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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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795 Reviews
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Reviews: 795
Hads: 6,148
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 218
Gots: 1,645 | FT: 12
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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: 795 | Hads: 6,148
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with the remnants of what was probably once a bottled on date smeared on the side, but no longer readable. I'm confident that I got a fresh six pack though, so we'll see. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour manages to conjure just over 1 finger of thin fizzy white head which disappears into a froth within seconds. Body color is a light murky yellow-orange color. No lacing.

S - The smell is decent: fresh pine needles, grapefruits, and oranges with some dusty bready malt lurking in the background. Definite noticeable cat piss acidity, like others have noted.

T - This is one of those beers that smells a lot better than it is. Basically none of those bitter sweet fruity flavors you expect in an IPA. Hop bitterness is present, but strange. Tastes a little bit mineral-y and earthy, but that's quite fine by me.

M - Body is thin and watery, and finishes dry on the palate. Carbonation is moderate & decent enough.

Overall, I can definitely see the market for a lighter IPA such as this one, but it's nothing special to me. However, it is light and exceptionally drinkable. Excellent bottle art, depicting probably a great scenario for drinking this beer: in the middle of a lake in a canoe. A session ale if there ever was one, but I would rather get a more intense IPA than compromise for a lighter one. Either way, I look forward to trying this from a can!

Founders All Day IPA ---3.5/5

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

A: A bit hazy, medium shade of gold, good visible carbonation, with a nice standing white head. There is some lacing but not a lot.

S: It has a nice fresh hop scent. There's a good dose of citrus grapefruit smell, along with some of that funky cat pee smell (love it or hate it). In any case it does have a lot of aroma and it does smell fresh. I wouldn't say it's as fresh or clean as it could be, but it's very good.

T: There's a bit of that catty flavor right off the bat. The citrus really isn't there, like it was in the scent. There's a bit of acorn flavor to it. It might sound weird but if you ever ate one as a kid you might know what I'm talking about. There's some pine resin in there as well.

M: The mouthfeel is good. The beer finishes up pretty clean, but the bitterness lingers around for a good while as expected. This has a good dry mouthfeel.

O: I think the beer has good hop flavor and aroma, which is what you're really looking for in a beer like this. I'm not a fan of these particular flavor choices, but it's good in a pinch when looking for a hop fix. It's also nice to have the option of having a beer with this low of ABV. For that fact alone, I could see myself buying a few of these.

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Photo of atr2605
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours an orange light copper color with a white sudsy head with good retention
S-very grassy with some citrus and pine
T-more pine and citrus with malt providing a very nice balance
M-medium light bodied
O-nice balanced beer, definitely more of a pale ale than an ipa, then again its a "session" ipa

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden body with foamy, lively head thanks to some good carbonation and lace all around. Love the balance of the light citric and piney hop aroma, possibly some grape although I can't really detect it more than a whiff, and a good caramel, bready malt backbone. Nice to see a classic, not overly hoppy or alcoholic IPA, still being made. The hops, citric, pine, touch of spice, are there for hopheads but the beer is mellow, easy to drink, and just downright smooth and wellbalanced with a good sweetness and finishes clean and crisp. As the name implies just an easy going beer that one could session all day (particularly nice on a hot, humid summer day).

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark golden with a white head with good retention. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus and tropical fruits - esp. grapefruit and banana.

The taste is citric/tropical with caramel backing. There is a slight metallic touch in the finish. Finishes dry with a brief aftertaste.

It has a smooth, crisp medium body.

It is "sessionable", so the name fits. To me it's more of a hoppy pale ale than a traditional American IPA. A nice beer with a moderate abv.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous orange-honey color with a solid, finger high, off-white/light tan head. Only slightly hazy, light gets all the way through but is filtered and it actually makes the color pop more, in my estimation. Good lacing as well.
Smell is hops (grapefruit with a hint of pine), wood, malt, all balanced very well.
Taste is spot on with the olfactory presence, grapefruit/pine hops, wood and malt notes. Very well balanced with the hops being exactly where they should be. A light medicinal not creeps in during the aftertaste but does not detract at all from the experience.
Watery at the start and through the middle, the body fills in just at the swallow ending up medium. Carbonation is medium plus. For an IPA it is rather less biting than most though not smooth as I cannot bring myself to describe any IPA that way (save a double/imperial). Well named, I could easily drink several of these throughout the day. Sadly, I only have two.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan with orange tinges, pretty clear, good head and lace.

Aroma is very nice, plenty hoppy and inviting, more than you'd expect from anything with "session" in the name. Same goes for the taste, it's plenty IPA-like, while being superbly drinkable, even almost summertime lawnmower drinkable. "Refreshing" isn't an IPA type of term very often, but this time it just about fits.

Definitely recommended.

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Photo of FLima
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a relatively thin head.
Lots of peaches in the aroma.
Sweet malty flavor with a good deal of earthy, pine and citric hops. Hints of apricot and guaraná soda.
Very dry, even astringent, and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation but with an effervescent sensation.
Quite flavorful IPA, its name probably refers to the relatively low alcohol content while its drinkability is regular for an IPA.

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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 Ri0
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a light sun color with a slight hue of lime. Nice 2 finger white bubbly head and lacing galore.

S - Light citrus and floral hops, not really any malt or sweet smell.

T - Not too exciting as it is just some floral, citrus hop juice and no real malt to speak of.

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. A lot like the "fizzy yellow beer" feel

O - As an IPA it is weak since there really is no malt to speak of. As a session ale it is pretty good as a light, refreshing drink on a hot day. Not much separates this from Lagunitas Daytime or Central Waters Hop Rise.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A - A dark gloden-orange. Shines more orange in the light. A small, probably 1/2 inch head that stuck around. Suprising amount of carbonation for an IPA.

S - Quality hops, especially when first opening and before pouring. Yum. Some grapefruit and a touch of fresh cut grass, too. Nice smelling beer.

T - The beer was exactly what I expected. A damn good tasting IPA that's not as potent as most others. I.E. exactly what it's supposed to be. Quality hops are there, as well as a pinch of grapefruit. Great, smooth, medium-hoppiness in the aftertaste.

F - Very nice. Smooth, flavorful finish that really does quench the thirst. No dryness.

O - Not truly outstanding, but still a damn good beer. It's advertised as a session beer, and I plan on sessioning this beast in the future. It's a tasty IPA that doesn't have the overpowering delicious hop taste that's hard (for many, not all) to session with. Sessionable with lot's of excellent flavor!

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Photo of Roguer
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Partly hazy, with nice carbonation. Very small, 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipated (may have been an older bottle).

S - Very nice note of grapefruit. Very even smell.

T - Lovely even flavor: grapefruit peel, lovely bitterness mid-tongue.

M - Easy to drink, with the sweetness and the bitterness well-balanced and hitting the right spots.

O - This isn't the most full-flavored IPA, but it isn't supposed to be. In fact, it comes across as good, if not better, than much higher ABV IPAs. My first sip, I was disappointed, until I remembered it's 4.7%; every sip thereafter just got better and better. A very solid beer, all the way to the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest starting head which initially leaves some stringy lace on the glass. The color is amber with a light haze.

Strong grapefruit rind aroma. A little light on the malt nose.

The flavor matches the aroma--it's more citrus rind than malty, but there is some sweetness that is quite subtle. Full bodied but the carbonation is elevated as well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I need this in my life. summer beer is usually so boring in the name of sessionability, and steers away from the hops I love. this one does not. its bright golden and clear with an inch or so of white head. the nose is gorgeous cut grass and citra hops, or something similarly fruity, with big grapefruit notes and a touch of lemon peel. the flavor is the same, lighter malt body, big bold hop flavor that avoids being overly bitter, but packs in just a ton of fresh hop flavor. it really in a brilliant brew, and the 4.7% is just about right, as the name suggests, for all day drinking. perfectly carbonated with aggressive bubbles, light but not watery on the body, and clean and refreshing in the finish. it wouldn't be quite sturdy enough for me during colder months, but this time of year I can think of very few beers I would rather get into. I like it ice cold right from the bottle the best, preferably on the boat. a beer drinkers summer beer. my mouth waters for this when its fresh and freezing, and there is nothing better on the golf course.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014. Purchased at Trembling Madness in York recently. Described on the label as a session ale (by American standards).

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with light carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of intensely fruity hops with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lime, pine and grass. Underpinned by hints of earthy yeast, stewed hops and faint caramel malt. Hoppy!

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lime, citrus, pine resin, subtle weed, earthy yeast, stewed hops and faint caramel malt. Highly attenuated and rather astringent, accompanied by a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is dry and tingly, with hop oils that prickle the palate and a thin, insubstantial body for the style. Dries the mouth thoroughly, leaving an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and mild earthiness.

Pretty good, but unbalanced. It looks OK, and the hoppy aroma is fantastic - tons of delicious fruity notes. The taste is less rounded; plenty of aroma hops but a weak malt presence that doesn't even out the flavour. Thin, watery body. A decent IPA with good hop character, but lacking in it's other qualities. Could use improvement. However, still worthy of sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of dtivp
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale amber gold with a very thin white head which disappeared very quickly with little or no lacing.

Aroma of citrus, floral hops and hints of pine. Very refreshing to the nose.

Taste follows the nose with grapefruit, pine, hops and balanced with a slight sweetness of tropical fruits.

Mouth Feel was light body with moderate carbonation, very crisp leaving a very slight bitter after taste.

Overall this is a very nice refreshing IPA, to be enjoyed on a nice relaxing sunny, warm day.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Bottled 04/12/13.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before sinking down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient sudsy lacing.

S- Wonderful hop aroma that's just as citrusy as it is sweet. Oh man, that smells so good. All pine, grass and brown sugar. Barely any alcohol detected.

T- The taste tries to live up to the aroma but doesn't quite make it. There's more biscuity malt found along with the grassy hops but it makes for a good balancing act. The bitterness is not as high as expected. There are actually small notes of butter that complement the overall sweetness of the brew. Good hop burps.

M- Slightly sharp and semi-oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- So much better than Lagunitas Daytime, especially in the aroma department.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Eyes: Pale gold glass with chill haze. Holds a very thin cover of white foam that gives up a little lace.

Nose: Rich and powerful citric punch, mostly grapefruit skin with a little pine backing. A touch of sweetness makes it's way through as well.

Taste: Hops are center stage, the citric gives way to a lightly earthy tea flavor. A little bit of base sweetness keeps it from striping the enamel from your teeth, but given all the hop flavor your brain says IPA, then says this one is watery. I put this more into the XPA category.

Mouthfeel: Watery texture, lightly fizzy body, light oily finish.

Overall: Great nose, but the beer is a little light for my tastes. I see where they are going with a hoppy lawnmower, but all the hops makes this more of a slower sipper rather than a refreshing drink. Glad I got it, I'll enjoy the 6 pack but I think I'll move on to other beers.

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Photo of nbaeteer
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light honey

Aroma: Like sticking your nose in a big bag of fresh marijuana. Pure, clean hop aroma that makes you want eat the smell. Jumps right out of the glass.

Taste: Much more restrained in taste than in smell but with a lot of the same qualities. Bright, citrusy. Really holds on to a lot the flavor you want in an IPA while also being light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thicker and more viscous than you would expect. Light sting on the back of the mouth that dissipates quickly.

Overall: An excellent example of the session IPA style. I could see myself drinking this beer on a hot day and getting a lot of the things I like in an IPA without too much body or overkill in the hop department. Somehow though, the taste, aroma, and mouthfeel seem a little at odds with each other.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and drank at Next Door Bar and Grill in Pittsford, NY.

Pours a medium-dark amber color, with a half inch head, and some good lacing down the glass.

The aroma is all grapefruit, all the time. Just pungent as hell.

The taste is pretty similar. The bitterness is fairly astringent, due to how light bodied this is. Tons of grapefruit bitterness, a little bit of pine. No malt flavor whatsoever, as session IPAs tend to be.

Light bodied, slightly watery, full carbonation, relatively drinkable.

Not on board really with the session IPA thing, this one wasn't too bad, though.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a little cloudy, yellow with a thin head and no retention. No lace, a little yeast floating on top. It doesn’t look like much. The nose is big. Crisp with citrus, spice, tangerine, hay , floral and a even a little lemon. Good pine and resin. There’s a touch pale malt and only a very little bread. Some caramel sweetness as it opens up. Catty as it warms. Taste is really terrific for a very light beer. This has a low abv but it smells and tastes like a big beer. Citrus and floral. The hops pronounce the drink delicious and and stay with it all the way through. There is a just a little grain and bread and a decent bitterness. Some yeast and sour grapefruit. Body is a little thin and has brisk carbonation.Slightly bitter and slightly dry in the finish. This is a good session beer just like it promises. Low in alcohol so you can drink it all day and low in calories too. Has plenty of flavor and was satisfying.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.60):
Medium amber with a small, bubbly white head that settles down & holds just a tiny bit smaller than the initial size.

Fresh hops, citrus, pine & mango with apricot notes too. A refreshing and very summery.

Citrus & pine hops with some tropical fruits notes, mainly mango and apricot plus some pineapple too. There is some light grapefruit and plenty of bitterness too.

Light medium with a hoppy, bitter feel. The beer is quite smooth and goes down well in the heat with a crisp, dry finish.

Particularly good in the sun with a smooth and bitter taste that is loaded with citrus and backed up with some tropical fruits. A beer that goes down quite well and made for easy drinking, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic Summer IPA! Founders has done a great job of putting together a great tasting, aromatic, low ABV IPA, perfect for a Summer afternoon! I love this beer and will seek it out in the future when looking for a refreshing beer to have on a hot day!

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

Bottled: unk (rubbed off)

It's a lightly toasted golden raisin with a solid sheet of fine whipped toasted cream foam atop. Smells of resin, pine, some grain and a little metal. Nice and assertively hoppy on the nose, has what I consider a classic PNW smell. Flavor follows suit with resin, pine and some body oder...Maybe a bit of grapefruit pith and a solid amber like malt character with a bit of biscuit. Medium bodied with slightly soft carb and an off dry finish. The beer reminds me of Bitter American from 21st Amendment, and since it's on the shelves around me, and canned, it would be my go to over this one. Good though.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a moderately clear amber color. The head is about one finger high and white, with a somewhat rough-looking texture. It retains itself alright, though, and leaves some lacing on the side of the glass.

S: I've noticed how I kind of like catty IPAs, and this one fits that mold. The hops also provide melon, mango, and herbal notes. There is a touch of sweetness, as well.

T: The first sip strikes me weirdly with its finishing herbal hop tones. After another sip, it smooths out nicely. There are twinges of juicy tropical fruits on the front end; I wish this was more pronounced. Otherwise, it's a simplistic, enjoyable small IPA.

M: I look for these kind of beers to be crisp and light - and this fits that criteria well. I'd enjoy it more if some of the finishing astringency was cleaned up a touch, but this still has good drinkability.

O: Good, not great. As much as I love trying these session IPAs, there's only one so far I can say I loved (DayTime). Not to mention, session IPAs don't make a huge amount of sense from a monetary standpoint. Having said that, between All Day and Centennial, I'd choose this one every single time.

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.