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Founders All Day IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders All Day IPAFounders All Day IPA

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87
very good

4,511 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,511
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 127
Gots: 528 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly Endurance - All Day IPA.

(Beer added by: Avagadro on 06-05-2010)
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Reviews by weizenbob:
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weizenbob

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

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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).

02-15-2012 21:44:37 | More by weizenbob
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

I have a special fondness like alot of people do for this GR brewery.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull medium golden with almost no head to speak of,I gotta say alittle unhappy with the pour.Tropical fruit-like hop aromas along with grass to give the hops more punch,a lightly sweet malt base underneath,nice hop complexity.Tangerine hops dominate the palate with mild caramel sweetness and toasted cereal grains underneath the good hop profile.Yeah this is a great American style session ale with its big hop presence,Iam gonna buy a few six packs before grillin season.

02-10-2012 22:44:30 | More by oberon
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Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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tectactoe

Michigan

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The color is a hazy amber/copper mixture, along the lines of what you'd expect for an American IPA. Minimal head and minimal lacing left on the glass. Smells very earthy, even more so than many full-on IPAs. Heavy on the hops and very piney, full of oils and resins. Tons of citrus on the nose also, especially as it warms up, mainly grapefruit and pineapple. The taste follows right along with a heavy dose of pine, hops, and dank resins, balanced superbly by the citrus flavors of the grapefruit and pineapple. Slight warmth, which is funny considering the low ABV. Carbonation is nice and provides a good bite. The aftertaste is slightly woody and definitely bitter.

My only main complaint is that the beer tastes a bit "watery" at times, but nonetheless, is still packed with flavor for a 4.7% ABV beer. This is definitely something I could drink all day.

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New York

4.26/5  rDev +10.6%

A: Golden with a light haze.

S: A strong citrus hop aroma with some pineapple, tropical fruit notes. There is a moderate amount of a herbaceous, grassiness from dry hopping and just a slight bit of malt sweetness.

T: This is a great hop delivery device, with strong citrus and tropical fruit flavored hops and a moderately-strong hops bitterness. The isn't much in the way of malt, just a light clean sweetness. The balance is bitter with a dry finish.

O: A great take in a lower abv IPA which highlights the hops even more than a maltier strong beer would.

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New Hampshire

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Texas

3/5  rDev -22.1%

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Louisiana

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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Aroma nice, but a little lacking. Faint citrus and some sweet malt.

Improvement in the taste. The citrus came through more, as grapefruit, orange, and lime. Some biscuit in the background.

Nicely hopped. Definitely an all-day beer.

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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