Founders Pale Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,775
Reviews:
836
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
374
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,775 |  Reviews: 836
Photo of NeutroMan
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of FLima
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy ambar appereance. Light aroma, highlights its floral hops.
Well carbonated. Tastes bitter with some sweetness from grains. Hints of citrus make it refreshing. Light body makes it an easier APA to drink (who already overcome bitterness), good for beginners or who wants to drink several of it. Though not for someone who is looking for one notch down IPAs.

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Photo of elcrawl
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of dcbdc1
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Mattybz28
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dcolatriano
1/5  rDev -73%

Photo of Mojo
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from Founders pours up a hazy gold with a two finger off white head, some retention, and some lacing. Smell is citrus, pine, grasses, and maybe some floral notes. Mouthfeel is full with lots of carbonation. Taste is sweet on the front, well balanced with bitterness on the finish and a coffee aftertaste. Definitely worth a try if you haven't had this one yet.

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Photo of pjmitch
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was looking to try a new pale ale and was suggested by a salesperson to give this a try once I indicated to him what I liked. Thought this was okay but am still looking for something sold in the Midwest that is as good as DesChutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale. Any idea if Mirror Pond will be available in Chicagoland someday?

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Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of yesyouam
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Pale Ale is a sparkling, hazy, golden ale with a soft, foamy, off white head that leaves some lacing. There are piny, floral hops in the nose, along with dry, light grain. The soft, medium body has a crisp, acidic finish. Juicy, resiny, fruity hop flavor is backed with a solid grain. It's bright and top heavy with bitterness. It's very American. It's bold, refreshing and very tasty!

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Photo of PoolFishGolf
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ceberly
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of kizyle
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Moby
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Swervine44
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of andrewjraab
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours and golden orange color. Two fingers of bright white head that subsided to a thin layer that maintained throughout. Good webbing.

S - Floral and hoppy. Hints is citrus. Not overbearing by any means.

T - Nicely balanced and subdued pale ale. Easy drinking PA - this is what the all day IPA should taste like. This is light bodied with a nice balance of hops with a distant sweet finish.

O - Solid APA - could make this a session brew. Also, this is an all year round brew - very versatile.

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Photo of BrewBear
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of brewdude1982
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of hilgart1
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orangish gold with a thin, soft, white head that has good retention

S - lightly malty, faintly floral, faintly herbal

T - light pine, light cereal grains, faint herbal finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This is decently hoppy but all of the flavors are very faint. The herbal, floral, piney notes come through, but the malt doesn't balance it out. This was good once, but I won't pickk it up again.

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Photo of bluesplit63
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,775 ratings.
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