Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by alphagnome:
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
More User Reviews:
3.43/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours a hazy golden with a dense white, long lasting head. Nice lacing.
S:Earthy, woody hop aroma with a wee bit of pine. A little light caramel come through.
T:Earthy hop bitterness is the main event with a less obvious caramel sweetness. bit of lemon peel and caramel are evident. The maltiness is short lived as its taken over by a low to moderate hop bitterness. Semi dry with a nice bready finish
M: low body, somewhat thin. Moderate carbonation with some astringency.
O: This beer is Not one of my favorites from Founders, in fact I find myself a little disappointed. It seems a bit weak. The body is just a bit too light and thin to suit me. The hop flavors are good and the beer is fairly well balanced, but I don't notice a distinct hop that I would expect with dry hopping. Just seems a bit muddled over all in its flavor.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 23:49:40 | More by slusk
Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,189 ratings.