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Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale
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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.61%


Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: drxandy on 06-24-2008)
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 20:45:14 | More by tectactoe
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Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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