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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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87
very good

825 Reviews
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Reviews: 825
Hads: 6,393
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 224
Gots: 1,851 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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: 825 | Hads: 6,393
Photo of suspect
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter.

A: Aggressive pour leads to a half-finger head. The lacing on this one was thick and plentiful.

S: Lots of hops in the nose, piney resin standing in front of citrus hops make it a delicious nose. Certainly the highlight of the beer.

T: Delicate malt in the foreground, piney hops take over midway and don't let go.

M: Crisp finish, lots of carbonation. A bit bitter on the aftertaste.

O: Decent IPA, would drink a lot of these at a party or on a hot day.

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Photo of mnrider
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Brown bottle.

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with one finger of bubbly white head. In only a few
seconds this head turns to almost nothing. The lacing is basically nothing.

S: Citrus. Hops. Fresh. Crisp. Cool. Light watermelon. Hops.

T/M: Citrus. Hops. Citrus. Hops. Not strong but still distinct. Small malt bottom. overall
light bodied. Slick with a sharp hoppy feel. The finish is crisp with a linger of citrus hops.

O: For being only 4.7 ABV this beer is quite flavorful and a real stand out. Not a hop bomb,
but has enough to keep me satisfied. Especially if I'm going to session it. I really could
drink this beer All Day long.

Cheers!!!

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Photo of leantom
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Got this at a local college bar. Here goes:

A: Very good. Orange-yellow with a massive head that leaves adequate lacing. Clear to boot.

S: Nice and robust. A citrus backbone complimented by tropical smells such as pineapple and mango. Grassy notes as well.

T: Disappointing. Not as robust as the smell. Taste follows the nose, except that it's very, very light and watery.

M: Light, watery and no carbonation. Kind of a disappointment.

O: OK, just nothing to write home about. Stone's session IPA - Go-To IPA - is far, far better. The latter has a similar but much more robust taste. It also has a ton of carbonation that mitigates the light mouthfeel. Not so with this beer.

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Photo of illpass78
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a rusty, clear orange. Head and lacing both minimal. Carbonation moderate.

Aroma: Smells of citrus, pine, lemon, hops and grass. All typical IPA smells. Smells hoppier than 42 IBUs. Alcohol is faint.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, but it's kind of underwhelming. The lemon note is a little too dominant. It's very average.

Mouthfeel: It's thinner than I'd prefer. Somewhat watery for an IPA.

Overall: This is a very mediocre beer in my opinion. It does what they want it to do - it's an IPA you can plow through all day because of low ABV - but it's really boring. It seems like a stab at a pale ale / IPA hybrid and I think it would be better if they'd committed to one or another. It could serve as a good "bridge" beer to help folks move from pales to IPAs, so it's not without value.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have recently gotten into the "session" IPA realm. I tried the Stone which was amazing for the amount of alcohol. It usually takes more alcohol to boost up the flavor profile but it was great.
This one is not far from that range. Its about the same alcohol content so you can drink a few which is nice.

Appearance: Golden with a little red hue going on, but pretty much a straw yellow.

Smell: Not overly powerful, but there is a good amount of that flora hop aroma there along with some malt sweetness, this one is very balanced in that regard.

Taste: It has the hops but is a bit more sweet than the Stone. It was good, but I still think for this one anyway the Stone edges them out. Which is hard for me to say because I do tend to favor Michigan breweries, now if Bell's could get something going? They may, and I just don't know it yet.

Overall: This is a good beer and one I would go to for sure, especially if the price was right and the price was right on this one. About the same quality and taste as the Stone but less expensive, so in the future I may go for the Founders more often.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours out a dark yellow hue with little lacing and not much retention.
S. The aroma consists of citrus, floral and pine from the hops.
T. The taste I get in this beer is some citrus and floral hops, but I mostly taste pine throughout the beer and get a mix of pine and citrus in the aftertaste.
M. A nice easy to drink IPA that has a smooth consistency to it.
O. A very nice IPA to enjoy when you feel like something that tastes very good, but is lower in alcohol than most IPAs.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this as part of the "Glass of the Month" at Winking Lizards in Fairlawn, Ohio.

Appearance - A transparent golden color. It has average lacing with little to no head.

Smell - Aromas of flower and pine. A slightly bitter and hoppy smell.

Taste - Tastes more bitter and hoppier than I had anticipated. Notes of light pine and citrus. It is very fruity, but I can't exactly pinpoint a specific fruit that it tastes like. Quite a complex build in terms of fruity flavor. It also has a yeasty and bread-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Quite malty with many floral notes. Good to sip and enjoy. It can be a little too bitter at times. It is medium to light bodied. Not one of my favorite offerings from Founder's.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Notes: Born on 5/4/14 (current date 6/1/14). Poured into a nonic pint.

A: Golden color with a full 1+ finger head of pillowy white head. The head looks "dense" but it does not cling tot he glass and give lacing. The head seems to want to stick around.

S: Mango, peach and pine. Really nice tropical aromas.

T: Much more pine than I expected (based on the nose). Not getting much of the tropical fruit - much more pine present. Also I sense more bitter than the 42 IBUs lead me to believe - not harsh but I have had much higher IBU beers that had less bitter to them.

M: Slightly thin with average carbonation. This is the right balance for a sessionable IPA.

O: This is an enjoyable beer. With 4.7% ABV and a light body it is very sessionable. If I wanted to sit down and have one beer - this would not be it (I'd go for something a little heavier). But after a hard day in the sun one or two of these would be nice.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was informed by the barkeep that this is a corn-based ale brewed with a nice hit of Citra hops.

A: Endurance takes on the color of good bourbon, with a golden-straw hue. Head retention is minimal, and lacing is moderate. clarity is impressive.

S: pineapple, mango, grapefruit all are suggested in the hop-forward bouquet. Very delightful.

T: dry, but with a touch of corny sweetness, endurance boasts all of the flavors hinted at in the bouquet.

M: light, crisp, and clean at the end. A session brew to rule them all.

D: a job well done on a very different brew. I know corn has a bad rep, but this is fantastic. Definitely worth a shot if you are in town.

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Photo of lstokes
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with a fluffy head and pine and grapefruit aromas. The taste is pretty awesome--lots of grapefruit and citrus, some floral, a bit of pale malt backing, but with a strong bitter finish that resembles heavier IPAs. Just about flawless in execution.

I've become a lightweight since losing a lot of weight last year, so I can see this beer becoming my savior, the one that lets me keep up with my boyfriend without becoming a slurring mess. Love this beer.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another Founders!
I've read about this one and was waiting to taste it. Poured a clean crisp yellowish type typical American lager. At 50IBU, I wasnt expected much in terms of hop and bitterness.. But at the first smell, I was amazed just how hoppy this bouquet was. Your typical grassy, grapefruity, citrus nose. I thought I was about to dive into a 100IBU Beer.

Then the first taste!. AGAIN! WOW for a 50IBU beer, this had plenty of HOPS without a lot of the bitterness. This beer drank so easily and so enjoyable. I could have this one over and over.. It could easily be my spring and summer beer.

The only slight fault I had, was that the finish left me somewhat hanging. This beer started slowly, that went on full charge, then as I was finishing, it started to finish just right and WHAM, my legs were taken under me. The beer just dropped off. The citrus which should finish nicely, just left me with an unsettled citrus flavor.

12/27/13
The last couple of days, I have had a number of these. And I have enjoyed each one better than the one before it. I turned on 3 people to this one and they all loved it. Its still so crisp and drinkable.. Almost chug-able, but at the same time, I can sit back and slowly sip it and enjoy it.

02/01/14
Only thing: So DRINKABLE!

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Photo of ExtraStout
2.54/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can.

Appearance: orangey gold with a thin white fizzy head, and great clarity

Aroma: very grapefruity, strong tropical fruit aroma. No malt character.

Taste: very thin, actually surprisingly thin tasting. Almost no malt character and almost all grapefruit hop flavor. It actually tastes likes hop steeped water.

Mouthfeel: very thin and light bodied in a way that is wrong for the style. Medium carbonation

Overall: Disappointing for such a great brewery, especially one known for such strong beers like Dirty Bastard. No malt flavor makes the beer taste like hop steeped water.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a difficult beer to review. Besides the session-beer handicap, there's some things I really like and some things I really don't that each seem to come and go.

Pours a straw yellow with white head and low retention. Nice bubbles rising through the glass. Starts off with strong hops and some onion notes. The aroma transitions to mostly malt as it warms. Caramel and popcorn emerge in the taste and blend well with the hops. Onion comes and goes throughout. Mouthfeel is ok, not a strong point.

It's a fascinating beer, but it's too confusing to be something I'd want routinely.

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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 dank203
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is good for what it's meant for: a tasty, refreshing yet flavorful beer, and out of a can, it's a go to, easy to grab, great when fresh and cold and right outta the can. I prefer it that way. its not really big or complex, just a great beer to hang out and drink, got a 15pk of cans

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 89 /100

Summery: A great session ale... I am slightly bias to Founders beers. Still it's the value in the 15 'Brewers pack' for $17.99 that really makes me get giddy over it. Adding on to the fact that it moves rather fast at a few local shops, means I can almost always swoop this less than a month old. Such a great value and readily available go-to~

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Photo of JG-90
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle into glass

A - Clear light orange/yellow. Pours a medium head that recedes to a ring around the edge. Moderate/minimal lacing.

S - Not a huge nose, faint tropical hops and light malt

T - Overall taste is lacking as well. Starts with a little bread, then hops with lemon, pinneapple and grapefruit, finishes with a little funk and pine pricklyness. The funk, pine, and bread tastes linger on the palate. Overall a little bland, watery, and prickly

M - High carbonation and light/watery body

O - Not nearly as much character as I hoped for. There are plenty of other beers that I would rather drink all day

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Photo of jamescain
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip. Bottled on 4/22/13.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a fluffy white head about 2 fingers thick that fades to a lacing that clings to the side of the glass. This is a very nice looking beer, something you could easily fool your BMC drinking friends into trying. The aroma is citrus, mellon, and mango, with a slightly bready aroma. The taste is a little disappointing. I was expecting more of a hop punch similar to a pale ale. Its sadly not very complex, mostly pine with a strange grainy finish. The carbonation is on the higher end for the style but it makes it rather quaffable with its dry finish and light body. Overall it is exactly what it says it is, something you can drink all day. I'm very happy to have it here for the TX summer and I look forward to consuming many in the future.

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

12 oz. can poured into Spiegelau.

A- Golden honey in color. Active carbonation. Off-white head retains at 1/4". Great lacing.

S- Aromatice citrus, pine, hint of toasted malt. Sweet aroma.

T- Citrus peel, a little sweet citrus. Less malt, but it's in the flavor profile.

M- Light, crisp. Simple

O- Light, and crushable. Session IPAs are growing on me. Dry hopping, and leaving less for the bittering is a great idea. We get the hop flavor and aroma, but minimal bitterness.

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Photo of Gasc0igne
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

355mL Can. Served in DFH/Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden colour with an initially large head comprised of large and hollow bubbles; recedes quickly to an unpleasant-looking muck atop the beer. Minimal carbonation visible. Lacing is good but messy.

S: I get a heavy skunkiness at the front that lingers in the background until the end. Some nice basic pine and some herbal hop notes. Hint of citrus. Simple aroma but not bad.

T: Caramel sweetness followed by a sharp hit of grapefruit that lingers. Notable grass and a heavy piney hop presence which accentuates the bitterness. Again, fairly standard but well done.

M: Medium body. Amazingly smooth. Medium carbonation. Adore the mouthfeel.

O: A well-made, simple IPA that is exceptionally tasty for the low ABV. I would and will session this. As advertised!

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Photo of Auracom
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I completely forgot this beer had even been made until six packs popped up here in Oak Park a few weeks back. Single 12 oz. purchase from Marion Street and poured on Friday, February 10th, 2012 into a Cantillon flute.

A - Clear, medium orange coloring. One finger head dissipated almost immediately down to white bubbles. A bit surprised at the lack of retention.

S - Lightly tropical. Astringent fruit skins, very little malt backing.

T - Effervescent and lightly sweet in the front end. Thick, pulpy orange juice. Moderate hop bitterness near the back.

M - Light body, low-medium carbonation, medium-length dry finish.

D - It's a 4.7% Founders brew, how in the hell could this not be drinkable?! The taste is narrow and not terribly complex, but overall it's a well-done beer that has an exact point and purpose.

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks to dbol, into a Fantome tulip.

True golden colour with a nice white head of foam. Spots of lacing a good head retention, slowly receding.

Really strong grapefruit smell, enduring and clean and defined. Faint touch of pineapple there as well.

Tastes of grapefruit and citrus. Hard to believe it is just 4.7% ABV. Plenty packed into this.

Strong bitterness, particularly early on that backs off a bit towards the end of the bottle. Certainly would grab for another. Very drinkable, yet pretty damn hoppy and bitter. Medium carbonation.

Really nice package. Super sessionable, really difficult to comprehend the relatively low ABV at times, easy to think this was 6% just with how much is in this. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of bound4er
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Light copper to dark straw appearance with a white head of about 2 fingers that breaks moderately fast to a covering skim.

S. Piney - resinous - herbal type hops with some biscuit malt poking through. Pretty nice.

T. Somewhat simple but offers enough flavor to keep things interesting. Light hop citrus and pine bitterness followed with bready malt that runs into a clean, nicely bitter finish. Invites you back quickly for another sip.

M. Lighter bodied with good carbonation. This stuff is made to slide down quickly.

O. A great summer beer that won't fatigue the palate or knock you on your ass if you have more than 4+ in a session. My only beef, which has been expressed by others, is that this beer strains hard to be considered an IPA. I guess it really doesn't matter, it's a nice effort from Founders nonetheless.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Clear and pale, looks like a pils. Pours a one finger head, with evident carbonation; it recedes quickly.

Aroma: Refreshing hops, not too strong, not too weak. Some floral aromas.

Taste: Quite light, but nice and tasty hops. Fairly dry finish with some light hops in the aftertaste. Pleasant and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A very nice session ale. It hasn't been overdone, just a plain and simple, robust but light ipa.

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

Pours a light golden with a very fluffy one to two finger head, which disappears quickly leaving no lacing. A big bouquet of hops in the aroma, and a little bit of citrus is there as well. Surprising amount of bitterness and floral flavors for a "session ale." It does live up to its billing, though, not heavy in the stomach or on the palate. Pretty light mouthfeel, something I'd expect from a sessionable IPA. Overall this is a great beer. I don't know if I see myself spending the $20 the 12 pack costs and actually using it as a session drinker, but it certainly would be an enticing option if I had the money to spare.

It's probably unfair to say I expect more from an IPA in the case of the All Day IPA, but overall, I think I do.

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.