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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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75
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386 Ratings
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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)
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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Cyberkedi, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

TheSixthRing, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of NiceTaps
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

A- Poured a bright copper-amber color with brilliant clarity and nice lively bubbles. A 1-plus finger head resulted from a gentle pour, it tapered to a heavy film and left some lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malts dominate. It smells good, but I would like some more hop aroma to come through.

T- Again, it tasted good, but the sweet malts really make it one dimensional. There is a note of alcohol, surprisingly.

M-Like it says on the bottle, sweet not bitter. It also has a very clean short finish as advertised. The sweet malts do give it some body, and the carbonation is okay. No bite.

O- It comes as advertised, so my review really is subjective. I like to 'feel' the hops, that's lacking here.

NiceTaps, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of magnj
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

magnj, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

OtherShoe2, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: VONS in Grantville (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $8.49 for a 6-pack
Purchased: Feb. 7, 2013
Consumed: Feb. 7. 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel amber clear color with about one finger of bubbly off-white head that dissipated very fast. Minimal lacing on the sides. Very bad retention.

Smelled skunky malts up front. Also bread, hay, cereal, honey and light lemon grass. Some amber-like malts come in late.

Tasted much better than the smell. Got honey, light lemon, cereal, hay bread and a metallic finish.

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt finish. Somewhat refreshing.

Decent beer. Nothing to great, nothing too bad.

BucannonXC5, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Offa
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a good English pale ale.

Amber, small off-white head soon thinning to foamy ring and wisps.

Aroma is nutty toasted bread, grain, hint of baked apples, leaves & tea.

Taste is bread dough, metal hint, peppery-leafy bitterness dominating finish gently, with faint hint of caramelised grain. It is fairly simple but well-rounded, solid, balanced, and enjoyable.

Offa, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 5/1/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, honey and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and honey. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others that are better in the style.

TheManiacalOne, May 23, 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 Omnium
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Winter Lager Glass

A - Pours a dark gold/light amber color, with half a finger of head, medium lacing.
S - Some baking flour, lager yeast, floral hops, and a little fresh cut grass.
T - This tastes and drinks much more like a lager than a pale ale, with just a few more hops, and some light fresh baked bread kinda malt.
M - Clean and smooth, nice finish for refreshment.
O - While not the worst, this is decently sessionable with some moderate flavors that make for a good hoppy lager, but its far off from a pale ale.

Omnium, May 13, 2013
Photo of Kingcurio
3.52/5  rDev +8%

Kingcurio, Aug 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

optimator705, Jun 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

GMUPatriot_inKansas, May 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

LJWalker, Jun 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Bighorn, Apr 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Huntingtonbasser, Aug 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Arch-Harris, Nov 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

jnoelani, Jun 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Cbrazbox, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Tavo2311
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Tavo2311, May 08, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Reidrover, May 11, 2012
Photo of BarrelAgedBarry
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

BarrelAgedBarry, Feb 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.