near white fizz.
Smell: Minor notes of toast, nutty caramel with a layering of dried herb hops.
Taste: Crisped sugar flecks atop a very lightly toasted bready malt base. Light berry-esque quality. Leafy, herbal hops with a medium-low bitterness. Dry, bready, leafy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation.
Overall: While not a beer to be celebrated, it is okay, it is drinkable, and a far sight better than some of their other seasonal offerings.
02-01-2012 19:37:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
3/5 rDev -7.7%
Poured into a nonic a nice clear copper with a thinner white head atop,like many UK pale ales it has a nice richness and definition in color.Muted aromas with mainly caramel/biscuit malt coming into play,as it warms a faint leafy hop presence is felt.Thin to near watery in the mouth with subtle flavors,caramel/biscuit malt with again light leafy hops,a light sourness lingers in the finish wich I don'l like so much.Eh it's average and to be honest boring,today Iam drinking alot of "session" style ales and I would pick many of them over this.
02-10-2012 21:09:38 | More by oberon
3.5/5 rDev +7.7%
Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.
I haven't had the greatest luck with these new Newcastle seasonals, but this one is uber-fresh and intriguing, and that's enough for me to give it a go. It pours a clear copper-bronze topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises soft biscuit, very light pine needles, greens, a whisper of toasted caramel, and a strong whiff of that apparently famous sulfurous British hard water. The taste holds notes of lightly spicy greens, light mint, toasted biscuits, light pine, and, towards the finish, a gentle wave of sweet maple syrup, which tapers off just before everything else, leaving a mildly bitter aftertaste behind. I kinda like this layering of flavors, something I really don't get from Newcastle at all. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a decently dry finish. Overall, a nice EPA, something I really wouldn't mind revisiting in the near future.
01-25-2012 05:19:51 | More by TMoney2591
3.53/5 rDev +8.6%
A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, egg shell white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of caramel, sweet breads and floral notes.
T - It tasted of sweet bready malt with some caramel and toffee. It had a grassy bitterness I associate with an English pale.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - This is a nice pale ale. I enjoyed this new Newcastle.
02-16-2012 02:17:58 | More by zeff80
3.88/5 rDev +19.4%
Newcastle Founders' Ale
There are not a lot of good reviews here so far, and I can see why. It's a little unbalanced.
Starting with the appearance, it's a clear amber beneath a short head of creamy white. The head retention is OK, and the lacing is good. Could the lacing be better? Yes, of course, but it's not bad.
Moving forward, let's look at the aroma. It's leafy, earthy, and a touch spicy. My first impression was a little vegetal. It's not a great, welcoming aroma, but it's not bad. And as far as bitters go, it's pretty much right on. I don't expect the hops to stand out, and I don't expect the malt to be separate from the hops. It's a muddled mix, but I don't think that's unusual really.
In the mouth it's either light-medium in body with a bit of a dextrinous edge, or medium-light - however you want to look at it. I see it as being closer to medium bodied because of those residual sugars; and to a certain extent the moderate, fine bubbled carbonation helps with that. Once it's warmed a bit it becomes a touch creamy.
The flavor is where things start to fall apart a bit. It's subtly lime-like, leafy and spicy - which is a little odd. I'm sure it's from a combination of fruity yeast and hops, but how it gets there I don't know. (Are they using some kind of citrusy hops? That would be weird in a "Founders' Ale"). The fruit (berries, pear, lime) and hops tend to stand apart from the malt. Why, I don't know. There's a nice bit of character to the malt (it's obviously high quality - perhaps Maris Otter or Golden Promise), but there's not a lot of added caramel/crystal malt, so maybe that leaves a bit of a gap. It's straw-like and a touch toasty, which is nice, however, that that doesn't exactly match up with the hops. And maybe, it's just a touch too sweet across the middle. It dries in the finish, but the sugar syrup and pear across the middle might be a little too much of an arc above the dry and lime/bready start and finish. It should be noted, however, that the bitterness is not really too low overall - but a bump would have been welcomed, and maybe brought the whole of it a little bit more into focus and balance.
Overall, I'd have to pass, and I guess that's been the consensus. There are just too many better English ales out there.
02-05-2012 23:26:35 | More by NeroFiddled
3.2/5 rDev -1.5%
An okay ale. Seems mass produced and lacking passion. Gives some slight promising character, but doesn't deliver a real firm punch. Could have been a whole lot more, but it's clear these guys are catering to the mass market. Decent, but not anything spectacular.
04-14-2012 07:30:18 | More by RblWthACoz
3.53/5 rDev +8.6%
On-tap 5/1/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.
S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, honey and some hops.
T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and honey. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.
O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others that are better in the style.
05-23-2012 04:20:35 | More by TheManiacalOne
4/5 rDev +23.1%
I'm a rookie to their seasonal lineup except fro the summer which wasn't too bad. This was a super fresh English pale less than 5% abv sure no problem. Pours a copper amber hue with a bright slightly off whtie head forms thick and dwindles slow leaves behind speckled lacing. Aroma earthy citrus hops intertwined with fruit malts and hints of caramel a really good finesse beer. It's not in your face but each sniff and sip draws you in further. Basically compare full blown hardcore porn (American pale ale) to a burlesque show where you may get a peek at some leg with a garter on. One leaves much more to the imagination and makes your senses work harder to acheive the same result. Flavor wise caramel malt with a slight tart sourdough bread note and a quick fleeting hop note earthy/citrus thus far. "A blighty good brew", okay it's good... not world class pale nice earthy tones arise within the caramel/citrus combo finishing balanced with more hops arising the more you take a deep inhalation. The nose has a really nice hop character and it brings out more of the hoppiness with each sniff. Mouthfeel as a whole medium bodied even carbonation, pretty effortless to drink and consume at least a few bottles in a session. Like I said it's not instant beergasm but eventually it gets you to the point of beervana, but it's an experience to sip and session with.
01-29-2012 16:09:03 | More by WVbeergeek
3.24/5 rDev -0.3%
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
04-25-2013 02:32:14 | More by russpowell
3.63/5 rDev +11.7%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a medium amber to copper with a light white head, some lace.
S: Light notes of sulfur, malt, minerals, some citrus.
T: Biscuity malt, moderate hopping for the style. Good flavour, nothing overwhelming at all.
M: Light-bodied, crisp, easy drinking, refreshing.
O: A solid quaffer, nothing more. Worth a single pickup for fans of this style.
03-27-2012 22:45:32 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
3.88/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
04-13-2013 06:19:25 | More by BlackHaddock
2.93/5 rDev -9.8%
My generous local trader, tone77, really came through recently and I am spending some time getting caught up. Many thanks for all of the different beers!
From the bottle: "A blighty good brew"; "From the One & Only"; "To Our Fivefathers"; "We bring you Newcastle Founders' Ale, a unique Limited Edition brew with the drinkability you expect from Newcastle. Our Newcastle founders came together to produce beers with real star quality. This ale is a tribute to the heritage and authenticity of those top brewers of Victorian Newcastle. Founders' is a pale ale with a dry hoppy flavour and aroma. It is sweet rather than bitter, with a clean short finish. What better way to toast the season of renewal!"
My pour produced a finger of dense tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was soft, slightly hoppy but with a good deal of biscuit malt up front. Mouthfeel was likewise rather soft with flavors of grass, crackers and even a metallic tang on the tongue. Finish was dry, no question, but I felt like something was missing. I had this on draft at one point and really enjoyed it, but this presentation seemed somehow lacking. Just not enough Ooomph, I guess.
07-17-2012 01:12:10 | More by woodychandler
3.36/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
05-06-2013 18:06:07 | More by dbrauneis
3.4/5 rDev +4.6%
Clear reddish amber colored ale with a small white colored head.
Smells of crackers and malt with a little caramel. Low level of scent though.
Starts out mildly malty with the taste of English style hops. Tastes of herbs and leather with some tobacco flavor. This get sweeter as you drink it but it is a nice English Pale Ale. I get a real light butter and toffee flavor.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall a tasty English Pale Ale. Not outstanding here but I could drink another.
01-23-2012 00:44:37 | More by Zorro
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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