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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale

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Ratings: 2,275
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 29
Gots: 143 | 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:
100% Cascade hops.
35 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002)
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Photo of FLima
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy ambar appereance. Light aroma, highlights its floral hops.
Well carbonated. Tastes bitter with some sweetness from grains. Hints of citrus make it refreshing. Light body makes it an easier APA to drink (who already overcome bitterness), good for beginners or who wants to drink several of it. Though not for someone who is looking for one notch down IPAs.

FLima, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of elcrawl
4/5  rDev +8.4%

elcrawl, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of dcbdc1
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

dcbdc1, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Mattybz28
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Mattybz28, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of dcolatriano
1/5  rDev -72.9%

dcolatriano, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Mojo
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from Founders pours up a hazy gold with a two finger off white head, some retention, and some lacing. Smell is citrus, pine, grasses, and maybe some floral notes. Mouthfeel is full with lots of carbonation. Taste is sweet on the front, well balanced with bitterness on the finish and a coffee aftertaste. Definitely worth a try if you haven't had this one yet.

Mojo, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of pjmitch
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was looking to try a new pale ale and was suggested by a salesperson to give this a try once I indicated to him what I liked. Thought this was okay but am still looking for something sold in the Midwest that is as good as DesChutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale. Any idea if Mirror Pond will be available in Chicagoland someday?

pjmitch, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Lantern, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

richkrull, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of yesyouam
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Pale Ale is a sparkling, hazy, golden ale with a soft, foamy, off white head that leaves some lacing. There are piny, floral hops in the nose, along with dry, light grain. The soft, medium body has a crisp, acidic finish. Juicy, resiny, fruity hop flavor is backed with a solid grain. It's bright and top heavy with bitterness. It's very American. It's bold, refreshing and very tasty!

yesyouam, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of PoolFishGolf
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

PoolFishGolf, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of ceberly
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

ceberly, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of kizyle
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

kizyle, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Moby
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Moby, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Supergenious
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Supergenious, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Swervine44
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Swervine44, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of andrewjraab
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours and golden orange color. Two fingers of bright white head that subsided to a thin layer that maintained throughout. Good webbing.

S - Floral and hoppy. Hints is citrus. Not overbearing by any means.

T - Nicely balanced and subdued pale ale. Easy drinking PA - this is what the all day IPA should taste like. This is light bodied with a nice balance of hops with a distant sweet finish.

O - Solid APA - could make this a session brew. Also, this is an all year round brew - very versatile.

andrewjraab, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of BrewBear
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

BrewBear, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

brewdude1982, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

MarkyMOD, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of hilgart1
4/5  rDev +8.4%

hilgart1, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orangish gold with a thin, soft, white head that has good retention

S - lightly malty, faintly floral, faintly herbal

T - light pine, light cereal grains, faint herbal finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This is decently hoppy but all of the flavors are very faint. The herbal, floral, piney notes come through, but the malt doesn't balance it out. This was good once, but I won't pickk it up again.

tdm168, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of bluesplit63
4.5/5  rDev +22%

bluesplit63, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with a thin white head and no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Taste is citrus and dry, well balanced flavor.

Overall: Great beer, I will enjoy this six pack for sure.

Cavanaghty, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt amber color with hints of orange and copper, moderate hazy in the body; very small, wispy white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some noticeable lacing in its wake. Aroma is quite nice - the main component here is fruit; citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon rinds. A slight hint of pine and leaf on the nose, very mild when compared to the citrus. The taste does a little bit of a switcheroo in the sense that the citrus flavors are toned down quite a bit on the palate. They play more of a background part, secondary to the emerging, bitter hop flavors; resinous pines and leafy, floral hop flavors explode with the lemon, citrus, and grapefruit sweetness around to balance things out a bit. A little more bitter than expected from the aroma (not a bad thing, however), this is approaching IPA level hop addition. Of course the malts are there, but it's really hard to pick out any distinct malt flavors. Maybe some simple white bread flavors, but the malts are light and somewhat pushed to the side by the hops. Medium-high amount of carbonation with a medium body, quite crisp and clean on the finish.

Founder's take on the classic Pale Ale is a pretty good one. Quite strong in hop character, but simply so, and not too overbearing for those not exactly looking for an IPA. This would be a good transition from APAs to IPAs for someone who is afraid to make the leap.

tectactoe, Sep 19, 2012
Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 2,275 ratings.