Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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3.1/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
05-19-2013 04:38:59 | More by yodagruv
2.9/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
05-17-2013 20:59:37 | More by hackmann
3.53/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
05-13-2013 22:10:54 | More by Omnium
3.13/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
05-12-2013 06:17:45 | More by Fatehunter
3.44/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
05-10-2013 13:33:52 | More by thecheapies
3.36/5 rDev +3.4%
Served on-tap at The Tap in Boston, MA
A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some light amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall frothy off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pale and biscuit malts along with a lightly fruity yeast and just a touch teas leaves.
T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with just a hint of the pale malts. Light notes of fruity yeasts and hints of tea leaves (likely from an herbal/earthy hop). Light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.
M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.
O: Very easy to drink and definitely one that could be a session beer - reminds me of afternoons in pubs when visiting London. Not one I would go out of my way to find again but certainly one I would enjoy if I came across it in a bar again.
05-06-2013 18:06:07 | More by dbrauneis
3.18/5 rDev -2.2%
A blighty good brew the bottle says... Well its certainly an "ok" one...
Appearance: Quite bright, almost florescent straw color with a hint of caramel. Not much head going on but there seems to be some nice lacing an a halo of foam around the meniscus.
Smell: Straight forward, simple and understated. Gently hopped with what I presume is traditional English bittering hops. Good malt balance. Slight metallic note but nothing truly off putting.
Taste: Pretty well balanced but unremarkable. No off flavours really. This would be very drinkable stuff.
Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, and nice bitter finish
Overall: Not great, but decent. A good addition to their excellent and world famous brown ale.
05-01-2013 01:37:11 | More by uno99
3.24/5 rDev -0.3%
Not expecting much from this one... indiscernible dating code on it
Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb+ of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention
S: Pears & jammy notes,
T: Follows the nose,a touch of diacetyl & faint leafy hops. Slight sulphuric notes mix in with ever so faint leafy & mineral hoppyness, plus cardboard & a wisp of pear flavor as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty & sulphury; finished stronger than it started
MF: Light bodied, fairly firm carbonation, gets even thinner as this warms
An average example of the style, muted hop profile, alright drinkability. Got better as it warmed past cellar temp, but not enough to redeem it
04-25-2013 02:32:14 | More by russpowell
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
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.