Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of Avagadro
4.26/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: straw in color, crystal clear, plenty of lacing, and a respectable head.

S: cereal grains and corn full the bouquet.

T: grain and corn work well together in this highly sessionable brew.

M: light and clean with plenty of carbonation.

D: highly sessionable, great grain flavor, and very refreshing. This would be an amazing lawnmower brew.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Class 1 tap at the brewery. Poured into a nonic pint.

A- A fairly clean, golden body. It was served with a thin white head that left light lace on the glass.

S- A good balance of grainy/cracker-like malts and grassy/slightly floral hops. A little on the sweet end, maybe like an herbal tea.

T- Much as the aroma suggests. Sweet malts up front are mostly ritz cracker. Hops jump in with a grassy and herbal flavor and really clean up the finish.

M- Medium body. Clean, dry finish with a little hop bite.

O- A really easy drinker. The lower ABV makes for a good session beer in the summer heat. It was my wife's favorite beer on the current tap list.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Founders Brewhouse - Grand Rapids, MI

A - cloudy yellow, 1 finger of head, lace left on glass

S - light malting and hopping. Not much nose.

T - Fairly sweet and alightly bitter. Floral. Tastes refreshing

M - very carbonated. Sizzled. Awesome mouth

O - An awesome light golden pale. Easy to drink. I could drink this all day and not get all boozed up.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at the Founders Brewing Company taproom in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It arrived in a generic nonic, showing a pale golden straw coloring. It held a one finger head of crisp white bubbles, showing okay retention. This left patterned lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be mild. The aroma gave big pilsner malts, lemon rind bite, spongy plastics, foaminess, tinny metallics, and light almond . With warmth came more cereal and pale grains, chalk, and more chemically lemon wipe bite. Our first impression was that the beer was very drinkable, with pleasantly light hops, and a strong malt base. As we sipped, the taste began with bittered pilsner maltiness, lightly citric, soapy, and grassy hops, dried straw, and sea salt. Moving to the peak was more of that bittered straw dryness, enhanced grassy hop bite, drying chalkiness, and lemon rind bitterness. The end came with more pale and pilsner malts, weedy freshness, lactic creaminess, and more of the soapy hop side of things. The aftertaste breathes lightly of black pepper, those standard grassy hops, general chalky graininess, juicy yeast, and light florals. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium to high, with big foaminess. Each sip gave good pop, smack, and froth, but lesser initial slurp at the outset. The mouth was left juicy and wet, with crisp grassy astringency on the hard palate. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its excellent drinkability. The aroma and flavoring were pleasant and light, not attempting to overwhelm or knock the drinker down. The sip was juicy, wet, and foamy, with crisp dryness of grain on the back. The pilsner malt inclusions did make things seem a bit cheap and metallic at times, but otherwise the beer was fresh and well balanced.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Founders.A light golden straw color with quite a bit of carbonation.Aroma of grassy hops and maybe some yeast type esters,faint farmhouse funk,and some biscuty malt.Flavor is Saison like with a bit of fruit like maybe apple and a spice like cloves ,grain everything is very subtle,a very sessionable easy drinker,thin body,short kind of hoppy bready aftertaste. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of drxandy
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap 6/20/08 - Stopped in before a concert @ the orbit room.
Served in 12oz fluted glass, straw gold color, minimal head but nice lacing.

smells light, nice malts, biscuity, sweetness kinda honey/apricot/pear-ish

tastes of crisp malt, sweetness on the back is very nice - reminds me of a better magic hat #9, light hopping keeps it smooth and the bitterness compliments nicely

mouthfeel is nice, as with most if not all founders brews - crisp, easy to drink, a very nice warm weather beer!

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Photo of RAFH
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a 5 ounce pour at the Founder's Brewery Restaurant on my birthday in 2016 with my Dad and his wife Sherrie. Thought Solid Gold would be great on tap, but it wasn't. Enough said.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. It has a light pale malt scent with some light hops and a dry finish. The taste is much the same. It's your basic pale ale; light and drinkable with pale malts and moderate hopping. It goes down quick with a dry, fruity finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is their session ale. It's highly drinkable; not to complex. This is you lawnmower beer for those hot summer days.

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Photo of gopens44
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After absorbing the fairly pedestrian appearance of golden and clear with little to no head activity, I took in the nose of muted grains under an odd freshwater thing (think of the faint smell of a lake). Taste supplied plenty of corn taste with a solid bitter backbone just prior to the not too dry, not too cloying mouth feel. All around clean drinker, great session beer and likely a superb gateway beer but not the most earth shaking offering when lined up against all their other fun treats.

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Photo of bwood06
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Ultra clear and straw in colors. 1 finger white head with light carbonation. Head disappears rather slowly. 4/5

S - Base malt. Very lightly hopped. Hint of rice? Unsure of this last aroma though... Something else besides base malt and hops, but unsure of what it is... 3.5/5

T - Malty, yeasty. Some graininess and very light hops. Foral notes are somewhat noticeable but not much so. Grassy finish. Ever so slight spiciness (pepper). 3.5/5

M - Very light and clean. Lingering bitterness. 3.75/5

O - Drinkability is very nice, and works well as a session beer. Taste reflects what is hinted at in the aroma. Very light and clean. Not a beer that I will order again from Founder's due to other offerings but I'm glad I at least gave this a shot.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Founder's for the release of 2013 KBS. Pours a slightly hazy and cloudy golden and yellow hybrid color. A foamy white ring is all that's left once the already small head dissipates completely. Some slightly wet patches of lacing are left behind.

Not sure what an "extra" pale ale is exactly, but I'd never turn down anything from Founders. The aroma has a moderately low, peppery-hop character. I guess I say "moderately low" because I was expecting more hops due to the work "extra" in the beer title. That's what I get for jumping to conclusions, though. With some time, the hop profile opens up a bit more while still retaining that peppery feel; ashy and leafy with heavy herbal characters. Some light fruity notes join the party, as well. Lemon zest and orange peel rest lightly on the even lighter malt infrastructure. Pretty muzzled aroma when all was said and done.

The taste is basically a continuation of the aroma - grassy, herbal, and slightly spicy hops with a refined but noticeable bitterness that rides the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue. The fruit may be a bit heavier on the palate than the nose - more orange peels and lemon zest, however not too much citrus or anything else, really. Malts are also a bit more substantial - sweet and lightly bready. A bit more orange zest in the finish along with a lasting, faint bitterness from the herbalness of the hops. Thin-medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation and a lightly crisp mouth feel.

Not a bad beer, but at the same time, it didn't really have much going on. Kind of boring, but still somewhat enjoyable and easy to put down. Definitely a weaker offering from Founders, but it was a bit better than the Diamond Mountain Brown ale I had the same day.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. As close as Founders will get to a lager, it reminded me of a dry hopped lager. Light yellow with no head, and a decent hop flavour. A faint hop aroma.Average mouthfeel. Nice summer beer.I am used to the understated hop taste of an English hopped bitter. Easy drinking, good flavour for sessionabl alcohol.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Why is this a tap room exclusive? Such an ordinary beer, and not very Founders-esque. It almost tastes like there's corn in there. It was kind of hard to go from some of the more legendary beers Founders offers, and then having one of these. It tastes average. There is a slight hoppiness and bitterness in the taste, but it's rather bland and unexciting. It's definitely a sessionable sort of brew, but I'd sooner take their standard pale ale over this any day. Not much to miss here, folks.

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Photo of 98green
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Look is a promising light orange. Smell is biscuit I guess. Taste is all bready light malts. Maybe some floral hops in the finish. A bit spicy on the tongue, not hot just the carbonation. Feel is fine. The mitre I drink of it the more I like it. A classic session beer. No harm done, but nothing extraordinary. I wouldn't reco but I wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a pint glass on tap at Founders Brewing.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Not much head to speak of except some light white bubbles and very minimal lacing.

(S)- Really fruity of lemon, orange peel, and an apricot, yet almost grapefruit aroma.

(T)- Really dry! Fruits of apricot, and lemon. Slightly tart. Reminds me strongly of DFH's Aprihop in comparison.

(M)- Smooth and dry. Really fruity. Good carbonation.

(D)- Crisp and really fruity for the style, but balanced and an all-around good beer for a summer saturday early afternoon.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Nothing really special here. On draught at the brewery. It's a solid patio beer on a hot day, and ale for when you may reach for a lager. Crackers, toasted bread, floral and spice lead me to believe this is noble hop driven.

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Photo of bamadog
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to have this at Founders Fest 2010! Not the best beer from this brewery, but still, it's pretty sweet that I got to try something a little different from them. Review is from notes taken on 6/19/2010 and poured from the tap to a big ol' plastic cup.

Appearance: Pour is a very pale lemony yellow color and starts with an even one finger loose head that fades to a thin, but full cap; body has great clarity and shows fast and strong carbonation; only a thin ring of foam is left hanging around the top of cup.

Smell: A real grassy hoppy bite with a bit of a sweet malty graininess; nose is really weak overall though and I feel like I need to pull extra hard just to get some odors out of it.

Taste: The grassy hops are present, but there is a sweet corn-like grainy and toasty presence that adds an appropriate balance; really a simple and straightforward beer with a sweet corny syrupy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light body with carbonation that comes across softer than it looks; a moist and thin coating is left holding on to the palate and it really holds that sweet and syrupy corn-like flavor quite well.

Drinkability: Quite high with this light body and low ABV; a nice light set of flavors as well that aren't the least bit overwhelming, and actually a little refreshing after the slough of big beers that I've been drinking lately. it's good, and I actually really wouldn't mind seeing this in a bottle sometime.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Founders last week. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear light golden color with a nice white head and a good bit of lacing. The nose is pretty plain with some very faint malt character. Nothing too complex or hop-forward. Flavor has very faint hops with some light grain. Crisp carbonation and a light body. Well-made and a good introductory beer, but pretty boring.

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Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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