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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 Tone


3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, hops, hint of pale malt, and a hint of adjunct. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of wheat, and adjunct metallic flavors. Overall, decent appearance and blend, but aroma and body were both hurt by the adjunct presence.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 15:58:16 | More by Tone
Photo of jkrich


3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: bright and clear copper hue with a quickly receding white head. The pour looks exactly like a Bass ale.

The aroma was sharp and peppery with an almost rye-like aroma.

The ale has a refreshing, rounded malty flavor very typical of an English ale with a faint, buttery aftertaste. The mild hop profile helps support the malt and keeps the ale from being one-dimensionally cloying.

The body was light with a thin, sleek and short-lived mouthfeel. A slight sweetness lingers on the palate and quickly fades.

It is very quaffable and lively if a little boring. This ale is clean and sessionable but hardly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 23:57:32 | More by jkrich
Photo of aaron2013

4.68/5  rDev +44%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Whay eye man, If Gascoine had a functioning liver and the ability to drink anything other than Windolene he would definately have a gander at this Ale!! picked up from the off licence at a pleasant 80p a bottle this beer is dynamite. Having been a Newcastle brown drinker ale for many a year im always a wee bit sceptical when a new product is launched however this beauty has suprised me!!

Taste: old school ale'y, like kissing the local tramp early on a friday night( before the abuse of the calpol ha kicked in!)

Head: Its in a dark bottle and you naye payed the electric bill so who cares!

Knock out power: Had 9 can still see so better than that foreign pish nay as good as the shoe polish!!

A real bleedin corcker!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 00:34:42 | More by aaron2013
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of these tonight at Jerry's market on 27th street... Poured into my HotD goblet... Clear light orange brew with an okay off-white head... okay retention, but nice lacing.

Aromas are mild across the board, but still meshes in a pleasing way... light toast and more of a biscuity maltiness blends into a sorta grassy/earthy hoppiness... slight "English" fruitiness with warmth.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a decent bitterness that helps balance a slightly maltiness that moves everything from front to back fairly quickly.. the finish is short lived and forces another sip quickly.. As the glass warms up, a mild fruitiness adds to the overall package.

Body is surprising for a lower ABV brew.. carbonation is light/medium and accentuated the bigger than expected body.

Drinkability is high... I could motor through these pretty quickly, and honest not get too bored right away.


Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 05:53:25 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of GossageBrewery


2.43/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured this traditional English Pale Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a clear copper color, produced a think white head, poor retention and left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of toasted malt, caramel and herbal hops. Medium bodied, a foundation of toasted malt, caramel and some slight hop bitterness. It starts off with a decent dose of malted grain but fades quickly and has some what of a watery character. Much to thin for my liking-

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 18:49:18 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 06:27:06 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of MadScientist

New York

2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A medium amber with good clarity. A half an inch of rocky, off-white head with good retention.

S: Esters dominate. There is a moderate fruitiness that is kind of between cider and apple with a moderately-light malt sweetness with a light toasted aroma. No diacetyl, no hops.

T: A moderate malt sweetness with slight grainy and toasted notes. Moderately-low hops bitterness and almost no hops flavor. There is more of that pear and apple in the taste as well. The balance is fruity and slightly bitter with an off-dry finish. Aftertaste of bitter and apples.

M: medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight dryness on the back of the tongue.

O: This was fruit and odd without enough balance and a bit too much sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 22:58:51 | More by MadScientist
Photo of pmcadamis


2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Bronze-gold ale with a thin head. A bit of soapy lace coats the glass.

S - Butterscotch and Ritz crackers. Tangerine and orange juice hop notes.

T - Buttery up front with some thinly citrusy hops at the end. A little sour in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with an off-dry finish.

I've always thought that their standard brown ale was sort of thin and flavorless, and this doesn't really change my opinion of the brewery. Like their ubiquitous brown brew, this is far from bad, it's just sort of plain. This also has a slightly sour finish and buttery/fruity combo that I didn't really care for.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 15:48:28 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of Jadjunk


3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Scored a six pack of this at Smokerise Bottle Shop for $4 a month or so back. Founder's Ale is brewed in the style of an English Pale Ale. According to the label, "We bring you Mewcastle Founders' Ale, a unique Limited Edition brew with the drinkability you expect from Newcastle. Our Newcastle founders came together to produce beers with real star quality. This ale is a tribute to the heritage and authenticity of those top brewers of Victorian Newcastle. Founders' is a pale ale with a dry hoppy flavour and aroma. It is sweet rather than bitter, with a clean short finish. What better way to toast the season of renewal!" This beer was initially released as an intended Limited Release, but may be resuming as an annual Spring release in 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Newcastle Glass. Served at 43º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a light tannish white color that recedes on the average. Body color is a medium honey amber. Mild, small carbonation can be found in the glass. Surface cover is a bubbly, oily cloud. Lacing is a thin but consistent curtain against the glass. Overall, it is a decent-looking brew. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas consist of clean caramel malts, mild fruit accents, grassy and earthy hop arrangements and a acid-like hard water presence, which gives the beer a tart, cider-like aroma, and in places enhances the bitterness of the hops. The water profile isn't likely to cater to everyone's liking, and while I'm not a big fan of the aroma, I understand that it is a common aroma for the style. Potency is medium-high. 3

(Taste) One is likely to pick up on the bitterness even more in the taste than in the smell provided, with a peppery caramel malt base, a tart crisp drying finish and a harsh buttery dough aftertaste. As per the style, it plays its cards close to other beers that I've had of the style, but the harshness of the astringencies in this brew are particularly noteworthy, lingering in full color well after each sip and hindering drinkability significantly. It seems to be the defining flavor of this brew, as the subtle malt character falls by the wayside, some earthy and grassy hops compliment this beer well, with enhanced bitterness and medium flavor. Regardless of your preference for English Pale Ales, you're going to experience more of the same overall in the flavors of this beer. 3

(Mouthfeel) Texture is mildly carbonated, with some slight tingle on the center of the tongue, nearly perfect pairing for the style. Body is medium for the style, light overall. Alcohol presence is low, masked by the bitterness and hardness of the water. A good pairing for the style and flavors. 4.5

(Overall) From the perspective of one who abnormally drinks English Pale Ales, I was a bit taken back by the harshness of the abrasive flavor characteristics but as a hop-loving American, I enjoyed the bitterness and flavor of the hop character that paired with it. Ultimately, I enjoyed this beer as a representative of the style and would recommend it amongst others in its style and especially to those who enjoy the style in particular. Should you find hard water beer a normality in your beer choices (British ale lovers especially), this is probably a beer likely to cater well to your interests. 3.5

The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited's
Newcastle Founders' Ale

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 21:26:57 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of colts9016


2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A half finger head that is ivory in color. The is foamy and creamy with poor retention (typical in EPA). The color of the beer is reddish orange color with mahogany hues. The clarity of the beer is clear. Some carbonation bubble exist within the beer. The appearance of the beer is really good for this style of beer.

Nose: A moderate caramel malt aroma with some biscuit notes. The hops aroma is moderate with fruity esters and a hint of sulfur.

Taste: A mild caramel malt flavor with a subtle sweetness. The hops is mild with some fruity esters. Earthy, sulfur, and wood notes. To me, the flavors are lost and muddled, not much else in the way of flavors.

Mouth of the beer is slightly carbonated, coating, sticky, and astringent.

Overall: the body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium as well. I was let down by this beer, the beer taste skunky. I really do not know why, or how come. The aroma is so much better than the taste. It is just an okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 03:30:19 | More by colts9016
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.45/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A light and bright amber with a foamy, two centimetre thick head that looks quite creamy and stays for a good while even leaving some lacing on the glass.

Almost no noticeable smell from this one other than some toasted bread, very light malts and a sort of earthy, nutty aroma but on the whole it is pretty weak on the nose.

Earthy nut aroma with some bread, toasted malts and slightly sweet toffee taste and hints of caramel. This one was basic and just what I was expecting from the style.

Light medium with medium to strong carbonation and slightly grainy finish that is quite dry.

Another pretty basic and fairly standard pale ale here, it wasn't particularly enjoyable and the smell was almost undistinguishable but nothing in the beer was offensive or harsh, just a little plain.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 20:31:26 | More by flyingpig
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this lighter beer to pair with a long night of work. Newcastle didn't seem like much of a challenge.

I poured this beer into a fluted glass and got about two fingers of foam. The coloring is a little darker than the average Newcastle.

Off the top I pick up a little maple and some wheat. I'm not getting much hops out of this one.

The flavor is really funky. I get a lot of funk throughout my mouth. I don't get much more, just a little bitterness.

This wasn't a very good beer. I can't recommend this one for any occasion or pairing.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 00:13:28 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of Offa


3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 06:06:43 | More by Offa
Photo of woodychandler


2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My generous local trader, tone77, really came through recently and I am spending some time getting caught up. Many thanks for all of the different beers!

From the bottle: "A blighty good brew"; "From the One & Only"; "To Our Fivefathers"; "We bring you Newcastle Founders' Ale, a unique Limited Edition brew with the drinkability you expect from Newcastle. Our Newcastle founders came together to produce beers with real star quality. This ale is a tribute to the heritage and authenticity of those top brewers of Victorian Newcastle. Founders' is a pale ale with a dry hoppy flavour and aroma. It is sweet rather than bitter, with a clean short finish. What better way to toast the season of renewal!"

My pour produced a finger of dense tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was soft, slightly hoppy but with a good deal of biscuit malt up front. Mouthfeel was likewise rather soft with flavors of grass, crackers and even a metallic tang on the tongue. Finish was dry, no question, but I felt like something was missing. I had this on draft at one point and really enjoyed it, but this presentation seemed somehow lacking. Just not enough Ooomph, I guess.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 01:12:10 | More by woodychandler
Photo of womencantsail


3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with a short lived white head. Like a lot of these seasonal Newcastle releases, really quite buttery. A bit of melon in there, too. Bread and toast with a touch of toffee. Toffee and toasted malt flavors to this one which aren’t bad, but still a hint of butter. Slight melon notes and a light floral hop character.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 20:53:24 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Strix


3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
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
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a Newcastle Geordie Schooner Glass.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thinned out and left some thin lacing.

S - sweet caramel cream with a earthy smell.

T - sweet toffee met briefly with enough hops to keep the malty sweetness in check.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - "A Blighty Good Brew".

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 00:35:28 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Bfarr


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

Clear copper with frothy tan head, good retention and linger. Toasty, earthy aroma. Crisp clean malt and light earthy hop linger. Sharp feel with high carbonation.

Tastes like a lighter, slightly hoppier Newcastle Brown. Refreshing but average beer that if you’re a NC Brown fan you’ll like this but I found it boring.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 22:48:46 | More by Bfarr
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 01:24:14 | More by Clones21
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head slowly dies into a pretty nice lacing above a clear rich copper colored pale ale.

I think the pine out ways the citrus in the aroma with compliments of sweet caramel malts. There was also a light alcohol in the aroma that reminds me of whiskey, crazy.

The sweet caramel malts dominate the taste as it loses most of the piney/citrus hops that I had noticed in the aroma.

The aftertaste on the medium bodied beer is a very light dry with just a hint of the malt remaining.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 23:36:34 | More by LXIXME
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looking not a million miles from Newkie Broon Ale with a light brown/bronze body and none comital white head.

Slightly sweet on the nose Rock candy, vanilla essence and cut grass.

Funny tasting and poorly balanced pine nuts and some hops but somehow not quite right almost rescued by a bitter aftertaste, almost.

Too thin on the mouthfeel, too lively carbonation.

In one word Lacklustre.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 22:28:18 | More by EmperorBevis
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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
Photo of barnzy78


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
Photo of Reidrover


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
Photo of tone77


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
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.