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Founders All Day IPAFounders All Day IPA

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Endurance - All Day IPA.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at City Tap House. Glad to see this listed as a session, as it was fairly light on the palate. So for the style, it was right in the wheelhouse, on look, aroma and taste Full bodied and full flavored, a benchmark for the style.e.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Golden, light amber, honey colored with a one inch/white fizzy head.

Aroma- Mainly citrus/floral notes with some pine.

Taste- First sip reveals big citrus flavors as the nose suggested, but not much else. A little bit of grapefruit and decent amount of caramel malt. Slight bitterness punch that fades very quickly.

Feel- Pretty thin, slightly watery, but enough malt to give this enough body and texture. Flavor get slightly drier as it warms, which increases bitterness and decreases enjoyment, so drink it sooner rather than later.

Overall- First time I had this it was way too dry and just lacked flavor to me, but after revisiting this since last summer this tastes much better to me. One dimensional with the citrus, but it works and makes for a great session ipa. I can't put this in the 4 range because it simply lacks the flavor and depth of other regular ipa's that Ive had. That being said this is going on my go-to summer list, and with a 15 pack/12 pack price setup this will be hard to not repurchase again and again. (88/100)

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - pours golden orange body. Small white head dissipates quickly.
S - fruity and hoppy
T - fruity with slight hoppy bitter after taste
F - smooth with hint of carbonation at the end to give it a kick
O - I'm new to ipa's but this is the best I've had so far.

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Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with 1/2 finger of quickly dissipating head.

Smell is loaded with pine. Hard to get too much else out of the smell, but it does smell good.

Taste is similar to smell, with piney hops dominating. Not muh in the way of malt to balance, but really quite good. Finish tastes a bit like tea, with little in the way of lingering hop bitterness. A lot of flavor, but the finish falls a bit flat.

Medium, slightly oily mouthfeel that finishes pretty clean.

Overall, very drinkable, though the tea notes on the finish are a little off putting after awhile. Nice to see some more very flavorful, lower abv beers.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Light amber with hints of gold near the edges. Light carbonation drifting upwards. Slightly reflective and slightly opaque. Small head sits on top and dissipates quickly.

S - Pine and grapefruit make up the nose on this one.

T - Bitter piney and grapefruit hops hit you up front. They bring enough flavor to let you know this is a craft beer but they arent overly strong. I will say they bring a lot of flavor for an under 5% ABV beer. Ther is also a slight wheat crispness that hits in the middle of the beer. There is a light pine flavor that lingers in the finish

MF - Light body with light carbonation. Has a slight resin stickiness in the middle p. the finish leaves a nice resin coating that goes well with the piney finish

O - Overall, a great session beer from Founders that hits the mark. At under 5% ABV, you could drink a lot of these and you would not be missing out on any flavor of bigger beers

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of these from a local store.

Appearance – Pours a darker orange color, reminiscent of Hopslam. About two fingers of nice white head is achieved that dissipates slowly leaving some nice looking lacing.

Smell – Lots of citrus fruits such as pineapple and hints of mango. Slight malty/bready backbone, herbal and floral hops, lemon zest.

Taste – Pine resin, floral/earthy hops, a more subdued citrus flavor than the nose led. I can still pick out lemon zest, grapefruit, and a bit of pineapple. A more so prominent malty and caramel backbone finishes the sip up.

Mouthfeel – Medium to thin bodied, plenty of carbonation, finishes light and dry.

Overall – For a lower ABV IPA, there is quite a bit of flavor to it. That said, the body is a bit too thin and the flavor just is off somehow that I can’t put my finger on yet. Perhaps just a bit of a metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like an IPA lite very clear yellow amber brown with a 1/4 inch of head. Sticky too.

S - Smells of fruity hops mostly citrus and mango with a good bready malt balance.

T - Well it's good and I got to give it to em it's very drinkable. IBU's being around 40 it never gets too bitter or cloying. As advertised.

M - Light to medium not sure it's session ability since I only had one.

Overall another great beer by Founders this one would be worth the 10 bucks a sixer if it ever went outside it's Michigan borders.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a two-finger foamy white. The head dissapates quickly and leaves some soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is floral hops and citrus.

T - The flavor starts with a nice hit of piney hops that quickly into some nice citrus and bready malts.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp with a dry finish.

O - This is a great session IPA. Perfect for a drinking session or a warm day.

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Photo of suspect
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter.

A: Aggressive pour leads to a half-finger head. The lacing on this one was thick and plentiful.

S: Lots of hops in the nose, piney resin standing in front of citrus hops make it a delicious nose. Certainly the highlight of the beer.

T: Delicate malt in the foreground, piney hops take over midway and don't let go.

M: Crisp finish, lots of carbonation. A bit bitter on the aftertaste.

O: Decent IPA, would drink a lot of these at a party or on a hot day.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a little touch of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thin layer of ivory foam which dissipates quickly. It's alright.

Smell: sweet, tangeriney hops on a somewhat grainy malt background. There's almost a candy-like quality to the tangerine. Amarillos, maybe? In any case, quite enticing.

Taste: grainy malt base with some citrusy, tangeriney hops as in the aroma. A touch of sweetness backs it up. Quite tasty for a lower-ABV kind of brew. I like it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good level of carbonation, generating a nice creaminess with a refreshing lightness.

Overall: a highly drinkable brew, I could see myself quaffing this all summer if I had the chance.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DRINKABLE. A great summer beer. Lower alcohol and a crisp refreshing feel make for an IPA that can be grabbed one after another from a cooler. Pine, fruit hops, grapefruit and a hint of strawberry, and just a touch of a bitter aftertaste remind you that you are drinking an IPA. Get this for your summer BBQ. Everyone should be happy.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium golden with peach hues and a foamy half inch ivory head that dissipates fairly quickly into a thin layer, leaving modest lacing.

Grapefruit, resin, and fresh cut grass form the initial aroma. Dank cannabis and onion surface later, accompanying slight caramel sweetness.

Flavor follows suit, with grapefruit underlying the entire profile, tart at first, then pithy at the slightly bitter finish. Onion, pine, and resin mingle with bready malt to form the backbone. There's a toasted character at the finish. It's a little lacking in malt flavor, giving a slightly watery perception.

Body is moderate to slightly light, with carbonation a touch on the high side, slight astringency, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Very good hop character in both flavor and aroma. Bitterness is not overwhelming. Possibly a little too complex to truly be an all day drinking beer for me, but I enjoyed the flavoring and aroma hop profiles. A little more malt character, and it'd be excellent.

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Photo of bound4er
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Light copper to dark straw appearance with a white head of about 2 fingers that breaks moderately fast to a covering skim.

S. Piney - resinous - herbal type hops with some biscuit malt poking through. Pretty nice.

T. Somewhat simple but offers enough flavor to keep things interesting. Light hop citrus and pine bitterness followed with bready malt that runs into a clean, nicely bitter finish. Invites you back quickly for another sip.

M. Lighter bodied with good carbonation. This stuff is made to slide down quickly.

O. A great summer beer that won't fatigue the palate or knock you on your ass if you have more than 4+ in a session. My only beef, which has been expressed by others, is that this beer strains hard to be considered an IPA. I guess it really doesn't matter, it's a nice effort from Founders nonetheless.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75


with that being said, ill grade it as an ipa

appearance is too light in color and little head retention
smell is actually pretty good bright citrus type hops
taste is watery watery watery, taste like a watered down ipa, it could be outstanding if not watered down
mouthfeel is dry and watery
overall it would have been better if classified as a pale ale!

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Photo of Maxwell
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a beautiful clean golden color with a touch of orange. The beer’s head is off-white and the bubbles are just above small in size with a fuzzy looking texture. Carbonation looks quite lively within the beer, and the beer’s body is oddly lager clean with just a faint haze from the darker malt. Lacing is light and patchy, leaving bubbles that are sticky and medium in size. The lacing also gives off a fuzzy look, much like the head does. On the nose, the beer smells of piney resinous hops with a healthy hit of citrus. The malts are light and caramelly beneath the bitter hoppy aromatics, but this is a good healthy IPA smell. The pine and citrus smells meld together beautifully, suggesting orange peel, slight lemon, grapefruit, and then good old pine tree. On the tongue, the beer tastes sharp and bitter with a nice malty finish and a touch of wateriness on the back end. The taste begins with a washing of mild bitters which build into grapefruit and slight bitter aspirin flavors, and stay on the tongue for awhile. As the bitter flavors hit the finish with a lot of water flavors, the tongue is left with residual slightly toasted malt flavor and a fair lingering of bitters. The beer also has a watery quality towards the middle of the sip, which suggests it 4.7% alcohol. The wateriness is a little upsetting for me, and though this beer is nicely bitter and full of flavor for a below 5% beer, it carries a little more water flavor than other’s of its style. On the mouth, the beer feels light and watery in body, while the carbonation is medium to prickly, leaving the tongue with a nice scrub. The mouth is left damp in the cheeks with a little bitter dryness in the middle of the tongue. Overall, this is a great all day beer with some nice bitter flavors. It does exactly what the brewery set out to do, and for that I applaud them. I like Levitation from Stone better though. I understand that Levitation is technically an amber ale, but I consider it and All Day in the same style, and I think Stone was able to have less of that watery taste and body in the beer, which is an impressive feet for an under 5% beer. This is a great beer to bring out an about, and a great one to quench your thirst, but there are better options in the style. Still, try this beer out.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Bright gold with a touch of haze and small soapy head. Not much in the way of lacing, but good carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

A: Big piney and resiny hop notes, citrus zest as well. Not much in the way of malt character, a slight graininess from the base malt. Neutral fermentation character, but a touch of yeastiness.

T/M: Firm hop bitterness upfront for such a light brew, nice pine/resin hops with some vegetal character as well as some fruitiness. Malt is damn near nonexistent, providing little to no balance and giving a very drying finish, but does an excellent job of accentuating hop character. There is a slight yeasty bite to this beer, likely from the lack of fining agents and the use of a low flocculating, neutral American ale strain.

Overall, a very delicious session ale. Insanely drinkable and gives hopheads something to drink all day long. Great for any occasion where you want to keep a flavorful beer flowing over your tongue.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice session IPA.
Nicely aromatic. Hops and malt seemed in balance; better than many in the style.
Had with a medium-spicy pan-Asian dish and it went OK.
Also had with a mild Asian dish and it went better as the hops cleared the grease.
This won't be the best IPA you taste, but it does its job well enough with spicy food.
Overall, I gave it a 4 as I like Founders and its role as the pioneer brewer in regenerating Grand Rapids.

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Photo of Act25
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Back at a 15 pack of All Day in Cans. This beer come close enough to Carton Boat, that I would easily stock one or the other. Carton wins by a nose.
Now it's in cans in 15 packs! Great idea. So, I'm buying.

Poured into stemless wine glass.

A: Pours a lighter amber yellow than most IPAs, but a vigorous, 1 finger, sticky head with great lacing.
Slightly hazed. moderate carbonation.

S: Aroma is its strongest point. Hops with zest, fruits, outdoor pine, hop oil, and a bit of catty stink. A powerful but pleasant IPA aroma. All day aroma!

T: Taste follows, the big hop character of the nose. It's light weight, but full flavored. Hops dominate the ride, with a malty front that gives way to citrus and tropical fruits. It's resinous, rising, tickling, and finishes light and dry. A great afternoon or first IPA of the day. Great starter IPA.

F: Dry, happy mouth feel, in a lighter weight, drying, fresh, light, sessionable IPA.

Founders again is on the nose with its goal of an "all day, sessionable < 5% abv IPA. Bravo!

It's a bit over done for me to be my steady IPA, and it should come in cans!

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Nice light gold color with a small head that fades, spotty lacing. Nice hop wallop on the aroma, fairly grassy and piney. Taste starts with a hit of sweetness, very light, and then the grassy and piney hops. Hint of grapefruit. Finishes dry and bitter. Very light in the stomach, crisp on the tongue. Right around session ABV, too. Nice beer!

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Photo of sjones5045
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of bottle from the first release in the area. Pours more like a light beer than a typical IPA. Decent piny smell that doesn't match the lighter appearance.

Most important....taste...was expecting an extemely thin feel and taste from an IPA with a 4.7% Abv, but was pleasantly surprised that it had a decent upfront IPA piny taste but fades quickly. This light (for lack of a better word) IPA taste, doesn't seem to burn out the taste buds like many other IPA's so it can be a very effective transition beer when trying out different crafts.

Overall, truth be told I hold Founders in a high regard but I try to be objective. For a session, it would rank very high for taste and drinking experience in comparison to other sessions. But realistically overall this is a beer that would be a great to have multiple at a BBQ or summer party where you feel like you are drinking a flavorful craft, instead of having to choose from some lame light beer or a flavorless mass produced offering. I give All Day IPA extra points for being able achieve decent IPA flavor with a lower ABV.
Definitely will be a staple in my fridge this summer.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/2/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a fresh bottle of this

Appearance: Pours a dark gold color, with some orange notes - very clear, starts with a nicely sized white head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves a spotty lacing

Smell: Light and very interesting - floral and oily citrus - mellow oranges and some grapefruit - some hints of pine - light, pale malts in the background - lightly bready - some light earthiness as well

Taste: Mellow in a very charming way - light orange and grapefruit - lightly oily, lightly pithy - light earthiness in the finish, with a touch of grass - nicely balanced with the malts, which are nicely bready - mostly pale, with some caramel malts - certainly drinkable

Mouthfeel: Light body, excellently carbonated, slightly oily, smooth

Overall: A great example of a style that should be upcoming

This is light, flavorful, and stupidly quaffable. My only question is how it compares to Lagunitas DayTime. The fact that this is year-round rather than rotating is certainly a plus. Overall, I think I prefer the hop profile of DayTime but the malt profile here. I will certainly be buying this in the future.

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Photo of pb9613
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful light amber gold color like a beautiful white head. The lacing disappears as the beer n consumed

Smell: A wonderful smell of pine and citrus.

Taste: Like most “session” IPA, this one is off balance. The hops hit you strong but there is no malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: A light beer with heavy hops.

Overall: This is one of the first "Session" IPA's that started a bad idea. In reality, these are over hopped pale ales and this one does not disappoint by being off balance. There is no malt backbone found in a good IPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I spied this with my little eye in The Fridge's cooler during a recent visit. The CANQuest (TM) has been rolling right along since my return from CANorado and today is another day of CANs.

From the CAN: "Brewed for us."; "Crack it. Pour it. Love it."; "Session Ale [-] The beer you've been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day's work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life's simple pleasures."; "Drink responsibly. They don't serve Founders in the Clink."

The Crack was music to mine ears and I was anxious to get started so I employed an inverted Glug to kick things off. I ended up with a massive two fingers of foamy, rocky eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a beautiful amber (SRM = between 9 and 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was VERY pine-y and I had to glance at the ABV to remind myself that it is a sessionable beer. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery for the style, but if that is the trade-off between taste and low ABV, I will take it without complaint. The taste was more muted than what the nose had led me to expect and it actually had a very mellow tea-like quality on the tongue. Finish was equally mellow and slightly hypnotic. I felt like I was ready for a nap.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pilsner glass

Amber- orange with medium carbonation. Solid foam cap with slight lacings.

Great citrus , grapefruit hoppy aroma.

Smooth hoppy bitterness with no sharp aftertaste. Grapefruit and tangerine flavors.

Light mouthfeel

Good , smooth hoppy beer.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden, hazy honey color with bubbles dancing up the side. Head is a puny finger in height.

S: Wow. Grassy citrus, sweet orange rind, faint honey, slight herbal tea. Packs a real punch to the shnoz, very typical of Founders beers.

T: Follows the nose. Tropical fruits, pineapple, grassy hops, slight malt sweetness.

M: Medium carbonation. My only complaint about the mouthfeel is that it's a bit watery, but I guess that's acceptable for a session IPA.

O: This is a fantastic session IPA, the best I've ever consumed. It's full of flavor and doesn't kick your ass, but the body could be a little bit more full to completely satisfy me. Definitely worth a shot.

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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