1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

2,383 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,383
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 35
Gots: 168 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,383 | Reviews: 777 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of HEADYdb
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

HEADYdb, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy tangerine color. Half a finger of off-white head. Great lacing despite the small head size.

Unconventional hop profile here (or at least that's how this 3.5 month old bottle is presenting itself): I mostly pick up on lemon, lemongrass, and soft herbal notes like lilac. There's some light green hop notes... approaching pine but not quite that strong. The malts aren't aggressive on the nose. This is a balanced beer -- not through the artificial way of making both hop and malt character very strong and calling thus balanced, but by having actual balance. It's a soft aroma, but a nice one.

That softness carries over to the palate. Soft green hop flavors of stalk and pearskin, soft biscuit malt flavors. Soft herbal notes of honeyscukle and orange. Very solid.

Overall, this is a really solid pale ale. It's not in any way an aggressive beer, but it's also super-easy drinking. Why people here in Alabama put up with shit pale ales like Sweetwater 420 is beyond me; more bars here should carry this very approachable craft beer.

Reaper16, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of buiter
4/5  rDev +8.7%

buiter, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of Maegodfrey14
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Maegodfrey14, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of SFC21
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

SFC21, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +8.7%

OldTime, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of notdriving
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

notdriving, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of srv33
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour, slight haze, fine small head, good lacing. Smells like a lager, pine, a bit of grapefruit, bread. Taste is much the same, decent hops though fades quick, doesn't linger much on the palate. Possily my least favorite Founder's thus far, though still a solid beer, and a good pale ale - from someone who often isn't a huge pale ale fan.

srv33, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed dark orange color. Just one finger of frothy whitish head that fell fairly quickly and left no lacing.

4.0 S: Dirty earthiness and spicy hop aroma. Orange citrus fruitiness. Bready/biscuity malts. Moderate malty sweetness. Very nice.

3.5 T: Again, dirty raw hoppiness. Earthy, spicy, citrusy, and herbal. Good amount of orange, bready malts, and maybe a touch of old, wet hay.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and a light chewiness. Good here.

3.5 D: I like what they did with this that separates it from the majority of APAs which are much cleaner.

DavoleBomb, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of sammo
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

sammo, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of rkarimi
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%

rkarimi, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev +8.7%

trevorpost, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Tracker83
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Tracker83, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
2.4/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter; unfortunately, the bottling date didn't seem to hold on this bottle, though I do believe this particular bottle is less than two months old.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, vibrant, autumnal copper-golden color with just a thin coating of head. Some slight lacing is left behind.

S: Pretty faint when compared to the bevy of pale ale options out there; I'm picking up some light biscuity malt and lesser pronounced bits of floral and citrus hops.

T: Hops come through in the flavor, offering some bitterness and flavor; they're rather earthy and floral here, without much of the citrus flavors pulling through. A bready malt backbone stabilizes things. Not much really pops out at me here, though the taste is by no means offensive; in fact, it's almost watery at times with its lack of character.

M: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation, which lends the beer a creamy character. Fairly smooth with a moderately dry finish.

O: Extraordinarily easy to drink and quite refreshing, but largely because the beer doesn't seem to ask much of the drinker– this is a pretty straightforward brew, with a light sweetness upfront followed by light bitterness on the finish, and the sweet/bitter qualities largely overshadow any particular flavors. I have nothing but love for Founders, but when I look to buy a pale ale in the future I will probably look for a different option.

AwYeh, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Immediately I liked the nose on this one. Very floral and fresh. Just what I was looking for to chase that Old Curmudgeon.

The beer looks GREAT in the glass! Fluffy white persistant head, nice lacing, and a nice golden honey color with a slight haze.

Bread and floral notes are in the flavor. It opens up with those floral notes and the bread comes in on the finish. Not really doughy, but like a freshly baked Italian bread. Nice and light faire.

Light bodied with light carbonation too. It translates to thinness on the palate. Overall it's not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

tlazaroff, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

PatGreer, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +35.9%

ucsbmullet, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy light pumpkin orange with a 1 finger slightly yellowed head. Takes a few minutes for the head to dissolve leaving a slight bit of lace behind. Some chunks floating in the body.

S: Sweeter than I had expected with a fruity citrus but also an earthy dankness to it. A hint of sweet malts as well.

T: Great balance here, starts off with a bit of hop bitter, then ends with a real smooth sweet malt. Slight hop lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light body with average carbonation. Real drinkable with how balanced it is.

Overall a great session brew. Am tempted to stock up the fridge with some of these. A great intro for anyone getting into hoppier beers.

CloudStrife, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. There is a nice orange/copper color. The head is small and off-white.

The aroma has a nice balance of bready malt and some herbal and citrus hops.

The taste is dry with a crisp finish. The balance between malt and hops is perfect, with a nice flowery hop bitterness towards the end.

This is light and drinkable. The body is light; with crisp refreshing carbonation. This is a great balanced hoppy beer that will please many.

andrewinski1, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of mds1101
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

mds1101, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of MaineMike
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

MaineMike, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

GennyCreamAle, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of JimGlonke
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

JimGlonke, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Dbrag
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Dbrag, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Daktah
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Daktah, Jun 21, 2012
Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,383 ratings.