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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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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 BucannonXC5
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: VONS in Grantville (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $8.49 for a 6-pack
Purchased: Feb. 7, 2013
Consumed: Feb. 7. 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel amber clear color with about one finger of bubbly off-white head that dissipated very fast. Minimal lacing on the sides. Very bad retention.

Smelled skunky malts up front. Also bread, hay, cereal, honey and light lemon grass. Some amber-like malts come in late.

Tasted much better than the smell. Got honey, light lemon, cereal, hay bread and a metallic finish.

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt finish. Somewhat refreshing.

Decent beer. Nothing to great, nothing too bad.

BucannonXC5, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of justinm4bama
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

justinm4bama, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of EmpiresFall666
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

EmpiresFall666, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of tubeyes
3.25/5  rDev 0%

tubeyes, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of bohemyth
4/5  rDev +23.1%

bohemyth, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of JackRB
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

JackRB, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of magine
3.25/5  rDev 0%

magine, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of RTitus
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

RTitus, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A medium amber with good clarity. A half an inch of rocky, off-white head with good retention.

S: Esters dominate. There is a moderate fruitiness that is kind of between cider and apple with a moderately-light malt sweetness with a light toasted aroma. No diacetyl, no hops.

T: A moderate malt sweetness with slight grainy and toasted notes. Moderately-low hops bitterness and almost no hops flavor. There is more of that pear and apple in the taste as well. The balance is fruity and slightly bitter with an off-dry finish. Aftertaste of bitter and apples.

M: medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight dryness on the back of the tongue.

O: This was fruit and odd without enough balance and a bit too much sweetness.

MadScientist, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of dmk91
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

dmk91, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of MrBoh
3/5  rDev -7.7%

MrBoh, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev 0%

cliff1066, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of pmcadamis
2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Bronze-gold ale with a thin head. A bit of soapy lace coats the glass.

S - Butterscotch and Ritz crackers. Tangerine and orange juice hop notes.

T - Buttery up front with some thinly citrusy hops at the end. A little sour in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with an off-dry finish.

I've always thought that their standard brown ale was sort of thin and flavorless, and this doesn't really change my opinion of the brewery. Like their ubiquitous brown brew, this is far from bad, it's just sort of plain. This also has a slightly sour finish and buttery/fruity combo that I didn't really care for.

pmcadamis, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Thunderballroom
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Thunderballroom, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Scored a six pack of this at Smokerise Bottle Shop for $4 a month or so back. Founder's Ale is brewed in the style of an English Pale Ale. According to the label, "We bring you Mewcastle 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!" This beer was initially released as an intended Limited Release, but may be resuming as an annual Spring release in 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Newcastle Glass. Served at 43º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a light tannish white color that recedes on the average. Body color is a medium honey amber. Mild, small carbonation can be found in the glass. Surface cover is a bubbly, oily cloud. Lacing is a thin but consistent curtain against the glass. Overall, it is a decent-looking brew. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas consist of clean caramel malts, mild fruit accents, grassy and earthy hop arrangements and a acid-like hard water presence, which gives the beer a tart, cider-like aroma, and in places enhances the bitterness of the hops. The water profile isn't likely to cater to everyone's liking, and while I'm not a big fan of the aroma, I understand that it is a common aroma for the style. Potency is medium-high. 3

(Taste) One is likely to pick up on the bitterness even more in the taste than in the smell provided, with a peppery caramel malt base, a tart crisp drying finish and a harsh buttery dough aftertaste. As per the style, it plays its cards close to other beers that I've had of the style, but the harshness of the astringencies in this brew are particularly noteworthy, lingering in full color well after each sip and hindering drinkability significantly. It seems to be the defining flavor of this brew, as the subtle malt character falls by the wayside, some earthy and grassy hops compliment this beer well, with enhanced bitterness and medium flavor. Regardless of your preference for English Pale Ales, you're going to experience more of the same overall in the flavors of this beer. 3

(Mouthfeel) Texture is mildly carbonated, with some slight tingle on the center of the tongue, nearly perfect pairing for the style. Body is medium for the style, light overall. Alcohol presence is low, masked by the bitterness and hardness of the water. A good pairing for the style and flavors. 4.5

(Overall) From the perspective of one who abnormally drinks English Pale Ales, I was a bit taken back by the harshness of the abrasive flavor characteristics but as a hop-loving American, I enjoyed the bitterness and flavor of the hop character that paired with it. Ultimately, I enjoyed this beer as a representative of the style and would recommend it amongst others in its style and especially to those who enjoy the style in particular. Should you find hard water beer a normality in your beer choices (British ale lovers especially), this is probably a beer likely to cater well to your interests. 3.5

The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited's
Newcastle Founders' Ale

Jadjunk, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of CousinSuzy
4/5  rDev +23.1%

CousinSuzy, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of doctorb
3/5  rDev -7.7%

doctorb, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of mmilyko
3/5  rDev -7.7%

mmilyko, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of colts9016
2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A half finger head that is ivory in color. The is foamy and creamy with poor retention (typical in EPA). The color of the beer is reddish orange color with mahogany hues. The clarity of the beer is clear. Some carbonation bubble exist within the beer. The appearance of the beer is really good for this style of beer.

Nose: A moderate caramel malt aroma with some biscuit notes. The hops aroma is moderate with fruity esters and a hint of sulfur.

Taste: A mild caramel malt flavor with a subtle sweetness. The hops is mild with some fruity esters. Earthy, sulfur, and wood notes. To me, the flavors are lost and muddled, not much else in the way of flavors.

Mouth of the beer is slightly carbonated, coating, sticky, and astringent.

Overall: the body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium as well. I was let down by this beer, the beer taste skunky. I really do not know why, or how come. The aroma is so much better than the taste. It is just an okay beer.

colts9016, Sep 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

ceetee26, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of mttdls
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

mttdls, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of flyingpig
2.45/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A light and bright amber with a foamy, two centimetre thick head that looks quite creamy and stays for a good while even leaving some lacing on the glass.

Almost no noticeable smell from this one other than some toasted bread, very light malts and a sort of earthy, nutty aroma but on the whole it is pretty weak on the nose.

Earthy nut aroma with some bread, toasted malts and slightly sweet toffee taste and hints of caramel. This one was basic and just what I was expecting from the style.

Light medium with medium to strong carbonation and slightly grainy finish that is quite dry.

Another pretty basic and fairly standard pale ale here, it wasn't particularly enjoyable and the smell was almost undistinguishable but nothing in the beer was offensive or harsh, just a little plain.

flyingpig, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Irrationalist, Sep 11, 2012
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
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
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.