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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale

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Ratings: 2,489
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 38
Gots: 209 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

100% Cascade hops.
35 IBU
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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of GeckoPunk
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of DanE
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of JVan
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of RussBecker1
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of BeerWeather
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of rdilauro
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We have been lucky here in CT. 2 months ago, we could not bring in any Founders into our Package store. But now, we can.

This was a typical Founder's beer. Everything was crisp , neat
and in place. ( if you can describe a beer that way )

The actual pour was clean and clear. I was almost expecting something more along the liens of their Porters/Stouts.

The aroma was really so pleasant. It wasnt overloaded with hops
and yeast. The hops were there, no question about that. But none of it hit you right in the face. Instead, it poured a really clear mug with some nice hops brushing against your face.

The taste lingered, it was not over bitter (IBU sort of tell the story there), but the overall flavor came through

I enjoyed this beer , it wasnt at the top of my list of Founder beers, but I am sure there will be alot moreto come.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 2,489 ratings.