Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

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(Beer added by: drxandy on 06-24-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. It has a light pale malt scent with some light hops and a dry finish. The taste is much the same. It's your basic pale ale; light and drinkable with pale malts and moderate hopping. It goes down quick with a dry, fruity finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is their session ale. It's highly drinkable; not to complex. This is you lawnmower beer for those hot summer days.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of tectactoe
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.

Photo of sweemzander
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a pint glass on tap at Founders Brewing.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Not much head to speak of except some light white bubbles and very minimal lacing.

(S)- Really fruity of lemon, orange peel, and an apricot, yet almost grapefruit aroma.

(T)- Really dry! Fruits of apricot, and lemon. Slightly tart. Reminds me strongly of DFH's Aprihop in comparison.

(M)- Smooth and dry. Really fruity. Good carbonation.

(D)- Crisp and really fruity for the style, but balanced and an all-around good beer for a summer saturday early afternoon.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at the Founders Brewing Company taproom in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It arrived in a generic nonic, showing a pale golden straw coloring. It held a one finger head of crisp white bubbles, showing okay retention. This left patterned lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be mild. The aroma gave big pilsner malts, lemon rind bite, spongy plastics, foaminess, tinny metallics, and light almond . With warmth came more cereal and pale grains, chalk, and more chemically lemon wipe bite. Our first impression was that the beer was very drinkable, with pleasantly light hops, and a strong malt base. As we sipped, the taste began with bittered pilsner maltiness, lightly citric, soapy, and grassy hops, dried straw, and sea salt. Moving to the peak was more of that bittered straw dryness, enhanced grassy hop bite, drying chalkiness, and lemon rind bitterness. The end came with more pale and pilsner malts, weedy freshness, lactic creaminess, and more of the soapy hop side of things. The aftertaste breathes lightly of black pepper, those standard grassy hops, general chalky graininess, juicy yeast, and light florals. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium to high, with big foaminess. Each sip gave good pop, smack, and froth, but lesser initial slurp at the outset. The mouth was left juicy and wet, with crisp grassy astringency on the hard palate. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its excellent drinkability. The aroma and flavoring were pleasant and light, not attempting to overwhelm or knock the drinker down. The sip was juicy, wet, and foamy, with crisp dryness of grain on the back. The pilsner malt inclusions did make things seem a bit cheap and metallic at times, but otherwise the beer was fresh and well balanced.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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