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Founders All Day IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

5,136 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,136
Reviews: 678
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 146
Gots: 785 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly Endurance - All Day IPA.

(Beer added by: Avagadro on 06-05-2010)
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Photo of zoso1967
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Endurance ale is served up a perty medium golden amber. As is often the case at the taproom, they gave me little head with the pour, but the small gatherings of foam I see are white and the beer does leave some traces of lace on the sides of the glass.

This brew has an enjoyable hop aroma with a bit of toasty malt and some caramel to accent it. The hop aromas consist of tropical fruit and dank pine mixed with a floral bouquet and a bit of lemongrass. The nose is understated perhaps, but also very nice.

The flavor is super tasty with the hops leading the way. I am picking up a bit more pine in the flavor, but that nice soft floral character from the aroma is still a major player. Endurance has plenty of bitterness, but is just shy of having too much. The malt seems quite a bit more subdued in the flavor, except for a bit of toastyness.

The body is fairly thin and the mouthfeel almost watery. This would be a bad thing if not for the fact that this is obviously made to be sessionable. It finishes pretty effortlessly, leaving some hop bitterness on the tongue.

I think the best way to describe the drinkability would be with an anecdote. My good friend and fellow BA TCGoalie lives in GR and frequents the tap room with his wife. They have a favorite server, who once described this beer as "crushable" while making a beer guzzling gesture. That is exactly what this beer is. A hop lover like me could crush these like a frat boy would BMC, and enjoy every minute of it. I am a sucker for hoppy pale ales, and this one was right up my alley.

zoso1967, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 fl oz bottle of this from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC for $2. Poured from the Bright Colored bottle w/ a Station Wagon carrying a Kayak & "Session Ale" below the brand into a non-stemmed Wine Glass. Has BOTTLED 12/26/11 on the front of the bottle.

Aroma- Has an intense citrus and grassy aroma from the beginning. Seems as if this was just brewed yesterday! Very fresh and may have been a bit dry hopped?

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies quickly. Has a clear, golden colored body and leaves a sudsy lacing behind.

Flavor- A HUGE hop punch hits hard from the start. Grapefruit and other sweet, citric fruits pop out and gives it a strong hop presence all the way through. Has a light-medium hop bitterness level at the end. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and a mixture of fruit is left behind with light hops.

Overall Impression- A perfect example of this style! Didn't expect anything less from Founders. This is my first time seeing this brew from them and am wondering why?? Maybe it wasn't offered in the Missouri Market the past 2 years? Either way, looking for more! I suggest you do the same.

DCon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of dedrinker
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color with dull white head.

Light aroma of sweet malt with an herbal and resinous hop bouquet. Mild and quite pleasant.

Flavors of toasty malt (a tiny barely perceptible note of butterscotch too) and floral, woodsy hops.

Light to medium body with a dry chewy malt flavor that really leaves an impression and yet finishes quick and clean. Mild hop bitterness in the finish that mainly balances the malt in a very clean, quick, yet memorable way.

A great session beer. All day indeed.

dedrinker, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of lstokes
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with a fluffy head and pine and grapefruit aromas. The taste is pretty awesome--lots of grapefruit and citrus, some floral, a bit of pale malt backing, but with a strong bitter finish that resembles heavier IPAs. Just about flawless in execution.

I've become a lightweight since losing a lot of weight last year, so I can see this beer becoming my savior, the one that lets me keep up with my boyfriend without becoming a slurring mess. Love this beer.

lstokes, Mar 03, 2012
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dustincook, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Roman5150
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into tulip glass

appearance: light golden color, with bubbly white head

smell: grapefruit, apple, citrus, lemon, earthy hops

taste: Follows the nose, very grapefruit and pineapple forward. While a session IPA, and lighter on the palate than most, this is packed full with flavor. Not really sure how they load this with so much hops and feels so full yet is still only 4.7%. Very smooth, very drinkable, a well balanced flavorful 'light' IPA. Not a whole lot of malt action going on here.

mouthfeel: very smooth, high carbonation, for how light this beer is it feels very full bodied (sort of an oxymoron, hard to explain, just drink one)

overall: Founder's created the ultimate session IPA. I was hesitant to buy a sixer because I like my beers, especially IPAs, heavy and high in alcohol and hops. I just didn't think this could compare, but I stand corrected. Massive flavor, well balanced, satisfying to a huge hophead like myself, I am pleasantly surprised and will be buying this a lot more in the future. I can't figure out how they got so much hoppiness into such a light IPA, but they did.

Roman5150, May 11, 2013
Photo of Gatch
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Gatch, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely clear golden amber. Nice head and goodly lacing.
Smell is dank and earthy. Lots of hops of the English earth. Some light citrus. Bready malt. Taste is perfect. Dry hoppy ale that is crisp while having a satisfying punch. Support dry finish with lots of hop oil lingering. Feel is as I said crisp with nice mildly effervescent carbonation. A perfect American expression of a mild ale.

scootny, May 16, 2013
Photo of chromemittenman
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack at the Corner Market in Spring Lake....along with a few other mix and match Founders singles, Imperial Stout and Double Trouble...

Bottled on February 2nd according to the label.

Pours a rich golden color with a slight orange hue to it.

Nice hop aroma , some citrus aroma as well mixed in with the hops.

At 4.7% being a session ale, this has to be the most drinkable beer I've ever had in the craft beer world. This summer and fall will be great to be able to readily get one or two of these six packs to take on a camping trip, for an evening out fly fishing with some friends, etc. and not be wallopedlike some of the other beers. Don't get me wrong, I normally purchase the best tasting and highest abv beers I can find, but this will be an exception to that rule with the great taste, low abv, it can be enjoyed more often and more of it in one sitting than typical craft beers I buy.

chromemittenman, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Avagadro
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was informed by the barkeep that this is a corn-based ale brewed with a nice hit of Citra hops.

A: Endurance takes on the color of good bourbon, with a golden-straw hue. Head retention is minimal, and lacing is moderate. clarity is impressive.

S: pineapple, mango, grapefruit all are suggested in the hop-forward bouquet. Very delightful.

T: dry, but with a touch of corny sweetness, endurance boasts all of the flavors hinted at in the bouquet.

M: light, crisp, and clean at the end. A session brew to rule them all.

D: a job well done on a very different brew. I know corn has a bad rep, but this is fantastic. Definitely worth a shot if you are in town.

Avagadro, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of downeyj4
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great session ale. It is also a great IPA. Apparently it does have some flaked maize in it which helps give it a sweet and crispy finish. This really accentuates the hops that make it a great IPA. Plus, it's always great when you can have a few and still drive home.

downeyj4, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the hookup Eric

The beer pours a dark amber with wispy white head. Lots of fluff without lacing and a very slight haziness. The nose reveals dank citrusy hops; an aroma that screams this beer will be delicious. Tasting this beer doesn't disappoint with heavy hops and malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little watery making this beer drinkable, but a little lacking. The head leaves a thin blanketing throughout drinking. Overall I think this beer is long overdue and it shouldn't be such a novelty to have a drinkable, low abv IPA!

ThePorterSorter, May 28, 2012
Photo of Kelly88
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Fries Cafe in Cincinnati. Served in your standard pint glass.

A- pale translucent yellow orange. Very nice bright white head that sticks around for awhile. Some soapy lacing clings as You sip.

S- very hoppy. Light grassy hops play nicely with some fruitier hops. Very appealing smell.

T- starts with light lemony grassy hops and precedes to get better by introducing the perfect balance of citrus hops and mild malts. I think this is a great taste. Perfect for the name.

M- very light and perfect carbonation. Founders nailed what they were going for.

Overall a great beer light refreshing and damn tasty. Surprisingly huge flavors for such a low ABV. Now I have to find a six pack

Kelly88, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 3/15/2013 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very poundable IPA worth drinking for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of timmy2b
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Gold yellow color with a small amount of head that does not linger, just lasts slightly around the edge of the glass.

Citrus and a light amount of wheat scent.

Citrus, with a little orange and some bitterness as the flavor.

Easy drinking, with a light amount of bitternesss.

Very light in the feel and easy to drink

Go to IPA when I am looking to have more than just a couple beers. Also perfect for softball in the summer!

timmy2b, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of ISmith87
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - 3.25 - golden amber color, no real head or lacing, looks okay
S - 4.5 - Explosion of hops for what it is. Pine, citrus zest, etc.
T - 4.5 - Pine, grapefruit, mango, bready malt in the background and finish. So good considering it's a small beer.
M - 4.0 - light, no alcohol detectable, aftertaste isn't much, some slight hop bitterness.
O - 4.25 - Great session beer.
**Bottled 9/26/2013, notes from early October, so it was only a few weeks old at most when I tried it. This might be a beer that needs to be drank REALLY fresh, from what I'm seeing from other reviews here.

ISmith87, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Bottled 12/20/11
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orange body with a gentle carbonation pushing up a creamy beige head with big bubbles.

S- The green slightly pungent fruity hops have a full juicy character with some green grapefruit aroma in the finish. There is a cat pee and spicy quality that grows as the beer opens.

T- The green slightly pungent pineapple weed hops have a slight fruity green hop finish which takes on some herbal pungency as it lingers a bit.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz but no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a smooth beer with lots of full hops that are slightly juicy and slightly pungent adding nice complexity and very drinkable.

rhoadsrage, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a minimal pure white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, pine resin, wood, and citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Sometimes beer names don’t make any sense to me, but this one made perfect sense upon trying it. I had heard from another guy who had tried it the night before and raved about how good it was. I just kind of nodded my head and told him that was cool. Not really expecting much I brought it to my nose to find a very pleasant aroma going on here. Everything in it was very pronounced and was quite intriguing. Upon taking a sip I realized why Founders named it this. The flavors were all really nice and pleasant, but they were quite light which made this a beer that one could *gasp* drink all day. Really well done brew from Founders this time around as I would be more than happy to stock up on this to drink around the pool during the summer. I suggest you get this on your palate soon if you have not already.

thagr81us, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Paul.

Appearance: Pale gold body with a slight haze, topped by a tightly packed inch of foam.

Smell: Mmm, pine and grapefruit, slight tropical fruit... Simcoe? Smells quite good. A little bit spicy, too. No malt to speak of here.

Taste & mouthfeel: Big hop flavors of grapefruit, mango and pine, little discernible malt character. Light-bodied, but not thin - feels fairly sturdy for the low ABV. Firm bitter finish, quite dry. Bitterness is very dialed in here, you could easily have a few of these without wearing down the palate much.

Overall: Great. Had this on tap last year in Chicago an thought it was excellent, and it's excellent from the bottle as well.

largadeer, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of spartanbj
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Probably my favorite beer from Founders. The color is a medium amber and is nearly perfect in its appearance and invites you to drink it. You can taste the hops immediately, but they do not over power your mouth. It reminds me of taking a deep breath of pine needles and being able to taste it. It isn't bitter and it doesn't fill you up. A great beer for summer, which is the intent. A shame summer doesn't last longer in these parts.

spartanbj, Jul 06, 2013
Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,136 ratings.