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Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale
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BA SCORE
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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drxandy on 06-24-2008)
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Reviews by BeerDawgs:
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Founders Brewhouse - Grand Rapids, MI

A - cloudy yellow, 1 finger of head, lace left on glass

S - light malting and hopping. Not much nose.

T - Fairly sweet and alightly bitter. Floral. Tastes refreshing

M - very carbonated. Sizzled. Awesome mouth

O - An awesome light golden pale. Easy to drink. I could drink this all day and not get all boozed up.

BeerDawgs, Jun 01, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Founder's for the release of 2013 KBS. Pours a slightly hazy and cloudy golden and yellow hybrid color. A foamy white ring is all that's left once the already small head dissipates completely. Some slightly wet patches of lacing are left behind.

Not sure what an "extra" pale ale is exactly, but I'd never turn down anything from Founders. The aroma has a moderately low, peppery-hop character. I guess I say "moderately low" because I was expecting more hops due to the work "extra" in the beer title. That's what I get for jumping to conclusions, though. With some time, the hop profile opens up a bit more while still retaining that peppery feel; ashy and leafy with heavy herbal characters. Some light fruity notes join the party, as well. Lemon zest and orange peel rest lightly on the even lighter malt infrastructure. Pretty muzzled aroma when all was said and done.

The taste is basically a continuation of the aroma - grassy, herbal, and slightly spicy hops with a refined but noticeable bitterness that rides the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue. The fruit may be a bit heavier on the palate than the nose - more orange peels and lemon zest, however not too much citrus or anything else, really. Malts are also a bit more substantial - sweet and lightly bready. A bit more orange zest in the finish along with a lasting, faint bitterness from the herbalness of the hops. Thin-medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation and a lightly crisp mouth feel.

Not a bad beer, but at the same time, it didn't really have much going on. Kind of boring, but still somewhat enjoyable and easy to put down. Definitely a weaker offering from Founders, but it was a bit better than the Diamond Mountain Brown ale I had the same day.

tectactoe, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +14.3%

csmartin6, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. As close as Founders will get to a lager, it reminded me of a dry hopped lager. Light yellow with no head, and a decent hop flavour. A faint hop aroma.Average mouthfeel. Nice summer beer.I am used to the understated hop taste of an English hopped bitter. Easy drinking, good flavour for sessionabl alcohol.

Sammy, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of sjones5045
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

sjones5045, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of rolandboy
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

rolandboy, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of bwood06
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

A - Ultra clear and straw in colors. 1 finger white head with light carbonation. Head disappears rather slowly. 4/5

S - Base malt. Very lightly hopped. Hint of rice? Unsure of this last aroma though... Something else besides base malt and hops, but unsure of what it is... 3.5/5

T - Malty, yeasty. Some graininess and very light hops. Foral notes are somewhat noticeable but not much so. Grassy finish. Ever so slight spiciness (pepper). 3.5/5

M - Very light and clean. Lingering bitterness. 3.75/5

O - Drinkability is very nice, and works well as a session beer. Taste reflects what is hinted at in the aroma. Very light and clean. Not a beer that I will order again from Founder's due to other offerings but I'm glad I at least gave this a shot.

bwood06, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev 0%

jsnoek, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of AndrewKroll
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

AndrewKroll, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of oso
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

oso, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of DCdevyl78
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

DCdevyl78, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of MJ_Szydlowski
3.5/5  rDev 0%

MJ_Szydlowski, May 03, 2013
Photo of Christierocks
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Christierocks, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of minterro
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

minterro, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of gopens44
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After absorbing the fairly pedestrian appearance of golden and clear with little to no head activity, I took in the nose of muted grains under an odd freshwater thing (think of the faint smell of a lake). Taste supplied plenty of corn taste with a solid bitter backbone just prior to the not too dry, not too cloying mouth feel. All around clean drinker, great session beer and likely a superb gateway beer but not the most earth shaking offering when lined up against all their other fun treats.

gopens44, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Zaphog, Feb 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

ROBSTARR, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of BEERschlitz
3/5  rDev -14.3%

BEERschlitz, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, May 31, 2014
Photo of FedExPope
4/5  rDev +14.3%

FedExPope, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Founders last week. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear light golden color with a nice white head and a good bit of lacing. The nose is pretty plain with some very faint malt character. Nothing too complex or hop-forward. Flavor has very faint hops with some light grain. Crisp carbonation and a light body. Well-made and a good introductory beer, but pretty boring.

Thorpe429, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of BrewtalHonesty
2/5  rDev -42.9%

BrewtalHonesty, Oct 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

TCgoalie, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

JDizzle, Jan 23, 2014
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Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.