Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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2.96/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
04-20-2013 00:53:51 | More by Act25
3.33/5 rDev +2.5%
I tasted this beer previously at a much colder temperature and found that I did not care for it very much. This time I waited until it warmed to around 52-54 degrees and was pleased to find that characteristics were a bit more appealing.
A- The color is a very nice dark copper color, perfectly clear with large bubbles in the head. It seems a bit dark for a pale ale on first glance. The small head did not last long and disappeared very quickly. Left no lacing.
S- Not much going on here, some toasted malt smells and a very faint hop aroma. Smells sweet.
T- Same as the smell really. Not much going on. Mostly a sweet malty beer with barely any bitterness or hop character. Not too sweet however, with just barely enough dryness coming through to make it palatable.
M- This is where this beer comes through and shares similarities with the more widely enjoyed Newcastle Brown Ale. It has about the same mouthfeel- delightfully thin and easy to drink with not too much or too little carbonation. Could be quite refreshing on a hot day.
Overall, this beer is not bad, its just nothing exciting. It is a bit unbalanced for the style, with too much sweetness and not enough hops to counteract the malts. I will be able to finish the six pack, but won't seek this one out in the future.
04-16-2013 01:47:51 | More by tr9871
United Kingdom (England)
3.88/5 rDev +19.4%
355ml Bottle: best before 30 Apr 2013, opened on 12 Apr 2013 and poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard.
Looked good, light amber going onto copper in body colour, on top a full head of white crowned it off nicely.
I thought this had a malt bias throughout: something I like. The nose had a mild caramel hint within the aroma and that followed along within the mouth flavours. Hops are around giving the beer a balanced feel but this is a semi-sweet brew which fits my taste profile very nicely.
04-13-2013 06:19:25 | More by BlackHaddock
2.71/5 rDev -16.6%
A - Pours a clear copper with a one finger moderately disappating white head. Left no lacing.
S - Some odd honey malt and hay with a bit of slight bubblegum. Smells kind of like a weak trippel.
T - Creamed corn and skunk, followed by a moderate amount of malt. Very grassy finish.
M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
O - Overall, It was a slightly glorified AAL. I'd have again at a party but that's about it.
04-06-2013 06:36:30 | More by SometimesIfart
3.04/5 rDev -6.5%
Purchased this brew in a 6 pack at a local grocery. I really like Newcastle Brown, so I was interested in trying this.
Into a traditional pint glass, this brew poured a crystal clear dark yellow to amber. It had a small white head that dissipated rather quickly leaving some lacing down the glass sides. Carbonation looked to be on the "average" or "medium" side.
The initial aromas seemed to be dominated by cider, some sulfur, mild flowery/citrus hops, and very little malt. Initial taste was dominated by sweet malt up front, followed by a cider taste (...to me), ending with some mild hop bitterness. Mouth feel was on the medium side balanced nicely by the carbonation.
Overall, this beer seemed odd to me. I think it's the cider smell and taste that is throwing me off. 5 more bottles to go - we'll see how it "drinks" out.
04-06-2013 04:26:54 | More by FlyingBull
4/5 rDev +23.1%
This is the best Newcastle product I've had.
White head with a copper body. Very nice lacing on it.
Strong smell of hops and citrus.
The first thing I taste is a strong hops flavor with a crisp citrus taste at the end.
Medium carbonation with a clean, crisp, dry and refreshing finish.
Definately a good Pale Ale.
04-05-2013 18:48:14 | More by MikeAAL
United Kingdom (England)
2.96/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
04-04-2013 21:53:46 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.38/5 rDev +4%
A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pub pint glass, copper colored with a small white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear
S: light hop smells with a light sulfur mineral smell, caramel malt
T: malt profile up front, toasty bread, cereal grain
M: thinner side of medium with a drier finish
O: drinkable but not really noteworthy, nice toast flavor
04-02-2013 01:13:40 | More by M_C_Hampton
3.21/5 rDev -1.2%
It pours a dark orange color with a lofty off white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Not much on the nose, it's kind of macro tasting with scents of metal, sweet malt and grain. It tastes like it smells but with a little more to it, I detected some grass, bread and more metal. It has a light body with very little carbonation. I probably won't drink this again, I don't really know where they were going with this one.
03-30-2013 23:01:11 | More by JMad
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.