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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 373
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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3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice and bronze. Looks really thick and plentiful for a pale ale. Lacing is also thick but not very quantified and is extremely transparent after a few seconds on the mug rim.

S: Smells GREAT. Smells like fresh ferns and flowers. Hoppy weeds... hoppy wheat. The presence of scent from this brew is extreme and fills your nostrils immediately - no denying it.

T: Not as good as what I expected after the appearance and smell were both nearly ace. Sort of a bland taste I guess - kind of like regular Newcastle, but less malty and less creamy. Has the same kind of aftertaste that Newcastle has, which is fairly mediocre in my opinion. 3.0 Average sounds right.

M: Also average. The mouthfeel isn't BAD... it's not LIGHT. But I expected much more. How can a beer that looks so perfect in the mug be so mediocre when it comes to reality? Strange, this is definitely not a common situation for me.

Overall: Not as good as Newcastle, which in my opinion is already pretty mediocre/average. I can definitely drink a pack of these without complaining, and if someone had a keg of it somewhere I would be pretty psyched compared to a keg of Bud Light. But all in all, there are definite better brews to spend your 8.99-or-so on. C rated, average.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:41:03 | More by Psilo707
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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On the bottle: “Founders’ is a pale ale with a dry hoppy flavour and aroma. It is sweet rather than bitter, with a clean short finish.”

Appearance: shiny crystal copper body with a thin eggshell colored head that leaves very little lacing

Aroma: clean aroma, dry white toast, not much else

Flavors: okay, I’ll buy their description ‘dry hoppy flavour’ – a light grassy dry hops, light caramel, toasted white bread

Mouthfeel: Yes it is clean and short on the aftertaste, moderate carbonation,

To the Point: they are correct and honest in their description. How many times a company says, ‘full bodied, big time hops or malts, triple hopped’ … sure, sure, sure … you buy it and try it and it tastes light bodied and thin on the flavor side.

If you want simple, fairly clean, light on the flavors, easy to drink, and personally it is not that bad tasting.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip at cellar temperature. A fairly small, white head forms on the pour, maintaining a foamy cap all the way down. Carbonation appears light, as is appropriate for the style and, unfortunately, increasingly uncommon in bottled pale ales. The beer is a very clear dark orange. The nose is of hay, light toffee and pear skin. The flavor reveals a nutty toffee/caramel, balanced by a light bitterness, with some English hop character. The finish is a tad sour. The mouthfeel is light. Overall, really a very decent English pale ale. Nicely balanced, tending toward the malty side.

Serving type: bottle

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3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Serving type: bottle

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S: Smell was not very strong but I did get some banana, and caramel malt, and a subtle nut aroma

T: Very similar to the nose, Caramel roasted malt, distinct nut flavor, and banana and maybe clove flavors

M: light medium bodied, creamy and smooth with just enough bite to keep it interesting and a bittersweet aftertaste

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Serving type: on-tap

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Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.