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Founders All Day IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders All Day IPAFounders All Day IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by Avagadro on 06-05-2010

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Photo of BethanyB
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look: A hazy, medium amber, like a dried magnolia leaf. Tons of bubbles, some flying upwards to slam into a fat, puffy white head, others swirling throughout the glass like lively fish in a tank.

Smell: A metallic tinge manages not to upset bright citrus aromas--fresh orange with a splash of lemon and a squeeze of lime. Malty underlayers are detected through a light scent of fresh grain.

Taste: The overall flavor profile is light enough to live up to the beer's sessionable reputation, yet complex enough to provide quality interest. Lightly toasted malt assuages the medium high bitterness created by an artfully balanced hop combination--earthy herbs and oranges (peels and all) meet the gold standard.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for a session IPA--medium light body, with lots of carbonation. The finish paints a stripe of dryness down each side of the tongue, but otherwise remains smooth.

Overall: It may be a session beer, but it's also unabashed about being an IPA: while not alarming, the fresh hops provide a good amount of bitterness. It's hardly an explosion of flavor, but it's not meant to be one. My one objective complaint would be the metallic character in the aroma. Subjectively, I would be happier with less earth and malt, i.e., a brighter taste, but I do believe the darker, more mellow flavor a provide a unique, appreciable roundness.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Founders imperial pint glass
Bottled on 08/21/12

A: A small white head forms on the pour and soon fades. Body is a clear golden-orange and moderate carbonation can be seen within.

S: I think this is where All Day IPA shines the most. It has a nice piney aroma accented by citrus rind and tart grapefruit notes. Pretty nice.

T: The flavor does not quite deliver what the nose promised. The flavor profile about matches what I smelled, but in a toned down way. Lots of tongue smacking is required to draw out those mellow hop flavors. I think this is partly because of the "All Day" aspect of this beer. With toned-down hop flavor, you can drink more of it quite easily. The low 42 IBUs also help with sessionability, but that is just not nearly enough bitterness for my tastes.

M: This beer has a nice body to it, with appropriate carbonation and feel. Finish feels solid also.

O: While not measuring up in the flavor department for someone that really loves hops, I think this could be an excellent starting point for someone trying to get into the style. I also think Founders accomplished their goal of creating a beer to fit in the emerging sub-style of session IPA. They nailed what they were going for, but it just wasn't enough to blow me away.

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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 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 hopphead31415
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been known to enjoy a variety or two of Founder’s Brewing Co. based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I hadn’t gotten around to reviewing this variety which is a session IPA weighing in at 4.7% ABV and 42 IBUs.

Look-It pours a light golden amber color with yellow gold hues in the light that are reminiscent of ancient
Aztec golden treasures. It pours a one finger head that settles to a thin film pretty quickly and leaves a mild lacing trail on its way down.

Smell-I smell hops first and little malts which was a pleasant and unique surprise. The hops are citrus and floral dominated, but in a very nice manner. The smell has clementine and tangerine citrus and clover and rose petal floral hops. At the end, I also get some noticeable pine aromas. Very nice!

Taste-The taste has the same citrus and floral hops, but with the addition of pine that was ambient in the aroma, but the pine rears its delicious head towards the end. It leaves a primarily pine-based astringent coating on the tongue which is pleasant and it lingers for a long time.

Mouthfeel-I could describe this as light-bodied considering only the malts and hops, but an extra kick from the carbonation fizz towards the end makes it feel more dynamic.

Overall-This is a stunningly complex beer. As a session IPA, I was expecting wimpy and muted flavors with almost imperceptible bitterness. Cheers!

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

3/7/15 (Bottle) - Nice golden pour with light minimal head. Citrus and malt aroma pleasant and strong. Lemon and malt flavor very good and fun to drink. Carbonation noticeable, beer went down with a slight kick which I liked. Overall very good offering by a strong brewer.

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Description: A bit of piney/hoppy aroma but other than that, not much going on. The taste is similarly bland with just a bit of bitterness; no real citrus, pine, floral, etc. Alcohol is non-existent as you might expect with a session IPA and the flavor quickly dissipates off the tongue.

Suggested food pairing: Hot dog

If you like this beer then you should also try: Two Hearted

Ideal time to drink this beer: On a hot summer day, maybe at a backyard BBQ or after you just finished mowing the lawn and need something light.

Overall: 3.5 (This beer is average and I would not likely drink it again) I usually don't drink session ales and this beer is a good example of why I don't: it almost seems like a macro in disguise. I know that Founders sells a ton of this and it's probably their best seller in terms of volume, so apparently some people like it. Of course, Bud Light is a pretty high volume beer too and it's awful. Session beers should be low ABV, but does that mean that they also need to be low taste and/or hoppiness? Founders is still one of if not the best brewery out there, but this one really misses the mark for me. When the best thing about a beer is its label, you can probably take a pass.

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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 MACrist
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For the style. Fairly aggressive pour, two fingers of head. A Hazy, quite yellow look. I was really impressed with the aroma of this beer. Lots of pine and citrus as with a lot of IPAs but this is a 'session' and still it really jumped right out of the glass. It just smelled rich and super fresh. The taste was perfect for a session IPA because you get a solid dose of hop flavor, slightly bitter, and then it's gone. The feel is refreshing and light. The malt was there just enough but the hops stand out by comparison. The calories are reasonable at 141, if that is a concern, and the lower ABV (4.7) would make this beer a good option if you want flavor but not a big buzz. Will definitely buy again.

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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 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 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 Chiefy770
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into an IPA glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: A modest white head forms above a golden amber body. The body is hazy but translucent. It looks very pleasant when held up to light.

Smell: Citrus drenched hops. Minor notes of bready grains.

Taste: The bitterness from the hops hits the tongue first. Pretty straightforward citrus notes... grapefruit in particular. Malts were there, just did not give off significant notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Medium-Light body.

Overall: All Day IPA is a pretty straightforward IPA. The hops are not as wild as other varieties but they pack a clean, fresh punch that makes this beer enjoyable to drink. I would say this is a textbook example of a "weekend 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 BrownAleBollocks
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a light golden orange. Nose is grapefruit, citrus and grass. Taste follows, balanced but hop forward. Overall a solid everyday, sessionable ipa.

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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 vabeerguy
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a nonic glass. Pale yellow in color. Very pleasant floral smell. The hop bitterness was just about right for my taste. Overall a very good beer and one of my top choices for a session IPA.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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