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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale

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Ratings: 2,371
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 34
Gots: 165 | 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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DrunkinYogi, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

redleg64, Sep 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pours hazy golden yellow/orange with a one finger white head.

S- I get a lot of grain in the nose. maybe some wheat as well. Slight lemon grass. Light hop profile in this beer.

T- A low bitterness up front. Followed up by a nice hop flavor. There is a slight astringency. The hops are slightly citrusy and have a little pine. Very flowery and earthy.

M- Drinks easy. Kind of rainy aftertaste. Light feel but as expected.

O- Decent pale ale, I thought founders would go with the hoppy approach but this is a little different.

TwelveOunces, Sep 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

djschnabel, Sep 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

HumphreyLee, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 7th, 2012:

Into a pint glass:

A: golden/copper colored body that leaves a one finger white head that slowly dies to a fairly long lasting film of a head. The body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen and barely any lacing is left.

S: pine and hops combined powerfully up front with a strong sense of malts trying to come through.

T: wonderful combination of pine, hops and malts with a bit of a floral/citrus aspect coming out as the beer warms.

M: light with nothing harsh on the tongue - just an all around good feel, solid.

O: right now I'm wishing I bought a six pack of this but would definitely come back to this.

BeerKangaroo, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

GeckoPunk, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

strohme2, Sep 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

bostonryan, Sep 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

DanE, Sep 07, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a copper color with some haze, a one-finger white head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Seems a little muted. I get some pine hops and cracker malt, and that's about it.

T: The flavor follows the nose, but has bigger flavors. A nice hop bitterness, sweet malt, and is fairly well-balanced. I really don't get much floral/citrus/pine aspects to hop profile.

M: Mouthfeel on the lighter side, moderate carbonation sensation, no alcohol presence to speak of.

O: This is a pretty decent pale ale, and I think one that follows the style guidelines well. This bottle was less than four months old, but I do wonder if it would have been better if I had drank it when it was fresher. Still, very enjoyable. Recommended.

macrosmatic, Sep 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

JVan, Sep 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

A-Nice looking ale. More character than most other basic ales with a thick golden amber, and a small yet noticeable head.

S-Almost smells like a cheaper IPA with the hops and citrus notes very apparent. The nose is certainly not overpowering, but the dry hopping can be picked up very clearly.

M-Again more character than most pale ales, but in terms of feel that works against the brew as the viscosity is a little too overbearing and masks the carbonation and other factors the beer possesses.

T-A perfect introduction to a dry hopped beer. The hops and especially the grapefruit aspects of the citrus undertones are apparent, with the malts making more of a robust entrance than the smell indicated. The flavors are parceled out into very different portions of the palate however, which creates a bit of a harsh transition between the notes.

O-Very easy to enjoy, and very easy to point out the dry hopped difference. Not a whole lot of character to be found, but likely more graspable for a introductory beer geek.

RussBecker1, Sep 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

qwe2323, Sep 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

bradfordjohnson, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

RobertJBeer, Sep 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

kuestegg, Sep 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

bluntedboywonder, Sep 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps not as fresh as it needs to be. Pours deep gold. Strangely, almost no carbonation. Aroma is musty and piney, not as citrusy as expected. Chewy mouthfeel. Taste is mostly classic pale, little roastier than expected. Solid pale ale, not quite what I expected, but a solid beer.

BeerWeather, Aug 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

CoryR, Aug 31, 2012
Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,371 ratings.