Beer reviews are a rare thing here on Fuggly Brew, but I believe in giving kudos when a large brewery comes out with something unique and delicious. Caledonian/Heineken International has sent me a few samples in the past but it wasn't until this month that I received their Newcastle Founders' Ale ESB that I was truly impressed (although, I do recall a recent trip to Portland resulting in someone slipping me a Newcastle Werewolf that was pretty tasty as well).
With the Newcastle Founders' Ale you get that signature Newcastle caramel maple note accented with the kind and lightly fruity English hop varietal used. These flavors give this widely available seasonal some good character in competing with a number of traditional ESB's. This beer makes a killer combo with a big plate of fish and chips I might add. It really works with, not against, the malt vinegar in your chips as so many bitter beers do, in my opinion.
This is a spring release that you'll be able to pick up in many of your big box bottle shops sold in 6-pack, 12-pack and ½ keg sizes. Please check out your local TapHunter or BeerFinder to find this beer in your area!
As always let me know your thoughts on this beer!