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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale

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2,225 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,225
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 29
Gots: 130 | 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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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

03-27-2012 16:44:46 | More by Zaphog
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RodSmith

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

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

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -3%

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.

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

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

03-18-2012 22:55:44 | More by SpartanHistory2013
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Mick-e-d


3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

03-17-2012 02:14:22 | More by Mick-e-d
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Grinnerman

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

03-16-2012 23:05:54 | More by Grinnerman
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minneapolitanjim

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

03-16-2012 21:57:24 | More by minneapolitanjim
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loupap

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

03-16-2012 14:36:10 | More by loupap
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Shmantha


3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

03-15-2012 06:27:12 | More by Shmantha
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Morningside

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

03-14-2012 20:11:16 | More by Morningside
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gfan18

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

03-12-2012 23:40:43 | More by gfan18
Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 2,225 ratings.