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 chefhatt
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured this into a glass, it has a orange amber colored body with a thin tan heas. The smell has sweet malt aroma with a hint of hops, The taste has a very nice malt up front then the hops come right after. the bitterness of the hops leave a nice resdue on the back of the tongue. Overall this is a good pale ale.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of philbe311
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't believe that it's taking so long for me to get around to trying this Founders offering...

A - No real head to speak of... Rather there is just a slight lop-sides fizzy lacing with some carbonation bubbles exploding up through the surface... The color is a rather pale golden yellow... There is a very subtle haziness present... Fairly still with just a couple of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation bubbles seen towards the top of the glass...

S - A slightly malt forward aroma... Warm doughy biscuits... A slight kiss of caramel sweetness... The hops are a bit muted, but take on a rich whole coned persona... They are earthy in nature... Some light orange zest notes... A very minor spice component as well... A bit musky...

T - The hops take more of a prominence on the palate, but are far from potent... They take on a European noble character... Some bread crust... There is a slight metallic presence as well... Not too much else going on...

M - On the fuller side of light bodied... Sleek... Clean and crisp... A limited bit of sharp carbonation... A bit thin around the edges... Very muted carbonation... Finishes with an ever so slight dryness...

D - Goes down easily enough... However, this does not live up to the lofty expectations that other Founders offerings leads one to expect...

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Photo of banglin
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: poured a very small white head, clear golden color

S: nice hop aroma but not overpowering. nothing too strong

T: the hops bitterness is almost absent when first taking a sip but appears after being swallowed and remains in the mouth for a while after drinking

M: nice amount of carbonation bordering on too much

O: this is a pretty good beer. Admittedly I am more of a porter and stout fan and prefer Founders' selection of stouts and porters over this one.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a clear light amber color with a frothy off-white head. Great lacing as you drink.
S: smooth roastiness and husky grain aromas. Hop notes are fresh peppery and minty.
T: husky grains, light caramel notes and a nice breadiness. Hops are not bold, but fresh tasting and balancing with some bitterness a peppery spice.
M: light crispness and light to medium body.
O: easy drinker and not flashy but it is spot on for style. Fresh tasting for sure and accessible for most people.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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