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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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Reviews: 795
Hads: 6,147
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 218
Gots: 1,644 | 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: 6,147
Photo of mactrail
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber in the tumbler with a decent white foam. Spicy and fruity mango aroma is really attractive. Watery body with a lively fizzy mouthfeel. The hops last all the way through but leave more spice than bitterness on the tongue. Crisp and clean. I'd like to compare this to the Lagunitas DayTime IPA and Widmer's Columbia Common. It's a great style, for my taste, though it is hard to compare these light gulpers with the big wave hop crushers that are all in the IPA category.

A little sharp but crisp seems to be the concept. I think this is one of the better under-five-percent beers I've had, especially for a hoppy variety where the bitterness can get ahead of the more delicate body. From the 12 oz bottle out of the cooler at Whole Foods in DC.

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Photo of jhartley
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to an English style pint.
A bright crystal clear yellow-gold body with a 1/2 finger thin head.
Smells of citrus and herbs with a little spiciness. Very "bright".
Very light in body; thin and watery. A little pepper-like bite on the end.
A little too much carbonation for me.
I know this is labeled and supposed to be a session ale, but it's a little too light for my liking. Would prefer more in the body too match the smell. I really love all the other offerings I have had from Founders, but this one misses the mark for me. Not too say it wasn't a decent beer, just not one I would seek out in the future.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Beer Market - Vernon Hills.

It's been a while since my first taste of All Day, and I must say I do miss it a bit. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild greens, very light biscuit, and a touch of citrus peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch of spice tossed into the greens for good measure. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this is still a nice "session" IPA, proof that Founders knows how to make a pleasant brew.

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Photo of Purp1eOne
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This poured a nice orange/apricot color with gold highlights

S - Very appealing citrus complex smell

T - Very nicely flavored IPA with all kinds of smooth citrus flavors with this bear. With just enough bitter to compliment.

M - Had a very nice body with good carbonation and a nice mix of bitterness and smoothness.

O - Overall I was very, very pleased with this "Every Day IPA" and wasn't expecting it to be such a good beer. This a definitely a fridge filler with the price point and I will always have this one on hand.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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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 soulgrowl
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear, ambery orange. Not a great head. The smell is orange, too: loads of citrus with some tropical aromas – lychee, papaya – as well as a touch of freshly-cut grass. Taste and mouthfeel border on anemic. There are some nice mango-ish hop flavors here, and the beer overall is very balanced, but it lacks body and depth. I get that this is meant to be a lower alcohol version of the style, but I've had beers 10-20 percent weaker than this that were way more delicious and interesting. If I'm honest I've had low-alcohol beers that were tastier. As a sort of basic pale ale, it's not bad. As an American IPA, it's a failure.

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Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like fresh grapefruit and pineapple, with some sweet honey and mango.
T: It tasted like mild grapefruit and apricot, with some honey malt and pineapple. It had a very clean and mild bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a great session IPA with delicious but gentle scent and taste. The body was a bit thin, but the finish was smooth as can be. Just about the perfect beer to drink all day.

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Photo of RickS95
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear copper color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of pine, melon, tangerine, and flowers. Where the aroma is vibrant and juicy, the taste is subdued and short-lived. There is a flash of fruith hops, but it vanishes as quickly as it is noticed. It is pleasant when it is there, however, which only adds to the disappointment of its early disappearance. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a thinnish texture, and a bone dry texture. All of which I appreciate in a session beer. Overall, this is a nice beer. I would like the flavor to stick around a few seconds more, but it is still good nonetheless.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium copper gold with a thin soapy head and light carbonation.

S - Tons of resiny citrus and pine.

T - Definitely a hop forward beer...resiny citrus, grapefruit, and oranges up front which stays for the duration. Light biscuity malt surfaces midway through before the resinous bitter citrus and pine turn things up and crash in around it ending with a lingering bitter finish.

M - Light medium body and leaves a moderate amount of citrus resin in the mouth before finishing crisp and very dry.

O - An overall surprisingly hoppy and tasty beer for the lower than normal ABV for this style....hats off to Founders for creating a hop forward beer to satisfy the hop heads without all the alcohol and stupidness that follows. (!!). Definitely could drink this one all day while sitting on the deck.

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Photo of Tauroe
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this beer and I think they hit the nail on the head with what they were going for. Its a light IPA that you can have six of on a summer day and not feel guilty about later.

Poured into a glass with a nice tangerine color slightly hazy with a pretty decent head.

Smell wasn't super strong but had a nice citrus hop smell to it and with a hint of pine.

Really nice hop taste without being to heavy and left me looking forward to the next sip. Definitely picked up on the floral hops and pine.

Was crisp and smooth on the way down.

This one seems like it has a chance to be my go to grilling six pack for this summer

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint; bottled on date not entirely visible. Having enjoyed this beer quite a few times, I can tell that it is nothing less than fresh.

Appearance is decent, yet nothing to get overly excited about. I realize we have to grade this criteria and while sometimes the super sticky lacing left behind by a standout IPA does get me excited, it means NOTHING, if the beer doesn't taste good. Medium copper/champagne hybrid with delicate foam and sparse lacing to boot. The smell is a refreshing combination of pine, orange peel and lemon zest. This really tastes magnificent and I would warn IPA lovers to have a few before giving a concrete review. I wasn't in love immediately because I kept wanting to compare it to other favorites that I enjoy. Despite the ABV, this has a hop kick that is immediately noticeable and thoroughly consistent. Extremely crisp and prickly, it goes down smooth and begs you to enjoy more. While I would never compare this to heavier West Coast style IPAs, I think it needs to be judged for what its brewer intended. This is a session ale that is spot on for an IPA. I could and have consumed multiple brews of this seasonal offering from Founders without feeling the side effects of your typical IPA. This beer is completely underrated. Give it a chance before it's out of rotation.

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


Style: IPA

ABV: 4.7%

Purchased at: John’s Grocery, Iowa City, IA

Pour: Dark gold pour with a medium-sized white head.

Aroma: Pine, citrus hops aroma dominate along with some dankness on the nose.

Flavor: Citrus hops dominate the flavor, maybe a tad of floral taste as well. The bitterness is missing but doesn’t take away from the brew.

Ratebeer.com rating: 96/100

Beeradvocate.com rating: 87/100

Overall: A-

My recommendation: A go to beer for the summer for sure. A great concept, and they come through by providing a very tasty sessionable beer.

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Photo of BrownNut
2.87/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I don't get it. The first one of these I had out of the sixpack was so enjoyable and tasty and refreshing and light. I thought I'd found my new go-to beer, particularly for warm weather. Several days later, the second one tasted like straight up cat pee. Is that the Simcoe hops? Is it one of the undisclosed hops they say are in there? I don't know but it makes for an unpleasant experience. I tried a third one several days later and it was cat pee again. Pushed the rest of the pack off on a friend. This one gets perma-banned from my fridge.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Bright gold with a touch of haze and small soapy head. Not much in the way of lacing, but good carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

A: Big piney and resiny hop notes, citrus zest as well. Not much in the way of malt character, a slight graininess from the base malt. Neutral fermentation character, but a touch of yeastiness.

T/M: Firm hop bitterness upfront for such a light brew, nice pine/resin hops with some vegetal character as well as some fruitiness. Malt is damn near nonexistent, providing little to no balance and giving a very drying finish, but does an excellent job of accentuating hop character. There is a slight yeasty bite to this beer, likely from the lack of fining agents and the use of a low flocculating, neutral American ale strain.

Overall, a very delicious session ale. Insanely drinkable and gives hopheads something to drink all day long. Great for any occasion where you want to keep a flavorful beer flowing over your tongue.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours an ever so slightly hazed golden amber body with a thin off white head that drops to a skim quickly, leaving a few spots of soapy lace.

Scent is excellent. Very fruity. Tangerines, lime. Sweetly floral. Pine oils.

Taste is a bit disappointing when compared to my usual favorite IPAs and doesn't quite live up to the scent. But then this is a 4.7% ABV session ale, not a 7% or 8% monster IPA. Pleasantly bitter with a bit of citrus (mostly lime) and pine. Malts are limited to the barest biscuity suggestion.

Mouth is briskly carbonated and spare.

Refreshing, brisk and easy drinking session IPA with a great nose.

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Photo of datalager
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Surprised...in a good way!

Looks like an orange colored American IPA. Pleasant pale ale smell, with expected citrus and piney goodness. Great bitter flavor. Slick yet bitey mouthfeel. Is it the best IPA out there...no. But 4.7%?!?!? Given the diminutive caloric hit, and a smaller liver jab than a pair of Tylenol, this beer is awesome!!! My new default IPA in the fridge. Did I say awesome?

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Photo of scootny
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely clear golden amber. Nice head and goodly lacing.
Smell is dank and earthy. Lots of hops of the English earth. Some light citrus. Bready malt. Taste is perfect. Dry hoppy ale that is crisp while having a satisfying punch. Support dry finish with lots of hop oil lingering. Feel is as I said crisp with nice mildly effervescent carbonation. A perfect American expression of a mild ale.

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

Pours a straw color, just a hint of haze, with a pretty weak head, but not a bad looking beer at all. Smell is a little yeasty, but mostly citus zest hops (mostly grapefruit). The smell's not in your face, but it's solid and awesome; way more than you'd expect from a "light" beer like this. Taste is a bit of malt, a bit of yeast and a nice citrusy hop flavor. If you're used to drinking big DIPA's, this is going to taste weak at first, but the right tastes are there and the hops are really enjoyable (probably one of the strongest grapefruit flavors I've had in a beer). Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but what do you expect given the %alcohol?
I think this beer should be evaluated in a different catergory from other IPA's. It's not meant to compete with them. The abv is 4.7% for Pete's sake! As a "fishing trip on the lake-session ale with some hop flavor, this is a great beer!

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Photo of mntlover
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly hazy tangerine color with a white head that falls to a ring. Some sparse lace left behind.

Aroma is nice and bright hops fruity with normal grapefruit kick and some pine mingled into the ripe fruit notes.A light malt sweetness under neath all the hops.

Taste follows the nose good dose of hops fruity with grapefruit bitterness sprinkled with sparse pine needles. Crisp clean refreshing brew nice hop bite on a lightly sweet malt base. Light enough that it would make a good lawn mower brew.

Mouthfeel goes with the taste light and crisp good lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall not a mind blowing IPA but low abv so easy drinking allowing to have a few and be safe.

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Photo of Mojo
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> tulip glass

Pours up a crystal clear medium gold with a small foamy head, pretty good retention, and small bits of lacing. I don't have the world's strongest sense of smell, but the nose seems to be mostly apples, and citrus. Taste is a little drier than I expected with a bit of yeastiness up front. The finish is citrusy and an undertaste of charcoal. Mouthfeel is nice with a good amount of carbonation. Not bad at all, but for Founders I was a little underwhelmed.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into tulip glass

appearance: light golden color, with bubbly white head

smell: grapefruit, apple, citrus, lemon, earthy hops

taste: Follows the nose, very grapefruit and pineapple forward. While a session IPA, and lighter on the palate than most, this is packed full with flavor. Not really sure how they load this with so much hops and feels so full yet is still only 4.7%. Very smooth, very drinkable, a well balanced flavorful 'light' IPA. Not a whole lot of malt action going on here.

mouthfeel: very smooth, high carbonation, for how light this beer is it feels very full bodied (sort of an oxymoron, hard to explain, just drink one)

overall: Founder's created the ultimate session IPA. I was hesitant to buy a sixer because I like my beers, especially IPAs, heavy and high in alcohol and hops. I just didn't think this could compare, but I stand corrected. Massive flavor, well balanced, satisfying to a huge hophead like myself, I am pleasantly surprised and will be buying this a lot more in the future. I can't figure out how they got so much hoppiness into such a light IPA, but they did.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, soapy head that is resiny, and collapses completely, leaving minimal lacing. Big, bright hop aroma is filled with citrus and a touch of pine. Nice straw color. Starts with a wonderful, full, aromatic hop flavor that is piney with maybe a HINT of citrus (kind of the opposite of the aroma), builds into a nice medium bitterness, and then MALT! The malt powers through these hops, and then begins to blend to leave a delicious hop-bread flavor linger into the finish.

It reminds me of my much beloved and unavailable (in IL) Nimbus Pale Ale from Tucson; it's hoppy, but not too bitter, drinkable, and just delicious!
I would buy this by the 12-pack!!!

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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