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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,379
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 35
Gots: 167 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

kattmunkel, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Morockm, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jacothom, Dec 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

zrab11, Dec 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

mannyman3000, Dec 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

tmars13, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

gshackles, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of sevenarts
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden orange with good carbonation. Medium-sized white head that reduces to a small skim on the surface.

S: Surprisingly strong for the style: a nice whiff of grapefruit and citrus hops, caramel malt, and some grainy, malty aromas.

T/M: A good amount of flavor without being unbalanced. Sweet and malty up front, with caramel and doughy grains. This is followed by some robust hops, primarily with a nice citrus edge, and a good hit of bitterness on the way down.

O: An excellent pale ale with some well-crafted flavors without verging into IPA territory at all. Well balanced between the malt base and more hop flavor than you'd expect from the low ABV and low IBU count.

sevenarts, Dec 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

stanale, Dec 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

xacidx, Dec 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Sludgeman, Dec 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Brad7132, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of rodlavers
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Very light yellow/gold in color, a finger of white head thins out pretty quickly; some lacing. Looks ok.

Smell is pretty subdued. Natural grass aromas, slight hint of hops and malt.

Taste is similar, nothing special but light and refreshing. Not terribly complex.

Mouthfeel is average with medium carbonation and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall ok for the style but I've had better Pale Ales. Not my favorite offering from Founders.


rodlavers, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Flounder57
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle wad poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pale orange color with some haziness and visions of bubbles and floaties. There is also some sediment in the bottom of the glass.

Smell and taste: toasted, bready, and caramel. Faint citrus aroma. The taste is a bit better, but still a bit weak.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: Kind of a bit disappointed about this beer. A very light pale ale with little hop characteristics. Not sure what happened here, but wouldn't mind trying it out on draft.

Flounder57, Dec 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Eaglefan344, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

hollywood_15063, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

stabbingcontest, Dec 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

closisinthehouse, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Winston_Smith
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a six pack, several bottles had different "bottled on" dates. Max range was a month apart. Didn't seem like a great sign to me, but I've heard nothing but great things about the brewery, and tried it anyway. This last one I saved for the review was bottled on 6/18/12.

Apperance: This pale ale is a really nice beer to look at, despite the little/no head. Orange-ish, and unfiltered-looking, it looks really tasty near a light.

Smell: Light citrusy goodness. Nose has hops too.

Taste: This beer is like an IPA-light. I haven't bothered googling what "dry hopped" is supposed to mean, but as an IPA fan, I get a sense that in this context it means "a hoppier pale ale." A hoppier pale ale it is. The hops dominate, but there's some discernible citrus in there too.

Mouthfeel: Feels thick and full-bodied. There's a little bit of slickness to it, which isn't terrible, and it finishes with a dry aftertaste. Very pleasant.

Overall: Dig it. My first sample from Founders Brewery is a success. I will buy another of their products. I thought this stuff might be a decent bridge beer for BMC drinkers into better stuff, but it might be kind of hoppy for that. Fans of real beer will enjoy.

Winston_Smith, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Cark, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

rxthree, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

BYOFB, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Dizzy242, Dec 02, 2012
Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,379 ratings.