Founders All Day IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 795
Hads: 6,145
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 217
Gots: 1,642 | 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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Photo of Gatch
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 2/25/13

A: Clear, golden-yellow in color with a fizzy, white head. Builds and fades quickly. No lace or retention.

S: Piney, grassy, resiny hops.

T: Fresh, vibrant, sticky hops with a hint of sweet malt in the finish. Such a tasty, easy-drinking, perfect-with-food kinda beer.

M: Never too hoppy where it's cloying or dry. The carbonation is spot-on. Great stuff.

O: I'm giving this high marks overall because it's such an awesomely drinkable beer and perfect for satisfying hop cravings without the ABV punch of many other IPAs & IIPAs.

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Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber with a short lived head. Aroma is rich and sweet, with strong fruit and pine notes. The taste is a wonderful mix of hop bitterness (pine, citrus) and the tropical fruit, citrus, and pine. Little carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. A great big flavor IPA with a session-able ABV.

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Photo of EternalCask
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm behind the Bar at Barleyvine (per usual)
All Day IPA
Founders (i want some kbs. its because everyone else wants it.)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
4.7% abv

Poured into standard pint glass...bottle @ 53* F

A- Wet hay/Golden..lacing nonexistent, quarter inch head that dissipated quickly, slightly hazy.
s-juniper berry action, green apple skin,aloe, fresh cut grass
t-poundable. hops are crisp, not bitter.. more green apple skin business.. true to style and intent. which makes me happy.. nice aftertaste. pairing with a cuban sandwich..the homemade pickle and the hops make great friends. the sweetness of the pork joins the olfactory party.
m-very carbonated... not my favorite trait in the world but again it makes sense.

o- i could see many a summer day that i make at least of 3 of these vanish... for breakfast. great with spicy food... we have a pulled pork sandwich that this would DANCE with. Points for stylistic authenticity.

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Photo of circus_cat
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Crisp, clear IPA with little head. There is a small island of soapy white foam in the middle of mine and barely a ring around the edges. Looks lively with bubbles streaming to the top. Light amber body.

N: Having not expected much out of the nose on this one since it is only 40 or so IBUS, I was VERY pleasantly surprised. Straight up west coast grape fruit hoppiness, tropical fruits, a bit of caramel.

T: Very good. Again, with economy model the elements are--such as the IBUS and ABV, I'm pleasantly surprised. Very refreshing, which was to be expected--but also very flavorful. A little toned-down but you get the same floral, grapefruit, perfume character on the taste that you get on the nose. Just slightly subdued.

M: Crisp, clean, refreshing. Perfect for a camping trip, which the bottle seems to depict :)

Sidenote: I just want to say that I'm glad that Founders has made a really good, complex, flavorful beer that I can take to a BBQ or other outdoor long-lasting event and not be a mess. The ABV race to the top gets annoying to craft beer drinkers who want to kick back and enjoy a few but are often limited to splitting a 12 oz. bottle and that's it (unless you want to get sloshed).

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

Bottled 2/25/13, just over a month old.

A: Pale, clear golden pour. Large fizzy white head adorns it. Fades away fairly quickly. Moderate fluffs of lacing. Decent retention.

S: Floral hops and grapefruit mainly. Very mild aroma.

T: Mild taste too. Very floral with some grapefruit and a little pine. No real sign of malt, just a tiny bit of bread in there. Finish is grassy with some resinous bitterness.

M: Pretty light but not watery.

O: Definitely a sessionable IPA. Flavors are pretty mellow (it's 4.7%, what do you expect) but it's still pretty nice. It's like a mini IPA or as the bottle says aptly: a fractional IPA. Simple, but nice. Goes down easy.

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Photo of bum732
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Medium bright citrus, fresh grapefruit peel, heavy kumquat, slight grassiness

L: Light orange, slightly hazy, white head that dissipates. Ok lacing.

T: Bright citrus up front with some hoppy resins. Very clean, light malt. Medium bitterness with just a touch of sweetness. Finishes fairly dry with residual hop resin. Some soft grassiness as it warms, in a good way.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Fairly crisp overall.

Very light, hoppy IPA with just enough malt to keep it in balance. Really enjoyed this, although i prefer a pale ale over this "light" IPA style.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip

A- pours a transparent light orange with a one finger white head. Fades pretty fast, leaves a nice white film on the beer

S- holy cat pee. Must be a decent bit of simcoe in this one.

T- starts off with some citrus, finish is sightly bitter. Not a lot of extreme flavors with this one, but I wasn't really expecting any

M- body is pretty light, especially for an IPA. Solid

O- easy drinking beer, but not something I'd drink by the gallon at the price point. You can get better IPAs for less money, and that unfortunately puts a hole in the whole sessionable aspect of this

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear-golden color with an almost non-existant head. No lacing.

S-Very floral and pleasant. Esters mix well with a profound hoppy presence and a twinge of alcohol, even though it is a session ale. Hops take an overwhelming presence at the back of the nose. Smells fantastic.

T-Kind of disappointing for a Founders brew. Weak body and very simple. Hops take the front of the palate, the middle, and the finish as well albeit with a little citrusy bitterness to it.

MF-Carbonated and crisp. Thin body with a dry finish.

O-Disappointed, but still not a bad beer necessarily. Very simple and a thin body, but it is sessionable. The fact that they had that in mind whilst brewing it makes it a little better. For the price, I'd buy SNPA any day over this.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at Hopleaf in Chicago. Reviewed from notes taken in March. Expections were high given the brewery and this beer's reputation.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of bad (~1 minute) retention, decent cream, and fair thickness. Body colour is a clear rich pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing for the style. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Pale malts, muted fruit. Incredibly light; I hardly get anything. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

T: Floral hops, light nectary character. Pale malts. Bright fruit. Refreshing. Little bitterness here. It's pretty balanced. I like it. Fair complexity. Decent depth of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Good thickness. Suits the flavour well.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but nowhere near as much as many have claimed. I'd buy it by the 6er, but it's not exceptional. Just a sessionable, enjoyable IPA.

High B-

09/25/13: I picked up a 6-pack earlier tonight and thought I'd include some more in-depth notes:

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with cool label art and branded pressure cap served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in Austin, Texas. Reviewed live.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. No lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 4-5 minutes - though the low ABV makes this less of a feat.

Body colour is a clear yellow-copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Transparent/translucent.

No obvious flaws. Not unique or special.

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Photo of punky796
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a SLIGHTLY cloudy yellow-amber, with about a finger of fizzy white head that dissipates fast. A little lacing.

S - Hops. Grass. Dirt.

T - Hops. Grass. Dirt. Citrus, which saves the whole thing. But I'm not good at describing IPAs.

M - Light, carbonation is toward the high end but it's not overdone. But that's where I think this type of beer should be. Clean, grassy finish.

O - I'm not a hops or IPA guy, really, but I like to believe I can still recognize a good one. This one's decent and sessionable.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice fresh fruit hop aroma. Sweet and light. Some doughy malt in background. Overall nice aroma.
Not much head - although poured while cold. Mostly clear and slightly cloudy darkish gold.
Forward hop flavors with moderately intense bitterness from mid through the finish. Some supportive malt with a bit of sweetness and caramel.
As would be expected with such a low abv there is a watery quality to the feel - quite thin. Ample carbonation.
A nice quality drinker for warm weather - which seems far away, although does seem a little possible in some distance future . Balanced well in flavors

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Photo of Chico1985
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finishing up the 6-pack, bottle date looks like 2/15/13.

Pours into a pint a hazy pale orange with a white head

Nice hop forward scent with decent strength. Earthy, grassy and tropical hops

Taste also brings a nicer plethora of hops, more well-rounded than the smell overall. Weed, earth, citrus, grapefruit and tropical notes all make their mark on the palate. Malt is definitely the lesser extreme with just a bit of bread/biscuit coming in a the end.

Pretty good mouthfeel, a little high on the carbonation. Light but not too light.

For whatever reason, I enjoyed this last bottle much more than the rest of the 6. Definitely lots of good hop flavor for a low ABV beer, I think I would prefer Lagunitas DayTime for a session IPA though.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/2/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a fresh bottle of this

Appearance: Pours a dark gold color, with some orange notes - very clear, starts with a nicely sized white head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves a spotty lacing

Smell: Light and very interesting - floral and oily citrus - mellow oranges and some grapefruit - some hints of pine - light, pale malts in the background - lightly bready - some light earthiness as well

Taste: Mellow in a very charming way - light orange and grapefruit - lightly oily, lightly pithy - light earthiness in the finish, with a touch of grass - nicely balanced with the malts, which are nicely bready - mostly pale, with some caramel malts - certainly drinkable

Mouthfeel: Light body, excellently carbonated, slightly oily, smooth

Overall: A great example of a style that should be upcoming

This is light, flavorful, and stupidly quaffable. My only question is how it compares to Lagunitas DayTime. The fact that this is year-round rather than rotating is certainly a plus. Overall, I think I prefer the hop profile of DayTime but the malt profile here. I will certainly be buying this in the future.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Dating noted under neck label, though it is smudged.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, golden body with an inch (or more) head of agreeable, white foam.

Smell: Fragrantly hoppy nose, as one would expect, with notes of plump citrus fruits, florals, and a grassy, earthy tone where somebody cut the grass and ran down some wild onions in the yard. Very modest, restrained, lightly bready malts underneath.

Taste: Mildly malt, just a bit of breadiness and sweetish hint of cookie until the accumulating hop bitterness shoves it off the stage. Invitingly hoppy, with a floral, earthy, citrusly fruity character and more than ample bitterness. Maybe a hint of wild ramp. Juicy, bitterish, light-on-the-tongue finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Brightly hoppy with a bitterness that was dominating but not overbearing or disagreeable.

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

I have had better IPAs but none that were this low alcohol/sessionable. This beer brings big flavor with an easy swilling alcohol profile. This one should be in cans!!!

Pours a hazy golden amber color with an average size white head and head retention. Leaves some lacing.

Good hoppy smell, mostly citrus but some piney as well.

Taste is good. Very hoppy, mostly citrus, the tangerine reminds me of Legend DIPA (2011....the 2012 stinks!!!)

Mouthfeel is a hair thin, but what do you expect for under 5.00%

This is a good sessionable beer. I will be buying more this summer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 03/16/13 notes. Had this on tap at Stoddard's in Boston; served in a pint glass. have had this one a few times.

a - Pours a clear medium orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, floral hops, some light pine hops. Very nice nose; tons of citrus and fresh hops, and very fruity.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, mangos, fruity malts, tropical fruits, bready malts, and some herbal notes. There is no bitterness in the taste which I like; quite nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. no bitterness and easy to drink. Nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall a very nice IPA and easy to drink. The nose is extremely nice and hoppy, and there is no bitterness in this one at all. Glad this is popping up all over NY, would definitely buy a 6er of it again.

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Photo of IronLover
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey yellow in color with a slight chill haze. Poured with a brief white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Pungent herbal and citrus hop aromas. The feel is on the thinner side, a tad bit watery up front until the tangy, assertive carbonation rolls through. Herbal hop flavors up front followed by citrus hops through the middle and pine hops at the end. Finishes with a long lasting, bitter pine hop after taste. The hops are the showcase, biting, tangy, and bitter. Not much malt presence, but that's probably the point with the "all day" session theme here.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a medium gold color with a small head. Head retention is ok after getting down to a thin lace on top. Clarity is high, with lots of carbonation rising. Lacing is ok.

S- Good blend of citrus and pine hops dominate the nose. Not a lot else there, maybe a hint of sweetness, but a solid hop bill.

T- Just like the scent, with hops starting and being the dominant flavor throughout. Flavors of the hops are somewhat muted compared to the smell. Good balance of solid hops and light malt flavors. Some sweetness on the end, but not much outside of the hops.

M- Light and easy drinking. Hops are prominent in the flavor, but leave the taste buds intact. This is exactly what it claims to be; a session ale.

Overall, this is a great all-day drinker like its name says. Nothing special as far as IPA's go, but I would definitely keep this around for an everyday IPA.

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Photo of Viperonetwoone
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

First time having this one. Poured aggressively and was rewarded with a two and a half finger off white head that didn't stick around. Body is orange around the middle of my glass and golden where the light shines through the bottom.

Nose is awesome. pine, apricot, orange rind and flesh, tiny bit of lemon. Pick up a fair amount resin also.

Front of flavor is tart, piney, and heavily resinous. There's a nice light malty sweetness that carries through. I miss the majority of the juicier fruit flavors but still pick up orange and lemon rind. Overall, very tasty, refreshing beer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 2/19/13.

A- A bright and clear dark golden color, plenty of visible carbonation. The 1-plus finger head tapers to a thin film and leaves wide rings of lacing. This is what I want a session ale to look like, thus the 4.5.

S- Piney hops are what I picked up right away, followed by some grainy and grassy notes and some faint caramel malts.

T-On par with the aromas. The piney hops carry this brew.

M- Light and crisp, well carbonated mouthfeel. There's some oily resin from the hops, which, by the way, Founders squeezes every drop of hop bitterness out of those 42 ibus. Dry hoppy finish.

O- Hoppy flavor @ 4.7% abv works 'All Day' for me.

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Photo of jvillefan
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A: A pale yellow body with a one finger white laced head that disappeared quickly.

S: Extremely muted. There is a subtle bready caramel aroma with a tinge of hop that resembles pine.

T: There is a bitterness in the beginning. Very subtle pine and citrus followed by very subtle caramel.

M: Medium body with sharp carbonation.

O: Not a good IPA. This would not even make a good pale ale. Little flavor and more common IPAs are better and cheaper.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very clean looking IPA. Low amount of lacing but still present. Below average carbonation throughout. Overall looks like a very tasty session.

Smell: A light caramel and some floral hops. Comes off very bright on the front end. Sweetness dies off to a solid malty backbone.

Taste: A grainy hoppy presence on the front end. Some dry fruity hops run through the body. More of an overall body presence then I expected.

Mouthfeel: Too crispy for my taste. I understand it is a session but feels a little artifical.

Overall: Solid session but not something I would continue to come back for.

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Photo of Kendo
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the growler into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with a nice 1.5-finger white head that leaves behind some splotchy lacing on the glass.

S: Pungent, resiny pine and earthy, grassy hops. Touch of garlic.

T: Follows the nose - modest malt foundation underneath, but then garlicky, piney hops. Not much citrus, though there's a note of lemon at the finish. Resiny. Earthy. Full hop flavors leaning more towards the greener stuff (pine, grass) and earthy stuff.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest, leaving a smooth all-around feel.

O: An easy drinker, but full-flavored. Founders has shown with this beer that a hoppy IPA doesn't need to be 6.5 or 7% ABV.

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Photo of champ103
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, bright golden/orange. A one finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: A fairly simple aroma, but still very nice. Pine, citrus, grassy, and grapefruit hops. A light honey like sweetness. Lingering bitterness.
T: Follows the nose. Pine, citrus, grapefruit. A bit of sweetness in the middle. Then finishes with a much dryer, almost puckering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body that is fairly effervescent. Crisp, dry, and refreshing. Yep, this is an all day easy drinker for me.

Maybe just a bit to much bitterness in the finish here, for me anyway. Though, a small gripe. Something I can enjoy pretty much all day. Well done, and recommended.

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Photo of avalon07
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, pine, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of hops (of course), a good shot of pine, malt, a little caramel, and citrus (grapefruit). Almost like a West Coast IPA, but a little bit mellower and not quite as hoppy. A solid, easy to drink flavor.

M: A pretty good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not exactly an earth-shattering take on the IPA, but nonetheless a tasty beer. Drinkable.

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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