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

bottled on 04/09/12, served in a nonic.

a - pours a hazy golden color with a thin cap of sudsy, off white head. retention is good and leaves thick, leggy lacing in the glass.

s - toasted bread, grass, faint toffee.

t - bready malt up front with a mild piney bitterness on the back of the tongue. also notes of grape and a strong diacetyl presence. well balanced but seems a little off to me, maybe from the diacetyl?

m - medium body, slightly slick, adequate carbonation, medium co2 profile.

o - pretty good but not on par with the rest of the founders lineup. it's been a while since i've had this so i'm going to check it against another to rule out the possibility of a bad bottle.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright golden color with an active bright white head. Grapefruit and pine on the nose. A touch of a floral bouquet and some toasted biscuit.

A little heavy in body for a pale ale with modest carbonation. Sweet sugary biscuit on the front end of the tongue followed by waves of citric fruitiness. Ends with a piney grapefruit snap that really lingers on the mid-palate as well as the lips. Body holds up well to the carbonation. Extremely long finish. Incredible balance between sweet fruits and dry hop resin. Thirst quenching yet it keeps you thirsty.

Nothing really stuns me about this beer but it's unique enough to be Founders for sure. Very complex for a single-hopped pale ale. Incredibly well thought out and brewed.

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

A: Clear bold amber. Good head.

S: Light but some hops there. Citrus, orange. A little watery.

T: Good amount of hops but not overwhelming. Some malt but not a lot. Some good flavors that blend together. Almost reminds of an over hopped lager. Smooth and on the light side.

M: Bubbles create a bitterness that is a little difficult to handle. Not a lot of flavor development but some hops in there.

Overall a good showing again from Founders but this one doesn't bring as much to the table as their other beers.... although I don't think they were trying for anything spectacular. If you're looking for a solid ale this is it. Might be good for getting someone away from lagers.

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

Bottled 05/07/12

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of fluffy head

S: Floral hops with some malt sweetness, along with notes of citrus hops

T: Very well balanced, slightly bitter to start but this is quickly rounded off by a pleasant malt sweetness. Hops are both floral and citrusy, but are definitely toned down by the malt

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice, sessionable pale that is very drinkable and well balanced. Certainly won't kill the palate with hops (leave that to the IPAs) and does a nice job playing middle ground. Also does a nice job at showing off the aromaticity of cascade hops

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