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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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795 Reviews
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Reviews: 795
Hads: 6,150
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 218
Gots: 1,645 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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: 795 | Hads: 6,150
Photo of Pahn
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Captain Lawrence tulip. Bottled 2 weeks ago.

Appearance: Fluffy 2 inch white head, slow dissipation. Not much lacing, but a nice glowing orange.

Smell: Piny and herbal with just a bit of citrus. Aroma burst when first poured is very impressive, but it gets toned down a bit quickly. Very nice overall.

Taste: Nice Simcoe-y weed flavor up front along with some bitter pine. Citrus only a highlight. No malt backbone, which is a flaw for me. I like the crisp, refreshing cleanliness of the flavor, but come on Founders: you guys make world class malt profiles in pale ales, give me some of that here.

Satisfying beer regardless. Delivers enough hop punch, though I suppose even that could be turned up. It gets about 80% of the way there to "All the flavor of an American IPA with less alcohol," both in terms of flavor and in terms of low alcohol. Whether the conceit of the beer succeeds or not, though, this is good hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, light-bodied. Spot on carbonation. It's maybe too light, but very nicely dry (the problem with the lightness is that you feel like there's a flavor punch coming, and you're left thinking, "where did it go?" Needs a bit more body to fight that in my opinion).

Overall: Good beer. Not outstanding by any means, but really nice, clean hop flavor in a perfect-for-hot-weather package. For the flavor, I'd like it to be even lower alcohol, but not every beer needs to be perfect.

I guess the syntax of most of my sentences in this review tells most of the story: I like the beer, but--you can't get far with praising (or criticizing) this beer without saying 'but'. Let me just say that I don't regret picking up an entire 6 pack and leave it at that.

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Photo of CarlosDanger
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is what it is, something with a little more bite than an off-the-shelf or "big-box" offering, something you can drink more than one of, but really not a mindblowing IPA experience.

I think this is the perfect beer to introduce to non-craft-beer drinkers. I brought a 6-pack of these to a BBQ recently. The fridge was filled with Miller Lites and Coronas, and my Founders were gone in seconds. They were really well received, fortunately I was able to get one for myself!

Refreshing, citrus, a great warm/hot-weather beer. Nice with food, not overpowering or bullish.

I would definitely buy this beer again, it's a great standby when you want something simple, with some flavor, that doesn't break the bank, that you can share with other non-beer-snobs.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 6/3/2013 so this was about seven weeks old when I drank it. Still hoppy! Aroma was distinct hops, pine, citrus. Flavor was nice and hoppy still, citrus and a strange fuzziness that I got from Lagunitas Daytime IPA. Super easy to drink although at 4.7% I wouldn't quite call this a session beer, maybe at 4.2%. Perfect candidate for cans and I'll be picking up some or trading when they hit shelves.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear golden amber, with almost no head. A small white film is gone instantly.

Smell is very good. Very fruity, with lots of grapefruit. Also a notable tropical fruit scent, and a weedy scent. Some bready malt. A surprisingly big smell for a low abv beer.

Taste is also good, but not quite the same level. Fruit flavours are there, but the weedy flavour is more upfront- seems like simcoe to me. Malt is pretty subdued, but there is a bit of caramel. Again. very flavourful for low ABV.

Medium bodied, moderate to strong carbonation, a bit oily.

Overall, quite good. A really good job at brewing a flavourful yet low alcohol pale ale.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Clear and very pale yellow. Thin white head with large bubbles and little retention. Lacing is ok but a bit thin

S - Almost no aroma

T - Very light malt base with grassy bitter hops. Taste like mowing the lawn and hot summer days.

M - Thin and watery with crisp carbonation. Definitely sessionable

O - Of course this pales in comparison to many other IPAs or DIPAs but this is for a different time and place and I'd say it delivers on its purpose as being an all day IPA. There's just the right balance of flavor and wateriness that makes this very drinkable. I look forward to giving this a go at the next barbecue.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle on August 11, 2015. Look is clear gold, small to medium head and little to no lacing. Smell is very subtle hints of citrus, hops, grass and pine. Taste is also subtle and reflects the nose. Feel is light and clean.

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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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a sessionable IPA by all means it pours a golden hazed hue with a one finger head that stays and leaves a rim of lacing the smell is straight out pineapple and citrus with a hit of pine,the mouthfeel is light bodied but for an all day beer it makes total sense and has tastes of pineapple first up which is very prolific followed by a smack of fresh citrus intertwined with a small cameo of toffeeish malts and the cameo Is short but just like the name says its an all day IPA and to be honest funnily enough I could drink it all day cheers.

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer quite a few times before reviewing. 12 oz bottle poured into a 4 oz Barrier Brewing Co. tasting glass.

A: Straw-colored with hints of orange when held away from the light. Nice carbonation visible and good lacing.

S: Pine, Pine and Pine with a bit of citrus at the end. Pleasant and enjoyable.

T: Citrus, tangerine, grapefruit and pine with a nice malt backbone. I'm not sure where one flavor starts and where another one ends. Get them all at once. Blends very nicely. Well done.

M: Lighter than your average IPA, but that's not a bad thing. Makes it quite easy to put these suckers down.

O: Overall, like every other Founders beer I've ever had, the brewers achieved what they were setting out to create: a low ABV session IPA. I could easily drink a 6 of these in one sitting, and have. It is a great beer to drink on the beach due to the low ABV. Nicely done.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review taken spring 2013

12 oz brown stubby bottle with a classic looking label. Poured into a founders pint glass.

A - clear golden body with bright orange highlights. A little better than average white head that did leave a pretty good ring of lace and nice stick.

S - wow a nice hop forward aroma. Citrus, grapefruit, fresh grass, and pine hop whiffs with a small grainy and light malt filler.

T - a lot like the nose, but softer and not as pronounced. Citrus, grapefruit, pine and green grass. Caramel malt and grain balances a semi bitter finish of hop spice.

M - I wouldn't call it thin, but it doesn't have the Founders thickness I love. Lighter side of medium in the body. A refreshing and sessionable ipa.

O - I'm torn with this one. I want to like it bc its created by one of my favorite breweries, but I just don't session beer. If I drink a brew its with a meal or during my down time. It'd be great on a hot summer day or for those looking to session a hop forward brew. It definitely has some qualities and accomplished what they were going for with this ipa. Also may be something for people to use as a good introduction to hops. It has a place in the craft beer world, I'm just not sure itll find its way into my rotation that often.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a little touch of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thin layer of ivory foam which dissipates quickly. It's alright.

Smell: sweet, tangeriney hops on a somewhat grainy malt background. There's almost a candy-like quality to the tangerine. Amarillos, maybe? In any case, quite enticing.

Taste: grainy malt base with some citrusy, tangeriney hops as in the aroma. A touch of sweetness backs it up. Quite tasty for a lower-ABV kind of brew. I like it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good level of carbonation, generating a nice creaminess with a refreshing lightness.

Overall: a highly drinkable brew, I could see myself quaffing this all summer if I had the chance.

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Photo of Smurf2055
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours darker blond with a finger of white head.

Smell is really hoppy, fresh cut grass.

Taste is grassy, a bit stale, a bit of mild fruit. It’s got taste, but not a good one.

Very light bodied.

Session IPA is not one of my favorite styles. This one is middle of the road in a sub-par style. I can drink it, but I wouldn’t pursue it.

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Photo of Clonefan94
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I'm surprised by how many high marks this had. Maybe I got a bad 6 pack or something, but this was nothing special. No malt at all, only piney aroma and taste. I'm not saying it's bad by any stretch, but just not enough going on to give it superb marks. I'd compare the sixer I had to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, with less taste and aroma.

All I got from this was some piney hops and that's it. No complexity at all to round out the beer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good clarity and a fairly minimal head. Light golden color with good carbonation. Pine like hop aroma with some biscuity malt following. Lots of flavor from the pine like hops. Hard to believe it is only 4.7%! Very smooth mouthfeel. Very well done.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hops is quite nice and refreshing. Taste is also dominated by clean crisp citrus notes with nice floral undertones. Malt is present with a fuller body then I was expecting considering the ABV. Nice refreshing hoppy IPA with low ABV – there should be more of those out there.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Cannot make out the bottling date.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a minimal white head. Can see some visible carbonation in the glass. Few spots of lacing. Head is easily revived with a swirl.

S: Initial hop aroma that has an overall citrus tone to it. Malt sweetness comes through a touch in the background to round it out. Also gives a nice earthy character.

T: Packs a big punch of hop flavor that has subdued bitterness. This makes it come off a lighter without sacrificing on the hop.

M: As mentioned briefly in "taste" this brew has a light mouthfeel. Ample carbonation and a clean finish add to this. Very easy drinking, but thats the point.

Overall as the name suggests this is an IPA you could enjoy all day. Isnt going to knock you down after a sixer but wont take it easy on your taste buds. Perfect for the summer.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. $9.99/6 pack

A- Pours a crystal clear golden orange body with a medium white head that reduces quickly and leaves little lacing.

S- Pretty fruity, smells like citra hops - citrus, mango, pineapple, some pine.

T- The notes here are subtle but tasty - the hop character reveals some tropical, grassy, and citrus zest notes. Not very bitter, nicely balanced.

M- Thinnish body with medium carbonation. Definitely refreshing and sessionable.

I like everything about this beer but the price. It's definitely a great brew to drink on a summer afternoon, but at 4.7% alcohol, a 6 pack isn't going to last you nearly as long as a higher abv, more flavorful 6-pack that you can purchase for 9.99.

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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.

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Photo of Kerrybuthod
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As good as double jack which I love but a very different taste. It's hard to describe but I would say a strong fruit flavor rather than pure hops. Founders brewery never disappoints and I look forward to trying more from their collection. One of the best beers for the price. Could certainly be called a session beer.

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Photo of Vogie
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a vintage Green Bay Packers pint glass.

A: Amber color, slight carbonation, and a thin white head the leaves some lacing around the edges.

S: Picking up strong citrus and bread notes.

T: Follows nose with a watery taste upfront followed by citrusy hops in the middle and eventually lingering on the back end with the bready notes.

M: Light, thin, a little watery. Moderate carbonation.

O: I am not an IPA fan so this review might be slighted a bit. It is definitely true to style as a good "session ale" that you can surly drink more than 1. I would call this a good "gateway ipa" for someone looking to get into this style.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- clear honeyed amber with small head and minimal lacing

S- very grapefruity with orange and some toast

T- toasted grapefruit and a crisp grassy bitterness. Finishes with lingering tropical hops.

MF- briskly carbonated, light and refreshing. Nice hoppy feeling on the cheeks.

D- definitely a session ipa. Easy drinking and easy abv but still with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of spartanbj
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Probably my favorite beer from Founders. The color is a medium amber and is nearly perfect in its appearance and invites you to drink it. You can taste the hops immediately, but they do not over power your mouth. It reminds me of taking a deep breath of pine needles and being able to taste it. It isn't bitter and it doesn't fill you up. A great beer for summer, which is the intent. A shame summer doesn't last longer in these parts.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a golden copper color. First smell was pineapple and grapefruit, also floral and grassy notes. Taste is citrus, grapefruit, nice flavorful hops. As it warmed got more of a malt base. Mouthfeel was light, yet balanced and refreshing. Overall, a great sessionable IPA and easy drinker.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

All day IPA pours a frosty copper color, with a very small head. Their is a strong malty/hoppy floral aroma mixed, very unique. The taste is much of the same strong sharp maltyness, with strong floral bites. Very full flavors, nice strong body. Overall its not bad, very unique, maltier then other IPAS.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light, amber color with a finger width foamy head. There is very little head retention and very little lacing. Has a fresh, grapefruit aroma. Slightly piney. Has a nice, hoppy, bitterness up front. Somewhat peppery. There is a grapefruit taste all the way through with a spicy bitterness at the end. Good sessionable IPA. I just wish it was a little less peppery. That won't stop me from drinking it, though.

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.