Founders All Day IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders All Day IPAFounders All Day IPA

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Reviews: 761
Hads: 5,980
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
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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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Photo of jmbranum
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Session and IPA are two words that don't go together in my book. And frankly this beer is not both of these things. It is a good pale ale (to me in an English direction) but not an IPA. But it is very sessionable.

Pours a clear honey-colored liquid. The aroma is excellent with lots of aromatic hoppy notes.

Flavor is a well balanced pale ale. Plenty of hops but not too much (or to say it another way, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is far hoppier than this one). Some maltyness but still pretty crisp. Definitely some aromatic hops.

Medium mouth feel. About right for a session beer but not oily enough to be an IPA.

Overall, I like this beer a lot. I only wish it were named better. "All day IPA" is catchy but it just isn't accurate. (733 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Spitzer's in NYC.

It comes in an orange golden color with a frothy head.

The aroma has some hoppy tangerine, grapefruit, and some tropical fruits. Wonderful hops and fruitiness.

There's a pop of bitterness. Papaya, tangerine, lemon peel, some orange. Then the middle has a biscuit malt, nothing too sweet, and then a gentle bitterness. It's quite hoppy actually.

In the end, it's quite easy and sessionable. It's towards the fruity IPA style "pale ale" that breweries are putting out these days. At 4.7% ABV, it really does have good flavor.

For me however, it lacks body and a punch of flavor. I had this right after Captain Lawrence Freshchester. I prefer Southern Tier Live in relation to the fruity hoppy pale ales. (744 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slow poured from a can to taste activation pint glass. Beautiful copper color with a ton of carbonation. Clean malty and floral taste without a lot of the bitterness that typically comes with an IPA (200 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on date is 7/17/2013, so it's almost two months old. This is the first time I've had it, since I live out of Founders' distribution.

Pours slightly hazy with a small head and not much carbonation. Yellow with a slight copper tint. Smell is strong, fills the room (I smelled it while it was still sitting on the table, well before I brought it to my face). Piney, fresh, pleasant.

Taste is nicely crisp and bitter, refreshing. Definitely a session ale. Mouthfeel is light, slightly sticky. Overall, not bad at all. (561 characters)

Photo of rmcnealy
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/26/2011 (damn, couldn't even give the employees the day after Christmas off.. lol)

Poured a very light honey amber that was totally translucent and appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a small tightly laced layer that fleeted to nothing more than a ring guarding the circumference of the glass. The smells are very fresh and inviting. Nice aroma of crisp citrus hop. The preciseness of the citrus is not totally evident but there are hints of grapefruit and mango. The dryer of the citrus. Malts are not prevelant. The taste is solid. Definitely lacks the bitter bite of a higher abv IPA. The hop is quite forward and the taste quick dissipates. The idea of a session beer is awesome. These have great taste and low ABV that make it great for activities. They aren't available year 'round in Chicago so unfortunately they won't be fresh by summer. Otherwise great concept!

Enjoy! (897 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, foamy white head. Wonderful aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and bready malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy hops dominate the flavor with bready malt and ripe fruit provide balance. Finish is long and grapefruity. I could drink this IPA all day. (312 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 1-4-12, opened on 2-22-12.

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a very thin white head.

S - Orange, pineapple, slight sweet carmel.

T - Light citrusy orange.

D - Light and refreshing. Ok carbonation and slightly bitter.

O - Light and nice and very downable. (286 characters)

Photo of Kbogac
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Sort of a nice light orange amber with a white foam. Dissipates very quickly to a small ring with a little lacing. The smell is a wonderful hoppy citrus with a bit of spruce. Taste is light, clean and fresh citrusy hops with a mildly bitter finish. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall great session IPA. I could easily see myself going through quite a few of these.  (399 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose on this beer is great. Unfortunately, the flavor seems quite thin. I'd hope for a lot more punch; especially coming from Founders. But for what it is, it's a great session ale and something I would easily go to if I wanted to have more than a few, but not something I would go to for flavor. (300 characters)

Photo of watermelon
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip glass. THis is the third one I've had today.

A: Translucent rust body with a two finger soapy bone colored head. Head went down quickly to a cap leaving good lacing.

S: Grapefruit and pine, along with some floral and citrus scents.

T: Slightly bitter some hopes are present in the taste.

M: Proper carbonation body while a bit thin for the style is thicker then many beers for the ABV

O Its a good IPA, I like that is session able however Its too expensive for what it is. Also its got a fair amount of body so while consumption is easier then most IPAs its harder then your average AAL, this makes it a bit more work to catch a buzz, although this could be seen as a positive for some I suppose. (734 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone Ruination IPA pint glass.

A- Dark pilsner in color, 2" off-white head with large bubbles, and minimal blotching of bubbles with a thin ring around the surface of beer.

S- faint pilsner malts, some floral and citrus with a primary smell of pine that comes through.

T- Semi-sweet malts, some citrus but again more pine/earth hop bitterness to this beer.

M- Light body with medium carbonation. Slight viscous feel as well.

O- Good beer. Not sure if this should be classified as an IPA. More of a pale ale with its thin body, low malt bill, and bitterness. Reminds me of a lighter, less citrusy Zombie Dust. (626 characters)

Photo of gmfessen
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, All Day IPA is a clear, golden yellow color with a one finger, soapy, yellow-white head. Nose is all west coast hops, thick with citrusy grapefruit notes and resinous pine. The flavor is a bit more muted than the nose, the citrusy and resinous pine flavors are seeminly watered down, but are well balanced with the malt bill to leave something that does go down, well, sessionable. Mouthfeel is light in body with a medium carbonation. Overall, not my go-to IPA but if I was going to try to drink all day with my BMC buddies, this would definitely be a more flavorful alternative that you could actually drink more than a couple of (as advertised). (690 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden color with a fizzy layer of foam that reduces to a ring and leaves some lacing.

A big fresh hopped up nose with all kinds of citrus, pine and floral notes. Little if any malt presence.

Next to nothing for malt presence, citrus and tropical fruit from the hops, fair bitterness. Hops are definitely the highlight.

Even at 4.7, feels thin. Clean and crisp with a refreshing finish. Lower carbonation.

A lovely session ipa, but I would personally grab something with more of a malt presence and have one or two less beers. This would make a nice ipa lawn mower beer. Maybe my opinion will rise with the temperature. (627 characters)

Photo of Sydney10
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual: Pale light golden color.
Smell: Sweet tropical fruit. Lemon and pine scents.
Taste: Some tropical sweetness but finished very bitter.
Overall: Watered down and very light. Taste is somewhat bland. (207 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, tangerine, many, passion fruit, a little caramel, and resiny pine.

Taste: All the hops are there, but it seems like it is missing something. A little more maltiness and balance of flavors would be good. Still tasty though.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, low to medium carbonation, and extremely drinkable.

Overall: A nice session IPA like it was intended to be. Hoppy and light is not a bad thing and great for the warmer months. (661 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at teh Winking Lizard in Bedford. It was served under the name "Endurance", but I guess it is more typicall known as the All-Day IPA. It was served to me in a pint glass. Pours a cloudy sun yellow with minimal head.

Has a lemony malt smell, with mild hop bitters. Otherwise, the aroma is rather subdued.

Has a clean, crisp start, with a light hop lemony/orange/grapefruit citrus taste. The fruity floral start gives way to a grassy grain middle, with a decent herbal backbone, before finishing rather dry.

Very light, crisp and clean tasting.

I found this to be a very tasty session beer. Easy drinking, yet ful of flavor. Please bottle (or can) this and sell it 12-packs for the summer! (707 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz can into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a mainly clear, slightly hazy medium golden color with a bit of a copper/amber hue. The fluffy white head is a good inch or so thick when first poured that eventually settles to a nice medium sized ring lining the surface of the beer and the inside of the glass. Not much foam on the surface otherwise or lacing though. Wish there was more of both. Aromas of some caramel grainy malt sweetness followed by citrus hops. the taste pretty much follows suit wit some grainy caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to a very nice citrus hop bitterness backbone on the back of the tongue. Very nice balance, but the citrus hop bitterness is the slightly stronger of the 2 flavors here. Has a crisp, frothy, slightly creamy, slightly prickly, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beer should be. For an easy drinking session IPA, as expected, Founders does pretty well here!

Eric (1,009 characters)

Photo of sethmeister
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours an ever so slightly hazed golden amber body with a thin off white head that drops to a skim quickly, leaving a few spots of soapy lace.

Scent is excellent. Very fruity. Tangerines, lime. Sweetly floral. Pine oils.

Taste is a bit disappointing when compared to my usual favorite IPAs and doesn't quite live up to the scent. But then this is a 4.7% ABV session ale, not a 7% or 8% monster IPA. Pleasantly bitter with a bit of citrus (mostly lime) and pine. Malts are limited to the barest biscuity suggestion.

Mouth is briskly carbonated and spare.

Refreshing, brisk and easy drinking session IPA with a great nose. (623 characters)

Photo of nbaeteer
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light honey

Aroma: Like sticking your nose in a big bag of fresh marijuana. Pure, clean hop aroma that makes you want eat the smell. Jumps right out of the glass.

Taste: Much more restrained in taste than in smell but with a lot of the same qualities. Bright, citrusy. Really holds on to a lot the flavor you want in an IPA while also being light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thicker and more viscous than you would expect. Light sting on the back of the mouth that dissipates quickly.

Overall: An excellent example of the session IPA style. I could see myself drinking this beer on a hot day and getting a lot of the things I like in an IPA without too much body or overkill in the hop department. Somehow though, the taste, aroma, and mouthfeel seem a little at odds with each other. (809 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the dive bar.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice clear golden hue that had s thin white head that fades to leave a light halo and thin clouds.

S - Aromas of hops, generic pine and citrus, light malts, pretty standard.

T - Taste is earthy citrus, light resin, faint sweet slightly malty, dirty almost veg hop profile, hmm, interesting.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty solid for the style, lower ABV quite drinkable.

O - Overall I felt this was a pretty straightforward/standard ipa, solid, drinkable. (503 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues and a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down rather quickly, leaving lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass and a small collar around the edge.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular along with hints of grapefruit. There are also some hints of grassy hops.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bright, citrusy hops and has a light to moderate amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the bright and fresh hop aromas and flavors of this beer. The only drawback is that it's tough to sip and savor these because it is so easy to drink. I would have no problem drinking an entire six pack of this in one sitting.

Note: Bottled on 2/22/13 (999 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent light golden color with a half inch of head. Some lacing. This one smells fantastic. Citrus and floral hops. Sweet orange and grapefruit. Hints of grains. The taste isnt as hoppy as the aroma indicated but there is still a nice amount of floral and citrus hops. Grains as well. Super drinkable with very little alcohol presence. Light and crisp mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. This beer is exactly what it is supposed to be; a flavorful, hoppy low ABV brew. Overall, a perfect beer to have a bunch of in the fridge. (565 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Yellow/amber colored beer with a mild amount of head, lacing, and spots. Not the best looking IPA in the world, but at least it's not ugly.

S - Pine, citrus, some underlying malts. Actually has a nice bit of aroma for something with this low ABV.

T - Taste is pretty nice as well, with good citrus and some resiny pine on top of a malt backbone. Nice hops, with a bittering dry finish.

M - Lighter side of medium with some tongue-poking carbonation, gives it more of an edge.

O - Surprising amount of heft and flavor for a beer with this ABV, great session beer that would go well with food. (599 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours an orange color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A nice dry piney lemon lime citrus. Hints at subtle caramel malt.

(T)- Again, a nice piney citrus and subtle malt profile. Straightforward, but good.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Subtle citrus and caramel malt.

(D)- Its nothing to write home about, but definitely another solid IPA from the midwest. (412 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Very clear, deep gold in color, with lots of visible carbonation and a one finger white head.

S: Big citrus and tropical fruit hops, with some melon/spice, resinous pine, and flowery character as well. Just a hint of light grainy malts in the background.

T: Follows the nose, but the hops take a little of a backseat to the grainy (not quite husky) cracker malts, and the melon/spice hop flavors seem to take over for the fruitiness in the hop profile. Light bitterness in the hang, but this goes down pretty easy.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, and minimal alcohol presence.

O: Pretty good, and it would be easy to put down a few while working the grill...but there are some other APAs in this ABV/aroma category that I would prefer. Solid beer for the style and I'm glad to have it available on shelves here, but the flavor doesn't quite live up to the really nice aroma. (971 characters)

Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.