Founders Pale Ale | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale
2,780 Ratings
Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
100% Cascade hops.
35 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

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Photo of shand
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Founders Pale Ale is a much more classic-styled pale ale than even SNPA. Besides the hoppy aroma from the dry hopping, the flavor itself is delicate with floral/citrus hops and grainy malts. Very quaffable, if lacking a bit in excitement. Overall, a solid pale ale in a style that's beginning to die out.

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Photo of Hoppytree
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Bromine
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of gkoz
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hopkrid
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jkd03c
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of tree777
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TheDoak
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Beer21
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of bcsbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Hopheadhiker
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Mack
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of bcuz7
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of abex44
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of cclark67789
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of MaxOhle
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mcrawford
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at the Founders pub.

Appearance is a light amber with lots of visible carbonation and substantial foamy white head.

Smell is dominated by earthy hops.

Taste is sweeter than I expected, with light-roasted malts followed by pine and citrus flavors from the hops.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied but with enough carbonation to clean the palate.

Overall a solid pale ale.

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Photo of Beric
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: On tap
Served: 15 August 2013

Appearance: Golden yellow with a foamy white head. Minimal lacing on the sides. Looks more like a pilsner than an APA, if you consider SNPA the standard.

Smell: Slight smell of hops complimented with sweet malts. Smells pretty decent.

Taste: If only this one tasted as it smells. Honestly, this one tastes like a malty-sweet mess to me. The hops are barely assertive at all, and the very sweet, light-roasted malt takes center stage. I know that APAs are not supposed to be as hoppy as IPAs, but I would have liked to see just a little more hop in this one to balance some of the sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Despite the lacking flavor, the mouthfeel here is somewhat redeeming. Rather than feeling as thin as the flavor, the carbonation is nice and makes the beer go down smooth and easy.

Overall: This one is easily my least favorite Founders beer to date. Though well constructed, the taste does not compare to SNPA at all, which I personally hold as sort of the standard for the APA style. Color is too light, taste is too sweet. Would not buy again.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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1/5  rDev -72.9%

Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 2,780 ratings
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