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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,510
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 39
Gots: 227 | FT: 1
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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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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to tulip. Bottled on 3/12/12 and sampled several times since. This review is from 4/14/12.

A: A meager 1 finger head rises from the pour, white and foamy with mediocre retention. The body is a medium light orange and hazy. Random streaks of lace stick to the glass.

S: The lightly toasted grain character stands out first and foremost. The nose is remarkably similar to Yards Pale Ale but lacks the bright grapefruit component. Surprisingly, the dry hop advertisement leads to a bit of disappointment, since the hop intensity is average at best, and would have been easily achievable through a standard aroma addition.

T: Again, the toasted component stands out the most, which isn't a bad thing at all. It just overshadows the Cascade hops and the dry hop addition. A light nuttiness works its way into the flavor profile as well. More floral than citrus hits the palate.

M: Crisp all the way through. Very light, easy to drink and highly quaffable.

O: Of all the styles of beer that Founders brews - and brews exceedingly well - it is somewhat surprising that the American pale ale is one that they've never excelled at. This dry hopped offering is rather unimpressive and, being inferior to several APAs from my own backyard, namely Yards Pale Ale and Victory Headwaters, I'd be much happier purchasing local instead.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on jun´11. Pale amber color. Yellowish creamy froth. Lasting crown,rings on sides. Citric hops & subtle maltiness to the nose. Citric flavor, bready notes. Thin & watery mouthfeel & finish. Medium body, correct carbonation. Dissapointing beer, unexpected from Founders.

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3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Wet golden straw color with some mild haze. Decent lacing retention.

Smell - Very Dry citrus hops, yeasts, malts, and barley. It's got a very sweet grassy/earthy scent to it.

Taste - Sweet Dry Citrus Hops with some yeasty notes. The sweet grassy/earthy notes are more overlaying here than in the smell. This is also a fairly malty beer, and the backbone is solid. Aftertaste is, like the name states, dry; with just some mild hoppy notes.

Mouthfeel - Pretty Light bodied and the carbonation is pretty light as well. Nothing special, but it's easy to drink!

Overall - This is an exceptional case where the spirit of the beer is reflected accurately in the label, a nature-esque pixie gazing upon a stock of barley. It's a decent pale ale, but nothing really too surprising in terms of flavor.

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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Rich, clear golden amber with a small white head.

S - Mild aroma of grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops. A touch of bready malt mixed in.

T - Sweet, biscuity malts up front followed by slightly bitter, citrus hops. Excellent balance, the flavors are blended quite well. Finish is grainy and grassy. Not much complexity, but a very nice tasting beer.

M - Medium bodied with nice smoothness. Average carbonation.

O - A decent pale ale. Although not the best example of the style, it's a solid brew. I could easily drink a six pack of these in one sitting. Good flavor and balance.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is golden-honey in color (slight haze to it) with a small white head.

S: First impression: there's something "off" that I'm not quite able to put my finger on. Not too strong in the nose - some citrusy hops and toasted bread.

T: Toast and faint caramel malt with a leafy, tea-like taste. Modest citrus (faint lemon) hops provide some bitterness at the finish. The longer I drink it, the more I get that lingering bitterness.

M: Light-to-medium in heft. Carbonation is good.

O: Decent pale ale, though I've had better.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from good ta go beer store in PA for $1.99 - thanks to jfam

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with a huge size frothy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone. There was also some small particles floating around.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with hops. It also has a touch of grapefruit and some apricot. It reminded me a bit of the sierra nevada pale ale with a bit more of a fruitiness. It ends with a hoppy lightly sweetened aftertaste.

Overall - A nice very drinkable pale ale that has a well balanced taste. Every flavour works well together and I could see myself drinking a number of these easily. Good stuff.

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Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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