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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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%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with a thin white head and no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Taste is citrus and dry, well balanced flavor.

Overall: Great beer, I will enjoy this six pack for sure.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt amber color with hints of orange and copper, moderate hazy in the body; very small, wispy white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some noticeable lacing in its wake. Aroma is quite nice - the main component here is fruit; citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon rinds. A slight hint of pine and leaf on the nose, very mild when compared to the citrus. The taste does a little bit of a switcheroo in the sense that the citrus flavors are toned down quite a bit on the palate. They play more of a background part, secondary to the emerging, bitter hop flavors; resinous pines and leafy, floral hop flavors explode with the lemon, citrus, and grapefruit sweetness around to balance things out a bit. A little more bitter than expected from the aroma (not a bad thing, however), this is approaching IPA level hop addition. Of course the malts are there, but it's really hard to pick out any distinct malt flavors. Maybe some simple white bread flavors, but the malts are light and somewhat pushed to the side by the hops. Medium-high amount of carbonation with a medium body, quite crisp and clean on the finish.

Founder's take on the classic Pale Ale is a pretty good one. Quite strong in hop character, but simply so, and not too overbearing for those not exactly looking for an IPA. This would be a good transition from APAs to IPAs for someone who is afraid to make the leap.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pours hazy golden yellow/orange with a one finger white head.

S- I get a lot of grain in the nose. maybe some wheat as well. Slight lemon grass. Light hop profile in this beer.

T- A low bitterness up front. Followed up by a nice hop flavor. There is a slight astringency. The hops are slightly citrusy and have a little pine. Very flowery and earthy.

M- Drinks easy. Kind of rainy aftertaste. Light feel but as expected.

O- Decent pale ale, I thought founders would go with the hoppy approach but this is a little different.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 7th, 2012:

Into a pint glass:

A: golden/copper colored body that leaves a one finger white head that slowly dies to a fairly long lasting film of a head. The body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen and barely any lacing is left.

S: pine and hops combined powerfully up front with a strong sense of malts trying to come through.

T: wonderful combination of pine, hops and malts with a bit of a floral/citrus aspect coming out as the beer warms.

M: light with nothing harsh on the tongue - just an all around good feel, solid.

O: right now I'm wishing I bought a six pack of this but would definitely come back to this.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of DanE
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a copper color with some haze, a one-finger white head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Seems a little muted. I get some pine hops and cracker malt, and that's about it.

T: The flavor follows the nose, but has bigger flavors. A nice hop bitterness, sweet malt, and is fairly well-balanced. I really don't get much floral/citrus/pine aspects to hop profile.

M: Mouthfeel on the lighter side, moderate carbonation sensation, no alcohol presence to speak of.

O: This is a pretty decent pale ale, and I think one that follows the style guidelines well. This bottle was less than four months old, but I do wonder if it would have been better if I had drank it when it was fresher. Still, very enjoyable. Recommended.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of RussBecker1
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

A-Nice looking ale. More character than most other basic ales with a thick golden amber, and a small yet noticeable head.

S-Almost smells like a cheaper IPA with the hops and citrus notes very apparent. The nose is certainly not overpowering, but the dry hopping can be picked up very clearly.

M-Again more character than most pale ales, but in terms of feel that works against the brew as the viscosity is a little too overbearing and masks the carbonation and other factors the beer possesses.

T-A perfect introduction to a dry hopped beer. The hops and especially the grapefruit aspects of the citrus undertones are apparent, with the malts making more of a robust entrance than the smell indicated. The flavors are parceled out into very different portions of the palate however, which creates a bit of a harsh transition between the notes.

O-Very easy to enjoy, and very easy to point out the dry hopped difference. Not a whole lot of character to be found, but likely more graspable for a introductory beer geek.

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Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,778 ratings.
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