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Newcastle Founders' Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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75
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388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | 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:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-25-2012)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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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

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Scored a six pack of this at Smokerise Bottle Shop for $4 a month or so back. Founder's Ale is brewed in the style of an English Pale Ale. According to the label, "We bring you Mewcastle Founders' Ale, a unique Limited Edition brew with the drinkability you expect from Newcastle. Our Newcastle founders came together to produce beers with real star quality. This ale is a tribute to the heritage and authenticity of those top brewers of Victorian Newcastle. Founders' is a pale ale with a dry hoppy flavour and aroma. It is sweet rather than bitter, with a clean short finish. What better way to toast the season of renewal!" This beer was initially released as an intended Limited Release, but may be resuming as an annual Spring release in 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Newcastle Glass. Served at 43º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a light tannish white color that recedes on the average. Body color is a medium honey amber. Mild, small carbonation can be found in the glass. Surface cover is a bubbly, oily cloud. Lacing is a thin but consistent curtain against the glass. Overall, it is a decent-looking brew. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas consist of clean caramel malts, mild fruit accents, grassy and earthy hop arrangements and a acid-like hard water presence, which gives the beer a tart, cider-like aroma, and in places enhances the bitterness of the hops. The water profile isn't likely to cater to everyone's liking, and while I'm not a big fan of the aroma, I understand that it is a common aroma for the style. Potency is medium-high. 3

(Taste) One is likely to pick up on the bitterness even more in the taste than in the smell provided, with a peppery caramel malt base, a tart crisp drying finish and a harsh buttery dough aftertaste. As per the style, it plays its cards close to other beers that I've had of the style, but the harshness of the astringencies in this brew are particularly noteworthy, lingering in full color well after each sip and hindering drinkability significantly. It seems to be the defining flavor of this brew, as the subtle malt character falls by the wayside, some earthy and grassy hops compliment this beer well, with enhanced bitterness and medium flavor. Regardless of your preference for English Pale Ales, you're going to experience more of the same overall in the flavors of this beer. 3

(Mouthfeel) Texture is mildly carbonated, with some slight tingle on the center of the tongue, nearly perfect pairing for the style. Body is medium for the style, light overall. Alcohol presence is low, masked by the bitterness and hardness of the water. A good pairing for the style and flavors. 4.5

(Overall) From the perspective of one who abnormally drinks English Pale Ales, I was a bit taken back by the harshness of the abrasive flavor characteristics but as a hop-loving American, I enjoyed the bitterness and flavor of the hop character that paired with it. Ultimately, I enjoyed this beer as a representative of the style and would recommend it amongst others in its style and especially to those who enjoy the style in particular. Should you find hard water beer a normality in your beer choices (British ale lovers especially), this is probably a beer likely to cater well to your interests. 3.5

The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited's
Newcastle Founders' Ale
3.28/5.00

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Newcastle Founders' Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
75 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.