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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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807 Reviews
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Reviews: 807
Hads: 6,255
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 223
Gots: 1,731 | FT: 12
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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: 807 | Hads: 6,255
Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, I can find no freshness/bottling date info.

Pours: lighter amber, lightly hazed, off white head lloose and staying. Leaves minor low sheeting and lace

Sniff: Bright and fresh hop nose

Tastes: Loads of again fresh tasting citric hops. Grapefruit and more grapefruit. Tasty IPA

mouthfeel: Crisp on the tongue, carbonation on point for the style and my tastes

Overall: fresh and brightly flavorful. Well worth a try. As advertized a sessionable, lower alcohol IPA - Nicely done

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear orange-gold color with a two fingers of bright white head. Nice amount of lacing left behind.

Bright hoppy aroma of grapefruit and fresh-cut grass with a whiff of yellow onion.

This one packs a lot of flavor considering the 4.7% abv. Like the aroma I found grapefruit, fresh-cut grass and again, that onion factor.

Medium bodied and crisp with a sharper carbonation.

This one exceeded all expectations for a lower abv beer...but the onion notes keep me from rating it higher.

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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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Photo of garuda
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale gold, slight haze, head has decent retention and lace.

S - Real nice nose on it with a fresh, juicy citrus hop bouquet of grapefruit and pineapple. Little malt sweetness.

T/M - Follows the nose, with a bit of honey malt sweetness mid palate. The light body really falls off on the back end, turning watery by the time it goes down. Leaves behind a pine/ambiguous bitter feeling.

O - Sessionable, just like it was meant to be. However, if the carbonation maintained itself through the whole mouthfeel, this would be a phenomenal brew. But it just falls flat and watery half way through.

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Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange color with a half finger white foam head that immediately fades into a very thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Dank, floral hop aroma with lots of resinous pine and earthy grass character countered by subtle citrus fruit and a pale malt backbone. Slightly spicy with grass, pine needle and über-fresh sticky buds followed by some grapefruit, pineapple, biscuit and graham cracker. Kind of reminds me of fresh cut grass. Very nice!

Medium bodied with a crisp and spicy earthy hop bite that lingers over the sweeter fruit notes and pale malt backbone into a dry finish. Fresh juicy hops with some dry, earthy bitterness and resinous pine flavor countered by hints of grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Could use a bit more citrus/tropical fruit flavor but there is enough there to add complexity and balance out the bitterness. Underneath, there is a pale malt backbone that really helps balance things out without taking away from the hop flavors. Some bread, biscuit, graham cracker and a touch of sweetness rounding things out in the finish. Really tasty and excellently balanced with a low ABV making this beer extremely drinkable. Not the most flavorful or aggressively hopped IPA but it's really nice and I could see myself drinking this "all day".

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Photo of timn
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nice clear gold with lots of bubbles. Very little head.

S: Nice but not overpowering hoppy smell which is complimented by grassy / piney undertones. Actually fits the spring / summer motif this is going for very well.

T: Thinner taste than I expected. The hops are there, but surprisingly light for the IPA, as is the bitterness, which only really hits at the end. The grassy element of the smell doesn't come through in the taste, which is a shame. It has a citrusy, acidic finish that strongly resembles grapefruit.

M: Not a lot to talk about here. Fairly average mouthfeel, with the carbonation coming through pretty strongly.

O: It doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, and just generally comes through as one of many above-average seasonal brews out there. It isn't a bad beer by any means, but it isn't particularly memorable either. Easy to drink, which is what it is supposed to be.

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Photo of Wiggedout40
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of hoppy character. A little unbalanced on the bitterness end (even for an IPA) but the spicyness helps. Low ABV makes this a sessionable beer. Good citrus and piney notes to the nose. Clear golden color. Not my favorite IPA but this is a good one and worth a try.

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Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear straw color with some toasted highlights. The head is quite small and settles into small ring.

The aroma is very juicy with grapefruit notes coming through fairly strong. Perhaps a touch of grass but the aroma is quite floral.

The taste is light. Not much from the malt other than some cereal sweetness. The beer has a nice grapefruit hop flavor, not overpowering but flavorful. The flavors are straightforward and light but has a nice hop profile.

The feel is light but not watery with fizzy carbonation. The beer drinks extremely easy, no bold flavors or bitterness gets in the way.

A very flavorful light brew. Good hop flavor. I could drink these all day like the name suggests.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice clarity on the first pour. Orange gold body. Thin white halo of head. Poor retention and lace.

S - Great nose. Funky hops. Bright green grass. Grapefruit, orange, and citrus pith.

T - Big dried herbal hop; earthy oregano. Green plant stem. Touch of honey in the center. Dry dusty finish.

M - Appropriately light frame with great drinkability, but still enough substance to hold everything together.

O - One of the best session IPA's I've ever had. The first bottle I had about a week ago was even better, so drink this asap.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a small ring on the top. Smells of citrus pine and earth with a hint of bready malt that barely shows itself. The flavor is fruity, juicy, citrus and pine with a hint of bready malt to make you believe there is actually some malt in there. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Great light easy drinking ipa, If I thought my wife would let me get away with it I could drink these all day.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 3, 2013

It begins with a copper-amber pour with hints of olive and a small, white head that settles to a ring. The clarity is excellent.

You cannot miss out on the aroma because of its overwhelming floral and piney hop essence. You get it as soon as the bottle cap is off and before it is even in the glass. The grainy malts are more subtle.

The body falls into the medium range but it deteriorates into fizz on my tongue.

The taste begins with a quick burst of grainy malts and then evolves quickly into a moderate hop bitterness that lingers passionately to the end. I won't forget that. A nice IPA.

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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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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.