Pale Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Pale AlePale 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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3.75/5  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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden/amber color with a decent white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of citrus grapefruit with some bready and biscuit malt to back it up. The flavor is bready and biscuity with a hint of caramel that is balanced with some grapefruit and a bit of resin. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. This is the first time I've had this beer, its a nice mild pale ale. I could use some more hops, but I don't think that's what Founders was going for, probably shooting more for an entry level craft type beer. Nice solid beer that might end up in my fridge when non beer geeks are coming over.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold-orange with a white foam that dissipated quickly without lacing. Smell is caramel malt and light citric pith. Carbonation zings the tongue then fades into a mild citrus pith and resin bitterness. Some grassy elements. Malt washes into semblance of balance. Medium body. Finish is fairly clean with slight lingering bitterness. Nothing to really complain about nor to rave of here. Solid pale ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

A: Poured golden-brown from a stubby bottle, into a pint glass. Had a nice, white, 1-finger head on it that lingered for a bit, and settled into a nice thin heady blanket. Effervescent and clear.

S: Light, crisp, dry. The malt character underneath is brightened by the dry hoppiness. Dry pine needles, toast, and some cologne on the nose make this airy and inviting.

T: Smooth, bright, crisp, and cheery. Notes of toasted oat bread up-front with a light barley middle, and a crisp, clean hop finish. Middle-of-the-road bitterness, but just enough to brighten the entire character of the beer. Notes of freshly cut grass, baked bread, some sweet peaches in there, a touch of citrus, and some sediment. Flavors complex enough to appreciate, but light enough to not get bogged-down in.

M: Light and a bit thin, with a smooth feel in-mouth, and a dry, wooly after-feel. It's a nice beer in the mouth, but is lacking a certain something. Good for a beer you want to drink a lot of, though, which brings me to...

O: ...A great session beer! Tasty, but not overpowering; light, but with some complexity; alcoholic enough, but not so much that you'll risk it all on 2 beers. A nice summer time Pale Ale, that doesn't get bogged down in the nitty-gritty, this light, crisp, refreshing beer is as tasteful, yet playful as the Mucha gracing its label.

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Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 2,912 ratings