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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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2,137 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,137
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 26
Gots: 103 | 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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Breylan

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-17-2012 06:17:02 | More by Breylan
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Lang44

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-16-2012 18:51:27 | More by Lang44
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PitchBlack

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-15-2012 23:54:56 | More by PitchBlack
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campfirebrew

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-13-2012 16:04:29 | More by campfirebrew
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satellite86

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-13-2012 02:32:16 | More by satellite86
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-13-2012 01:00:51 | More by irishkyle21
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-10-2012 17:43:51 | More by bonbini26
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VAcrossr

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-07-2012 01:13:20 | More by VAcrossr
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok Founders, I love ya, and you love me. You make some friggin awesome beers, and I can luck out running into all the great big magic in a barrels such as KBS and CBS, then some FBS and run into ABC, NBC, CNN... but NEVER do I EVER find your DANG Pale Ale ANYWHERE! Until now. Behold! Brandishing in a nonic pint glass, off we go. Bottled December 2nd 2011.

A simple white and foamy head, with some good retention, slowly falling and leaving scattered lacing, clumpy too. Body is a dark gold and clear, LOTS of rising carbonation much like a pilsner.

This is a real interesting nose for a Pale Ale. Lots of dry ripping dry BAKED grain bread. I mean it smells like a bread factory. But there is also a slight off putting aroma which is hard for me to pin down.

Taste is malt and very dry with a decent enough feel. THere's really not much going on here but at least it is pleasurable. Tolerable malt and hops, a bit of ripping grain action, sort of fruity almost like an English Bitter.

Overall though very interesting. It does sort of remind me of Bell's Pale Ale but nowhere near as bad, considerably better by far. It's alright.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 23:25:43 | More by smakawhat
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

three finger frothy head on a pure golden, hazy body. lots of lacing and nice head retention. Aroma is a nice orange peel and grapefruit. A little soapy. I felt this to be very aromatous but many other reviewes didnt feel so. May be due to this one being bottled. The flavor is actually a little disappointing. Flavor is more soapy and way to watered down. There is a very light earthy and citrus mote. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall aromatous but watered down is what I take from this. I love Founders but I this one let me down in the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2012 03:50:11 | More by kylehay2004
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Not sure why it's taken me so long to review this guy, especially considering how many times I've had it in the past year or so... Oh well, here goes: It pours a clear light amber topped by a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, mint, a touch of menthol, light spicy greens, and soft caramel. The taste holds notes of pine needles, lightly toasted caramel, light balsa, grass, light greens, flowers, and the slightest possible touch of orange peel. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a pretty enjoyable pale ale, one that's not too hoppy, but doesn't go too far in the other direction either. It's almost too easy to drink at times...

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 03:45:00 | More by TMoney2591
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schultzm

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-06-2012 02:04:05 | More by schultzm
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sparx1100

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

01-05-2012 02:59:57 | More by sparx1100
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-04-2012 03:57:18 | More by ohtheguilt
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Blind

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

01-03-2012 00:57:38 | More by Blind
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imbuckeye

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-02-2012 20:18:31 | More by imbuckeye
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -45.9%

01-01-2012 22:29:11 | More by Massbmx
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Squid55

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-01-2012 21:26:19 | More by Squid55
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-01-2012 01:08:14 | More by whartontallboy
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice golden yellow with an orange hue and a finger of nice barely off white head, solid retention, excellent lacing

S - Sweet caramel malt, sweet fruit and bitter hops. Very fruity sweet, grainy qualities as well. a little faint

T - Malty Sweetness, dry hope, bitter & citrusy at the finish. Nice, slightly dry piney aftertaste

M - Medium bodied, perfect. I let this one warm up a bit, it very well could be a little thinner straight out of the fridge.

O - Tasty APA, nothing jaw dropping but a very solid go to session brew. I like how the malty sweetness is more profound than in most APA's

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 23:39:33 | More by MacQ32
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a one inch custard yellow head of velvety foam. The body is a slightly hazy golden yellow color. The smells is rather nice with rich malts and mild hops in a medium complex combination. Taste is a pretty close approximation of that smell, though I have to admit I'd wished the flavors had been stronger. It's a wee salty but not overdone.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 12:40:30 | More by MoreThanWine
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Beefytits4

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

12-31-2011 12:23:04 | More by Beefytits4
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zapahoppa

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-29-2011 20:05:00 | More by zapahoppa
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Pieless

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-29-2011 20:03:28 | More by Pieless
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IlPostino

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-29-2011 00:44:50 | More by IlPostino
Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,137 ratings.