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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale

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Reviews: 812
Hads: 2,618
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 49
Gots: 278 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

100% Cascade hops.
35 IBU
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Reviews: 812 | Hads: 2,618
Photo of hopphead31415
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Founder’s has some great brews and this pale ale has a mild 5.4% ABV, but looks like it is quite a tasty variety so let’s take a gulp.

Look-It pours a clear amber gold with a copper hue and some dark golden overtones. The head is a thin film that reminds me of a yeasty foam.

Smell-It has a muted aroma unfortunately, but it is pleasantly malt forward with a tinge of honey and citrus.

Taste-The malts are present on at first and are caramel, honey, and toasted malts with a decent hop backbone. I get citrus and some grass notes.

Mouthfeel-It feels medium-bodied and smooth. There is a spiciness to it also. The coating on the tongue is resinous and oily.

Overall-It is a pale ale after all, so I’ll go easy on this one, but at the same time I have had a couple other pale ales that were much better. That being said, this was well balanced and refreshing. (870 characters)

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light half finger head, not much retention nor lacing. Light amber body, some cloudiness with no sediments. On the Nose, caramel malts straight up front, with hints of honey. Pretty absent after that. On the Palate. Fresh pine straight forward, a little sweet and fairly pungent caramel malts, with some hints of almost-burnt-toast. Finishes semi-dry and slightly creamy. (379 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.74/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look - Clear copper with a two finger frothy head that quickly got lost. No lacing.

Smell - Malt forward as all hell, but nothing else...uh oh.non

Taste - Well the malts are present...as well as a tad bit of grapefruit but otherwise bland.

Feel - Medium bodied with some creaminess but not much life.

Overall - This was a founders beer? Are you sure? (354 characters)

Photo of hopmashian
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A tasty pale ale. Well balanced with the malt. It almost has a creamy mouthfeel. But the hops are there. The grapefruit and pine hoppiness is medium. But you will know you're having a pale ale not a overly bitter IPA. I'm glad I have a six and I'll have this again! (265 characters)

Photo of Domvan
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - Golden light color
Smell - Minor hoppy aroma with small malt backbone
Taste - Malty with a small hop backbone
Feel - Chewy mouthfeel
This may have been out of date, I feel like this should have been a lot better, will check this out again. (246 characters)

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an orange amber color.

Overall: This is a mildly sweet beer with a nice dry hoppy finish. This is definitely in the style of pale ales. Good bitter beer for the hop heads. Very good IPA not too overwhelming. (227 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a sixer of these, pretty decent. More citrus than im used to, definite grapefruit flavor. Aroma followed the flavor, tart very malty. Deep orange color. Pretty accurate rating on here IMO. (198 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: grapefruit and pine, light malt, well balanced nose, slightly peppery, a little citrus fruit

T: pretty bitter up front, grapefruit peel, orange, light pine

M: creamier than expected (321 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] The beer is an apricot color. It poured out with a 1/2 finger of white head. The head has varied bubbles and dissipates quickly. The bottle lists the IBUs (35) the ABV (5.4%) and the born on date (03/06/15)

S: [3.50] I think there is an apricot smell. Maybe candied apricot.

T: [3.75] There is pine up front. The beer mildly sweetens in the middle and has a dry hoppy finish.

M: [3.75] It is a bit tight and dry from the hops.

O: [3.75] I really like this beer. Founders is great because the bottle has all of the info needed. It has a lot of hop character packed into 35 IBU. The nose was the low light - but it is still decent. I will drink this one again. (684 characters)

Photo of GrinkoN
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- Golden color, slight head, leaves quickly
S- Citrus hops, bready malt
T/F- Taste like it smells, nice balance, not light or heavy body
O- Was a good beer, not great, not bad just good (186 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 03/07/15

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin, off-white head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a mostly barren surface and a thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Hop notes that hit on floral and citrus character. Big, bready malt aroma makes for a balanced aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Big, bready malt sweetness upfront. Light hop spice before citrus pith and grassy hop bitterness hits near the finish leaving a balanced, bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with bitey carbonation, leaving a crisp, dry finish.

Overall - Good pale, but despite the balance, lacks an intriguing flavor profile. Seems to be missing that 'X Factor'. Not bad, just not very interesting. (733 characters)

Photo of hotpauko
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Whoa, this is tough for me. Surprisingly unimpressed with this Founders pale ale. Expected a little bite and flavor, got too much mild. Average at best compared to say a Dales. Easy drinking, good for a beginner to pale ales or to offer a slight hop taste, but not much more. (276 characters)

Photo of Joseph01
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color - Light amber

Aroma - Floral/herbal, caramel hints

Palate - Smooth and creamy, hints of caramel

Overall - Decent ale, refreshing and worthwhile (152 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served cool from 350ml bottle into half pint glass.

L) Amber, very hazy (floating yeast??), thin white head.

S) Deep malty odour, like the malt extract used in home-brew bitters and floral hops. Really good.

T) Not as malty as the nose suggests. Dry, bitter hops, none of that juicy / piney business here. Hints of sweetness and floral notes at the back of the mouth in the aftertaste.

F) Quite fizzy, with a definite drying out of the mouth.

O) Not the best American IPA I have had by a long stretch and nowhere near as good as their Centennial IPA, but still a decent drink. (585 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: April 16, 2015... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: a good, long day needs an ale night... APPEARANCE: pours a copper amber body that teems with life--swirling, active bubbles and steady, upward effervescence; reasonably thick, two-finger white head stays packed as the glass settles; nice finger-like tracings on the outtro... AROMA: floral yes, as the Cascades promise; some subtle caramel and cereal offer a reasonable allure ... PALATE: lively rush at the tongue and teeth; medium-bodied and creamy, with a pleasant, long finish--what a worthwhile pale ale should embody... TASTE: mellow, almost apologetically light flavors--hops are floral and only peacefully bitter; the caramel malts keep this secure... OVERALL: quite sessionable, with the hint of dank wood at the end that keeps the experience earthy and heavier than expected; from a leftover surprise pack--judging on that alone (about $1 a beer in the 12-pack), a win... (958 characters)

Photo of TBonez477
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: golden/copper color, white head that quickly dissipates.

S: funky straw-like aroma, hop spice.

T: initial malt/honey sweetness, quickly moves to bitter and then finishes with a floral/spicy pop which releases into a bit of a juicy finish.

M: light on the palate, medium carbonation.

O: a nice pale ale, though not consistent with the normal citrus aromas and flavors typically offered. (392 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Brilliant copper gold under a 1" white foam collar that clings to the side of the glass. Floral citrus nose with traces of fruit. Sweet malt and light fruit on the palate give way to a balancing citrus rind bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. A bold, easy to drink pale ale. (311 characters)

Photo of wmickdds32
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Draft in a pint glass....nitro....thus the incredible creamy mouthfeel. Light brown/Amber with a 1/2 inch creamy head that stayed until draft was half gone. Light hoppy nose. Tasted as expected light malt...light hop...slightly bitter... The nitrogenized draft made for a pleasant creamy mouthfeel...some would call it flat, but again just how I expected it to be......I had two! (380 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an enticing golden copper with a nice foam head; good lace retention throughout. A fruity aroma hits you as well as a malt backbone and some floral esters that develop as it warms. Spicy, herbal, and bold piney hops taste as well as a slight lemon finish. Good pale malt backbone; I nevertheless would have liked some of the fruity elements of the aroma to match the taste a tad more. Medium light bodied, prickly carbonation and very drinkable; definetely a session brew. I liked it a lot and will get again for sure. (525 characters)

Photo of chopp02
2.54/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What was missing for me when I had this beer was the smell and taste. Hardly any smell at all and then the flavor just came up short for me. Part of the issue, though, is that I am a Stout, Breakfast Stout, and IPA lover, so Pale Ales just don't do it for me. However, I have had other pale ales and enjoyed them more than this particular one. This is my least favorite Founders beer. (384 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

3/21/15 (Bottle) - Nice foggy golden brown pour, minimal head, mild carbonation. Citrus and malt scent prevalent. Nice contrast of citrus and bitter hops. Light clean and refreshing feel. Overall very good beer. (211 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice gold, slight haze, half finger of white head.

Smell is lemon, grass, cracker malt

Taste has some nice citrus peal notes, cracker and breast malts, some grassy bitterness

Mouthfeel is light and clean, slightly dry

Decent pale, much better options out there though. (280 characters)

Photo of cryptichead
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Surprisingly clean, crisp, and refreshing. Akin to a German pilsner. Very drinkable. Much lighter in flavor than a typical APA. Overall, a surprising find and very enjoyable beer. (179 characters)

Photo of kitch
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip glass. Bottle says best before 4th March 2015 so not exactly fresh, but tried a few days before best before date.

A: Poured a cloudy orange/copper with some floating residue, small head with very little retention
S: Grassy, pine, mango and citrus
T: Starts crisp and grassy with very light bitter taste, ends with some caramel and alcohol
M: Crisp and dry with nice carbonation
O: Feels dry but goes down easy. Also disappointed with the alcohol appearing at the end (513 characters)

Photo of Antc2382
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single bottle. Look- brighter gold/orange. I like how it is very cloudy, you can see a lot of floating residue in it. This tells me it is a smaller batch brew; not mass produced! Smell- not entirely distinctive; faint hops but not very fragrant. Taste- very good for style. Well balanced- crisp high quality water is used here, light in the hops. I am not the biggest APA guy but this is a good one. Feel- carbonation, dry finish as advertised. Overall- I dug this, it is a nice beer and I really like Founders' output. It just is not extremely memorable (569 characters)

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