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Founders All Day IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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87
very good

777 Reviews
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Reviews: 777
Hads: 6,059
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 217
Gots: 1,570 | FT: 11
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Avagadro on 06-05-2010

Formerly Endurance - All Day IPA.
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Reviews: 777 | Hads: 6,059
Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Bright gold with a touch of haze and small soapy head. Not much in the way of lacing, but good carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

A: Big piney and resiny hop notes, citrus zest as well. Not much in the way of malt character, a slight graininess from the base malt. Neutral fermentation character, but a touch of yeastiness.

T/M: Firm hop bitterness upfront for such a light brew, nice pine/resin hops with some vegetal character as well as some fruitiness. Malt is damn near nonexistent, providing little to no balance and giving a very drying finish, but does an excellent job of accentuating hop character. There is a slight yeasty bite to this beer, likely from the lack of fining agents and the use of a low flocculating, neutral American ale strain.

Overall, a very delicious session ale. Insanely drinkable and gives hopheads something to drink all day long. Great for any occasion where you want to keep a flavorful beer flowing over your tongue. (966 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Back at a 15 pack of All Day in Cans. This beer come close enough to Carton Boat, that I would easily stock one or the other. Carton wins by a nose.
Now it's in cans in 15 packs! Great idea. So, I'm buying.

Poured into stemless wine glass.

A: Pours a lighter amber yellow than most IPAs, but a vigorous, 1 finger, sticky head with great lacing.
Slightly hazed. moderate carbonation.

S: Aroma is its strongest point. Hops with zest, fruits, outdoor pine, hop oil, and a bit of catty stink. A powerful but pleasant IPA aroma. All day aroma!

T: Taste follows, the big hop character of the nose. It's light weight, but full flavored. Hops dominate the ride, with a malty front that gives way to citrus and tropical fruits. It's resinous, rising, tickling, and finishes light and dry. A great afternoon or first IPA of the day. Great starter IPA.

F: Dry, happy mouth feel, in a lighter weight, drying, fresh, light, sessionable IPA.

Founders again is on the nose with its goal of an "all day, sessionable < 5% abv IPA. Bravo!

It's a bit over done for me to be my steady IPA, and it should come in cans! (1,110 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of bottle from the first release in the area. Pours more like a light beer than a typical IPA. Decent piny smell that doesn't match the lighter appearance.

Most important....taste...was expecting an extemely thin feel and taste from an IPA with a 4.7% Abv, but was pleasantly surprised that it had a decent upfront IPA piny taste but fades quickly. This light (for lack of a better word) IPA taste, doesn't seem to burn out the taste buds like many other IPA's so it can be a very effective transition beer when trying out different crafts.

Overall, truth be told I hold Founders in a high regard but I try to be objective. For a session, it would rank very high for taste and drinking experience in comparison to other sessions. But realistically overall this is a beer that would be a great to have multiple at a BBQ or summer party where you feel like you are drinking a flavorful craft, instead of having to choose from some lame light beer or a flavorless mass produced offering. I give All Day IPA extra points for being able achieve decent IPA flavor with a lower ABV.
Definitely will be a staple in my fridge this summer. (1,143 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/2/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a fresh bottle of this

Appearance: Pours a dark gold color, with some orange notes - very clear, starts with a nicely sized white head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves a spotty lacing

Smell: Light and very interesting - floral and oily citrus - mellow oranges and some grapefruit - some hints of pine - light, pale malts in the background - lightly bready - some light earthiness as well

Taste: Mellow in a very charming way - light orange and grapefruit - lightly oily, lightly pithy - light earthiness in the finish, with a touch of grass - nicely balanced with the malts, which are nicely bready - mostly pale, with some caramel malts - certainly drinkable

Mouthfeel: Light body, excellently carbonated, slightly oily, smooth

Overall: A great example of a style that should be upcoming

This is light, flavorful, and stupidly quaffable. My only question is how it compares to Lagunitas DayTime. The fact that this is year-round rather than rotating is certainly a plus. Overall, I think I prefer the hop profile of DayTime but the malt profile here. I will certainly be buying this in the future. (1,165 characters)

Photo of pb9613
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful light amber gold color like a beautiful white head. The lacing disappears as the beer n consumed

Smell: A wonderful smell of pine and citrus.

Taste: Like most “session” IPA, this one is off balance. The hops hit you strong but there is no malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: A light beer with heavy hops.

Overall: This is one of the first "Session" IPA's that started a bad idea. In reality, these are over hopped pale ales and this one does not disappoint by being off balance. There is no malt backbone found in a good IPA. (565 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I spied this with my little eye in The Fridge's cooler during a recent visit. The CANQuest (TM) has been rolling right along since my return from CANorado and today is another day of CANs.

From the CAN: "Brewed for us."; "Crack it. Pour it. Love it."; "Session Ale [-] The beer you've been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day's work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life's simple pleasures."; "Drink responsibly. They don't serve Founders in the Clink."

The Crack was music to mine ears and I was anxious to get started so I employed an inverted Glug to kick things off. I ended up with a massive two fingers of foamy, rocky eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a beautiful amber (SRM = between 9 and 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was VERY pine-y and I had to glance at the ABV to remind myself that it is a sessionable beer. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery for the style, but if that is the trade-off between taste and low ABV, I will take it without complaint. The taste was more muted than what the nose had led me to expect and it actually had a very mellow tea-like quality on the tongue. Finish was equally mellow and slightly hypnotic. I felt like I was ready for a nap. (1,417 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pilsner glass

Amber- orange with medium carbonation. Solid foam cap with slight lacings.

Great citrus , grapefruit hoppy aroma.

Smooth hoppy bitterness with no sharp aftertaste. Grapefruit and tangerine flavors.

Light mouthfeel

Good , smooth hoppy beer. (279 characters)

Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden, hazy honey color with bubbles dancing up the side. Head is a puny finger in height.

S: Wow. Grassy citrus, sweet orange rind, faint honey, slight herbal tea. Packs a real punch to the shnoz, very typical of Founders beers.

T: Follows the nose. Tropical fruits, pineapple, grassy hops, slight malt sweetness.

M: Medium carbonation. My only complaint about the mouthfeel is that it's a bit watery, but I guess that's acceptable for a session IPA.

O: This is a fantastic session IPA, the best I've ever consumed. It's full of flavor and doesn't kick your ass, but the body could be a little bit more full to completely satisfy me. Definitely worth a shot. (711 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of my favorite summer time session beers. I also love that its available in the 15-pack of cans over the strict 6 or 12 of bottles, making it easy to bring on summer rafting trips, or golfing, or to music festivals, or wherever you'd like.

Founder's does not seem to skimp on the flavor or the quality here, its a good ipa, and a no brainer for me on a summer event day. (384 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a medium gold color with a small head. Head retention is ok after getting down to a thin lace on top. Clarity is high, with lots of carbonation rising. Lacing is ok.

S- Good blend of citrus and pine hops dominate the nose. Not a lot else there, maybe a hint of sweetness, but a solid hop bill.

T- Just like the scent, with hops starting and being the dominant flavor throughout. Flavors of the hops are somewhat muted compared to the smell. Good balance of solid hops and light malt flavors. Some sweetness on the end, but not much outside of the hops.

M- Light and easy drinking. Hops are prominent in the flavor, but leave the taste buds intact. This is exactly what it claims to be; a session ale.

Overall, this is a great all-day drinker like its name says. Nothing special as far as IPA's go, but I would definitely keep this around for an everyday IPA. (871 characters)

Photo of MeowTom
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a medium gold with a big head that goes to a medium/light one after a minute or so. LOTS of bubbles, I mean it is coating the side of my glass(North Coast Snifter) like a coke would.

S- Great smell of hops and pine, it smells like a wet forest in Michigan during the early spring.

T- It is very light on the bitter, I expected a little bigger taste and would of welcomed it. Good taste of malt and light hoppiness that grows the more you drink it.

M- Medium body, with a nice carbonation that makes it fun to drink it.

O- The title says it all, it is a IPA I could drink all day at a cook out or some similar event.

I keep going back to this beer and editing my initial review and bumping up the score, because this beer really grows on you the longer you sit with it. (785 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All Day IPA is an attractive gold color. It looks a tad hazy. When held to light, it has a very faint orange tint to it. A soft, white head covers the surface and rises to nearly a finger in height. It recedes quickly and leaves a very light lacing behind as it descends.

The nose seems a little weak, but it still smells pretty good. Hops are very apparent from the first whiff. Smells like a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine mostly. It’s a nice mix though. Smells pretty good. There are some malty notes. A little caramel and perhaps toasted malts are in the mix. They definitely take a back seat to the hops though. Alcohol is buried. No huge surprise there. Needs more strength, but smells pretty good.

The flavor is good. Hops are definitely front and center. Grapefruit and pine flavors hit the palate and resonate throughout. The malt base features light caramel and toasted malts. They don’t overpower the hops though. The hops have a really nice flavor that shines, and they add a touch of bitterness along the way. All in all, it’s has a decent amount of balance though. No need to worry about scathing bitterness here. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes fruity and a little dry.

All Day IPA definitely has a lighter body. Carbonation seems light and soft. For what it is, it has a nice feel. It’s very light and easy drinking. I could handle a few bottles of this with ease. But, I guess that’s the point, isn’t it?

Founders Brewing Company is one of my favorite breweries. They aren’t the first to brew a lower abv IPA, but they did a nice job with it. It has a really nice flavor and is very, very drinkable. Sounds like mission accomplished to me. If you’re a fan of IPAs and are looking for something to drink over an evening, find a few bottles of this. It fits the bill! (1,823 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and drank at Next Door Bar and Grill in Pittsford, NY.

Pours a medium-dark amber color, with a half inch head, and some good lacing down the glass.

The aroma is all grapefruit, all the time. Just pungent as hell.

The taste is pretty similar. The bitterness is fairly astringent, due to how light bodied this is. Tons of grapefruit bitterness, a little bit of pine. No malt flavor whatsoever, as session IPAs tend to be.

Light bodied, slightly watery, full carbonation, relatively drinkable.

Not on board really with the session IPA thing, this one wasn't too bad, though. (594 characters)

Photo of Genuine
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the garage kegerator into my Duvel tulip.

The pour generated a nice eggshell white 2-3 finger head that sat on top of a light amber/copper body. The head stayed around for the entire beer and left beautiful lacing down the side. Something we all like to see.

Smell - Immediately after the pour you could notice the bouquet of pine, citrus and grapefruit notes that are just leaping out at you. What a very aromatic beer we have here!

Taste - A bit lighter than what expected, and those expectations came from the wonderful aroma that this one produces. Just enough bitterness hits you up front, which quickly fades away. I think the carbonation ups the perceived bitterness. I get notes of grapefruit and citrus muddled together.

Mouthfeel - lighter body, medium carbonation which seems to help out with the bitterness of this beer and balance out the malt body that this possesses.

Overall - For a sessionable IPA, this one hits the nail right on the head. Very tough to beat to have a beer with the flavor and ABV, along with the wonderful aroma. It is a great session beer, you can have many of these and not worry. This beer will be great for those warm summer afternoons when you don't want something too light. This will also satisfy your hunger for hops on those hot sunny days. (1,306 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of dusky, golden brown. It holds a brief one finger head of big white bubbles, leaving spots of lacing, and an aggregate covering a third of the liquid’s surface. A chill haze is present, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appears as active as the lightest champagne. The aroma is beautifully fresh, with grassy and sweeter citric hops, tangerine spritz, mineral water, and easy pale malts. Mixing in with warmth is a spicier, more wet and wheaty malt, lactic creaminess, light booze, raw honey sweetness, and more fresh, orangey and lemony rind, flesh, and juice. Our first impression is that the flavoring is very light, fresh, and drinkable, and truly deserving of its name. As we sip, doughy breadiness, bittered pale malts, metallics yeastiness, big citric hops, orange flesh, and fresh green grassiness start things off. Moving to the peak is a lemon zest bite, tannic breakfast tea blackness, more bittered herbal hops, and surprising spice as the paler malts deepen with black pepper, nutmeg, and metallic twangs. Through the final wash we get thorough bitterness of earthen tree bark, herbal and lemony hops, orange rind, more metallic yeast, flashes of white sugar sweetness, and a fusel sulfuric component. The aftertaste breathes just as bitterly, with grassy, herbal, and citric hops, passion fruit sugars, hearty metallics, simple ale yeast, and those basic pale malts. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is the same. The sip gives nice slurp, smack, and pop, but little froth or creaminess. The feel is actually rather watered through, washing the flavor, but helping to keep things light and airy to the palate. The mouth is left wet and quickly astringently bittered and puckered. The abv is easy, and this beer is certainly sessionable.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was how easily drinkable it was, and the robustness of aroma and flavoring for what it is. As a session beer, All Day has the job of keeping things light enough to, well, go on all day long. To this goal it is successful, keeping a wildly aromatic and freshly hoppy citric zing, while delivering solid flavoring through most of the sip. With the end of the swallow, and through the feel, things do become watery and washed, but for the most part this is made up for. This is a great beer to sit outside with and enjoy these April showers. (2,371 characters)

Photo of Beerma
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

OH Yum so glad I found this beer and so glad they put out the 15 can packs. Much cheaper that way. And what a great name because I was totally looking for a beer I liked that I cold drink a lot of! LOL Smooth flavorful and not too strong! (238 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/25/13, just over a month old.

A: Pale, clear golden pour. Large fizzy white head adorns it. Fades away fairly quickly. Moderate fluffs of lacing. Decent retention.

S: Floral hops and grapefruit mainly. Very mild aroma.

T: Mild taste too. Very floral with some grapefruit and a little pine. No real sign of malt, just a tiny bit of bread in there. Finish is grassy with some resinous bitterness.

M: Pretty light but not watery.

O: Definitely a sessionable IPA. Flavors are pretty mellow (it's 4.7%, what do you expect) but it's still pretty nice. It's like a mini IPA or as the bottle says aptly: a fractional IPA. Simple, but nice. Goes down easy. (663 characters)

Photo of Arborescence
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Clear and pale, looks like a pils. Pours a one finger head, with evident carbonation; it recedes quickly.

Aroma: Refreshing hops, not too strong, not too weak. Some floral aromas.

Taste: Quite light, but nice and tasty hops. Fairly dry finish with some light hops in the aftertaste. Pleasant and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A very nice session ale. It hasn't been overdone, just a plain and simple, robust but light ipa. (481 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Lightly hazed goldenrod with a healthy sized off-white head that may have been a bit lackluster if not for such a vigorous pour. A few angel hair wisps of lace can be spotted at random down the glass. Spot on with my expectation.

S: Nose is definitely that of an IPA, albeit a little more reserved in intensity. Zesty citrus fruit is in abundance: juicy grapefruit and some orange rind. A honey-like malt sweetness is timid amongst the hops, but offers a shy promise of balance.

T: The flavor is brighter more expressive than the nose. The hop presence is far more dominant on the tongue with a medley of grapefruit, orange rind, lemon zest, and a perhaps a hint of apricot mingle with some more dank Earthy profiles—some pine resin and grassiness in the finish. The middle, however, is a perfectly reserved wave of honey grain sweetness from the malts. The flavors have balance, but this is definitely some hop worship.

M: As to be expected from a session ale, the mouthfeel is light and somewhat airy, with a crisp carbonation and a smooth finish.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of these "session IPAs" but Founders has brewed a tasty little beverage here. It's light enough to drink all day/night, but it packs enough flavor to keep the hopheads satisfied. This may not find its way into my fridge often, but it'll definitely find its way into my cooler at a BBQ. (1,418 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with a small white head. Smell is lemony with some pine accents. Taste is pretty disappointing. It has a generic bitterness with not too much flavor, and the flavors that are present are primarily lemon with some grassiness. This beer is very very light bodied. But rating it for what it is it's not too bad, pretty refreshing and easy to drink. I Just wish there was more hop flavor. (405 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6-pack from Total Wine, Charlotte (Park Road).

A: Pours a pale, straw gold into a shaker pint glass; a half-finger, fizzy white head leaves no lace.

S: Tropical fruit hoppiness: mango, apricot, peach - pretty rindy; virtually no malt.

T: Pretty similar to the nose; tropical fruit syrup; sweet - but not really a malt sweetness.

M: Light body; high carbonation; not too dry.

O: Well, its pretty drinkable / nice and tasty at 4.7%... definitely a good summertime IPA - I wish it came in cans so I could take it to the beach. (528 characters)

Photo of Bierwolf
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours amber with 1/2 finger of aff white foam that reduces to a frothy thin layer in just a few minutes. Clear with very few bubbles.

Aroma: Big full nose of pine and pine wood.

Taste: Piney, citrusy, woody.

Mouth Feel: Medium ligh to medium bodied with a slick feel. Lasting finish that is bitter but not harsh.

Overall: Very refreshing likable easy drinking beer. (384 characters)

Photo of kellyej
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

All Day pours a light gold/hay/amber color with very little head. The nose has a nice balance of floral and pine hop aromas matched by a light, crisp mouthfeel. This beer is super balanced and sessionable, perfect for spending a summer day outside. (248 characters)

Photo of trentbent
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this at the bar because I thought the bar was serving Sixpoint Global Warming, and I still haven't had SGW!!! But I did get to try this.
While I was drinking it I couldn't tell if it was oh so lovely or if it was just too much distinctive grapefruit. I really tasted like yummy grapefruit juice, though normally I don't like grapefruit juice. It was sort of pristine in a way. Hops notes are tremendous but so palatable. I think of cigar and cardamom on the nose, a smooth mouthfeel but complex enough to stick around with each sip.
This is supposed to be their session beer, if I hadn't already been drinking at home I'd have continued with this one. So yeah I wasn't sure about that grapefruit but then I couldn't get the beer off my mind. That's what signifies a good beer to me: when I can't get that flavor off my mind. It happened with Carton Brunch Dinner Grub and it happened with this.
I think it's Founder's best (i)PA. (939 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a frothy white head that laces erratically but thickly. Color is a dirty deep golden. Aroma presents with a tangy, piney, spicy, herbal hop character and slight pale grains. Flavor is very much like any other IPA with strong hop flavors and very little malt character. Bitterness is appropriate to the gravity, although a bit skewed toward alpha acids. Mouthfeel is similar to domestic lagers, light, airy and crisp. Overall, this is a beer that defies its low gravity. Having been introduced to the style in Oklahoma brewpubs who had to improvise on the 4% abv limit they had to work within, I knew American IPA can be credibly done without the 6%+ abv. It takes getting used to (for me, again), but the upshot is that you get the same satisfying hop rush but you can drink this stuff all session long and still have your wits about you. (851 characters)

Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.