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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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very good

807 Reviews
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Reviews: 807
Hads: 6,267
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 223
Gots: 1,739 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Avagadro on 06-05-2010

Formerly Endurance - All Day IPA.
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Reviews: 807 | Hads: 6,267
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed copper coloring with a thin, low profile white head that quickly disappears. The nose is very fresh hop forward, with a steady dose of bitterness and resin, with an underlying sweetness of citrus fruit and caramel to balance. Flavors are much lighter than the nose would hint at. Rich caramel and tart grapefruit on the forward tongue, with a peppery dry hops characteristic immediately following. Peppery and bitter aftertaste, with some resiny properties. Mid-bodied, with a slightly dry, slightly effervescent finish. Very easy to drink, which from the title was what they were going for.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Ba ClockworkOrange for gifting me with a bottle of this. The brew pours a perfectly clear light copper color with a finger of off-white head that fades leaving spots of lace sticking to the glass. Around the edges, the brew is more of a yellowish color. A swirl revives less than a finger back to the surface that is quick to fade.

The aroma is quite enjoyable with a fresh juicy hoppiness. Some tropical qualities mix with a floral aspect, more fruit and rinds. A little zesty, pulp-like, herbal and piney character also is thrown into the mix. The most faint amount of bready grain sits underneath but for the most part the aromatics are all about the hops.

The flavor of this brew is grassy to herbal with a solid focus on hop character without getting too bitter. Some floral notes, zest and bitter pulp to rind character somewhat like oranges and grapefruit. There is a bit of toasty bready grain character lying underneath the hop flavoring.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is light, refreshing and very easy drinking. Session IPA or just hop centric pale ale? Who knows why the focus on session, but it is pretty good. I wouldnt mind throwing back a few of these on a hot day. Thanks again for sharing Jason!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Founders Brewing Company - Founders All Day IPA - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Pours very pale golden yellow clear with a fizzy head that dissipates almost as quickly as it comes. Minimal lacing. Moderating to heavy carbonation.

Smell - Malty and sweet with pungent floral and citrus hops over it. The aroma is the strong suit of this brew.

Taste - Floral hops blast, very thin and watery besides. Expected a bit more heartiness, flavor, and "oomph" here.

Mouthfeel - Hops rest rather bitter. OK drinkability but did not leave me wanting another, thin but somehow also a little rough on the palette.

Overall - Not the worst, but lacking in many different ways. This brew is definitely defined by the term "one-dimensional". I suppose if I had to give it something good it would be a great alternative to light beer on a hot Summer day.

Edit: 2014 batch has a nice oniony Summit or some other variety hop that I'm digging a hell of a lot more, had to boost this rating to "outstanding"

Please note, this was my first "Session beer" and therefore my review on this may be skewed. I am not particularly fond of the style but I will agree that it IS "sessionable" in the sense of what they designed it to be.

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Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Boylan Heights (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear light amber with 1/2-1 finger of barely off-white tightly bubbled head with decent retention and some scraps of lacing.

S: Solid grapefruit and pine aromas, light melon, and a little lemon twang. The maltiness is noticeably light and I wish there was a little more malt presence in the aroma.

T: The flavor is easy-drinking but decidely hoppy with grapefruit, honeysuckle, floral, and lighter pine flavor with citrus flavors dominating. The maltiness feels light and tastes light with only a mild caramel note. THe bitterness is medium.

M: The feel is light and a little astringent. I think the carbonation is a little too high as well, especially for a lower gravity beer.

O: This is a pretty easy-drinking beer with a great hops presence. I wish the malt flavors were a little more assertive. All in all though it's a really good session beer.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. $9.99 sixpack. Bottled 1/4/12.

Appearance: Clear yellow gold, smallish white head with average retention and lacing.

Smell: Resinous pine and fresh greenery. Sweet and bitter citrus follows.

Taste: Very flavorful hops with a stiff bitterness. Slim malt bill falls short of balancing the bitterness. Fresh cut grass, pine needles, citrus pith. Tasty, but obviously a small beer that is overhopped.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of course, but not watery. The big load of hops adds some resiny mouthfeel in the end.

Overall: Compared to regular IPAs, this feels thin, small, and weak despite the hefty hoppiness. As a session beer for hopheads, its great stuff. Really love the hops aroma/flavor.

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Photo of BBAVUSO21
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is great for what it is. You wont find many session ales with this much flavor. With a nice piney citrus scent, and a slightly hoppy bitterness over your pallet you cant go wrong. Take it wherever your just trying to drink socially and have yourself a time. Cheers (had it in a can so I cant comment on the appearance)

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Photo of zrbeer1579
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden orange yellow with a two finger fluffy white head. Slight hazy.

Aroma: Mostly apricot and pine. Sightly floral and a touch of grain.

Taste: Similar to smell but mostly apricot with hints of grapefruit and pine. Some grain and malt sweetness. Some malt breadiness. I think I taste some yeast as well.

Mouthfeel: Median-light bodied. A semi dry and light bitterness finish. Carbonation seems just slightly high.

Overall: This is not a terrible beer. It is a sessionable beer with IPA characterics. Easy to drink. I applause Founders for getting this much flavors into a beer under 5% abv.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours golden with a slight orange tinge. Nice fluffy, white head leaves some lace and holds decent retention. Aromas are really pleasant - floral hop, lemon, grapefruit, and some biscuity malt. Tastes are refreshing with fruity hops providing a pungent grapefruit and lemon rind flavor. Some mild malt notes: biscuity and faint caramel. Mouth-feel is thin-to-medium and is bitter, sharp, and dry on the finish with a sharp cheddar aftertaste that is not off-putting. I think it's slightly over-hopped in the bitterness department, but overall I like this for what it is, but I'd rather have it's big brother, Centennial, if I was to choose an IPA from Founders.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another Founders!
I've read about this one and was waiting to taste it. Poured a clean crisp yellowish type typical American lager. At 50IBU, I wasnt expected much in terms of hop and bitterness.. But at the first smell, I was amazed just how hoppy this bouquet was. Your typical grassy, grapefruity, citrus nose. I thought I was about to dive into a 100IBU Beer.

Then the first taste!. AGAIN! WOW for a 50IBU beer, this had plenty of HOPS without a lot of the bitterness. This beer drank so easily and so enjoyable. I could have this one over and over.. It could easily be my spring and summer beer.

The only slight fault I had, was that the finish left me somewhat hanging. This beer started slowly, that went on full charge, then as I was finishing, it started to finish just right and WHAM, my legs were taken under me. The beer just dropped off. The citrus which should finish nicely, just left me with an unsettled citrus flavor.

The last couple of days, I have had a number of these. And I have enjoyed each one better than the one before it. I turned on 3 people to this one and they all loved it. Its still so crisp and drinkable.. Almost chug-able, but at the same time, I can sit back and slowly sip it and enjoy it.

Only thing: So DRINKABLE!

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Photo of Spider889
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%

Marketed as "Endurance Ale" at the time I tried this.

On tap at Winking Lizard. Opted not to pay the extra buck to keep the ugly glass they were offering.

Pale golden color, crystal clear, small white ring of large bubbles. No lace.

Smells sweet, citrusy grapefruit, lemon, cracked peppercorns.

The taste is mostly bitter pine, it really reminded me of Stone IPA. Dry rough finish on the palate.

Very drinkable, as intended, but also very boring. I am really not too pleased with the mild/session beer fad that's erupting this year. I have yet to taste a good beer brewed with this intent lately. Give me something with good flavor or at least keep the mediocrity in Michigan.

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Photo of JayQue
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have had better IPAs but none that were this low alcohol/sessionable. This beer brings big flavor with an easy swilling alcohol profile. This one should be in cans!!!

Pours a hazy golden amber color with an average size white head and head retention. Leaves some lacing.

Good hoppy smell, mostly citrus but some piney as well.

Taste is good. Very hoppy, mostly citrus, the tangerine reminds me of Legend DIPA (2011....the 2012 stinks!!!)

Mouthfeel is a hair thin, but what do you expect for under 5.00%

This is a good sessionable beer. I will be buying more this summer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear copper color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of pine, melon, tangerine, and flowers. Where the aroma is vibrant and juicy, the taste is subdued and short-lived. There is a flash of fruith hops, but it vanishes as quickly as it is noticed. It is pleasant when it is there, however, which only adds to the disappointment of its early disappearance. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a thinnish texture, and a bone dry texture. All of which I appreciate in a session beer. Overall, this is a nice beer. I would like the flavor to stick around a few seconds more, but it is still good nonetheless.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a small ring on the top. Smells of citrus pine and earth with a hint of bready malt that barely shows itself. The flavor is fruity, juicy, citrus and pine with a hint of bready malt to make you believe there is actually some malt in there. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Great light easy drinking ipa, If I thought my wife would let me get away with it I could drink these all day.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw, not much volume to its white head, and the little that is produced doesn't stick around- which doesn't matter much, considering I usually drink this one straight from the can. Smells is pungent, lots of tropical citrus, followed by dank earthiness, with a hint of pine. Flavor, too, is citrus based, lively, grapefruit and tangerine, pine finish, some malt thrown in throughout, with bitterness prevailing at the end. Very, very flavorful. Overly carbonated to the point of being like soda, but light bodied and easy drinking- perfect for a session beer.
This is a great idea- very solid IPA sold in lightweight can 15-packs for a reasonable price. Elegant brilliance. As for the beer itself, the emphasis on the fruit is to my liking, but varied and with enough pine and malt to be a balanced multi-note beer. Refreshing to the maximum, quaffable, tasty, and affordable. Sign me up.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Nice, clear orange-amber color, with a moderate white head, quick to fade, and some lacing.

S - A traditional IPA nose of grass, pine, and citrus.

T - Follows the nose, with lemon and orange, and a sweet malt element of burnt sugars and a bit of cracker in the background, fading to a mild bittering line that lasts.

M - The bitterness is moderate, but it sticks around. Some drying, but nothing too aggressive.

O - This is a good IPA that happens to be sessionable. That is rare in the session IPA sphere. Add to it that All Day is a reasonably priced offering from Founders, and you get a rock solid brew.

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Photo of spark3148857
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AP: pours a golden yellow with great clarity, eggshell white head.

AR: Grassy and earthy with slight citrus notes.

TS: Very balanced, lightly bodied, freshly cut grass, lemon.

MF: Decent mouthfeel, above average carbonation.

OV: A good example of the style, packing the great flavors of a Founders IPA into a sessionable beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest starting head which initially leaves some stringy lace on the glass. The color is amber with a light haze.

Strong grapefruit rind aroma. A little light on the malt nose.

The flavor matches the aroma--it's more citrus rind than malty, but there is some sweetness that is quite subtle. Full bodied but the carbonation is elevated as well.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan with orange tinges, pretty clear, good head and lace.

Aroma is very nice, plenty hoppy and inviting, more than you'd expect from anything with "session" in the name. Same goes for the taste, it's plenty IPA-like, while being superbly drinkable, even almost summertime lawnmower drinkable. "Refreshing" isn't an IPA type of term very often, but this time it just about fits.

Definitely recommended.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from can into small nonic pint glass.

Look : Medium shaded golden body with 90% transparency. The head pours large at first and then settles to a small ring. Lacing is sparse but left behind nonetheless.

Smell : Lots of fresh cantaloupe right out front, followed by honeydew, mango, grape, watermelon, and some vinous resiny hop oil. Some aging can also be nosed. Loud bouquet from the word go.

Taste : Hop oil out front, followed by rinds of cantaloupe and honeydew. Faint pine, and a punch of resin. Buzzing tropical notes fade out the finish.

(Important Note ... If you drink this straight out of the can, you will get more pine than fruit, so if that's your thing, don't pour this beer and drink it from the can instead.)

Feel : Light bodied, a slight oiliness from the hop, and a taut creaminess from the malts. It ends dry.

Overall : This isn't the most sessionable IPA I've had, but it's more flavorful and it seems hard to strike that perfect balance. In a session IPA, this is more flavorful, less quaffable. On the pendulum swing it's closer to a typical IPA, probably 60/40 IPA/Session IPA. Still a good beer regardless.

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Photo of mpcrump
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: light orange with a slight haze. Good sized white head that quickly dissapates.

S: Light grapefruit smell, other citrus.

T: Definite grapefruit up front. In the middle a hint of malts. Finishes nicely.

M: Light body. Carbonation seems heavy at first but definitely middle of the road when you drink.

O: Good light IPA. Good citrus taste without the sweetness. Nice finish. Perhaps a bit on the light side but this makes a very nice summer drink.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. chilled stubby bottle poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to Centennial for tossing a bottle my way.

Appearance: Light orange and clear in color. Pours a one finger, fizzy head with pretty good retention. A really nice lacing.

Aroma: A touch of grapefruit and citrus zest stand out. The hop character really isn't big and in your face and definitely is firmly on the lighter side. A touch of grassy character in the nose as well.

Taste: Light grapefruit and tangerine juice upfront. Really refreshing and easy to drink. A touch of earthy character and a slight grassy tone. Not too bitter at all.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied with average carbonation. Really easy to drink.

Overall, a really solid take on a session IPA from Founders. Packs a really nice amount of flavor for the ABV and some really nice hop notes. Nothing too outstanding, but I will certainly look for this again in the summer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

massive thanks to bierenutz for this excellent extra. bottled 12/26/2011 - 11 days old...i hear ipas fall off after hour 23, but i'll take my chances with 11 days! woo hoo!

a - opened the bottle and filled my blue point snifter. poured straw yellow that settled into the glass as a yellow orange with a full finger of white frothy classic ipa head. lacing was chunky and clingy. has a pale ale look to it, subtle visible carbonation swam to the surface.

s - nice sweaty hops, but not too intense. the odor makes me expect a bit of a bitter bomb. again, seems like it would be a hoppy pale ale as opposed to an ipa, but i guess that's what these huge hop bombs that pass off as ipas these days have done to my perception of an ipa. then again, this is almost a session beer whereas most ipas these days have more strength.

t - nice. some sweetness with the hops and finishes pretty bitter. nice classic ipa...good, not crazy.

m - light and easy drinking. some bitterness.

o - overall a nice ipa, nothing earth shattering. glad i got to try it extremely fresh. i do get founders locally, not sure if this one will come to town, but i imagine so. i'd definitely reach for this one if i was looking for an ipa to drink all day (as advertised), but would definitely take double trouble over this one in a heart beat.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pours a light orange-yellow with a 1/2 finger head that slowly dissipates
S: Has a nice hoppy bite, pine and grapefruit, along with fresh light grain
T: Matches the mouth- hoppy with floral notes and light malt. Surprisingly long finish.
M: Light-bodied & crisp
O: Easy to drink, low abv yet packed with flavor make this a winner. I only bought one bottle to try it but will definitely be getting more.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with little to no head and minimal lace. Nice sweet aroma of malts, fruity esters, honey, bananas and vanilla. Hop heavy taste with strong citric bite. Strong carbonation and lighter bodied than your typical ipa. Very drinkable, in fact, I drank it quite fast. As the name implies, a session ipa and a decent one at that.

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Photo of korguy123
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery

A- Clear golden pour with a finger of white head. Lacing is great.

S- Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon and mandarin oranges. Can't believe how hop forward it is without being overly strong.

T- Grapefruit, mandarin, mango and strawberry. Just wonderful all around.

M- Light and refreshing, great carbonation, exactly what you need in a ipa.

O- How do you make a hop bomb without killing your tastebuds? I don't know but Founders does.

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.