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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 382
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 NODAK
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell here isn't anything special, and I certainly don't get some of the notes that others have had. It seems somewhat vegetal to me at first...almost like an American macro. Eventually some malt sweetness does peek through but it's faint. Not all that great.

The taste isn't anything I'd really call wonderful, either. Again, there is some malt sweetness present to a degree, but there's also that vegetal taste that I get again and it's here in droves. I get more of that than any other taste in this one. Towards the finish, there's a touch of grain and a smattering of hops that give it sort of a dry finish. Regardless, it's really pretty thin.

Eh....didn't think I'd say it, but the original Newcastle probably has a better flavor profile.

NODAK, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a rookie to their seasonal lineup except fro the summer which wasn't too bad. This was a super fresh English pale less than 5% abv sure no problem. Pours a copper amber hue with a bright slightly off whtie head forms thick and dwindles slow leaves behind speckled lacing. Aroma earthy citrus hops intertwined with fruit malts and hints of caramel a really good finesse beer. It's not in your face but each sniff and sip draws you in further. Basically compare full blown hardcore porn (American pale ale) to a burlesque show where you may get a peek at some leg with a garter on. One leaves much more to the imagination and makes your senses work harder to acheive the same result. Flavor wise caramel malt with a slight tart sourdough bread note and a quick fleeting hop note earthy/citrus thus far. "A blighty good brew", okay it's good... not world class pale nice earthy tones arise within the caramel/citrus combo finishing balanced with more hops arising the more you take a deep inhalation. The nose has a really nice hop character and it brings out more of the hoppiness with each sniff. Mouthfeel as a whole medium bodied even carbonation, pretty effortless to drink and consume at least a few bottles in a session. Like I said it's not instant beergasm but eventually it gets you to the point of beervana, but it's an experience to sip and session with.

WVbeergeek, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +23.1%

scootercrabb, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I haven't had the greatest luck with these new Newcastle seasonals, but this one is uber-fresh and intriguing, and that's enough for me to give it a go. It pours a clear copper-bronze topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises soft biscuit, very light pine needles, greens, a whisper of toasted caramel, and a strong whiff of that apparently famous sulfurous British hard water. The taste holds notes of lightly spicy greens, light mint, toasted biscuits, light pine, and, towards the finish, a gentle wave of sweet maple syrup, which tapers off just before everything else, leaving a mildly bitter aftertaste behind. I kinda like this layering of flavors, something I really don't get from Newcastle at all. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a decently dry finish. Overall, a nice EPA, something I really wouldn't mind revisiting in the near future.

TMoney2591, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells of crackers and malt with a little caramel. Low level of scent though.

Starts out mildly malty with the taste of English style hops. Tastes of herbs and leather with some tobacco flavor. This get sweeter as you drink it but it is a nice English Pale Ale. I get a real light butter and toffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty English Pale Ale. Not outstanding here but I could drink another.

Zorro, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Crundy
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very clear, dark mahogany color, no lacing, white head

S: Smell was not very strong but I did get some banana, and caramel malt, and a subtle nut aroma

T: Very similar to the nose, Caramel roasted malt, distinct nut flavor, and banana and maybe clove flavors

M: light medium bodied, creamy and smooth with just enough bite to keep it interesting and a bittersweet aftertaste

O: Very good beer, good balance of sweet and malt bitterness, this must be a relatively new beer but its a nice EPA.

Crundy, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of damndirtyape
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a Shaker pint glass. I'm guessing this is from the 2011 round of this brew, since the Newcastle website says that this beer won't be out until Feb 2012. Batch on the bottle is 30 11 W, L324 59 21.

Appearance: Crystal clear copper color with a rocky white head upon pouring. Foam died down pretty quickly to a thin ring at the edge and some islands of thin foam across the top. Some long strands of persistent lacing noted here and there.

Smell: Sweet malt mostly, with some toasted smells, caramel, and toffee notes thrown in. Faint though, not a very strong smelling beer, but what I can smell is appealing enough.

Taste: Sweet, but not overpowering. Definitely malt forward and malt heavy but not a malt bomb. Reminds me a bit more of a ESB rather than an English Pale Ale as described on the bottle and Newcastle website. Malt flavors again are caramel and mild toffee flavors. Bitter finish at the end is earthy, not tea-like or typically what I would expect from an ESB...and so it's hard to describe exactly what that bitter finish is like. Still, it works here, but you'll need to want a sweet brew to really enjoy this one I think - more malt than hops.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, but just right. Mouthfeel of the beer however is a bit on the watery side.

Overall / Drinkability: Interesting beer. Went well with food (meatballs, rice, green beans) and went fast by itself. I think this beer would be better on draft/cask, and again wondering about its age, for a beer from the 2011 brewing of this beer it's pretty good for this age. But with the cryptic nature of the date stamp no way to know for sure. So overall, not a "wow" beer, but definitely above average and worth a try.

damndirtyape, Jan 19, 2012
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Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.