Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Beric:
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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3.86/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bottled 10/07/13 at 45 degrees into imperial pint, sediment present
Light aroma of flowery hops
Head average (3 cm), frothy, white, rapidly diminishing
Lacing spotty, small
Body medium yellow, slight haze of tiny particles
Flavor light, no alcohol, slightly sweet but well balanced by the hops which add a resinous counter point. It ends with a slowly-dissipating bitter aftertaste. No malt flavor, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, carbonation soft.
This is a nice, light pale ale; a pleasant break after winter’s mixture of stouts, porters, and IPAs. This is easily a potential lawnmower beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 14:29:57 | More by Ozzylizard
3.4/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours a hazy, sediment rich, medium oak color. Considerable head with fantastic retention and lacing. Plenty of carbonation.
Leaves a lot to be desired. Light pine and subtle, sweet citrus. If the aromas were a bit more exaggerated, this would be ok... Unfortunately, it's all too light.
Bitterness hits right upfront as you'd expect from any respectable IPA. Heavy grass and pine character. A quick sweetness hits at the end that vaguely reminds me of pineapple.
If I didn't know that dry-hopping was a method of hop addition, I'd swear they were referring to the finish - it's VERY dry. Full body with decent carbonation. A bit too dry for my liking.
Not a bad IPA, just not the most enjoyable. A bit more balance and some more character in the taste and aroma department will go a long way. Oh, and fix the finish. Minor gripes aside, it's a solid IPA - there are better offerings available however.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 02:31:39 | More by alphagnome
3.69/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Look: Pours with lovely, puffy, large, off-white (yellow hue, small to medium sized bubbles) head. It has a sticky retention (collapsing big bubbles), leaves relatively creamy, thin top layer, which is responsible for some sticky lacing. Clear golden (light orange hue) with some haze particles floating around.
Smell: Floral the most dominant, following with some herbal and very light earthy notes. Malt character mostly consist of light grain sweetness that in combination with hops creates a fresh, fruity feeling, which reminds me of pear compote. Also hiding in there are some light citrus notes.
Taste: Light, mostly grain with light honey middle sweetness. Some of the malt character is missing, but I can't resent that since this is a all-in Cascade driven beer - floral still the most dominant, with some herbal and earthy notes in there. Light bitterness finish goes into the realm of zest and pine. Some honey and floral notes come out deep in the after-taste.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, dry finish, refreshing carbonation. Goes down very easily.
Overall: Light, easy to drink and floral. Cascade all over it, would wish for a bit more malt backbone, but changing that would change the niche of this beer - the thing to grab instead of ice tea at a hot summer day.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 21:05:40 | More by tmzl
Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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