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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: 6,265
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 223
Gots: 1,738 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Avagadro on 06-05-2010

Formerly Endurance - All Day IPA.
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Reviews: 807 | Hads: 6,265
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at teh Winking Lizard in Bedford. It was served under the name "Endurance", but I guess it is more typicall known as the All-Day IPA. It was served to me in a pint glass. Pours a cloudy sun yellow with minimal head.

Has a lemony malt smell, with mild hop bitters. Otherwise, the aroma is rather subdued.

Has a clean, crisp start, with a light hop lemony/orange/grapefruit citrus taste. The fruity floral start gives way to a grassy grain middle, with a decent herbal backbone, before finishing rather dry.

Very light, crisp and clean tasting.

I found this to be a very tasty session beer. Easy drinking, yet ful of flavor. Please bottle (or can) this and sell it 12-packs for the summer!

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Photo of Gtreid
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the pub on 7/9.

A: Light orangish yellow. A nice finger and a half of off white head appeared and left nice, sticky lace.

A: Surprisingly strong notes of citrus and pine. Great orange, pineapple, and pine sap notes, with hints of grain from the base malt.

T: Again the hops shine, but there is enough of a malt presence to give it some balance. Lots of flavor for such a light brew. Notes of citrus and pine, with absolutley no hint of the ABV.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Good levels of carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this brew. Great flavor, low ABV, and a beer that I could drink quite a few of. I would love to have this fresh on a hot summer day. Just what the doctor ordered. Skal.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light, amber color with a finger width foamy head. There is very little head retention and very little lacing. Has a fresh, grapefruit aroma. Slightly piney. Has a nice, hoppy, bitterness up front. Somewhat peppery. There is a grapefruit taste all the way through with a spicy bitterness at the end. Good sessionable IPA. I just wish it was a little less peppery. That won't stop me from drinking it, though.

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

when they were filling the growler I could smell this thing from over yon... damn...

clean golden brown hue, white head of a concave stance, nice lacing, pretty basic but effective (like a good judo chop)
nice pine bomb with citric notes, in some way it doesn't totally go off into pine psycho ville but it is strong, damn hoptastic smell, it is pretty same song but that aint wrong imo... scent wise this is really nice for a lower ABV, this would give run to some DIPAs

taste etc...
medium light body with a nice prickly carbonation bite, some lemony afterbits, hop flavor is solid but not overwhelming... at first sip you almost think this will get old quick... but it doesn't ! this has big hop flavor that sort of smacks you in the face... and then retreats so you say "thank you sir may I have another".. and so you shall

session able but tasty as balls ? (if you are into that sort of thing...)
damn tasty stuff, really enjoyable, almost too much flavor for the favor, well done

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Photo of Kadonny
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottle dating has this about one month old.

A: A medium golden color with some orange tints to it. Nice full glass lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and citrus, some bread and grass notes.

T: Lots of fruit up front with tropical and citrus notes. Mango, pineapple, some tangerine and fresh cut grass. Some slight bready sweetness sits there, but ever so slightly. This beer really has very little malt and very little body to it. Finish is crisp and clean with some bitterness but not overly so. I was getting a funky taste at the end that was a bit off putting, almost a metallic type taste.

M: Thin, crispy, lack of malt makes it very light.

O: A good session brew, but the lack of body and malt leaves it very one dimensional. For a session beer it's good, but for an IPA it lacks.

A solid beer but far from spectacular.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

L - Pours a deep, through transparent amber with a smaller head than what I was expecting. the head is gone in about 25-30 seconds and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S - Smells...Weak for an IPA. a tad bit of pine and grapefruit fused but not much else going on here.

T - Taste follows the smells though falls a bit thin. The low ABV is prevalent at this point in terms of underdevelopment

F - Sits flat though pleasantly. No new flavors develop.

O - It's fine if you want an easy drinker that somewhat reminds you of an IPA, but as a stand-alone IPA it was nothing I could personally recommend. " All Day IPA " for a reason.

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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 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.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/4/12

A - Light and transparent copper body with minimal white head.

S - A nice pungent citrusy profile, with hints of tropical fruit. Nice nose

T - Light and crisp with a touch of tropical fruits and a light citrus tang and bitterness. A very pleasant and palatable thing here.

M - light, thin, very smooth. the tiniest bit astringent and a touch drying

O - a really enjoyable beer with is probably very sessionable. $11 for a six-pack isn't really what I look for in a session beer, though...

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at Winking Lizard. This was their glass of the month selection.

Poured a clear, light golden. A thin, off-white head clung a bit. Smell was hops superlative; bubble-gum, pine, pineapple (very tropical-smelling). Taste echoed the smell very nicely, with grapefruit and fresh-cut grass coming to the forefront. The malt body is very mild on this beer - mostly it tastes like a dry-hopped, light pale ale. Mouthfeel is very nice, lots of carbonation, yet smooth. Once again, I tasted it as light on the malts, but seemed suitable for what the beer was. Reminded me in spirit to Stone's Levitation Ale, but the dry-hop was much more successful, imo. Super easy to drink, and a darn enjoyable beer that appealed to the hop-head side of me.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a light haze.

S: A strong citrus hop aroma with some pineapple, tropical fruit notes. There is a moderate amount of a herbaceous, grassiness from dry hopping and just a slight bit of malt sweetness.

T: This is a great hop delivery device, with strong citrus and tropical fruit flavored hops and a moderately-strong hops bitterness. The isn't much in the way of malt, just a light clean sweetness. The balance is bitter with a dry finish.

O: A great take in a lower abv IPA which highlights the hops even more than a maltier strong beer would.

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Photo of Smurf2055
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours darker blond with a finger of white head.

Smell is really hoppy, fresh cut grass.

Taste is grassy, a bit stale, a bit of mild fruit. It’s got taste, but not a good one.

Very light bodied.

Session IPA is not one of my favorite styles. This one is middle of the road in a sub-par style. I can drink it, but I wouldn’t pursue it.

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Photo of JohnQVD
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored, slightly cloudy, with a razor-thin head. Smell is floral, with some papaya and mango. Taste is light, with some citrus notes and an aspirin-like lingering bitterness. Feel is somewhat insubstantial with medium carbonation.

Overall, this isn't bad for a light summer session beer, but I think it could be more than it is.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. $9.99 sixpack. Bottled 1/4/12.

Appearance: Clear yellow gold, smallish white head with average retention and lacing.

Smell: Resinous pine and fresh greenery. Sweet and bitter citrus follows.

Taste: Very flavorful hops with a stiff bitterness. Slim malt bill falls short of balancing the bitterness. Fresh cut grass, pine needles, citrus pith. Tasty, but obviously a small beer that is overhopped.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of course, but not watery. The big load of hops adds some resiny mouthfeel in the end.

Overall: Compared to regular IPAs, this feels thin, small, and weak despite the hefty hoppiness. As a session beer for hopheads, its great stuff. Really love the hops aroma/flavor.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very clean looking IPA. Low amount of lacing but still present. Below average carbonation throughout. Overall looks like a very tasty session.

Smell: A light caramel and some floral hops. Comes off very bright on the front end. Sweetness dies off to a solid malty backbone.

Taste: A grainy hoppy presence on the front end. Some dry fruity hops run through the body. More of an overall body presence then I expected.

Mouthfeel: Too crispy for my taste. I understand it is a session but feels a little artifical.

Overall: Solid session but not something I would continue to come back for.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Light amber with hints of gold near the edges. Light carbonation drifting upwards. Slightly reflective and slightly opaque. Small head sits on top and dissipates quickly.

S - Pine and grapefruit make up the nose on this one.

T - Bitter piney and grapefruit hops hit you up front. They bring enough flavor to let you know this is a craft beer but they arent overly strong. I will say they bring a lot of flavor for an under 5% ABV beer. Ther is also a slight wheat crispness that hits in the middle of the beer. There is a light pine flavor that lingers in the finish

MF - Light body with light carbonation. Has a slight resin stickiness in the middle p. the finish leaves a nice resin coating that goes well with the piney finish

O - Overall, a great session beer from Founders that hits the mark. At under 5% ABV, you could drink a lot of these and you would not be missing out on any flavor of bigger beers

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Photo of minterro
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow orange with a small white head. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus floral hops and some grass notes. Taste is mostly citrus hops with a very tangy grapefruit note, some biscuit malt makes it way thru along with some fresh cut grass. Palate is a medium body, light crisp mouth feel with mild carbonation. This brew is seems to be a bit on the citus hops and tangy grapefruit side with some grass notes and a bit of biscuit malt. Overall its a still a good drinking session brew.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at a little warmer than fridge temperature.

L - Deep gold color with a 2 finger white, thick, bubbly head. Lots of carbonation bubbles, nice retention, a little bit of lacing happening.

S - Definitely some nice floral, citrus, grapefruit hops apparent. Can smell a bit of bready maltiness, but mostly hops. No alcohol apparent at all. Smells very nice.

T - A lot more balanced flavor than I was expecting following the nose. Definitely caramel-sweet, maybe honey, malt present with some spicy, flowery, citrusy hops following. Less hoppy and certainly less grapefruit taste than the nose suggested. Much of the bitterness at the finish is from the hops but there also seems to be something else (maybe toasty maltiness) contributing to the bitter finish as well. The only reason I say this is because it tastes more bitter than the hop profile suggests.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, pretty carbonated, a moderately dry finish. This also tends to be balanced as the bitterness stays around for a little while (not as much as some other IPAs) but there's also a tangy sweetness that lingers on the tongue.

O - The bottle says it all - "Session Ale." This is a nicely balanced, lower ABV IPA that seems perfect for an occasion when you want to knock back more than a few. Nice offering by Founders.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty golden amber/copper color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Yep, that’s an IPA! Tons of floral, grassy, piney, citrusy hops up front, followed by some bready, biscuity, toasted malt and a touch of caramel and brown sugar.

Taste: It’s an IPA! But a seriously, perfectly balanced IPA! I get lots of piney, floral, citrusy hops up front, immediately followed by tons of bready, biscutiy toasted malt and quite a bit of caramel-like sweetness. Quite delicious, actually.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and both smooth and effervescent at the same time. With an ABV of 4.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very well balanced, very tasty IPA. And that’s coming from a guy who doesn’t typically like IPAs. There are certainly some assertive hops in this beer, but it’s perfectly balanced with a huge malt backbone. I’ll certainly drink this again!

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

12oz Brown Bottle with pry-off cap bottled on 06/05/2014. Poured into a mason jar glass

Appearance: Pours a clear pale amber with 1 finger of head

Smell: Citrus hops; i can't detect much malt in the aroma

Taste: very hop forward with a lot of floral citrus notes little to no malt presence

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing

Overall: I am impressed with the aroma of this beer and it gives a clean finish. It is still noticeable that this isn't a full IPA to style but it still has a lot of flavor and aroma. This certainly is perfect for occasions that you want a light beer but still want a lot of flavor.

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Photo of Agold
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed All Day IPA on tap at the Map Room. Poured into a pint glass. It pours a bright yellow with about an inch of nice white head. The aroma was strong citrus hops, mostly grapefruit. It had a strong heavy enjoyable aroma for a beer of its size. The taste was very citrus hoppy as well. There is a little bit of resiney hops, but not much at all, leaving for a very drinkable and approachable delicious IPA. The mouthfeel was medium light with good carbonation. This is generally what I am looking for out of an IPA. Overall a very good beer. It is well brewed and outstanding, especially for such a low ABV brew. Good work founders on another hit.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a two-finger foamy white. The head dissapates quickly and leaves some soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is floral hops and citrus.

T - The flavor starts with a nice hit of piney hops that quickly into some nice citrus and bready malts.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp with a dry finish.

O - This is a great session IPA. Perfect for a drinking session or a warm day.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of bottle from the first release in the area. Pours more like a light beer than a typical IPA. Decent piny smell that doesn't match the lighter appearance.

Most important....taste...was expecting an extemely thin feel and taste from an IPA with a 4.7% Abv, but was pleasantly surprised that it had a decent upfront IPA piny taste but fades quickly. This light (for lack of a better word) IPA taste, doesn't seem to burn out the taste buds like many other IPA's so it can be a very effective transition beer when trying out different crafts.

Overall, truth be told I hold Founders in a high regard but I try to be objective. For a session, it would rank very high for taste and drinking experience in comparison to other sessions. But realistically overall this is a beer that would be a great to have multiple at a BBQ or summer party where you feel like you are drinking a flavorful craft, instead of having to choose from some lame light beer or a flavorless mass produced offering. I give All Day IPA extra points for being able achieve decent IPA flavor with a lower ABV.
Definitely will be a staple in my fridge this summer.

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Photo of dtivp
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale amber gold with a very thin white head which disappeared very quickly with little or no lacing.

Aroma of citrus, floral hops and hints of pine. Very refreshing to the nose.

Taste follows the nose with grapefruit, pine, hops and balanced with a slight sweetness of tropical fruits.

Mouth Feel was light body with moderate carbonation, very crisp leaving a very slight bitter after taste.

Overall this is a very nice refreshing IPA, to be enjoyed on a nice relaxing sunny, warm day.

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