The Chronic | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by sweemzander on 10-31-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by techfed87:
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3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nicely sized head. Color is a golden, clear yellow.

Smell is very floural, with a clear hops presence.

First sip is pleasently hoppy. A bit of a honey flavor is present as well.

Mouthful is a bit watery, but for a beer with an ABV at this one's level it is expected.

A pretty good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of larryarms847
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright and clear golden yellow with a fizzy head of foam.

Subtle citrus and hop resin notes.

Citrusy and a bit of green/dank hop resin.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, clean, crushable.

Overall, a seriously crushable brew!

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of EricTKole
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TCgoalie
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A typical golden yellow tint for a pale ale type beer. There is a greenish hazy tint and a tad of big bubble head.

Smelling this bad boy brings about some citrusy pine and a bit of fresh herb...hence the name?

There is quite a bit of bitter hop explosion in this. The hops bring about some grapefruit and pine sap. This isn't very balanced with malt (imagine a DIPA w/out the Malt). I would imagine a beer brewed with just hops would taste something like this one. I have endured some tasty burps from this...hop burps!

There is quite a bit of carbonation that zings the mouth, but the strange thing, my mouth feels extra wet after drinking this.

This is a pretty easy drinker and would be very refreshing on a warm summer day.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap pour at Founders. A Pale Ale Double dry hopped with summit hops.

(A)- Pours a golden amber color that produced an off-white head that dissipated immediately.

(S)- Strong pine needle. . . How much hops did they add to this? Most piney beer ive ever smelled!

(T)- Pine needle attack; melting the palate with hoppiness. Rather dry, with a slightly sweet malt background, but otherwise nothing but crazy pine!

(M)- Great carbonation level amidst an absolute hop attack on the senses. Only something like this I would expect from Founders.

(D)- A very interesting beer. Definitely not your average pale ale for sure. A Founder's taproom exclusive that would be a for sure hit with all you hopheads out there if it were bottled.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gtg642
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BigMike
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is supposed to be a brewpub only release, but somehow the guys at The BlueDog got their hands on a keg.

Poured into a tulip glass. Color was golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Minimal amount of head. Maybe a fingers worth at best. Pretty soapy and slightly off white in color.

Smell is really nice. I believe this is brewed only using Summit hops. The smell they give off is wonderful. Lots of citrusy grapefruit and some light floral notes.

This beer tastes awesome. Grapefruit, orange zest. Very dry and bitter finish but super easy to drink. I had 3 glasses of this at the Pliny the Younger event. If i could get this regularly i would buy it by the case. As always, Founders comes through!

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The Chronic from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 30 ratings