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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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370 Ratings
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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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 MSR129


3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-color. Pours with a very thin head. While it's no porter, it is darker than many pale ales.

S: Nothing special. Despite the low ABV, you can smell the alcohol. It is not an aromatic beer.

T: Good full-bodied taste. Plenty of hops, but not overpowering like New Belgium's Ranger. It is grainy and sweet.

M: For something with such a thin head, it is certainly well-carbonated. Classic pale ale sharpness. The feel is like that of a stronger beer. It is very smooth.

O: An easy-to-drink pale ale that is a great value ($8 or $9 for a sixer). A great way to introduce your friends to the joys of pale ales. It has the sharp edge you expect, but not as hard as the Ranger or Sam Adams' Latitude 48.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 17:20:18 | More by MSR129
Photo of keenanite21


3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

04-07-2012 03:01:51 | More by keenanite21
Photo of bh123


3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-06-2012 05:25:25 | More by bh123
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

04-04-2012 02:26:37 | More by fchicken
Photo of wages


3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5 - transparent copper, pours a one finger white head that disappears fairly quickly

smell - 4/5 - can't smell anything but I think that is due to the charcoal grill near me

Taste - 3.5/5 - I instantly tasted the same strange flavor that permeates their nut brown ale. I'm beginning to think it is the water creating the flavor, but I don't know for sure. Aside from that, I find it more enjoyable than the brown. While it has a faint sweet flavor, it leaves a dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5 - seems like a moderate amount of carbonation that doesn't add our take away from the beer.seems to have a medium body and is somewhat refreshing

Overall - 3.5/5 - not a bad brew, but kind of ho hum overall. I could care less whether I drank it again or not

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 12:55:22 | More by wages
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

04-03-2012 02:35:01 | More by Jhatwig
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

04-01-2012 02:18:21 | More by tsulli
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

03-31-2012 21:10:52 | More by dsauter
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New York

3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a toasted straw/honey color with a thin soapy off white head that quickly settles into a light cap.

The aroma is a bit grainy with a hint of brown sugar or honey sweetness. The beer has a light floral hop scent in the end.

The taste is light with an overally grainy flavor. Not too heavy on the grain but there is not much else there so you pick the grain up. Has a bright sweetness to it and is slightly balanced with a floral and grassy hop. Not much of a hop presence though.

The feel is light and crisp and fairly clean. An easy drinking brew with not much of an aftertaste.

This beer borders on the european lager taste profile even though it is an ale. It does have a slight hop presence. Not much going on in the ways of the malt.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 20:28:58 | More by Gmann
Photo of Psilo707


3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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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3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I pours a clear copper with brassy scattered brassy hues. On top is about one finger of an off white head.

Aroma: Bready malts slightly doughy, dry floral hops with a twinge of mustiness. Light citrus towards the back. Bits of lemon zest and orange peel.

Taste: Biscuity, light doughiness, fairly crisp mouthfeel. Hops are dry but carry a light citrus note. Minor spice, with a dry finish.

Notes: Well it's not too bad and it's drinkable very good for a warm day. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 00:52:44 | More by horshack7
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

03-30-2012 00:26:03 | More by AlCzerik
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-29-2012 01:32:43 | More by 11millsown113
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

03-28-2012 22:01:39 | More by jk3

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

03-28-2012 19:59:59 | More by TEAMHOLT
Photo of CraftBeerTastic


3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #148
Served On: 03/28/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 30 11 W / L324 59 11

This was from a 6-pack I got at WestView Liquors in Frederick.

Look: The color was a bright bronze orange. Highly transparent almost no carbonation bubbles present. The head was a ½ finger of beige foam caused by a vigorous pour from the bottle. Some sticky lacing was left behind from the tiny head.

Smell: Typical English maltiness. Very light and biscuity aroma.

Taste: First was a sweet malt with notes of cracker and faint spice. Some dry hop notes hit somewhere in the middle. The aftertaste was fairly clean with the malts lingering.

This was an average beer. From what I understand – Some of the Newcastle offerings are actually brewed by one of the Heineken breweries. I believe some of the seasonals may still brewed by Caledonian. Overall I would probably consider keeping this one on hand as a sessionable ale when having macro-lovers over to the house.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 16:04:28 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium amber to copper with a light white head, some lace.

S: Light notes of sulfur, malt, minerals, some citrus.

T: Biscuity malt, moderate hopping for the style. Good flavour, nothing overwhelming at all.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, easy drinking, refreshing.

O: A solid quaffer, nothing more. Worth a single pickup for fans of this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 22:45:32 | More by Halcyondays
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Two 12oz bottles dumped into an Imperial pint. Clear copper, thin head of white forms over the mild carbonation. Barley husk, bread crust, some minty hop flavor at the end, a touch of fruit on the nose rounds it out. Decent for a midday quaff, but it's not impressive enough to go back to the store for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 20:46:25 | More by bump8628
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very big fan of Newcastle, was happy to see this in the store recently and picked up a 6 pack. With the Winter IPA and Werewolf, looks like Newcastle is branching out. This is hardly an impressive looking beer -- pours a dark copper with a very slight bubbly head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing along the glass as you drink it. The smell is pretty underwhelming as well -- sweet & slightly malty with a hint of raisin/prune. But very plain. Therefore, before I took my first sip, I didn't have high hopes. However, this might be one of the smoothest, easiest to drink beers I've had in quite some time. It has just the right amount of sweetness to it, but is very easy to drink. Would be an excellent session beer. It's malty & slightly grainy -- doesn't pack the best punch -- but it is solid and just exceptionally easy to drink and like. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 20:05:49 | More by oldirtycaffrey
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

03-26-2012 17:28:20 | More by djrn2
Photo of brewskifan55


3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter

A: clear, yellow/orange with a white, one finger head that slowly dissipates. Some lacing

S: Sweet, citrus, toasty, malty, lemons

T: A malty/citrus mingle. A somewhat bitter hoppy finish.

M: Light, watery. Low carbonation. A bit creamy.

O: Not that impressed. A good springtime beer. Would definitely stick with the Brown Ale. Newcastle needs to "Found" a better taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 02:51:47 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into goblet.

A: Pours a clear reddish amber with a 1 finger white head. Fisheyes in the head dissipate it quickly. Hardly any visible carbonation. Pretty good lacing on the glass.

S: Musty skunky hop with a roasted stale malt compliment. Smells quite English indeed. Pretty standard.

T: Smooth blend of sweet roasted malt and hop. More sweet and hoppy than bitter. Some of that cellar taste in it.

M: Pretty refreshing to drink. Nothing too strong about it. Leaves a sweet taste on the palate after swallowing. Low carbonation but still fairly clean.

Overall I'd imagine this is better on draft and on a warm day. Wouldnt turn this down in the future, not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 21:33:16 | More by CloudStrife
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +15%

03-24-2012 00:23:18 | More by mikerems
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

03-23-2012 06:04:20 | More by ChrisPratz
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2/5  rDev -38.7%

03-21-2012 05:59:26 | More by pjeezus
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.