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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale

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Ratings: 2,132
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 26
Gots: 102 | 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:
100% Cascade hops.
35 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002)
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Photo of bluHatter


4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden light amber in color, with a small head.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, nice and tangy.

T: Orange citrus, lots of grapefruit, tangy hops. Very nice.

M: Great carbonation despite the small head. Nice medium body that foams up nicely on the tongue.

O: A really delicious pale ale with a distinct citrus hoppy quality. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 01:34:05 | More by bluHatter
Photo of justinm4bama


4/5  rDev +8.1%

04-03-2012 00:41:31 | More by justinm4bama
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a clear golden color with a one finger white head. The head faded slowly giving way to a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is very light. Light floral and citrus hop notes mix with a very light malt aroma.

Taste-A nice malty flavor is the first to be detected. Some hop flavors begin to work their way into the taste toward the middle. These hops are mainly of citrus nature with a lemon flavor being the most prevalent. The citrus hop flavors carry on to the end with a more grapefruit flavor in place of the lemon and some grassy hop flavors coming to fruition.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with a slightly higher than normal carbonation level. Very good for the style of the beer; its thin enough to drink as a session beer with a nice refreshing level of carbonation that tingles the tongue.

Overall – A nice easy drinking beer with a good hop shot. Flavorful and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 00:50:11 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of cavedave

New York

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with three fingers of off white head that still has a finger of height after five minutes. Sheets and arms of thick lace coat the inner glass lastingly. Quite beautiful.

Citrus hop leads the aroma parade. A medium strength bouquet also has some hints of yeast tartness and floral hoppitude. Not much too it, and not near to as fine as many others in this style

Sweet and biscuit head the sip, lemon and grapefruit hit next, a merest hint of pine, and some clean bitter come along and make this a very enjoyable taste

High carb. is the only fault of a mouthfeel that is full bodied, nicely viscous, and has an excellent finish.

Quite a tasty pale, not in the top tier for sure, but its easy availability and tasty refreshingness make this a definite recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 00:29:09 | More by cavedave
Photo of TheBigBoy


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-01-2012 11:50:37 | More by TheBigBoy
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a bottle-on date of Oct 2010! Unbelievable. I only bought this a couple of weeks ago from Beer Merchants (UK) - I guess this will serve as a warning....

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A golden-amber colour with tons of sediment and strong carbonation. Forms a massive head of frothy white foam with great retention; this eventually subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of light malt with a dominant note of earthy yeast and faint hints of aromatic/stewed hops.

Tastes of yeasty malt with a dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast, faint stewed hops and a whiff of aromatic citrus. A hint of fruitiness and a metallic taste in the background. A mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body and a pleasing dryness. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of dry, yeasty malt.

Well, it's no SNPA. Very yeasty - this is pretty much the only flavour. A restrained and balanced bitterness. Not bad, but pretty bland compared with other APAs I've tried. I suspect the age of the bottle has given the yeast plenty of time to grow and dominate, while the hops have faded somewhat. Oh well, I'll have to be wary of buying beers from webshops in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 22:00:28 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside He'Brew Genesis Dry-Hopped Session Ale.

A: Clear golden color with one-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Citrus and grassy hops. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate to high bitterness. Toasted malt and citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Dry.

O: Too bitter and not enough hop flavor. Not bad overall. I liked the He'Brew Genesis slightly more, but it was close.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 03:07:17 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-29-2012 00:15:59 | More by ShemRahBoo
Photo of Zaphog


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-27-2012 16:44:46 | More by Zaphog
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-27-2012 02:59:42 | More by RodSmith
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear golden orange color. Body is transparent. Head is medium in stature and retains quite well. Head is off-white and leaves slight lacing rings.

S-Lightly hoppy and also a bit bready. A bit grainy. Hops are mellow but suggest flavors of citrus and flowers. I enjoy Pale Ales but I would like a bit more kick via the nose. Founders almost always displays excellent aromatics but this one is lacking a bit.

T-Citrus rind and grassy hops. Actually, the hops are more stressed in the flavor than in the nose. Light doughy malt and some sweetness. The hop profile adds a blatant boost to the flavor. Overall, a pretty tasty little APA. Moderate bitterness.

M-Light in the body. Almost too much carbonation. Bitterness is quite satisfying.

O/D-Overall, this is a pretty legitimate APA. The flavor makes up for the slight nose. The flavor is not very unique or complex but it plays to my beer preference. Far too expensive at nearly $12 for a run-of-the-mill APA. Glad I only got a single. But still, a nice little beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 01:33:32 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of IPx


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-26-2012 15:03:29 | More by IPx
Photo of polishkaz


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-26-2012 02:07:31 | More by polishkaz
Photo of VonZipper

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-25-2012 17:57:04 | More by VonZipper
Photo of redfox405


4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-25-2012 03:17:42 | More by redfox405
Photo of rhhjr

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-25-2012 02:35:39 | More by rhhjr
Photo of blake58


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-24-2012 02:34:36 | More by blake58
Photo of TheBierBoutique


3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-24-2012 01:49:14 | More by TheBierBoutique
Photo of match1112


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: crystal clear combination of golden straw and light copper. a two finger collar of foam quickly settles to a thin ring leaving minimal lacing.

s: grassy earth tones, with a touch of bread and lemon.

t: bready, more grass, not a whole lot of hops in here. has a little citrus on the finish.

m: light body, decent enough carbonation, clean finish.

o: not what i expected, hardly any hops, kinda disappointed. oh well, founders makes plenty other tasty brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 19:10:20 | More by match1112
Photo of JustinWhipple


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-22-2012 02:17:49 | More by JustinWhipple
Photo of rundocrun


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is the color of light golden honey. Perfectly transparent. Yields a finger of white head with decent retention. No lacing.

S - Not the most aromatic beer in the world, but what I do smell is a mix of citrusy and grassy hops as well as some light grainy malt.

T - Sweet up front with a lemony tang following shortly after. Mild, smooth hop bitterness comes in toward the middle and compliments the delicate pale malt flavor nicely. Not a kick in the teeth as far as flavor goes, but a decent refreshing summer session ale.

M - Light body. Good carbonation. Clean, crisp and somewhat dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 02:12:52 | More by rundocrun
Photo of schomber


3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-21-2012 02:15:25 | More by schomber
Photo of ixodus

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear gold in color with some orange hues. This beer presents a small white head with decent retention. The lacing is moderate.

S: Pine resin, orange peel, small traces of grapefruit, grains, biscuits. Expected more aroma.

T: Piney hops, slight citrus, grainy malts, bread, biscuits. Finish is VERY dry.

M Full bodied, soft carbonation, dry finish. Interesting mouth feel for the style I dig it but the dryness is overbearing.

O: Overall a slightly above average pale ale. It's tasty but i'd rather have one of my Homebrews or some snpa, dale's, or daisy cutter. I was quite disapointed with the aroma. If your gonna write on the label title that it's dry hopped, at least make it aromatic.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 23:50:09 | More by ixodus
Photo of kennylopez

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

appearance: a hazy golden color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves small spots of lacing.

smells: there is a grapefruit/ citrus hop note that has a hint of pine.

tastes: as the nose insisted. there is a mild hop character compared to the aroma, it is for sure full of citrus pine like hops. there is a good balance with this pale ale with a sweet amber malt in the back.

mouthfeel: there is a fair amount of carbonation in this ale and the sweet bitter hops mask the 5.4% beautiful.

overall: I scored a six pack of this stuff at my local bottle shop but two days later I went back for more and it was gone. I knew I should have picked up more when it was around, because this stuff is good and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 20:50:08 | More by kennylopez
Photo of SpartanHistory2013


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-18-2012 22:55:44 | More by SpartanHistory2013
Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,132 ratings.