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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale

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Ratings: 2,239
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 29
Gots: 133 | 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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5/5  rDev +35.5%

12-14-2011 18:20:15 | More by readicculus
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

11-15-2011 01:29:59 | More by gordonbeersch
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

06-26-2012 00:30:04 | More by ucsbmullet
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

02-13-2012 07:17:42 | More by Nightrain87
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

11-14-2011 17:08:14 | More by FluffyMcTingle
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

11-16-2011 17:22:07 | More by GoldenChild
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

11-26-2011 20:42:07 | More by smogfood
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

12-09-2011 02:01:25 | More by dkezx97
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

11-29-2011 20:05:52 | More by RudiNicole
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +35.5%

11-15-2011 02:18:57 | More by EasyReader
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

12-14-2011 05:25:11 | More by PhineasGage
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

01-06-2014 03:14:49 | More by scumation
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

11-23-2011 01:50:25 | More by Jips
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

12-15-2011 02:56:40 | More by bolgiano
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New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +33.6%

Another one of my favorites that I have just never gotten around to reviewing. Beer is currently being served at fridge temp (I've had it at all temps by now, and on a hot summer day nothing beats a cold PA). Poured into an American pint glass. A nice fluffy off-white head formed, and slowly receded to a layer of foam floating on top of the beautiful brew. This beer is clear, and straw colored. Aroma is clearly dominated by citrusy American hops. Lots of aroma is being eminated, no need to even swirl to get a full "wiff". The aroma told the truth, flavor is dominated by a smooth and mild citrusy hops flavor, with a nice smooth maltiness to bask it up. For a pale ale, this is pretty damn hoppy, but still alittle mild for me. Definitely not your average PA. Founder's seems to like to have a certain degree of thickness in its beers, and that is seen here. Most other pale ales I have are pretty light bodied, but this has alittle more to it, no where near the body of its others though. Drinkability is amazing. I love this beer, but normally go for the more hoppy Centennial IPA, or Red's Rye. If you are liking your PAs and are afraid to move on to IPAs, I'd use this as a stepping stone. I think its one of the better pale ales out there.

06-19-2006 02:44:18 | More by Avagadro
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4.9/5  rDev +32.8%

5.0% ABV, 13.2º Plato. Hopped with Cascade.

This brew looks and smells damn good. Clear with a slight chill haze, golden-orange in color with a modest white head and some sparse lacing. Flittering bits of hop leafs dancing around. Carbonation is mild-moderate. Aroma is full of sharp, pungent green oily hops (I normally don't care for Cascade too much, but this is just awesome), lemon pith, pepper, with some subtle barn-yard manure smell and crystal malts. Taste starts out with sharp, citrusy pungent hops, a touch of that pungent green manure, and fading into a nicely done, and well-balanced malt body, complementing the pleasant spicy hop bitterness in the finish. There is a warm (pleasant) breadiness towards the finish, with a subtle tang of alcohol towards the bottom 1/2 of the glass. Mouthfeel is moderately-soft, smooth as a babies ass, with a medium body and semi-astringent finish.

An awesome pale ale, nearly rivaling Stone's IPA but less bitter and with a touch less body. Not as intense as the Centennial, but very solid. This will become as staple of my fridge in the summer when I want something a touch lighter than an IPA. Highly recommended. Royalty amongst American Pale Ales. World class.

02-24-2003 14:12:46 | More by Mitchster
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4.88/5  rDev +32.2%

Living in Grand Rapids, I get the luxury of getting this stuff right from the source (Along with all of their great brews). This is a very strong scented pale ale and is quite tasty, however I'm in a mix as to my favorite pale ale between this one and that of Magic Hat's #9. Anyhow if you see a bottle of this around it is sure to not disappoint, especially on a hot summer day! If your ever in Grand Rapids, Founder's brewery is a must on the trip!

07-24-2008 04:26:05 | More by klintok21
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New York

4.83/5  rDev +30.9%

So I've been hearing about Founders coming to New York for weeks and have been looking forward to the introduction since it was announced. I tried the Centennial first and didn't like it as much as I had hoped. The Pale Ale, however, was outstanding!! I have long been a proponent of the Captain Lawrence Pale Ale, which I love and have always thought it was a great alternative to Sierra Nevada. This pale ale however is a great combination of the two. Not quite as hoppy as the west coast versions, a little more filtered than Captain Lawrence. This is the quintessential session beer and if it's around for a while i'll drink it a lot.

03-28-2010 18:20:46 | More by david18
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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

01-22-2014 00:20:54 | More by markmo
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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

07-19-2014 02:03:14 | More by MarisaB
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4.72/5  rDev +27.9%

This is a really good Pale Ale.

Pours an orange-gold and cloudy into my mug with the perfect one finger head which lingers for a few minutes and leaves the proper amount of lacing. Looks absolutely irresistable.

Has a very slight citrus smell and maybe some molasses in there too. Smells almost as good as it tastes.

This is the perfect pale ale. Full flavored, crisp carbonation, and a slight bitter aftertaste. Slight alcohol flavor. Very refreshing, very drinkable.

I think this is a home run for Founders (go figure). For a dry hopped pale ale, I've tasted none finer.

For those looking for a gateway beer, this could be the one. Try it, you wont be disappointed.

04-23-2011 20:46:52 | More by Illtryit
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4.63/5  rDev +25.5%

Had this one on tap up north.

A: 2 finger ecru head. Hazy golden amber color. Decent lacing and really nice head retention. Half a finger all the way down.

S: Spicy, hoppy, and fresh, very nice!

T: The Cascade hops are awesome with their piny-grapefruity kind bud pow intermingled with a nice maltiness. This brew is A-one and on draft it is AA-one.

M: Very nice pretty near full body on her.

D: This only gets better as it warms in your glass. I drank my first one quick, but I let the second sit around a bit and just sipped on her. The flavor really gets going when you let it warm a bit. Great BREW!

11-27-2008 00:19:35 | More by baos
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4.6/5  rDev +24.7%

Pours light amber with a big, beautiful lace producing head.

Passion fruit and blood oranges mingle with freshly mash malt overtones in the nose.

Slightly astringent and malty up front, by tongue there is a rich malt that balances with citrus hops. Leaves a very subtle, but pleasant bitterness.

Medium bodied, this is a very well done front hopped pale ale. Great hop flavors, with only the subtlest bitterness.

12-09-2006 01:14:17 | More by nortmand
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Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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