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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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806 Reviews
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Reviews: 806
Hads: 6,251
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 223
Gots: 1,726 | 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: 806 | Hads: 6,251
Photo of elgiacomo
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled May 5, 2012. Served at around 40F.

Pours lightly hazy yellow/gold with a one finger white head that recedes quickly to a small ring and wispy cap and leaves just a few spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is lemon and grapefruit citrus, floral, grassy hops, a touch of pineapple. some cracker-like malt. Good strength.

Flavor features lemony citrus, some grapefruit, floral and grassy, a little fruity, a bit of light malt, good bitterness on the finish. Minimal alcohol, finishes dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, a little oily and sticky, moderate carbonation.

Big thanks to one of my customers for bringing this by since we don’t get this one in Georgia. Does exactly what Founders set out to do...a nice sessionable IPA. Nothing crazy or extreme, just delivers a hop fix without too heavy of a body or too much alcohol. Great lawnmower beer with serious flavor.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A) This is clear looking light amber, with a good amount of bubbles. A rather aggressive pour still yielded a rather small foamy head, that had minimal retention. No lacing noted.

S) Not a powerful aroma but a pleasing one. Faint citrus and lighter still pine surrounded by pleasing grains.

T) Very nice balance. Grapefruit, light pine and a little grass, blend together with a hint of sweetness and grain that bring it all together.

M) Rather light and well carbonated. Crisp, refreshing and smooth all wrapped up together. Finish and aftertaste are pleasant and clean. What an easy drinker this is....

O) While this is far from the beer nirvana that some of Founders other offerings provide a craft drinker. It is clearly as advertised, one heck of a session ale. I could drink these on the patio all summer. Gladly recommended.

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

Tasted On: 10-03-2013
Freshness: Bottled on 07-25-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Received from a friend

Appearance has a semi-clear, golden colored beer with a white head. The head is a good size and leaves a good lace on the glass, albeit with low retention.

The smells are primarily of hops, with bold notes of grapefruits and other citrus.

The taste is what I'd expect based on the aromas, with a notable bitterness of hops with tropical fruit flavors. Not much in the way of malt character.

Mouthfeel has a light to moderate body. The high carbonation gives it a crisp feel, with a bitter and dry finish. I enjoyed this one more as it warmed up a bit.

Overall a good IPA, but it did seem one-dimensional.

Thanks for the beer, Craig!

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Photo of dasenebler
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Founders All Day IPA
12oz, bottled 2/11/13

Extremely clear orangey gold, slightest bit of chill-haze. Modest white head, nice lacing and average retention. (4)

Aroma is hoppy and clean. Restrained dry-hopped notes of pungent hop oils, a slight floral character and a touch of tropical fruit. (4)

Bitter and quenching. Plenty of hop flavor, though not as pleasant as the aroma. More of a dank, pungent and slightly spicy hop flavor that works against the delicate malt and overall lightness of this beer. Biscuity, cracker-like malts, very dry finish. Clean and bitter on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very light with spritzy carbonation. (3.5, 3)

A nice and drinkable Pale with plenty of bitterness. Reminds me a lot of Victory Summer Love, though not quite as delicious and balanced. (3.5)

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic Summer IPA! Founders has done a great job of putting together a great tasting, aromatic, low ABV IPA, perfect for a Summer afternoon! I love this beer and will seek it out in the future when looking for a refreshing beer to have on a hot day!

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Photo of GPHarris
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that left nice lacing throughout. the body was a bright amber color.
s - strong grapefruit aroma with some pine resin too.
t - piney hops dominate. not much malt profile which was expected.
m - crisp and thin but suits this beer.
o - great beer when you want a hoppy fix but don't want the ABV.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Golden with lots of clarity, no head or sticky lace

S - A huge bitter and citrusy hop kick into the nose. Impressive! Lots of hops of course

T - A huge hoppy kick up front. Bitter aftertaste. Not malt backbone, which is to be expected with a Session IPA. Very tasty for what it is...

M - Lightly carbonated, mild and slick mouthfeel

O - I prefer a more well rounded "normal", or higher gravity IPA. But Founders provides a great session IPA, for the hop head at the lake in the summer time.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Gold yellow color with a small amount of head that does not linger, just lasts slightly around the edge of the glass.

Citrus and a light amount of wheat scent.

Citrus, with a little orange and some bitterness as the flavor.

Easy drinking, with a light amount of bitternesss.

Very light in the feel and easy to drink

Go to IPA when I am looking to have more than just a couple beers. Also perfect for softball in the summer!

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

All Day IPA

Enjoyed on the train with good company, while a Megadeth show.

Pours an orangish amber color that is clear as day. A couple fingers of white head sits for a while some webby lace clings.

The nose has a considerable amount of pineapple and citrus fruits coming from the hops. A light biscuity malt note is also picked up.

This beer might be low in alcohol but not in flavor! Fresh, zesty hops including pineapple and mango. A nice light bitterness on the backend.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall, great, flavorful session ale that brings nice hop characteristics to the table.

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

Pours clear, bright yellow/orange with a small white head and spotty lacing.

Juicy citrus, orange, hints of lemon and mint, light and hop forward.

Less citrus than nose, lemon, seltzer, grass, some biscuit.

Exceptionally clean, light, some bitterness in the aftertaste.

This would be a pretty good pale ale but it doesn't hold up in the IPA category. All Day IPA does a good job of filling its niche as a light sessionable beer for outdoor activity.

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

Bottle: a stumpy 355mL brown bottle with a nice old-school label.

Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden amber with a decent off-white head that sits at one-finger. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: an intensely nose of orange citrus, pine and grass hops. There are some earthen characters in the background too, which is nice.

Taste: follows from the nose, and I am happy to report that unlike most IPAs that have a strong nose, this one also has an even more intense flavour of pine and citrus. Those earthen characters and some malts are around in the background again.

Aftertaste: hangs about for quite a time, with a touch of alcohol to boot. Plenty of hop bitterness. Nice.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with plenty of carbonation.

Overall: a particularly good example of the American IPA style. Plenty of hops up front with just enough presence from the malts and warming alcohol to round it out. At AU$75 a case of 24 x 355mL (2013) it is better value than plenty of less impressive options.

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Photo of tronester
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a thin off-white head. Aromas of pineapple, and a hint of pine. The flavors start with some grapefruit rind, then a hint of biscuity malt, and finishing with a pounding of pine flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Overall a good session beer, though I would prefer a bit more citrus and less pine personally.

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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 Dave1999
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a small foamy looking white head.

This beer smells very nice, citrus hops, lemons and grapefruit.

The taste is bitter, with a citrus flavour similar to the smell. The only thing is the flavour is too light and quite watery.

The mouthfeel is very light low to medium carbonation.

I like the idea of this beer but it doesn't hold up to most good ipa's a couple of percent abv stronger. The flavour is too weak and the body too light. Glad I tried it but doubt I will probably not purchase again.

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Photo of Kromes
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A clear gold color with a thin line of bubbles on top. Similar to a soda.

A fresh citrus and grapefruit hop aroma.

More grapefruit hops and a little peach. The malt in the background provides enough sweetness to counteract the heavy hop flavor. Nicely balanced and flavorful.

Well, it's a session beer so it is light with carbonation on the lower side of average.

Definitely an all day session IPA. The citrus quality refreshes without being to overwhelming.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH IPA glass, orange amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving some lacing, slightly hazy

S: citrus and pine hops, lemon, lemongrass, orange, grapefruit, resin

T: good bitterness up front that is quite powerful, grapefruit peel, pine resin, not much sweetness, finish softens

M: thin with good carbonation

O: good IPA with a lower alcohol content, nice bitterness while still being refreshing

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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 psoriasaurus
2.26/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Figured I would give this one a go... I had heard from multiple friends that it is a great session IPA. Anyway, got a growler fill of it. Looks OK in the glass, pretty much what you would expect a session IPA to be, very low on the SRM chart with a generous amount of carbonation. First impression on the nose was extremely more skunky than expected... almost smelled like B.O. Taste is overwhelmingly B.O. I hate to say it, but this one was a drain pour. In fact, it was so bad that I had to go grab some bottles at the local shop to see if it was just a bad keg. Nope. Bottles had the exact characteristics all around.

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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 samie85
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light amber color with two fingers of white head.

Smells of guava and blood orange with some light pine.

Big hop notes with a very light caramel malt backing.

Very light bodied with low but prickly carbonation.

Reminds me of an IPA I accidentally over-diluted; still has an ample hop bunch but the malt aspect isn't there. I think Leviation is better rounded beer that's actually lower in alcohol than this.

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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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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!

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Photo of rodlavers
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6.7.12, poured into a Founders Pint glass

A. I poured this one with care, but recall that a hard pour results in a big foamy head; this one faded quickly to a thin white head that rests in a ring up against the interior of the glass. Light in color, orange/yellow, and translucent.

S. Light floral hops, light pine involved, as well, along with citrus. Natural aromas, with everything a bit muted.

T. Follows the nose, except for some very interesting natural flavors coming through; wheat and grass.

M. Light carbonation, very refreshing, goeas down very easy...perfect summer beer, or a beer for any season.

O. Love it.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden with good lacing. An appetizing ale.

Smell: Pear and pineapple. I especially like the pear, but this is a bit sour.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Extremely bitter, and not in a good way. Skunked pine cones. It is smooth, but definitely flat.

Overall Drinkability: I can officially say I've found a Founders beer I don't like. They say every dog has its day. Whatever the opposite of that saying is...this is it for Founders.

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Photo of azdback
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Bottle on date 3/28/12. Very light orange color, almost yellow. Crystal clear and full of medium sized carbonation bubbles that lead to a very small head. Less than one finger in heigh and thin is the quickly dissipating head. No lace is being left now.

Smell is dark or overripe citrus. Blood orange comes to mind. Also get quite a bit of caramel and malt. Some musty smells of bread and yeast.

Taste is much like the smell blood orange or overripe pink grapefruit. Bread flavors from the yeast and some caramel from the malts.

Mouth is crisp and light. Body is delicate to light and the finish is minimal and fades quickly and dry.

I see why they named this All Day IPA, because it is light enough to drink all day doing yard work. My only problem is I wouldn't want to spend an entire day drinking this. It is way to light to call it an IPA. I think All Day Hoppy Lager would have fit it a little better. Thanks to jrags8 for this extra.

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 806 ratings.