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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: 6,262
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 223
Gots: 1,738 | 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: 6,262
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 zachary80
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 6/20/12

Orangish body, starts with a minimal white head but stays around for a bit. Good lacing.

Aroma is hoppy - zesty, light citrus.

Hop flavor is a little weak for an IPA, even a session one which I assume indicates the lighter alcohol. It does have a decent maltiness to it, but more on that side than my preference for an IPA. Some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected.

Overall a decent beer, I wouldn't consider it one of my favorite IPAs, and not the best "session" IPA either.

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Photo of Hendry
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale straw color, billowy white three finger head,lively carbonation and solid lacing in the glassware.

Aroma is relative bright, reminiscent of tropical fruit, slight hint of pine.

Flavor is pleasant, similar to the aroma, nice moderate lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel is relatively light, maybe even a tad thin, but this IS a session IPA. Crisp dry finish, nice example of the style.

This a solid IPA with an easy drinking quality about it that could satisfy a number of palates.

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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.

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Photo of Beric
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one fell through the cracks back when I had it, so this is from memory.
Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Enjoyed: Sometime July 2013

Appearance: Looks like an IPA, though the head does not stick around as long. Good amber color to it. Crystal clear. Looks very carbonated.

Smell: Not as huge of a hop-forward smell as some other "American IPAs", but then again, this one isn't like most others.

Taste: Keeping in mind that this is supposed to be a low ABV IPA, and thus isn't quite as big or complex as other beers of its same style, this one is great. As a session beer, this one is loaded with complex flavor, with a good, sweet malt backbone dominated by substantial hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Compared to other IPAs, if memory serves me well, this one was very effervescent. Not to say that it was not refreshing as a result, but it seemed slightly overcarbonated to me.

Overall: Since this is intended as a session beer, I think Founders crafted another masterpiece here. I could drink this one all day and still get a good hop fix without descending too far down the inebriated rabbit hole. Great that it's offered in cans too, as this could be a quintessential tailgate beer for craft beer nerds.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a low abv ale from Founders; this reveiw is based on a pint quaffed at the great Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine. Upon being delivered to my slobbering maw, this beer was a translucent copper color, still and serene without the expected carbonation bubbles. The head was thin and wispy while the lacing was minimal.

One whiff and the olafactory senses are bombarded with pine needles.The palate is brushed with mild motes of pineapple that sucumb to a toasted conclusion. The star is the mouthfeel, crisp and clean. Nothing to overwhelm, but one that could be taken for granted. The perfect sessional craft that completely destroys the infuriating myth that a beer has to have a high alcohol content to be great. Leave it to Founders to end this nonsense: the Beer World's equivalent to the 9/11 Truthers.

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Photo of atr2605
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours an orange light copper color with a white sudsy head with good retention
S-very grassy with some citrus and pine
T-more pine and citrus with malt providing a very nice balance
M-medium light bodied
O-nice balanced beer, definitely more of a pale ale than an ipa, then again its a "session" ipa

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “BOTTLED” date printed on the neck is “02/16/13.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is pale copper. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head left an even skim.

Smell: Lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, cara cara orange, mango, and floral hops. There is also a hint of dirty socks. I do not know what it is; perhaps just the way the smells intermingle.

Taste: Pretty thin mouthfeel, and the citrus and fruit do not stand out as much as they do in the aroma until the beer warms considerably. When that happens, the flavor mostly mirrors the smell with grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, and exotic fruits. A floral hop bitterness commands each sip.

Drinkability: This is decent and drinkable — especially, I would assume, while outdoors. It is not overpowering, but it does offer good flavor without being overly heavy or boozy.

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

Bottle poured into pilsner glass

Amber- orange with medium carbonation. Solid foam cap with slight lacings.

Great citrus , grapefruit hoppy aroma.

Smooth hoppy bitterness with no sharp aftertaste. Grapefruit and tangerine flavors.

Light mouthfeel

Good , smooth hoppy beer.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden yellow pale in color. About an inch of foamy suds after an aggressive pour. Zero lacing and head retention to speak of.

S - Piney, earthy, grassy, weed, bong water, faint citrus notes.

T - Big flavor for the low alcohol content. Tastes more like a standard IPA than this session ale. Nice hoppy profile to start, some sweetness, followed by an overly dry finish. Crisp mouth feel.

O - This has turned into my go to session ale and I actually like to drink it more out of the can that from the bottle. Huge flavor and juicy drinkability in this brew.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Session and IPA are two words that don't go together in my book. And frankly this beer is not both of these things. It is a good pale ale (to me in an English direction) but not an IPA. But it is very sessionable.

Pours a clear honey-colored liquid. The aroma is excellent with lots of aromatic hoppy notes.

Flavor is a well balanced pale ale. Plenty of hops but not too much (or to say it another way, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is far hoppier than this one). Some maltyness but still pretty crisp. Definitely some aromatic hops.

Medium mouth feel. About right for a session beer but not oily enough to be an IPA.

Overall, I like this beer a lot. I only wish it were named better. "All day IPA" is catchy but it just isn't accurate.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, soapy head that is resiny, and collapses completely, leaving minimal lacing. Big, bright hop aroma is filled with citrus and a touch of pine. Nice straw color. Starts with a wonderful, full, aromatic hop flavor that is piney with maybe a HINT of citrus (kind of the opposite of the aroma), builds into a nice medium bitterness, and then MALT! The malt powers through these hops, and then begins to blend to leave a delicious hop-bread flavor linger into the finish.

It reminds me of my much beloved and unavailable (in IL) Nimbus Pale Ale from Tucson; it's hoppy, but not too bitter, drinkable, and just delicious!
I would buy this by the 12-pack!!!

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Photo of jkrich
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on a recent trip to Grand Rapids, MI. Poured from a date-stamped bottle: bright and clear with a deep golden hue with honey highlights. The minimal white-head dissipated quickly.

This one was fragrant with citrus and bittersweet tropical fruit; more aromatic than many larger IPAs.

The first sip was zesty and thirst quenching with a noticeable hop profile. The hop citrusy hop bitterness lingers on the tongue. The flavor profile is not very complex with a faint malt presence.

The body was rather thin with a clean and short-lived mouthfeel. A pleasant bitterness does linger slightly on the tongue.

This is a quite enjoyable session 'IPA' that has a lot of nice flavor for lighter ale. To me, this drinks like a hoppy, American pale ale. I now regret only buying one six pack.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden-amber, with a very thin white ring of froth. There's a slight amount of lacing later on. I find the smell of this beer to be extremely enticing, with very citrusy, aromatic hops. Once tasted, it's easy to surmise that there's virtually no malts present whatsoever. Lots of different hop flavor notes here - piny, resinous, and also citrusy grapefruit (like the aroma indicated). I wonder what different types of hope were used... It's a very clean libation, a perfect light-bodied choice for having with a meal, during a summer's day, or in large quantities with your buddies. Overall this 'session-able' IPA succeeds in every way as advertised, despite how suspect that statement initially sounds!

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Photo of gr0g
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber color with high clarity. An average-looking head leaves some very nice lacing. Aroma is extremely hop forward and pungent, very much the equal of the top high gravity IPAs. It's primarily a piney, grapefruity aroma with some hints of more tropical fare.

Hops continue to dominate on the palate: the bottle says "42 IBUs" which I didn't really consider to be all that high for a beer billed as an IPA, but the apparent bitterness is definitely in the IPA "zone." Malt profile is very restrained, coming through with a weak cracker-like grainy flavor. An abundance of hop oils fills the void but doesn't offer the enjoyment that a big-bodied IPA does.

Session IPA, really hoppy APA, whatever you consider this, it's am excellent low-gravity hop monster. I don't find it as tasty as a good 7% IPA, but there's definitely a place for low ABV, hoppy beers, especially once the summer months roll around.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz bottle

Color is clear gold with a frothy white head that slowly receded to clumpy islands. Lacing is okay. Smell is really nice - tropical and citrus fruit. Flavor is also very good. It's a little subdued, being a session IPA, but still very tasty. Body is light/medium with good carbonation. Overall, one of the first session IPA I've had that I actually would enjoy sessioning.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A nice golden yellow, a bit cloudy, has a finger of off white head at the top that leaves a good amuont of lacing around the glass.

S: Strong hop presence on the nose and taste, lots of citrus and some sweetness on the tail end, probably from the tropical fruit.

T: Exactly like the nose, lots of hops all over the place, boozie a bit, a nice sweetness on the tail end though.

M: Med to high in carbonation, smooth drinker, not to bad.

Overall this was a good beer from Founders, very simple compared to their other IPA'
s but nonetheless very drinkable.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Winking Lizard.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a finger of white head. Good retention and decent lacing, with tons of carbonation bubbles flowing up through the glass.

S: Crisp pine hops with just a bit of light, somewhat indistinguishable sweet malts in there as well. Faint, but enjoyable.

T: Strong for what's being advertised as a "session" beer (even above the 4% ABV definition that I usually see), sweet malts seem a bitty toasty here and lots of crisp hop flavor. Semi-long lasting bitter finish.

M: Light, crisp body; lively carbonation with a dry finish.

D: As a low alcohol beer, the ethanol definitely doesn't come into play, but I wouldn't feel like another of these. The taste was pleasant for a bit, but without being particularly complex or a great taste, drinkability is just average.

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Photo of divineaudio
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 12/26/11. poured into my founders pint glass.

a - pours golden in color and is totally transparent. only got a thin cap of off white head that calmed to a film right away, but does leave a lot of little chunks of lacing in my glass.

s - toffee, faint honey, orange, pineapple, faint grass.

t - grassy hop character over a biscuity malt base. juicy citrus notes, faint pine. pleasing amount of bitterness leads into a crisp, dry finish. standard ipa flavors here, but very well balanced.

m - medium in body but plenty of carbonation makes it feel lighter. medium co2 profile.

o - probably the most easy drinking beer i have ever had. the fact that i could have 3-4 of these in a night (or day) without falling down drunk just makes it that much more enjoyable. i see this being a regular inhabitant of my fridge.

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Photo of beerhan
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Very pronounced amber pour with initially a nice thick white head that leaves a small lacing rather quickly.

S-Piney and malty but not the most aromatic beer. Fruity though.

T-Very strong grapefruit and a hint of mango almost. Slightly bitter to the tongue. A bit of a strawish after taste followed by a hop burn.

M-Pretty thick body for the alcohol. Nice and sticky with mild carbonation.

O-I am really not one for kicking back beers. I choose higher abv beers generally because I get very full fast. This beer though is a great median. It has like the taste of a great DIPA without the alcohol content. I may not always be in the mood for something like this but it gets my respect for what it is.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is okay, it is drinkable, but the problem with it to me is that it tastes like lawn clippings and nothing else. I had this on tap and that is the only flavor I could ascertain from it, there was nothing going on besides this flavor either. To top it off, it had a pretty watery mouth feel.

I would not purchase this again. I could drink it if it were free, but that is about it.

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

12 oz bottle from six at FMcD's, poured into standard pint glass

A - Clear golden orange, with little to no head

S - Pine, heavy grapefruit, grass

T - More of the same, with some biscuit and tinge (check) of malt. The bitterness and hops dominate the finish.

M- Extremely crisp, above average carbonation. Seems slightly thin/watery, but I believe that is part of the "session" qualities they were going for.

O - A good, basic, low alcohol IPA.

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Photo of wingman14
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich yellow with a frothy white head that fades into lacing. Smell is fruity and sweet with the hop bouquet. A unique smell coming out that is very inviting. Taste has the subtle sweet and fruitiness, but the hop comes through in a big way, with a pine mixing in with the fruit notes. This is a lighter medium mouthfeel, a nice balance in flavors, good depth. Overall good flavor, a nice IPA that has no bitterness, and is very enjoyable.

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Photo of Premo88
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into nonic
(6/24/15 born on date)

L: clear gold, brilliant with just enough amber to darken the yellow without actually looking amber; small head, maybe 1/3-inch tall of white/off-white foam; keeps a tidy white collar; no stick or lace

S: very hoppy ... onion, grass ... citrusy (lemon, grapefruit) ... the onion is pervasive

T: green grassy and onion ... almost salty/meaty, like steak and onions; not a lot of sweetness in it; some citrus notes mix in, mainly grapefruit

F: perfect. light and crisp, nothing fancy but spot on for a session brew.

O: lots of onion with a little bit of grapefruit, this one's nearly perfect for me; as it warms, a pinch of sweetness helps balance the hops. i could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A - A dark gloden-orange. Shines more orange in the light. A small, probably 1/2 inch head that stuck around. Suprising amount of carbonation for an IPA.

S - Quality hops, especially when first opening and before pouring. Yum. Some grapefruit and a touch of fresh cut grass, too. Nice smelling beer.

T - The beer was exactly what I expected. A damn good tasting IPA that's not as potent as most others. I.E. exactly what it's supposed to be. Quality hops are there, as well as a pinch of grapefruit. Great, smooth, medium-hoppiness in the aftertaste.

F - Very nice. Smooth, flavorful finish that really does quench the thirst. No dryness.

O - Not truly outstanding, but still a damn good beer. It's advertised as a session beer, and I plan on sessioning this beast in the future. It's a tasty IPA that doesn't have the overpowering delicious hop taste that's hard (for many, not all) to session with. Sessionable with lot's of excellent flavor!

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