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

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Reviews: 762
Hads: 5,984
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 214
Gots: 1,513 | FT: 11
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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 utopiajane
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a little cloudy, yellow with a thin head and no retention. No lace, a little yeast floating on top. It doesn’t look like much. The nose is big. Crisp with citrus, spice, tangerine, hay , floral and a even a little lemon. Good pine and resin. There’s a touch pale malt and only a very little bread. Some caramel sweetness as it opens up. Catty as it warms. Taste is really terrific for a very light beer. This has a low abv but it smells and tastes like a big beer. Citrus and floral. The hops pronounce the drink delicious and and stay with it all the way through. There is a just a little grain and bread and a decent bitterness. Some yeast and sour grapefruit. Body is a little thin and has brisk carbonation.Slightly bitter and slightly dry in the finish. This is a good session beer just like it promises. Low in alcohol so you can drink it all day and low in calories too. Has plenty of flavor and was satisfying. (928 characters)

Photo of jsulko
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a gold color with decent white head.

Smell is of a citrus IPA with a little pine. Not malty at all.

Taste is a bit of a letdown. Tastes like a solid IPA that had some extra water added to it.

Know what they were going for but it is just a miss for me. I would rather have less of bettter than this alternative. (354 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured this AIPA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a light amber color, produced an average white head , featured average retention and average lacing. The aroma consisted of biscuit malt, pine and citric grapefruit. Medium bodied, there was a foundation of sweet malted grain, toffee and an average amount of piney hops- citric grapefruit as well. Overall its an entry level IPA it is what it says it is...a session beer. It will do the trick, but there are much better IPA's out there. (499 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a cloudy light copper amber with a small (1 finger or less) white fizzy head that quickly diminished down to a very thin film and small collar with a minuet amount of spotty lacing.

The aroma was right up front with a spruce hop, some grain malts and a strong bitter citrus note (lemon peel and orange peel).

The taste was bitter from the word go with a nice strong hoppiness developing slowly and a harsh citrus peel note towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with the strong hoppy taste left to linger for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a nice mild carbonation.

Overall a very good IPA with a great hoppy finish along with low ABV, make this an awesome everyday brew... (789 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured to a tan head with moderate retention and lacing. Appearance was a golden honey, slight haze. Aroma was hoppy with citrus, pine and grain mixed in. Nice taste with strong hop and citrus on the front with a little malt on the back. Mouthfeel was light, almost water like, with a grain aftertaste. (302 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

Clear golden orange with a very small bone-white head that doesn't last long. This leaves the glass nearly clean on the way down.

The best part of this beer is it's aroma and it consists of pine and grapefruit hop aromas, along with a bit of biscuit.

Very simple, drinkable IPA. This is not hugely flavorful, but what's here is nice. There's mild grapefruit and pine, cracker and biscuit, and some grass elements.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A very simple, straightforward, boring low ABV IPA. (565 characters)

Photo of cervezango
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As the label on the bottle tells us this this IPA is a session ale. It fills that role very well. It pours golden with a very fluffy two fingers on top. Smells really good, kinda sour like pickle juice, along with a mild hop scent.

this is the least bitter ipa ive had in a while. very good for novice beer drinkers that want to get into hoppy beers but can't pallet the high IBUs. this guys comes in at just 42 IBUs.

a little sour and a little hoppy, nothing amazing in the taste.

watery mouth feel, not great.

a good ipa session beer I would go for ranger from new belgium for a a better session ipa. (606 characters)

Photo of weizenbob
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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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). (2,837 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1699th Review on BA
Bottle to Founders tulip
12oz

Thanks to BA Kundog18 for the RS gift

App- A darker orange with some golds around the edges. A little bit of a dense center. A small 1" off white head. A semi decent cling on this one.

Smell- A bit faded from being from July but still retained a nice bit of hops, very dry and herbal. A bit like a orange peel sitting in a cut field.

Taste- I get traces of this of this one being good. It was a bit of hop fade and oxidation. The hops are a bitter with the malts making this have a faded feel.

Mouth- Well it's a semi medium body with a medium carbonation. A fresh cut grass flavor remains with some bitter hops.

Drink- I will need to get a fresh bottle to go over this again. (732 characters)

Photo of Wadsey
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

All Day IPA

Served in New Belgium tulip

A: Pours clear pale gold with modest head that has little retention. No lacing. Modest effervescence. 

S: Ripe fuzzy fruits, especially peaches, some resin, instant tea, and biscuity malts. An unexpected note of strawberry. I'm tempted to say grapefruit, but I never quite get there.

T: Tongue disappoints. Light, general fruit joins stronger resin. Malts taste more toasty. Relative bitterness is strong. Finish is bitter and grainy. 

M: Light body and medium-light carbonation. Out of the growler the beer drinks as though it were on cask. 

O: All Day IPA drinks packs quite a bit of smell and taste for being a lower ABV beer. It feels a little too "on the fence" though, meaning it isn't quite a session beer or a proper IPA. Still, it is quite drinkable due to its simplicity and lower ABV.  (848 characters)

Photo of MikeyLegend
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Small head, more carbonation than most. Small amount of lacing that disappeared as you drank.

Faint copper color, more of a gold color. Hop smell is not over bearing and it went down smooth. Good session IPA. Probably closer to the top for the price. I'll buy this again. (315 characters)

Photo of imintune2
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

NOTE: i found it difficult to review this beer relative to others of its style. a seemingly-average rating does not do justice to what i believe to be a "true" session ale.

A: light amber with a thin layer of head. very minimal lacing.

S: citrusy hops, bready notes

T: it's impressive how much refreshing hoppiness is packed into this IPA. the taste is neither lacking nor awe-inspiring... it simply is.

M: light body with light carbonation and a pleasantly sweet (and yes... light) aftertaste.

O: with minimal bitterness (42 IBUs) and low ABV, this a perfect IPA to enjoy with disregard for your inhibitions. maybe it's just the label (an old Woody with a canoe strapped to the roof heading down some pleasant country road)... but i would very much like to be outside under a warm sun right now. (803 characters)

Photo of Southside830
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very flavorful IPA for such a low ABV. Lacks the backbone of a true IPA and is a bit watery. This brew has a nice piney, citrusy flavor. If I was looking for a session IPA I think I prefer Stone levitation Ale to this brew. (225 characters)

Photo of joe12pk
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Deep clear gold. Minimal head with decent lacing.

S - Citrus and pine. Some fruit.

T - A blast of citrus followed by some sweet fruit is ruined by a bitter pine aftertaste that lingers too long.

M - Medium

O - It's a good beer. Could have been a favorite save for the dour pine note at the end. Maybe I need to try this in a can. (378 characters)

Photo of burnstar
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark gold with a medium very persistent rocky head. Smell is huge grapefruit hops. Taste is much the same as the smell. Big grapefruit hops and little else. I think it's a nice smell but for the flavor it needs more malt to add some backbone. Unbalanced. This is why IPA's typically have higer ABVs. Medium to light bodied and very well carbonated. Very drinkable but overall the concept isn't working too well for me. I like the idea of hoppy session beer. But maybe this is a little too hoppy or a little too weak. (522 characters)

Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear pale orange colour with a decent size head. Head is not particularly dense. Tiny bit of yeast left in the bottle.
S: Boat loads of passionfruit. Bit of grapefruit and apricot.
T: Nice hop flavour. A bit of passionfruit and citrus but are very subdued, maybe by it's watery mouthfeel.
M: Very thin and watery.
O: A bit disappointing. Nice hop character but the lack of any malt backbone make it too thin and watery, even for a session beer. (465 characters)

Photo of EmGM
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

look: cloudy gold
smell: strong hops, wheat
taste: VERY HOPPY
aftertaste: hops linger...for a long while
overall: pretty good for an IPA, just not my style (156 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottle date: 7/30/13)

A: Deep blonde with a copper tinge. Nice lacing.

S: This smells pretty good. It is a different smelling IPA. The citrus-pine smells of this is blended quite uniquely.

T: The pine here is not good tasting and mostly, "Bleh." I can't place the exact flavor profile of the pine and malt here, but it just seems to be the bad side of pine bark.

M: Thin, not very prickly or coarse.

O: Eh, this IPA is not my bag. There is something about session IPAs that kind of takes all the fun and taste out of a good ABV. They are like the diet soda of IPAs, some people like them but not everybody. If I'm going to be drinking a beer, I want it to be full flavored. (727 characters)

Photo of JohnQVD
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored, slightly cloudy, with a razor-thin head. Smell is floral, with some papaya and mango. Taste is light, with some citrus notes and an aspirin-like lingering bitterness. Feel is somewhat insubstantial with medium carbonation.

Overall, this isn't bad for a light summer session beer, but I think it could be more than it is. (336 characters)

Photo of Celtics76
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Decided to try this “sessionable” brew while watching a Game of Thrones episode.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada balloon glass – clear bronze in color with a quickly deteriorating head. Strong smell of citrus/pine.

Taste is of bitter hops and grapefruit. I like grapefruit notes as part of an IPA flavor profile, but in this case it dominates the beer too much. The mouthfeel is thin (which obviously was intended for session purposes) but the lingering, bitter aftertaste causes it to be a slow sipper for me.

This beer just doesn’t work for me, especially as a session ale. I’ve loved every Founders beer up until this point. Too bad. (648 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grub for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled 02/28/12.

Appearance: A thick head at the beginning but rapidly decreases to a thin ring and doesn't leave much lacing. The tiny bubbles racing up in the pale gold body are nice to look.

Smell: Grassy, a bit catty and some vegetal tones. Surprisingly powerful aroma.

Taste: Vegetal hops, burst of grapefruit but the follow-up is lacking a bit. The hops do shine though a bit.

Mouthfeel: Body is light and it's very easy to drink but it's rather ordinary.

Overall: I love session and low ABV beers but this one doesn't fully do it for me. Definitely easy to put away a few but not engaging enough to make me want to. (686 characters)

Photo of Danny1217
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color with a slight orange tint. A small head of white foam with medium retention and lacing.
A nice, mild citrus and floral hop aroma. Slightly piney.
The taste is more mild than the aroma. Very little malt presence and a good dose of citrus hops.
Very light body, as is expected from the name and the low ABV. The beer goes down smoothly and I feel ready to have another beer as soon as I'm done.

Overall it is a solid pale ale, but my main problem is that it's not an IPA! As I am rating to style and this just doesn't meet the expectation I have when something is listed as an American IPA, I can't give this any better of a rating. My other problem with this is the price. It costs just as much as Centennial IPA, Founders Porter, and Dirty Bastard. At this price I don't see why I would ever buy this again when other good pale ales are being sold for cheaper. (884 characters)

Photo of smcnulty1981
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bright light orange golden color with steaming carbonation 1 finger of bright white head not much head retention or lacing however

S: good grassy hops on the nose slight bight of citrus not very complex but smells good

T: bitter upfront followed by and earthy grass flavor and bit of malt not complex but very refreshing

M: fairly thin body but finishes very dry like a good ipa should be

O: for a session ipa this is great awesome everyday drinking beer (
Like the name says I could really buy a six pack and drink a few in an afternoon (548 characters)

Photo of JimKal
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had been looking for to this one.

A: dark gold. Clear with a head that dissipates quickly

S: light citrus

T: reminded me more a light pale ale rather than an IPA

M: watery

O: OK but not a repeat for me. I much prefer 21st Amendment's Bitter American for a low ABV brew. (276 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance doesn't fit the type very well. It's extremely clear and thin looking. Straw amber in color, it looks filtered and clarified and everything else to make it look like it does. The head is a finger thick of very white bubbles, but doesn't even look much like the sticky, foamy IPAs I've had before. Very below average retention, and it's so thin there's no lacing.

Fortunately it smells like it should. Pine, grapefruit and apricot fill the nose, possibly some pineapple as well. Lots of citrus.

A good amount of malt, plenty of earthy pine, and then hops, with their citric tastes in the swallow. The hops are a bit lacking in taste, mostly for aroma.

Quite thin with a watered down feel. There's a lot of bitterness, moreso than the label's 42 IBUs would suggest, but it's never too much. A bit of an oily feel from the hops. Light bodied. No alcohol presence.

Not one of Founder's best and not really all that impressive for an IPA. Could use more body and more punch. (989 characters)

Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.