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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale

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2,187 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,187
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 27
Gots: 118 | 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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Ratings: 2,187 | Reviews: 773 | Display Reviews Only:
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danp14

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-12-2011 17:56:04 | More by danp14
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nickfl

Florida

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

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam on top of a light copper colored body with a touch of haze. The head settles quickly and leaves minor lace.

S - Light pine hops with a bit of a sweaty note and some bready malt in the background.

T - Toffee and bready malt up front. Some pine and herbal hop flavors in the middle. Finishes with more sweet malt and some toffee as well as light pine hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very standard pale ale. Some hops, quite a bit of malt, very drinkable. Nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 04:25:32 | More by nickfl
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cbazner2k5

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-12-2011 02:09:13 | More by cbazner2k5
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a 3 floyds pint glass.

A- Big 3 finger foamy off white head, bubbly lacing, clear light golden color, well carbonated.
S- The aroma is very mellow, smells more like an adjunct lager than a pale ale, malt, slight citrus aroma, nothing special comes out in the smell.
T- Tastes more like an adjunct lager as well, interesting, pale malt, some hoppy characteristics but very mellow, slight citrus, kind of disappointed in this beer so far.
M- Light mouth feel, well carbonated, smooth drinking, crisp finish, refreshing.
O- I was expecting a lot more hoppy characteristics in this beer, the bottle may be a little older which would explain the lack of hoppy notes. I will have to revisit this beer when its fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 05:11:12 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-10-2011 19:39:56 | More by nathanjohnson
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-10-2011 17:06:36 | More by JustinMatthew
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amrozga

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-09-2011 20:40:12 | More by amrozga
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FrankyLikesIt

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-09-2011 02:55:46 | More by FrankyLikesIt
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dkezx97

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +35.1%

12-09-2011 02:01:25 | More by dkezx97
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mychalg9

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-08-2011 18:51:34 | More by mychalg9
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tubbnik

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-08-2011 16:31:57 | More by tubbnik
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer poured a clear, golden amber color, which produced a 2-finger, white, foamy head that was very well retained and produced some nice lacing.

S - For a Pale Ale, this had a very strong aroma to it, but what else would I expect from this brewer, right? The beer gave off a very nice pale malt aroma with some nice pine and citrus hops.

T - The taste of the beer was pretty well balanced, I thought, both the nice malt flavors were there along with some nice pine and citrus hops. Very well done.

M - The beer had a light-er feel to it, very smooth, the right carbonation and extremely easy to drink. The beer also had a nice hoppy aftertaste, but not too hoppy. Perhaps the beer was hoppier than expected from an APA, but this is easily one of the best APAs that I have tried. This will be a constant in the beer fridge. How this beer is not in the Top 50 of APAs I do not know.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 20:00:03 | More by PhillyStyle
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argock

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date (rubbed off as "Bottled" was on neck but no date). Six-pack purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.49.

A: Clear as a bell golden-amber with 1-2 finger off-white, frothy head with good retention and generous lacing.

S: Full-fledged hop assault from the generous dry hopping. Big grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus come through with a nice piney edge. Caramel maltiness asserts but never overwhelms.

T: The flavor is more toffee malty than you would imagine from the nose, but the flavor is still very good but more balanced. The hops are still plenty of citrus, honeysuckle, and pine resin, but the caramel-toffee and pale malt elements are more substantial.

M: Slightly slick medium-bodied brew with pretty active carbonation and a balanced caramel and grapefruit-pine hoppy aftertaste.

O: Founders is a superstar in the brewing world no doubt -- they do everything well, and there are several things (BA stouts and ales, IPAs, porters, heavily hopped APAs) that they do exceptionally well. This beer bear that out even further.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 04:34:20 | More by argock
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Scoot1969

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-07-2011 03:23:13 | More by Scoot1969
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-06-2011 23:51:01 | More by JohneHoodlum
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bdeast1

Alabama

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-06-2011 20:50:25 | More by bdeast1
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a very vigorous pour, this pale ale is a light-copper color with a miniscule head. This head immediately dissipated leaving a very thin film of tiny bubbles across the surface of the beer. Within the body of the beer there was an unexpected amount of suspended sediment (most likely from the dry hopping).
The aroma leaving the glass was somewhat disappointing. I was expecting the floral and citrus characteristics of the Cascade Hops to excessively waft from the glass, however the aroma contained a very delicate piney quality mixed with weak citrus (grapefruit) notes.
The taste profile of this dry-hopped pale ale was very underwhelming. There was more grapefruit quality during the taste than was present in the nose, but lacked a hoppy bite (dry hopping only adds to the aroma). The taste profile was completed with malt character creeping into the taste adding a short-lived sweetness.
The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with soft carbonation. The beer was much more aqueous than I anticipated and liked.
As a fan of Founders Brewing Company, I wanted this beer to be so much more than it turned out to be. I am glad that I had the opportunity to sample this pale ale, but I don't think I would buy this again, however, I could see myself ordering a pint at a local beer bar to see if there was a freshness issue.
An Ok beer from a Great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 03:00:22 | More by PEIhop
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happy5930

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-05-2011 20:45:34 | More by happy5930
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BrewinHeadBanger

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-04-2011 22:22:39 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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clint1019

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep gold in color with a cream colored head.

S - Sweet malt aroma & a mild citrus hop aroma.

T - A toffee-like malt flavor followed by a sharp hop bitterness.

M - light bodied.

O - Slightly hoppier than most pale ales due to dry hopping. A very decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 22:14:40 | More by clint1019
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mattyrubes

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-04-2011 02:03:02 | More by mattyrubes
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-03-2011 01:19:00 | More by 2dogbrew
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-02-2011 05:45:13 | More by tripledbrew
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-02-2011 05:17:37 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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samie85

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy goldenrod color with a finger of head.

S-Smells of pineapple, grapefruit, a bit of honey, and some caramel.

T-Piny and a bit of grapefruit with some light caramel to back it up.

M-Low carbonation with medium body and drying feel.

D-A pretty decent beer all-around, but won't blow your socks off. Not sure, I would buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 04:23:07 | More by samie85
Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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