Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Spring

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Added by drxandy on 06-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
108
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
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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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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 orangesol
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Clear golden. Smells of grain and bready malt. Lightly floral hops tastes of cracker malt, a little perfumey, and a tiny bit of spicy hop bitterness. Light body. Kind of a nothing beer. Very bland, but nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I didn't think too much of this one. Just not a good beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of sweemzander
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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 BDeibs
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MSandahl23
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hollywood_15063
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tectactoe
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeMans
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Holland
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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