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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange with a fluffy white big 2" head that reduces to chunks of white foam and leaves some sticky lacing.

S- Floral and somewhat soapy. Sweet malt characteristics.

T- Starts with a citrus, light dry grapefruit mango flavor. Ends with an every so slightly hoppy finish.

M- High carbonation, very crisp thinnish body.

Overall, this was an enjoyable pale ale. Fruity and crisp, I could see myself drinking one of these on a hot summer day.

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

Pours a pale amber with a little head and no carbs. Looks rather boring and flat.
For a beer thats dry hopped, according to the label, you wouldn't know it for it lacks really any kind of hop aroma. Malts are sweet and so are the husks.
Taste is better thenn the aroma. Pretty balanced with a slight hop taste and caramel malts.
Founders I know makes good beers thats why I'm disappointed with this one. Bottle dated
6/18/12 so it's not old.

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Found at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine this pale ale is a hazy yellowish amber color with a delicate but steady white fuzz on top and copious lacing. I can smell iced tea lemon with a faint hint of pine. Pleasant for a pale ale. The flavor offers much more hop bite than anticipated with a cracked wheat explosion of dry citrus and grass hops. It really roughs up the center of your tongue with crisp, slightly angry bitterness while tagging along a bit of grain sensibilities. I expect most would say that this is a bit harsh for a pale ale and could probably use some balance toward the malt and grain side, but I'm not complaining. Leafy, perhaps a bit oaky, this stuff is medium-light bodied, very fine but highly effective carbonation for a completely titillating feel with a bit of an aqueous quality. Not sure I'd want to session this pale ale, it's not Sierra Nevada, but bravo for the hop love in a pale ale!

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Founders Pale Ale
Founders Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 5.40 %

LOOK: Pale orange colored brew, white head forms and leaves plenty of lace. Perfectly clear, looks like a good pale ale.

SMELL: Resinous hops, with some tea, herb, pine and grapefruit notes. Bready pale malts lend some sweet caramel character.

TASTE: Bitter citrusy hops and some caramel. Pine, earth, and herb notes definitely dry hopped tasting. Malt body is bready and semi sweet, there is a caramel malt backbone with a little toffee. Drinks like a nice, hop focused pale.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, bitter with a hop bite. Drinks easily, and would pair well with alot of spicy to savory foods.

OVERALL: An impressive pale ale from Founders, a Michigan based brewery that does not disappoint. This fine specimen of a dry hopped pale ale is exemplary on draft.

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Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 2,781 ratings
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