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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 Whiskeydeez
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of cbutova
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a pint glass with a copper-amber body. Forming on-top is a bubbly off-white head with lackluster retention. Small ring remains leaving a few fine lace streaks.

S- A bit malty with toasty, nutty and caramel hints. Some herbal, floral and earthy hops in the background.

T- Flavor feels stripped down. There are some good hints but not enough to be that satisfying. It feels like a light beer with slight hints of herbal/floral hops, citrus and cracker caramel malt. Yeast bread and fruit backbone.

MF- Light body with a silky texture. Carbonation is high and stings the palate just a bit. Slightly bitter finish.

Like I mentioned in the taste profile, it just feels like a beer that is missing a major flavor. There are decent hints here and there but it is somewhere between macro and decent pale ale. Does improve with warmth somewhat but there is still some fruity/raisin flavor that is a astringent.

cbutova, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.44/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color. Beautifully crystal. Hefty bone collar of a finger and a half. Laces with oily foam stick.

Lightly toasty and very floral. Some harvest fruit and an ester reminiscent of tutti frutti. Fresh and minty nose. The hops that carry that are of that disposition.

Weaker in the flavor, after a very mild aroma. Steeped grains gather some sweeter notes alongside that light toast. A little soapy, too. Herbal hops have a spearmint freshness. Almost a note of cilantro. Somewhat grassy. Faint artificial peach.

Lightly carbonated. Hard to conjure up a burp. Reasonably easy to take down. The body is not particularly smooth, but it's at the right viscosity.

Newcastle is not where to turn for an authentic and delicious session pale. Look elsewhere. This one misses the mark.

thecheapies, May 10, 2013
Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev 0%

malfunxion, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a dark shade of amber with a couple fingers of greasy off-white head that slowly faded into a thick oily film leaving sticky sheets of lace down the glass.
S: I get notes of leafy, earthy hops and a bit on onion. There is just a hint of pale grains and bready malts. There is a tiny bit of citrus as well.
T: More bread crust malt than the nose with the earthy leafy hops bringing up the rear. The finish has that faint note of lemon and onion, and the aftertaste is slightly metallic. Grains and a hint of grass are noticeable as well.
M: Medium body with a thickish and slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is even and not overly ample.
O: Not the most enjoyable beer. I’m no expert on the style, and I’ve never consumed an English beer from the source where I’m sure they are a lot better, but let’s just say I’m glad I got a single bottle instead of the six or twelve pack.

scottfrie, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Mitchster
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. Thank heavens they opted out of the clear glass for this. Pours out to a sparkingly clear medium caramel, forming a soapy white head with average retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation.The aroma is kinda adjuncty with the suggestion of corn, caramel, and light brown sugar. No noticeable hop aroma. Mouthfeel is light with a thin body. The taste is also quite light, with just the suggestion of caramel and a very mild hop bitterness. No perceptable off-flavors. Has a touch of yorkshire yeast character but not as strong as Sam Smith or Fullers. Clean finish. Well balanced.

This is what it is...an easy to drink British style pale ale. Considering it's price, if I wanted a real easy drinker on the cheap, I would pick this up again.

Mitchster, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

WDJersey, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of buckyp
3/5  rDev -7.7%

buckyp, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev 0%

JohnK17, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

RedneckBeerz, May 03, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev 0%

cliff1066, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Smarty_Pints
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Smarty_Pints, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with a decent head, but weak retention. A little skim showing towards the end. No lace. Brown bottle - for Newcastle?

Some toasted malt, a little caramel, some bitter herbal notes.

Decent toasted malt with moderate hop bitterness. Some slight sweetness, but balanced out with some good toasted grain notes and light bitterness in the finish. I was surprised how easy drinking this was.

Medium body, good carbonation.

One of Newcastle's better offerings. Good balance, not over sweet. I had this with lunch and it was great with food. Worth a shot.

OtherShoe2, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light copper color with a half inch solid cream head that dissipates quickly into a skin of bubbly foam.

Herbal hops lead the aroma, with a biscuity, almost toasted malt dominating the finish. A hint of citrus accompanies the tea-like herbal hops.

Flavor is decidedly malty, toasted bread and caramel, toffee, with hints of lemon and orange at the finish. A bit of bitterness closes out the flavor profile.

Body is moderate to light, with a fairly high level of carbonation.

A very sessionable beer. Not a whole lot of complexity, but it's an English pale ale.

barczar, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Offa
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a good English pale ale.

Amber, small off-white head soon thinning to foamy ring and wisps.

Aroma is nutty toasted bread, grain, hint of baked apples, leaves & tea.

Taste is bread dough, metal hint, peppery-leafy bitterness dominating finish gently, with faint hint of caramelised grain. It is fairly simple but well-rounded, solid, balanced, and enjoyable.

Offa, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Satchboogie, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.96/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Picked up a while back from Tesco. Brewed in Tadcaster (presumably at the John Smith's brewery). This is the first time I've come across a beer from the Newcastle brewery that wasn't the Brown. The blurb on the back label goes on about commemorating Archie Jones, one of the creators of Newcastle Brown.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with decent carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a thin surface layer. Aroma of light caramel malt, mild fruity ale yeast, faint grain and weak stewed leaves. Not much going on.

Tastes of mild caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of fruity ale yeast, vague caramel, subtle grain and stewed leaves. A rather harsh cardboard hint in the background. Dry, with a slight bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation but a somewhat thin body. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of ale yeast, cardboard and faint caramel malt.

Meh - dull and unimaginitive. Average flavour and aroma, with some off-notes lurking behind the scenes. Doesn't do anything for me; just another lacklustre also-ran. Give it a miss and buy something decent instead.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Newcastle Founders’ Ale has a thick, off white head and a clear, copper appearance with lots of thick lacing and few streaming bubbles. The aroma is of wet, lightly-roasted barley and light sweetness. Taste is of light-roasted barley, sweetness, some candy, and a touch of hop bitterness. Mild is the operative word with this one. Mouthfeel is watery and a bit fluffy, and Newcastle Founders’ Ale finishes mostly dry and very drinkable. Overall, though, this is rather plain.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a half finger of head on a clear, dark copper colored body.
The aroma is a good, if faint, grain and malt smell.
The taste is fairly bland. A touch of sweetness.
The texture is too fizzy with a crisp texture.
At 4.8% and no real flavor you could go to town on these and not be offended.

Fatehunter, May 12, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a regular glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. In particular, I enjoy how creamy it looks topping this brew off. As it recedes, a semi-solid ring of lacing is left behind.

S: Some caramel sweetness augments a slight ping of fruit esters. Hops are (sadly) almost imperceptible, but this isn't turribly fresh, either. It smells okay. Pretty middle of the road, though.

T: The flavor to me seems a bit nuttier than what the aroma suggested. Mainly, though, it's still sodden with caramel and faint fruity esters on the opening. I can even pick up slight chocolate at times. It really dries up on the finish, with only a slight tea leaf note to break up the monotony. Not bad.

M: There's a dry note on the back end that makes me think of Guinness. Or Bass. This creates good drinkability at the cost of gutted palate duration. Ah well, the latter doesn't really mean much considering what this is. It's easy to drink.

O: It's alright, I guess. Come to think of it, this lived up to my expectations perfectly - by being completely average in almost all aspects. Among macros, I've had FAR worse.

ThisWangsChung, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Lukass
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Lukass, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of bmwats
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Deep, dark, golden hue. Heavy carbonation. Pours into a 1 finger, frothy, white head. Disintegrates slowly, and unevenly, leaving a bit of a beer ring as it does; and leaving a foamy blanket. Really nice substantial lacing.

S: Baked Italian bread, and fresh tea leaves.

T: Baked sourdough bread with a little acetyl.

M: Light body, slightly sweet in the front,with a pungent subtly bitter finish.

D: Easy drinking.

Atmosphere is really solid. Deep golden hue, carbonation, a dense frothy head, and some nice spider web lacing. Nose is simple but full combination of sour grain and tea. Flavor is sour bread with an acetyl characteristic. Overall, this is a good quaff.

bmwats, May 06, 2012
Photo of budgood1
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a clear dark amber colour, almost bronze with a thin off white head. a little alce. sweet dextrin like maltiness in the nose, some brown sugar and molasses wrapped around a chocolate malt middle. the flavour profile is rather timid...watered down maltiness with a noticeable hop spiciness that actually has the upper hand overall. rather dry, with the little residual dextrin sweetness quickly interrupted by the semi-bitter finish. medium bodied and a crisp, light mouthfeel. a sessionable beer for sure...wish it had a bit more of a creamy texture.

overall a nice , simple session ale. that's about it. for the price it seems a bit of a let down, but i suppose you could drink worse. i'm sure i won't be seeking this out again.

budgood1, May 05, 2012
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Damian74Shensky, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this lighter beer to pair with a long night of work. Newcastle didn't seem like much of a challenge.

I poured this beer into a fluted glass and got about two fingers of foam. The coloring is a little darker than the average Newcastle.

Off the top I pick up a little maple and some wheat. I'm not getting much hops out of this one.

The flavor is really funky. I get a lot of funk throughout my mouth. I don't get much more, just a little bitterness.

This wasn't a very good beer. I can't recommend this one for any occasion or pairing.

ummswimmin, Sep 06, 2012
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.