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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,504
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 39
Gots: 223 | 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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Ratings: 2,504 | Reviews: 800
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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful copper with great clarity, a two finger thick, creamy head that fades fast but leaves nice rings of lace.

The aroma was simple, bready, pale malts, fruity grapefruit and hints of pine.

The flavor follows the nose with caramel, bread, and a touch of toffee with floral and citrus notes balanced nicely.

Thin, crisp, refreshing, nice bitter finish

Overall a very easy to drink, refreshing beer.

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3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper look and lovely white head, but the underlying pale ale is somewhat one-dimensional--lots of grapefruit, some pale malts, some unresolved sweetness and not enough bite, body on the light side--and Cascade not being my favorite hop, I would probably give this a miss in the future. Anyone who likes Cascade should give it a shot, though!

Photo of andrenaline
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with an orange hue, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet citrus, honey, caramel and toffee on the finish; nicely balanced.

T - Bitter citrus off the top, leafy green hop notes, pine and cedar, and caramel comes through on the finish. The bitterness lingers but is not overly offensive.

M - Nice body carbonation, goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - A tasty pale ale that's easy drinking and possesses a nice balance. Nothing spectacular, but a solid hop presence to satisfy the criteria of the style.

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a small and short-lived off-white head. The top coat that remains after the head dissipates does last a good while and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Nice citrus hop aroma with hints of pine and light malt. Slightly earthy.

Good but limited hop flavor. Mildly bitter due to a substantial contribution from sweet malts.

M - medium-thin body. Dry, beginning rather early and then into the finish. Crisp.

O - a very pleasant and drinkable APA. A bit timid, however.

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4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold in appearance, very nice look, with good foam. The smell is the hoppy you want in a pale ale, invites you to taste this beer. Mouthfeel is hoppy in and on tongue, then it is gone, nice. Taste is crisp and clean with an nice balance of hops. Overall this is a fridge worthy beer. An anytime beer that will go well with any side order. We want this on tap at the local pub.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy, semi opaque amber beer with a nice head that falls slowly; strong lacing remains. Looks good.

A hoppy citrus aroma that's stronger than the taste. Flavor is almost too balanced, with lots of sweet malt offsetting the hops. For a change this is a pale that doesn't taste like an IPA but it's really not all that exciting. Definitely good - it's Founder's after all - but not one of my favorite offerings.

The finish is a bit bitter but not overly long. A well-rounded pale in which the aroma is perhaps the best aspect.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a golden/copper color, slightly hazy, with a small white head on top. Decent retention with some patches of foam on top. Little bits of lacing.

S: Pretty good for an APA. Light citrus and floral hops with a little bit of grass and some pale malt backbone.

T: Nice and hop forward with some grapefruit and citrus. Slight pale malt flavor and a hint of caramel.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth and crisp with a slightly dry finish.

O: Solid APA, would expected nothing less from Founders.

Photo of billab914
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a hazy orange amber color with a thin but sticky white head to it. Decent head retention and a little lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a modest American hop profile with a little bit of citrusy, grapefruit like flavors coming out. Pale malts give it a good base for the hops and some balance.

The taste shows a little more of the pale malts up front while the hoppy, citrusy flavors seem to linger through the finish. Decent amount of bitterness in the finish, but not overly done for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a pretty easy drinking and nicely flavored beer. It wasn't an overly hoppy version of the style, nor did it really wow me in any category. Overall I though it was pretty tasty, drinkable, and an above average but not outstanding beer.

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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold in color with a thin head of carbonation. Little to no lacing. I am getting maltiness, grapefruit and orange peel from the aroma, the latter 2 not very strong. The beer tatses similar to the aroma but with much more grains coming through in the middle and finish of the flavor. The mouth feel is light but I am definitely left wanting more. Good session beer - very balanced. Not the best APA, but not bad at all. Perhaps their Rye beer spoiled me a bit...

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3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light amber with a moderate pale white head. The scent is excellent and strong, with a bouquet of citrus. The taste is more subdued. Hops are most prominent, with a tart grapefruit flavor and a slight bitterness, but the malts are not totally pushed away; it's pretty well balanced. Mouthfeel seemed ordinary. This would make a good starter beer for those wanting to move toward the hoppy end of the scale.

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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow/orange with solid white head.

Smells faintly like citrus and wheatgrass. Smell is grainy and metallic.

Taste is a little restrained compared to other Pale Ales, but still sharp. There's a nice hop presence backed by subdued malts and grain.

Mouthfeel is refreshing then dry creating a constant cycle of sipping.

Not a bad pale ale but probably won't pick it up again

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

12 ounce bottle from 6 pack poured into pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice 2 finger white head that retains. Smells of oranges, grapefruit, malts, and a little hop presence. Crisp and fresh smelling. Taste is pretty smooth with plenty of citrus fruits in this APA. A nice bitter finish leaves the palate dry. Mouthfeel is fairly thin but nicely carbonated. Overall a very sessionable pale ale.

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Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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