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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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BA SCORE
75
okay

382 Ratings
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Ratings: 382
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 Zorro
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Zorro, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into an of course, classic nonic pint glass.

A good simple pour provides a simple creamy head, off white, a little foamy. The body is crystal clear with some faint cola bubbles on the side, but a real nice dark amber brown. Very nice looking beer.

Nose is very different from most English Pale Ale's I've had. This is really dirty soil smelling but not pleasant. It smells like dirt. A faint classic English malt tries to creep up behind it. Interesting yes, different yes, do I enjoy it? Really no.

Front palate hits with really not much. I am wondering where the flavor is? Texture though is very solid, and just rolls nicely while consuming. Finish though is a real nice airy biscuity dry cracker like malt. The finish is actually the most impressive thing about it. A little bit of graham sweetness on the end as well.

Overall for the style, yeah this is different good for them for trying something new. But I am not drawn to this at all.

smakawhat, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head slowly dies into a pretty nice lacing above a clear rich copper colored pale ale.

I think the pine out ways the citrus in the aroma with compliments of sweet caramel malts. There was also a light alcohol in the aroma that reminds me of whiskey, crazy.

The sweet caramel malts dominate the taste as it loses most of the piney/citrus hops that I had noticed in the aroma.

The aftertaste on the medium bodied beer is a very light dry with just a hint of the malt remaining.

LXIXME, May 22, 2012
Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale brownish amber with a thick layer of soft, white, foamy head that has really good retention. The nose has notes of soft bread, yeast, and mild grassy hops. The taste is mild all around; faint bread, grassy hops, thin caramel. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected, mildly carbonated, smooth.

This is a rather lackluster ale. The flavor profile is so mild as to be almost nonexistent. In my opinion it's rather boring.

tdm168, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours kinda brown for a pale ale, but nonetheless, the beer looks more like the flagship brown ale (with a little more ooomph/viscosity) than anything I'm accustomed to calling a pale ale. Carbonation adequate, nearly 1" of head on it. Aroma, for saying that it is dry hopped, and then smelling nothing in terms of dry hopping, well my expectations, while not high, were still not met.

Taste, fits the bill, sweet instead of bitter, mild instead of robust. Much more on point when calling oneself a British Pale Ale. Mild body, good amount of mild sweetness, not diabetic coma inducing, but definitely leans sweet over bitter. Only $3.99 a 6 at Total Wine, a good buy, especially since they are easily pawned off on girlfriends and other family members who don't like big bitter and hoppy beers.

Beerandraiderfan, May 15, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of these tonight at Jerry's market on 27th street... Poured into my HotD goblet... Clear light orange brew with an okay off-white head... okay retention, but nice lacing.

Aromas are mild across the board, but still meshes in a pleasing way... light toast and more of a biscuity maltiness blends into a sorta grassy/earthy hoppiness... slight "English" fruitiness with warmth.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a decent bitterness that helps balance a slightly maltiness that moves everything from front to back fairly quickly.. the finish is short lived and forces another sip quickly.. As the glass warms up, a mild fruitiness adds to the overall package.

Body is surprising for a lower ABV brew.. carbonation is light/medium and accentuated the bigger than expected body.

Drinkability is high... I could motor through these pretty quickly, and honest not get too bored right away.

3.25/3.25/3.25/3.25/3.5

Well done.

JohnGalt1, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, hops, hint of pale malt, and a hint of adjunct. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of wheat, and adjunct metallic flavors. Overall, decent appearance and blend, but aroma and body were both hurt by the adjunct presence.

Tone, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev 0%

rolltide8425, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev 0%

harpus, Jul 27, 2012
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 flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a haze-free body and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a half-finger of creamy ivory foam. Not bad!

Smell: subdued malty aroma with a fair helping of caramel character. A bit light, but nice.

Taste: nice caramel-malt flavor with a light but present bitterness; it's definitely tipped more to the malty side of the spectrum. This beer is almost a caramel mild in its lightness and balance. Still, the overall effect is working for me.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation and a unexpectedly robust and satisfying creaminess. I'm quite pleasantly surprised!

Overall: this beer just rubs me the right way. It's light but balanced, sweet but not cloying, and really quite satisfying. I would be glad to quaff gobs of it.

flagmantho, May 19, 2013
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 tone77
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts detected. Taste is also a bit weak, some malts, a bit of hop bitterness, a touch bready. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking but unspectacular beer.

tone77, May 06, 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 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 barnzy78
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright copper with excellent clarity, nice foamy ivory colored head that holds some decent retention and leaves little lacing on the glass. Aromas are earthy, musty, and metallic, some toasted grain, and herbal hop. Tastes are earthy as well, with notes of toasted grain, herbal hops, grassy, nutty, rather bland with a metallic finish. As is warms, the sweetness they speak of comes out a little more in the way of caramel, albeit faint. Body is thin and watery, ample carbonation, goes down crisp and clean. Overall, I'm usually not a fan of herbal hops, so add that to the metallic finish and the muted flavor, this was not a hit for me. It wasn't awful, but wasn't good either. I'll still drink the 6 pack over time.

barnzy78, May 12, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 31-12-W-L357-59-01. Sampled on February 7, 2012. It pours a medium amber tone with excellent clarity and a decent, foamy lingering head that leaves lacing in its wake. The aroma is not very astonishing. It smells like an English Pale Ale with its subtle sweet malts and a cool, clean hop note. The body is about medium but it also has a nice creamy texture. The taste is about as subtle with malts, bread notes, and an above average hop bite with a crisp ending.

puboflyons, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pure white head a bit more than a finger tall tops a clear, rust-colored brew. Quite creamy and rocky, the retention is good and this solid head leaves good lacing.
The aroma gives a twinge of grains, a bit of an herbal note, some very light earthy hops, and a touch of something a little bit brighter. This isn't strong, but it isn't completely lifeless or dull either, as a bit of complexity pushes it over average.
The taste is the same; lightly herbal and gently earthy with almost a touch of an American-style brightness from hops, there's a bit more hops than I detect in the smell. Grains still pull through all the way. If not for a taint of rubbing alcohol in the finish, this is good.
The body is light, as expected, though the crispness comes from a carbonation that fades off toward the middle. It's pretty dry until that point, at which it becomes even drier and pushes out an astringent element, though it's not extreme.

Brenden, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of KevinGordon
2/5  rDev -38.5%

KevinGordon, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1330th Review on BA
Draft to Pint
12oz

@TGI Friday's, Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas

App- A very dark rust color with some falling orange at the bottom of the glass. Not sure then tender knew how to pour but only got maybe a 1/8" ring of bubbles. No cling or lace either.

Smell- Damp earthy malts with a small bitter note. Really wasnt a whole lot there. Eh.

Taste- A small english pale is correct. I guess taking my misconception of a pale ale, I would say this is a average beer. A little bitter. A little malty. Semi-tasty. Wasnt mad for a $3 pint.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a low-medium carbonation. Really lacking some pop or bubbles.

Drink- Just average. Lacking carbonation and flavor.

FosterJM, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a toasted straw/honey color with a thin soapy off white head that quickly settles into a light cap.

The aroma is a bit grainy with a hint of brown sugar or honey sweetness. The beer has a light floral hop scent in the end.

The taste is light with an overally grainy flavor. Not too heavy on the grain but there is not much else there so you pick the grain up. Has a bright sweetness to it and is slightly balanced with a floral and grassy hop. Not much of a hop presence though.

The feel is light and crisp and fairly clean. An easy drinking brew with not much of an aftertaste.

This beer borders on the european lager taste profile even though it is an ale. It does have a slight hop presence. Not much going on in the ways of the malt.

Gmann, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a medium amber colored brew with a one finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving only a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell - The aroma is mainly of a malty and bready aroma. Mixed with these are some sweeter caramel as well as some lighter fruit notes of apple.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and biscuit malt flavor mixed with a sweet caramel flavor upfront. Some light roasted malt flavors develop more toward the middle, only to fade more toward the end. As the light roasted flavors come and go so too comes some fruity flavor of an apple and pear taste. These stay very light and only aid in enhancing the bready and biscuit flavors and serve as a backdrop to the caramel. In the end a light herbal hop flavor comes to the tongue, leaving a rather crisp and smooth flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather crisp and on thinner side with a medium to slightly lower level of carbonation. A bit more carbonation may have been slightly better for accentuating the crisp taste of the brew, but overall it was a decent feel as the thinner body made it quite refreshing.

Overall – Rather crisp and refreshing. Quite easy to drink but nothing too exceptional.

Darkmagus82, May 22, 2013
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a Newcastle Geordie Schooner Glass.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thinned out and left some thin lacing.

S - sweet caramel cream with a earthy smell.

T - sweet toffee met briefly with enough hops to keep the malty sweetness in check.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - "A Blighty Good Brew".

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from a six pack from Safeway, West Salem. $7.99 Pleasant looking ale..dark amber,clear, with a nice looking thick ,creamy off white head Fine caramel malt aromas,some herbal hop also Smooth clean caramel malt taste, slightly nutty and a touch of pepper in the end. Thinnish mouth feel but makes it even more drinkable. Reasonable bitter/English pale ale

Reidrover, May 11, 2012
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.