Founders Pale Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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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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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Photo of dar482
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was brewed 6/23/13, a month fresh.

The color is a light red orange with a lot of deep reddish orange in the light.

The aroma has lots of grainy malt, caramel sweetness, with some fresh grassy and light citrus aroma. Very subtle aroma for a “dry hopped” beer.

The flavor follows, not much of a citrus punch, but a lot of refreshing grainy and cracker clean malt. Some grassy, floral, and gentle clean pine. Almost like a lager with its crisp, yet very bready flavor. The finish has a bit more pine and light grapefruit. There’s a good amount of drying and bitterness and astringency on the end.

There’s a light to medium body with lots of carbonation.

In the end, this is a very clean pale ale. It’s not very hoppy as I like my pale ales, but I hugely enjoy how easy drinking and clean this beer is. One of the weakest beers from Founders, but still very competent. Going into this as a pale ale would be the wrong move, I would think of this more of a Helles lager. Very clean, a bit of hops.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of danieelol
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a filtered yellow with pretty good head/lacing.

Smell has a doughy marzen-esque character, some toffee and some fruitiness which may come from either yeast or hops. Hop presence feels German or English to me, even though I know it's Cascade.

Taste brings a more distinctive hop flavour, more of that dry yeasty marzen character

Mouthfeel features quite full on coatings of flavour, a continued fruitiness and a moderate (and a tad "unpleasant") continuing bitterness.

Overall an interesting, strongly flavoured but more "traditional" tasting pale ale.

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4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Excited to try this beer; an outing from Founders that I haven't had yet. All Founders six packs are on sale at the local beer store for $8.99 all summer long.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours just shy of a finger's worth of fizzy white head which fizzles away quickly. Body color is a clear coppery yellow-orange color. Just a touch of sediment floating around, and hardly any lacing to speak of.

S - Smell is fantastic. Earthy dirty herbal hops, lemongrass, hint of citric grapefruit, and grainy malts. A wonderful smelling pale ale.

T - Taste follows the nose: earthy hops & herbal notes, some floral notes, sweet lemongrass, crisp citric qualities, some tea leaf sweetness, and a toasty malt profile. Light bodied with excellent carbonation, and a wonderfully light hop tinge.

M - Feel is crisp, citric, light bodied, and highly drinkable. Slightly resinous and dry in the finish due to the hop presence, but not by much.

Overall, I have to admit, this is probably one of the best pale ales I've drank in a long time. It's a shame that I slept on trying this one for as long as I did. The perfect summer beer: light, refreshing, super flavorful, and with a sessionable 5.40% abv, I would choose drinking this over Founders All Day IPA anytime. A delicious beer that I look forward to drinking many more times.

Founders Pale Ale ---4/5.

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4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz growler filled at CL(Ashland Kentucky). Poured into a Founders standard pint glass.

A - golden color with slightly darker golden highlights when out of the light. White head had some size on the pour and left the glass with a nice sticky ring of lace with some nice clumps to it.

S - nice hop aromas. Grapefruit and pine with some floral notes. Balanced by some caramel malts and some breadiness along with a touch of something like dry grain. Very nice nose

T - malts are noticed up front with biscuit and grain. Grapefruit, semi citrus and some big floral hops set the backbone in the hop department. Caramel malt provides a sweet balance to the dry hop bitterness in the finish.

M - medium bodied with that whole Founders texture going on. Sure it's not as thick as some of their other brews, but its no where near thin either. Good feel and easy to drink while still pushing its classic flavors across.

O - very good APA. Dry hopped and delicious. I forgot how good this thing was and ill definitely have to review a bottle of it soon. One of the best American pale ales you'll find and Founders does a nice job of keeping it simple but with loads of class. Sometimes these classic hop and malt flavors are just what an ale needs. This does what it's intended to do and does it very very well.

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Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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