1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

Not Rated.
Newcastle Founders' AleNewcastle Founders' Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

386 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 386
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 326-350 | 351-375 | 376-400  | next › last »
Ratings: 386 | Reviews: 125 | Display Reviews Only:
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
Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper and clear with a nice 1 finger head.

Smell - Nice sweet notes through the maltiness.

Taste - Very pleasant to drink. Some hop crispness but its well balanced and well made pale ale. Some grainy taste in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel - fine

Overall - A nice pale ale that is easy to drink, provides pleanty of flavor and well balanced. Another good beer from the UK.

bubseymour, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, dark amber body with nearly a half inch of near white fizz.

Smell: Minor notes of toast, nutty caramel with a layering of dried herb hops.

Taste: Crisped sugar flecks atop a very lightly toasted bready malt base. Light berry-esque quality. Leafy, herbal hops with a medium-low bitterness. Dry, bready, leafy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: While not a beer to be celebrated, it is okay, it is drinkable, and a far sight better than some of their other seasonal offerings.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Founders' Ale makes me think about what beers were like before palated evolved to enjoy darker and richer ales. Now largely placed in Mild Ale catagories, this is just one beer that easily represents a wide range of tastes in a rustic and elementary fashion.

The beer pours with a bright and light tawny brown color. A partly froathy, partly fizzy head forms and rests on the beer but only momentarily. A slowly fading head and lace gives in just a bit too soon to endure the session.

Mild aromas that are partly of malt and partly of grain gives a mild caramel and raw barley aroma that accompany a balance of herbal and earthy hops with a delicate spice. Slight fruitiness sings the praises of English ales and gives intrigue as the mouth draws near.

Flavors seem to carry a more malty taste than grain, but does eventually waiver to allow the taste of barley and husk to emmit in the finish, as the sweeter caramel malt components fade into dryness. Modestly balanced with a light herbal and grassy note at mid palate, the beer's hop profile ushers in a balanced bitterness in finish. Lightly fruity to offer a soft note of complexity to complement the hops/malt dialogue.

Light to moderate in body, the beer's early carbonated creaminess is short lived as the dry-malt and hoppy bitterness ushers in a quick development toward dryness, which reveals a slight grainy and tannic bite to present themselves.

This is by no means a stellar beer, but it is a timid approach to how I imagine early English Mild Ales might have tasted. Certainly not offensive, but a very light ale all arround.

BEERchitect, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of NODAK
2.9/5  rDev -11%
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 +22.7%
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 +22.7%

scootercrabb, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +4.3%
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%
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 +5.2%
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
« first ‹ prev | 326-350 | 351-375 | 376-400  | next › last »
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.