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: 6,145
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 217
Gots: 1,642 | FT: 12
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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 TTAmod
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Cavanaugh's in Chicago, IL.

A: Slightly hazy medium-orange beer. Thick white head, although it dissipates quickly.

S: Smell is of your usual IPA....lots of tropical notes with a touch of grass and herbal in the background.

T: Like a lot of the session IPAs, the hop flavor is up-front and very strong. Lots of orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. There's a touch of metallic taste and bitterness on the back end. Very light cracker malt is overpowered by the strong hop profile.

M: As typical with this style, the body isn't very heavy at all. This beer goes down really quick...which I guess is the point of this type of IPA.

O: In my opinion, DayTime IPA is the better beer, although this is very good.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours reddish amber with a nice thick foam head.
S: smells hoppy, citrusy, sweet, yellow fruits and some spices.
T. Very fresh, citrusy and bitter but balanced.
F: Low body with low carbonation.
O: Very good IPA.

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

It just hit me that I never reviewed this one, so it's past due. Can dated less than a month ago, served in a New Belgium snifter. Pours straw gold and settles clear golden in the glass. Plenty or carbonation, and topped off with a 1 finger head of bubbly, white foam. Dissolved down into a dense lacing after a minute or two. Mild aroma consisting of dank pine/resin and grapefruit. Medium-light weight and fairly crisp on the mouthfeel. Light flavor, but notable pine up front on the taste. Grapefruit and other tropical fruit middleways, and finishes clean. Hops and pine left over on the aftertaste.

Overall, a simple yet pleasant session IPA. Better from the can, IMO. This is your basic session beer, with enough flavor to get you through mowing the lawn or changing that valve cover gasket. Think of it as a sessionable Centennial.

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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 Jacurdy60
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear-golden color with an almost non-existant head. No lacing.

S-Very floral and pleasant. Esters mix well with a profound hoppy presence and a twinge of alcohol, even though it is a session ale. Hops take an overwhelming presence at the back of the nose. Smells fantastic.

T-Kind of disappointing for a Founders brew. Weak body and very simple. Hops take the front of the palate, the middle, and the finish as well albeit with a little citrusy bitterness to it.

MF-Carbonated and crisp. Thin body with a dry finish.

O-Disappointed, but still not a bad beer necessarily. Very simple and a thin body, but it is sessionable. The fact that they had that in mind whilst brewing it makes it a little better. For the price, I'd buy SNPA any day over this.

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Photo of mechamifune
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice gold/orange hue with a slight white head. Minimal lacing. Clean/clear look to the body.

Smell is lots of citrus notes. Not an overpowering smell, but noticeable enough. Hop profile is there in the smell but I can't define it.

Taste is a pleasantly balanced one. Citrus fruits dominate upfront and it lingers into only the slightest of sweetness, finishing with but a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is average.... crisp enough for the style but in the end it starts feeling a bit watery.

I'm alwaya a fan of beers that have a lot of hop/citrus taste but not a lot of bitterness or extreme residual sweetness, so this fits the bill in that sense. But at the same time, compared to beers off the top of my head that I think are at least somewhat similar, like Daisy Cutter or Little Hump, I perfer those two to this. The biggest problem (and I didn't deduct for this) for me though is that if the point of this beer is to be "sessionable" (and, I would assume cost less to produce per batch) then why am I paying the same for this as I would for Red's Rye? Even making it just $1 or $2 less than their usual offerings would mean a lot IMO.

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Photo of mattkoon
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this ipa from founders is pretty drinkable but there are so many others out there that drop kick your taste buds into submission- why would you phone it in? this beer isnt bad. it pours a nice golden color. the smell makes a lot of promises- its piney and has a lot of citrus. the taste comes on strong at first and has a slight kick at the end but isnt nearly as strong as some other ipa's out there...this beer is called everyday ipa, so i guess the jokes on me, theyre telling you right out the gate that there is nothing that special about this. its not a bad beer..but with so many great ipa's out there, this seems kinda pointless.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Served cool from 355ml bottle with best by date 18/04/15 into straight pint glass.

A) Pours deep amber colour. Quite a lot of bubbles, thin white head. Haziness is a bit off putting.

S) Really good. Exotic fruit cocktail and hints of honey. A great-smelling beer!

T) Fruity hops with slightly bitter aftertaste. Malt kicks in some time after the gulp.

M) Nicely fizzy, lager-esque. No bad thing to me.

O) A great alternative to the stronger IPAs if you want to chug a few down, which is exactly what it is designed for I suppose. Recommended.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Super bold aroma for a session ale, only 4.7% ABV. Bold grapefuit citrus from American hops, a good dose of fresh pine needles. Moderate pale malt sweetness.

Appearance: Medium gold color, like apple juice. Just a touch of haze. Head pours small and is clean white. Low retention and low to medium lacing.

Taste: Impressed immediately. Bold sweet citrus, almost all grapefruit. Moderate pale malt sweetness. Mild grains.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body. Creamy. Finishes very dry. The mild carbonation is felt after the swallow.

Overall: I could drink a few of these... Nice low ABV for a change, but the flavor was not sacrificed. The malt flavor could have been a bit bolder, but it works well, I can't imagine a better tasting Session IPA given the ABV restriction.

Bottled 4/13/2012
Consumed 5/15/2012

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is honey gold with a white head and some lacing.

Nose is fresh, roasted hops, with some nuttiness and light caramel.

Taste is a great balance of sweet honey and nuttiness, with mild hops and some spice.

Mouthfeel is smooth and absurdly refreshing, with great carbonation.

Overall, could you imagine if all Sessions were this good?

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 15-pack of cans at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander (at a nice sale price of $14). The canning date suggests this one is a little over two months old. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a bright golden amber with about an inch of large-bubbled white head that dissipates very quickly to just a slight ring that leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Quite clear, with moderate visible carbonation.

S: Very nice hop profile in the nose--quite floral, with notes of pine, cut grass, citrus, and tropical fruit. Cracker malts assert themselves underneath. There's just the slightest hint of soap/air freshener to the bouquet.

T: Cracker and bready malts at the outset, with some of those floral hop notes coming through almost immediately. The grassy notes come through quite quickly, as does a bit of that tropical fruit--pineapple and a bit of mango. The malts continue to play a part through the middle, as well--pretty balanced flavor on this one. The back end brings a citrus rind bitter on top of the other flavors, and the bitter aftertaste lingers for just a little while.

F: Being a session IPA, this one is understandably lighter-bodied. It's crisp, tart, a bit creamy, and bitter in turns. While it does drink a bit watery, it has a nice level of carbonation.

O: While I'm not a huge fan of session IPAs, this one from Founders is really quite tasty. It seems to have a bit more body and depth of flavor than similar brews I've tried (including Oskar Blues' Pinner). I do enjoy how drinkable it is--really quite nice for a camping trip or a day out on the boat. I would definitely recommend this beer, especially for hot summer days.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is light amber, with a head that's initially quite thick, but fades quickly. The scent is all hops - grapefruit and orange - and absolutely intoxicating. I can't stop sniffing. The taste is certainly hoppy, but not as much as the scent might imply. Grapefruit tang is notable from start to finish. Mouthfeel is very thin. For a session ale, this is to be expected. It's a very light and drinkable. A great session IPA.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slow poured from a can to taste activation pint glass. Beautiful copper color with a ton of carbonation. Clean malty and floral taste without a lot of the bitterness that typically comes with an IPA

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance is a nice clear amber with a little haze and not much head. Nose is super floral and citrus--yum. Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Taste is a delightful hoppy bitter at first then a solid malt after taste as well. This has quickly become my current session ale of choice--it's just delightful!

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Photo of JimKal
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had been looking for to this one.

A: dark gold. Clear with a head that dissipates quickly

S: light citrus

T: reminded me more a light pale ale rather than an IPA

M: watery

O: OK but not a repeat for me. I much prefer 21st Amendment's Bitter American for a low ABV brew.

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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 JAFoley
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Clear and very pale yellow. Thin white head with large bubbles and little retention. Lacing is ok but a bit thin

S - Almost no aroma

T - Very light malt base with grassy bitter hops. Taste like mowing the lawn and hot summer days.

M - Thin and watery with crisp carbonation. Definitely sessionable

O - Of course this pales in comparison to many other IPAs or DIPAs but this is for a different time and place and I'd say it delivers on its purpose as being an all day IPA. There's just the right balance of flavor and wateriness that makes this very drinkable. I look forward to giving this a go at the next barbecue.

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Photo of clake
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated 7/27/15 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Pours a deep amber color with about a finger of head that quickly dissipates to a very tiny ring of head with little lacing.

Smell is of citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of breadiness from the malts.

Flavor is a bit disappointing. The malts seem to dominate up front. There is a hint of the citrus and tropical notes followed by bitterness.

Feel is a bit thin but it is nicely carbonated with a nice, dry finish.

It's a nice beer but not one of my first choices in the style.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A decent beer by Founders but I am a bit disappointed with this particular beer. I expected more from Founders as usually I am not disappointed by their beer. Appearance light in color is good but the taste is a little flat from what i expected the smell of hops in great but that is the extent of my feeling towards this beer.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Had this at an Italian restaurant with deep dish pizza. I was surprised to find that it was only 4.7% ABV. Too dark to judge color but excellent head retention with significant lacing. The smell was mildly citrus with a hint of pine while the flavor was mostly citrus with malt in the background. This really is a great session beer.

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Photo of jsulko
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a gold color with decent white head.

Smell is of a citrus IPA with a little pine. Not malty at all.

Taste is a bit of a letdown. Tastes like a solid IPA that had some extra water added to it.

Know what they were going for but it is just a miss for me. I would rather have less of bettter than this alternative.

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Photo of rogueleonardi
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured Vigoursly into a plain pint glass, awesome carbonation, tons of bubbles rising from the sides and bottom. Has a gorgeous golden blonde color, pretty clear, no sediment floating around. Leaves a nice inch and a half white head with some decent size bubbles. I love the label on this beer, it pretty much it explains the beer to a T. Old station wagon headed to the beach. a 4.7% ipa that tastes like its from Cali.

S - Has a strong west coast aroma, lots of citrus, pine, and floral hop characters with little to no malt aroma at all.

T - No way is this under 5% abv. The hop profile strongly resembles Double Trouble, only thing missing is the strong alcohol taste that double trouble leaves behind. This is much cleaner, and has no alcohol taste. It leaves a refreshing crisp taste. A lot of reviews I've read about this on here mentions a metallic taste but I didn't notice any from the bottle.

M - Wonderful! Very crisp, clean carbonation that is extremely refreshing. If there's a beer out there that makes your mouth water, its this. Obviously since it's only 4.7% there is no warm alcohol feel. A very light viscosity adds to the overall drinkablity of this beer.

O - The name of this beer describes it perfectly. This is exactly what i'm looking for in a session beer. Lots of flavor refreshing mouthfeel and low abv. I could drink a whole six of this while playing a round of golf or fishing with no problem. For your next poker night be sure to grab a six pack of this.

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Photo of ahq514
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into english pint glass.

Pours a clear gold color that you can read through. Great clarity. Thinnish, white head. Appears to have moderate carbonation.

Light aroma. Get mostly pine hops, with a dash of grapefruit citrus hops thrown in. Light, toasty caramel malt background.

The caramel malt comes through first, although fairly light. Vibrant pine and citrus comes through. Lightly bitter, but not overly so. A slightly acidic note comes through from the carbonation.

Fairly light in body for an ipa. Moderate carbonation as expected. Extremely drinkable.

This beer is exactly as advertised. If you want a low alcohol, flavorful session beer, this is what you've been looking for. Fairly well balanced. They did a nice job of making sure the bitterness of the hops didn't overshadow the malt. I probably could throw back a 6er of this in a night.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle to a cheater pint.

A: dark orange with a 1 finger head that dissipated into a 1 mm collar. Clear with minimal carbonation.

S: Bitter oranges, sewery pale euro hop. Children's chewable aspirin. Some light pale malt sprinkles through. yeast was for one purpose.

T: Follows nose, and is mildly interesting. Has that elevated Heineken thing going on, not a bad thing...just "that's the thing" going on. bitter orange and tangerine and a hint of modern hops like Mosaic.

M: medium fullness, kinda tart citrus. The aftereffect is pure strange bitter orange and baby aspirin. Very strange.

O: This is a fairly well regarded brew, and at 4.7 ABV you could certainly drink a ton of it. It is pretty good, but only a can and a summer day would warrant its use, IMO. Far better than BMC for that purpose.

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Photo of 1up
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a strong ale glass, lots of headspace.

A- Golden Honey Color, medium/1 finger head with a standard pour. Moderate lacing.
S- Reminds me of a slightly subdued Schlafly Tasmanian IPA, tropical fruit, citrus, slight pine.
T- Can't taste any alcohol (makes sense at 4.5%), bitterness lingers for a long time considering the gravity, above average for the style. Taste follows the smell.
M- Medium body, does not have a resin/oily feel that some IPAs do. A bit dry of a finish.
O- For an IPA that is sessionable, highly recommended.

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