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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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75
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372 Ratings
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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 14.72%
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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secondtooth

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
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
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
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
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Brenden

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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
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metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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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MCDuhamel

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip at cellar temperature. A fairly small, white head forms on the pour, maintaining a foamy cap all the way down. Carbonation appears light, as is appropriate for the style and, unfortunately, increasingly uncommon in bottled pale ales. The beer is a very clear dark orange. The nose is of hay, light toffee and pear skin. The flavor reveals a nutty toffee/caramel, balanced by a light bitterness, with some English hop character. The finish is a tad sour. The mouthfeel is light. Overall, really a very decent English pale ale. Nicely balanced, tending toward the malty side.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 21:51:39 | More by MCDuhamel
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-yellow, decent head, nice curtain of lace.

English hops and malt the main scent.

Caramel, toffee and sweet malt, bready earthy hop note.

Crisp smooth mouthfeel.

This was nicely balanced, if not particularly unique. I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 01:46:37 | More by Strix
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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
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optimator705

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

06-26-2012 23:15:19 | More by optimator705
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GMUPatriot_inKansas

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-27-2013 01:31:34 | More by GMUPatriot_inKansas
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awdturboiv

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

02-12-2012 01:22:38 | More by awdturboiv
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

06-13-2012 13:42:11 | More by LJWalker
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Bighorn

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-22-2013 23:43:02 | More by Bighorn
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Huntingtonbasser

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-21-2012 21:18:21 | More by Huntingtonbasser
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Arch-Harris

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-26-2013 13:51:21 | More by Arch-Harris
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jnoelani

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

06-16-2012 06:05:16 | More by jnoelani
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Cbrazbox


3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

06-02-2012 05:50:37 | More by Cbrazbox
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Tavo2311

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-08-2013 00:47:38 | More by Tavo2311
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Reidrover

Oregon

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

02-29-2012 19:42:52 | More by BarrelAgedBarry
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dradair

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

06-05-2014 17:32:42 | More by dradair
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Shineonsolar


3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-23-2012 23:34:51 | More by Shineonsolar
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11millsown113

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-29-2012 01:32:43 | More by 11millsown113
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 05:19:51 | More by TMoney2591
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hockenbeer

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

02-25-2012 02:46:05 | More by hockenbeer
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Bito401

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

02-24-2012 23:36:13 | More by Bito401
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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