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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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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:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-25-2012)
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Photo of CloudStrife

New York

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

12oz bottle poured into goblet.

A: Pours a clear reddish amber with a 1 finger white head. Fisheyes in the head dissipate it quickly. Hardly any visible carbonation. Pretty good lacing on the glass.

S: Musty skunky hop with a roasted stale malt compliment. Smells quite English indeed. Pretty standard.

T: Smooth blend of sweet roasted malt and hop. More sweet and hoppy than bitter. Some of that cellar taste in it.

M: Pretty refreshing to drink. Nothing too strong about it. Leaves a sweet taste on the palate after swallowing. Low carbonation but still fairly clean.

Overall I'd imagine this is better on draft and on a warm day. Wouldnt turn this down in the future, not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 21:33:16 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of hopfacebrew


2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass the beer is a translucent amber color with a nice 2 finger white head, good retention, and lacing. Looks great. The nose is extremely sweet, overly so, with a strong caramel tone. A hint of earthy hops? Sweetness is too much and districts. The flavor starts with a nice light bready malt flavor from which the caramel builds. Again the sweetness appears and begins to overwhelm the flavor. Mildly bitter with a hint of earthy hops but the sweetness is too much. Lighter bodied and crisp with a lingering sugar flavor. Overall, too sweet for me, not balanced at all. Glad to have tried this as I had not heard of it but I won't be back.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 02:26:22 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of jar2574


3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent head and lacing, bronze color beer, lots of carbonation. A sweet malty, corn smell. Taste is smooth, sweet, uncomplicated. A little bready flavor on the back end and a touch of sourness like the kind you'd find with Jack Daniels - again, reminding me of corn. Could probably have several because it goes down easily, but there are better session beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:27:34 | More by jar2574
Photo of secondtooth


3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clean amber, with a brisk white head. Attractive. Thick, but not delicate band of lace.

Nose is grainy sweet. A little fruit in there, too. Not bad,

Taste is mild, with malts in the classic English pale ale tradition, but more balanced than others I've had of late. I get a gentle hint of citrus hops in the mix, which makes for a solid and enjoyable brew. Solid enough of a sessioner.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 00:42:36 | More by secondtooth
Photo of Brad007


3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally, something other than "brown water" from Newcastle. Quite a change.

Pours a light copper with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks pale enough for the style.

Sweet, buttery malt with the hop swagger of a mild or bitter. Blighty good? Depends on taste.

Sweet and yet, very soft on the palate. Malt, as observed is buttery and chewy at the same time.

Just enough lingering flavors in the mouth to please the connoisseur.

Not bad. More drinkable than their flagship, which speaks volumes.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 04:19:40 | More by Brad007
Photo of beergoot


2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer comes out a solid amber color, two-finger white head, and good carbonation. Great clarity and lacing.

No obvious malt nose except for a tad bit of sweetness, but there is a grass-like hop aroma. Not much else.

The taste brings out more malt character. Light biscuit and cereal notes. There's a light yet sharp bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel is rather light and crisp with a light residual sweetness.

I can't get too fired-up on this pale ale. Drinkable but not memorable. Would I drink it again? Sure. Would this be one of the first beers I'd go for if given a choice. Nope.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 23:32:43 | More by beergoot
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber with not much head - but the latter may be an artifact of the pour. Malty aroma has a fruity undertone and is not strong, but still invites a taste. Flavor - whoa, now that is good flavor. Malty core, apple plus more than a hint of pear, hint of horehound. Smooth and somewhat fizzy texture has more than average body. If this is not outstanding, it is still worthy of a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 02:11:48 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of fmccormi

New York

2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a 12oz tulip pint-style glass (it’s an Alexander Keith’s glass). Production date of December 21, 2011 if I’m not mistaken (“31 12 W L340 59 03”), printed on the back label, at the bottom-right corner.

Appearance (4.5): Sure looks like an English Pale. Burnt golden body, crystal clear, and a white head of foam that starts around three fingers and fades surprisingly slowly to a rocky head with above-average lacing all around. Looks great, actually.

Smell (3.5): Earthy and sweet tones mix with a stale syrupy scent that comes off slightly vegetal. It’s not as bad as that sounds though, it’s really mainly just earthy and slightly vegetal with a clear, moderately sweet malt component underneath it all.

Taste (2.5): That earthiness is more subdued here, and mixes with spicy and grassy hop notes in the front and middle of the palate. The mix of the hops and a mildly sweet malt note combine for that odd vegetal quality—it’s like the malt brings out that character. It doesn’t dominate though, and if you don’t linger on that aspect, the finish comes off very grassy for a moderately long, mild but bitter finish. If you DO linger, it kind of tastes like puke (though not as dramatic as that sounds).

Mouthfeel (3.0): Low to medium carbonation, light- to medium-bodied (though much closer to medium), and the carb doesn’t stick around for long. Dry finish asks for another sip, and considering the ABV this is definitely a session beer in that regard.

Overall (3.0): This is a pretty standard-tasting English Pale, in my mind. Not bad, not spectacular, and more or less what you could expect if you blindly chose a Pale in a random English pub. It’s decent. It LOOKS fantastic, though beyond that it’s pretty typical for an English Pale. It’d probably be a decent cask-conditioning candidate, and could easily see this on gravity at a better English pub.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 04:56:31 | More by fmccormi
Photo of Nerudamann


3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark amber color, clear, with good steady carbonation and about half a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - malty smell, but with a smoky quality to it. Almost a pit-like singe to it.

Taste - malty taste as well, and a little musky in the middle and finish. Interesting taste in general.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but it does lean more on the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew, but not very intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 04:06:30 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of Bitterbill


3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden coloured brew with a 2 finger head of foam and it does well with the lacing.

It has a good hoppy nose, I'd say of pine, but not much else going on.

The taste sure has some piney hop bitterness going on with what I would guess is the base beer of Newcastle Brown. Some mild sweet notes from the latter; this works okay and it is certainly drinkable but it isn't a Pale that I'd reach for as my first choice, or second, or third...

I'm not trying to knock this beer but there are many more that I'd turn to first, even in my market.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 20:40:24 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of hosehead83


3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see a new offering from the boys at Newcastle. Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Clear, copper/amber in color, with a shortish, off-white head of foam.
Aroma-fruity, mineral note
Taste-Mineral fruitiness, sedate English hops, nice little hop bite in the finish. Pleasant and easygoing, nicely balanced, sessionable ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 16:41:40 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Heatwave33


3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Color: Clear amber with a khaki head.

Smell: Bready malts up front followed by cinnamon and brown sugar.

Taste: I get the bready malts and cinnamon up front follwed by the brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, Smooth with a medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: Light bodied with an OK blance. Not a bad brew by any means. Just not going to go buy a six pack of it. Worth a try for sure. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:50:53 | More by Heatwave33
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mellow gingerbread maltiness. In the taste, not much but a standard gingerbread like maltiness. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry gingerbread like maltiness. Kind of a standard English ale, not bad, but nothing exciting.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 19:00:27 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a sparkling amber color with a large white foaming head. Head retention is good with some lacing sticking around the glass.

The aroma is clean. The hops and the sweet malt are not overwhelming. There is a bit of spicy bitter hop and a very English style of sweet malt (as one would expect from this style).

The taste of this pale is sweet yet crisp from the bitter hop. Again, nothing is over the top in this pale ale. The malt and hops are there, but are blended beautifully.

Light carbonation with a medium/light body. Finishes clean with a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

I can't really say too much about this English pale ale but go and get some!! Just clean tasty Pale Ale with a wonderful balance. Ya know, sometimes I get bored of over the top beers. If you just want a great Ale to sip on or even pound down. This is it!! The drink-ability is perfect!!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 04:13:31 | More by Luigi
Photo of DocJitsu


3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with an off white creamy head that fades quickly. A distinctly dried apricot bouquet that acts as a spoiler for what will, ultimately, stimulate the palate. Lovely tangerine and dried apricot that drops abruptly to expose a mild tartness at the beer's finish. Extremely drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 03:26:24 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of Mitchster


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

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. Thank heavens they opted out of the clear glass for this. Pours out to a sparkingly clear medium caramel, forming a soapy white head with average retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation.The aroma is kinda adjuncty with the suggestion of corn, caramel, and light brown sugar. No noticeable hop aroma. Mouthfeel is light with a thin body. The taste is also quite light, with just the suggestion of caramel and a very mild hop bitterness. No perceptable off-flavors. Has a touch of yorkshire yeast character but not as strong as Sam Smith or Fullers. Clean finish. Well balanced.

This is what it is...an easy to drink British style pale ale. Considering it's price, if I wanted a real easy drinker on the cheap, I would pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 01:22:57 | More by Mitchster
Photo of smakawhat


3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into an of course, classic nonic pint glass.

A good simple pour provides a simple creamy head, off white, a little foamy. The body is crystal clear with some faint cola bubbles on the side, but a real nice dark amber brown. Very nice looking beer.

Nose is very different from most English Pale Ale's I've had. This is really dirty soil smelling but not pleasant. It smells like dirt. A faint classic English malt tries to creep up behind it. Interesting yes, different yes, do I enjoy it? Really no.

Front palate hits with really not much. I am wondering where the flavor is? Texture though is very solid, and just rolls nicely while consuming. Finish though is a real nice airy biscuity dry cracker like malt. The finish is actually the most impressive thing about it. A little bit of graham sweetness on the end as well.

Overall for the style, yeah this is different good for them for trying something new. But I am not drawn to this at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 01:23:14 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Brenden


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

A pure white head a bit more than a finger tall tops a clear, rust-colored brew. Quite creamy and rocky, the retention is good and this solid head leaves good lacing.
The aroma gives a twinge of grains, a bit of an herbal note, some very light earthy hops, and a touch of something a little bit brighter. This isn't strong, but it isn't completely lifeless or dull either, as a bit of complexity pushes it over average.
The taste is the same; lightly herbal and gently earthy with almost a touch of an American-style brightness from hops, there's a bit more hops than I detect in the smell. Grains still pull through all the way. If not for a taint of rubbing alcohol in the finish, this is good.
The body is light, as expected, though the crispness comes from a carbonation that fades off toward the middle. It's pretty dry until that point, at which it becomes even drier and pushes out an astringent element, though it's not extreme.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 17:41:55 | More by Brenden
Photo of barczar


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

Pours a clear light copper color with a half inch solid cream head that dissipates quickly into a skin of bubbly foam.

Herbal hops lead the aroma, with a biscuity, almost toasted malt dominating the finish. A hint of citrus accompanies the tea-like herbal hops.

Flavor is decidedly malty, toasted bread and caramel, toffee, with hints of lemon and orange at the finish. A bit of bitterness closes out the flavor profile.

Body is moderate to light, with a fairly high level of carbonation.

A very sessionable beer. Not a whole lot of complexity, but it's an English pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 04:43:56 | More by barczar
Photo of Merkur


3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a solid amber color, with a little bit of white foam.

Beer smells a bit grassy and slightly of sweet caramel malts. Not very hoppy.

Beer taste sweet and malty, with a bit of spicy and slightly floral hops on the back end. Not too terribly overpowering.

Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated but very easy drinking.

An OK pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 15:31:15 | More by Merkur
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, butter, and some vegetal aromas. Taste is of malt/grain and some off buttery and vegetal flavors. There is a weird herbal bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is just not a very good beer all around. Some of the other Newcastle seasonal beers have been tolerable but this one is definitely at the bottom of the pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 17:59:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BeerRookie87


2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is actually my first review so bear with me.

I actually have always enjoyed other reviews and felt a little too uneducated about beer to write my own. But I was so unimpressed with this beer I had to speak up.

I may be too quick to judge because I just bought a six pack and only tried a mouthful (I let my friend have the first bottle).

However, I was VERY disappointed. If there is a such thing as a "light" ale, I think I just found it. Lacked flavor, aroma and body. It makes me wonder because I have had Newcastle's other releases and was unhappy as well.

Will make for an upscale round of beer pong.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 20:29:24 | More by BeerRookie87
Photo of augustgarage


3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hooray for brown glass bottles - poured from a 12oz one into my Samuel Smith nonik.

Brilliantly clear safety orange liquid is capped by a fringe of off-white foam. Poor retention; fast running vaguely soapy lacing.

Malty, caramel-laden aroma with no real hop presence (I know Styrian Goldings are delicate but in this beer they appear to be too delicate). One man's bland is another man's clean...

Caramel and white tea on the palate - slightly floral hop notes, with very low bitterness and a touch of orange peel. Finishes dry and not-quite-crackery. Faint toast and spice emerge as the beer warms.

Light bodied with somewhat low carbonation.

An average, middle of the road, unoffensive example of the style. Rather weak, but at least it isn't overly suffused with corn, sugar, and other adjuncts in the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 04:48:32 | More by augustgarage
Photo of scottfrie


3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:02:44 | More by scottfrie
Photo of Draughted


2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 06:58:16 | More by Draughted
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.