Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,423
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 35
Gots: 175 | 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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3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Slightly hazy orange gold in the glass, the head starts out about a finger thick then fades to a thin layer of bubbles which throws some lace. Great citrusy hop aromas due to the dry hopping process dominate the smell, there is also a bit of clean caramel in there also to give some balance. The taste too is almost all hops. A lot of resin and bitterness with the typical cascade flavor profile is all right out front. The rest of the beer is pretty clean with the malt flavors falling into the caramel, biscuit range perhaps not enough malt or enough range in the malt flavors to balance the hops for the style. Nice levels of carbonation along with assertive bitterness make this a tingly beer, the finish is bitter and long lasting. Overall this is a middle of the road APA, the hops are trying to push this beer into the IPA category while the malt just isn't where it should be for this style.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Amber-tinged goldenrod with craggy white foam that fades fast.
Dusty grain sack with some dried orange rind on the nose.
A bit of biscuit, then some anise-y pine, cut hay and grapefruit rind.
Waxy melon finish and long bitterly grassy linger.
Light, slight cling, a bit oily, dry.

With this strength and hopping, it should line up well against SNPA, and man, does it fall flat. Too pale, no brightness off the nose and thin. Dry-hopping brings a grassiness that makes Cascade taste like EKG, in a bad way.

I take one All Day over a sixer of this.

2nd tasting: OK, that's a bit harsh. There's some lemon hard candy hopping at the center of this which is basically pleasant. Bumping taste by .25

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Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 2,423 ratings.