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Founders All Day IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 795
Hads: 6,150
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: 6,150
Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A classic orange amber body, slightly opaque if maybe a hint of haze. Lots of sticking cola bubbles out of the pour which is a bronze gold, but then gives to small cola carbonation. Head makes barely two fingers, it struggles to reach it. But settles to a thin collar. Otherwise alright.

Nose has a nice muted and airy sense of pine scent, and a good mix of citrus zest grapefruit and orange. A real light crisp character. Quite refreshing. It comes off as weak, but for a light session bodied IPA this is right on target.

Quite effervescent and a sense of carbonation on first sip. Palate gives a supper clean finish, and a very big hop blast. Lingering airy pine, even a wet juice mix of mild citrus and a hint of dirt. Clean yet dirty. Orange juice, but with a big bitter hop pine punch on the finish. Lingering hop blast that goes on and on.

It's big, but it is not. It's bold but light. It's truly a session able IPA. I call it a hop head brew I could drink all day indeed.

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Photo of jbraico
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Slightly cloudy and Golden color when poured. Smell of apricots/cloves(?) is present. Taste like fruit beer beer, but has a little kick to it when swallowed. I can see drinking this beer at a BBQ or when your outside by the lake relaxing.

Very happy I made this purchase.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a thin ring of film.

Smells of pungent, fruity hops and an ever so subtle sweet malt behind it.

Tastes similarly with a mouthful of pine and lemon zest.

This is really what takes the cake. It's so light and easy going, it really seems out of place, but in the most delightful of ways.

I could, most certainly, drink this all day.

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Photo of BB1313
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/4/12. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a classic gold, nice fluffy white head which eventually fades with nice lacing and retention. Smells great, lots of fruity dank hops. I'm picking up lots of pungent juicy ripe grapefruit and mango. Smells just as good or better than alot of great IPAs.. I could just imagine how good it smelled over a month ago. The flavors are nice, just dialed down a tad and somewhat fall flat, especially compared to the nose, but it's still really tasty. More fruity citrus, not too much pine. No malt. Reminiscent of a "westcoast" style IPA. Mouthfeel is nice, light carbonation, it's just the body is a little thin and weak, but that was expected. Alcohol is obviously unnoticeable and this truly is an all day IPA.. they named this one appropriately. Very refreshing..

Really nice beer here from Founders. Great aromas and flavors for such a small beer.. well done.

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Photo of BeerRunner77
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great session beer. I've heard complaints that it can wreck your palate during a drinking session, but I haven't noticed that.

Just the right amount of hops for a session beer plus it's not too overwhelming with the alcohol % that you can have several at a sitting.

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Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Never poured it out of the can. Smells super piney. Tastes just the same. Just a touch of bitter. So easy to drink. Exactly what it says it is. I could drink these all day at the beach. I might even be able to talk some of my cheap beer drinking friends to try this. Wow an IPA that is not over the top and is ok with itself.

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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 NT101
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste was served on tap at a July 4th fundraiser picnic. Served in plastic, disposable 16 ounce cups. While the serving didn't allow a complete feel for the beer, the citrus nose caught my attention. The beer's lighter body made it a worthy, refreshing accompaniment to the BBQ. Since then,I have had it served in both 12 oz bottle and can. Both of these servings were equal with no difference in qualities of the beer. A: golden color, poured a moderate head. (Bottle served in a pint glass and can was poured in an white wine glass). Smell: citrus nose (refreshing). Taste: citrus, grapefruit up front. Mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel: effervescent, no heavy hop after taste. Overall, I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good session IPA. Probably my favorite. With not too high of a alcohol content this really is a drinkable beer. Great dry hop smell and flavor. Founders does a lot of things right

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Photo of projectflam86
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled on 02/02/12. Not quite two weeks old. Alcohol on the label reads 4.7%

A- Pours a clear gold color with a thick white foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Citrus hops and tropical fruit aroma is exploding out of this beer. Dank, pine, grapefruit, mango, and so much more. Rivals some of the best DIPA noses out there.

T- A gentle bitterness upfront with flavors of orange, lemon, and grapefruit all present. Some light toasted malt in the finish helps to balance a touch. No hint of alcohol to speak of, with just a bit of lingering bitterness.

M- Light bodied with good carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O- Easily one of the best sub 5% hoppy beers that I've had. I could see picking this up quite often over the summer.

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Photo of tsmith1nu
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is the perfect halfway point between a super heady IPA and your run of the mill macro. Picked up a 15 pack of cans for the fridge. I have had straight from the can and poured into the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Solid either way.

I don't expect this beer will win awards but that shouldn't stop you from trying it.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look: A hazy, medium amber, like a dried magnolia leaf. Tons of bubbles, some flying upwards to slam into a fat, puffy white head, others swirling throughout the glass like lively fish in a tank.

Smell: A metallic tinge manages not to upset bright citrus aromas--fresh orange with a splash of lemon and a squeeze of lime. Malty underlayers are detected through a light scent of fresh grain.

Taste: The overall flavor profile is light enough to live up to the beer's sessionable reputation, yet complex enough to provide quality interest. Lightly toasted malt assuages the medium high bitterness created by an artfully balanced hop combination--earthy herbs and oranges (peels and all) meet the gold standard.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for a session IPA--medium light body, with lots of carbonation. The finish paints a stripe of dryness down each side of the tongue, but otherwise remains smooth.

Overall: It may be a session beer, but it's also unabashed about being an IPA: while not alarming, the fresh hops provide a good amount of bitterness. It's hardly an explosion of flavor, but it's not meant to be one. My one objective complaint would be the metallic character in the aroma. Subjectively, I would be happier with less earth and malt, i.e., a brighter taste, but I do believe the darker, more mellow flavor a provide a unique, appreciable roundness.

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Photo of Or80rowley
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having this beer @ 575 pizza, good beer selection

A. Nice sunburst yellow. One finger white head

S. Bright, juicy, tropical

T. Grapefruit, malt, nice hop balance

M. Clean, light body, mouth coat

O. Great IPA.i love balanced IPAs, this is one of them

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Photo of Hibernator
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

All Day IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 tulip glass

Pours a light copper orange with some yellow highlights on the bottom of the glass. A thin white circle for a head forms along the top of the pour. Random patterns of sticky lace cling to the glassware.

Floral aroma with some citrus whiffs and a baked vanilla cookie.

Toasted biscuit malt backbone with a pleasant citrus blast that opens and brightens the profile of this IPA. Subtle hints of lemon tart and orange juice sweetness each sip. The carbonation level is great too. A well crafted IPA that has an excellent drinkability level.

It's refreshing to have an enjoyable IPA that doesn't overpower the taste buds with an aggressive hop finish. This offering by Founders is appropriately named a "session ale" because I'm ready to pour another freshy.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big 20oz pour looks a golden amber with a thick fluffy white head. My kind of look.

Citrus overload. Orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. Pale malts might offer a little toastiness according to the nose. Biscuity with a touch of honey. Smells sweet and ripe.

Grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit hoppiness. Smooth and light. Drier than the nose. Toasted malts with a dry crackle. Carbonation is moderate to high with a latent spice kick. Tongue-lashing with hops, yet deceivingly bitter. Body is drippingly smooth. Quite the flashy session IPA.

Solid IPA. I expected nothing less and got what was deserved.

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Photo of bsp77
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich gold with thin white head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Spicy and dry, with citrus and floral notes.

Taste: Very dry malt base with citrus notes of grapefruit and bitter orange. Finish has floral notes that are spicy and fairly bitter.

Feel: Firm, light body with the carbonation nicely in check (as expected in a Bitter-like beer). Extremely dry finish.

Overall: Another winner from Founders and another delicious session beer, even if not quite as good as Surly Bitter Brewer, Brau Brothers Hopsession, and Lagunitas DayTime.

Speaking of these beers in general, I am a little annoyed at the marketing gimmick of calling these session beers IPAs or Super Pale Ales. They're not. They are extremely Americanized forms of the English Bitter. A least Surly recognizes that their version is Bitter-like, as opposed to calling it an IPA. Can we make an American Bitter category, and be done with the ridiculous marketing? That said, I love this "style".

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Photo of Gillianjoy
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

For a session ipa this is great. It should defiantly be a 90 or above on ba score. Notes of citrus and grass. A little light in the body but that should be expected for 4.7 abv. A nice lingering citrus finish. I have had this in bottle as well and it is not as good but on tap I would put it up against any other session ipa out.

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Photo of gtermi
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer pours a hazy golden body with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S: This is absolutely amazing. As soon as I crack the can, I get hit in the face with what smells like fresh cascade hops. After pouring in the glass, I can still smell the hop bitterness, but start to get a tiny amount of melt sweetness.

T: There is a bit of grassy hops, some onion type flavor and a tiny bit of sweetness.

M: There is a decent amount of carbonation and tingles as it goes down the back of the throat. This beer leaves a crap load of bitterness that lingers around forever.

O: This is one of the best session beers I have ever had and $15 for a 15 pack is absolutely amazing. I will for sure buy this again.

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Photo of Hendry
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of henrichsj
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Glowing amber color, white head, lots of carbonation

S - Orange, citrus, hoppy

T - Lots of dry, citrus flavor up front, big bitter taste on the end, crisp and refreshing

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, bitter end to taste

O - I love this beer! Kind of a soft spot since visiting Founders this summer with the family. Bought a six-pack of this on August 28, 2013 that had a bottled date of August 5, 2013. Here in Iowa, I couldn't pass that up!

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Founders All Day IPA last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I have been waiting for this beer since Founders had people vote on the label, I like that more brewery's are offering hoppy session beers so let's see how Founders version is. Bottled on 1/14/2012. Poured from a short 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty good and it has a nice summer time camping look to it. It poured a very clear golden amber color with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This beer looks nice and it's the clearest IPA I have ever had.

S- The aroma of this beer is dominated by citrus hops, it's the first thing that I notice and they impart some really nice pineapple, mango, and blood orange aromas. I pick up a light amount of bready pale malts in the middle and a slight herbal and floral hop aroma. The aroma is all about the hops and the hop mixture is nice and citrusy, just the way I like it, great aroma.

T- The taste is pretty simple and straightforward. The hops are the first to show up and they impart a floral, earthy, and piney flavors along with a toned down citrus hop flavor that was similar to the aroma only much lighter. The malts stick out more then they did in the aroma and impart a grainy, bready, and slight caramel flavor. The finish has a light amount of medium bitterness with a slight malt and earthy/citrus hop flavor in the aftertaste. This beer tasted good, they managed to get a good amount of flavor in this beer and it wasn't overly bitter.

M- Smooth, crisp, refreshing, on the medium side of being light bodied and it had a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, it fits this beer nicely.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty good beer and a damn good sessionable American IPA. This beer was light on the mouthfeel but full of flavor. It had very good drinkability that makes this beer live up to it's name, I could session this beer without getting bored with it and drinking it all day wouldn't be out of the question, it's smooth, not filling, full flavored and low in alcohol, everything you would want in a session IPA. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma it was really good and full of citrus hops. There wasn't anything that I didn't like about this beer but I think if a six pack was a dollar or two cheaper this beer would be in the fridge at all times. I will for sure be buying this beer again, I can see drinking a lot of this in the summer, especially on the disc golf course. I highly recommend giving this beer a shot if session IPA's are your thing, you shouldn't be disappointed. As usual with Founders this is another good and well made beer that is everything it is suppose to be and nothing it's not. It's nice to know that the brewery that gives me the big stouts that I love can also supply me with a great sessionable IPA that I can for sure see being a summer time barbecue staple. Before I had this beer The Wanderer from North Peak was my favorite session IPA, but now this beer is because it is better tasting. has a better aroma, and it isn't as bitter. Great job Founders I can see drinking a lot of this beer in the future.

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Photo of aasher
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of a coworker.

This beer pours a light bodied and very clear yellow gold in color with a soapy lacing around the glass. It poured exceptionally clean. The nose is very light and clean but also very fragrant. My guess is Amarillo, Centennial, and Cascade hops? It's very refreshing. Oh wow, the flavors too are very light and approachable. It's a little grassy and the hops shine. It's incredible how drinkable this beer is. It drinks light in body with a nice assertive hoppiness yet isn't dry at all. It drinks like a very light hoppy lager. I'm rather impressed. This is a perfect warm weather IPA. Founders needs to make this a summer seasonal ASAP.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this growler at Founders in late August. Consumed the day before Labor Day.

Pours a nice light gold-to-copper color with a white head and a good amount of legs. Smell is quite strong and hoppy with some excellent floral, citrus, and tropical notes. Grapefruit and mango stand out. Taste draws back a bit, but is still quite nice. Light malt character, but really not too much. Mouthfeel is light and dry. Drinkability is very nice. I'm really glad the trend of these lighter abv, highly-hopped ales seems to be catching on both with pale ales like this one, as well as quite a few hoppy wheats. Bravo to Founders; this was well deserving of its GABF medal.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 9/23/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of citrus/tropical hops with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, light bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, mango, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors with a fair amount of malt balance; with good flavor robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a highly excellent session IPA! All around great complexity and robustness of citrus/tropical hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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