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Founders All Day IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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795 Reviews
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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 deadonhisfeet
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is clear and honey-colored with not much of a head. The nose is very nice. Some floral notes, tropical fruit, and a little bit of candy sweetness.

Medium bodied beer with lots of flavor. Nice, cracker-like malt notes on the front of the palate and lots of lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine-like hop notes at mid-palate. The finish lingers nicely and refreshes. A wonderful easy-drinking beer.

I hate to say that this is a good ``session ale''. It's kind of like saying Stephen King is a good horror writer. The fact is he's a good writer regardless of genre and this is a really good beer that can stand on its own against a lot of IPAs that aren't holding anything back.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow olor with half a fingers worth of head that quickly dies to nothing

S: A nice burst of fruity hops along with a slightly spicy bready maltiness

T: Follows the nose. Fruity hops along with the slightly spicy maltiness. Not really too much else going on

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid sessionable IPA (I'd rather just call it a pale ale) that is (of course) easy to drink and has a nice flavor profile going on. Recommended for those who want the flavors of an IPA but the drinkability of a pale

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 bottle

Appearance: Golden beauty with a nice 1 finger head and ample carbonation.

Smell: Quite aromatic, with notes of pine, malt, mango and orange.

Taste: Nice blend of subtle malty sweetness and bitterness up front. Eventually, the malts fade and the bitterness becomes more noticeable, lasting into the finish.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side with mild carbonation.

Overall: Pretty much tasted as I expected it to. It's a sessionable IPA that's not very complex, but give me this over a BMC any day of the week.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The color is light golden with lots of clarity. There is a small off-white head; not a lot of retention.

The aroma is full of strong rich tropical fruit. There are subtle notes of pine and citrus. Oh boy this smells great.

This is very dry compared to most IPA's. The hops taste bitter and herbal with lots of grassyness. There may not be enough malt sweetness here to perfectly balance the hops, but I like it anyway.

This is light bodied with medium carbonation. There is a nice crispness to this adding to its drinkability. This is great stuff for those who like bone dry and bitter.

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Photo of hardy008
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear light amber with a two finger white head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pine, and pineapple.

Has a nice combination of bitterness and sweetness, with bitterness being a little more dominant. I can taste grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and a little bit of bread malt. There is a lot of flavor for a 4.70 % abv beer.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and it finishes dry. This is a really nice IPA. I am very impressed by how much flavor there is in this low abv beer. Well done.

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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 BeerTwigs
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle in a Duvel Glass. Bottled: 2/11/13

A - About half an inch of white head which quickly fades away. Light lacing. Light golden in color.

S - Nice hoppy nose. Floral and citrusy aroma which is very inviting.

T - Light bitterness, nothing compared to the nose. Piney and even throughout but very little malt balance

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Seems thin for a beer from Founders.

O - This beer is very average, below average compared with the Founders line up. I hate to say this but this more fits an IPA that the big boys would produce to enter the market. Its very light and you could definitely drink a lot of it. I wouldn't actively seek it out, but I would drink it in the warmer months.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-a light amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-lemon zest, grapefruit,pine, malt, nice floral notes, hints of sweetness

T-lemon and grapefruit, pine, grainy sweet malt, moderately bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a nice sessionable IPA, good flavor in this low ABV IPA

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Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Minimal (less than a finger's worth) snowy white slightly lush crisp head... The head quickly fizzes away leaving a full veil of slightly frothing lacing and moderate collar... Loads of moderate to rapid paced swirling carbonation... The color is a pale golden straw color with a slight glowing amber hue... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - A very inviting complex hoppy nose that is far from overpowering... Grapefruit... Orange zest... Some floral hops... A very light malt base comprised of graham crackers and biscuit...

T - An enjoyable bitterness to start... Lots of piney and floral hop notes... Lemon zest... A light pale malt base barely registers... The bitterness is even and consistent throughout...

M - Light to medium bodied... Limited carbonation... Ever so slightly on the thin side... Goes down easily with each and every sip...

D - This is an ideal alternative to the not so hoppy spring and summer seasonal offerings... Highly quaffable... Quite refreshing... Simple, but with a enough depth, character, and complexity to keep it interesting and enjoyable... Not my favorite Founders offering, but one that has a spot in my spring/summer rotation... I would have no problem drinking several of these in a sitting, but I guess that's the point...

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a mason jar from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a nice clear golden color with some slight copper hints. There is a nice half inch head that forms that is white and pretty dense. Nice sticky lacing as the head recedes.

Aroma of citrus hops with some nice grapefruit notes. Sweet juicy hops are present. The hops are pungent and very mouthwatering. Then there is a nice earthy grain a biscuity malt bread to the aroma. Some slight malt sweetness balanced very well by the clean hop notes.

The flavor starts off with nice citrus hop notes, similar to the nose. The citrus notes are very crisp and clean with light grapefruit and some tangerine. There is some bready biscuity taste that follows the nice hoppy notes. Very drinkable and approachable. Balanced and refreshing.

This is a good brew. Low ABV with tons of flavor.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden amber with a thin white head and long stretches of lace.

S - Floral and citrus hops with a grainy biscuit malt balance. Lemon, orange and tangerine rinds, grapefruit,.

T - Citrus and grapefruit peels, lemon zest, on the bitter side with notes of grainy malt.

M - Light to medium with good carbonation. Lingering dry finish.

D - This beer is properly named. An all day drinking session IPA. Nothing special but good enough to easily put down a 6 pack or two through a long afternoon.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Lagunitas mason Jar.

This beer made a very distinct popping sound upon popping off the bottle cap.

A- A bright golden yellow with a fat foamy two finger white head. You can tell just by looking at this beer that it is very well carbonated. Upon swishing around it leaves a great deal of lacing along the sides of the jar. Excellent head retention!!

S- I can smell the sweet citrus fruitiness the second I pop off the bottle cap. There are some strong orange and tangerine notes as a well as a bit of a slightly sweet biscuit-like aroma from the malts.

T- Hoppy. The hops give off some strong notes of sweet orange and citrus fruit. There are some very mild toned down grapefruit notes and some lemon zest notes as well. There is plenty of flavor here without necessarily being intense. It has a sweet malty backbone that blends well with the slightly biting bitterness from the hops. While it's definitely bitter the bitterness is nowhere near overpowering. Very nicely balanced, with a hop kick that, like I said, isn't brutal, but enough to make it enjoyable to hop lovers.

M- light mouthfeel and well carbonated.

O- I did not have incredibly high expectations after trying, and being disappointed with, Laguniatas' Daytime. I have to say though, this is MUCH better than Daytime. This is the kind of IPA I could definitely see myself drinking all d ay, and I would LOVE to bring a six pack of this on one of my next fishing trips. (This is just the kind of beer that's perfect to drink right before you have to go to work...)

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Photo of FosterJM
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1699th Review on BA
Bottle to Founders tulip

Thanks to BA Kundog18 for the RS gift

App- A darker orange with some golds around the edges. A little bit of a dense center. A small 1" off white head. A semi decent cling on this one.

Smell- A bit faded from being from July but still retained a nice bit of hops, very dry and herbal. A bit like a orange peel sitting in a cut field.

Taste- I get traces of this of this one being good. It was a bit of hop fade and oxidation. The hops are a bitter with the malts making this have a faded feel.

Mouth- Well it's a semi medium body with a medium carbonation. A fresh cut grass flavor remains with some bitter hops.

Drink- I will need to get a fresh bottle to go over this again.

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Photo of dfillius
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of white head with fair retention. Chill hazy golden color. Good looking. More head please.
S: Caramel, lime, pineapple, tropical fruit. Tempting, fresh, hoppy.
T: Tiny bit of bready sweetness up front mingles with a rush of bitter hops. Hops are piney, sulfurous allium, + some grapefruit to finish. Very rich hop conglomeration with the malt balancing well.
M: Full flavored for being 4.7%. As bitter as I'd want an IPA to be. West Coast levels of hops and not sweet. Just enough malt to balance.
O: Very glad I tried this one again, and glad that it's year-round. The best session-IPA of the year. I'd love another and will buy 6 again.

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Photo of zrbeer1579
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden orange yellow with a two finger fluffy white head. Slight hazy.

Aroma: Mostly apricot and pine. Sightly floral and a touch of grain.

Taste: Similar to smell but mostly apricot with hints of grapefruit and pine. Some grain and malt sweetness. Some malt breadiness. I think I taste some yeast as well.

Mouthfeel: Median-light bodied. A semi dry and light bitterness finish. Carbonation seems just slightly high.

Overall: This is not a terrible beer. It is a sessionable beer with IPA characterics. Easy to drink. I applause Founders for getting this much flavors into a beer under 5% abv.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Semi hazed bright light orange glow with a yellow tinge. Big craggy off white head with good retention. Nice big hoppy nose, lots of pine and hop resin, slightly floral with faint citric fruit beneath it all.

The beer doesnt live up to the nose but it's still a good beer. Light brightly carbonated body. Thins out a bit on the finish. Very piney and floral hop flavor throughout. Not much of a malt presence, a nice hoppy flavored beer but it's not over the top or in your face. Lots of piney hop on the backend. Flavor is big for such a sessionable beer which is nice and the beer is highly drinkable. Def a session beer for hop heads. Lingering bitterness as hop resin coats the tongue. Beer thins a bit on the finish but lends to its drinkability. Very good session IPA but it only comes in a 6 at the same price as all other founders 6's making it an expensive beer to session as well. Hopefully we'll see 12 packs soon.

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Photo of nUgZ
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark golden color with a 1 finger head and some lacing.

S: Lots of floral hops with some citrus mixed in. Maybe a little pine too. Very fresh and inviting smell.

T: A good amount of hops, but not as much as the nose suggests. A slight malt backbone, but mainly hops. Pretty bitter.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is a solid IPA. Easy to drink, very clean, and quite enjoyable. Nice balance. A great session beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow to pale copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation throughout. The beer has a finger tall slightly fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pine, citrus/grapefruit, and citrus/orange rind hops. Very enticing.

T: Similar to the smell, the dominant flavors in this beer are those of the hops - pine, citrus/grapefruit, and citrus/orange rind. There is a light amount of bitterness which lingers in the finish. Upfront there are very light notes of malty sweetness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean and crisp.

O: Super easy to drink and definitely sessionable - I could easily sip around and put these back all day long. Very enjoyable with a delicious flavor - also very well balanced. This would be a great session IPA for the late spring and early summer.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Founders imperial pint glass
Bottled on 08/21/12

A: A small white head forms on the pour and soon fades. Body is a clear golden-orange and moderate carbonation can be seen within.

S: I think this is where All Day IPA shines the most. It has a nice piney aroma accented by citrus rind and tart grapefruit notes. Pretty nice.

T: The flavor does not quite deliver what the nose promised. The flavor profile about matches what I smelled, but in a toned down way. Lots of tongue smacking is required to draw out those mellow hop flavors. I think this is partly because of the "All Day" aspect of this beer. With toned-down hop flavor, you can drink more of it quite easily. The low 42 IBUs also help with sessionability, but that is just not nearly enough bitterness for my tastes.

M: This beer has a nice body to it, with appropriate carbonation and feel. Finish feels solid also.

O: While not measuring up in the flavor department for someone that really loves hops, I think this could be an excellent starting point for someone trying to get into the style. I also think Founders accomplished their goal of creating a beer to fit in the emerging sub-style of session IPA. They nailed what they were going for, but it just wasn't enough to blow me away.

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Photo of jsanford
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold with a thin but solid white head that leaves nice rings of lacing. Nice aromas of peach, mango, grapefruit, and pineapple with a very mild malt backbone. Taste is similarly tropical and fruity, with a light malt profile and mild bitterness. Excellently drinkable, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall it's exactly what I expected : a deliciously drinkable and sessionable brew from one of the best breweries on the planet!

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled just about a month ago, so fairly fresh. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Scent is quite hoppy, yet mellow at the same time. Not a very big malt profile, which is what I was hoping for. Some lovely lemon aromas and sweet orange scents. Taste is just as it smells...but a little less hoppy. It is a very tasty beer, but the hops kinda die off in the flavor. I'm sure when it's very fresh that it is a way better beer. Has some similar characteristics as Sierra Nevada Pale. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a very tasty pale ale that is very sessionable. I could see myself easily putting away a six pack of this by myself on a warm summer day.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves light traces of lace.

S - A fruity pine aroma with seem caramel and notes of grapefruit.

T - Oine hops and caramel malt up front, some grapefruit comes out in the middle and the beer finishes with bready malt, moderate bitterness, and pine hop flavors.

M - Mediumbody, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The hop character is excellent, but the malt is a bit too dry and toasty for my taste. While a touch of sweetness would go a long way here, it is a pretty nice session IPA overall.

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Photo of krausenman
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is light amber, with a head that's initially quite thick, but fades quickly. The scent is all hops - grapefruit and orange - and absolutely intoxicating. I can't stop sniffing. The taste is certainly hoppy, but not as much as the scent might imply. Grapefruit tang is notable from start to finish. Mouthfeel is very thin. For a session ale, this is to be expected. It's a very light and drinkable. A great session IPA.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled awhile back on 2/9/14, or something like that -- it was early February. Here I am, over three months later, buying a six-pack for nearly twelve bucks at a nearby Buscemi's -- never again will I buy over-priced, "old" beers at that place. At least it was stored in a fridge. Since I drank this at a baseball game, I'll skip the appearance.

The smell of this one is nice, and about what you'd think to get from the style. It has a light grapefruit kind of aroma that I remember with a mild malt profile. Not heavy at all. Pleasing. The taste is more of the same. All Day is light in flavor and feel, but very drinkable. Solid hop bitterness that works well with the beer on the finish. Feel is, like I said, pretty light, with about a moderate sort of carbonation. Easy to drink a lot of.

Bumped up my taste and overall ratings for this one by a quarter of a point. I'm still not crazy about this beer (or most in this specific "sessionable IPA" category), but I liked it. For the price though, I can't say I'd want to revisit this. I understand there was a mark-up at the shop I stopped at, but even so, for the same price I'd rather pick up a higher ABV beer with more flavor... Two Hearted, or Founders' own, Centennial.

*Original review*
Appearance: Pours with a nice three finger head, but it goes down pretty quickly. What's left behind is a thin, white layer of foam. Patchy lacing. Beer's a very slightly hazy sunset yellow/orange color. (3.5/5)

Smell: Holy hops. This beer isn't shy about it either. Heavy hop aromas, with a largely predominant grapefruity smell. (4/5)

Taste/feel: Straight away, I found with Ale la Reverend by Short's that I'm not a huge fan of these "Light IPAs" as I refer to them. This has an extremely piney, resinous, and hoppy flavor with very little to no malts to be traced -- surprisingly decent. For the style, this is the best session IPA I've had. However, I'd rather have a full-on IPA. (3.25/5, 4/5)

Too long/didn't read: This would make for a pretty average IPA, but it makes for an above average session IPA.


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