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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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75
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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
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 SouthernBuckeye
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

SouthernBuckeye, Feb 19, 2012
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.

CBlack85, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of ATPete
3/5  rDev -8%

ATPete, Feb 17, 2012
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.

EagleTalon, Feb 17, 2012
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.

BDIMike, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of murf1087
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

murf1087, Feb 17, 2012
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.

Finn, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of outsider
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

outsider, Feb 16, 2012
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.

MCDuhamel, Feb 16, 2012
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.

ryanonline, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of sastian
4/5  rDev +22.7%

sastian, Feb 16, 2012
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.

zeff80, Feb 16, 2012
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

RonaldTheriot, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of bigaltemple
3/5  rDev -8%

bigaltemple, Feb 13, 2012
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.

kdawg105, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of awdturboiv
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

awdturboiv, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of RollBeerTide
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

RollBeerTide, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of jdt
3/5  rDev -8%

jdt, Feb 11, 2012
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.

oberon, Feb 10, 2012
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.

rangerred, Feb 10, 2012
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.

tdm168, Feb 09, 2012
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.

puboflyons, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served unto a Newcastle signature glass (Wellington).

Appearance: Straight amber with a 1/8" white head, turns to nothing before it hits the lips.

Smell: Light hops, like real light....really if it wants to smell it wasn't made for it.

Taste: creamy almost like a marzen vanilla bean but slight bitterness to it and quite honestly it is pretty impressive.

Mouth: medium might come off light but smooth incredibly smooth

Overall: well crafted, just enough to be a regular back to back at the bar. Unfortunately this is a limited release and get it while you can. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newcastle Founders' Ale

There are not a lot of good reviews here so far, and I can see why. It's a little unbalanced.

Starting with the appearance, it's a clear amber beneath a short head of creamy white. The head retention is OK, and the lacing is good. Could the lacing be better? Yes, of course, but it's not bad.

Moving forward, let's look at the aroma. It's leafy, earthy, and a touch spicy. My first impression was a little vegetal. It's not a great, welcoming aroma, but it's not bad. And as far as bitters go, it's pretty much right on. I don't expect the hops to stand out, and I don't expect the malt to be separate from the hops. It's a muddled mix, but I don't think that's unusual really.

In the mouth it's either light-medium in body with a bit of a dextrinous edge, or medium-light - however you want to look at it. I see it as being closer to medium bodied because of those residual sugars; and to a certain extent the moderate, fine bubbled carbonation helps with that. Once it's warmed a bit it becomes a touch creamy.

The flavor is where things start to fall apart a bit. It's subtly lime-like, leafy and spicy - which is a little odd. I'm sure it's from a combination of fruity yeast and hops, but how it gets there I don't know. (Are they using some kind of citrusy hops? That would be weird in a "Founders' Ale"). The fruit (berries, pear, lime) and hops tend to stand apart from the malt. Why, I don't know. There's a nice bit of character to the malt (it's obviously high quality - perhaps Maris Otter or Golden Promise), but there's not a lot of added caramel/crystal malt, so maybe that leaves a bit of a gap. It's straw-like and a touch toasty, which is nice, however, that that doesn't exactly match up with the hops. And maybe, it's just a touch too sweet across the middle. It dries in the finish, but the sugar syrup and pear across the middle might be a little too much of an arc above the dry and lime/bready start and finish. It should be noted, however, that the bitterness is not really too low overall - but a bump would have been welcomed, and maybe brought the whole of it a little bit more into focus and balance.

Overall, I'd have to pass, and I guess that's been the consensus. There are just too many better English ales out there.

NeroFiddled, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of AllenJasper
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle to mug

A:coppery bronze with 1-2 fingers of slightly off-white head, mild lacing

S: hints of pine, caramel, and hops

T: not as hoppy as i like my pale ales, slight hint of pine, but then mid-palate, an alcohol taste sneaks in, and escalates until you want another sip to get rid of it. (edit: in my nine reviews, this beer contains the least amt. of alcohol)

M: rather soft for a pale ale.

O: Not a bad beer, but certainly not a good pale ale. I doubt the Brits were thinking of competing with Sierra Nevada for an inexpensive but damn good pale ale. But if they had, they failed.

AllenJasper, Feb 05, 2012
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.