Founders All Day IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders All Day IPAFounders All Day IPA

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very good

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Reviews: 762
Hads: 5,985
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 214
Gots: 1,513 | FT: 11
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Avagadro on 06-05-2010

Formerly Endurance - All Day IPA.
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Reviews: 762 | Hads: 5,985
Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the dive bar.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice clear golden hue that had s thin white head that fades to leave a light halo and thin clouds.

S - Aromas of hops, generic pine and citrus, light malts, pretty standard.

T - Taste is earthy citrus, light resin, faint sweet slightly malty, dirty almost veg hop profile, hmm, interesting.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty solid for the style, lower ABV quite drinkable.

O - Overall I felt this was a pretty straightforward/standard ipa, solid, drinkable. (503 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When I poured this into a glass, it has a burnt orange color body with a small foamy head that quickly disappears. The aroma has is of floral hops, very pungent. The taste is of floral and bitter hops. Has a nice bite to it. The mouthfeel is very nice and overall another good one from founders. (295 characters)

Photo of ev4life
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly drinkable with great flavor and aroma. The low alcohol content is remarkable considering how much hop taste they are able to maintain. Great finish with no butter lag. I have also had on tap with similar, but surprisingly less stellar, flavor. My current bottle favourite. (283 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Yellow color. Little to no head. Very hoppy smell. Fruity will a crisp odor. A light and fruity taste with the familiar IPA finish. Very hoppy aftertaste. I like it a lot. It's low in alcohol as far as IPA's go but it still tastes like an IPA. Very crisp and complex. Good beer. (283 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Back at a 15 pack of All Day in Cans. This beer come close enough to Carton Boat, that I would easily stock one or the other. Carton wins by a nose.
Now it's in cans in 15 packs! Great idea. So, I'm buying.

Poured into stemless wine glass.

A: Pours a lighter amber yellow than most IPAs, but a vigorous, 1 finger, sticky head with great lacing.
Slightly hazed. moderate carbonation.

S: Aroma is its strongest point. Hops with zest, fruits, outdoor pine, hop oil, and a bit of catty stink. A powerful but pleasant IPA aroma. All day aroma!

T: Taste follows, the big hop character of the nose. It's light weight, but full flavored. Hops dominate the ride, with a malty front that gives way to citrus and tropical fruits. It's resinous, rising, tickling, and finishes light and dry. A great afternoon or first IPA of the day. Great starter IPA.

F: Dry, happy mouth feel, in a lighter weight, drying, fresh, light, sessionable IPA.

Founders again is on the nose with its goal of an "all day, sessionable < 5% abv IPA. Bravo!

It's a bit over done for me to be my steady IPA, and it should come in cans! (1,110 characters)

Photo of mattbk
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Mostly clear, just slightly hazy. Dark golden. Pretty much perfect color for an IPA, would have preferred a shade lighter and a little hazier. Carbonation very low, almost absent.
S: Nice combination of citrus, pine, grapefruit, orange. If I had to guess I'd think Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial. Very nice. Super clean, very fresh.
T: An IPA all the way, but very clean and noticably absent malt character. More of the same flavor: grapefruit, pine, light citrus. Super clean. Bitter definitely. This is not a a pale ale - it is most definitely an IPA. Maybe just a bit grapey. Really no malt character to speak of, but I can't complain. THe very smooth yeast character makes this sessionable, as advertised. I think they hit on exactly what they were going for here. The bitterness may make it just a little less sessionable, but again, minor complaint. Very nice job.
M: A medium-light to medium mouthfeel. There is some body here. This makes the beer certainly an IPA. If it were lighter it would be more sessionable, but then it wouldn't be an IPA. I like it.
O: This is the standard by which "session IPAs" should be judged. I've had others and they really aren't close. This beer makes me think a bit. Which I like. Another hit from Founders. (1,251 characters)

Photo of jerrytodd
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Did an A/B comparison between this and my current favorite session IPA

A: Slight deep amber color. Head retention was OK with minimal lacing

S: No real blast of hops. I had to search really hard to smell (imagine?) some pine and citrus

T: See directly above. IMHO this is more of an amber than an IPA

M: Fine

O: I think Founders is a great brewery but this one really disappointed me. The SingleCut 18Watt I compared this to (or say a Hill Farmstead Edward) both are state of the art in terms of a sessionable IPA and the comparison was night and day. Maybe the bottle was too old? I dunno, but another reason to buy local I reckon... (640 characters)

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. (641 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 5/22/12

A: Pours a clear, golden yellow with 1 fingers width of off white colored head. Leaves very small patches of lacing.

S: Spicy hops, grapefruit, resinous pine, floral, sweet malts.

T: Pine and citrus zest. Pale malt backbone. Good degree of bitterness.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the higher side, drinkability is good.

O: Im not blown away by any means, but it's solid. And definitely flavorful for such a low ABV beer. Not something Id make a staple in my fridge but Id probably drink it again. (559 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a crisp golden yellow with light to medium carbonation and a pale head of foam.

Wow, I was expecting a nose full of hop resins, but was pleasantly greeted by notes of crackers, caramel, and a faint hint of hops somewhere in this.

Okay, now the hops are making themselves a little more obvious, but the bready malt backbone is quite firm and not letting the hops go crazy, which isn't a bad thing.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, crisp, but the malt profile gives this a smoother feel than most "sessionable" IPAs.

Overall, 'tis a good brew, but I've got a feeling this should've been marketed as an APA. (608 characters)

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. (587 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Wanted to try this pale ale with an IPA taste.

A - Vibrant orange color with course small white head. No lacing. Very clear.

S - Strong hop nose. Full of citrus, some pine, and light floral. Very light grain smell.

T - Has all the hops from the smell with lots of citrus on the front and some pine. Light complimenting grain flavor but definitely hoppy. Very crisp light finish with nice hop bitterness.

M - Light mouth-feel with some graininess. Has some bitterness but is mostly clean on the finish. Light carbonation.

Overall, a deliciously flavored IPA with the body of a light lager. I love the hops and the nice graininess makes for a delicious brew. Perfect if you don't like overly bitter or malt heavy IPA's . It's from the Midwest but seems like it should be from the Pacific NW. I could drink these for ever!

Glass- Nonic Pint (844 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottle dating has this about one month old.

A: A medium golden color with some orange tints to it. Nice full glass lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and citrus, some bread and grass notes.

T: Lots of fruit up front with tropical and citrus notes. Mango, pineapple, some tangerine and fresh cut grass. Some slight bready sweetness sits there, but ever so slightly. This beer really has very little malt and very little body to it. Finish is crisp and clean with some bitterness but not overly so. I was getting a funky taste at the end that was a bit off putting, almost a metallic type taste.

M: Thin, crispy, lack of malt makes it very light.

O: A good session brew, but the lack of body and malt leaves it very one dimensional. For a session beer it's good, but for an IPA it lacks.

A solid beer but far from spectacular. (873 characters)

Photo of henrichsj
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Glowing amber color, white head, lots of carbonation

S - Orange, citrus, hoppy

T - Lots of dry, citrus flavor up front, big bitter taste on the end, crisp and refreshing

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, bitter end to taste

O - I love this beer! Kind of a soft spot since visiting Founders this summer with the family. Bought a six-pack of this on August 28, 2013 that had a bottled date of August 5, 2013. Here in Iowa, I couldn't pass that up! (455 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Chimay chalice

A - Pours a clear dark Golden colour with a head that reduces quickly.

S - Very pungent marmalaide flavours and hops of a citurs note.

T - Citus grapefruit type hops, malty aftertaste with a short bittering finish.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

O - Very sessionable IPA (313 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lets be real here: All Day is like Denny's if you know what you're doing. You can't be getting a Steak or a hamburger at Denny's thinking that you are going to get the best, or something good. When Raul hits that food bank, it's a simple little omelette, maybe some toast, and he is out and content just like that. And All Day IPA is just like that; understand it for its session-able qualities, and just like Denny's when you do it right, you will enjoy it.

Try it, my children. (480 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into tall tulip, bottled 6/11/13

A: Pours a light yellow color with two fingers of dense white foam. Good retention, great lacing.

S: Lots of hops here - I get grassy, piney, and a bit of dank hops all coming together. A bready malt backbone is in the background, but is certainly there. A hint of fruity sweetness.

T: Hops move towards dank now, though I still get some grassiness that I got in the aroma. The bready malt backbone I gt in the aroma is nearly gone now. Watery.

M: Thin with good carbonation.

O: Not a fan. The aroma is nice, but the flavor is a bit watery and the hop punch I got in the aroma was not nearly as complex or tasty. (662 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours rich amber with a fading white head.
Nose shows passionfruit, lychee, spicy hops, soft grassy notes and clean sweet malt.
Less fruit as flavours, more focusing on spicy hops and pine. Very clean, very little malt.
Body feels a little watery. (250 characters)

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

12oz bottle into a Captain Lawrence tulip. Bottled 2 weeks ago.

Appearance: Fluffy 2 inch white head, slow dissipation. Not much lacing, but a nice glowing orange.

Smell: Piny and herbal with just a bit of citrus. Aroma burst when first poured is very impressive, but it gets toned down a bit quickly. Very nice overall.

Taste: Nice Simcoe-y weed flavor up front along with some bitter pine. Citrus only a highlight. No malt backbone, which is a flaw for me. I like the crisp, refreshing cleanliness of the flavor, but come on Founders: you guys make world class malt profiles in pale ales, give me some of that here.

Satisfying beer regardless. Delivers enough hop punch, though I suppose even that could be turned up. It gets about 80% of the way there to "All the flavor of an American IPA with less alcohol," both in terms of flavor and in terms of low alcohol. Whether the conceit of the beer succeeds or not, though, this is good hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, light-bodied. Spot on carbonation. It's maybe too light, but very nicely dry (the problem with the lightness is that you feel like there's a flavor punch coming, and you're left thinking, "where did it go?" Needs a bit more body to fight that in my opinion).

Overall: Good beer. Not outstanding by any means, but really nice, clean hop flavor in a perfect-for-hot-weather package. For the flavor, I'd like it to be even lower alcohol, but not every beer needs to be perfect.

I guess the syntax of most of my sentences in this review tells most of the story: I like the beer, but--you can't get far with praising (or criticizing) this beer without saying 'but'. Let me just say that I don't regret picking up an entire 6 pack and leave it at that. (1,727 characters)

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

This beer is what it is, something with a little more bite than an off-the-shelf or "big-box" offering, something you can drink more than one of, but really not a mindblowing IPA experience.

I think this is the perfect beer to introduce to non-craft-beer drinkers. I brought a 6-pack of these to a BBQ recently. The fridge was filled with Miller Lites and Coronas, and my Founders were gone in seconds. They were really well received, fortunately I was able to get one for myself!

Refreshing, citrus, a great warm/hot-weather beer. Nice with food, not overpowering or bullish.

I would definitely buy this beer again, it's a great standby when you want something simple, with some flavor, that doesn't break the bank, that you can share with other non-beer-snobs. (765 characters)

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

Bottle dated 6/3/2013 so this was about seven weeks old when I drank it. Still hoppy! Aroma was distinct hops, pine, citrus. Flavor was nice and hoppy still, citrus and a strange fuzziness that I got from Lagunitas Daytime IPA. Super easy to drink although at 4.7% I wouldn't quite call this a session beer, maybe at 4.2%. Perfect candidate for cans and I'll be picking up some or trading when they hit shelves. (411 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear golden amber, with almost no head. A small white film is gone instantly.

Smell is very good. Very fruity, with lots of grapefruit. Also a notable tropical fruit scent, and a weedy scent. Some bready malt. A surprisingly big smell for a low abv beer.

Taste is also good, but not quite the same level. Fruit flavours are there, but the weedy flavour is more upfront- seems like simcoe to me. Malt is pretty subdued, but there is a bit of caramel. Again. very flavourful for low ABV.

Medium bodied, moderate to strong carbonation, a bit oily.

Overall, quite good. A really good job at brewing a flavourful yet low alcohol pale ale. (649 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Clear and very pale yellow. Thin white head with large bubbles and little retention. Lacing is ok but a bit thin

S - Almost no aroma

T - Very light malt base with grassy bitter hops. Taste like mowing the lawn and hot summer days.

M - Thin and watery with crisp carbonation. Definitely sessionable

O - Of course this pales in comparison to many other IPAs or DIPAs but this is for a different time and place and I'd say it delivers on its purpose as being an all day IPA. There's just the right balance of flavor and wateriness that makes this very drinkable. I look forward to giving this a go at the next barbecue. (624 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, foamy white head. Wonderful aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and bready malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy hops dominate the flavor with bready malt and ripe fruit provide balance. Finish is long and grapefruity. I could drink this IPA all day. (312 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a sessionable IPA by all means it pours a golden hazed hue with a one finger head that stays and leaves a rim of lacing the smell is straight out pineapple and citrus with a hit of pine,the mouthfeel is light bodied but for an all day beer it makes total sense and has tastes of pineapple first up which is very prolific followed by a smack of fresh citrus intertwined with a small cameo of toffeeish malts and the cameo Is short but just like the name says its an all day IPA and to be honest funnily enough I could drink it all day cheers. (549 characters)

Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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