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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

825 Reviews
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Reviews: 825
Hads: 6,385
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 224
Gots: 1,846 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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: 825 | Hads: 6,385
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 Auraan
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber body with a half finger bubbly white head. Fairly standard IPA appearance, quite nice, if not a bit simple. Scents of dank, earthy, herbal hops, vegetal hops with slight onion character, light tropical fruit and some citrus round out the aroma and there is a very light malt sweetness. Overall impression of aroma is of a big, hoppy beer with a good deal of powerful hop aromatics. Very nice. Flavor begins bitter, with notes of pine resin, herbal hops, dank, earthy hops and grapefruit peel. Middle opens up vegetal hop flavors and a stronger flavor of grapefruit and light floral hop flavors. Finish is bitter with notes of floral hops, grapefruit peel, citrus blossom and pine resin. Aftertaste is grapefruit peel and pine needles. Overall impression of flavor is of a very hops forward ale, wonderfully flavorful, with a degree of complexity from the numerous interacting hop flavors. As is typical for the session IPAs the malt is undetectable. Mouthfeel is light bodied and watery with medium-high carbonation and a slick, resinous feel. Overall impression. Of mouthfeel is of a hoppy light beer. Overall this is a good session IPA. Founders was one of the first to try to make a hoppy session beer, and while not quite as good as some that have come after, it is still a solid choice and a good, light, refreshing hop-forward beer.

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Photo of fank2788
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bright orange gold with a bright white head that starts out at about one finger thick before falling to a fine layer of tiny bubbles with lace on the edges. The smell is of bright citrus and pine hops with just a touch of caramel malt in the background, the hops are really the focus with this one. The taste follows the smell with an explosion of hop flavor on first sip. The grapefruit tangyness is in the forefront with the pine and herbal hop flavors following close behind. Like the smell there isn't much of the malt in this one but there is just a enough, really not enough to balance the hops but that would have made this a much bigger beer which was obviously not the intent. As a result of the lower alcohol and gravity, the body of this is fairly light the moderate to high carbonation adds to that making it even lighter. Overall this is a nice IPA, the lighter body makes it great for a hot summer day, a picnic or poolside maybe not the best IPA out there but the light body and great hop flavors makes it really enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/7/15 (Bottle) - Nice golden pour with light minimal head. Citrus and malt aroma pleasant and strong. Lemon and malt flavor very good and fun to drink. Carbonation noticeable, beer went down with a slight kick which I liked. Overall very good offering by a strong brewer.

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Photo of Brondeau
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ditka's in Oak Brook Terrace, IL. Bottle. Pretty good IPA. That's my review. Pretty good. There are just so many IPAs out there right now that I have a hard time differentiating. Reasonably priced session beer.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Tulip

Appearance: a orangish yellow. good clarity. slightly off white head. leaves a lacing on the sides.

Smell: a hop melody. mostly floral but some citrus and pine. could be stronger

Taste: again a hop melody. floral strongest, then citrus, them pine. not much bitterness

Mouthfeel: very light, refreshing, crisp, quite sessionable. very low bitterness for an ipa

Overall: Not my favorite ipa by some measure but it is what it claims to be. its a pleasant tasting and i could drink quite a few of these. definitely a hit by founders for me

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Photo of RMD579
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells amazing, very sweet citrus aroma. Taste and feel are a bit light, as you would expect. I wish there was some more juiciness and complexity in the flavor, it's a little bland, but overall it's a good beer for what it is.

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Photo of YeahRightt
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Nice hazy golden color with a quickly dissipating head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: The smell is light and hard to distinguish. I suppose its a result of its low ABV and light body, but what little smell there is, is pleasant. Citrus with light hops. Melon and orange come through. Very light and refreshing.

Taste: Hops peak and fall quickly, leaving citrus throughout the entire sip. Alcohol is nonexistant, obviously, which is welcome with its light and refreshing nature. IPA style is present without having to go to the nth degree with its typical features. Extremely tasty. Can't wait to sip this at a BBQ or while camping during the summer. I want to see how it will hold up as it gets warm in the heat of outdoor activity, which might effect its taste (particularly in the can). This will likely be avoided considering the fact that it is drinkable and goes fast.

Feel: Very thin, but fits with the session style and taste of the brew. Salivation from the small hop hit and citrus keeps it from being TOO thin. Good.

Overall: Easily the best session IPA i've ever heard. No reason to ever drink a bud light again with this beer. Easily worth the extra money for a 15 pack as opposed to a 12er for 18 for little difference in price. Glad I found it.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden-amber, with a very thin white ring of froth. There's a slight amount of lacing later on. I find the smell of this beer to be extremely enticing, with very citrusy, aromatic hops. Once tasted, it's easy to surmise that there's virtually no malts present whatsoever. Lots of different hop flavor notes here - piny, resinous, and also citrusy grapefruit (like the aroma indicated). I wonder what different types of hope were used... It's a very clean libation, a perfect light-bodied choice for having with a meal, during a summer's day, or in large quantities with your buddies. Overall this 'session-able' IPA succeeds in every way as advertised, despite how suspect that statement initially sounds!

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Photo of do_ob
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It just hit me that I never reviewed this one, so it's past due. Can dated less than a month ago, served in a New Belgium snifter. Pours straw gold and settles clear golden in the glass. Plenty or carbonation, and topped off with a 1 finger head of bubbly, white foam. Dissolved down into a dense lacing after a minute or two. Mild aroma consisting of dank pine/resin and grapefruit. Medium-light weight and fairly crisp on the mouthfeel. Light flavor, but notable pine up front on the taste. Grapefruit and other tropical fruit middleways, and finishes clean. Hops and pine left over on the aftertaste.

Overall, a simple yet pleasant session IPA. Better from the can, IMO. This is your basic session beer, with enough flavor to get you through mowing the lawn or changing that valve cover gasket. Think of it as a sessionable Centennial.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden honey colour with good frothy white head that laces well

S - Strong hoppiness aromas, citrus, pineapple, tangerine and some grapefruit

T - Hops very pronounced, similiar to the nose in citrus, pineapple with a slight dry and bitter finish.

M - Light carbonation with light to medium body. Not too strong.

O - A very refreshing IPA that would be a fantastic summers day session beer

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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by an inch of foam that leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Vaguely biscuity with a nice waft of pith and citrus

Taste: Pithy citrus layers on top of the rather neutral malt base with a touch of growing bitterness that lingers a bit in the middle but fades in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: For the ABV, this is an IPA that can't be beat; great for the beach or a hot summer day

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Photo of kevanb
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Company snifter.

Pours a true copper color, hues of orange and gold, fairly clear texture with a slight chill haze. A thin, fizzy white head surfaces for a brief moment before receding into nothingness leaving no film and no lacing. The aroma is pleasant, light citrusy and floral hops, a bit of fruit brings out the sweetness from the grain that is soft and subtle. I can't say there is too much going on here, but it's certainly enough to keep my interest. The flavors are right in line with the nose, light tropical fruit, citrus fruit with floral undertones lead the way with some earthier pine and pale cereal grain at the finish. The body is nice, carbonation is a bit higher but still moderate, with a lightly dry finish.

Verdict: A really enjoyable session IPA from Founders. The flavors do skew to the lighter side and aren't as impactful as a higher gravity IPA but the refreshing nature of this beer makes it a winner.

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Photo of FLima
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a relatively thin head.
Lots of peaches in the aroma.
Sweet malty flavor with a good deal of earthy, pine and citric hops. Hints of apricot and guaraná soda.
Very dry, even astringent, and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation but with an effervescent sensation.
Quite flavorful IPA, its name probably refers to the relatively low alcohol content while its drinkability is regular for an IPA.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden yellow pale in color. About an inch of foamy suds after an aggressive pour. Zero lacing and head retention to speak of.

S - Piney, earthy, grassy, weed, bong water, faint citrus notes.

T - Big flavor for the low alcohol content. Tastes more like a standard IPA than this session ale. Nice hoppy profile to start, some sweetness, followed by an overly dry finish. Crisp mouth feel.

O - This has turned into my go to session ale and I actually like to drink it more out of the can that from the bottle. Huge flavor and juicy drinkability in this brew.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hotel glass
From: Whole Foods in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: $2.59
Purchased: May 15, 2014
Consumed: May 15, 2014
Misc.: Bottled March 21, 2014

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head that dissipated in a short while. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Below average foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Minimal-to-below average retention.

Smelled sharp grapefruit, citrus hops, grapefruit rind, floral hops, tropical hops, bitter spices and tangerine. Yummy.

Tasted not quite as potent as the smell. Got sharp grapefruit, grapefruit juice, grapefruit rind and grapefruit with sugar. Grapefruit I tell you! Also floral hops, citrus hops, tropical notes and orange rind.

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Refreshing, slightly bitter finish.

Arguably the best session IPA I’ve ever had (know that there are probably five). Really good.

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

35cl bottle. Slightly murky orange pour with a thin white head. Smells like honey and citrus. The taste is bitter-sweet and well balanced, with notes of honey and orange. Not a complex beer by any stretch of imagination, but an excellently sessionable IPA - I can see myself drinking a few of these on a summer day.

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

Almost done with notes from the site shutdown.

This review is almost identical to the review of this beer on tap. It changes in no way except that it's more presentable, developing a stronger head with better retention and lacing. Thus, the appearance paragraph is removed from my original on-tap review and the rest remains.

The aroma highlights grapefruit. There's a bit more to it, a bit of accompanying floral bitterness, light sweetness and balancing malts, but otherwise it's all about the grapefruit.
As expected from Founders for a sessionable, low alcohol IPA, this beer is light but flavorful. What's ultimately showcased is a malt-balanced, bright, clean, green leafy grapefruit.
There's a bit of heft to an otherwise light body. Brisk crispness combines with a light smoothness but keeps the focus on crisp.
All in all, Founders has produced a very drinkable IPA with this beer.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a light golden orange. Nose is grapefruit, citrus and grass. Taste follows, balanced but hop forward. Overall a solid everyday, sessionable ipa.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

June 11, 2015

12 oz can, tulip glass

A – Light amber in color and mostly clear. About an inch of white bubbly foam recedes quickly to about half a centimeter, which retains for a while.

S – A ton of piney hops, light resin, and some grapefruit following behind. Low malt aroma is biscuity, just browned. A touch of papaya in the hop profile as well.

T – Golden biscuit malt with a bit of bread crust. Piney-woodsy hops with a light grapefruit note. A lot of hop bite, but not excessive.

M – Moderate-high carbonation, sudsy up front. Very dry throughout, and medium-light bodied. Just a touch of sweetness, then high bitterness that builds to the finish and lingers afterward.

O – Fairly easy drinking but still bold, complex, a lot to enjoy about it. This is one of my favorite back porch, summertime beers (in the can or at least a shady spot to protect the hops, of course.) Really good beer.

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had 4-5 of these since it's release. I figured something like this was coming from one of the major breweries. Low ABV and a lot of hops is nice.

A- Poured from the bottle with a clear, golden-orange body more towards the latter. A foamy white head forms to a few fingers in size with nice retention. Spotty patches of lace form around the glass.

S- Tropical fruit juice (reminds me of mango) forward with some zesty citrus, pine and floral as well from the hops. A slight bit of yeast bread and light malts in the background.

T- The late hop addition flavors don't follow as much as I expected them to here but still mostly hop forward. More of a citrusy grapefruit, pine and floral feel overall with a bit of tropical fruit too. Yeast bread and light sweet malts are more noticeable balancing things here.

MF- Fairly high carbonation in a light-end body, pretty dry overall. Silky smooth feel with a bit of creaminess to it but not foamy at all. Moderately high bitterness in the finish.

Pretty much what I expected. With the low ABV it still packs a large hop punch with some nice fruity and floral flavors.

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Photo of zeronumber
4/5  rDev +3.1%

yum yummy yum. better than most IPAs and all the flavor of the hard hitting Higher ABV ales.
pairs wildly with pizza ala pepperoni.

the price is nice. i like and you will like too, if you prefer India Pale Ales. Take comfort!

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

On-tap at Binny's South Loop, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear deep golden color with a thin layer of frothy white head.

S- Citrusy hops, some grass and dandelion, a bit of pine, lots of grainy maltx.

T- Big malts, sweet with some caramel and toffee, hops provide a bitter finish with leaves and grass, some citrus. The flavor is good but not that intense, which I guess is fine for a session beer.

M- Medium-bodied, good carbonation, dry finish.

O- A solid session beer, probably just the thing for sitting at home and watching some TV with or for taking out in a cooler, the flavor isn't bad, but I think for Founders it's maybe a bit plain, I feel like a lot of reviewers who are talking about explosive hop flavor and awarding lots of perfect scores must be talking about a different beer.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a fluffy white head that laces.

Smells of grapefruit citrus with some pine backing, somewhat soapy...a nice interplay between the two, almost classic in nature.

Taste is up front citrus that goes into a more grapefruit/citrus middle and ends with slight bitterness and a citric/grapefruit note. Think SNPA.

Lighter to Medium body with medium carbonation. Thinner body but fine for what it is.

Classic pale ale here that is lighter on flavor but easy to drink.

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

The balance of "India" meets the drinkability of "Pale" in a beer that the British would argue is not a session ale because of its greater-than-4% alcohol. But make no mistake about it: I could session the hell out if this beer!

Like many a pale ale or IPA, the beer pours the common mid-amber color, but however has exceptional clarity like that of pale. A fluffed white head springs from the beer beneath and caps the beer with a light and airy appearance. It's certainly a charming little ale.

All Day is all IPA in aroma. Hops abound with the zesty scent of fresh grapefruit oils, tangerines, apricots, mangoes, and pineapple. Its juicy citrus and tropical blend seems sun kisses by the sweet honey scent of caramel malts. While the malt influence informs the hops, it does nothing to rival them- allowing the nose to become a true showcase for American hop aroma.

The same racy hop character that's expressed in the nose also come to life in taste in much the same bright character. Although starting off with supple caramel taste, the malts soon turn "graham cracker" dry before introducing vibrant hop taste. All of the citrus and tropical goodness in aromas seem to pop on the tongue with light acidity and clean bitterness to close its taste. Lightly resinous and a quick procession across the palate seems to usher in a highly refreshing, cleanness and lightness in taste.

Likewise, the beer springs off of the tongue as the carbonation lifts the beer and thwart into dry textures and effortless drinkability. The beer prefers dryness from shortly after its early palate until its snappy finish. Light warmth and grain textures signal closure far sooner than it should.

Where the beer prefers a straight-forward taste of hop dominance over any malt balances, ester complexity, spice notes, or variations in grain caramelization- it does so brilliantly and confidently. It's a beer that draws the bottom of the glass far too soon and proves the notion that you can't have just one. I can drink this all day long!

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.