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Founders Pale Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
100% Cascade hops.
35 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

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Reviews: 825 | Ratings: 2,709
Photo of Chiefy15
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid pale ale. This was good on tap; refreshing without an overpowering taste. Amount of hops and flavor was good for those who are not all in on the IPAs that are prevalent today, but like a little flavor in their beer. Would buy again.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is light fruit and spice. Light yellow pour. Medium white head. Spice, slight soapy. OK. On tap at Blend.
09/24/15....with NITRO. (note: nitro version not included in ratings, looks like there is a separate BA entry.)
On tap at blend again, but with nitro added on cask. A nice difference. Really smooth and creamy with the nitro.

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Photo of mgwagman
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Citrus hops with a fruit floral finish. Moderate to excellent lacing. Good to excellent taste and I have yet to have a Founders beer I didn't like as of yet.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like the citrus fruit forward aroma. I get some pineapple and mango. I get some fruit cup, with a small trace of cherries in there. Solid beer and easy to drink,

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Founders is in Orange County for good!! So naturally, a tasting of what I could find was in order. To start off, a single 12 ounce bottle of the dry-hopped pale ale. On to the beer:

This pale ale has a bright orange color and light whipped lacing. It's a clean and crisp pale ale, with soft floral, honey, and lemon aromas teasing your nose. A simple taste, refreshing to say the least. Clean with honey, biscuit, and floral hops from start to finish. For Founders, it's a safe starting point.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

350 cl bottle, best by a month from now. Pours a clear amber with a short-lived white head. Smells of honey, toast and a bit of resinous and citrus hops. Very well balanced taste, sweet and a bit bitter, with notes of honey, citrus and pine. Smooth and oily mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours dark honey orange with a off white head, a good amount of carbonation streaming up the glass, some lacing, a little head retention, it's a little cloudy.

A: Subtle aromas of grapefruit, pine, malt, hint of oranges, biscuits, bread.

T: Grapefruit, some pine, moderate amount of bitterness in the middle, finish is piney, hint of honey, slight pepper, citrus zest, solid.

M: Medium light with a good amount of carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O: Pretty solid, I would improve with some more hop aroma and flavors, overall a good APA, nice balance of hops and malt, good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost identical to SNPA and Liberty Ale, light amber tinge to a mostly gold body, a white fluffy head with good retention. Aroma is similar to those previously listed beers as well (no surprise)...light mixture of grapefruit, mild earthy pepper, some pine. Taste has a bit of a twang up front, but is smooth bodied and finishes with light bitterness. Not a typical hop bomb from Founders per say...but tasty none the less!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/7/15.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of biscuit, citrus fruit, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with biscuit, floral, citrus zest, and pine needle flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of different hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of schwansmantr
2.46/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Look - Hazy orange/copper with a finger frothy head that quickly got lost. No lacing.

Smell - almost like a malty grapefruit mixed with possibly orange. very faint

Taste - Grapefruit but otherwise bland just bitter

Feel - Medium bodied with some creaminess but not much life.

Overall -Save your money my letter grade would be a D+

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Photo of KMachHops
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz, bottled 9/22/15.
Look: Soapy bubbles with lots of head. Golden amber..
Smell: Citrus and fresh cut grass.
Taste: Mild citrus and pines.
Feel: Watery.
Overall: East drinking like a session.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange color with a two finger rocky white head. Aroma is pine and grapefruit, pretty classic cascade aroma. Taste is more of the same with pine, light grapefruit. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and a touch drying. Overall a nice pale ale that is plenty drinkable and well made.

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Photo of J30wang
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this on nitro. A tad unnecessary, but good baguette aftertaste.

Very simple, good lacing. Cant tell the head I had it nitro. Average malts, honestly. Ok for bar, not ok for real enjoyment. 2.8

PS., citrusly smell but failed.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Founder’s has some great brews and this pale ale has a mild 5.4% ABV, but looks like it is quite a tasty variety so let’s take a gulp.

Look-It pours a clear amber gold with a copper hue and some dark golden overtones. The head is a thin film that reminds me of a yeasty foam.

Smell-It has a muted aroma unfortunately, but it is pleasantly malt forward with a tinge of honey and citrus.

Taste-The malts are present on at first and are caramel, honey, and toasted malts with a decent hop backbone. I get citrus and some grass notes.

Mouthfeel-It feels medium-bodied and smooth. There is a spiciness to it also. The coating on the tongue is resinous and oily.

Overall-It is a pale ale after all, so I’ll go easy on this one, but at the same time I have had a couple other pale ales that were much better. That being said, this was well balanced and refreshing.

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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light half finger head, not much retention nor lacing. Light amber body, some cloudiness with no sediments. On the Nose, caramel malts straight up front, with hints of honey. Pretty absent after that. On the Palate. Fresh pine straight forward, a little sweet and fairly pungent caramel malts, with some hints of almost-burnt-toast. Finishes semi-dry and slightly creamy.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.74/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look - Clear copper with a two finger frothy head that quickly got lost. No lacing.

Smell - Malt forward as all hell, but nothing else...uh oh.non

Taste - Well the malts are present...as well as a tad bit of grapefruit but otherwise bland.

Feel - Medium bodied with some creaminess but not much life.

Overall - This was a founders beer? Are you sure?

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Photo of hopmashian
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A tasty pale ale. Well balanced with the malt. It almost has a creamy mouthfeel. But the hops are there. The grapefruit and pine hoppiness is medium. But you will know you're having a pale ale not a overly bitter IPA. I'm glad I have a six and I'll have this again!

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Photo of Domvan
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - Golden light color
Smell - Minor hoppy aroma with small malt backbone
Taste - Malty with a small hop backbone
Feel - Chewy mouthfeel
This may have been out of date, I feel like this should have been a lot better, will check this out again.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an orange amber color.

Overall: This is a mildly sweet beer with a nice dry hoppy finish. This is definitely in the style of pale ales. Good bitter beer for the hop heads. Very good IPA not too overwhelming.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a sixer of these, pretty decent. More citrus than im used to, definite grapefruit flavor. Aroma followed the flavor, tart very malty. Deep orange color. Pretty accurate rating on here IMO.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: grapefruit and pine, light malt, well balanced nose, slightly peppery, a little citrus fruit

T: pretty bitter up front, grapefruit peel, orange, light pine

M: creamier than expected

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Photo of fscottkey
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] The beer is an apricot color. It poured out with a 1/2 finger of white head. The head has varied bubbles and dissipates quickly. The bottle lists the IBUs (35) the ABV (5.4%) and the born on date (03/06/15)

S: [3.50] I think there is an apricot smell. Maybe candied apricot.

T: [3.75] There is pine up front. The beer mildly sweetens in the middle and has a dry hoppy finish.

M: [3.75] It is a bit tight and dry from the hops.

O: [3.75] I really like this beer. Founders is great because the bottle has all of the info needed. It has a lot of hop character packed into 35 IBU. The nose was the low light - but it is still decent. I will drink this one again.

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Photo of GrinkoN
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- Golden color, slight head, leaves quickly
S- Citrus hops, bready malt
T/F- Taste like it smells, nice balance, not light or heavy body
O- Was a good beer, not great, not bad just good

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 03/07/15

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin, off-white head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a mostly barren surface and a thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Hop notes that hit on floral and citrus character. Big, bready malt aroma makes for a balanced aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Big, bready malt sweetness upfront. Light hop spice before citrus pith and grassy hop bitterness hits near the finish leaving a balanced, bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with bitey carbonation, leaving a crisp, dry finish.

Overall - Good pale, but despite the balance, lacks an intriguing flavor profile. Seems to be missing that 'X Factor'. Not bad, just not very interesting.

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Photo of hotpauko
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Whoa, this is tough for me. Surprisingly unimpressed with this Founders pale ale. Expected a little bite and flavor, got too much mild. Average at best compared to say a Dales. Easy drinking, good for a beginner to pale ales or to offer a slight hop taste, but not much more.

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Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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