Founders All Day IPA - Founders Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4,625 | Reviews: 643 | Display Reviews Only:
3.84/5 rDev -0.5%
12 ounce bottle -> tulip glass
Pours up a crystal clear medium gold with a small foamy head, pretty good retention, and small bits of lacing. I don't have the world's strongest sense of smell, but the nose seems to be mostly apples, and citrus. Taste is a little drier than I expected with a bit of yeastiness up front. The finish is citrusy and an undertaste of charcoal. Mouthfeel is nice with a good amount of carbonation. Not bad at all, but for Founders I was a little underwhelmed.
05-11-2013 04:37:24 | More by Mojo
4.39/5 rDev +13.7%
bottle into tulip glass
appearance: light golden color, with bubbly white head
smell: grapefruit, apple, citrus, lemon, earthy hops
taste: Follows the nose, very grapefruit and pineapple forward. While a session IPA, and lighter on the palate than most, this is packed full with flavor. Not really sure how they load this with so much hops and feels so full yet is still only 4.7%. Very smooth, very drinkable, a well balanced flavorful 'light' IPA. Not a whole lot of malt action going on here.
mouthfeel: very smooth, high carbonation, for how light this beer is it feels very full bodied (sort of an oxymoron, hard to explain, just drink one)
overall: Founder's created the ultimate session IPA. I was hesitant to buy a sixer because I like my beers, especially IPAs, heavy and high in alcohol and hops. I just didn't think this could compare, but I stand corrected. Massive flavor, well balanced, satisfying to a huge hophead like myself, I am pleasantly surprised and will be buying this a lot more in the future. I can't figure out how they got so much hoppiness into such a light IPA, but they did.
05-11-2013 01:37:05 | More by Roman5150
4.09/5 rDev +6%
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.
This is WONDERFUL!
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!!!
05-11-2013 00:08:44 | More by TheSSG
3.36/5 rDev -13%
Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.
Pours a very clear, slightly watery amber color filled with tons of bubbles gracing the edges of the glasses in various pockets, as well as a decent yet not too thick two finger sized head. The head dwindles down quite fast to an open ring at the edges of the glass, and carbonation stays fairly strong, although definitely does not last forever no matter how hard the tulip glass tries. Presentable but average at best.
The aroma is a wet, citrus-laden flavor combined with some slight musty earthiness and strong East Coast malty characteristics. Cider, apricots, oranges, some pine, maybe a bit of grapefruit - this IS after all an IPA, despite the low ABV. No sweetness is imparted from the alcohol however, although the malts are doing a decent job if slightly faded overall in bringing the caramel character upwards. Some crisp graininess, but that too feels a bit muted. The hops are doing their job just fine, however, and this smells very nice as a result.
At the front of the tongue, the palate is immediately greeted with dried, gently pine soaked hop flavors combined with a tinge of fruitiness. The apricots and cider-like flavors are big here, and met with a sharp bitterness that leaves an extra astringency in the mouth. The finish is not hoppy at all, in fact, and coats the mouth with earthy, slightly textured malty and grainy finish, with some light breadiness, light caramel, light cereal grains, and really a light mix of flavors all around. In fact, that's exactly the thing that's making me enjoy this beer if underwhelm me. The flavors at heart are quite pleasant, and the drinking experience is the opposite of heavy, but it feels too LIGHT overall, as if the flavors never reach their peak or full potential due to the low alcohol, or strange off faded graininess, or simply the lack of dried hop resins. Goes flat after about 30-45 minutes as well. The finish is quite malty and unnecessarily thinned, which is two things that I don't personally enjoy in a session beer, whether it's American or English.
The fun irony with this beer is despite any complaints I have with it, it's very, very drinkable. I COULD have this all day if I needed to, and works well for outdoor picnics or camping trips that even the driver could have one and be fine. However, what's even more ironic is that it is classified by the guys at Founders as an IPA, but it instead feels similar to many dry-hopped pale ales, only with less of a kick from the alcohol, and, well, less of a kick overall with the faded bready and hoppy characteristics. Doesn't hold my interest for very long, but it's still a solid Founders' offering.
05-10-2013 05:50:25 | More by magictacosinus
3.9/5 rDev +1%
12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.
Smell: Grapefruit, tangerine, many, passion fruit, a little caramel, and resiny pine.
Taste: All the hops are there, but it seems like it is missing something. A little more maltiness and balance of flavors would be good. Still tasty though.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, low to medium carbonation, and extremely drinkable.
Overall: A nice session IPA like it was intended to be. Hoppy and light is not a bad thing and great for the warmer months.
05-10-2013 02:41:12 | More by Flounder57
Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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