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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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2,487 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,487
Reviews: 795
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 38
Gots: 207 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nelsonracite
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sean_King
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jakethal
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barnoloid
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chucksim
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John44
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of clager
2.67/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Minimal flavor, primarily wheat and caramel without much hoppiness or other inviting taste.

Photo of Grodd87
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jacobob10
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottled on 11/21/2014.

Hazy amber in color with a large, white fluffy head. Good lacing and retention. Caramel, citrus, bread, and earth in the aroma but it is all a bit muddled and difficult to pick out. A little bit of grass and skunk in the flavor to combine with the citrus hops. Fairly bitter in an unpleasant way with a dry and chalky mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Nothing against Founders, but I have been unimpressed by many of their beers (with the exception of Centennial IPA and Red's Rye) and this was no exception.

Photo of ruckus232
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Arch578
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sergioelijah
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from Todd, poured into snifter.
A: pours a huge 3 finger lightning white foam head, clear golden body, heavy stringy lacing, some carbonation.
S: some citrus, malt, pine and Oak resin, biscuit
M: medium body
T: earthy hops, pine resin, biscuit, malt
O: good ipa, dry and earthy, less citrus and more muted earthy hop flavor

Photo of milkbone_underwear
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Duhast500
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

The color is a cloudy orange with a finger foamy white and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is bright citrus aroma with some lemongrass in the nose. There are hints of sunflower seed and a slight bread dough aroma.

The taste is a touch of orange with some earthy hop flavor. There is a wet dough flavor that had some poppy seed bagel-like flavor mixed together. There is a slight bitterness that creeps up toward the end that hangs slightly before going away.

The feel if this beer is light with a good drinkable feel that goes down smooth. This may not be the beer the brewer intended but still has some good flavors and aromas that makes for pleasant beer.

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

Photo of pDubs
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lwillitz
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 2 fingers off-white foam over a cloudy body of golden amber

S - lemony citrus, slight scent of grain; not much going on here

T - lemon, pepper, light bready taste from the malt, touch of pine, subtle floral notes; hops are running this show, dry finish

M - thick medium body with high carbonation

O - On the dry and bitter side, otherwise a pretty average pale.

Photo of dstanit
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hootie159
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JNForsyth
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 2,487 ratings.