Pale Joe
Founders Brewing Company

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From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American Pale Ale
Ranked #478
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,194
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 8.67%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
265
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 25, 2021
Added:
Jun 12, 2015
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  45
SCORE
88
Very Good
Pale JoePale Joe
Notes: 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.
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Rated: 3.29 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Aug 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

Dec 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jan 01, 2020
 
Rated: 3.81 by redleg64 from Michigan

Sep 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.81 by wvsabbath from West Virginia

Sep 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.67 by BeerBucks from New York

Sep 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.37 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Sep 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.53 by TheOakKing from New York

Aug 29, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Bottled 8/10/16; drank 9/16/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice eggshell head; almost no lace.

Light roast coffee bean & mild vanilla notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Cream soda & light roast coffee bean flavors; mild carbonation bite on the finish.

Cloying & just...off; this doesn't work for my palate at all.
Jul 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.56 by thedifferencemaker from Ohio

Jul 13, 2018
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Surprisingly tasty and not as light and airy as I expected. Tried this one on tap at Founders. Looks deceivingly simple - clear golden color with just a little head and very spotty lingering lacing. Smells of nice dark roast coffee. Tastes of that great dark coffee, grain, caramel, a little vanilla and dark chocolate and then a very nice malt backbone. I’ve never tasted coffee before in a beer that wasn’t a stout or porter - this was surprisingly well-balanced and didn’t overpower the light ale. Clean, smooth, mild mouthfeel and good mild carbonation. Very well done!
Jul 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Dec 14, 2017
 
Rated: 5 by LeftyMike from New Jersey

Dec 11, 2017
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. Bottle label is marked 'BOTTLED ON 08/18/16'.
Body color is dark amber, slightly hazy, with floating very small particulates. Head settles to thin ring. Minimal lacing.
Coffee predominates the aroma.
Taste is more fruity pale ale with coffee highlights.
Thin mouth feel.
Even at its advanced age, this beer still expresses the combined expression of fruit hops and richer coffee.
Nov 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.86 by cmukid87 from Michigan

Oct 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.18 by HawkeyeJosh from Arkansas

Aug 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.54 by jldoyle89 from Michigan

Aug 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.16 by Satsuma from Florida

Jul 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by jcb7472 from Florida

Jun 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Jun 17, 2017
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Reviewed by RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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.
May 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.69 by Lelampp from Ohio

May 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.09 by dirtyharry2489 from West Virginia

May 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by Gkruszewski from New York

May 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by axf4129 from Indiana

Apr 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by OhioLimoncello from Ohio

Apr 22, 2017
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Reviewed by tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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.
Apr 20, 2017
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Reviewed by ChilliHeights from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.
Apr 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Lahey from Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%
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.
Apr 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.73 by Dankacheese from Illinois

Apr 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Mar 25, 2017
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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
Mar 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by RichieRich1812 from Pennsylvania

Mar 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.49 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Mar 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.85 by dsshuck from Delaware

Mar 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.68 by bcsbeer from Florida

Mar 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Timc32 from Michigan

Mar 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.67 by MGoeltz from Tennessee

Feb 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.88 by HopBelT from Belgium

Feb 26, 2017
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Reviewed by maxdeusphallis from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11%
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.
Feb 18, 2017
Pale Joe from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 355 ratings