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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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807 Reviews
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Reviews: 807
Hads: 6,269
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 223
Gots: 1,742 | 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: 6,269
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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Photo of Auraan
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber body with a half finger bubbly white head. Fairly standard IPA appearance, quite nice, if not a bit simple. Scents of dank, earthy, herbal hops, vegetal hops with slight onion character, light tropical fruit and some citrus round out the aroma and there is a very light malt sweetness. Overall impression of aroma is of a big, hoppy beer with a good deal of powerful hop aromatics. Very nice. Flavor begins bitter, with notes of pine resin, herbal hops, dank, earthy hops and grapefruit peel. Middle opens up vegetal hop flavors and a stronger flavor of grapefruit and light floral hop flavors. Finish is bitter with notes of floral hops, grapefruit peel, citrus blossom and pine resin. Aftertaste is grapefruit peel and pine needles. Overall impression of flavor is of a very hops forward ale, wonderfully flavorful, with a degree of complexity from the numerous interacting hop flavors. As is typical for the session IPAs the malt is undetectable. Mouthfeel is light bodied and watery with medium-high carbonation and a slick, resinous feel. Overall impression. Of mouthfeel is of a hoppy light beer. Overall this is a good session IPA. Founders was one of the first to try to make a hoppy session beer, and while not quite as good as some that have come after, it is still a solid choice and a good, light, refreshing hop-forward beer.

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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 danieelol
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden chrome with fine head and lacing.

Smell is lovely apple, pine, bit of peach. Malt isn't really there- it's all about the fruity hops.

Taste is a nice combination of the aforementioned fruits with a pine-y bite.

Mouthfeel is thin, good carb and dry and crisp, almost like mineral water with a little bit of sourness.

Excellent, underrated beer. Don't get what the Australians complaining about this beer were on about. Like a better version of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale.

Hops may have faded a bit due to the age but are still a lot more present than in beers which travel a similar route to this country e.g. Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of IronLover
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey yellow in color with a slight chill haze. Poured with a brief white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Pungent herbal and citrus hop aromas. The feel is on the thinner side, a tad bit watery up front until the tangy, assertive carbonation rolls through. Herbal hop flavors up front followed by citrus hops through the middle and pine hops at the end. Finishes with a long lasting, bitter pine hop after taste. The hops are the showcase, biting, tangy, and bitter. Not much malt presence, but that's probably the point with the "all day" session theme here.

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Photo of jhartley
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to an English style pint.
A bright crystal clear yellow-gold body with a 1/2 finger thin head.
Smells of citrus and herbs with a little spiciness. Very "bright".
Very light in body; thin and watery. A little pepper-like bite on the end.
A little too much carbonation for me.
I know this is labeled and supposed to be a session ale, but it's a little too light for my liking. Would prefer more in the body too match the smell. I really love all the other offerings I have had from Founders, but this one misses the mark for me. Not too say it wasn't a decent beer, just not one I would seek out in the future.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Dec 26. Hm old for an IPA.

Pours like Two-Hearted. Deep goldenrod with initially fizzy carbonation. eveneutally leaves no head with a steady stream of bubbles coming from the bottom.

Smells like Two-Hearted. Honestly, it really does. Very sticky sugary sweet honey malt come at you straight away. I get more fresh hops, West Coast citric hops, and slightly dank smells. Like odd offspring of Two-Hearted and Sucks.

It feels and tastes like Two-Hearted and Sucks. The main difference is the body. Its light. Very light. Slick on the tongue, and this thing is all aroma, like Zombie Dust. Initially, the dank hops flash across the tongue, but they fade in a moment's notice. Its built to session, and comes through sessionable.

In terms of IPAs, its rather lackluster (actually more like terrible), but in terms of APAs, its actually pretty good. Im thinking we need a category change on this one. The balance is the difference.

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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 tubeyes
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A hazy orange, min head, nice lace.
S lots of piney oily citrus hops.
T lots of citrus pine hops, strong hop oil, planty greatness with some grapefruit tart in there somewhere.
M great smooth drink, excellent carbonation, nice hoppy aftertaste.
O fantastic brew, thoroughly impressed by this glory of an IPA

Had on tap at OSDH in Denton, from beer journal 4/19/13.

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

Enjoyed on tap. Pours a lovely gold with a thin white head that leaves plenty of lacing.
The aroma is citrus and pine.
Tasty beer, following the nose with citrus and pine up front and a decent sweet balance below. It finishes with a crisp bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium and rather smooth.
Very good session brew.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, this is a light golden color. It is fizzy with very light head. Smell is very light citrus and pine. Taste is very mild with a light hoppiness in the background. Not something overly complex, it is a nice session beer and probably something great to have in the summer.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly transparent orange to golden body beneath the pillowy white head which hangs around for the majority of the beer and leaves a thin, sticky lacing behind.

Very nice, straight forward aromas of sweet citrus greet the nose. Floral hop notes also accompany the sweet fruit which seems to include orange, apricot, and peach.

The flavor offers clean, crisp sweet citrus notes as well with floral and grass notes.

A very clean and refreshing body highlights the mouthfeel with mild carbonation and a fresh hoppy finish.

Another winner from Founders. Just as clean and tasty as advertised and an all day drinkable IPA.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled on 02/02/12. Not quite two weeks old. Alcohol on the label reads 4.7%

A- Pours a clear gold color with a thick white foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Citrus hops and tropical fruit aroma is exploding out of this beer. Dank, pine, grapefruit, mango, and so much more. Rivals some of the best DIPA noses out there.

T- A gentle bitterness upfront with flavors of orange, lemon, and grapefruit all present. Some light toasted malt in the finish helps to balance a touch. No hint of alcohol to speak of, with just a bit of lingering bitterness.

M- Light bodied with good carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O- Easily one of the best sub 5% hoppy beers that I've had. I could see picking this up quite often over the summer.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear body that is light amber with orange hues. Nice two finger off-white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

Solid aroma that is primarily made up of the hop notes: mostly citrus (lemon) with a bit of a tropical leaning the in background. Minor notes of caramel malt in the background.

The flavor is fairly close to the aroma, slightly more on the bitter side. Some light pine notes come into play, but the citrus flavors dominate, primarily the lemon.

Medium to light texture in the mouthfeel. I notched the overall score a bit because it's nice to have reasonably flavorful session beer. Well done, Founders.

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

2013 bottle

Appearance: Golden beauty with a nice 1 finger head and ample carbonation.

Smell: Quite aromatic, with notes of pine, malt, mango and orange.

Taste: Nice blend of subtle malty sweetness and bitterness up front. Eventually, the malts fade and the bitterness becomes more noticeable, lasting into the finish.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side with mild carbonation.

Overall: Pretty much tasted as I expected it to. It's a sessionable IPA that's not very complex, but give me this over a BMC any day of the week.

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Photo of bobhits
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

The problem with most IPA? Of course they're too thick heavy and malty. Who wants to drink a meal in a glass if they don't have to? The problem with less malty IPA's? yeah they're bitter as hell and undrinkable.

Now bring in the "session" IPA. Beers with abv well over the session level and less malt with likely a bit of dry hopping and here we go.

The crystal clear body, minimal lacing, all boring in the looks department.

The nose is hoppy, citrus and well malt free.

Here's the thing, the beer is tasty as hell. Yeah caramel malt is there so far hidden that it's amazing. The one issue is the beer is more acidic than hoppy. Did founders find a way to make this into acid rain to make this week? I can't tell. I still like it.

I love an IPA without malt thickness! This is wonderful to drink!

This is a solid IPA and I love the lower abv and lower malt. It is no go to from stone which kills this one all day everyday but it's good.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of my favorite summer time session beers. I also love that its available in the 15-pack of cans over the strict 6 or 12 of bottles, making it easy to bring on summer rafting trips, or golfing, or to music festivals, or wherever you'd like.

Founder's does not seem to skimp on the flavor or the quality here, its a good ipa, and a no brainer for me on a summer event day.

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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 ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, golden orange liquid with lots of big rising bubbles. Head is of white and modest. Settles to a skim.

S: Strong citrus hop aroma. It comes across as mildly sweet and bitter.

T: Very bitter IPA. Just because the alcohol is a bit lower doesn't mean hops were sacrificed as well (unless you count added hops to the boil, then yes, many hops were sacrificed).

M: Beer has a slight sticky film that contains some bitter hop oils. Carbonation is strong.

O: A very good IPA. I can see myself enjoying this one all day. I hope to revisit it again this summer. I calls for sunshine and a back deck.

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

Had this right after a Victory 19 Anniversary Session IPA. This paled in comparison. This beer disappointed in everything but appearance as the color was a nice dark gold and had some lacing. Not a fan of session IPA's. If I want to have a few lower ABV beers, I'll drink some pilsners.

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Photo of Mojo
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> tulip glass

Pours up a crystal clear medium gold with a small foamy head, pretty good retention, and small bits of lacing. I don't have the world's strongest sense of smell, but the nose seems to be mostly apples, and citrus. Taste is a little drier than I expected with a bit of yeastiness up front. The finish is citrusy and an undertaste of charcoal. Mouthfeel is nice with a good amount of carbonation. Not bad at all, but for Founders I was a little underwhelmed.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a medium gold color with a small head. Head retention is ok after getting down to a thin lace on top. Clarity is high, with lots of carbonation rising. Lacing is ok.

S- Good blend of citrus and pine hops dominate the nose. Not a lot else there, maybe a hint of sweetness, but a solid hop bill.

T- Just like the scent, with hops starting and being the dominant flavor throughout. Flavors of the hops are somewhat muted compared to the smell. Good balance of solid hops and light malt flavors. Some sweetness on the end, but not much outside of the hops.

M- Light and easy drinking. Hops are prominent in the flavor, but leave the taste buds intact. This is exactly what it claims to be; a session ale.

Overall, this is a great all-day drinker like its name says. Nothing special as far as IPA's go, but I would definitely keep this around for an everyday IPA.

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

Pours orangish with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma is of hops, caramel and malt. Taste is slightly hoppy. Little bit of pine. Has a caramel malt backbone, Lingering hop sweetness. Mouthfeel is light. Body is light and very carbonated. It goes down easy, and it tastes good. Could definitely drink a few of these.

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Photo of davey101
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this finally showed up in the Northeast. No bottle date on the neck? Ok...either way it just popped up so its fresh as hell.

A - Pours a rather clear golden amber body. A fingers worth of white foam fades away quickly, decent lacing.

S - Woah, tropical fruit bomb. Papaya, mango, peach...the whole gang is here. A bit of biscuity malt and pine/dankness to balance it all out.

T - Tropical fruits lead into light biscuity malts. Man, this is tasty as all hell!! Just loads of peaches.

M - Light to medium bodied, lighlty creamy with ample carbonation. I could drink this all day so mission accomplished.

O - This is an awesome beer and I love the lower abv. Do not love the price though. $11 for a six pack at a reasonable store? Oy....this is a tough pill to swallow.

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Photo of micropale
2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Changing my rating from 4 to 2.75. All was well with this one until I bought a case of it in cans. Pretty sure ive had it in both can and bottle. Hoppy seltzer water is the best way to describe it. Stones Go To and Free Will Lower Case IPAs are better examples of 'session IPAs' in my opinion.

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