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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

Newcastle Founders' AleNewcastle Founders' Ale

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360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.08%


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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours kinda brown for a pale ale, but nonetheless, the beer looks more like the flagship brown ale (with a little more ooomph/viscosity) than anything I'm accustomed to calling a pale ale. Carbonation adequate, nearly 1" of head on it. Aroma, for saying that it is dry hopped, and then smelling nothing in terms of dry hopping, well my expectations, while not high, were still not met.

Taste, fits the bill, sweet instead of bitter, mild instead of robust. Much more on point when calling oneself a British Pale Ale. Mild body, good amount of mild sweetness, not diabetic coma inducing, but definitely leans sweet over bitter. Only $3.99 a 6 at Total Wine, a good buy, especially since they are easily pawned off on girlfriends and other family members who don't like big bitter and hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 20:23:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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barnzy78

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright copper with excellent clarity, nice foamy ivory colored head that holds some decent retention and leaves little lacing on the glass. Aromas are earthy, musty, and metallic, some toasted grain, and herbal hop. Tastes are earthy as well, with notes of toasted grain, herbal hops, grassy, nutty, rather bland with a metallic finish. As is warms, the sweetness they speak of comes out a little more in the way of caramel, albeit faint. Body is thin and watery, ample carbonation, goes down crisp and clean. Overall, I'm usually not a fan of herbal hops, so add that to the metallic finish and the muted flavor, this was not a hit for me. It wasn't awful, but wasn't good either. I'll still drink the 6 pack over time.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 19:47:56 | More by barnzy78
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from a six pack from Safeway, West Salem. $7.99 Pleasant looking ale..dark amber,clear, with a nice looking thick ,creamy off white head Fine caramel malt aromas,some herbal hop also Smooth clean caramel malt taste, slightly nutty and a touch of pepper in the end. Thinnish mouth feel but makes it even more drinkable. Reasonable bitter/English pale ale

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 23:02:05 | More by Reidrover
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts detected. Taste is also a bit weak, some malts, a bit of hop bitterness, a touch bready. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking but unspectacular beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 19:23:24 | More by tone77
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Deep, dark, golden hue. Heavy carbonation. Pours into a 1 finger, frothy, white head. Disintegrates slowly, and unevenly, leaving a bit of a beer ring as it does; and leaving a foamy blanket. Really nice substantial lacing.

S: Baked Italian bread, and fresh tea leaves.

T: Baked sourdough bread with a little acetyl.

M: Light body, slightly sweet in the front,with a pungent subtly bitter finish.

D: Easy drinking.

Atmosphere is really solid. Deep golden hue, carbonation, a dense frothy head, and some nice spider web lacing. Nose is simple but full combination of sour grain and tea. Flavor is sour bread with an acetyl characteristic. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 23:25:16 | More by bmwats
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a clear dark amber colour, almost bronze with a thin off white head. a little alce. sweet dextrin like maltiness in the nose, some brown sugar and molasses wrapped around a chocolate malt middle. the flavour profile is rather timid...watered down maltiness with a noticeable hop spiciness that actually has the upper hand overall. rather dry, with the little residual dextrin sweetness quickly interrupted by the semi-bitter finish. medium bodied and a crisp, light mouthfeel. a sessionable beer for sure...wish it had a bit more of a creamy texture.

overall a nice , simple session ale. that's about it. for the price it seems a bit of a let down, but i suppose you could drink worse. i'm sure i won't be seeking this out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 22:37:25 | More by budgood1
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops. Mild.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Bready. Sort of a metallic taste.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Nothing special about this ale. It looks good, but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 00:04:34 | More by SolipsismalCat
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magnj

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - Clear copper body, white head drops quickly leaving behind a little bit of lacing.

s - Caramel dominates, toasty, hard to detect anything other than a bit of grassy hops.

t - Caramel up front, crisp, well balanced, hop bitterness is detectable but doesn't add much to the flavor profile. Slight bit of vegetable to it throughout.

m - light mouthfeel complimented by crisp taste

o - Nice balanced beer, let it get a bit warmer for it to open up.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 23:03:58 | More by magnj
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cbutova

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a pint glass with a copper-amber body. Forming on-top is a bubbly off-white head with lackluster retention. Small ring remains leaving a few fine lace streaks.

S- A bit malty with toasty, nutty and caramel hints. Some herbal, floral and earthy hops in the background.

T- Flavor feels stripped down. There are some good hints but not enough to be that satisfying. It feels like a light beer with slight hints of herbal/floral hops, citrus and cracker caramel malt. Yeast bread and fruit backbone.

MF- Light body with a silky texture. Carbonation is high and stings the palate just a bit. Slightly bitter finish.

Like I mentioned in the taste profile, it just feels like a beer that is missing a major flavor. There are decent hints here and there but it is somewhere between macro and decent pale ale. Does improve with warmth somewhat but there is still some fruity/raisin flavor that is a astringent.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 01:29:33 | More by cbutova
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with a decent head, but weak retention. A little skim showing towards the end. No lace. Brown bottle - for Newcastle?

Some toasted malt, a little caramel, some bitter herbal notes.

Decent toasted malt with moderate hop bitterness. Some slight sweetness, but balanced out with some good toasted grain notes and light bitterness in the finish. I was surprised how easy drinking this was.

Medium body, good carbonation.

One of Newcastle's better offerings. Good balance, not over sweet. I had this with lunch and it was great with food. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 04:48:14 | More by OtherShoe2
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

2.3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a pint glass:

A: crystal clear copper yet transparent colored body and has a light amount of carbonation seen rising. The small white head only lasts about a minute and then dies. It leaves spotty yet foamy rings as the beer goes down.

S: pale malts with some fruitiness. However, I did detect some soap as well.

T: very light bitterness with the pale malts and the fruits coming back, however there really isn't much exciting about this beer.

M: light, and a bit watery with not a whole lot of carbonation. This is a pretty drinkable beer.

O: this is nothing special. I was hoping for a really great Spring brew, but am slightly disappointed. I'd only have this on tap depending upon what else was served.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 13:51:53 | More by BeerKangaroo
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TheSixthRing

California

3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, deep copper with an off-white 2 finger head, good retention, and resulting in a nice lace.

Smell - Faint, sweet malt aromas; nut and bread.

Taste - Light, sweet malt flavors: bread and caramel. Hops are hidden, but their presence provide good balance.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Carbonation makes for a crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - A good offering from Newcastle. The flavors are somewhat tame, but there's a nice all-around balance. Certainly drinkable, and not a bad option for session drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 02:52:04 | More by TheSixthRing
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An okay ale. Seems mass produced and lacking passion. Gives some slight promising character, but doesn't deliver a real firm punch. Could have been a whole lot more, but it's clear these guys are catering to the mass market. Decent, but not anything spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 07:30:18 | More by RblWthACoz
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metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that has good retention properties and left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass..
S: There are aromas of pale malts in the nose along with some notes of fruity yeast and hints of tea leaves.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of pale malts and fruity yeast along with notes of biscuits and crackers. Some notes of tea leaves are noticeable in the finish. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing overly special about the taste but this beer goes down like a breeze and is quite quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 00:48:21 | More by metter98
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper hue with a thin head; bubbly; good lacing

S: Grainy and bready: really toasty, slightly burnt; some herbal and grassy notes from the hops

T: Much more bitterness up front than I expected from the aromas; herbal, grassy hops but the sweet bready malt balances this out rather nicely

F: A touch over-carbonated and thin though a good oily residue gives this beer enough mouth feel

O: An easy drinking English pale ale; nothing incredibly crazy here--just a drinkable, simple brew but I like it nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 20:59:43 | More by dbossman
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MSR129

Maine

3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
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
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wages

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Gmann

New York

3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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Psilo707

California

3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
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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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
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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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
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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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev 0%
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
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oldirtycaffrey

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
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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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.