Monday, February 6, 2012

Beereview: Newcastle Founders Ale

I'm really excited to be posting about this. But we'll get to that.

I had a really good brew day this past Saturday. I brewed ATOTB #06: Carpe IPA. Starting early at 7am was nice, I was able wrap everything up by 1 and still have a day in front of me. A minor emergency did occur, however. I was assembling my rig while my HLT was heating up on the burner, when I plugged in my solenoid valves to my control box. That's when I noticed the shroud protecting the connected had melted slightly. The connection would work, and my water was coming up to temperature. Some wire strippers and wire nuts later I was able to hard-wire the valves into my box. Not ideal, but it works. I'll be looking for new connectors locally for a replacement.

I also noticed that my mash tun had a slow leak. It slowed down as the brew went on, but I think it's on its way out. I've been thinking about upgrading it for some time now, and I think it's finally time. I've looked at a few options on the net and I think I'm going to go for a keg with the top cut out and fit it will all my valves and whatnot I currently use on my Rubbermaid cooler. I'll probably add some features too, like a sight glass. I'm not looking forward to it being so much heavier... but maybe this is my way of slowly building a brew structure.

Now for what you all have been waiting for!

Got a message from the guys over at Newcastle. Turns out their releasing a new beer this February for a limited time only release. The brewers at Newcastle have been busy, because they've released a whole line of rotating seasonal beers. Look out for "Summer Ale," "Werewolf," and "Winter IPA." According to the website they have been in rotation, but I haven't seen it. Maybe as time moves on they'll become more widely available.

But no matter! Today I have here in my hands a bottle of Newcastle "Founder's Ale," which is supposed to represent the founding brewers that came together to make that which is Newcastle. Let's crack this one open.

Head retention is better than your normal Newcastle. Relatively quick to diminish, but a little more staying power than usual. Aroma is sweet, mixed with a faint touch of floral, grassy hops. The body is very much like that of Newcastle, it's smooth, slightly thin, and easy to drink. What is absent in comparison with Newcastle, is the dominant malty sweetness. This beer is much more balanced than Newcastle is. On an even scale the malt is presented with the hops. The beer is mildly sweet, mildly dry, and mildly hoppy. What does this mean? I think it all adds up together in a beer that is easy to drink, and easy to enjoy. I'd recommend this one to a friend that likes a good beer.

You've got until April before it's pulled from the shelves. Grab a bottle and let me know what you think. Post below!

1 comment:

  1. A new favorite beer for me!

    Rich  (in NJ)