Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Old Ale
Ranked #25
Ranked #9,168
4.03 | pDev: 10.42%
Nov 11, 2023
Aug 31, 2005
Think classic seafaring ports, local pubs and weathered old fishermen. This old ale is brewed with molasses and an insane focus on the malt bill. Then Oak-Aged. The result is a rich, malty delight that's deceptively smooth and drinkable.

50 IBU
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Rated: 3.99 by not2quick from Missouri

Nov 11, 2023
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Reviewed by Lanoke12 from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This beer ages well and is one of my favorite examples on the old age style. A perfect beer for the colder months with gentle warming alcohol. Very smooth for the ABV.
Oct 31, 2023
Rated: 3.69 by TheIPAHunter from California

Oct 13, 2023
Rated: 4.56 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Apr 09, 2023
Rated: 4 by micada from New York

Apr 03, 2023
Rated: 4.16 by SoundMakesSense from Indiana

Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 04, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by Sinister from New York

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Apr 08, 2022
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Reviewed by 86sportster883 from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A 2016 version, poured out of a 32oz crowler that I picked up @ SLL in Sept. 21. I’ve always enjoyed this beer fresh and cold, but leaving this beer out and sipping my way through it was great for exposing the beer’s full spectrum of aromas and flavors. This is one of the most inviting beers, if based on looks alone - a beautifully clear deep amber body is capped with a dense light tan head that clings to the glass as it slowly recedes. Note that the last of the crowler poured a bit murkier and more caramel colored than amber. The aromas are initially dominated by a mix of over ripe orchard fruits and darker, sweet, dried fruits on a raisin toast-like malt base. There is a hint of vanilla and a good dose of other oak-barrel, bourbon-like alcohol flavors to stiffly balance this beers rich base. As it warms, there’s nutty/hazelnut, caramel and toffee notes that come forward in the taste. If there’s a moment where the hops shine, it’s mid-finish where they come across as mildly herbal and lightly spicy. Medium to full-bodied with just enough carbonation and abv to keep the beer from coming across as too heavy. I haven’t had many old ales as of late, and the [English] one’s I remember were quite different. Overall, for someone who really likes big, complex, aged ales - this beer is a standout.
Dec 21, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 13, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by Taenim from Maine

Aug 27, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by akk14 from Illinois

Aug 25, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
355 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgaard. ABV is 9.8%. 50 IBU. Cloudy brown colour, low beige head of poor retention. Sweetish malty aroma, notes of caramel and oak, hints of dark dried fruits and alcohol. Not as sweet flavour as I feared, malty and oaky, caramel and dried figs, well balanced with the hops, a nice bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Would buy again.
Apr 16, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Just about as beautiful a brew can be. A request for a pint came from a tap, in a clear glass vessel. The color is a dark copper, bright, yet not translucent. The head is just barely biege, enduring and contributes to some wonderful glass lacing. The aroma is malty, almost stout-like malty. This is also good inside the mouth. It's rich, sweet, smooth and malty. But that's not all. Molasses and hops bring an earthiness that, without being bitter, enhance what would make a good ale, like a Wee Heavy Scottish Ale. The almost 10% ABV is unnoticed. That it's on the heavy side is a good thing, for any lighter, it would go down too quickly for the overall welfare of its consumer. Overall, complexly excellent.
Apr 16, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Dec 26, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by Insomniac from Canada (ON)

Nov 12, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by Archfiend from Illinois

Oct 03, 2020
Rated: 4.05 by Sellen from Connecticut

Jul 28, 2020
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