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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Newcastle Founders' AleNewcastle Founders' Ale

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75
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381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
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 aliasbobjr
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

aliasbobjr, May 21, 2012
Photo of EmperorBevis
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looking not a million miles from Newkie Broon Ale with a light brown/bronze body and none comital white head.

Slightly sweet on the nose Rock candy, vanilla essence and cut grass.

Funny tasting and poorly balanced pine nuts and some hops but somehow not quite right almost rescued by a bitter aftertaste, almost.

Too thin on the mouthfeel, too lively carbonation.

In one word Lacklustre.

EmperorBevis, May 19, 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 SargeC
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

SargeC, May 13, 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 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 10, 2012
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Hoagie1973, May 07, 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 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 05, 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
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

FriedGold2112, May 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

GreenMountainBoy, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of flanhalen
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

flanhalen, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Chrisdslap
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Chrisdslap, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Bubbalito
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Bubbalito, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of FuturePilot
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

FuturePilot, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops. Mild.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Bready. Sort of a metallic taste.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Nothing special about this ale. It looks good, but that's about it.

SolipsismalCat, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of magnj
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - Clear copper body, white head drops quickly leaving behind a little bit of lacing.

s - Caramel dominates, toasty, hard to detect anything other than a bit of grassy hops.

t - Caramel up front, crisp, well balanced, hop bitterness is detectable but doesn't add much to the flavor profile. Slight bit of vegetable to it throughout.

m - light mouthfeel complimented by crisp taste

o - Nice balanced beer, let it get a bit warmer for it to open up.

magnj, Apr 26, 2012
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 fisherbray
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

fisherbray, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Hopstout, Apr 22, 2012
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 JLapadura
2/5  rDev -38.5%

JLapadura, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

avisong, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Amp
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Amp, Apr 17, 2012
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.