Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.