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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,259
Ranked #27,831
3.8 | pDev: 7.37%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Crisp ale made with Michigan-grown Heritage and Crystal hops provided by local hop growers.
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice light ale sampled on tap at Founders. Nice clear golden color with a little head but nice sheets of lingering lacing. Smells of citrus and floral hops, tastes of nice citrus zest - lemon, orange, grapefruit. Also floral hops, biscuit, grain and a nice malt backbone. Great amount of bitterness at the end and smooth mild mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation. Just the right balance and very sessionable.

Aug 15, 2018
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to nonic pint glass. Hazy straw colored ale with finger of pure white foam. Decent streams of carbonation rise continuously. Aroma of cracker, lemon, floral, and grass. Nice bit of cracker malt taste upfront followed by a floral /grassy/peppery wave that's quickly pushed out by a bitter lemon citrus zest/pith flavor. The finish makes the ale slightly imbalanced for my taste. If only it had stopped at the Saaz-like middle flavors.

Sep 04, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Soft golden body, slightly hazy, with short white head, minor lacing, long lasting cast over the top.

S - Lemon, pine, resin, a bit of warmth.

T - Follows the nose, more lemon and pine, a hint of dank resin, and a mildly bitter close.

M - Brisk and clean.

O - The hop nose and flavors are somewhat flat, but the beer underlying does its best to make them pop. An interesting experiment, but not one I'd return to on a regular basis.

Aug 04, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Very light and clear yellow. Smells of some floral and spicy hops. A bit of cracker malt. Tastes of cracker malt. Floral and spicy hop finish. Exactly as it smells, really. Light body. Drinkable, flavorful, and a departure from the standard pale ale profile.

Jul 01, 2017
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip, crystal straw like with fluffy head that turns to a skim of bubbly mash that has a very hoppy body.

Smell is weak yet can pick up some hoppiness and malt.

Taste is like watered down club soda with lemon but then I let it sit and taste improves. Hoppiness starts to shine, mouthfeel is filled with bitterness. Probably not going to get it again as taste doesn't have strong enough character. It's my least favorite Founders beer and nowhere close to SN Pale Ale. But the bitterness from the hops towards the end was quite enjoyable. This just wasn't balanced enough but the hops bitterness was definitely good.

May 24, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in an oversized, stemless wine glass

This beer pours pale yellow with a slight haze. It is topped with an inch of off white head that leaves a little lacing.

There is a sweet, bready aroma initially. Then some pine and grassy notes.

The taste is pretty much the same. I get a hint of sweetness from the malt. The pine comes in quickly to quell the sweetness. There are hints of citrus with lime coming to mind.

Medium mouthfeel with a high level of carbonation

This is a solid Michigan hopped pale ale. I think they need to can it and put it in 15 packs.

May 21, 2017
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Raime from Greenland

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My reviews will all be short and sweet now. No time for three thousands letters. Sediment heavy bottle, pours with a look you'd expect of the style. Clean and wet hop smell. Wet hop flavors with a nice drying effect. Swallows easy and juicy. Like a Born Yesterday but juicier

Nov 19, 2016
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andrewjraab from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a straw yellow with a bright white head and nice lacing.

S - Grains, yeast, grass, dough, bread.

T - Low to medium bodied opens up with a grainy like bread dough taste followed by some malts and finishes a bit dry and bitter on the back end. Hops are subdued, but this has a nice feel to it.

O - Solid brew with Michigan hops. I'll try this again to support the mitten.

Jul 22, 2016
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Founder's tap room pint glass. Bottled on 4/11/16, making this just over 2.5 months old.

A: Pours a very clean, dark-medium yellow color. Nice, bubbly white head with good lacing. Just a slight sediment haze through the glass.

S: Definitely get a German-style or European-style hop aroma here. Nothing too fruity or boisterous. Lots of earthy and piney tones.

T: Very earthy, floral, grassy flavors here. Almost like a harvest or wet-hop ale.

M: Medium mouthfeel with great carbonation. Very clean finish, with just a touch of bitterness.

O: Very nice representation of another Michigan-based brew. Doesn't bring a ton a new stuff to the game, but the European-style hop build in an otherwise average pale ale is a nice splash. Great drinkability. Comes off as a nice, balanced, drinkable pale ale for those late Spring/early Summer Michigan days. Could even see this drinking well in the Fall, too, with that unique earthy hop profile.

Recommendation: For my Michiganders out there, this one is worth picking up while it's around.

Jun 29, 2016
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elNopalero from California

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Michigan fresh deliciousness in a glass. There’s a wonderful hop profile and a great flavor. Floral and delicate with a pleasing finish. Easy drinking.

Jun 17, 2016
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Prager62 from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bottle from the six pack I picked up in Michigan yesterday dated 04/12/16 poured in my Founders tulip glass.

Look- Pours a slightly hazy pale but radiant yellow leaving two fingers of creamy egg white foam.

Smell- Some malt, yeast and a hint of floral hops. Pretty tame.

Taste- Floral hops that are a bit like mild perfume up front, followed by grapefruit, malt and a little straw/grass in the finish.

Feel- Crisp and clean with a very dry finish.

Overall- A nice thirst quenching pale ale brewed with Michigan hops. A very interesting floral flavor that is good enough, but can't compete with the heavy hitters of the style. It's still worth checking out.

Jun 05, 2016
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Big_Neezy from Michigan

4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I must be in the majority of people who feels that this was an extraordinary APA. Great all around look, taste, flavor and smell. An exceptional example of an APA really. Real easy drinker with great citrus and sweet flavors coming from those Michigan grown hops.

May 28, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of Founders Palm Reader last week at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to try a new beer from Founder's so lets see how this one goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a IPA glass.

A- The label looks good, it's goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice golden color that took on more of a brighter yellow color when held to the light with a fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of citrus rind and tropical fruit aromas that give it a nice juicy aspect and they are followed by a little bit of piney, grassy and herbal hops showing up in the background. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast followed by the malts which impart a nice pale malt, light caramel malt, grainy and sweet malt aromas with just a little bit of biscuit aroma showing up towards the end. This beer has a good aroma, I like the hop profile and the balance.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and this time the hops aren't as fruity with more of the other hops the aroma coming through along with a generic hop flavor. IT's followed by a higher amount of medium bitterness that is almost bordering one being highly bitter. Up next comes a slight bit of that doughy yeast that leads right into the malts which show up just as much as they did in the aroma and they impart the same aspects that help bring some balance to this beer. On the finish there's a little bit of lingering bitterness with a generic hop flavor in the aftertaste. This is a solid Pale Ale, but I wish the hop profile was more like it was in the aroma.

M- Not the smoothest, a little crisp, on the real light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, but I wish it was smooth for the style.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a solid example of the style, the aroma reminds me of a newer style IPA and the taste reminds me more of an old school IPA, it's not bad, but I found it to be a little bit too bitter for the style and that hurt the drinkability for much which was just ok, one would be my limit, anymore than that and the bitterness would start to wear on me. I don't think I would get this again, but I might not turn one down and I can't say I highly recommend, but if you like your Pale Ale's more on the bitter side this might ber for you. All in all I wasn't a bit fan of this one, it's not bad by any means and I know they don't want it to be too similar to their other Pale Ale, but I prefer that one. It's not a favorite Founders beer and it's a solid example of the style. Solid job guys, but I still wish the taste was more like the aroma.

May 25, 2016
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SHDoyle from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Description: Dirty/dark yellow appearance(maize?), cloudy, with white head and lacing. Smell is clean and crisp with fruity sweetness and for lack or a better term, an underlying "soapy" kind of bitterness. Taste was similar to the smell, with a slightly bitter and very dry finish. Certainly doesn't have the hop character of an IPA but then it's really not supposed to. Alcohol was not noticeable. Feel was nothing special - tiny bubbles and a medium body.

Suggested food pairing: Burger and fries

If you like this beer then you should also try: I don't know...not a big pale ale guy

Overall: 3.75 (This beer is good but I would not likely drink it again) Sometimes I feel that the line between APA and IPA and get a little blurred, but this clearly an APA. Like most everything from Founders, it feels like a well thought out and put together beer. But it's not really remarkable in any way; just kind of alright. If you pass on this you're not missing much but if someone offers you one at a BBQ, don't be afraid to try it.

May 20, 2016
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maltheaded from Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty decent pale ale, sort of a bitter aftertaste after a few. Good segue into an imperial stout. Worth a try, see how the other two taste tomorrow, I guess.

May 19, 2016
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, bottled on 04/11/16. Picked this up at the brewery store after a brewery tour and some beers at the bar
A - crystal clear golden body capped with a frothy white head
S - fruity and citric aroma with grapefruit, lemon & orange zest, pale malt and very light caramel with a bit of floral and spicy hop in there as well
T - hop forward, resinous, zesty, and pungently bitter with notes of pine, orange, grapefruit & lemon zest; very light caramel and biscuity malt in there but in the background. This reminds me of a very bitter version of Juicy Fruit gum for some reason
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes dry, bitter, and zesty
O - pretty good, but more of a hop bomb than anything. I like a bit more malt character in my pale ales.

May 17, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 4/11/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, apricot, mango, papaya, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dank citrus/tropical/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, apricot, mango, papaya, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, apricot, mango, papaya, peach, pineapple, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dank citrus/tropical/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky/resinous, and lightly grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is very nice American pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dank citrus/tropical/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 30, 2016
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foundersasap from Michigan

3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden hue, minimal head generated and diminished quickly. Little aroma, nice bitter, pine taste, no malt. At 5.4 ABV, decent overall offering at $10/six pack, pretty solid Pale Ale.

Apr 27, 2016
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98green from Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Look is light yellow and clear. I get almost nothing from the smell, maybe light bread. Certainly no aroma hops. Taste is, uhh, unique. Hop bitter for sure, and it lingers. Hop profile is slight pine, but a ton of floral. Mid palate hits a ton of esters, almost to the point I thought I got a Belgian single instead of a pale. Finish is very dry, no malt. Overall not my favorite pale. But it isn't like anything else I've tried, so maybe you will like it

Apr 27, 2016
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