Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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2.68/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
05-12-2012 19:47:56 | More by barnzy78
3.5/5 rDev +7.7%
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
05-10-2012 23:02:05 | More by Reidrover
3.2/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
05-06-2012 19:23:24 | More by tone77
3.18/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
05-05-2012 23:25:16 | More by bmwats
3.03/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
05-05-2012 22:37:25 | More by budgood1
3.3/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
04-27-2012 00:04:34 | More by SolipsismalCat
3.55/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
04-26-2012 23:03:58 | More by magnj
2.73/5 rDev -16%
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.
04-26-2012 01:29:33 | More by cbutova
3.55/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
04-22-2012 04:48:14 | More by OtherShoe2
2.3/5 rDev -29.2%
Into a pint glass:
A: crystal clear copper yet transparent colored body and has a light amount of carbonation seen rising. The small white head only lasts about a minute and then dies. It leaves spotty yet foamy rings as the beer goes down.
S: pale malts with some fruitiness. However, I did detect some soap as well.
T: very light bitterness with the pale malts and the fruits coming back, however there really isn't much exciting about this beer.
M: light, and a bit watery with not a whole lot of carbonation. This is a pretty drinkable beer.
O: this is nothing special. I was hoping for a really great Spring brew, but am slightly disappointed. I'd only have this on tap depending upon what else was served.
04-17-2012 13:51:53 | More by BeerKangaroo
3.6/5 rDev +10.8%
Appearance - Pours a clear, deep copper with an off-white 2 finger head, good retention, and resulting in a nice lace.
Smell - Faint, sweet malt aromas; nut and bread.
Taste - Light, sweet malt flavors: bread and caramel. Hops are hidden, but their presence provide good balance.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Carbonation makes for a crisp, semi-dry finish.
Overall - A good offering from Newcastle. The flavors are somewhat tame, but there's a nice all-around balance. Certainly drinkable, and not a bad option for session drinking.
04-16-2012 02:52:04 | More by TheSixthRing
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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