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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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BA SCORE
75
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369 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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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MaltyMates

New York

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

06-16-2013 00:44:53 | More by MaltyMates
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qquique1010

Arizona

3/5  rDev -8%

06-15-2013 00:35:21 | More by qquique1010
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lionnusmb

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

06-12-2013 23:50:49 | More by lionnusmb
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Stoutlad

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

06-10-2013 21:16:15 | More by Stoutlad
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Soonerick76

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

06-10-2013 00:17:22 | More by Soonerick76
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HowlingTurkey

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

06-08-2013 20:33:37 | More by HowlingTurkey
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bambam2517

Arizona

3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass and served at 45F.

A - Burnt orange with nice effervescence but a really watery head. No foaminess or froth too it, just weak bubbles.

S - Little bit of a sour tang, really muted grain smells.

T - Not offensive but very meek. We are approaching BMC territory... and a pale ale with no hop presence? hmmmm....

M - Drinks like a flat Shiner bock. Easy to drink, but little in the way of satisfaction.

O - Good thing it was free, I'd leave this alone.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 16:25:47 | More by bambam2517
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skome

California

3.75/5  rDev +15%

06-04-2013 13:16:56 | More by skome
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RedWeizen83

Texas

3/5  rDev -8%

05-27-2013 20:39:06 | More by RedWeizen83
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tzieser

Arizona

3/5  rDev -8%

05-27-2013 07:06:48 | More by tzieser
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GMUPatriot_inKansas

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-27-2013 01:31:34 | More by GMUPatriot_inKansas
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soonerlight

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +15%

05-24-2013 03:12:51 | More by soonerlight
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kvnstfrd

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

05-23-2013 13:33:46 | More by kvnstfrd
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kylehay2004

Florida

3/5  rDev -8%

05-23-2013 00:13:00 | More by kylehay2004
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a medium amber colored brew with a one finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving only a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell - The aroma is mainly of a malty and bready aroma. Mixed with these are some sweeter caramel as well as some lighter fruit notes of apple.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and biscuit malt flavor mixed with a sweet caramel flavor upfront. Some light roasted malt flavors develop more toward the middle, only to fade more toward the end. As the light roasted flavors come and go so too comes some fruity flavor of an apple and pear taste. These stay very light and only aid in enhancing the bready and biscuit flavors and serve as a backdrop to the caramel. In the end a light herbal hop flavor comes to the tongue, leaving a rather crisp and smooth flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather crisp and on thinner side with a medium to slightly lower level of carbonation. A bit more carbonation may have been slightly better for accentuating the crisp taste of the brew, but overall it was a decent feel as the thinner body made it quite refreshing.

Overall – Rather crisp and refreshing. Quite easy to drink but nothing too exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 00:20:54 | More by Darkmagus82
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

05-21-2013 22:30:53 | More by RandyBoBandy
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flagmantho

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a haze-free body and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a half-finger of creamy ivory foam. Not bad!

Smell: subdued malty aroma with a fair helping of caramel character. A bit light, but nice.

Taste: nice caramel-malt flavor with a light but present bitterness; it's definitely tipped more to the malty side of the spectrum. This beer is almost a caramel mild in its lightness and balance. Still, the overall effect is working for me.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation and a unexpectedly robust and satisfying creaminess. I'm quite pleasantly surprised!

Overall: this beer just rubs me the right way. It's light but balanced, sweet but not cloying, and really quite satisfying. I would be glad to quaff gobs of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 19:03:57 | More by flagmantho
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yodagruv

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: coppery amber, pretty clear, head was less than 1/4", don't know if it was a little old or if that's just its style.

S: biscuity, malty, less intense than Newkie Brown.

T: malty, earthy, simple, drinkable, biscuity at the end, slightly dry finish.

M: A little heavier than a tea, slippery

O: May be a bit easier on the American drinker than the Brown offering. I read that the original Newcastle Brown was considered a failure by the formulator because he he'd been attempting to recreate Bass Pale Ale. This is much closer to Bass but I'd say a smidge mellower.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 04:38:59 | More by yodagruv
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gregu2

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-19-2013 00:33:44 | More by gregu2
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hackmann

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On the bottle: “Founders’ is a pale ale with a dry hoppy flavour and aroma. It is sweet rather than bitter, with a clean short finish.”

Appearance: shiny crystal copper body with a thin eggshell colored head that leaves very little lacing

Aroma: clean aroma, dry white toast, not much else

Flavors: okay, I’ll buy their description ‘dry hoppy flavour’ – a light grassy dry hops, light caramel, toasted white bread

Mouthfeel: Yes it is clean and short on the aftertaste, moderate carbonation,

To the Point: they are correct and honest in their description. How many times a company says, ‘full bodied, big time hops or malts, triple hopped’ … sure, sure, sure … you buy it and try it and it tastes light bodied and thin on the flavor side.

If you want simple, fairly clean, light on the flavors, easy to drink, and personally it is not that bad tasting.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 20:59:37 | More by hackmann
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Slay40

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

05-17-2013 00:26:39 | More by Slay40
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Winter Lager Glass

A - Pours a dark gold/light amber color, with half a finger of head, medium lacing.
S - Some baking flour, lager yeast, floral hops, and a little fresh cut grass.
T - This tastes and drinks much more like a lager than a pale ale, with just a few more hops, and some light fresh baked bread kinda malt.
M - Clean and smooth, nice finish for refreshment.
O - While not the worst, this is decently sessionable with some moderate flavors that make for a good hoppy lager, but its far off from a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 22:10:54 | More by Omnium
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a half finger of head on a clear, dark copper colored body.
The aroma is a good, if faint, grain and malt smell.
The taste is fairly bland. A touch of sweetness.
The texture is too fizzy with a crisp texture.
At 4.8% and no real flavor you could go to town on these and not be offended.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 06:17:45 | More by Fatehunter
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color. Beautifully crystal. Hefty bone collar of a finger and a half. Laces with oily foam stick.

Lightly toasty and very floral. Some harvest fruit and an ester reminiscent of tutti frutti. Fresh and minty nose. The hops that carry that are of that disposition.

Weaker in the flavor, after a very mild aroma. Steeped grains gather some sweeter notes alongside that light toast. A little soapy, too. Herbal hops have a spearmint freshness. Almost a note of cilantro. Somewhat grassy. Faint artificial peach.

Lightly carbonated. Hard to conjure up a burp. Reasonably easy to take down. The body is not particularly smooth, but it's at the right viscosity.

Newcastle is not where to turn for an authentic and delicious session pale. Look elsewhere. This one misses the mark.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 13:33:52 | More by thecheapies
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Bill235

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

05-09-2013 13:56:07 | More by Bill235
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.