Founders All Day IPA - Founders Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at Hopleaf in Chicago. Reviewed from notes taken in March. Expections were high given the brewery and this beer's reputation.
A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of bad (~1 minute) retention, decent cream, and fair thickness. Body colour is a clear rich pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing for the style. I'm excited to try it.
Sm: Pale malts, muted fruit. Incredibly light; I hardly get anything. No yeast or alcohol comes through.
T: Floral hops, light nectary character. Pale malts. Bright fruit. Refreshing. Little bitterness here. It's pretty balanced. I like it. Fair complexity. Decent depth of flavour.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Good thickness. Suits the flavour well.
Dr: Quite drinkable, but nowhere near as much as many have claimed. I'd buy it by the 6er, but it's not exceptional. Just a sessionable, enjoyable IPA.
09/25/13: I picked up a 6-pack earlier tonight and thought I'd include some more in-depth notes:
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with cool label art and branded pressure cap served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in Austin, Texas. Reviewed live.
Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. No lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 4-5 minutes - though the low ABV makes this less of a feat.
Body colour is a clear yellow-copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Transparent/translucent.
No obvious flaws. Not unique or special.
04-04-2013 20:48:09 | More by kojevergas
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange color with a half finger white foam head that immediately fades into a very thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.
Dank, floral hop aroma with lots of resinous pine and earthy grass character countered by subtle citrus fruit and a pale malt backbone. Slightly spicy with grass, pine needle and über-fresh sticky buds followed by some grapefruit, pineapple, biscuit and graham cracker. Kind of reminds me of fresh cut grass. Very nice!
Medium bodied with a crisp and spicy earthy hop bite that lingers over the sweeter fruit notes and pale malt backbone into a dry finish. Fresh juicy hops with some dry, earthy bitterness and resinous pine flavor countered by hints of grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Could use a bit more citrus/tropical fruit flavor but there is enough there to add complexity and balance out the bitterness. Underneath, there is a pale malt backbone that really helps balance things out without taking away from the hop flavors. Some bread, biscuit, graham cracker and a touch of sweetness rounding things out in the finish. Really tasty and excellently balanced with a low ABV making this beer extremely drinkable. Not the most flavorful or aggressively hopped IPA but it's really nice and I could see myself drinking this "all day".
03-04-2013 08:37:13 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
On tap at CK. I was originally served 10K IPA when I ordered this. Didn't take long to figure out something wasn't quite right.
Light copper color with a fluffy white head. Thick rings of lacing. Strong pine and mild citrus nose with a strong biscuit and bread malt graininess. Robust biscuit malt body with grass and pine bitterness domianting throughout. Not as much citrus as the aroma, other than some light rind makes this is a little disappointgly bland; dry, earthy and bitter. Medium body with full carbonation. Nice for 4.7% but probably not something I'll seek out when it's packaged.
08-18-2011 21:04:56 | More by yourefragile
3.84/5 rDev -0.3%
I spied this with my little eye in The Fridge's cooler during a recent visit. The CANQuest (TM) has been rolling right along since my return from CANorado and today is another day of CANs.
From the CAN: "Brewed for us."; "Crack it. Pour it. Love it."; "Session Ale [-] The beer you've been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day's work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life's simple pleasures."; "Drink responsibly. They don't serve Founders in the Clink."
The Crack was music to mine ears and I was anxious to get started so I employed an inverted Glug to kick things off. I ended up with a massive two fingers of foamy, rocky eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a beautiful amber (SRM = between 9 and 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was VERY pine-y and I had to glance at the ABV to remind myself that it is a sessionable beer. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery for the style, but if that is the trade-off between taste and low ABV, I will take it without complaint. The taste was more muted than what the nose had led me to expect and it actually had a very mellow tea-like quality on the tongue. Finish was equally mellow and slightly hypnotic. I felt like I was ready for a nap.
09-02-2013 18:27:47 | More by woodychandler
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured a clear amber with a tall white head. Mmm. The beer opens with a big hit of fresh hops, just off the vine. It's a rich piney perfume, with a juicy tangerine edge. The flavor has a biting grapefruit kick over a relatively light, but not thin, body. The hops are a touch more complex than 21st Amendment's Bitter American, but Al Day IPA is more drinkable. Man, I'd like to get a case of this for a long weekend. Delicious.
03-15-2012 23:59:44 | More by tempest
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Nice to see lower alcohol IPAs making more of a showing in the market. Sometimes I just want something a little lighter, but with flavor. This is one of the better ones- particularly when very fresh. when you a lovely floral hop aroma and flavor- delicate, but definitely flavorful. It does fade fairly quickly on the shelf, so freshness is key. A nice option.
01-18-2014 18:23:09 | More by Georgiabeer
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
Big thanks to Ba ClockworkOrange for gifting me with a bottle of this. The brew pours a perfectly clear light copper color with a finger of off-white head that fades leaving spots of lace sticking to the glass. Around the edges, the brew is more of a yellowish color. A swirl revives less than a finger back to the surface that is quick to fade.
The aroma is quite enjoyable with a fresh juicy hoppiness. Some tropical qualities mix with a floral aspect, more fruit and rinds. A little zesty, pulp-like, herbal and piney character also is thrown into the mix. The most faint amount of bready grain sits underneath but for the most part the aromatics are all about the hops.
The flavor of this brew is grassy to herbal with a solid focus on hop character without getting too bitter. Some floral notes, zest and bitter pulp to rind character somewhat like oranges and grapefruit. There is a bit of toasty bready grain character lying underneath the hop flavoring.
This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is light, refreshing and very easy drinking. Session IPA or just hop centric pale ale? Who knows why the focus on session, but it is pretty good. I wouldnt mind throwing back a few of these on a hot day. Thanks again for sharing Jason!
04-26-2013 01:00:11 | More by stakem
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
12 ounce bottle, I can find no freshness/bottling date info.
Pours: lighter amber, lightly hazed, off white head lloose and staying. Leaves minor low sheeting and lace
Sniff: Bright and fresh hop nose
Tastes: Loads of again fresh tasting citric hops. Grapefruit and more grapefruit. Tasty IPA
mouthfeel: Crisp on the tongue, carbonation on point for the style and my tastes
Overall: fresh and brightly flavorful. Well worth a try. As advertized a sessionable, lower alcohol IPA - Nicely done
03-04-2013 23:12:40 | More by Billolick
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow to pale copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation throughout. The beer has a finger tall slightly fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine, citrus/grapefruit, and citrus/orange rind hops. Very enticing.
T: Similar to the smell, the dominant flavors in this beer are those of the hops - pine, citrus/grapefruit, and citrus/orange rind. There is a light amount of bitterness which lingers in the finish. Upfront there are very light notes of malty sweetness.
M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean and crisp.
O: Super easy to drink and definitely sessionable - I could easily sip around and put these back all day long. Very enjoyable with a delicious flavor - also very well balanced. This would be a great session IPA for the late spring and early summer.
11-17-2012 21:54:08 | More by dbrauneis
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orange body with a gentle carbonation pushing up a creamy beige head with big bubbles.
S- The green slightly pungent fruity hops have a full juicy character with some green grapefruit aroma in the finish. There is a cat pee and spicy quality that grows as the beer opens.
T- The green slightly pungent pineapple weed hops have a slight fruity green hop finish which takes on some herbal pungency as it lingers a bit.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz but no alcohol heat noticed.
O- This is a smooth beer with lots of full hops that are slightly juicy and slightly pungent adding nice complexity and very drinkable.
04-25-2013 21:11:00 | More by rhoadsrage
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
On-tap at Slater's 50/50 (Liberty Station). What's Founders doing in San Diego? On to the beer:
All day IPA indeed. This beer is an orangish yellow colored beer, showing very good head retention and lace. The nose is a powerful one, dry yet full of hops. Clean, crisp citrus and pine in this one. And the taste goes along that way as well. What makes this fun to drink is besides having a relatively low ABV, is that is really does tastes like a very good, lower gravity IPA, and not to be confused with a pale ale. This is recommended for sure, especially during the lunch hour.
07-12-2012 02:48:54 | More by DoubleJ
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
On Tap at South Philly Tap Room
A- All day comes out a medium bronze with some faded penny shades as well. A stealth pour produced little more than a half inch of loose white foam, no lacing.
S- A small amount of smell for a small beer. Some bittering aroma type blends of hop variety with a light biscuit malt base in the back. Some piney scent with pale malt with warming.
T- A very simple beer with hops on top of malt, that's what counts!! Both are fairly light with everything pretty even. Some piney bits towards the end. I would love getting this stuff fresh, it's pretty much toast now.
M- Very light, crisp and somewhat bitter, in fact this is more bitter than alot of so called bitters out there. Carbed up very nice and not too much for the light body.
D- I could drink a six of this real quick, but would bore of it rather quick, especially at this age. The amount of bitterness is light enough that drinking six would not burn out the palate though. A great session beer.
06-10-2012 03:39:35 | More by BARFLYB
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 9/23/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of citrus/tropical hops with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, light bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, mango, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors with a fair amount of malt balance; with good flavor robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a highly excellent session IPA! All around great complexity and robustness of citrus/tropical hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
10-19-2013 05:13:10 | More by superspak
Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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