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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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379 Ratings
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Ratings: 379
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 Halcyondays


3.63/5  rDev +11.7%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium amber to copper with a light white head, some lace.

S: Light notes of sulfur, malt, minerals, some citrus.

T: Biscuity malt, moderate hopping for the style. Good flavour, nothing overwhelming at all.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, easy drinking, refreshing.

O: A solid quaffer, nothing more. Worth a single pickup for fans of this style.

03-27-2012 22:45:32 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of bump8628


3.25/5  rDev 0%

Two 12oz bottles dumped into an Imperial pint. Clear copper, thin head of white forms over the mild carbonation. Barley husk, bread crust, some minty hop flavor at the end, a touch of fruit on the nose rounds it out. Decent for a midday quaff, but it's not impressive enough to go back to the store for a six pack.

03-26-2012 20:46:25 | More by bump8628
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.8/5  rDev +16.9%

A very big fan of Newcastle, was happy to see this in the store recently and picked up a 6 pack. With the Winter IPA and Werewolf, looks like Newcastle is branching out. This is hardly an impressive looking beer -- pours a dark copper with a very slight bubbly head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing along the glass as you drink it. The smell is pretty underwhelming as well -- sweet & slightly malty with a hint of raisin/prune. But very plain. Therefore, before I took my first sip, I didn't have high hopes. However, this might be one of the smoothest, easiest to drink beers I've had in quite some time. It has just the right amount of sweetness to it, but is very easy to drink. Would be an excellent session beer. It's malty & slightly grainy -- doesn't pack the best punch -- but it is solid and just exceptionally easy to drink and like. Thumbs up.

03-26-2012 20:05:49 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

03-26-2012 17:28:20 | More by djrn2
Photo of brewskifan55


3.13/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured into a snifter

A: clear, yellow/orange with a white, one finger head that slowly dissipates. Some lacing

S: Sweet, citrus, toasty, malty, lemons

T: A malty/citrus mingle. A somewhat bitter hoppy finish.

M: Light, watery. Low carbonation. A bit creamy.

O: Not that impressed. A good springtime beer. Would definitely stick with the Brown Ale. Newcastle needs to "Found" a better taste.

03-25-2012 02:51:47 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

12oz bottle poured into goblet.

A: Pours a clear reddish amber with a 1 finger white head. Fisheyes in the head dissipate it quickly. Hardly any visible carbonation. Pretty good lacing on the glass.

S: Musty skunky hop with a roasted stale malt compliment. Smells quite English indeed. Pretty standard.

T: Smooth blend of sweet roasted malt and hop. More sweet and hoppy than bitter. Some of that cellar taste in it.

M: Pretty refreshing to drink. Nothing too strong about it. Leaves a sweet taste on the palate after swallowing. Low carbonation but still fairly clean.

Overall I'd imagine this is better on draft and on a warm day. Wouldnt turn this down in the future, not a bad beer.

03-24-2012 21:33:16 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of mikerems

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

03-24-2012 00:23:18 | More by mikerems
Photo of ChrisPratz


2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

03-23-2012 06:04:20 | More by ChrisPratz
Photo of pjeezus

2/5  rDev -38.5%

03-21-2012 05:59:26 | More by pjeezus
Photo of rcatalano

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-21-2012 01:32:16 | More by rcatalano
Photo of Majorwolfe

4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

03-20-2012 09:18:08 | More by Majorwolfe
Photo of hopfacebrew


2.63/5  rDev -19.1%

Poured from bottle to pint glass the beer is a translucent amber color with a nice 2 finger white head, good retention, and lacing. Looks great. The nose is extremely sweet, overly so, with a strong caramel tone. A hint of earthy hops? Sweetness is too much and districts. The flavor starts with a nice light bready malt flavor from which the caramel builds. Again the sweetness appears and begins to overwhelm the flavor. Mildly bitter with a hint of earthy hops but the sweetness is too much. Lighter bodied and crisp with a lingering sugar flavor. Overall, too sweet for me, not balanced at all. Glad to have tried this as I had not heard of it but I won't be back.

03-20-2012 02:26:22 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of Gilly1980

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

03-19-2012 02:11:04 | More by Gilly1980
Photo of jar2574


3.25/5  rDev 0%

Decent head and lacing, bronze color beer, lots of carbonation. A sweet malty, corn smell. Taste is smooth, sweet, uncomplicated. A little bready flavor on the back end and a touch of sourness like the kind you'd find with Jack Daniels - again, reminding me of corn. Could probably have several because it goes down easily, but there are better session beers out there.

03-18-2012 00:27:34 | More by jar2574
Photo of jaidenjb


3/5  rDev -7.7%

03-17-2012 00:17:41 | More by jaidenjb
Photo of wbillw


4/5  rDev +23.1%

03-16-2012 03:20:48 | More by wbillw
Photo of secondtooth


3.45/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

03-15-2012 00:42:36 | More by secondtooth
Photo of bluckbeyes


3/5  rDev -7.7%

03-14-2012 18:52:16 | More by bluckbeyes
Photo of ColdPoncho


3.25/5  rDev 0%

03-12-2012 22:10:26 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of cantstandya65


3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

03-12-2012 20:05:48 | More by cantstandya65
Photo of beerguy36


2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

03-12-2012 17:41:23 | More by beerguy36
Photo of Brad007


3.8/5  rDev +16.9%

Finally, something other than "brown water" from Newcastle. Quite a change.

Pours a light copper with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks pale enough for the style.

Sweet, buttery malt with the hop swagger of a mild or bitter. Blighty good? Depends on taste.

Sweet and yet, very soft on the palate. Malt, as observed is buttery and chewy at the same time.

Just enough lingering flavors in the mouth to please the connoisseur.

Not bad. More drinkable than their flagship, which speaks volumes.

03-12-2012 04:19:40 | More by Brad007
Photo of huskerfan76


2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

03-12-2012 04:06:15 | More by huskerfan76
Photo of beergoot


2.95/5  rDev -9.2%

The beer comes out a solid amber color, two-finger white head, and good carbonation. Great clarity and lacing.

No obvious malt nose except for a tad bit of sweetness, but there is a grass-like hop aroma. Not much else.

The taste brings out more malt character. Light biscuit and cereal notes. There's a light yet sharp bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel is rather light and crisp with a light residual sweetness.

I can't get too fired-up on this pale ale. Drinkable but not memorable. Would I drink it again? Sure. Would this be one of the first beers I'd go for if given a choice. Nope.

03-11-2012 23:32:43 | More by beergoot
Photo of BeerCigar


3/5  rDev -7.7%

03-11-2012 18:43:20 | More by BeerCigar
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.