Founders All Day IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders All Day IPAFounders All Day IPA

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very good

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Reviews: 758
Hads: 5,971
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 212
Gots: 1,509 | FT: 11
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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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Photo of reebtaerG
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft poured into a 16oz pint glass at Rustico

A-Clear golden color with one finger white head. Decent lacing.

S-Nice fruity and citrus aroma with pineapple.

T-Taste is medium bitter with pineapple and citrus. Light on hops.

M-Medium body and average carbonation. Nice and hoppy aftertaste.

O-Overall this is really great and tasty IPA very light and the name suits it well. (393 characters)

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

Pours out to a frothy white head that laces erratically but thickly. Color is a dirty deep golden. Aroma presents with a tangy, piney, spicy, herbal hop character and slight pale grains. Flavor is very much like any other IPA with strong hop flavors and very little malt character. Bitterness is appropriate to the gravity, although a bit skewed toward alpha acids. Mouthfeel is similar to domestic lagers, light, airy and crisp. Overall, this is a beer that defies its low gravity. Having been introduced to the style in Oklahoma brewpubs who had to improvise on the 4% abv limit they had to work within, I knew American IPA can be credibly done without the 6%+ abv. It takes getting used to (for me, again), but the upshot is that you get the same satisfying hop rush but you can drink this stuff all session long and still have your wits about you. (851 characters)

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

Poured out of a 12 oz can into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a mainly clear, slightly hazy medium golden color with a bit of a copper/amber hue. The fluffy white head is a good inch or so thick when first poured that eventually settles to a nice medium sized ring lining the surface of the beer and the inside of the glass. Not much foam on the surface otherwise or lacing though. Wish there was more of both. Aromas of some caramel grainy malt sweetness followed by citrus hops. the taste pretty much follows suit wit some grainy caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to a very nice citrus hop bitterness backbone on the back of the tongue. Very nice balance, but the citrus hop bitterness is the slightly stronger of the 2 flavors here. Has a crisp, frothy, slightly creamy, slightly prickly, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beer should be. For an easy drinking session IPA, as expected, Founders does pretty well here!

Eric (1,009 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 5/22/12

A: Pours a clear, golden yellow with 1 fingers width of off white colored head. Leaves very small patches of lacing.

S: Spicy hops, grapefruit, resinous pine, floral, sweet malts.

T: Pine and citrus zest. Pale malt backbone. Good degree of bitterness.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the higher side, drinkability is good.

O: Im not blown away by any means, but it's solid. And definitely flavorful for such a low ABV beer. Not something Id make a staple in my fridge but Id probably drink it again. (559 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 Slay40
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good looking IPA, it smells great and taste great, just enough bitterness and still very very session worthy. Looking forward to them canning this beer this year. Will make for a good summer having some all day IPA in the cooler. Or on draft. (252 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good clarity and a fairly minimal head. Light golden color with good carbonation. Pine like hop aroma with some biscuity malt following. Lots of flavor from the pine like hops. Hard to believe it is only 4.7%! Very smooth mouthfeel. Very well done. (255 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a wellington glass.

Appearance: Transparent gold, heavy bubbles on the body with a somewhat weak head. Maybe it's 1/8" (if that) off the body.

Smell: This brew smells ridiculously of fresh hops easily the best property of the beer. Strong floral and citrus.

Taste: Like the scent but little light in strength. I didn't know the able level till I started reviewing it. This is easily the lightest IPA I have had but the flavor is still bold.

Mouth: Medium with very light stickiness, has that grapefruit skin after taste whivh is just right.

Overall: At first it is very bland, but it is one of those that builds up sip after sip. It is definitely not on the level of some other IPAs I have had but I would definitely call this an easier intro for the style of beer. One more thing because of the wet hop feel, it feels like a thirst quencher. This might just be your warm weather IPA. Salud! (911 characters)

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. (927 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Endurance ale is served up a perty medium golden amber. As is often the case at the taproom, they gave me little head with the pour, but the small gatherings of foam I see are white and the beer does leave some traces of lace on the sides of the glass.

This brew has an enjoyable hop aroma with a bit of toasty malt and some caramel to accent it. The hop aromas consist of tropical fruit and dank pine mixed with a floral bouquet and a bit of lemongrass. The nose is understated perhaps, but also very nice.

The flavor is super tasty with the hops leading the way. I am picking up a bit more pine in the flavor, but that nice soft floral character from the aroma is still a major player. Endurance has plenty of bitterness, but is just shy of having too much. The malt seems quite a bit more subdued in the flavor, except for a bit of toastyness.

The body is fairly thin and the mouthfeel almost watery. This would be a bad thing if not for the fact that this is obviously made to be sessionable. It finishes pretty effortlessly, leaving some hop bitterness on the tongue.

I think the best way to describe the drinkability would be with an anecdote. My good friend and fellow BA TCGoalie lives in GR and frequents the tap room with his wife. They have a favorite server, who once described this beer as "crushable" while making a beer guzzling gesture. That is exactly what this beer is. A hop lover like me could crush these like a frat boy would BMC, and enjoy every minute of it. I am a sucker for hoppy pale ales, and this one was right up my alley. (1,559 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a crisp golden yellow with light to medium carbonation and a pale head of foam.

Wow, I was expecting a nose full of hop resins, but was pleasantly greeted by notes of crackers, caramel, and a faint hint of hops somewhere in this.

Okay, now the hops are making themselves a little more obvious, but the bready malt backbone is quite firm and not letting the hops go crazy, which isn't a bad thing.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, crisp, but the malt profile gives this a smoother feel than most "sessionable" IPAs.

Overall, 'tis a good brew, but I've got a feeling this should've been marketed as an APA. (608 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Company snifter.

Pours a true copper color, hues of orange and gold, fairly clear texture with a slight chill haze. A thin, fizzy white head surfaces for a brief moment before receding into nothingness leaving no film and no lacing. The aroma is pleasant, light citrusy and floral hops, a bit of fruit brings out the sweetness from the grain that is soft and subtle. I can't say there is too much going on here, but it's certainly enough to keep my interest. The flavors are right in line with the nose, light tropical fruit, citrus fruit with floral undertones lead the way with some earthier pine and pale cereal grain at the finish. The body is nice, carbonation is a bit higher but still moderate, with a lightly dry finish.

Verdict: A really enjoyable session IPA from Founders. The flavors do skew to the lighter side and aren't as impactful as a higher gravity IPA but the refreshing nature of this beer makes it a winner. (975 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled May 5, 2012. Served at around 40F.

Pours lightly hazy yellow/gold with a one finger white head that recedes quickly to a small ring and wispy cap and leaves just a few spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is lemon and grapefruit citrus, floral, grassy hops, a touch of pineapple. some cracker-like malt. Good strength.

Flavor features lemony citrus, some grapefruit, floral and grassy, a little fruity, a bit of light malt, good bitterness on the finish. Minimal alcohol, finishes dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, a little oily and sticky, moderate carbonation.

Big thanks to one of my customers for bringing this by since we don’t get this one in Georgia. Does exactly what Founders set out to do...a nice sessionable IPA. Nothing crazy or extreme, just delivers a hop fix without too heavy of a body or too much alcohol. Great lawnmower beer with serious flavor. (893 characters)

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. (730 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber with a short lived head. Aroma is rich and sweet, with strong fruit and pine notes. The taste is a wonderful mix of hop bitterness (pine, citrus) and the tropical fruit, citrus, and pine. Little carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. A great big flavor IPA with a session-able ABV. (300 characters)

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

Tasted On: 10-03-2013
Freshness: Bottled on 07-25-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Received from a friend

Appearance has a semi-clear, golden colored beer with a white head. The head is a good size and leaves a good lace on the glass, albeit with low retention.

The smells are primarily of hops, with bold notes of grapefruits and other citrus.

The taste is what I'd expect based on the aromas, with a notable bitterness of hops with tropical fruit flavors. Not much in the way of malt character.

Mouthfeel has a light to moderate body. The high carbonation gives it a crisp feel, with a bitter and dry finish. I enjoyed this one more as it warmed up a bit.

Overall a good IPA, but it did seem one-dimensional.

Thanks for the beer, Craig! (794 characters)

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

12oz bottle into a Captain Lawrence tulip. Bottled 2 weeks ago.

Appearance: Fluffy 2 inch white head, slow dissipation. Not much lacing, but a nice glowing orange.

Smell: Piny and herbal with just a bit of citrus. Aroma burst when first poured is very impressive, but it gets toned down a bit quickly. Very nice overall.

Taste: Nice Simcoe-y weed flavor up front along with some bitter pine. Citrus only a highlight. No malt backbone, which is a flaw for me. I like the crisp, refreshing cleanliness of the flavor, but come on Founders: you guys make world class malt profiles in pale ales, give me some of that here.

Satisfying beer regardless. Delivers enough hop punch, though I suppose even that could be turned up. It gets about 80% of the way there to "All the flavor of an American IPA with less alcohol," both in terms of flavor and in terms of low alcohol. Whether the conceit of the beer succeeds or not, though, this is good hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, light-bodied. Spot on carbonation. It's maybe too light, but very nicely dry (the problem with the lightness is that you feel like there's a flavor punch coming, and you're left thinking, "where did it go?" Needs a bit more body to fight that in my opinion).

Overall: Good beer. Not outstanding by any means, but really nice, clean hop flavor in a perfect-for-hot-weather package. For the flavor, I'd like it to be even lower alcohol, but not every beer needs to be perfect.

I guess the syntax of most of my sentences in this review tells most of the story: I like the beer, but--you can't get far with praising (or criticizing) this beer without saying 'but'. Let me just say that I don't regret picking up an entire 6 pack and leave it at that. (1,727 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3/10/13
Founders All Day IPA
12oz, bottled 2/11/13

Extremely clear orangey gold, slightest bit of chill-haze. Modest white head, nice lacing and average retention. (4)

Aroma is hoppy and clean. Restrained dry-hopped notes of pungent hop oils, a slight floral character and a touch of tropical fruit. (4)

Bitter and quenching. Plenty of hop flavor, though not as pleasant as the aroma. More of a dank, pungent and slightly spicy hop flavor that works against the delicate malt and overall lightness of this beer. Biscuity, cracker-like malts, very dry finish. Clean and bitter on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very light with spritzy carbonation. (3.5, 3)

A nice and drinkable Pale with plenty of bitterness. Reminds me a lot of Victory Summer Love, though not quite as delicious and balanced. (3.5) (801 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that left nice lacing throughout. the body was a bright amber color.
s - strong grapefruit aroma with some pine resin too.
t - piney hops dominate. not much malt profile which was expected.
m - crisp and thin but suits this beer.
o - great beer when you want a hoppy fix but don't want the ABV. (354 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; very nice lacing;

S: really nice; strong; pine with some tropical fruit;

T: as with most session IPAs, the flavor doesn't stand up to the aroma; a little earthy, a little pine, a little tropical fruit - just not enough of anything; no noticeable malt character; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: for a session IPA, this is as good as I've had; (500 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy copper/amber colour.

Sweet, slightly floral nose with bits of honey. The hops are prevalent, but not very strong.

Lots of floral/citrus hops taste, but not too intense of bitter. Leaves the mouth a little dry from the bitterness (like grapefruit rinds). Slightly malty and mid-bodied. Very easy drinking (especially on a sunny day).

Would I buy it again? Yes. (377 characters)

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

All Day IPA

Enjoyed on the train with good company, while a Megadeth show.

Pours an orangish amber color that is clear as day. A couple fingers of white head sits for a while some webby lace clings.

The nose has a considerable amount of pineapple and citrus fruits coming from the hops. A light biscuity malt note is also picked up.

This beer might be low in alcohol but not in flavor! Fresh, zesty hops including pineapple and mango. A nice light bitterness on the backend.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall, great, flavorful session ale that brings nice hop characteristics to the table. (623 characters)

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A) This is clear looking light amber, with a good amount of bubbles. A rather aggressive pour still yielded a rather small foamy head, that had minimal retention. No lacing noted.

S) Not a powerful aroma but a pleasing one. Faint citrus and lighter still pine surrounded by pleasing grains.

T) Very nice balance. Grapefruit, light pine and a little grass, blend together with a hint of sweetness and grain that bring it all together.

M) Rather light and well carbonated. Crisp, refreshing and smooth all wrapped up together. Finish and aftertaste are pleasant and clean. What an easy drinker this is....

O) While this is far from the beer nirvana that some of Founders other offerings provide a craft drinker. It is clearly as advertised, one heck of a session ale. I could drink these on the patio all summer. Gladly recommended. (887 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, bright yellow/orange with a small white head and spotty lacing.

Juicy citrus, orange, hints of lemon and mint, light and hop forward.

Less citrus than nose, lemon, seltzer, grass, some biscuit.

Exceptionally clean, light, some bitterness in the aftertaste.

This would be a pretty good pale ale but it doesn't hold up in the IPA category. All Day IPA does a good job of filling its niche as a light sessionable beer for outdoor activity. (453 characters)

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

Bottle: a stumpy 355mL brown bottle with a nice old-school label.

Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden amber with a decent off-white head that sits at one-finger. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: an intensely nose of orange citrus, pine and grass hops. There are some earthen characters in the background too, which is nice.

Taste: follows from the nose, and I am happy to report that unlike most IPAs that have a strong nose, this one also has an even more intense flavour of pine and citrus. Those earthen characters and some malts are around in the background again.

Aftertaste: hangs about for quite a time, with a touch of alcohol to boot. Plenty of hop bitterness. Nice.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with plenty of carbonation.

Overall: a particularly good example of the American IPA style. Plenty of hops up front with just enough presence from the malts and warming alcohol to round it out. At AU$75 a case of 24 x 355mL (2013) it is better value than plenty of less impressive options. (994 characters)

Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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