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Founders Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale

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2,270 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,270
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 29
Gots: 141 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

This was brewed 6/23/13, a month fresh.

The color is a light red orange with a lot of deep reddish orange in the light.

The aroma has lots of grainy malt, caramel sweetness, with some fresh grassy and light citrus aroma. Very subtle aroma for a “dry hopped” beer.

The flavor follows, not much of a citrus punch, but a lot of refreshing grainy and cracker clean malt. Some grassy, floral, and gentle clean pine. Almost like a lager with its crisp, yet very bready flavor. The finish has a bit more pine and light grapefruit. There’s a good amount of drying and bitterness and astringency on the end.

There’s a light to medium body with lots of carbonation.

In the end, this is a very clean pale ale. It’s not very hoppy as I like my pale ales, but I hugely enjoy how easy drinking and clean this beer is. One of the weakest beers from Founders, but still very competent. Going into this as a pale ale would be the wrong move, I would think of this more of a Helles lager. Very clean, a bit of hops.

dar482, Jul 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

bumchilly25, Jul 26, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a filtered yellow with pretty good head/lacing.

Smell has a doughy marzen-esque character, some toffee and some fruitiness which may come from either yeast or hops. Hop presence feels German or English to me, even though I know it's Cascade.

Taste brings a more distinctive hop flavour, more of that dry yeasty marzen character

Mouthfeel features quite full on coatings of flavour, a continued fruitiness and a moderate (and a tad "unpleasant") continuing bitterness.

Overall an interesting, strongly flavoured but more "traditional" tasting pale ale.

danieelol, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Excited to try this beer; an outing from Founders that I haven't had yet. All Founders six packs are on sale at the local beer store for $8.99 all summer long.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours just shy of a finger's worth of fizzy white head which fizzles away quickly. Body color is a clear coppery yellow-orange color. Just a touch of sediment floating around, and hardly any lacing to speak of.

S - Smell is fantastic. Earthy dirty herbal hops, lemongrass, hint of citric grapefruit, and grainy malts. A wonderful smelling pale ale.

T - Taste follows the nose: earthy hops & herbal notes, some floral notes, sweet lemongrass, crisp citric qualities, some tea leaf sweetness, and a toasty malt profile. Light bodied with excellent carbonation, and a wonderfully light hop tinge.

M - Feel is crisp, citric, light bodied, and highly drinkable. Slightly resinous and dry in the finish due to the hop presence, but not by much.

Overall, I have to admit, this is probably one of the best pale ales I've drank in a long time. It's a shame that I slept on trying this one for as long as I did. The perfect summer beer: light, refreshing, super flavorful, and with a sessionable 5.40% abv, I would choose drinking this over Founders All Day IPA anytime. A delicious beer that I look forward to drinking many more times.

Founders Pale Ale ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Jul 24, 2013
Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 2,270 ratings.