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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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2,510 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,510
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 38
Gots: 225 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

100% Cascade hops.
35 IBU
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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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.

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Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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