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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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87
very good

777 Reviews
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Reviews: 777
Hads: 6,061
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 217
Gots: 1,571 | FT: 11
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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: 777 | Hads: 6,061
Photo of teromous
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A bit hazy, medium shade of gold, good visible carbonation, with a nice standing white head. There is some lacing but not a lot.

S: It has a nice fresh hop scent. There's a good dose of citrus grapefruit smell, along with some of that funky cat pee smell (love it or hate it). In any case it does have a lot of aroma and it does smell fresh. I wouldn't say it's as fresh or clean as it could be, but it's very good.

T: There's a bit of that catty flavor right off the bat. The citrus really isn't there, like it was in the scent. There's a bit of acorn flavor to it. It might sound weird but if you ever ate one as a kid you might know what I'm talking about. There's some pine resin in there as well.

M: The mouthfeel is good. The beer finishes up pretty clean, but the bitterness lingers around for a good while as expected. This has a good dry mouthfeel.

O: I think the beer has good hop flavor and aroma, which is what you're really looking for in a beer like this. I'm not a fan of these particular flavor choices, but it's good in a pinch when looking for a hop fix. It's also nice to have the option of having a beer with this low of ABV. For that fact alone, I could see myself buying a few of these. (1,215 characters)

Photo of Bogart2930
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A solid crusher. Not the the hoppiest thing ever but the session is kind of nice. This things great in cans for the beach or the boat. Also won't scare your non craft friends away. (180 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Founders. Poured into a tall almost pilsner style glass. Golden amber color with zero real head poured. Good aroma of hops but not really citrus or piney but almost fruity type hop aroma. Fairly hop forward but pretty light. Like the hops. The back end falls apart a little for me. Lighter mouthfeel. Not bad overall. (327 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured out as a nice looking clear golden yellow color with a foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer gives off some really nice hoppy citrus aromas. The taste of the beer was citrusy and bitter but not overwhelming at all. The mouthfeel was light and rather refreshing, definitely a session beer for sure. Overall this beer is one that you could drink several of and not get too filled up from it. It's a good brew sure to please many people. (459 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottle dating has this about one month old.

A: A medium golden color with some orange tints to it. Nice full glass lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and citrus, some bread and grass notes.

T: Lots of fruit up front with tropical and citrus notes. Mango, pineapple, some tangerine and fresh cut grass. Some slight bready sweetness sits there, but ever so slightly. This beer really has very little malt and very little body to it. Finish is crisp and clean with some bitterness but not overly so. I was getting a funky taste at the end that was a bit off putting, almost a metallic type taste.

M: Thin, crispy, lack of malt makes it very light.

O: A good session brew, but the lack of body and malt leaves it very one dimensional. For a session beer it's good, but for an IPA it lacks.

A solid beer but far from spectacular. (873 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden in color. Clear. Forms a small white head that quickly reduces to not much more than a ring around the edge. Some light lacing. Aroma is pretty good: lots of tropical hops and juicy citrus with just a bit of pale malts. Unfortunately the taste isn't nearly as good as the aroma. The malts are rather low and while the hops are certainly present, they almost seem out of place. It's not that the beer is lacking balance, it's just the the hops just don't taste as great as they smell. Body is thin with a bit of a spicy feel in the mouth. Mild-to-moderate bitterness. Overall, something just seems off with this beer. I love hops and this beer has plenty of them, but the lack of an appreciable malt backbone does nothing for them. Sure, it's easier to drink than most IPAs, but I really just wouldn't want to. (822 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

The problem with most IPA? Of course they're too thick heavy and malty. Who wants to drink a meal in a glass if they don't have to? The problem with less malty IPA's? yeah they're bitter as hell and undrinkable.

Now bring in the "session" IPA. Beers with abv well over the session level and less malt with likely a bit of dry hopping and here we go.

The crystal clear body, minimal lacing, all boring in the looks department.

The nose is hoppy, citrus and well malt free.

Here's the thing, the beer is tasty as hell. Yeah caramel malt is there so far hidden that it's amazing. The one issue is the beer is more acidic than hoppy. Did founders find a way to make this into acid rain to make this week? I can't tell. I still like it.

I love an IPA without malt thickness! This is wonderful to drink!

This is a solid IPA and I love the lower abv and lower malt. It is no go to from stone which kills this one all day everyday but it's good. (967 characters)

Photo of Coronaeus
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've been enjoying Session IPAs of late and was looking forward to having this one purchased on a recent road trip to Michigan. Nice bitterness, pleasant aroma but perhaps a little weaker in overall flavour than I've had in other offerings in this style. Overall, a good example of the style that I would purchase and drink again. More proof to my tastebuds that one cannot go wrong with an offering from Founders. (414 characters)

Photo of Miller138
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle
nice straw gold color, good head retention w/lacing. Nice light body and mouth feel, without being too thin.
Starts with a biscuit/bread character with some pleasant, mild fruity esters from the yeast. Well balanced and a hop bitterness takes over and lingers at the end. There is a slight metallic character at the finish. Overall, this is a nice beer (377 characters)

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

355mL Can. Served in DFH/Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden colour with an initially large head comprised of large and hollow bubbles; recedes quickly to an unpleasant-looking muck atop the beer. Minimal carbonation visible. Lacing is good but messy.

S: I get a heavy skunkiness at the front that lingers in the background until the end. Some nice basic pine and some herbal hop notes. Hint of citrus. Simple aroma but not bad.

T: Caramel sweetness followed by a sharp hit of grapefruit that lingers. Notable grass and a heavy piney hop presence which accentuates the bitterness. Again, fairly standard but well done.

M: Medium body. Amazingly smooth. Medium carbonation. Adore the mouthfeel.

O: A well-made, simple IPA that is exceptionally tasty for the low ABV. I would and will session this. As advertised! (828 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Chill hazed copper tinted golden color; poured with a short lived fizzy head.

s: Nice, prickly citrus, plus some resinous pine. Faint biscuity malts.

t: Bit of a let down from the smell. More aspirin than citrus with tons of lingering bitterness. Scant malt balance, comes across as hop tea.

m: Fizzy and a bit abrasive.

o: Two weeks from canning at time of purchase. This probably about as good as a beer like this can get. I'm enjoying these and I don't regret the purchase, but "session" ipas just don't make a lot of sense to me. Too unbalanced to drink more than a couple anyway. (591 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow gold in color with a little bit of haze in there. A small white head on top.

S: Grapefruit, and a touch of pine. But mostly grapefruit.

T: Holy grapefruit. Nice and clean, with some biscuit flavors, and light bread. The finish is a little thin, but overall very tasty.

M: Medium light in body, with fairly high carbonation. A somewhat thin finish makes it easy drinking, but also semi-watery. But seeing as how it is a session IPA, I don't think that's a major detractor.

O: Overall tasty, refreshing, and something I could destroy on a hot summer day. (581 characters)

Photo of JonAdams
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow, an excellent beer that I'd never heard of before. Of course, there's lots of beers that fit that qualification, probably. A bit of pine, didn't detect or miss lemon, worked well with the jalapeno-spiced food that I enjoyed with the beer. Clear and pleasantly deep golden color, with no hint of malt. A quality IPA, and one that I will look for and drink again (next time in warmer weather). (395 characters)

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. (756 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/4/12

A - Light and transparent copper body with minimal white head.

S - A nice pungent citrusy profile, with hints of tropical fruit. Nice nose

T - Light and crisp with a touch of tropical fruits and a light citrus tang and bitterness. A very pleasant and palatable thing here.

M - light, thin, very smooth. the tiniest bit astringent and a touch drying

O - a really enjoyable beer with is probably very sessionable. $11 for a six-pack isn't really what I look for in a session beer, though... (508 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into a pint glass. A nice golden color, small half in. head on it that dissipated after a bit. Nice honey and bread smell, good floral notes up front with strong hoppy after taste. Real solid IPA. Very enjoyable in a mild way. (244 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice light orange to yellow tone with bubbly head and loads of bubbles along the edge of the glass.

Very strong fruity scent with hints of lemon, grapefruit, flowers, perfumes, pine and malt.

The taste does not follow the nose as earthy musky tones are followed by a watery finish. There are hints of grapefruit throughout but they are weak. The feel is easy and light, hence the All Day but its not quite an IPA like experience. (431 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Macs Steel Creek. Slightly orangey gold pour. Layer of white.

Aroma, nicely piney. Very faint citrus.

Taste, piney again. Much more citrus though, lemon zest. A faint bread/malt body peaks through. Bitter lingers a little, but nicely.

Pretty light bodied, but drinks damn near like water. Probably a bit thin, but for a session ale, all right. Better than session ale from Full sail by a long shot. For obvious reasons, pretty tame though. (449 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 12/26/2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is mostly hoppy, the brew smells like citrusy (tropical fruit, orange peel, mango) and pine hops, along with a little bit of bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but for whatever reason it just doesn't taste quite as good as the aroma would lead me to believe. The flavors seem a bit watered down. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick, is well carbonated and goes down easy enough. However, at $10.99 a 6-pack I wouldn't buy it again since I can get better IPA's at that same price or cheaper (for example, Columbus IPA or Brew Kettle White Rajah). With that being said, I do think it's worth trying. (819 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Chimay chalice

A - Pours a clear dark Golden colour with a head that reduces quickly.

S - Very pungent marmalaide flavours and hops of a citurs note.

T - Citus grapefruit type hops, malty aftertaste with a short bittering finish.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

O - Very sessionable IPA (313 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with "1/04/12" stamped on the neck of the bottle.

Pours pale orange in color with really good clarity. The head barely stood one finger tall and faded to almost nothing after only a few minutes. There is some lacing, but nothing to write home about. This baby looks more carbonated than it taste.

The aroma is fresh, crisp, and citrus forward. Very nice. I'm getting orange and grapefruit zest.

Thin malt body up front. Nice bitter bite from the hops. Somewhat fruity...again, I'm getting oranges and grapefruit. Very clean and crisp finish with the bitterness lingering ever so slightly.

Thin bodied mouthfeel. Very wet with moderate carbonation.

To me, this is an American Pale Ale. It's just so easy to drink, and the alcohol is below 5%. It's still a good beer overall regardless.

Morey's Bottom Line: I could definitely see drinking this all day during a BBQ on an 80 degree summer day. If I was in charge at Founders, this would be a May or June seasonal without a doubt. I wouldn't make this year round. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

sports a lightly-spicy hop bitterness that packs a soft punch.... tastes kind of like grapefruit or orange sparkling Pellegrino, lacking a good bit of that malt backbone and undercurrent of alcohol that I've come to associate with US IPAs.... super-light body for an IPA (reminds me of some comparable lower-gravity UK "IPA"s).... not sweet in the least, in fact, it's pretty bone dry.... crazy drinkable to those who enjoy the flavors of an American IPA, but want something lighter and 'sessionable'.... what it offers in drinkability is unique, though the overall taste is relatively familiar (594 characters)

Photo of Ego_bibo_ergo_sum
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Let's face reality. I'd love to drink 9.0 IPAs all the time but life SOMETIMES dictates less boozy choices. You won't be fooled that this is anything but a thinner sessIon but Founders puts it in a can and offers it as a 15 pack. In my world there's a place for that. Its a great beach / daytime / cooler beer. (310 characters)

Photo of Craigory
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single can from a friend, no apparent date code. Poured into an All Day IPA pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden body with an inch of soapy, white head. The head hangs around for a few minutes, but eventually recedes to a wispy cap, leaving no lacing as I drink. It looks like a decent, but not spectacular, IPA.

S: Opening the can releases quite the burst of aroma; in the glass, I get an ample display of citrusy hops and fairly strong grain scent. Not bad at all for such a "small" beer.

T: A bit of citrusy hops, some more generic hop bitterness, and a lot of grain. Finishes with an interplay of hop bitterness and malt sweetness, though as the beer warms more of a lingering grainy bitterness shows up. On the whole, the flavor is good, but I don't see myself drinking this "all day."

M: Medium-bodied, with a grainy mouthfeel. I wasn't expecting much, and it delivers.

O: As an IPA, this would be a one-time beer for me. As a "Session IPA," it really does manage to hit all the notes while keeping the ABV low. (1,020 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Crystal clear golden-amber. One inch of bubbly white head settles quickly. Thin, scraggly rings of lacing.

S: Mango, clementine, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, lemon peel. Subtle hints of resiny hop oil and grapefruit rind. Very mild peppery scent.

T: Grainy. Melon rind, tropical fruits, clementine, lemon peel. Thin resiny impression. Bone dry. Extremely dry and abrupt grainy finish with some hollow tropical hop flavors.

M: Very light. Stiff carbonation cuts through and lifts the already feather-light body even more. Slight creaminess, but it feels like I'm drinking air.

O: I'm going to start by saying that I think the concept of the session IPA is dumb. I haven't had one yet that I can say I truly enjoyed. This is no different. The nose is great, but it falls flat from there. It's just the nature of the style. There isn't enough body and malt backbone. It feels emaciated and hollow. That's the price you pay for the lower abv. (999 characters)

Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.