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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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807 Reviews
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Reviews: 807
Hads: 6,255
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 223
Gots: 1,732 | FT: 12
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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Reviews: 807 | Hads: 6,255
Photo of dfillius
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of white head with fair retention. Chill hazy golden color. Good looking. More head please.
S: Caramel, lime, pineapple, tropical fruit. Tempting, fresh, hoppy.
T: Tiny bit of bready sweetness up front mingles with a rush of bitter hops. Hops are piney, sulfurous allium, + some grapefruit to finish. Very rich hop conglomeration with the malt balancing well.
M: Full flavored for being 4.7%. As bitter as I'd want an IPA to be. West Coast levels of hops and not sweet. Just enough malt to balance.
O: Very glad I tried this one again, and glad that it's year-round. The best session-IPA of the year. I'd love another and will buy 6 again.

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Photo of zrbeer1579
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden orange yellow with a two finger fluffy white head. Slight hazy.

Aroma: Mostly apricot and pine. Sightly floral and a touch of grain.

Taste: Similar to smell but mostly apricot with hints of grapefruit and pine. Some grain and malt sweetness. Some malt breadiness. I think I taste some yeast as well.

Mouthfeel: Median-light bodied. A semi dry and light bitterness finish. Carbonation seems just slightly high.

Overall: This is not a terrible beer. It is a sessionable beer with IPA characterics. Easy to drink. I applause Founders for getting this much flavors into a beer under 5% abv.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Semi hazed bright light orange glow with a yellow tinge. Big craggy off white head with good retention. Nice big hoppy nose, lots of pine and hop resin, slightly floral with faint citric fruit beneath it all.

The beer doesnt live up to the nose but it's still a good beer. Light brightly carbonated body. Thins out a bit on the finish. Very piney and floral hop flavor throughout. Not much of a malt presence, a nice hoppy flavored beer but it's not over the top or in your face. Lots of piney hop on the backend. Flavor is big for such a sessionable beer which is nice and the beer is highly drinkable. Def a session beer for hop heads. Lingering bitterness as hop resin coats the tongue. Beer thins a bit on the finish but lends to its drinkability. Very good session IPA but it only comes in a 6 at the same price as all other founders 6's making it an expensive beer to session as well. Hopefully we'll see 12 packs soon.

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Photo of nUgZ
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark golden color with a 1 finger head and some lacing.

S: Lots of floral hops with some citrus mixed in. Maybe a little pine too. Very fresh and inviting smell.

T: A good amount of hops, but not as much as the nose suggests. A slight malt backbone, but mainly hops. Pretty bitter.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is a solid IPA. Easy to drink, very clean, and quite enjoyable. Nice balance. A great session beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow to pale copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation throughout. The beer has a finger tall slightly fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pine, citrus/grapefruit, and citrus/orange rind hops. Very enticing.

T: Similar to the smell, the dominant flavors in this beer are those of the hops - pine, citrus/grapefruit, and citrus/orange rind. There is a light amount of bitterness which lingers in the finish. Upfront there are very light notes of malty sweetness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean and crisp.

O: Super easy to drink and definitely sessionable - I could easily sip around and put these back all day long. Very enjoyable with a delicious flavor - also very well balanced. This would be a great session IPA for the late spring and early summer.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Founders imperial pint glass
Bottled on 08/21/12

A: A small white head forms on the pour and soon fades. Body is a clear golden-orange and moderate carbonation can be seen within.

S: I think this is where All Day IPA shines the most. It has a nice piney aroma accented by citrus rind and tart grapefruit notes. Pretty nice.

T: The flavor does not quite deliver what the nose promised. The flavor profile about matches what I smelled, but in a toned down way. Lots of tongue smacking is required to draw out those mellow hop flavors. I think this is partly because of the "All Day" aspect of this beer. With toned-down hop flavor, you can drink more of it quite easily. The low 42 IBUs also help with sessionability, but that is just not nearly enough bitterness for my tastes.

M: This beer has a nice body to it, with appropriate carbonation and feel. Finish feels solid also.

O: While not measuring up in the flavor department for someone that really loves hops, I think this could be an excellent starting point for someone trying to get into the style. I also think Founders accomplished their goal of creating a beer to fit in the emerging sub-style of session IPA. They nailed what they were going for, but it just wasn't enough to blow me away.

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Photo of jsanford
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold with a thin but solid white head that leaves nice rings of lacing. Nice aromas of peach, mango, grapefruit, and pineapple with a very mild malt backbone. Taste is similarly tropical and fruity, with a light malt profile and mild bitterness. Excellently drinkable, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall it's exactly what I expected : a deliciously drinkable and sessionable brew from one of the best breweries on the planet!

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

Bottled just about a month ago, so fairly fresh. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Scent is quite hoppy, yet mellow at the same time. Not a very big malt profile, which is what I was hoping for. Some lovely lemon aromas and sweet orange scents. Taste is just as it smells...but a little less hoppy. It is a very tasty beer, but the hops kinda die off in the flavor. I'm sure when it's very fresh that it is a way better beer. Has some similar characteristics as Sierra Nevada Pale. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a very tasty pale ale that is very sessionable. I could see myself easily putting away a six pack of this by myself on a warm summer day.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves light traces of lace.

S - A fruity pine aroma with seem caramel and notes of grapefruit.

T - Oine hops and caramel malt up front, some grapefruit comes out in the middle and the beer finishes with bready malt, moderate bitterness, and pine hop flavors.

M - Mediumbody, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The hop character is excellent, but the malt is a bit too dry and toasty for my taste. While a touch of sweetness would go a long way here, it is a pretty nice session IPA overall.

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Photo of krausenman
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer was served from a bottle dated 9/13/12.

A-The beer poured a slightly hazy dark golden color and was capped with a lacy white head.

S-Fantastic...This beer smells like an IPA with tropical fruit, orange & grapefruit zest aromas dominating the nose. In the background is a slight pine/herbal/grass aroma.

T-Little malt flavor with a background of graininess. Initially, there is a slight bubblegum and tropical fruit flavor that immediately begins to fade. The bitterness is somewhat domineering in that it overcomes any malt sweetness. The hop flavor lasts after you swallow coating the tongue. The bitter hop flavor is slightly harsh.

M-The carbonation is light to medium and the beer has a lighter body.

O-The aroma of this beer of awesome but the accompanying beer is average. It was a lighter body session ale but it wound up being somewhat average in the end overall for me.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is light amber, with a head that's initially quite thick, but fades quickly. The scent is all hops - grapefruit and orange - and absolutely intoxicating. I can't stop sniffing. The taste is certainly hoppy, but not as much as the scent might imply. Grapefruit tang is notable from start to finish. Mouthfeel is very thin. For a session ale, this is to be expected. It's a very light and drinkable. A great session IPA.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled awhile back on 2/9/14, or something like that -- it was early February. Here I am, over three months later, buying a six-pack for nearly twelve bucks at a nearby Buscemi's -- never again will I buy over-priced, "old" beers at that place. At least it was stored in a fridge. Since I drank this at a baseball game, I'll skip the appearance.

The smell of this one is nice, and about what you'd think to get from the style. It has a light grapefruit kind of aroma that I remember with a mild malt profile. Not heavy at all. Pleasing. The taste is more of the same. All Day is light in flavor and feel, but very drinkable. Solid hop bitterness that works well with the beer on the finish. Feel is, like I said, pretty light, with about a moderate sort of carbonation. Easy to drink a lot of.

Bumped up my taste and overall ratings for this one by a quarter of a point. I'm still not crazy about this beer (or most in this specific "sessionable IPA" category), but I liked it. For the price though, I can't say I'd want to revisit this. I understand there was a mark-up at the shop I stopped at, but even so, for the same price I'd rather pick up a higher ABV beer with more flavor... Two Hearted, or Founders' own, Centennial.

*Original review*
Appearance: Pours with a nice three finger head, but it goes down pretty quickly. What's left behind is a thin, white layer of foam. Patchy lacing. Beer's a very slightly hazy sunset yellow/orange color. (3.5/5)

Smell: Holy hops. This beer isn't shy about it either. Heavy hop aromas, with a largely predominant grapefruity smell. (4/5)

Taste/feel: Straight away, I found with Ale la Reverend by Short's that I'm not a huge fan of these "Light IPAs" as I refer to them. This has an extremely piney, resinous, and hoppy flavor with very little to no malts to be traced -- surprisingly decent. For the style, this is the best session IPA I've had. However, I'd rather have a full-on IPA. (3.25/5, 4/5)

Too long/didn't read: This would make for a pretty average IPA, but it makes for an above average session IPA.


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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

This is the only founders beer I dont get in my area for some reason.

A- Pours slightly hazy golden with a one finger slightly off white head. Dissipated rather quick.

S- Citrus hops, lemon and orange, a slight pine. Very fruity and hoppy. A slight sweetness.

T- A little sweet up front. Followed up by bitterness and a nice hop profile. The first thing I get is a sweet orange and maybe some lemon. The hops have a light tropic fruit flavor with pineapple and mango. Not really a strong taste but very pleasant. Malt body is slightly sweet and lacing of taste.

M- This is a small beer but doesn't feel watery. It drinks easy and is quite refreshing. This would go well with anything. Pleasant fruity aftertaste.

O- This is a great beer, I think I actually like this one as much as their rye and centennial IPA's. This is a great "small" beer.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale amber body with a thin white head. A slight hint of cloudiness, but overall looks very light bodied.

S- Very piney hop aroma along with some floral notes and a hint of grapefruit. Overall smells very good and approachable.

T- Packs a lot of hop flavor during the taste, but finishes rather light of flavor. Expected for the low abv, but there is almost no noticeable malt presence to balance the taste.

M- High carbonation, medium-light bodied. Definitely an easy-drinking session beer.

O-It is hard to judge this one based on the style, since the idea is a more sessionable IPA. On flavor alone, there are many more IPAs that pack more punch. As a sessionable IPA however, this one is very good.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The color is a hazy amber/copper mixture, along the lines of what you'd expect for an American IPA. Minimal head and minimal lacing left on the glass. Smells very earthy, even more so than many full-on IPAs. Heavy on the hops and very piney, full of oils and resins. Tons of citrus on the nose also, especially as it warms up, mainly grapefruit and pineapple. The taste follows right along with a heavy dose of pine, hops, and dank resins, balanced superbly by the citrus flavors of the grapefruit and pineapple. Slight warmth, which is funny considering the low ABV. Carbonation is nice and provides a good bite. The aftertaste is slightly woody and definitely bitter.

My only main complaint is that the beer tastes a bit "watery" at times, but nonetheless, is still packed with flavor for a 4.7% ABV beer. This is definitely something I could drink all day.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish copper with a short, soft, dense, pure white head that has great retention

S - herbal, spicy, peppery

T - light malt up front followed by an herbal, spicy, slightly rye-like, peppery hop character

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This achieves exactly what it set out to do: a low-ABV, very hoppy, sessionable ale. I would have preferred a more citrusy hop character for a session beer to avoid palate fatigue, but I'm not complaining. It's a little pricey for a session beer, but I wouldn't turn this down if offered.

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Photo of redblacks75
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium Globe

Appearance: Amber, slighlty cloudy, minimal head, and no lacing.

Smell: Pine, citrus, the usual hop characteristics you would expect. A very minimal hint of toast.

Taste: Medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A light body, slightly oily, yet thin.

Overall: For what Founders was probably aiming for with this; they nailed it. It’s an enjoyable, flavorful IPA, that doesn’t overpower you. I liked it.

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

A- Pours a medium gold with a big head that goes to a medium/light one after a minute or so. LOTS of bubbles, I mean it is coating the side of my glass(North Coast Snifter) like a coke would.

S- Great smell of hops and pine, it smells like a wet forest in Michigan during the early spring.

T- It is very light on the bitter, I expected a little bigger taste and would of welcomed it. Good taste of malt and light hoppiness that grows the more you drink it.

M- Medium body, with a nice carbonation that makes it fun to drink it.

O- The title says it all, it is a IPA I could drink all day at a cook out or some similar event.

I keep going back to this beer and editing my initial review and bumping up the score, because this beer really grows on you the longer you sit with it.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fast fading low head with only little lacing. Looks to be a dark pils, clear, deeper orange but still on the light side for an IPA. Smells of intricate citrus, pine, pitch, balsam, and something I can't identify. Taste is grapefruit up front, the lightest rind nearest the pulp. Really terrific, high carbonation, fast, and cool, bitter notes are medium high, but somewhat muted, with inviting sustain. Mouth-feel is fast, refreshing, but the hop echo is of moderately long notes, with bitterness fading near the end. I really think this is a terrific IPA, and I've had lots of this since my first sip in April. Of all the craft beers I love, and I've loved lots, this one maybe really is my 'go to' session ale. A repeater, for sure. Does different things than some of my favorite ales out there...standing somewhat alone in my experience... A good follow up after a higher % (D)IPA.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked bottle of this up at Binny’s in Plainfield, IL as part of M&M 6-pack in summer 2012.

Pours a semi cloudy amber orange color with a very little head. Scent is strong with hops and more hops. Taste is smooth, mellow, and mildly bitter. There is a crisp, clean, hoppy after taste. Overall this is a very well made beer, too bad is in such limited distribution.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance is a nice clear amber with a little haze and not much head. Nose is super floral and citrus--yum. Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Taste is a delightful hoppy bitter at first then a solid malt after taste as well. This has quickly become my current session ale of choice--it's just delightful!

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

From: Binny's
Bottled: 6/7/12
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 1cm head of fairly clean, white foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, which eventually fades to a thick ring around the glass and a few sparse islands of residual foam atop the beer's body. Lacing exists, but is fairly minimal, a few spots and lines that exist after each sip. The beer's body is semi-hazy, golden-orange out of light, a brighter orange when near a source of luminescence. Carbonation is visible, largely streaming from the base of the tulip glass.

Dank hop aroma, full of grapefruit citrus with twists of unripe apricot and peach, a touch of cumin, all atop a pleasant pale malt base. In general, a substantial and fairly amazing collection of scents for a session brew.

Taste is surprisingly light, yet full of fresh fruit flavors, including some peach, mango, juicy mild grapefruit. Specifically, the taste begins with some mild pale malt sweetness alongside light citrus and mango esters. Mid-palate features substantial grapefruit and grapefruit rind bitterness and flavor over a very modest malt base. Back of palate picks up continued, though milder, bitterness along with some peach flavors. Aftertaste is quite bitter, with a bit of distinct grapefruit rind and cumin spice flavor.

The body of the beer is fairly light, perhaps medium-light in weight, with substantial carbonation that prickles the palate slightly, but also foams the beer up substantially. The result is a slightly harsh, yet overall smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Finish is quite dry, with little to no stickiness left around the palate.

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Photo of spark3148857
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AP: pours a golden yellow with great clarity, eggshell white head.

AR: Grassy and earthy with slight citrus notes.

TS: Very balanced, lightly bodied, freshly cut grass, lemon.

MF: Decent mouthfeel, above average carbonation.

OV: A good example of the style, packing the great flavors of a Founders IPA into a sessionable beer.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Light amber with hints of gold near the edges. Light carbonation drifting upwards. Slightly reflective and slightly opaque. Small head sits on top and dissipates quickly.

S - Pine and grapefruit make up the nose on this one.

T - Bitter piney and grapefruit hops hit you up front. They bring enough flavor to let you know this is a craft beer but they arent overly strong. I will say they bring a lot of flavor for an under 5% ABV beer. Ther is also a slight wheat crispness that hits in the middle of the beer. There is a light pine flavor that lingers in the finish

MF - Light body with light carbonation. Has a slight resin stickiness in the middle p. the finish leaves a nice resin coating that goes well with the piney finish

O - Overall, a great session beer from Founders that hits the mark. At under 5% ABV, you could drink a lot of these and you would not be missing out on any flavor of bigger beers

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Photo of mfavoino
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle labeled 5/5/12.

Appearance: Slightly hazy light orange with a small foamy head that receded quickly.

Smell: Subtle citrus with a caramel backbone. Smells fruity and light.

Taste: Subtle hop bitterness with a citrus fruit character. Balanced by subtle sweet malts that are proportional to the hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Light on the tongue with above average carbonation.

Overall: Subtle flavors left my palate wanting more. Still, it achieves its intended purpose as a sessionable IPA that has enough flavor to call it above average. I think there are plenty of hopped up pales around the 5% range that pack much more flavor.

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.