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Founders Pale Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale
2,782 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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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 6/4/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, bread, light honey, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and citrus/floral hops; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, grass, bread, light honey, light pine, and floral earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, bread, light honey, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice flavor balance of citrus/floral hop flavors with bready malts; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. Very nice balance of hop and malt flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering when it is fresh.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- poured a burnt orange color with a 1-finger white head that tapers quickly to a film. Hazy. Spotty lacing.

A- nice blend of toasty malts and fresh floral hops.

T-a touch of sweet malts and a hint of citrus hop flavor. The hops come through without being bitter.

M- medium body and good carbonation. Some hop tang on the finish but it does not overpower the malts.

O- a good warm-up before I hit the hoppier stuff. Easy drinking and flavorful.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Chill-hazed, golden color with one finger of head that fades slowly with a uniform curtain of lace.

Aroma: Toffee, a bit of banana bread and some spicy hop notes.

Taste: Creamy, mouth coating and a bit sweet, then a big rush of raw hop bitterness, but with a sweet, slightly spice undertone. It almost reminds me of a hint of gingerbread. Finished fairly fast with just a little bit of lingering bitterness.

The Rest: Nothing fantastic or remarkable, just a solid drinking beer.

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3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy pale amber. Minimal head. Just swirling patches of off white carbonation. Some visible carbonation throughout. Some lacing

Aroma: Not much going on here. Toasty with some very faint floral/grassy undertones. Disappointing

Taste: Hops make themselves known a little more in the flavor. I'm picking up some citrus and grass. A little bit of oily pine in there too. There's a crisp tart aftertaste that's not entirely unpleasant. The finish is toasty. Some bread and a tad of sweet caramel malts

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Smooth and a little creamy

Overall: Not impressed by this. I typically like Founders but I wouldn't rush out to get this again. There isn't really anything wrong with it...it just fails to stand out at all

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Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 2,782 ratings
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