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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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806 Reviews
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Reviews: 806
Hads: 6,253
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 223
Gots: 1,728 | FT: 12
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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: 806 | Hads: 6,253
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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Photo of mactrail
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber in the tumbler with a decent white foam. Spicy and fruity mango aroma is really attractive. Watery body with a lively fizzy mouthfeel. The hops last all the way through but leave more spice than bitterness on the tongue. Crisp and clean. I'd like to compare this to the Lagunitas DayTime IPA and Widmer's Columbia Common. It's a great style, for my taste, though it is hard to compare these light gulpers with the big wave hop crushers that are all in the IPA category.

A little sharp but crisp seems to be the concept. I think this is one of the better under-five-percent beers I've had, especially for a hoppy variety where the bitterness can get ahead of the more delicate body. From the 12 oz bottle out of the cooler at Whole Foods in DC.

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Photo of jhartley
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to an English style pint.
A bright crystal clear yellow-gold body with a 1/2 finger thin head.
Smells of citrus and herbs with a little spiciness. Very "bright".
Very light in body; thin and watery. A little pepper-like bite on the end.
A little too much carbonation for me.
I know this is labeled and supposed to be a session ale, but it's a little too light for my liking. Would prefer more in the body too match the smell. I really love all the other offerings I have had from Founders, but this one misses the mark for me. Not too say it wasn't a decent beer, just not one I would seek out in the future.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Beer Market - Vernon Hills.

It's been a while since my first taste of All Day, and I must say I do miss it a bit. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild greens, very light biscuit, and a touch of citrus peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch of spice tossed into the greens for good measure. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this is still a nice "session" IPA, proof that Founders knows how to make a pleasant brew.

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Photo of Purp1eOne
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This poured a nice orange/apricot color with gold highlights

S - Very appealing citrus complex smell

T - Very nicely flavored IPA with all kinds of smooth citrus flavors with this bear. With just enough bitter to compliment.

M - Had a very nice body with good carbonation and a nice mix of bitterness and smoothness.

O - Overall I was very, very pleased with this "Every Day IPA" and wasn't expecting it to be such a good beer. This a definitely a fridge filler with the price point and I will always have this one on hand.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours an orange/copper color with a small head which dissipates quickly. Hardly any lacing on the glass.

The smell is strong with grapefruit, some orange, pine and caramel but the grapefruit dominates.

The taste hits on the front end with grapefruit hops, a little roasted malt and caramel in the middle and then piney hops at the end. This sounds nice but the taste fails to "pop".

The mouth feel goes from thick and chewy to oily on the backend.

Overall I expected better from Founders. I realize the point of this brew is supposed to be a sessionable IPA but this brew ends up not quite strong enough to be an IPA and not quite malty enough to be something else. The hops could be better balanced; there is too much grapefruit in both the smell and the taste.

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Photo of fank2788
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bright orange gold with a bright white head that starts out at about one finger thick before falling to a fine layer of tiny bubbles with lace on the edges. The smell is of bright citrus and pine hops with just a touch of caramel malt in the background, the hops are really the focus with this one. The taste follows the smell with an explosion of hop flavor on first sip. The grapefruit tangyness is in the forefront with the pine and herbal hop flavors following close behind. Like the smell there isn't much of the malt in this one but there is just a enough, really not enough to balance the hops but that would have made this a much bigger beer which was obviously not the intent. As a result of the lower alcohol and gravity, the body of this is fairly light the moderate to high carbonation adds to that making it even lighter. Overall this is a nice IPA, the lighter body makes it great for a hot summer day, a picnic or poolside maybe not the best IPA out there but the light body and great hop flavors makes it really enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear, ambery orange. Not a great head. The smell is orange, too: loads of citrus with some tropical aromas – lychee, papaya – as well as a touch of freshly-cut grass. Taste and mouthfeel border on anemic. There are some nice mango-ish hop flavors here, and the beer overall is very balanced, but it lacks body and depth. I get that this is meant to be a lower alcohol version of the style, but I've had beers 10-20 percent weaker than this that were way more delicious and interesting. If I'm honest I've had low-alcohol beers that were tastier. As a sort of basic pale ale, it's not bad. As an American IPA, it's a failure.

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Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like fresh grapefruit and pineapple, with some sweet honey and mango.
T: It tasted like mild grapefruit and apricot, with some honey malt and pineapple. It had a very clean and mild bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a great session IPA with delicious but gentle scent and taste. The body was a bit thin, but the finish was smooth as can be. Just about the perfect beer to drink all day.

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Photo of RickS95
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance doesn't fit the type very well. It's extremely clear and thin looking. Straw amber in color, it looks filtered and clarified and everything else to make it look like it does. The head is a finger thick of very white bubbles, but doesn't even look much like the sticky, foamy IPAs I've had before. Very below average retention, and it's so thin there's no lacing.

Fortunately it smells like it should. Pine, grapefruit and apricot fill the nose, possibly some pineapple as well. Lots of citrus.

A good amount of malt, plenty of earthy pine, and then hops, with their citric tastes in the swallow. The hops are a bit lacking in taste, mostly for aroma.

Quite thin with a watered down feel. There's a lot of bitterness, moreso than the label's 42 IBUs would suggest, but it's never too much. A bit of an oily feel from the hops. Light bodied. No alcohol presence.

Not one of Founder's best and not really all that impressive for an IPA. Could use more body and more punch.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear copper color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of pine, melon, tangerine, and flowers. Where the aroma is vibrant and juicy, the taste is subdued and short-lived. There is a flash of fruith hops, but it vanishes as quickly as it is noticed. It is pleasant when it is there, however, which only adds to the disappointment of its early disappearance. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a thinnish texture, and a bone dry texture. All of which I appreciate in a session beer. Overall, this is a nice beer. I would like the flavor to stick around a few seconds more, but it is still good nonetheless.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium copper gold with a thin soapy head and light carbonation.

S - Tons of resiny citrus and pine.

T - Definitely a hop forward beer...resiny citrus, grapefruit, and oranges up front which stays for the duration. Light biscuity malt surfaces midway through before the resinous bitter citrus and pine turn things up and crash in around it ending with a lingering bitter finish.

M - Light medium body and leaves a moderate amount of citrus resin in the mouth before finishing crisp and very dry.

O - An overall surprisingly hoppy and tasty beer for the lower than normal ABV for this style....hats off to Founders for creating a hop forward beer to satisfy the hop heads without all the alcohol and stupidness that follows. (!!). Definitely could drink this one all day while sitting on the deck.

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Photo of Tauroe
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this beer and I think they hit the nail on the head with what they were going for. Its a light IPA that you can have six of on a summer day and not feel guilty about later.

Poured into a glass with a nice tangerine color slightly hazy with a pretty decent head.

Smell wasn't super strong but had a nice citrus hop smell to it and with a hint of pine.

Really nice hop taste without being to heavy and left me looking forward to the next sip. Definitely picked up on the floral hops and pine.

Was crisp and smooth on the way down.

This one seems like it has a chance to be my go to grilling six pack for this summer

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint; bottled on date not entirely visible. Having enjoyed this beer quite a few times, I can tell that it is nothing less than fresh.

Appearance is decent, yet nothing to get overly excited about. I realize we have to grade this criteria and while sometimes the super sticky lacing left behind by a standout IPA does get me excited, it means NOTHING, if the beer doesn't taste good. Medium copper/champagne hybrid with delicate foam and sparse lacing to boot. The smell is a refreshing combination of pine, orange peel and lemon zest. This really tastes magnificent and I would warn IPA lovers to have a few before giving a concrete review. I wasn't in love immediately because I kept wanting to compare it to other favorites that I enjoy. Despite the ABV, this has a hop kick that is immediately noticeable and thoroughly consistent. Extremely crisp and prickly, it goes down smooth and begs you to enjoy more. While I would never compare this to heavier West Coast style IPAs, I think it needs to be judged for what its brewer intended. This is a session ale that is spot on for an IPA. I could and have consumed multiple brews of this seasonal offering from Founders without feeling the side effects of your typical IPA. This beer is completely underrated. Give it a chance before it's out of rotation.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Style: IPA

ABV: 4.7%

Purchased at: John’s Grocery, Iowa City, IA

Pour: Dark gold pour with a medium-sized white head.

Aroma: Pine, citrus hops aroma dominate along with some dankness on the nose.

Flavor: Citrus hops dominate the flavor, maybe a tad of floral taste as well. The bitterness is missing but doesn’t take away from the brew.

Ratebeer.com rating: 96/100

Beeradvocate.com rating: 87/100

Overall: A-

My recommendation: A go to beer for the summer for sure. A great concept, and they come through by providing a very tasty sessionable beer.

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 806 ratings.