Founders All Day IPA - Founders Brewing Company
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3.2/5 rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
This 12 ounce bottle was purchased at Meijer in Ludington, MI ($7.99/six-pack on sale). It was bottled January 4, 2012. Weighing in at 4.7% ABV and 42 IBUs this sounds a lot more like an APA than an IPA, but then again, it is a blurry line that distinguishes the two styles. I popped the cap and poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass.
The pour yields a finger of ivory head that dissipates rapidly but never fully disappears. Lacing teases in a couple of spots but fails to manifest in a significant fashion. The brew is light copper in color and crystal clear. A fair amount of carbonation is seen rising lazily up the middle of the glass. The clarity is attractive and there is nothing offensive in the look of this beer; but it is otherwise uninspiring to the eyes.
The aroma is wonderfully hoppy with tangerine-like citrus asserting itself beautifully. They must have dry-hopped the snot out of this. Beyond that there is not a lot of complexity; but they sure did cram a ton of fantastic smelling citric hops into the aroma.
Unfortunately, the flavor proves that the notion of a lower alcohol IPA is, as of yet, too good to be true. All Day IPA comes off as an unbalanced hop bomb. However, at 42 IBU the hopiness doesn’t taste all that aggressive. The flavor is resinous in a way that is akin to pine sap and citrus rind. There is little in the way of a malt bill to stand up to the hops, which is unsurprising given the brew’s gravity. As such it tastes very watery. The finish is dry with moderate bitterness lingering on the tongue. A bit of added crystal/caramel malt would have done wonders here, but would probably have bumped the ABV even further beyond “session” level than it already is. As is, it tastes akin to hop water.
The feel, though light for an IPA, is inoffensive. The body is light. The carbonation level is fairly low. It drinks nearly as easily as water. The only barb is the resinous hop oil that manages to coat the tongue and mouth. It lingers for a long time, begging for some crackers and sharp cheese to scrub it away. This is not necessarily a bad thing.
Overall, this is a confusing little beer. Ignoring that it’s technically beyond the ABV limit for a session ale, the relatively low gravity means that there is little malt to stand up to the fairly nice hop additions to this beer. It smells great and has an inoffensive feel, but flavor is what really matters. This beer, though not bad, feels more like a gimmick than a serious stab at a respectable brew. I do think that it has a slight edge over Founders’ Dry Hopped Pale Ale, but it is miles away from their excellent Centennial IPA.
The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I do not give a Schlitz for Founders All Day IPA. Incidentally, Schlitz is also 4.7% ABV (and a better bargain).
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2012 21:44:37 | More by weizenbob
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