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Newcastle Founders’ Ale

Rating: 2.8

The second ‘Newcastle’ beer following quickly on from their Summer Ale that I reviewed in my last post earlier today. This one is another that Tesco were offering for £1.25 the other week and is another that I had been wanting to try for a while. My initial thoughts on this beer was that is was a sort of craft offering from the macro brewery based solely on the label and bottle style although after trying the Summer Ale that had a similar style I quickly realised that this was not the case. This one is basically another macro brew for the US market and the label is a cheap attempt to boost sales slightly although I doubt it will have much success based on the taste on this one anyway.

Appearance (4/5): A light and bright amber with a foamy, two centimetre thick head that looks quite creamy and stays for a good while even leaving some lacing on the glass.
Aroma (4/10): Almost no noticeable smell from this one other than some toasted bread, very light malts and a sort of earthy, nutty aroma but on the whole it is pretty weak on the nose.
Taste (5/10): An earthy nut aroma with some bread, toasted malts and slightly sweet toffee taste and hints of caramel. This one was basic and just what I was expecting from the style.
Palate (3/5): Light medium with medium to strong carbonation and slightly grainy finish that is quite dry.

Overall (10/20): Another pretty basic and fairly standard pale ale here, it wasn’t particularly enjoyable and the smell was almost undistinguishable but nothing in the beer was offensive or harsh, just a little plain. Not one that I would recommend, best sticking to the breweries Summer Ale instead or even the flagship Brown Ale over this one.

Brewed In: Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England
Brewery: Caledonian Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2009
Type: English Pale Ale
Abv: 4.8%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Tesco
Price: £1.25

  1. arn
    September 15, 2012 at 22:38

    yeah, not great.

  1. June 17, 2014 at 10:34

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