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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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2,140 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,140
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 26
Gots: 104 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002)
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Beric

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: On tap
Served: 15 August 2013

Appearance: Golden yellow with a foamy white head. Minimal lacing on the sides. Looks more like a pilsner than an APA, if you consider SNPA the standard.

Smell: Slight smell of hops complimented with sweet malts. Smells pretty decent.

Taste: If only this one tasted as it smells. Honestly, this one tastes like a malty-sweet mess to me. The hops are barely assertive at all, and the very sweet, light-roasted malt takes center stage. I know that APAs are not supposed to be as hoppy as IPAs, but I would have liked to see just a little more hop in this one to balance some of the sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Despite the lacking flavor, the mouthfeel here is somewhat redeeming. Rather than feeling as thin as the flavor, the carbonation is nice and makes the beer go down smooth and easy.

Overall: This one is easily my least favorite Founders beer to date. Though well constructed, the taste does not compare to SNPA at all, which I personally hold as sort of the standard for the APA style. Color is too light, taste is too sweet. Would not buy again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2013 18:53:31 | More by Beric
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Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,140 ratings.