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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale

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2,176 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,176
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 27
Gots: 114 | FT: 2
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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Dcunicelli

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -45.9%

06-21-2013 19:58:10 | More by Dcunicelli
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WiscoBrewsco

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

06-20-2013 11:17:54 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 6/4/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, bread, light honey, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and citrus/floral hops; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, grass, bread, light honey, light pine, and floral earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, bread, light honey, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice flavor balance of citrus/floral hop flavors with bready malts; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. Very nice balance of hop and malt flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering when it is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 04:36:58 | More by superspak
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Hanby

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-19-2013 19:44:38 | More by Hanby
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Rohkey

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-19-2013 17:42:31 | More by Rohkey
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rderedin

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-18-2013 21:42:41 | More by rderedin
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-17-2013 13:51:31 | More by JohnnieNepal
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parkwood

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

06-17-2013 01:32:15 | More by parkwood
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

06-17-2013 00:48:43 | More by sgttibbs
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- poured a burnt orange color with a 1-finger white head that tapers quickly to a film. Hazy. Spotty lacing.

A- nice blend of toasty malts and fresh floral hops.

T-a touch of sweet malts and a hint of citrus hop flavor. The hops come through without being bitter.

M- medium body and good carbonation. Some hop tang on the finish but it does not overpower the malts.

O- a good warm-up before I hit the hoppier stuff. Easy drinking and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 20:11:54 | More by NiceTaps
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cjs61679

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-16-2013 12:16:06 | More by cjs61679
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megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-16-2013 05:45:07 | More by megamass
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CMalenda

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.9%

06-16-2013 02:08:34 | More by CMalenda
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curasowa

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Chill-hazed, golden color with one finger of head that fades slowly with a uniform curtain of lace.

Aroma: Toffee, a bit of banana bread and some spicy hop notes.

Taste: Creamy, mouth coating and a bit sweet, then a big rush of raw hop bitterness, but with a sweet, slightly spice undertone. It almost reminds me of a hint of gingerbread. Finished fairly fast with just a little bit of lingering bitterness.

The Rest: Nothing fantastic or remarkable, just a solid drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 00:23:41 | More by curasowa
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy pale amber. Minimal head. Just swirling patches of off white carbonation. Some visible carbonation throughout. Some lacing

Aroma: Not much going on here. Toasty with some very faint floral/grassy undertones. Disappointing

Taste: Hops make themselves known a little more in the flavor. I'm picking up some citrus and grass. A little bit of oily pine in there too. There's a crisp tart aftertaste that's not entirely unpleasant. The finish is toasty. Some bread and a tad of sweet caramel malts

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Smooth and a little creamy

Overall: Not impressed by this. I typically like Founders but I wouldn't rush out to get this again. There isn't really anything wrong with it...it just fails to stand out at all

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 04:16:21 | More by MistahBeah
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shehateme

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

06-12-2013 23:41:07 | More by shehateme
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tswater

Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-12-2013 16:03:21 | More by tswater
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-11-2013 23:50:48 | More by mendvicdog
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goblin7704

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-11-2013 17:13:47 | More by goblin7704
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.60):
Clear, light amber colour with a thin bubbly head to start that quickly turns to a patchy lacing on the top.

Weak on the nose, particularly considering it has been dry hopped. There is some earthy hops but overall the subdued malts and dry, toasted aroma seems to dominate the nose.

Citrus in the taste is more noticeable than it was in the nose and the hops are more upfront as well with a definite dry hopped taste. There is some pine and a little grapefruit that is followed up with the earthy and toasted malts from the taste.

Medium with lively carbonation and a nice balance to the beer. Pretty smooth and easy to drink with a touch of spice and a light bitter end.

A slow starter in that it wasn't at all what I was expecting, particularly from a beer with the words 'dry hopped' on the label but once the beer had time to settle and open up a little this became more apparent in the taste. A nice beer that slowly grew on me and turned out okay in the end.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 09:32:39 | More by flyingpig
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bolanrox

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

06-11-2013 03:16:21 | More by bolanrox
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BKBassist

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-10-2013 23:07:20 | More by BKBassist
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-09-2013 21:22:21 | More by anticipation23
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Jedi8625

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

06-08-2013 20:58:54 | More by Jedi8625
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DRBiser

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-08-2013 16:37:50 | More by DRBiser
Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,176 ratings.