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Founders Pale Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Pale AleFounders Pale Ale
2,780 Ratings
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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Ratings: 2,780 |  Reviews: 839
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a fingerswidth small bubble white head. Glass bottom retention leaves a few lacey drips. Odd Franz Mucha bottle art. Come to think of it Founder's bottle art is kinda all over the place.

Smells like good ol' cascade. Grassy and light grain.

One of the grassier beers I can rECALL. Lil' herbal bitter in back. Light grain malt base.

A standard bearer for the lawnmower beer. Interesting beer in the sense it's completely flawless but doesn't stand out in any particular area either.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, received in a mixed 6-pack of the month from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a straw amberish color with a one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smells of hops with a slight piney smell. Tastes of lots of hops, slight malt, but a dry hop, like the bottle says, dominates. Finishes very smooth with not much aftertaste, with good carbonation. Overall, a good pale ale.

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

Clear orange brew with barely a half inch of off white creamy head, that was more persistent than i expected. Smell included malt and citrus and pine. Taste was a nice balance of bread like malt and citrussy, piney hops. Light mouth feel seems appropriate.

Another light drinkable pale ale, fairly middle of the road.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.09/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice copper color, but with almost no head. Very sweet, almost pungent aroma. Overly sweet for a pale ale - it almost tastes artificially sweet (both I and the person I was drinking with said it tastes like Splenda was added to it). Nor is it very hoppy - I would never have guessed this was dry hopped. Also, way over-carbonated. Overall, not a great representation of an American Pale Ale, nor a beer from Founders.

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3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear, golden yellow with a full three fingers of almost pure white head. Dissipated quickly, but left a solid cap with impressive lacing.

S- Kind of strange here, got an adjunct lager smell from this beer. Backed with citrusy hops, mostly lemon and grapefruit, and a dry cracker like malt aroma.

T- Pretty mild tasting, get some earthy prickly hops up front, then more of a dry clean malt profile. Surprised it wasn't more citrusy given the nose.

M- Light mouth feel, well carbonated, pretty refreshing.

O- Pretty mediocre beer all in all, not bad, but there are much better selections in the style

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3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a mellow orange citrus hop. I the taste, a small hop, mostly citrus, and a bit watery. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry and small citrus hop in the aftertaste. A bigger nose, but easy to drink and nice.

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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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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brass color. Minimal head, it fades away quickly.

S: Piney, citrusy, and a little musty actually. I don't think this is bad but the smell is a bit off.

T: Same as the smell without the mustiness. Pleasantly bitter, delightfully hoppy.

M: Nice carbonation, pleasant in the mouth. Leaves a lingering bitterness.

O: A great American Pale Ale. Above average. Downright delicious. Love this with a light meal.

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Founders Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 2,780 ratings
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