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

761 Reviews
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Reviews: 761
Hads: 5,980
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 213
Gots: 1,514 | FT: 11
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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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Photo of larryi86
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2/11/13. poured into a DFH IPA glass

A- A clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Floral, a good amount of citrus, pine, some resin, biscuity malts.

T- Citrus hops, floral, piney bitter finish, nice light malt backbone.

M- Smooth, crisp, light.

O- A lighter, easy drinking IPA, very enjoyable. Packs a nice bitter punch in a sessional beer. (371 characters)

Photo of droomyster
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, I am completely sold on this one. Most impressive session ale I've had in recent memory. Appearance is average and doesn't begin to capture its wonders. Body is slightly hazy amber with a small white head with weak retention. Aromas, however, are vibrant and lively. Orange zest, floral notes, and honeyish sweetness and a bit of bubblegum leap out of the glass on this one. The taste is predominantly hoppy on the front and back palates, with the middle striking a balance between grains and fresh greens with a hint of herbal goodness. I really like this beer. It puts many IPAs to shame in its finesse and downplayed alcohol content, and shames session ales with the thrillingly assertive hop profile. (709 characters)

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 (572 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Pours a translucent orange-copper with a loose, 1/8th inch off-white head that quickly dissipates into a tight band around the shoulders and a soapy/oily dollop across the center; no lacing. Nose expresses floral and citrusy notes as well as faint tropical fruit esters and a hint of earth and spice. Taste is considerably more watered down - some citrus notes are still present; however, the earthy/herbal bitterness dominates the flavor profile, hiding many of the nuances expressed in the nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive, slightly prickly carbonation and a pleasant, palate-cleansing acidity. Overall, pretty good, but closer to a hoppy APA than an American IPA (perhaps just semantics). That said, enjoyable, but there are other beers in the same ballpark that I would go to before this one again. (859 characters)

Photo of caskstrength
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Light looking beer, good carbonation. 2 week old bottle.

Smells are typical Founders IPA (Harvest, Double Trouble) turned down a few notches. Still smells nice for those who like hops.

Tastes like a watered down hoppy beer from Founders. I like hoppy beer from Founders, so that's fine, but it grows old as the glass empties. And you better get this no older than a few weeks, when the dry hopping fades this beer will be no fun.

A hint of resin, dry and light on the feel.

If you can get it ultra fresh, a decent option. I know Day Tripper is 0.7% higher, but damn, a lot more flavor and feel on that beer.

I like the concept, but I think they sacrificed too much here. (680 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice light orange to yellow tone with bubbly head and loads of bubbles along the edge of the glass.

Very strong fruity scent with hints of lemon, grapefruit, flowers, perfumes, pine and malt.

The taste does not follow the nose as earthy musky tones are followed by a watery finish. There are hints of grapefruit throughout but they are weak. The feel is easy and light, hence the All Day but its not quite an IPA like experience. (431 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber color with high clarity. An average-looking head leaves some very nice lacing. Aroma is extremely hop forward and pungent, very much the equal of the top high gravity IPAs. It's primarily a piney, grapefruity aroma with some hints of more tropical fare.

Hops continue to dominate on the palate: the bottle says "42 IBUs" which I didn't really consider to be all that high for a beer billed as an IPA, but the apparent bitterness is definitely in the IPA "zone." Malt profile is very restrained, coming through with a weak cracker-like grainy flavor. An abundance of hop oils fills the void but doesn't offer the enjoyment that a big-bodied IPA does.

Session IPA, really hoppy APA, whatever you consider this, it's am excellent low-gravity hop monster. I don't find it as tasty as a good 7% IPA, but there's definitely a place for low ABV, hoppy beers, especially once the summer months roll around. (911 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear body that is light amber with orange hues. Nice two finger off-white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

Solid aroma that is primarily made up of the hop notes: mostly citrus (lemon) with a bit of a tropical leaning the in background. Minor notes of caramel malt in the background.

The flavor is fairly close to the aroma, slightly more on the bitter side. Some light pine notes come into play, but the citrus flavors dominate, primarily the lemon.

Medium to light texture in the mouthfeel. I notched the overall score a bit because it's nice to have reasonably flavorful session beer. Well done, Founders. (696 characters)

Photo of AndyP612
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Luce St. Paul

A- Light Golden with minimal head.

S- Overwhelming citrus hops hit the nose with hints of tropical fruit. First sip was highly anticipated as I have sold numerous 6 packs of these in the LQ I work.

T- Crisp with citrus flavor, very hoppy yet very light. I had to pace myself given the taste.

M- Very dry not puckered out bitter but dry which I like to experience on a new level when not drinking something as tanic as the wines I usually enjoy.

O- After the one pint, I wanted more of it. I assume after the second I would want more as well. Truly a session IPA which I must confess this is the first of the kind I have tried coined as such but very appropriate. It really presented itself as a double/imperial IPA without the big syrupy mouthfeel I perceive in many. Cheers. (821 characters)

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

All Day IPA pours a clear, light bronze color with a moderate, fizzy head and a fair amount of bubbles in the glass. The foam on top dissipates quickly leaving behind a few spots and lines of lace.

The aroma is loaded with orange and tangerine citrus. A little lemon grass and a touch of sweet caramel malt is also present.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is watery with firm carbonation. The flavor begins with lots of orange and lemon citrus before grassy bitterness takes over. Bready cereal malt tries to balance out the hop bitterness, but it comes up short. It finishes dry with lingering orange citrus when gone.

It's nice to have a very hoppy beer that's not 8%+ abv. This beer does tend to lean on the bitter side, but it has tons of hop flavor if that's what you're after. (799 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, golden orange liquid with lots of big rising bubbles. Head is of white and modest. Settles to a skim.

S: Strong citrus hop aroma. It comes across as mildly sweet and bitter.

T: Very bitter IPA. Just because the alcohol is a bit lower doesn't mean hops were sacrificed as well (unless you count added hops to the boil, then yes, many hops were sacrificed).

M: Beer has a slight sticky film that contains some bitter hop oils. Carbonation is strong.

O: A very good IPA. I can see myself enjoying this one all day. I hope to revisit it again this summer. I calls for sunshine and a back deck. (604 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; the bottling date is conspicuously absent—must’ve rubbed off pretty well, because Founders dates are always so clear and easy to find. Regardless, I bought this from a sixer that was dated to just the last three weeks or so, if I recall correctly, so it’s fresh.

Appearance (3.5): Decent pour on this, giving a full finger and a half or so of just-off-white foam that crackles a bit into a slowly-dying cap on the surface of the beer. The body itself is an orangey-gold color and almost perfectly clear (just a slight chill haze which will probably clear up). Slightly above-average retention. Lacing is minimal, but it does deposit suds here and there and a couple of fat legs of foam on the far side of the glass.

Smell (4.25): Really excellent nose here—lots of dank, weedy character with pineapple and grapefruit citrus tones underneath, showing a nice mix of fruit and resin. No malt to speak of in the nose, just super awesome pineapple, mango, and the evil weed.

Taste (3.5): This is almost all hops, heavy on the bittering: a vegetal-herbal bitterness (is that you, Centennial?) with shades of astringent citrus peel leads the charge, easily bowling over a low-powered malt body marked by lightly toasted barley with almost no sweetness behind it. Dry as can be. Just a little bit of alcohol burn—ha! Just kidding. There is some discernible hops flavor that separates itself from the bittering action, and it’s lemony—almost like a shot of lemon juice was thrown into this bottle. This has virtually no malt body and just a wad of bittering hops thrown in there, with that lemony character becoming more clear in the mid-palate.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Super, super dry. The body is definitely on the light end of the spectrum, and the carbonation feels subdued but it foams nicely and tingles sharply here and there before it goes down. The finish is ridiculously dry, owing to the utter lack of malt heft and the utter dominance of moderately astringent hops oils. But, for what they’re going for (a session IPA), I’d say they’ve hit that nail more or less on the head.

Overall (3.75): This is a good beer, and both legitimately IPA-ish and sessionable. Still, this is not what I would reach for if I wanted something ≤5% ABV—I’m not convinced that IPAs that light can scratch the same itch as an IPA. I don’t mind the light malt body, but a little more heft would help smooth over the astringency of vegetal-herbal hops bitterness. If you’re craving hops and want something sessionable, then this may be a good choice. Otherwise, I’d still prefer a very light saison or a well-made pilsner. (2,707 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a small foamy looking white head.

This beer smells very nice, citrus hops, lemons and grapefruit.

The taste is bitter, with a citrus flavour similar to the smell. The only thing is the flavour is too light and quite watery.

The mouthfeel is very light low to medium carbonation.

I like the idea of this beer but it doesn't hold up to most good ipa's a couple of percent abv stronger. The flavour is too weak and the body too light. Glad I tried it but doubt I will probably not purchase again. (522 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Golden with lots of clarity, no head or sticky lace

S - A huge bitter and citrusy hop kick into the nose. Impressive! Lots of hops of course

T - A huge hoppy kick up front. Bitter aftertaste. Not malt backbone, which is to be expected with a Session IPA. Very tasty for what it is...

M - Lightly carbonated, mild and slick mouthfeel

O - I prefer a more well rounded "normal", or higher gravity IPA. But Founders provides a great session IPA, for the hop head at the lake in the summer time. (498 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 2/11/2013 (just over 1 month old)

Pours out a clear golden color with maybe a bit of orange coming through. About one fingers worth of white head that was short lived. Spotty lacing.

A nice fresh hop aroma. Somewhat pungent. Ripe tropical fruits, fresh pine, and fresh citrus peel.

Some nice hop flavors, citrus and pine with some ripe tropical fruits, but it falls on its face on the back end with a thin almost watery feel. No real malt flavors noticeable. Finishes clean with a good hop bitterness. A bit of breadiness noticeable as it warms, perhaps more of a yeasty breadiness?

Light bodied, but quite refreshing and drinkable.

I enjoyed this beer, mostly due to its light drinkable ABV, but still some nice hop flavors. I could see myself buying this again. (832 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First, thats an awsome label and kind of says what this beer is all about.
Bought this at the Wegmens and looks to be very fresh even though the date escapes me.
Aroma was fantastic. Its fresh and aromatic with citrus and pine hops. plenty of sweet malts for balance.
Taste was a little thin and washed out but still plenty of taste to go around.
Hops where bold with a citrus bitterness. Like grapefruits. Very pleasent tasting.
Oh, the appearance was a clear amber with a thin white head that was somewhere between soapy and dense. Some lacing.
Drink quite bitter and had a clean aftertaste.
A very good sessionable brew with lots of flavor. (643 characters)

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

12oz bottle, thanks to dbol, into a Fantome tulip.

True golden colour with a nice white head of foam. Spots of lacing a good head retention, slowly receding.

Really strong grapefruit smell, enduring and clean and defined. Faint touch of pineapple there as well.

Tastes of grapefruit and citrus. Hard to believe it is just 4.7% ABV. Plenty packed into this.

Strong bitterness, particularly early on that backs off a bit towards the end of the bottle. Certainly would grab for another. Very drinkable, yet pretty damn hoppy and bitter. Medium carbonation.

Really nice package. Super sessionable, really difficult to comprehend the relatively low ABV at times, easy to think this was 6% just with how much is in this. Very enjoyable. (735 characters)

Photo of schwabej
2.72/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I really wanted to like this beer. When I first tried it, I thought "Oh, a nice clone of New Glarus Moon Man." But that's where the similarities stopped. It's like a beer spritzer. Weak, yet hoppy, and I felt myself not really wanting to drink it. It quickly went flat, and I'm only drinking more to try and catch a buzz. I wouldn't buy it again, and I'm wondering now if Founders has gotten too big for their britches. I think their quality is slipping, and a brewery I once thought could do no wrong, is proving me wrong. Don't bother. (537 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
2.99/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light orance with a finger of white head.

Smell is great with a citrusy tropical hit that really suprised me for the abv.

Taste.... And this is where it falls apart for me. A lot of bitterness, that frankly covers up most other flavors, a little citrus pokes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is watery, even for 4.7% I was expecting some sort of feel.

Well this is a beer that I just flat out do not understand... Why just bitter the hell out of a low ABV beer.

Plenty of hop forward Pales are avaliable at around the same ABV that have way more flavor and actually drink like beer.

I understand the marketing just do not understand how it is working. (670 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A clear gold color with a thin line of bubbles on top. Similar to a soda.

A fresh citrus and grapefruit hop aroma.

More grapefruit hops and a little peach. The malt in the background provides enough sweetness to counteract the heavy hop flavor. Nicely balanced and flavorful.

Well, it's a session beer so it is light with carbonation on the lower side of average.

Definitely an all day session IPA. The citrus quality refreshes without being to overwhelming. (462 characters)

Photo of JG-90
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle into glass

A - Clear light orange/yellow. Pours a medium head that recedes to a ring around the edge. Moderate/minimal lacing.

S - Not a huge nose, faint tropical hops and light malt

T - Overall taste is lacking as well. Starts with a little bread, then hops with lemon, pinneapple and grapefruit, finishes with a little funk and pine pricklyness. The funk, pine, and bread tastes linger on the palate. Overall a little bland, watery, and prickly

M - High carbonation and light/watery body

O - Not nearly as much character as I hoped for. There are plenty of other beers that I would rather drink all day (616 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 3/15/2013 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very poundable IPA worth drinking for a whole evening. (776 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours crystal clear yellow gold color with a nice 1 finger foamy off white head that was full of small bubbles, which faded kind of quickly, leaving good foamy lacing. More like a pale ale than an IPA in looks, and surprisingly basic looking for a Founders beer.

The hop aromas jump out and smell very fresh up front, with citrus hops, piney hops, grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, lemon zest, light caramel, faint toasted grains, biscuit, grassy herbs and mild spices; the smell has some floral hops as well and it’s a really nice, softy hoppy odor.

The flavor is just like the nose, but with a stronger malt presence; the taste is a combo of oily citrus hops, toasted grains, biscuit, piney hops/pine cone, grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, lemon, light caramel, grass, herbs and mild spices like pepper and tea leaf. After a few sips it seems like the hops wear off and graham cracker or a little brown sugar come out for just enough grainy/sweet balance to make this incredibly easy to drink. Not a strong punchy, traditional IPA, especially compared to some of the other Founders hop-bombs, but this got the job done as a remarkable session beer.

It is very refreshing, light and crisp, with tight, fizzy carbonation, a very light body and a slightly bitter aftertaste that was just as much grain as it was hop. Could be the lightest feeling IPA that I’ve ever had, and I could drink the whole 6 pack in a sitting with no problem.

Overall a great beer that was too easy to drink; named perfectly, this is a definite session beer, however the only drawback is that it is lighter than expected as far as the flavor so that is the trade off. Either way, I’m glad this beer is available in NY now. (1,716 characters)

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

Pours light amber with a aggressive head that quickly disappeared. Hoppy aroma with pine and fruit. The taste is Hops and citrus, grapefruit. Bitter. Just a hint of sweetness and malt. Light body and noticeable carbination. Its an easy drinking low abv ipa. A good afternoon have several beer. (293 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear yellow orange, nicely carbonated, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Citrus, floral and grassy hops all in a nice balance.

T-Starts with nice bready malt the citrus and floral notes. Some grapefruit. Ends with slight bitterness and good balance.

M-Medium bodied, some hop resins, nicely carbonated as well.

O-Nothing outstanding but a beer that you can have a few off without any side-effects yet nice on flavor. (431 characters)

Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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