Founders All Day IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders All Day IPAFounders All Day IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

5,895 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,895
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 212
Gots: 1,442 | FT: 11
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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Photo of TTAmod
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Cavanaugh's in Chicago, IL.

A: Slightly hazy medium-orange beer. Thick white head, although it dissipates quickly.

S: Smell is of your usual IPA....lots of tropical notes with a touch of grass and herbal in the background.

T: Like a lot of the session IPAs, the hop flavor is up-front and very strong. Lots of orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. There's a touch of metallic taste and bitterness on the back end. Very light cracker malt is overpowered by the strong hop profile.

M: As typical with this style, the body isn't very heavy at all. This beer goes down really quick...which I guess is the point of this type of IPA.

O: In my opinion, DayTime IPA is the better beer, although this is very good.

Photo of Emassa78
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours nicely from the bottle. No head whatsoever. Aroma of citrus and strong yeast. Pine and wheat supprisingly strong for IPA. Mouthfeel is smooth and tickles the pallet. I found this IPA. A bit tame as compared to other ipas. A great beer for a meal as it won't complicate the situation

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottle date: 7/30/13)

A: Deep blonde with a copper tinge. Nice lacing.

S: This smells pretty good. It is a different smelling IPA. The citrus-pine smells of this is blended quite uniquely.

T: The pine here is not good tasting and mostly, "Bleh." I can't place the exact flavor profile of the pine and malt here, but it just seems to be the bad side of pine bark.

M: Thin, not very prickly or coarse.

O: Eh, this IPA is not my bag. There is something about session IPAs that kind of takes all the fun and taste out of a good ABV. They are like the diet soda of IPAs, some people like them but not everybody. If I'm going to be drinking a beer, I want it to be full flavored.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pilsner glass

Amber- orange with medium carbonation. Solid foam cap with slight lacings.

Great citrus , grapefruit hoppy aroma.

Smooth hoppy bitterness with no sharp aftertaste. Grapefruit and tangerine flavors.

Light mouthfeel

Good , smooth hoppy beer.

Photo of Netdigger2
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden with a white head. Very little lacing.

Smell is citrus, pineapple, light pine.

Flavor is slightly piney with some tropical fruit notes. Slightly breast.

Medium carb, lighter body.

A decent IPA, but there are definitely better options available in the Southeast like Westbrook IPA, Jai Alai, Stone IPA, etc...

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first can of Founder's beer.

I pour a full finger of fizzy, off white head. The body is a dirty straw color. The head dissipates in a minute or so and no lace is noted.

I smell pine, grapefruit and mandarin orange.

A little crackery malt sits up front, with a bare hint of sweetness, then the hops take over. Pine is dominating, followed by a decent filling out with grapefruit, and just a kiss of grass and orange.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It goes down smooth, and leaves the tongue dry, residue free, and aching for another sip.

This is MY idea of a lawnmower beer.

Photo of mnrider
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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!!!

Photo of HattedClassic
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Th beer ours some light white and bubbly head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a nice, clear copper.

Smell:
The beer has a strong hop presence with a nice resin smell. The pine smell is not the only smell. The smell also seems to have some floral undertones and tropical fruits with a hint of sweet malt.

Taste:
The beer has a strong pine taste with a slight hint of what might be lime with a nice bitter finish that rounds out this wonderful drinking experience.

Mouthfeel:
Dry, crispy, and smooth describe the mouthfeel.

Overall:
A fairly good Session IPA and worth having it on hand for parties or just to unwind after a long day. The key is not to expect a full blown Mother-of-All Hop Bomb but a flavorful and easy to drink beer.

Photo of Gregaroo
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Update:
4-6-15 - In a can before Phillies home opener. Any IPA in a can gets a 5 for looks.

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into an IPA glass.

I am very conflicted in writing this review... difficult to draw a fair comparison. If you compare it to a high level IPA with a ~7% ABV (think Sculpin), it is easily overshadowed; however, in my opinion, that is not its intended niche. It may be the perfect tailgating (JKH shoutout) or fishing beer. In other words, you want to buy this beer if you are looking to drink many beers over an extended period, and maybe even crush a few cans in the parking lot. In that case, it's hard to a find a more perfect beer.

A - Amber in color. Very clear. No sediment. Appears to have moderate to light carbonation, but mouth feel says otherwise. No lacing.

S - Very fragrant. Hint of watermelon, lemon and kiwi.

T - Tart watermelon, kiwi, lime, and lemon. Nice light bitter finish.

M - Clean and crisp and lightly bodied. Despite appearance, feels like it is highly carbonated.

O - I couldn't help but grade it on the same criteria I graded other beers which is probably unfair. I am sure it will be a middle-of-the-pack beer in my reviewed list, but it deserves better, and in certain scenarios, it is a go-to beer.

Photo of sommersb
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 10-03-2013
Freshness: Bottled on 07-25-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Received from a friend

Appearance has a semi-clear, golden colored beer with a white head. The head is a good size and leaves a good lace on the glass, albeit with low retention.

The smells are primarily of hops, with bold notes of grapefruits and other citrus.

The taste is what I'd expect based on the aromas, with a notable bitterness of hops with tropical fruit flavors. Not much in the way of malt character.

Mouthfeel has a light to moderate body. The high carbonation gives it a crisp feel, with a bitter and dry finish. I enjoyed this one more as it warmed up a bit.

Overall a good IPA, but it did seem one-dimensional.

Thanks for the beer, Craig!

Photo of burnstar
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark gold with a medium very persistent rocky head. Smell is huge grapefruit hops. Taste is much the same as the smell. Big grapefruit hops and little else. I think it's a nice smell but for the flavor it needs more malt to add some backbone. Unbalanced. This is why IPA's typically have higer ABVs. Medium to light bodied and very well carbonated. Very drinkable but overall the concept isn't working too well for me. I like the idea of hoppy session beer. But maybe this is a little too hoppy or a little too weak.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bright mandarin with white cap of foam that fades but crusts and.
Knockout fresh tangerine, hop leaf, and orange hard candy nose.
Mango and faint sugar cookie up front, then resin, citrus and pine needle hops.
Dried pineapple finish and sharp drying linger.
Light to medium, crisp, some chew.

6/26/14 expiry date, so the outside edge of freshness.

Citrus to the max. Clean, snappy and juicy, though a little thin, but that's to be expected, and delivers a solid dose of C hops (though not as many as the nose promises, tbh.) Not quite hoppy enough to compete with some IPAs, which is reflected in the taste score, but impressive for the strength, which is shown in the overall.

Photo of EmpiricalBill
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All Day IPA represents one of the new session IPAs that I've encountered over the last couple of years. It slides right down. Definitely a good alternative if you're not in the mood for a lager but you want to get your drink on. Very grassy on the nose and in taste. Perfect amount of hops for the purpose.

Photo of dar482
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Spitzer's in NYC.

It comes in an orange golden color with a frothy head.

The aroma has some hoppy tangerine, grapefruit, and some tropical fruits. Wonderful hops and fruitiness.

There's a pop of bitterness. Papaya, tangerine, lemon peel, some orange. Then the middle has a biscuit malt, nothing too sweet, and then a gentle bitterness. It's quite hoppy actually.

In the end, it's quite easy and sessionable. It's towards the fruity IPA style "pale ale" that breweries are putting out these days. At 4.7% ABV, it really does have good flavor.

For me however, it lacks body and a punch of flavor. I had this right after Captain Lawrence Freshchester. I prefer Southern Tier Live in relation to the fruity hoppy pale ales.

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz, somewhat squat bottle, jumping on (or initiating, I have no freaking clue) the trend of dumbing down the booze in yer typical IPA. Kudos to Phyl21ca for the extra.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of weakly puffy, subtly foamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying arched lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of a certain sassy grapefruit and orange citrus astringency, a slight grocery store melon character, understated grainy, somewhat caramel-tinged malt, and a bit of piney floral hops. The taste is musty, clammy caramel malt, a heady pine-tinged green flora hoppiness, tame earthy yeast notes, and some weirdly persistent melon fruitiness.

The bubbles are pretty well understated, and yet duly supportive, the body medium-light in weight, and rather plain in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the tropical fruitiness sort of outpacing the bitterness in the end.

Another so-so delving into the world of hamstrung IPAs, all under the guise of sessionability. Why can't the alcohol be reduced, without sacrificing the sassy, isolated bitterness? This trend seems worthy of investigation, at the very least as a corrective construct.

Photo of snaotheus
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on date is 7/17/2013, so it's almost two months old. This is the first time I've had it, since I live out of Founders' distribution.

Pours slightly hazy with a small head and not much carbonation. Yellow with a slight copper tint. Smell is strong, fills the room (I smelled it while it was still sitting on the table, well before I brought it to my face). Piney, fresh, pleasant.

Taste is nicely crisp and bitter, refreshing. Definitely a session ale. Mouthfeel is light, slightly sticky. Overall, not bad at all.

Photo of Gillianjoy
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

For a session ipa this is great. It should defiantly be a 90 or above on ba score. Notes of citrus and grass. A little light in the body but that should be expected for 4.7 abv. A nice lingering citrus finish. I have had this in bottle as well and it is not as good but on tap I would put it up against any other session ipa out.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Very clear, deep gold in color, with lots of visible carbonation and a one finger white head.

S: Big citrus and tropical fruit hops, with some melon/spice, resinous pine, and flowery character as well. Just a hint of light grainy malts in the background.

T: Follows the nose, but the hops take a little of a backseat to the grainy (not quite husky) cracker malts, and the melon/spice hop flavors seem to take over for the fruitiness in the hop profile. Light bitterness in the hang, but this goes down pretty easy.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, and minimal alcohol presence.

O: Pretty good, and it would be easy to put down a few while working the grill...but there are some other APAs in this ABV/aroma category that I would prefer. Solid beer for the style and I'm glad to have it available on shelves here, but the flavor doesn't quite live up to the really nice aroma.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled sometime in July. Thank you, Eric/Brian!

A clear orange with a dense, off-white head with decent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is chock-full of aromatic hops. There's orange, peach, tropical fruit (mango and papaya) along with a bit of a grassy hop character. Malt character is minimal, though there is a touch of biscuit present. Ultimately, this one's about the hops and it does shine.

The palate opens with a moderate bitterness, more than I was anticipating and for a beer this low in ABV, quite appropriate. My beef with most "session IPAs" is that the beers don't have enough of a bittering hop addition, making them feel rather watery. Not this one, though - with a pleasant bitterness with some welcome resin, the palate follows up with flavors of citrus and mango. Grapefruit peel bitterness lingers on the finish. There is a touch of malt, a little bit of biscuit and honey, that wonderfully counters the bitterness. Light in body with crisp carbonation, this beer is hands down one better low ABV hoppy beers I've had recently.

Photo of Huffs
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured to a tan head with moderate retention and lacing. Appearance was a golden honey, slight haze. Aroma was hoppy with citrus, pine and grain mixed in. Nice taste with strong hop and citrus on the front with a little malt on the back. Mouthfeel was light, almost water like, with a grain aftertaste.

Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.74/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Let me start off by saying that this whole "session (insert beer here) drives me crazy. A session IPA is a pale ale. A session imperial stout is a stout. A session doppelbock is a bock. This is not an IPA, no matter what you call it. My review reflects rating this as an IPA, of which classification it officially belongs.

Pours a wonderful golden amber color with a small and slightly wispy white head. There is some sporadic lacing, but nothing like most IPAs I see.

The aroma is wonderful. Full of fresh hoppiness. Citrus and piney. Grapefruit, lemon zest, caramel malts to a lesser extent.

The flavor is awesome for a pale ale. Plenty of hop flavor, some fresh baked bread, a bit of grainy malt which I love, light malts, dry as a bone.

The mouthfeel is nowhere close for the style. Very watery and thin, super dry, high carbonation, but a solid bit of bitterness. Think IPA plus tap water.

I enjoy the aromas and flavor but the mouthfeel and alcohol are completely non existent, which is a big part of an IPA.

Photo of Hendry
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale straw color, billowy white three finger head,lively carbonation and solid lacing in the glassware.

Aroma is relative bright, reminiscent of tropical fruit, slight hint of pine.

Flavor is pleasant, similar to the aroma, nice moderate lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel is relatively light, maybe even a tad thin, but this IS a session IPA. Crisp dry finish, nice example of the style.

This a solid IPA with an easy drinking quality about it that could satisfy a number of palates.

Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,895 ratings.