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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: 208 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Kendo
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
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.

Photo of howard12
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Anything
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of dmorley21
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mjohann
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bluHatter
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden light amber in color, with a small head.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, nice and tangy.

T: Orange citrus, lots of grapefruit, tangy hops. Very nice.

M: Great carbonation despite the small head. Nice medium body that foams up nicely on the tongue.

O: A really delicious pale ale with a distinct citrus hoppy quality. Yum!

Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a clear golden color with a one finger white head. The head faded slowly giving way to a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is very light. Light floral and citrus hop notes mix with a very light malt aroma.

Taste-A nice malty flavor is the first to be detected. Some hop flavors begin to work their way into the taste toward the middle. These hops are mainly of citrus nature with a lemon flavor being the most prevalent. The citrus hop flavors carry on to the end with a more grapefruit flavor in place of the lemon and some grassy hop flavors coming to fruition.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with a slightly higher than normal carbonation level. Very good for the style of the beer; its thin enough to drink as a session beer with a nice refreshing level of carbonation that tingles the tongue.

Overall – A nice easy drinking beer with a good hop shot. Flavorful and very refreshing.

Photo of cavedave
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with three fingers of off white head that still has a finger of height after five minutes. Sheets and arms of thick lace coat the inner glass lastingly. Quite beautiful.

Citrus hop leads the aroma parade. A medium strength bouquet also has some hints of yeast tartness and floral hoppitude. Not much too it, and not near to as fine as many others in this style

Sweet and biscuit head the sip, lemon and grapefruit hit next, a merest hint of pine, and some clean bitter come along and make this a very enjoyable taste

High carb. is the only fault of a mouthfeel that is full bodied, nicely viscous, and has an excellent finish.

Quite a tasty pale, not in the top tier for sure, but its easy availability and tasty refreshingness make this a definite recommend.

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a bottle-on date of Oct 2010! Unbelievable. I only bought this a couple of weeks ago from Beer Merchants (UK) - I guess this will serve as a warning....

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A golden-amber colour with tons of sediment and strong carbonation. Forms a massive head of frothy white foam with great retention; this eventually subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of light malt with a dominant note of earthy yeast and faint hints of aromatic/stewed hops.

Tastes of yeasty malt with a dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast, faint stewed hops and a whiff of aromatic citrus. A hint of fruitiness and a metallic taste in the background. A mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body and a pleasing dryness. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of dry, yeasty malt.

Well, it's no SNPA. Very yeasty - this is pretty much the only flavour. A restrained and balanced bitterness. Not bad, but pretty bland compared with other APAs I've tried. I suspect the age of the bottle has given the yeast plenty of time to grow and dominate, while the hops have faded somewhat. Oh well, I'll have to be wary of buying beers from webshops in the future.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside He'Brew Genesis Dry-Hopped Session Ale.

A: Clear golden color with one-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Citrus and grassy hops. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate to high bitterness. Toasted malt and citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Dry.

O: Too bitter and not enough hop flavor. Not bad overall. I liked the He'Brew Genesis slightly more, but it was close.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of RodSmith
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear golden orange color. Body is transparent. Head is medium in stature and retains quite well. Head is off-white and leaves slight lacing rings.

S-Lightly hoppy and also a bit bready. A bit grainy. Hops are mellow but suggest flavors of citrus and flowers. I enjoy Pale Ales but I would like a bit more kick via the nose. Founders almost always displays excellent aromatics but this one is lacking a bit.

T-Citrus rind and grassy hops. Actually, the hops are more stressed in the flavor than in the nose. Light doughy malt and some sweetness. The hop profile adds a blatant boost to the flavor. Overall, a pretty tasty little APA. Moderate bitterness.

M-Light in the body. Almost too much carbonation. Bitterness is quite satisfying.

O/D-Overall, this is a pretty legitimate APA. The flavor makes up for the slight nose. The flavor is not very unique or complex but it plays to my beer preference. Far too expensive at nearly $12 for a run-of-the-mill APA. Glad I only got a single. But still, a nice little beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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