Pale Joe | Founders Brewing Company

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338 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light, golden ale brewed using high end, lightly roasted, fruit forward coffees that don’t get too bitter or astringent. Brewed with a naturally processed, sun dried coffee from the Sidamo region of Ethiopia, roasted at Ferris Coffee, right here in town.

Added by deakin on 06-12-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
338
Reviews:
83
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
8.35%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
46
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 338 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of Satsuma
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcb7472
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RacerX5k
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

How did I miss this? Pales are not my thing but I did try (and enjoy) Neshaminy Creek Coffee JAWN and Victory Coffee Creme. both lighter bodied coffee beers. And last years Rogue Cold Brewed IPA was spectacular. Ok I just checked, this was not distributed to Philadelphia. How can you not distribute to the number one beer drinking city in the USA? ... Whatevs. Crossed the bridge into NJ found this on the shelf 9 months old how could any coffee flavor remain, right?

Wrong. Very pretty well carbonated pale with nicely nutty roasted sweet mild coffee aroma and flavor. Great mouthfeel, smooth and very satisfying.

Overall outstanding and I can only imagine how good this was fresh. Hope it's made again. and this time, don't skip Philly. Seriously.

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Photo of Lelampp
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dirtyharry2489
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOD 8/10/16. Clear copper pour with a light touch of amber. Outstanding head volume, normal lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of soft rich coffee over a slightly sweet base. Caramel is hinted at, while a slightly sweet fruit ( possibly peach ) note is the most evident background sensation. The aromas are well balanced but severely dissipate in about 5 minutes.

Medium body with a texture that is deceptively smooth and quite slick. The carbonation / body balance is normal to slightly under carbonated. Mid-palate effervescence is adequate but quite enough to really open the flavors up. The finish is a light tingle.

The flavor profile is very good but a bit deceptive relative to the nose. Coffee is present but remains a background player rather than stealing the show. That said, the beer is exquisitely balanced. Nothing dominates - but - nothing really shines either. Coffee makes itself noticeable just before the finish in a subtle fashion. Overall, it is a nice blended flavor of light sweet fruit, light caramel, very little bitterness and coffee. The finish is smooth and a touch of coffee lingers.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First Pale Ale with coffee that I have tried, like the stouts with coffee much, much more. The bitterness and coffee did not pair well with me. Nice aroma and look. I will keep with IPAs without coffee and stouts with. Cheers.

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Photo of Lahey
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was gifted this beer, i usually get my coffee goodness from stouts.
The beer is light in body like a pale ale, but has that coffee flavor. It's an odd beer, but not bad. If you want a coffee flavor in a lighter beer, I suppose this is for you. The beer i had was 6 months old and didn't spoil, if that matters for anything. I wouldn't age it intentionally though.

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Photo of Dankacheese
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Danmullens1
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

From Saveur-Biere. In Teku glass. Afte dinner. Very clear coffee in nose and mouth, maybe even more clear than in darker brews. Light but highly carbonated body. Traditional neutral hops. Low on foam

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Photo of RichieRich1812
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcsbeer
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timc32
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McClinton
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenBreeg
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maxdeusphallis
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very light on the nose. Very light toasted malt. Almost like Budweiser.

Taste is light malt and expresso. Nice sessionable beer. Not much complexity but nicer than a bud.

Good beer. Recommended.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Hazy, dark orange with a one finger, white head.

Nose: Coffee, citrus and malt.
Taste: About the same as the nose.
Mouth: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Light bitter ending.

This is not my type of beer. I don’t like the taste of coffee in a pale ale.

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Photo of stortore
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 8/10/16, had 10/29/16.

Pours a mostly clear, darker golden color, with a one and a half inch head and a fair amount of soapy lacing. Active carbonation. The smell is coffee, yeast, light malt, some vanilla. Taste also leads with the coffee, then yeast, light malt, a light hop bitterness. Smooth, light bodied, well carbonated.

This is very good, just too light for me. The coffee is really well done, it doesn't overwhelm a pretty fragile style. Give it a try.

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Pale Joe from Founders Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 338 ratings.
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