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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,742 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,742
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 136
Gots: 623 | FT: 9
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 krausenman
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

krausenman, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a one finger white head. Head retention is on the weak side but some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is very citrusy with a healthy dose of grass thrown in as well. Pineapp/mango tropical citrus is what really jumps out. Not much in the way of malt at all; maybe a little bit of caramel.

Taste is extremely hop forward as well. The same tropical citrus that was present in the aroma is there but it falls off rather quickly leaving a moderate to high bitterness. Really no malt at all which is a shame along with a very watery mouthfeel.

Overall, I like the attempt by Founders to make a session IPA but I feel the style just doesn't work all that well. The hops really overpower everything plus the price is just too high to really session.

rangerred, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of RickS95
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance doesn't fit the type very well. It's extremely clear and thin looking. Straw amber in color, it looks filtered and clarified and everything else to make it look like it does. The head is a finger thick of very white bubbles, but doesn't even look much like the sticky, foamy IPAs I've had before. Very below average retention, and it's so thin there's no lacing.

Fortunately it smells like it should. Pine, grapefruit and apricot fill the nose, possibly some pineapple as well. Lots of citrus.

A good amount of malt, plenty of earthy pine, and then hops, with their citric tastes in the swallow. The hops are a bit lacking in taste, mostly for aroma.

Quite thin with a watered down feel. There's a lot of bitterness, moreso than the label's 42 IBUs would suggest, but it's never too much. A bit of an oily feel from the hops. Light bodied. No alcohol presence.

Not one of Founder's best and not really all that impressive for an IPA. Could use more body and more punch.

RickS95, May 31, 2013
Photo of Danny1217
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color with a slight orange tint. A small head of white foam with medium retention and lacing.
A nice, mild citrus and floral hop aroma. Slightly piney.
The taste is more mild than the aroma. Very little malt presence and a good dose of citrus hops.
Very light body, as is expected from the name and the low ABV. The beer goes down smoothly and I feel ready to have another beer as soon as I'm done.

Overall it is a solid pale ale, but my main problem is that it's not an IPA! As I am rating to style and this just doesn't meet the expectation I have when something is listed as an American IPA, I can't give this any better of a rating. My other problem with this is the price. It costs just as much as Centennial IPA, Founders Porter, and Dirty Bastard. At this price I don't see why I would ever buy this again when other good pale ales are being sold for cheaper.

Danny1217, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of smcnulty1981
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bright light orange golden color with steaming carbonation 1 finger of bright white head not much head retention or lacing however

S: good grassy hops on the nose slight bight of citrus not very complex but smells good

T: bitter upfront followed by and earthy grass flavor and bit of malt not complex but very refreshing

M: fairly thin body but finishes very dry like a good ipa should be

O: for a session ipa this is great awesome everyday drinking beer (
Like the name says I could really buy a six pack and drink a few in an afternoon

smcnulty1981, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of JimKal
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had been looking for to this one.

A: dark gold. Clear with a head that dissipates quickly

S: light citrus

T: reminded me more a light pale ale rather than an IPA

M: watery

O: OK but not a repeat for me. I much prefer 21st Amendment's Bitter American for a low ABV brew.

JimKal, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of ssbohen
3.36/5  rDev -13%

ssbohen, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Jkeena
3.36/5  rDev -13%

Jkeena, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Brad007
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold with a huge head into my glass. Looks to be well-carbonated too with lots of bubbles and a touch of lacing.

Smells like fresh mowed grass with a light citrus kick. The malt has a buttery edge to it too. Very interesting. 4.7%? Must be flavorful.

Right on the money. Buttery malt mixed in with citrus and light pine notes. Chewy. Kind of like a regular pale ale in a sense.

Lingering butteriness and pine from the hops make up the mouthfeel here. Carbonation is surprisingly subdued and aids in a trouble-free swallow.

I think it could use more hops but otherwise, you'd be just as well off drinking an APA. I think Otter Creek and Lawsons Finest have better examples.

Brad007, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a very clear, slightly watery amber color filled with tons of bubbles gracing the edges of the glasses in various pockets, as well as a decent yet not too thick two finger sized head. The head dwindles down quite fast to an open ring at the edges of the glass, and carbonation stays fairly strong, although definitely does not last forever no matter how hard the tulip glass tries. Presentable but average at best.

The aroma is a wet, citrus-laden flavor combined with some slight musty earthiness and strong East Coast malty characteristics. Cider, apricots, oranges, some pine, maybe a bit of grapefruit - this IS after all an IPA, despite the low ABV. No sweetness is imparted from the alcohol however, although the malts are doing a decent job if slightly faded overall in bringing the caramel character upwards. Some crisp graininess, but that too feels a bit muted. The hops are doing their job just fine, however, and this smells very nice as a result.

At the front of the tongue, the palate is immediately greeted with dried, gently pine soaked hop flavors combined with a tinge of fruitiness. The apricots and cider-like flavors are big here, and met with a sharp bitterness that leaves an extra astringency in the mouth. The finish is not hoppy at all, in fact, and coats the mouth with earthy, slightly textured malty and grainy finish, with some light breadiness, light caramel, light cereal grains, and really a light mix of flavors all around. In fact, that's exactly the thing that's making me enjoy this beer if underwhelm me. The flavors at heart are quite pleasant, and the drinking experience is the opposite of heavy, but it feels too LIGHT overall, as if the flavors never reach their peak or full potential due to the low alcohol, or strange off faded graininess, or simply the lack of dried hop resins. Goes flat after about 30-45 minutes as well. The finish is quite malty and unnecessarily thinned, which is two things that I don't personally enjoy in a session beer, whether it's American or English.

The fun irony with this beer is despite any complaints I have with it, it's very, very drinkable. I COULD have this all day if I needed to, and works well for outdoor picnics or camping trips that even the driver could have one and be fine. However, what's even more ironic is that it is classified by the guys at Founders as an IPA, but it instead feels similar to many dry-hopped pale ales, only with less of a kick from the alcohol, and, well, less of a kick overall with the faded bready and hoppy characteristics. Doesn't hold my interest for very long, but it's still a solid Founders' offering.

magictacosinus, May 10, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grub for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled 02/28/12.

Appearance: A thick head at the beginning but rapidly decreases to a thin ring and doesn't leave much lacing. The tiny bubbles racing up in the pale gold body are nice to look.

Smell: Grassy, a bit catty and some vegetal tones. Surprisingly powerful aroma.

Taste: Vegetal hops, burst of grapefruit but the follow-up is lacking a bit. The hops do shine though a bit.

Mouthfeel: Body is light and it's very easy to drink but it's rather ordinary.

Overall: I love session and low ABV beers but this one doesn't fully do it for me. Definitely easy to put away a few but not engaging enough to make me want to.

papat444, May 04, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

"All Day IPA". 12 oz bottle. Bottled on 12/26/11.

It pours a light, clear orangeish amber with a foamy white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

The smell is pretty good. There is a lot more grain than your typical IPA, but it is pleasant. There is a tangy fruitiness as well in the aroma.

The flavor is decent. Definitely more malt-oriented. It tastes like pretzel and grain with a touch of pine in the aftertaste but it is by no means bitter. Grapefruit comes in as you go.

I am confused why this is an IPA, more of a standard pale ale.

crossovert, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of brystmar
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/2/12.

Copper pour with red hues. Minimal head and lace. Hoppy aroma showcases a nice blend of fresh Citra hops, among others. Taste is hoppy with a sharp, piney finish. No malt. Not the best flavor profile here, but this isn't a typical Founders style. Thin body, could actually use a little more carbonation.

An average session beer, I guess. Founders can do better for the style, but if I want a beer that tastes like this I'm picking Zombie Dust every time.

brystmar, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of ktblue22
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very drinkable session-like IPA in my opinion which is why All Day IPA is such a great name! Drinkable, palatable and refreshing. Great to pair with a rare burger. Low-hop profile with a beautiful tropical fruit nose makes this beer interesting and yummy. I can picture myself getting a six pack of this to enjoy while barbecuing. Not much else to say about this beer, I recommend picking it up when you just want to enjoy something, or if you are new to IPAs try this one out first to get your palate more experienced to the subtley that hops can have in well-crafted brew.

ktblue22, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of microbrewlover
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours an orange/copper color with a small head which dissipates quickly. Hardly any lacing on the glass.

The smell is strong with grapefruit, some orange, pine and caramel but the grapefruit dominates.

The taste hits on the front end with grapefruit hops, a little roasted malt and caramel in the middle and then piney hops at the end. This sounds nice but the taste fails to "pop".

The mouth feel goes from thick and chewy to oily on the backend.

Overall I expected better from Founders. I realize the point of this brew is supposed to be a sessionable IPA but this brew ends up not quite strong enough to be an IPA and not quite malty enough to be something else. The hops could be better balanced; there is too much grapefruit in both the smell and the taste.

microbrewlover, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of vic21234
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looking forward to trying this new session ale, picked up a six pack at my local shop. 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date of 2/2/12.

A- Pours a nice and clear light amber color with a fingers worth of head. The head dissipates rather quickly. The carbonation is noticeable with many fizzy bubbles coming from the bottom center of the glass.

S- Awesomely aromatic for a such a low ABV beer. Smells of citrusey hops.

T- I know its only 42 IBUs, but the smell really had me ready for a more flavorful experience. Up front is some nice hop bitterness, quickly changing toward a malty backbone. Not bad, but I expected more.

M- Light, nicely carbonated, balanced well. An easy drinker as a session ale should be.

This is a good IPA. However, if I was looking to drink several beers for whatever occasion, I would probably choose something else. All Day IPA is definitely worth a try though.

vic21234, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Bobbymozz
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

Bobbymozz, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of LeahM
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

LeahM, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of redblacks75
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

redblacks75, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Johnct
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

Johnct, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of Catherine8189
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am not an Indian Pale Ale Drinker and this is my first choice if forced with a decision. It is a well balanced. The hopps are strong but very well balanced with the rest of the ingredients. The hopps come through cleanly without a lot of fuss or distraction. With this beer you get the hopp flavor without too much lasting bitter aftertaste. Founders definitely has a winner with this brew.

Catherine8189, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of randeezy74
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%

randeezy74, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of punky796
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a SLIGHTLY cloudy yellow-amber, with about a finger of fizzy white head that dissipates fast. A little lacing.

S - Hops. Grass. Dirt.

T - Hops. Grass. Dirt. Citrus, which saves the whole thing. But I'm not good at describing IPAs.

M - Light, carbonation is toward the high end but it's not overdone. But that's where I think this type of beer should be. Clean, grassy finish.

O - I'm not a hops or IPA guy, really, but I like to believe I can still recognize a good one. This one's decent and sessionable.

punky796, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of EternalCask
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4.6.2013
I'm behind the Bar at Barleyvine (per usual)
All Day IPA
Founders (i want some kbs. its because everyone else wants it.)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
4.7% abv
IBU-42

Poured into standard pint glass...bottle @ 53* F

A- Wet hay/Golden..lacing nonexistent, quarter inch head that dissipated quickly, slightly hazy.
s-juniper berry action, green apple skin,aloe, fresh cut grass
t-poundable. hops are crisp, not bitter.. more green apple skin business.. true to style and intent. which makes me happy.. nice aftertaste. pairing with a cuban sandwich..the homemade pickle and the hops make great friends. the sweetness of the pork joins the olfactory party.
m-very carbonated... not my favorite trait in the world but again it makes sense.

o- i could see many a summer day that i make at least of 3 of these vanish... for breakfast. great with spicy food... we have a pulled pork sandwich that this would DANCE with. Points for stylistic authenticity.

EternalCask, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of StephenJohnston
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%

StephenJohnston, Aug 12, 2014
Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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