Newcastle “Founders Ale”
This English pale ale pours an average head of fine bubbles. It does seem to retain fairly well, despite it’s shortness. Lacing consists of long patches and blotches that cling fairly well.
The aroma is very grainy, toasty, and a bit nutty with a caramel base. Being a pale ale, the hops really aren’t present enough. It’s difficult to denote their specific character, but it seems herbal. This is a malt-focused ale, with a characteristically English malt bill.
Flavor is also very malt dominant, with hops adding a moderate amount of bitterness on the finish. Then it really mellows out and the sweet caramel malt is what stays around for the after taste. Herbal, leafy hops rest atop a crisp, toasted barley. The feel is quite thin, and somewhat dry. Below average.
Below average is the consistent set of words which embody this beer, and it’s pretty dissapointing. I think if you’re new to this whole thing, and you’re into Newcastle, you’d probably like it, but if you’re reading this right now I know you’ve got more taste than that. They’re obviously trying to get in on the craft beer movement and capitalize on it, or rather, make some money off the dopes that venture into commercial options that make up that in-between category, like Newcastle or Guinness. Not recommended, not worth a repeat purchase.
Tadcaster, United Kingdom