Founders All Day IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders All Day IPAFounders All Day IPA

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87
very good

5,913 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,913
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 212
Gots: 1,455 | 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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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.

Photo of HopBomb515
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of BBAVUSO21
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is great for what it is. You wont find many session ales with this much flavor. With a nice piney citrus scent, and a slightly hoppy bitterness over your pallet you cant go wrong. Take it wherever your just trying to drink socially and have yourself a time. Cheers (had it in a can so I cant comment on the appearance)

Photo of DeFaz
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer for what it is. Smell is dominated by hops (obviously) with citrus. Taste starts off with ambiguous citrus and tea flavors, lending to a distinct grapefruit flavor and leaving a dry grapefruit finish. There's not a ton of complexity nor is there much malt balance, but it tastes great [even] without the bite from the high ABV of most IPAs. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, which is necessarily for this to be a "session beer", but it isn't too thin and the carbonation is kept in check, making this mouthfeel, while not generally what I prefer, to be successful. It's not fair to compare this to the average IPA when it doesn't aim to be. If you're looking for a lower alcohol IPA that still has plenty of flavor, this is a pretty good choice

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coffee District. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear copper body. Nice white head. Laces well with a medium collar.

Smell - Grassy and piney hop. Not a hop bomb, but there isn't a ton of malt to mask it. Slightly grainy.

Taste - Grassy hops again. Some grapefruit sprinkled in. Biscuit malt. Moderately bitter in the finish, but it's more of a sustained hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Drinkable. Just enough of a flavor and body to stave off wateriness.

Overall - Not my favorite hop profile, but it's a very well made beer. This wouldn't be impressive if it weren't so small.

Photo of Wukk
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden with a very fluffy one to two finger head, which disappears quickly leaving no lacing. A big bouquet of hops in the aroma, and a little bit of citrus is there as well. Surprising amount of bitterness and floral flavors for a "session ale." It does live up to its billing, though, not heavy in the stomach or on the palate. Pretty light mouthfeel, something I'd expect from a sessionable IPA. Overall this is a great beer. I don't know if I see myself spending the $20 the 12 pack costs and actually using it as a session drinker, but it certainly would be an enticing option if I had the money to spare.

It's probably unfair to say I expect more from an IPA in the case of the All Day IPA, but overall, I think I do.

Photo of cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle

Bottled on 8/9/2013 so this is a super fresh bottle.

A- Pours an ever so slightly hazed golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is faint malt with fresh citrusy hops.

T- The taste is light with pale malts and a nice dose of bitterness from the hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a very nice sessionable IPA. It has the ABV of a light beer with the flavor of a beer twice the strength. This is a great beer for the warm Florida summers when you want something light but with a ton of flavor as well.

Photo of Danny1217
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color with a slight orange tint. A small head of white foam with medium retention and lacing.
A nice, mild citrus and floral hop aroma. Slightly piney.
The taste is more mild than the aroma. Very little malt presence and a good dose of citrus hops.
Very light body, as is expected from the name and the low ABV. The beer goes down smoothly and I feel ready to have another beer as soon as I'm done.

Overall it is a solid pale ale, but my main problem is that it's not an IPA! As I am rating to style and this just doesn't meet the expectation I have when something is listed as an American IPA, I can't give this any better of a rating. My other problem with this is the price. It costs just as much as Centennial IPA, Founders Porter, and Dirty Bastard. At this price I don't see why I would ever buy this again when other good pale ales are being sold for cheaper.

Photo of dwren89
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: orangey gold with a thin white fizzy head, and great clarity

Aroma: very grapefruity, strong tropical fruit aroma. No malt character.

Taste: very thin, actually surprisingly thin tasting. Almost no malt character and almost all grapefruit hop flavor. It actually tastes likes hop steeped water.

Mouthfeel: very thin and light bodied in a way that is wrong for the style. Medium carbonation

Overall: Disappointing for such a great brewery, especially one known for such strong beers like Dirty Bastard. No malt flavor makes the beer taste like hop steeped water.

Photo of C_Reid_S
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have this for breakfast, most work-weeks long. It's either this or some ridiculous Double IPA that makes me want to remove my intestinal tract around lunch-time... for whatever reason [not liking most piss mainstream 'beer'], this light, crisp refreshing brew is suitable for every hour, day.

Something about the sharp, cheap punch combines with possibly a de¢ent, hippity of hop-like spurt. Without punching you in the face.

The artwork, PERFECT; some beat-down, wood-paneled station wagon meandering down this perfectly-manicured suburban [dirt?] road. To nowhere. From nowhere. Just sipping away, all day, this beer.

And then, Monday morning comes around, zero miles padelled, we'll fret. [6]

Photo of babaracas
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold with one finger thick white head, spotty lacing. Smell: big grapefruit stank, herbal, pine, light apricot note in back. Taste: citrus rind, herbal, peach tea, spicy and rindy finish. Feel is light, a little too slick. Still tasty and refreshing.

Photo of lindsaylandeen
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had All Day in a bottle and on tap. It has a sunset color to it and the aroma is fantastic. I'm not much of an IPA drinker but what I have realized is the IPA i do like are more floral. This is one of them. I had it on tap and now I have picked it up for "all day" events time and time again. Great IPA!

Photo of Isoruku
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A truly enjoyable IPA, with a smooth taste, medium body and delightful blend of flavors. All Day is malty, somewhat hoppy, with a subtle layering of citrus and pine nuts. The bitterness is just right, and the hoppiness is controlled while letting you know that it's there.

A low (by IPA standards) ABV makes All Day particularly drinkable. A great default choice if you just want a no-fuss but enjoyable IPA.

Definitely recommended!

Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of ev4life
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Act25
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of mattbk
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of jerrytodd
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
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...

Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,913 ratings.