Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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3.6/5 rDev +10.8%
Appearance - Pours a clear, deep copper with an off-white 2 finger head, good retention, and resulting in a nice lace.
Smell - Faint, sweet malt aromas; nut and bread.
Taste - Light, sweet malt flavors: bread and caramel. Hops are hidden, but their presence provide good balance.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Carbonation makes for a crisp, semi-dry finish.
Overall - A good offering from Newcastle. The flavors are somewhat tame, but there's a nice all-around balance. Certainly drinkable, and not a bad option for session drinking.
04-16-2012 02:52:04 | More by TheSixthRing
2.7/5 rDev -16.9%
Poured into a nonic at 45 degrees.
Appearance: A half finger head that is ivory in color. The is foamy and creamy with poor retention (typical in EPA). The color of the beer is reddish orange color with mahogany hues. The clarity of the beer is clear. Some carbonation bubble exist within the beer. The appearance of the beer is really good for this style of beer.
Nose: A moderate caramel malt aroma with some biscuit notes. The hops aroma is moderate with fruity esters and a hint of sulfur.
Taste: A mild caramel malt flavor with a subtle sweetness. The hops is mild with some fruity esters. Earthy, sulfur, and wood notes. To me, the flavors are lost and muddled, not much else in the way of flavors.
Mouth of the beer is slightly carbonated, coating, sticky, and astringent.
Overall: the body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium as well. I was let down by this beer, the beer taste skunky. I really do not know why, or how come. The aroma is so much better than the taste. It is just an okay beer.
09-29-2012 03:30:19 | More by colts9016
3.4/5 rDev +4.6%
A: Copper hue with a thin head; bubbly; good lacing
S: Grainy and bready: really toasty, slightly burnt; some herbal and grassy notes from the hops
T: Much more bitterness up front than I expected from the aromas; herbal, grassy hops but the sweet bready malt balances this out rather nicely
F: A touch over-carbonated and thin though a good oily residue gives this beer enough mouth feel
O: An easy drinking English pale ale; nothing incredibly crazy here--just a drinkable, simple brew but I like it nonetheless
04-12-2012 20:59:43 | More by dbossman
3.98/5 rDev +22.5%
Pours to a generous but coarse head with lots of large "fish eye" bubbles and generous sticky lace with a golden amber/brown color. Aroma is sweet malt and pastries with a floral and fruity aroma possibly attributed to esters and hops. Flavor is a complex blend of sweet malt, biscuits (in the British sense) and spicy hop flavor and resiny hop bittnerness to balance it out. This tastes fresher than what usually comes across the pond. Mouthfeel is light and the CO2 is refreshingly restrained. This would be an entirely different experience on the palate if it had been pumped up to an American CO2 level. Overall, this is tasty, complex and well composed EPA.
02-17-2012 22:31:44 | More by EagleTalon
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
3.3/5 rDev +1.5%
Served unto a Newcastle signature glass (Wellington).
Appearance: Straight amber with a 1/8" white head, turns to nothing before it hits the lips.
Smell: Light hops, like real light....really if it wants to smell it wasn't made for it.
Taste: creamy almost like a marzen vanilla bean but slight bitterness to it and quite honestly it is pretty impressive.
Mouth: medium might come off light but smooth incredibly smooth
Overall: well crafted, just enough to be a regular back to back at the bar. Unfortunately this is a limited release and get it while you can. Salud!
02-06-2012 05:31:37 | More by BlurryVisi0n
2.9/5 rDev -10.8%
Smell here isn't anything special, and I certainly don't get some of the notes that others have had. It seems somewhat vegetal to me at first...almost like an American macro. Eventually some malt sweetness does peek through but it's faint. Not all that great.
The taste isn't anything I'd really call wonderful, either. Again, there is some malt sweetness present to a degree, but there's also that vegetal taste that I get again and it's here in droves. I get more of that than any other taste in this one. Towards the finish, there's a touch of grain and a smattering of hops that give it sort of a dry finish. Regardless, it's really pretty thin.
Eh....didn't think I'd say it, but the original Newcastle probably has a better flavor profile.
02-01-2012 02:27:17 | More by NODAK
3.13/5 rDev -3.7%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Look - dark amber color, clear, with good steady carbonation and about half a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.
Smell - malty smell, but with a smoky quality to it. Almost a pit-like singe to it.
Taste - malty taste as well, and a little musky in the middle and finish. Interesting taste in general.
Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but it does lean more on the watery side.
Overall - not a bad brew, but not very intriguing.
03-08-2012 04:06:30 | More by Nerudamann
3.48/5 rDev +7.1%
Clear orange-yellow, decent head, nice curtain of lace.
English hops and malt the main scent.
Caramel, toffee and sweet malt, bready earthy hop note.
Crisp smooth mouthfeel.
This was nicely balanced, if not particularly unique. I'd have another.
07-11-2012 01:46:37 | More by Strix
Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.