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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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very good

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 turbotype
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a few short comments for this AIPA. I will start off by saying, look at the name. All Day IPA. A session ale. I think Founder's hit a homerun on this one. This brew has all the points of any other mainstream India Pale Ale, but in a softer, chuggable format, due to lower ABV. I drink mine straight from the can, anytime, anywhere it's viable. Heck, even the can looks chill and relaxing. I can't imagine anyone who enjoys IPA's to say this is not exactly what the can says. If you go in expecting Pliny the Elder, you will be disappointed. BUT, if you go in expecting BMC lager, you will be pleasantly surprised and wearing a nice smile all day.

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Photo of redblacks75
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium Globe

Appearance: Amber, slighlty cloudy, minimal head, and no lacing.

Smell: Pine, citrus, the usual hop characteristics you would expect. A very minimal hint of toast.

Taste: Medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A light body, slightly oily, yet thin.

Overall: For what Founders was probably aiming for with this; they nailed it. It’s an enjoyable, flavorful IPA, that doesn’t overpower you. I liked it.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.61/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into pint. Not bad at all.

Three finger head after a rough pour faded after ninety seconds

Burnt orange color

Smells of pine and resin

Taste: alcohol, floral hop, and pine

Mouthfeel: oily and pleasant

Overall, this is a good beer!

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

Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a fluffy white head that laces.

Smells of grapefruit citrus with some pine backing, somewhat soapy...a nice interplay between the two, almost classic in nature.

Taste is up front citrus that goes into a more grapefruit/citrus middle and ends with slight bitterness and a citric/grapefruit note. Think SNPA.

Lighter to Medium body with medium carbonation. Thinner body but fine for what it is.

Classic pale ale here that is lighter on flavor but easy to drink.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

June 11, 2015

12 oz can, tulip glass

A – Light amber in color and mostly clear. About an inch of white bubbly foam recedes quickly to about half a centimeter, which retains for a while.

S – A ton of piney hops, light resin, and some grapefruit following behind. Low malt aroma is biscuity, just browned. A touch of papaya in the hop profile as well.

T – Golden biscuit malt with a bit of bread crust. Piney-woodsy hops with a light grapefruit note. A lot of hop bite, but not excessive.

M – Moderate-high carbonation, sudsy up front. Very dry throughout, and medium-light bodied. Just a touch of sweetness, then high bitterness that builds to the finish and lingers afterward.

O – Fairly easy drinking but still bold, complex, a lot to enjoy about it. This is one of my favorite back porch, summertime beers (in the can or at least a shady spot to protect the hops, of course.) Really good beer.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Zero lacing. Aroma is spectacular for a session! Perfect blend of pine and grapefruit with malt. The taste did not match the aroma...somewhat piney, slightly bitter with a malt profile. The feel is light/medium bodied. Medium high carbonation with a dry finish. Overall this is a great example of the style right out of the can, perfect for drinking in the summer.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber color. Nice thick white head that settled to a nice cap and tons of active carbonation.

Smell: Orange, lemon, pine, hop resin, some floral notes in there as well

Taste: Grapefruit and lemon imparting some big citrus flavors. Touch of sweetness and piney notes. Finishes nicely bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with nice carbonation. Dry finish and some lingering bitterness.

Overall: I dig the session IPA movement and this one is a nice example. Refreshing, big hop flavor, and you can drink more than one.

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Photo of Craigory
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single can from a friend, no apparent date code. Poured into an All Day IPA pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden body with an inch of soapy, white head. The head hangs around for a few minutes, but eventually recedes to a wispy cap, leaving no lacing as I drink. It looks like a decent, but not spectacular, IPA.

S: Opening the can releases quite the burst of aroma; in the glass, I get an ample display of citrusy hops and fairly strong grain scent. Not bad at all for such a "small" beer.

T: A bit of citrusy hops, some more generic hop bitterness, and a lot of grain. Finishes with an interplay of hop bitterness and malt sweetness, though as the beer warms more of a lingering grainy bitterness shows up. On the whole, the flavor is good, but I don't see myself drinking this "all day."

M: Medium-bodied, with a grainy mouthfeel. I wasn't expecting much, and it delivers.

O: As an IPA, this would be a one-time beer for me. As a "Session IPA," it really does manage to hit all the notes while keeping the ABV low.

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

Served on tap at Founders.

A: Pour was fairly translucent copper with a thin white fuzzy head that broke down to splotches and a thin film.

S: Earthy hops, flower, pine, malt, grains, and citrus scents.

T: A nice balanced drink that has some juicy citrus sweetness to it, finishing with nice bitter hops without getting out of hand. A nice flavor complex of spice, hops, malt, and citrus.

M: Massively refreshing and easy to drink. Lighter body with complex warming and aftertastes.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank this one straight from the can, had it last year and rated but never reviewed. Nice to know the score I gave it then is the same I'd still give it since I didn't remember rating it. Didn't notice the color since it came from the can, but aroma was citrus and pine. Taste followed the aroma closely, sweet grapefruit, nice malt presence and not a lot of pine bitterness. Big and bold for a session IPA.

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Photo of circus_cat
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Crisp, clear IPA with little head. There is a small island of soapy white foam in the middle of mine and barely a ring around the edges. Looks lively with bubbles streaming to the top. Light amber body.

N: Having not expected much out of the nose on this one since it is only 40 or so IBUS, I was VERY pleasantly surprised. Straight up west coast grape fruit hoppiness, tropical fruits, a bit of caramel.

T: Very good. Again, with economy model the elements are--such as the IBUS and ABV, I'm pleasantly surprised. Very refreshing, which was to be expected--but also very flavorful. A little toned-down but you get the same floral, grapefruit, perfume character on the taste that you get on the nose. Just slightly subdued.

M: Crisp, clean, refreshing. Perfect for a camping trip, which the bottle seems to depict :)

Sidenote: I just want to say that I'm glad that Founders has made a really good, complex, flavorful beer that I can take to a BBQ or other outdoor long-lasting event and not be a mess. The ABV race to the top gets annoying to craft beer drinkers who want to kick back and enjoy a few but are often limited to splitting a 12 oz. bottle and that's it (unless you want to get sloshed).

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Photo of sethmeister
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours an ever so slightly hazed golden amber body with a thin off white head that drops to a skim quickly, leaving a few spots of soapy lace.

Scent is excellent. Very fruity. Tangerines, lime. Sweetly floral. Pine oils.

Taste is a bit disappointing when compared to my usual favorite IPAs and doesn't quite live up to the scent. But then this is a 4.7% ABV session ale, not a 7% or 8% monster IPA. Pleasantly bitter with a bit of citrus (mostly lime) and pine. Malts are limited to the barest biscuity suggestion.

Mouth is briskly carbonated and spare.

Refreshing, brisk and easy drinking session IPA with a great nose.

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Photo of Purp1eOne
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This poured a nice orange/apricot color with gold highlights

S - Very appealing citrus complex smell

T - Very nicely flavored IPA with all kinds of smooth citrus flavors with this bear. With just enough bitter to compliment.

M - Had a very nice body with good carbonation and a nice mix of bitterness and smoothness.

O - Overall I was very, very pleased with this "Every Day IPA" and wasn't expecting it to be such a good beer. This a definitely a fridge filler with the price point and I will always have this one on hand.

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Photo of iadler
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy gold with a one finger head that leaves a few lines of lacing behind.

S- Citrus notes upfront with lemon, lime and grapefruit zest. Pineapple, peach, herbal hops and a bit of toasted malt follow after. Quite aromatic for such a small beer.

T- Lemon, lime and grapefruit with some herbal hops, grass, and a hint of toasted malt. There was some unpleasant metallic taste at the finish.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a light body that is very crisp and bubbly.

O- The beer is quite drinkable, however, the metallic taste and high carbonation prevented me from wanting to drink a few in one sitting.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours reddish amber with a nice thick foam head.
S: smells hoppy, citrusy, sweet, yellow fruits and some spices.
T. Very fresh, citrusy and bitter but balanced.
F: Low body with low carbonation.
O: Very good IPA.

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Photo of rjs246
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This was delicious. Most of the session IPAs I've tried did not have the flavor I've been looking for. This one was pretty spot on. Smells like weed. Has that cannabis-y flavor up front with a well balanced finish. Would drink again. And again. And, well you get the idea.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - 3.25 - golden amber color, no real head or lacing, looks okay
S - 4.5 - Explosion of hops for what it is. Pine, citrus zest, etc.
T - 4.5 - Pine, grapefruit, mango, bready malt in the background and finish. So good considering it's a small beer.
M - 4.0 - light, no alcohol detectable, aftertaste isn't much, some slight hop bitterness.
O - 4.25 - Great session beer.
**Bottled 9/26/2013, notes from early October, so it was only a few weeks old at most when I tried it. This might be a beer that needs to be drank REALLY fresh, from what I'm seeing from other reviews here.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours an orange/copper color with a small head which dissipates quickly. Hardly any lacing on the glass.

The smell is strong with grapefruit, some orange, pine and caramel but the grapefruit dominates.

The taste hits on the front end with grapefruit hops, a little roasted malt and caramel in the middle and then piney hops at the end. This sounds nice but the taste fails to "pop".

The mouth feel goes from thick and chewy to oily on the backend.

Overall I expected better from Founders. I realize the point of this brew is supposed to be a sessionable IPA but this brew ends up not quite strong enough to be an IPA and not quite malty enough to be something else. The hops could be better balanced; there is too much grapefruit in both the smell and the taste.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a medium golden color, very clear. There is a bubbly white head which fades, leaving a few spots of foam covering the top of the beer.

S: Delightful fruity hops provide mango and citrus with a background of pine.

T: The pine comes through a bit more here, adding bitterness that I didn't detect in the smell. Still light but flavorful hops with a backbone of light malt. The finish is crisp and enjoyable.

M: Fairly thin with a moderate to large amount of carbonation. Very crisp and enjoyable.

O: This beer is true to its name: I could drink this all day. Light but intricate flavors, low ABV and a clean finish make this one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. Even easier to consume a quantity of this than cheap macro-lagers.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Deep clear gold. Minimal head with decent lacing.

S - Citrus and pine. Some fruit.

T - A blast of citrus followed by some sweet fruit is ruined by a bitter pine aftertaste that lingers too long.

M - Medium

O - It's a good beer. Could have been a favorite save for the dour pine note at the end. Maybe I need to try this in a can.

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Photo of vic21234
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looking forward to trying this new session ale, picked up a six pack at my local shop. 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date of 2/2/12.

A- Pours a nice and clear light amber color with a fingers worth of head. The head dissipates rather quickly. The carbonation is noticeable with many fizzy bubbles coming from the bottom center of the glass.

S- Awesomely aromatic for a such a low ABV beer. Smells of citrusey hops.

T- I know its only 42 IBUs, but the smell really had me ready for a more flavorful experience. Up front is some nice hop bitterness, quickly changing toward a malty backbone. Not bad, but I expected more.

M- Light, nicely carbonated, balanced well. An easy drinker as a session ale should be.

This is a good IPA. However, if I was looking to drink several beers for whatever occasion, I would probably choose something else. All Day IPA is definitely worth a try though.

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Photo of datalager
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Surprised...in a good way!

Looks like an orange colored American IPA. Pleasant pale ale smell, with expected citrus and piney goodness. Great bitter flavor. Slick yet bitey mouthfeel. Is it the best IPA out there...no. But 4.7%?!?!? Given the diminutive caloric hit, and a smaller liver jab than a pair of Tylenol, this beer is awesome!!! My new default IPA in the fridge. Did I say awesome?

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Photo of BrownNut
2.87/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I don't get it. The first one of these I had out of the sixpack was so enjoyable and tasty and refreshing and light. I thought I'd found my new go-to beer, particularly for warm weather. Several days later, the second one tasted like straight up cat pee. Is that the Simcoe hops? Is it one of the undisclosed hops they say are in there? I don't know but it makes for an unpleasant experience. I tried a third one several days later and it was cat pee again. Pushed the rest of the pack off on a friend. This one gets perma-banned from my fridge.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice rich gold with slightest bit of head.

Nice soft floral nose with some hibiscus and honey.

Lots of grain and straw, little burst of grapefruit, Very grassy, maybe a little lemon.

Thin feel with sharp citric bite.

Just feels a little too watery and thin, definitely could drink a few, but probably wont buy again.

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

It just hit me that I never reviewed this one, so it's past due. Can dated less than a month ago, served in a New Belgium snifter. Pours straw gold and settles clear golden in the glass. Plenty or carbonation, and topped off with a 1 finger head of bubbly, white foam. Dissolved down into a dense lacing after a minute or two. Mild aroma consisting of dank pine/resin and grapefruit. Medium-light weight and fairly crisp on the mouthfeel. Light flavor, but notable pine up front on the taste. Grapefruit and other tropical fruit middleways, and finishes clean. Hops and pine left over on the aftertaste.

Overall, a simple yet pleasant session IPA. Better from the can, IMO. This is your basic session beer, with enough flavor to get you through mowing the lawn or changing that valve cover gasket. Think of it as a sessionable Centennial.

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