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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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75
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388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | 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 scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Draughted
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass:

Color: Dull copper, yet an overall weak pale ale.

Smell: Penny (U.S. 1 cent) scent with light pale ale hops, but who knows. Floral notes, but nothing that makes sense overall for a Newcastle special edition.

Taste; It sort of falls apart for me here. Based on my experience, this is a pale ale that is lacking in the traditional hop blend. It is like tasting the "one and only" Brown Ale, but without the sweetness and traditional Newcastle famous brown-ale taste. It is not undrinkable, it is just serves no purpose next to its famous counterpart.

Mouthfeel: Quality ale feel, but a little bit over-bubbly for a pale ale. I really wanted this to be an expansion of my favorite beers (The One and Only Brown Ale). I think it is a "pale comparison", pun intended.

Overall - Not really worth it. Much better Pale Ales out there, and Newcastle's One and Only Brown is one of my favorites if I had to rank them. Some companies excel in their main brew, some extend that to their expansions. This would be an example of one that just, pure and simple, failed.

Photo of JedediahK
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of SouthernBuckeye
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of CBlack85
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint

The beer pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a small off white white head that recedes quickly leaving behind just the slightest bit of lacing.

The aroma is slightly sweet, with caramel malts being the main discernable aroma. I get a bit of earthiness, and some spicy hops as well. The aroma is fairly mild and not overly inviting, but not quite off putting either.

The flavor is slightly toasty, with some herbal and grassy hop flavors. There is a bit of a fruity yeast flavor that is just barely noticable. The body is light to light medium, and the carbonation is on the light side. The beer finishes dry and leaves behind very little after taste.

Overall, this is a fairly average beer, that fails to distinguish itself. Not a bad beer, but not a good beer either. To be honest, if I had not reviewed it, I would have forgotten that I even tried.

Photo of ATPete
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of EagleTalon
3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a generous but coarse head with lots of large "fish eye" bubbles and generous sticky lace with a golden amber/brown color. Aroma is sweet malt and pastries with a floral and fruity aroma possibly attributed to esters and hops. Flavor is a complex blend of sweet malt, biscuits (in the British sense) and spicy hop flavor and resiny hop bittnerness to balance it out. This tastes fresher than what usually comes across the pond. Mouthfeel is light and the CO2 is refreshingly restrained. This would be an entirely different experience on the palate if it had been pumped up to an American CO2 level. Overall, this is tasty, complex and well composed EPA.

Photo of BDIMike
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice looking dark tan hue. A slight bit of carbonation, but a nice thick white head that retains throughout the entire drink.
Smell has very nice caramel notes to this beer. Also, a bit of good dry hop smell, too.
Taste has nice caramel and toffee malts to it. The hops are not the usual European hops that I am used to. Instead of being bitter, they are very sweet.
Mouthfeel is very nice on this beer. A good thickness and carbonation creates a solid beer with good refreshing qualities.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. Very good tastes going on, but a very nice balance. I could, and have drank these beers all day long. Great beer for the spring time. I nice new offering from Newcastle.

Photo of murf1087
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Finn
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber and clear with a thin fine head on top, the aroma has husky grains and fruit, with a hint of toffee. A taste reveals a full, fruity english yeast profile, with a smooth caramel backbone. Throughout is a mild bitterness that surrounds it all. this is a medium bodied, clean and crisp english pale ale. Very well done and drinkable, though not bold really, it's an easy-drinking and tasty beer.

Photo of outsider
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip at cellar temperature. A fairly small, white head forms on the pour, maintaining a foamy cap all the way down. Carbonation appears light, as is appropriate for the style and, unfortunately, increasingly uncommon in bottled pale ales. The beer is a very clear dark orange. The nose is of hay, light toffee and pear skin. The flavor reveals a nutty toffee/caramel, balanced by a light bitterness, with some English hop character. The finish is a tad sour. The mouthfeel is light. Overall, really a very decent English pale ale. Nicely balanced, tending toward the malty side.

Photo of ryanonline
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance is actually quite similar to regular newcastle brown. only real difference is a bit more of a amber hue than brown. pretty standard stuff.

smell is very sweet with just a hint of grassy hop aroma. slight citrus aroma also.

taste is quite similar but has a rather nice crisp, bitter finish.

the mouthfeel is very thin bodied and prickly, also a very dry finish.

fairly drinkable but the dryness in the finish is a bit off-putting.

overall a very passable beer, by the people who brought you newcastle brown ale. The lighter body and sweeter flavor may make this a replacement for my usual mass consumption brew, sierra nevada pale ale. Maybe.

Photo of sastian
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, egg shell white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel, sweet breads and floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet bready malt with some caramel and toffee. It had a grassy bitterness I associate with an English pale.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice pale ale. I enjoyed this new Newcastle.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
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

Photo of bigaltemple
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of kdawg105
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average brew! When it comes to pale ale's its appearance was the color I expected but the lace was not there. The smell was very light I smelled more yeast smells than hops. The taste is fine it is a good beer, the mouthfeel is light and overall I would not buy it in a 6 pack but that is my opinion.

Photo of awdturboiv
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of RollBeerTide
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of jdt
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of oberon
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic a nice clear copper with a thinner white head atop,like many UK pale ales it has a nice richness and definition in color.Muted aromas with mainly caramel/biscuit malt coming into play,as it warms a faint leafy hop presence is felt.Thin to near watery in the mouth with subtle flavors,caramel/biscuit malt with again light leafy hops,a light sourness lingers in the finish wich I don'l like so much.Eh it's average and to be honest boring,today Iam drinking alot of "session" style ales and I would pick many of them over this.

Photo of rangerred
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Appearance is a clear dark orange with a tiny head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is of slightly toasted caramel and a faint wisp of grassy hops.

The flavor is watered down toasted caramel with maybe just a hint of dark fruit. There is a drying bitterness towards the finish but no real hop flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty watery.

Overall this beer seems like it is halfway to being pretty good. The initial flavors just drop off too rapidly and everything becomes muddled after that. A nice try, though.

Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale brownish amber with a thick layer of soft, white, foamy head that has really good retention. The nose has notes of soft bread, yeast, and mild grassy hops. The taste is mild all around; faint bread, grassy hops, thin caramel. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected, mildly carbonated, smooth.

This is a rather lackluster ale. The flavor profile is so mild as to be almost nonexistent. In my opinion it's rather boring.

Photo of puboflyons
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 31-12-W-L357-59-01. Sampled on February 7, 2012. It pours a medium amber tone with excellent clarity and a decent, foamy lingering head that leaves lacing in its wake. The aroma is not very astonishing. It smells like an English Pale Ale with its subtle sweet malts and a cool, clean hop note. The body is about medium but it also has a nice creamy texture. The taste is about as subtle with malts, bread notes, and an above average hop bite with a crisp ending.

Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.