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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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2,196 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,196
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 28
Gots: 119 | 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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Reviews by Reaper16:
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy tangerine color. Half a finger of off-white head. Great lacing despite the small head size.

Unconventional hop profile here (or at least that's how this 3.5 month old bottle is presenting itself): I mostly pick up on lemon, lemongrass, and soft herbal notes like lilac. There's some light green hop notes... approaching pine but not quite that strong. The malts aren't aggressive on the nose. This is a balanced beer -- not through the artificial way of making both hop and malt character very strong and calling thus balanced, but by having actual balance. It's a soft aroma, but a nice one.

That softness carries over to the palate. Soft green hop flavors of stalk and pearskin, soft biscuit malt flavors. Soft herbal notes of honeyscukle and orange. Very solid.

Overall, this is a really solid pale ale. It's not in any way an aggressive beer, but it's also super-easy drinking. Why people here in Alabama put up with shit pale ales like Sweetwater 420 is beyond me; more bars here should carry this very approachable craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 19:21:41 | More by Reaper16
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S:Earthy, woody hop aroma with a wee bit of pine. A little light caramel come through.

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Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,196 ratings.