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Founders All Day IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,710 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,710
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 136
Gots: 616 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly Endurance - All Day IPA.

(Beer added by: Avagadro on 06-05-2010)
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Photo of StoutHunter
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

I picked up a bottle of Founders All Day IPA last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I have been waiting for this beer since Founders had people vote on the label, I like that more brewery's are offering hoppy session beers so let's see how Founders version is. Bottled on 1/14/2012. Poured from a short 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty good and it has a nice summer time camping look to it. It poured a very clear golden amber color with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This beer looks nice and it's the clearest IPA I have ever had.

S- The aroma of this beer is dominated by citrus hops, it's the first thing that I notice and they impart some really nice pineapple, mango, and blood orange aromas. I pick up a light amount of bready pale malts in the middle and a slight herbal and floral hop aroma. The aroma is all about the hops and the hop mixture is nice and citrusy, just the way I like it, great aroma.

T- The taste is pretty simple and straightforward. The hops are the first to show up and they impart a floral, earthy, and piney flavors along with a toned down citrus hop flavor that was similar to the aroma only much lighter. The malts stick out more then they did in the aroma and impart a grainy, bready, and slight caramel flavor. The finish has a light amount of medium bitterness with a slight malt and earthy/citrus hop flavor in the aftertaste. This beer tasted good, they managed to get a good amount of flavor in this beer and it wasn't overly bitter.

M- Smooth, crisp, refreshing, on the medium side of being light bodied and it had a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, it fits this beer nicely.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty good beer and a damn good sessionable American IPA. This beer was light on the mouthfeel but full of flavor. It had very good drinkability that makes this beer live up to it's name, I could session this beer without getting bored with it and drinking it all day wouldn't be out of the question, it's smooth, not filling, full flavored and low in alcohol, everything you would want in a session IPA. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma it was really good and full of citrus hops. There wasn't anything that I didn't like about this beer but I think if a six pack was a dollar or two cheaper this beer would be in the fridge at all times. I will for sure be buying this beer again, I can see drinking a lot of this in the summer, especially on the disc golf course. I highly recommend giving this beer a shot if session IPA's are your thing, you shouldn't be disappointed. As usual with Founders this is another good and well made beer that is everything it is suppose to be and nothing it's not. It's nice to know that the brewery that gives me the big stouts that I love can also supply me with a great sessionable IPA that I can for sure see being a summer time barbecue staple. Before I had this beer The Wanderer from North Peak was my favorite session IPA, but now this beer is because it is better tasting. has a better aroma, and it isn't as bitter. Great job Founders I can see drinking a lot of this beer in the future.

StoutHunter, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Bung
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Tap at Macs Steel Creek. Slightly orangey gold pour. Layer of white.

Aroma, nicely piney. Very faint citrus.

Taste, piney again. Much more citrus though, lemon zest. A faint bread/malt body peaks through. Bitter lingers a little, but nicely.

Pretty light bodied, but drinks damn near like water. Probably a bit thin, but for a session ale, all right. Better than session ale from Full sail by a long shot. For obvious reasons, pretty tame though.

Bung, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.63/5  rDev -6%

Light golden in color. Clear. Forms a small white head that quickly reduces to not much more than a ring around the edge. Some light lacing. Aroma is pretty good: lots of tropical hops and juicy citrus with just a bit of pale malts. Unfortunately the taste isn't nearly as good as the aroma. The malts are rather low and while the hops are certainly present, they almost seem out of place. It's not that the beer is lacking balance, it's just the the hops just don't taste as great as they smell. Body is thin with a bit of a spicy feel in the mouth. Mild-to-moderate bitterness. Overall, something just seems off with this beer. I love hops and this beer has plenty of them, but the lack of an appreciable malt backbone does nothing for them. Sure, it's easier to drink than most IPAs, but I really just wouldn't want to.

Florida9, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of smb4087
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

smb4087, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

TasteTester, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of SkinnyVonSkinner
2/5  rDev -48.2%

SkinnyVonSkinner, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Kgristoff
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Kgristoff, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Looks like an IPA lite very clear yellow amber brown with a 1/4 inch of head. Sticky too.

S - Smells of fruity hops mostly citrus and mango with a good bready malt balance.

T - Well it's good and I got to give it to em it's very drinkable. IBU's being around 40 it never gets too bitter or cloying. As advertised.

M - Light to medium not sure it's session ability since I only had one.

Overall another great beer by Founders this one would be worth the 10 bucks a sixer if it ever went outside it's Michigan borders.

DrDemento456, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Beezee, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

This is very much like the recent 21st Amendment Bitter American. Comparing the two, the Bitter American wins hands down, but this is a very nice beer worth your consideration.

It is great looking in the glass. It smells nice too. Tasteis a little metalic as is the aftertaste. I am not going to rush out and buy this for my guests (but I will get some Bitter American).

schoolboy, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Picked up a couple of these from a local store.

Appearance – Pours a darker orange color, reminiscent of Hopslam. About two fingers of nice white head is achieved that dissipates slowly leaving some nice looking lacing.

Smell – Lots of citrus fruits such as pineapple and hints of mango. Slight malty/bready backbone, herbal and floral hops, lemon zest.

Taste – Pine resin, floral/earthy hops, a more subdued citrus flavor than the nose led. I can still pick out lemon zest, grapefruit, and a bit of pineapple. A more so prominent malty and caramel backbone finishes the sip up.

Mouthfeel – Medium to thin bodied, plenty of carbonation, finishes light and dry.

Overall – For a lower ABV IPA, there is quite a bit of flavor to it. That said, the body is a bit too thin and the flavor just is off somehow that I can’t put my finger on yet. Perhaps just a bit of a metallic aftertaste.

SpdKilz, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of bound4er
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

A. Light copper to dark straw appearance with a white head of about 2 fingers that breaks moderately fast to a covering skim.

S. Piney - resinous - herbal type hops with some biscuit malt poking through. Pretty nice.

T. Somewhat simple but offers enough flavor to keep things interesting. Light hop citrus and pine bitterness followed with bready malt that runs into a clean, nicely bitter finish. Invites you back quickly for another sip.

M. Lighter bodied with good carbonation. This stuff is made to slide down quickly.

O. A great summer beer that won't fatigue the palate or knock you on your ass if you have more than 4+ in a session. My only beef, which has been expressed by others, is that this beer strains hard to be considered an IPA. I guess it really doesn't matter, it's a nice effort from Founders nonetheless.

bound4er, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Treebs
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12 oz. bottle served in a FFF 15th Anniversary pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a one finger pure white head forming on the pour. The head recedes to thick, bubble collar. Splotchy stick of lace are present down the glass.

S: Light notes of citrus and resin with a mild malt background.

T: Pale and bready malts with a touch of fruity grapefruit, orange and mild resin bitterness. The is a solid caramel malt sweetness on the finish, but the flavors are somewhat muted.

M: Well they hit the session part. Not to sweet or bitter, medium carbonation with a light than usual body for an IPA.

O: A very sessionable IPA. The flavors are muted, but they are well balanced. That being said, beers like Pliney and Ephraim are more sessionable and have the flavor profile to boot. The fact that it comes in 6-packs is its major perk.

Treebs, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Atyoungberg
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Atyoungberg, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Trancelogix
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Trancelogix, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Auracom
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

I completely forgot this beer had even been made until six packs popped up here in Oak Park a few weeks back. Single 12 oz. purchase from Marion Street and poured on Friday, February 10th, 2012 into a Cantillon flute.

A - Clear, medium orange coloring. One finger head dissipated almost immediately down to white bubbles. A bit surprised at the lack of retention.

S - Lightly tropical. Astringent fruit skins, very little malt backing.

T - Effervescent and lightly sweet in the front end. Thick, pulpy orange juice. Moderate hop bitterness near the back.

M - Light body, low-medium carbonation, medium-length dry finish.

D - It's a 4.7% Founders brew, how in the hell could this not be drinkable?! The taste is narrow and not terribly complex, but overall it's a well-done beer that has an exact point and purpose.

Auracom, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of CarolinaKevin
4/5  rDev +3.6%

CarolinaKevin, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Kbogac
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured into a tulip. Sort of a nice light orange amber with a white foam. Dissipates very quickly to a small ring with a little lacing. The smell is a wonderful hoppy citrus with a bit of spruce. Taste is light, clean and fresh citrusy hops with a mildly bitter finish. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall great session IPA. I could easily see myself going through quite a few of these. 

Kbogac, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +3.6%

A: pours a pale golden, nice and clear, minimal head...reduces to razor thin collar, no lacing

S: nose is hoppy, leans towards the citric side of things, notes of lemon, tangerine, peach, and orange peel, some sourdough bread in the background

T: tastes features a bright flash of fruity hop character up front, bitterness is restrained, malt profile is minimal, a slightly bitter finish

MF: light body, high carbonation

O: this is very refreshing and certainly fits the bill as an "all day IPA", not going to go down the road of controversy that is associated with calling this a session ale, but the bottom line is that it is light, flavorful, easy drinking, and refreshing

homebrew311, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Jparkanzky
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Jparkanzky, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of cates1tg
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

cates1tg, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of minterro
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

Single from Spartan Spirits about 2.50 a bottle.

Poured into a pint glass. I have to say going into this one I kinda I kind of have a negative attitude. All day IPA? I thought founder’s goal was to make bold beers... not 4.8% American IPA’s Sessional.

A & S: pours about a finger to a finger and a half of fizzy off white head. The beer is a hazy pale orange color. Clumps of lacing. Faint citrus and grassyness in the scent that increases as it warms.

T & M: Pretty much the scent only less bold. The finish is pretty damn bitter and dry. Crisp and refreshing but not very flavorful. Light bodied high carbonation.

O: Pretty much lived up to my expectations. There are better American IPA out there no reason to settle for a sessional, especially for the price.

minterro, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

imperialking, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of brealbg
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

brealbg, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of projectflam86
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

12oz bottled on 02/02/12. Not quite two weeks old. Alcohol on the label reads 4.7%

A- Pours a clear gold color with a thick white foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Citrus hops and tropical fruit aroma is exploding out of this beer. Dank, pine, grapefruit, mango, and so much more. Rivals some of the best DIPA noses out there.

T- A gentle bitterness upfront with flavors of orange, lemon, and grapefruit all present. Some light toasted malt in the finish helps to balance a touch. No hint of alcohol to speak of, with just a bit of lingering bitterness.

M- Light bodied with good carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O- Easily one of the best sub 5% hoppy beers that I've had. I could see picking this up quite often over the summer.

projectflam86, Feb 15, 2012
Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,710 ratings.