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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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87
very good

776 Reviews
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Reviews: 776
Hads: 6,051
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 217
Gots: 1,561 | 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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Reviews: 776 | Hads: 6,051
Photo of caskstrength
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Light looking beer, good carbonation. 2 week old bottle.

Smells are typical Founders IPA (Harvest, Double Trouble) turned down a few notches. Still smells nice for those who like hops.

Tastes like a watered down hoppy beer from Founders. I like hoppy beer from Founders, so that's fine, but it grows old as the glass empties. And you better get this no older than a few weeks, when the dry hopping fades this beer will be no fun.

A hint of resin, dry and light on the feel.

If you can get it ultra fresh, a decent option. I know Day Tripper is 0.7% higher, but damn, a lot more flavor and feel on that beer.

I like the concept, but I think they sacrificed too much here. (680 characters)

Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fast fading low head with only little lacing. Looks to be a dark pils, clear, deeper orange but still on the light side for an IPA. Smells of intricate citrus, pine, pitch, balsam, and something I can't identify. Taste is grapefruit up front, the lightest rind nearest the pulp. Really terrific, high carbonation, fast, and cool, bitter notes are medium high, but somewhat muted, with inviting sustain. Mouth-feel is fast, refreshing, but the hop echo is of moderately long notes, with bitterness fading near the end. I really think this is a terrific IPA, and I've had lots of this since my first sip in April. Of all the craft beers I love, and I've loved lots, this one maybe really is my 'go to' session ale. A repeater, for sure. Does different things than some of my favorite ales out there...standing somewhat alone in my experience... A good follow up after a higher % (D)IPA. (892 characters)

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

A - poured a golden straw color withy thin large bubble filled one finger head, subsided quickly. Aparent ample carbonation.

S - aroma is just hops. Delicious beautiful grapefruit and floral hops. Slight cereal malt character in the background if anything but the hops reign supreme.

T - taste is on par with what I would call a session ipa with only 4.7% abv. Watery in nature, with an ever so slight malt character in the back end with citrus and floral hops dominating the front, with a nice bitter finish. I really had to take large quaffs of this beer to really appreciate what it is. Trying to slowly sip this and disect the taste will leave you with the wrong impression. The light and floral flavor is inviting and this is a great refreshing session ale that fits the name.

M - there is a nice bitter bite at the end that is aided by the carbonation, making this nice and crisp, I just want to chug this. Seriously, very drinkable when you just want to drink beer, a lot of beer.

O - impressed with what it is, this would be my go to if I want to drink a whole six pack of something with great hop aroma and light flavor that completely refreshes you. So rating this on style only, I would say this is great. Overall as a beer in general, I would only reach for this in the above mentioned situation and probably wouldn't buy this just to enjoy one. I found the taste very similar to MBC lunch, since this actually IS available in six packs I'll probably get it again. (1,483 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a slightly hazy light orange. Minimal head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - dank pine/onion, light citrus and soft caramel malt.

T - light citrus, soft caramel malt with a touch of sweetness.

M - light body. Low-medium bitterness.

O - enjoyed it as a light, citrusy pale ale. Not quite bitter enough to be called an IPA, but whatever. Easy drinking and tasty. (366 characters)

Photo of y2jrock60
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark yellow/light orange with a thin head that doesn't lace.

S- Tropical fruit, Citrus, Pine, Funk, and fresh apple aromas. It smells clean and refreshing.

T- Slightly sweet upfront with a burst of tropical fruit. Citrus and pine make an appearance in the middle followed by a mellow bitter finish.

M- Medium-light bodied with low carbonation. It is also slick on the tongue.

O- A very tastey and refreshing beer. It's the perfect beer when you're craving flavor but not an abundance of bitterness or alcohol. (516 characters)

Photo of buzzarooski
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Clear Golden Color, Minimal 1/4 head that Dissipates Quickly, Moderate Lacing that remains Through-Out the Pint.

SMELL: Mild Scents of Citrus, Malt, and Hops, Hint of Lemon and Grapefruit, Nothing Over-Powering

TASTE: Smooth, Faint Malt & Lemon Citrus Flavor, Minimal Hoppiness and Bitterness,

FEEL: Refreshing, Good Amount of Carbonation, Faint Dryness on the Swallow

OVERALL: NOTHING about this IPA jumps out at you...EVERY Part of the Experience is "OK" but never GREAT......Would make for a Good "Session Ale" if you were planning on having 4 or 5. but If you are looking for a SPECIAL beer or a "UNIQUE Drinking Experience"...this would NOT be it. (663 characters)

Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear pale orange colour with a decent size head. Head is not particularly dense. Tiny bit of yeast left in the bottle.
S: Boat loads of passionfruit. Bit of grapefruit and apricot.
T: Nice hop flavour. A bit of passionfruit and citrus but are very subdued, maybe by it's watery mouthfeel.
M: Very thin and watery.
O: A bit disappointing. Nice hop character but the lack of any malt backbone make it too thin and watery, even for a session beer. (465 characters)

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. (272 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Never poured it out of the can. Smells super piney. Tastes just the same. Just a touch of bitter. So easy to drink. Exactly what it says it is. I could drink these all day at the beach. I might even be able to talk some of my cheap beer drinking friends to try this. Wow an IPA that is not over the top and is ok with itself. (325 characters)

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! (1,378 characters)

Photo of 33nickadams
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A half-finger of fluffy white head on top of a transparent honey-colored beer. Great looking. Has a powerful citrus and piney hop smell accented with some grassy notes. The taste has the hop character but not much balance it. Almost a light pilsner-like background to it. Nice, light and smooth mouthfeel and lightly carbonated. Overall, this would be great in the summertime at the river. It's got great hop character but not really much malt backing to balance it out for me.

4/30/12 edit-this beer is really growing on me. It's a great session beer. I bumped the taste up to a 4 and the overall up to a 4, as compared to my first review. (641 characters)

Photo of yarnbomb
4/5  rDev +3.1%

When fresh and out of a can, this beer is addictive. The can is empty before I know it. I truly love it when it's on point. The problem is that you never know if it will be great or mediocre til you buy it. (206 characters)

Photo of SSS
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

A-clear golden yellow with a white head that quickly disappears
S-nice tart hop aroma
M-carbonation bites a bit, the light feel accentuates the hops
T-subtle bitterness, very light grapefruit with a sweet lingering
O-a drinkable IPA, lacking a punch (250 characters)

Photo of Adrianized
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/2/12, reviewed 3/14/12

Pours a transparent light orange-amber with a thin white head. 3.5

Nose is a light and refreshing mix of citrus and grassy hops. 4

Although this is marketed as a session ale, the flavor is disappointingly weak and watered down. Citrus hops followed by piney, grassy hops. Finishes dry and mildly bitter. 3.5

Very watery, light carbonation. Might benefit from a little more carbonation to bring forward the flavors. 3

A solid attempt for a session IPA, no doubt about that... But I'll take another 1.0 ABV to drink something more flavorful, if one less bottle. 3.5 (601 characters)

Photo of Kelly88
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Fries Cafe in Cincinnati. Served in your standard pint glass.

A- pale translucent yellow orange. Very nice bright white head that sticks around for awhile. Some soapy lacing clings as You sip.

S- very hoppy. Light grassy hops play nicely with some fruitier hops. Very appealing smell.

T- starts with light lemony grassy hops and precedes to get better by introducing the perfect balance of citrus hops and mild malts. I think this is a great taste. Perfect for the name.

M- very light and perfect carbonation. Founders nailed what they were going for.

Overall a great beer light refreshing and damn tasty. Surprisingly huge flavors for such a low ABV. Now I have to find a six pack (710 characters)

Photo of dougfur
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color, just a hint of haze, with a pretty weak head, but not a bad looking beer at all. Smell is a little yeasty, but mostly citus zest hops (mostly grapefruit). The smell's not in your face, but it's solid and awesome; way more than you'd expect from a "light" beer like this. Taste is a bit of malt, a bit of yeast and a nice citrusy hop flavor. If you're used to drinking big DIPA's, this is going to taste weak at first, but the right tastes are there and the hops are really enjoyable (probably one of the strongest grapefruit flavors I've had in a beer). Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but what do you expect given the %alcohol?
I think this beer should be evaluated in a different catergory from other IPA's. It's not meant to compete with them. The abv is 4.7% for Pete's sake! As a "fishing trip on the lake-session ale with some hop flavor, this is a great beer! (882 characters)

Photo of Netdigger2
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden with a white head. Very little lacing.

Smell is citrus, pineapple, light pine.

Flavor is slightly piney with some tropical fruit notes. Slightly breast.

Medium carb, lighter body.

A decent IPA, but there are definitely better options available in the Southeast like Westbrook IPA, Jai Alai, Stone IPA, etc... (331 characters)

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

Appearance: Very light copper in color with two fingers length of foam that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Faint citrus.

Taste: Citrus, like white grapefruit. Hop bitterness up front that pleasantly lingers on.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, that leaves slight, clean aftertaste.

Overall: A very refreshing beer that has enough flavor and bite to satisfy. As the label says, this is very "sessionable". (406 characters)

Photo of treywinkle
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 o.z. can into a Founders snifter.

Beautiful, honey color. Thin head scatters quickly, but some white bubbles linger.

Slight yeast aroma. Subtle citrus notes. Faint apricot. Strong malt character.

Delicate lemon and toasted spice (black pepper, faint pine), practical hop presence. Perfect gateway craft beer.

Flavor and mouthfeel linger. Citrus and sweetness in just the right spots.

Nothing aggressive about this beer, but it's truly spectacular. My favorite thing to recommend to new craft drinkers. (525 characters)

Photo of rmcnealy
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/26/2011 (damn, couldn't even give the employees the day after Christmas off.. lol)

Poured a very light honey amber that was totally translucent and appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a small tightly laced layer that fleeted to nothing more than a ring guarding the circumference of the glass. The smells are very fresh and inviting. Nice aroma of crisp citrus hop. The preciseness of the citrus is not totally evident but there are hints of grapefruit and mango. The dryer of the citrus. Malts are not prevelant. The taste is solid. Definitely lacks the bitter bite of a higher abv IPA. The hop is quite forward and the taste quick dissipates. The idea of a session beer is awesome. These have great taste and low ABV that make it great for activities. They aren't available year 'round in Chicago so unfortunately they won't be fresh by summer. Otherwise great concept!

Enjoy! (897 characters)

Photo of FogDishHead
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best session ales I've had. Very light but packs a solid grapefruit, lemon-piney bitterness. Pretty balanced tho and the low abv makes for some serious crushability. Perfect summer/springtime beer. (208 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a slightly burnished gold with a two-finger width white, bubbly head that quickly disperses into a thin froth on the surface, minimal lacing.

Aroma: Faint floral accents and hops mixed with a little fruitiness.

Taste: A bitter bite with fruity aftertaste, balanced fairly well so as not to overwhelm.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation on the tongue, fairly smooth, with a lingering bitter bite on the back end. Just a tad watery.

Overall: This is a very serviceable IPA that doesn't blow you out of the room, but lets the flavor linger throughout. A nicely balanced brew. (593 characters)

Photo of BeerTwigs
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle in a Duvel Glass. Bottled: 2/11/13

A - About half an inch of white head which quickly fades away. Light lacing. Light golden in color.

S - Nice hoppy nose. Floral and citrusy aroma which is very inviting.

T - Light bitterness, nothing compared to the nose. Piney and even throughout but very little malt balance

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Seems thin for a beer from Founders.

O - This beer is very average, below average compared with the Founders line up. I hate to say this but this more fits an IPA that the big boys would produce to enter the market. Its very light and you could definitely drink a lot of it. I wouldn't actively seek it out, but I would drink it in the warmer months. (729 characters)

Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden, hazy honey color with bubbles dancing up the side. Head is a puny finger in height.

S: Wow. Grassy citrus, sweet orange rind, faint honey, slight herbal tea. Packs a real punch to the shnoz, very typical of Founders beers.

T: Follows the nose. Tropical fruits, pineapple, grassy hops, slight malt sweetness.

M: Medium carbonation. My only complaint about the mouthfeel is that it's a bit watery, but I guess that's acceptable for a session IPA.

O: This is a fantastic session IPA, the best I've ever consumed. It's full of flavor and doesn't kick your ass, but the body could be a little bit more full to completely satisfy me. Definitely worth a shot. (711 characters)

Photo of drunkenmess
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a damn spunky beer for sure. Tickles your senses. Even tho I am partial to stouts and porters... I decided to venture out my comfort zone. Boy did it pay off. Pours a cloudy golden haze with minimal white head with light lacing. Smells of skunky pine, floral, and a bit of hops. Intoxicating. Taste is actually like it smells but very light bodied to what I was expecting. Not as bitter as you would think. Finishes very smooth. Well done guys well done. Yummm (475 characters)

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