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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Newcastle Founders' AleNewcastle Founders' Ale

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382 Ratings
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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 14.77%
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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Photo of Clones21
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Founders is an alright ale. I'm not the biggest fan of ales, but I am a big fan of Newcastle so I had to try. First and formost the best thing I enjoyed about this was the mouth feel. It's very malty like in the mouth. Worst thing I hated is the after taste. Too bitter for me. The overall finish is okay. In my opinion this beer taste quite a bit like Fat Tire. The caramel biscut taste is all up there front and center. It's worth trying, but I'm not a big fan of ales. Give it a try!

Clones21, May 27, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.96/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Picked up a while back from Tesco. Brewed in Tadcaster (presumably at the John Smith's brewery). This is the first time I've come across a beer from the Newcastle brewery that wasn't the Brown. The blurb on the back label goes on about commemorating Archie Jones, one of the creators of Newcastle Brown.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with decent carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a thin surface layer. Aroma of light caramel malt, mild fruity ale yeast, faint grain and weak stewed leaves. Not much going on.

Tastes of mild caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of fruity ale yeast, vague caramel, subtle grain and stewed leaves. A rather harsh cardboard hint in the background. Dry, with a slight bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation but a somewhat thin body. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of ale yeast, cardboard and faint caramel malt.

Meh - dull and unimaginitive. Average flavour and aroma, with some off-notes lurking behind the scenes. Doesn't do anything for me; just another lacklustre also-ran. Give it a miss and buy something decent instead.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Act25
2.96/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like other reviewers this beer gets slightly better as it warms. And even with one glass tasting notes could be all over the map but never up and to the right.

A- Nice color, but the head doesn't last. 2nd try did lace well. Lots of large bubbles in fast fade head. Lots of bubbles in the body.

S- Smells sweet and malty. Not much going on. A little industrial stink, a touch staleness.

T- Thin. Better taste than smell. changes over time and temperature. Malt mostly, a bit of tingle, feel the bubbles, but not much hops. Better than their brown ale, but I am not a Newcastle fan. I am not a Scotch Ale fan. Stick to whiskey mates! With the better scotch ales, they need to breathe and warm.

M- Feel is refreshing. OK in a pinch. Lots of bubbles. Easy going.

This ale is not exciting. OK / average. No real subtlety or hop flavor, no big flavor arc as with a real pale ale like Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale. Would drink only if everything else was bud.

Act25, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of CBlack85
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint

The beer pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a small off white white head that recedes quickly leaving behind just the slightest bit of lacing.

The aroma is slightly sweet, with caramel malts being the main discernable aroma. I get a bit of earthiness, and some spicy hops as well. The aroma is fairly mild and not overly inviting, but not quite off putting either.

The flavor is slightly toasty, with some herbal and grassy hop flavors. There is a bit of a fruity yeast flavor that is just barely noticable. The body is light to light medium, and the carbonation is on the light side. The beer finishes dry and leaves behind very little after taste.

Overall, this is a fairly average beer, that fails to distinguish itself. Not a bad beer, but not a good beer either. To be honest, if I had not reviewed it, I would have forgotten that I even tried.

CBlack85, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1330th Review on BA
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@TGI Friday's, Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas

App- A very dark rust color with some falling orange at the bottom of the glass. Not sure then tender knew how to pour but only got maybe a 1/8" ring of bubbles. No cling or lace either.

Smell- Damp earthy malts with a small bitter note. Really wasnt a whole lot there. Eh.

Taste- A small english pale is correct. I guess taking my misconception of a pale ale, I would say this is a average beer. A little bitter. A little malty. Semi-tasty. Wasnt mad for a $3 pint.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a low-medium carbonation. Really lacking some pop or bubbles.

Drink- Just average. Lacking carbonation and flavor.

FosterJM, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of oberon
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic a nice clear copper with a thinner white head atop,like many UK pale ales it has a nice richness and definition in color.Muted aromas with mainly caramel/biscuit malt coming into play,as it warms a faint leafy hop presence is felt.Thin to near watery in the mouth with subtle flavors,caramel/biscuit malt with again light leafy hops,a light sourness lingers in the finish wich I don'l like so much.Eh it's average and to be honest boring,today Iam drinking alot of "session" style ales and I would pick many of them over this.

oberon, Feb 10, 2012
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Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.