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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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795 Reviews
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Reviews: 795
Hads: 6,156
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 219
Gots: 1,647 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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: 795 | Hads: 6,156
Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold with a huge head into my glass. Looks to be well-carbonated too with lots of bubbles and a touch of lacing.

Smells like fresh mowed grass with a light citrus kick. The malt has a buttery edge to it too. Very interesting. 4.7%? Must be flavorful.

Right on the money. Buttery malt mixed in with citrus and light pine notes. Chewy. Kind of like a regular pale ale in a sense.

Lingering butteriness and pine from the hops make up the mouthfeel here. Carbonation is surprisingly subdued and aids in a trouble-free swallow.

I think it could use more hops but otherwise, you'd be just as well off drinking an APA. I think Otter Creek and Lawsons Finest have better examples.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 12/26/2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is mostly hoppy, the brew smells like citrusy (tropical fruit, orange peel, mango) and pine hops, along with a little bit of bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but for whatever reason it just doesn't taste quite as good as the aroma would lead me to believe. The flavors seem a bit watered down. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick, is well carbonated and goes down easy enough. However, at $10.99 a 6-pack I wouldn't buy it again since I can get better IPA's at that same price or cheaper (for example, Columbus IPA or Brew Kettle White Rajah). With that being said, I do think it's worth trying.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Minty hop nose with fresh mown grass, some light grains. Brilliant gold with a slightly yellow tinted off-white foam cap. Fruity hops attack the palate joined by citrus and pale malt with a hint of sweetness finishing with a crisp bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $2

Appearance - Clear gold/amber colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, resin, apricots, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some apricots and grapefruit/lemon and a bit of resin.

Overall - I'd buy this by the truckload if it was available to me locally. It might just be the perfect beer for me, something I can drink a lot of based on the ABV and lots of hoppy scent/flavour. I'll buy more the next chance I get.

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Photo of claspada
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark golden yellow color with a large, fluffy, white head that recedes to leave some substantial lacing.

Aromas begin with pine as well as some citrus, grapefruit and lighter pineapple/tropical aspects. Little to no malt sweetness is detectable, maybe a light biscuit if I stretch.

Flavors follow the nose but adds some grassy hop flavors to the citrus, pine and grapefruit. Malt biscuitiness is more apparent than in the aroms but this is still clearly a hop forward beer. Hops are balanced between bittering and flavor on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is pleasantly hoppy with minimal lingering bitterness. Fairly clean overall.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and can easily take down a 6-pack in an evening because of the drinkability, low ABV and the enjoyable flavor profile. While I feel Lagunitas Day Time IPA was a bit more flavorful, both are great examples of a style I hope will continue to be released into the market.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like an IPA lite very clear yellow amber brown with a 1/4 inch of head. Sticky too.

S - Smells of fruity hops mostly citrus and mango with a good bready malt balance.

T - Well it's good and I got to give it to em it's very drinkable. IBU's being around 40 it never gets too bitter or cloying. As advertised.

M - Light to medium not sure it's session ability since I only had one.

Overall another great beer by Founders this one would be worth the 10 bucks a sixer if it ever went outside it's Michigan borders.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Local Option, phrase of the night was "All Day". You can certainly drink this all day long.... The body is golden peach with a bright white head. Not much retention but ok lace... Lots going on in the nose with tropical notes balanced with floral hops. very strong for the abv, appreciate that... The taste loses some of the strong notes, more muted and what does come through is more of the floral hops that have a slight bitter finish that is not expected or pleasant. If some of the tropical mango came through this could be spectacular.

Very drinkable and pretty darn good, but than its rating right now.

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Photo of avalon07
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, pine, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of hops (of course), a good shot of pine, malt, a little caramel, and citrus (grapefruit). Almost like a West Coast IPA, but a little bit mellower and not quite as hoppy. A solid, easy to drink flavor.

M: A pretty good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not exactly an earth-shattering take on the IPA, but nonetheless a tasty beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden body with foamy, lively head thanks to some good carbonation and lace all around. Love the balance of the light citric and piney hop aroma, possibly some grape although I can't really detect it more than a whiff, and a good caramel, bready malt backbone. Nice to see a classic, not overly hoppy or alcoholic IPA, still being made. The hops, citric, pine, touch of spice, are there for hopheads but the beer is mellow, easy to drink, and just downright smooth and wellbalanced with a good sweetness and finishes clean and crisp. As the name implies just an easy going beer that one could session all day (particularly nice on a hot, humid summer day).

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear, gloomy honeyed hue. Head is a thin, bleached coat of fizz. Head leaves squiggles of lacing.

S-Aromatic. Citrus flesh and grass with lighter piney notes. Spicy and florally hopped as well. Sturdy base malt that reminds me of a sugared popover. Exciting.

T-Spicy tangerine flesh wrapped in flower petals. Those hoppy flavors fold into some moderately sappy pine then finish with a longwinded grassy note. All the while the wet biscuit-dough and cracker keep everything in check. The bitterness is initially pretty strong but it doesn't leave too much lingering on the palate.

M-All Day is right. Sessionable x10.

O/D-I knew I was going to love this. Flavorful all supremely drinkable. I will say that I enjoyed Lagunitas' DayTime IPA a bit more (comparing here is my unneeded comparison of session-IPAs) but this one rocks too. I have been waiting to try this and it didn't disappoint. Drinks easy but never skimps of complexity and quality.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled sometime in July. Thank you, Eric/Brian!

A clear orange with a dense, off-white head with decent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is chock-full of aromatic hops. There's orange, peach, tropical fruit (mango and papaya) along with a bit of a grassy hop character. Malt character is minimal, though there is a touch of biscuit present. Ultimately, this one's about the hops and it does shine.

The palate opens with a moderate bitterness, more than I was anticipating and for a beer this low in ABV, quite appropriate. My beef with most "session IPAs" is that the beers don't have enough of a bittering hop addition, making them feel rather watery. Not this one, though - with a pleasant bitterness with some welcome resin, the palate follows up with flavors of citrus and mango. Grapefruit peel bitterness lingers on the finish. There is a touch of malt, a little bit of biscuit and honey, that wonderfully counters the bitterness. Light in body with crisp carbonation, this beer is hands down one better low ABV hoppy beers I've had recently.

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

on tap at kite and key in philly

Pours a clouded golden orange color with some yellow hues. Thicker white head retains for a bit, tons of lacing coats the glass.

Strong hop aroma with grapefruit and pine, some citrus juicyness and bready malts. Light sweetness with biting bitterness.

Hops bite right up front with citrus and grapefruit. Fairly juicy and balanced, some sweetness with tropical notes. Biscuit malt and faint caramel. Finishes dry, lingering, and hoppy.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, tingly and biting on the tongue. Drinks insanely well, great balance and flavor - I really hope they bottle this soon.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.69/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
Bottled 12/26/11, 42 IBU, 4.7% ABV.

A - Vibrant golden hued, plenty of carbonation streams through the perfectly clear beer to a well-retained ivory head. Thin, clingy lace dots the pint delicately.

S - Holy dry-hopped aroma Batman! All Day IPA smells incredible! Voluptuous citrus; lemon wedge, cubed pineapple, and balled mango make up this very tropical aroma that finishes out with a touch of pine. Pale graininess and smooth pils sweetness back up the near-orgasmic hop nose.

T - Pale and pils malt provide a great base and delicious flavor behind the bold hop profile that mirrors the aroma. Tropical but balanced.

M - Lighter bodied, perfect for a session ale, this crisp IPA has an impeccably balanced finish that allows the moderate bitterness to be accented without becoming a chore to drink.

O - Damn near flawless, All Day IPA is a session ale packed with hop flavor and character that's exciting but not overwhelming or taxing after a few. It's not often I want to drink pint after pint of a beer but, I'd be overly willing to put six of these back. Founders has nailed it; All Day IPA is the quintessential American session ale!

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

Pours a clear medium golden with peach hues and a foamy half inch ivory head that dissipates fairly quickly into a thin layer, leaving modest lacing.

Grapefruit, resin, and fresh cut grass form the initial aroma. Dank cannabis and onion surface later, accompanying slight caramel sweetness.

Flavor follows suit, with grapefruit underlying the entire profile, tart at first, then pithy at the slightly bitter finish. Onion, pine, and resin mingle with bready malt to form the backbone. There's a toasted character at the finish. It's a little lacking in malt flavor, giving a slightly watery perception.

Body is moderate to slightly light, with carbonation a touch on the high side, slight astringency, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Very good hop character in both flavor and aroma. Bitterness is not overwhelming. Possibly a little too complex to truly be an all day drinking beer for me, but I enjoyed the flavoring and aroma hop profiles. A little more malt character, and it'd be excellent.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours golden with a slight orange tinge. Nice fluffy, white head leaves some lace and holds decent retention. Aromas are really pleasant - floral hop, lemon, grapefruit, and some biscuity malt. Tastes are refreshing with fruity hops providing a pungent grapefruit and lemon rind flavor. Some mild malt notes: biscuity and faint caramel. Mouth-feel is thin-to-medium and is bitter, sharp, and dry on the finish with a sharp cheddar aftertaste that is not off-putting. I think it's slightly over-hopped in the bitterness department, but overall I like this for what it is, but I'd rather have it's big brother, Centennial, if I was to choose an IPA from Founders.

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

Pint at City Tap House in DC. From notes.

A - Hazy golden colour with mild carbonation. One finger of white head left minimal lace and a film of retention.

S - Nice bright citrus, tropical notes, grass.

T - Soapy, lemon, tropical citrus and grass again.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body and not overly bitter.

O/D - Tasty little sessionable beer. Not sure why this has so much hype with so many breweries doing this style now, but it's definitely good. The soapiness was a bit of an issue, but all in all, a good beer.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold color with a small light tan head. The smell is a huge tropical fruit and citrus head - juicy stuff. Taste is tart citrus with a bit of tropical backing ending a bit dry with just a little bitterness. Light body with fairly active carbonation.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Pours a translucent orange-copper with a loose, 1/8th inch off-white head that quickly dissipates into a tight band around the shoulders and a soapy/oily dollop across the center; no lacing. Nose expresses floral and citrusy notes as well as faint tropical fruit esters and a hint of earth and spice. Taste is considerably more watered down - some citrus notes are still present; however, the earthy/herbal bitterness dominates the flavor profile, hiding many of the nuances expressed in the nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive, slightly prickly carbonation and a pleasant, palate-cleansing acidity. Overall, pretty good, but closer to a hoppy APA than an American IPA (perhaps just semantics). That said, enjoyable, but there are other beers in the same ballpark that I would go to before this one again.

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Photo of tectactoe
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 pint glass. The color is a hazy amber/copper mixture, along the lines of what you'd expect for an American IPA. Minimal head and minimal lacing left on the glass. Smells very earthy, even more so than many full-on IPAs. Heavy on the hops and very piney, full of oils and resins. Tons of citrus on the nose also, especially as it warms up, mainly grapefruit and pineapple. The taste follows right along with a heavy dose of pine, hops, and dank resins, balanced superbly by the citrus flavors of the grapefruit and pineapple. Slight warmth, which is funny considering the low ABV. Carbonation is nice and provides a good bite. The aftertaste is slightly woody and definitely bitter.

My only main complaint is that the beer tastes a bit "watery" at times, but nonetheless, is still packed with flavor for a 4.7% ABV beer. This is definitely something I could drink all day.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed gold color, moderate cap of white head, decent sticky lacing. Scent is hop forward, lots of grapefruit with touches of pine resin, very faint malt presence in the nose. Taste is quite bitter and hoppy, grapefruit forward with pine resin and lemon. Some mustyness and again a faint malt presence. Took a look at the ABV's posted at the bar and it was listed at 4.8%, so that should justify the low malt backbone. Lighter side of medium bodied, lightly sticky and dry finnish. Tasted pretty good, but overall just lacked a little sweetness to cut the bitterness.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and drank at Next Door Bar and Grill in Pittsford, NY.

Pours a medium-dark amber color, with a half inch head, and some good lacing down the glass.

The aroma is all grapefruit, all the time. Just pungent as hell.

The taste is pretty similar. The bitterness is fairly astringent, due to how light bodied this is. Tons of grapefruit bitterness, a little bit of pine. No malt flavor whatsoever, as session IPAs tend to be.

Light bodied, slightly watery, full carbonation, relatively drinkable.

Not on board really with the session IPA thing, this one wasn't too bad, though.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours an orange color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A nice dry piney lemon lime citrus. Hints at subtle caramel malt.

(T)- Again, a nice piney citrus and subtle malt profile. Straightforward, but good.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Subtle citrus and caramel malt.

(D)- Its nothing to write home about, but definitely another solid IPA from the midwest.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours rich amber with a fading white head.
Nose shows passionfruit, lychee, spicy hops, soft grassy notes and clean sweet malt.
Less fruit as flavours, more focusing on spicy hops and pine. Very clean, very little malt.
Body feels a little watery.

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Photo of champ103
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, bright golden/orange. A one finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: A fairly simple aroma, but still very nice. Pine, citrus, grassy, and grapefruit hops. A light honey like sweetness. Lingering bitterness.
T: Follows the nose. Pine, citrus, grapefruit. A bit of sweetness in the middle. Then finishes with a much dryer, almost puckering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body that is fairly effervescent. Crisp, dry, and refreshing. Yep, this is an all day easy drinker for me.

Maybe just a bit to much bitterness in the finish here, for me anyway. Though, a small gripe. Something I can enjoy pretty much all day. Well done, and recommended.

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Photo of ZAP
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I don't care if this is a 6.5% IPA or a 4.7% IPA. Bottom line it is juicy hop laden treat and one of the best tasting IPA's I've had.

Big fresh citrus aroma of oranges and tangerines. Pineapple mingles in next along with more tropical fruitiness from Mango's and Papaya.

The flavors mimick the aroma....big on juicy citrus fruits ad tropical fruits. Malt is clean and light and gives a nice unobtrusive backing.

Bitterness is held in check but finishes real clean. Body is maybe a little light for an IPA but makes this very drinkable as well. Carbonation is spot on. I could see kicking back a ton of these particularly once they come out in 12 pack cans. This is one of the best IPA's I've had. If you are a sucker for jucicy citrus/tropical fruits in your IPA this one is for you.

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