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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale

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Ratings: 2,377
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 34
Gots: 167 | 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)
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

tulipcitybob, May 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

neckbracesub, May 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

RobertMathison, May 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

schwee, May 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

fluidmotion, May 05, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3 April 2012.

Pours medium golden yellow, totally see-through, with one finger of white head. Retention and lacing are fine.

Smell is an airy light blend of citrus and pine hops. Sometimes grapefruit comes to the fore, sometimes it's sent to the background by the light aromas of a pine forest. Everything about it is buoyant and ethereal. Lots of pleasant hop smells without any sharpness, and with just enough malt support. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is plenty good enough. Starts out low on carbonation, but that picks up. Finish is quick, more watery than dry, with a faint little bit lingering in the back and sides of the mouth.

Taste is actually pretty bland. Faint grainy malts, some grassy hop flavors, and a short push of bitterness. But it's all subdued, like there's something holding the flavors down.

The smell makes this beer what it is. The flavors are fine, but they're not potent enough or complex enough to satisfy. But the smell is divine.

zeledonia, May 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

olympicgatorade, May 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

yokken, May 01, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a dark rich honey colored beer. It holds a one finger head of big creamy white bubbles. Retention is decent, leaving thick spots of lacing around the glass. There is a bit of a chill haze throughout, and finite specks of sediment are noted. Carbonation appears light to moderate. The nose is mild, with citric, pineapple, and grapey fruitiness, pale malts, and a nectary honey sweetness. Hops are steely, citric, and earthen, and booze is light. Our first impression is that this guy is pretty mild and easy drinking. As we sip, musty pale malts, and a lick of wheaty grain hit first. Hops come in quickly for a bittering citric balance, with grass and lemon rind. Lemon flesh tartness continues through the peak, offering cleanliness but thick bitterness. The hops come in more here with grass and herbal qualities. Grain continues to wash through the middle, but it is mild, and a bit wheaty and muddy. We finish on more bittering notes of grassy and citric hops, light honey balance, and metallics and minerals. Very earthy, but clean finish. The aftertaste breathes mildly of alcohol, with more of the same bittering rind, earthy hops, and pale malts. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip has soft cream, with nice pop and smack. There is a bit of puckering going on, but the mouth is ultimately cooled and lightly coated. The beer feels slightly thin at times, but this is not major. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how refreshing it is. Each sip was nicely cooling and calming, while delivering even flavoring and bite throughout. The flavoring actually kind of petered out by the end, giving a rather mild impression to the overall quality of this guy. Regardless, the drinkability is huge, with nice freshness. Best served at a cooler temperature, this beer is a nice complement to any warm spring day.

TheBrewo, Apr 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

jrfehon33, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

buddyvelt, Apr 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

aztraz, Apr 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

brez8791, Apr 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jimelee108, Apr 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

countchunkula, Apr 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

yankeefan287, Apr 25, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle it was poured into a pint glass. Color is a light amber with some haziness. Head is thick and strong.
Odor is nice overall with plenty of floral hop being upfront and present.
Taste is good. It seems to lack a little punch, but you get plenty of hops and some citrus throughout. Finish is pretty clean and lingers a little.
Mouth feel is light and smooth. No heavy coating of the tongue. Leaves you wanting more.

dexterk1, Apr 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Ajax84, Apr 22, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apparently there’s some year-round Founders offerings that I haven’t tried yet; somehow I passed this one up. All I know is that this beer is 100% Cascade hops, so it will be nice to get some knowledge of individual hop tastes and aromas.

Brewed a little more than a month before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED 03/12/12”).

A: Pours pale gold with a rich hue of amber-glass, adorned with a fizzy stark-white head. Starts at about an inch and a half, but it quickly lies down to just a touch of light retention. A web of lacing makes its way all around.

S: Even from a slightly-more-aggressive-than-normal pour, the aroma is very mild – light lemon, grapefruit, pine, and a bit of lime, mostly tart and fruity. A bit of crystal malt lines up some grape and green, fruity grain. No dry-hopped satisfaction, unfortunately; I feel like I really have to try to get these scents to come out.

T: As far as American pales go, this is as balanced as it gets. Lemon, rose water, light pine resin, and lime-flavored candy opens the palate up with fruit juice. Chewy flavors of bread dough and fresh biscuits are what really make this memorable, running up and down the palate in smooth malty fashion. Balance sits more toward the malt spectrum, but not so much that the hops don’t have their say. Finishes with a very mild aftertaste: a touch of pine, a flowery sweetness. Good flavor, but quick to diminish.

M: Quite watery, without a ton of carb presence. Unfortunate; some fizz could have given this drink a bigger, better experience.

O: It certainly didn’t seem dry-hopped, but it was still a good drink. This shows Founders has range: and from the ultra-thick alcohol monsters to the lightest of light pales, they always make it memorable. For this one, I’d be down for a six-pack any day.

BarryMFBurton, Apr 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

FreshZ, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

whatname, Apr 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

beer4brian331, Apr 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

fubofnic, Apr 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

1p5v, Apr 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

rondufresne, Apr 17, 2012
Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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