Founders All Day IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by Avagadro on 06-05-2010

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Photo of mattcrill
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Soft orange blossom and honey notes. Candied oranges and moderate fruity esters (pear, fresh melon) are at the forefront.

Appearance: Amber pour with golden edging. Low white head that doesn't retain well.

Flavor: Firm earthy bitterness up front followed by orange rind and some lemon fruit flavor. Balance is firmly bitter and finish is bone dry. No malt flavors to speak of. The hops really shine.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and moderately high carbonation. Just a touch of hop-derived astringency.

Overall impression: Delivers as advertised. Nice approachable hoppy beer that you can enjoy a couple pints of. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BB1313
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/4/12. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a classic gold, nice fluffy white head which eventually fades with nice lacing and retention. Smells great, lots of fruity dank hops. I'm picking up lots of pungent juicy ripe grapefruit and mango. Smells just as good or better than alot of great IPAs.. I could just imagine how good it smelled over a month ago. The flavors are nice, just dialed down a tad and somewhat fall flat, especially compared to the nose, but it's still really tasty. More fruity citrus, not too much pine. No malt. Reminiscent of a "westcoast" style IPA. Mouthfeel is nice, light carbonation, it's just the body is a little thin and weak, but that was expected. Alcohol is obviously unnoticeable and this truly is an all day IPA.. they named this one appropriately. Very refreshing..

Really nice beer here from Founders. Great aromas and flavors for such a small beer.. well done.

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Photo of beergod1
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light gold-to-copper color with a white head and a good amount of lacing. Smell is quite strong and hoppy with some excellent floral, citrus, and tropical notes. Taste draws back a bit, but is still quite nice. Light malt character, but really not too much. Mouthfeel is light and dry. I see drinking this one all summer.A Nice session summer brew.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Straw yellow with a slight orange tinge and a half a finger of bubbly white head.

S - Beautiful grapefruit and pine aromas up front with a big bitterness evident. A touch of malt sweetness is present in the background. Great nose for a sessionable ale.

T - Sharp bitterness up front with some grapefruit, orange zest and pine flavours. The faintest touch of malt sweetness is present in the background. The finish is dry with lingering bitterness.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of bashiba
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice, a clear orange amber with a light white head.

The smell was light and floral, light bit of grassy hops.

The flavor is mild, a touch of light caramel bready malt and a bit of light pine and citrus hops, flavors are clean and balanced but very underwhelming.

The mouthfeel is a touch thin, even for such a low ABV beer.

There really aren't any flaws here, its just very underwhelming, I was expecting more of a dry hopped prescence. Should be Blah day IPA.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 12/26/2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is mostly hoppy, the brew smells like citrusy (tropical fruit, orange peel, mango) and pine hops, along with a little bit of bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but for whatever reason it just doesn't taste quite as good as the aroma would lead me to believe. The flavors seem a bit watered down. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick, is well carbonated and goes down easy enough. However, at $10.99 a 6-pack I wouldn't buy it again since I can get better IPA's at that same price or cheaper (for example, Columbus IPA or Brew Kettle White Rajah). With that being said, I do think it's worth trying.

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Photo of wedge
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 12/26/11

Yellow gold with a bit of haze to it and a small, sticky pure white covering of a head. Mild sweet orange hop aroma - a light, but quality blend of floral, citrus, and pine. The flavor is again mild, but still showcases a nice selection of hops...fresh grass, pine, zesty citrus all over a bed of grain. Light bodied with a medium bitterness and finishing dry. Yeah, I could drink several of these. Hoppy pale ale? Light IPA? Whatever...tasty stuff!

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Photo of sweett3k
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich Golden in color with a thin bubbley head.

S:Light crisp pine and citrus.

T: Grapefruit and bready.

M: It is a session ale so the drinability of the beer is awesome.

O: Founders makes some great brews. This one is spot on with being a great tasting beer you can drink all day long. Hince the name. Great job Michigan Breweries keep them coming.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Founders All Day IPA last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I have been waiting for this beer since Founders had people vote on the label, I like that more brewery's are offering hoppy session beers so let's see how Founders version is. Bottled on 1/14/2012. Poured from a short 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty good and it has a nice summer time camping look to it. It poured a very clear golden amber color with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This beer looks nice and it's the clearest IPA I have ever had.

S- The aroma of this beer is dominated by citrus hops, it's the first thing that I notice and they impart some really nice pineapple, mango, and blood orange aromas. I pick up a light amount of bready pale malts in the middle and a slight herbal and floral hop aroma. The aroma is all about the hops and the hop mixture is nice and citrusy, just the way I like it, great aroma.

T- The taste is pretty simple and straightforward. The hops are the first to show up and they impart a floral, earthy, and piney flavors along with a toned down citrus hop flavor that was similar to the aroma only much lighter. The malts stick out more then they did in the aroma and impart a grainy, bready, and slight caramel flavor. The finish has a light amount of medium bitterness with a slight malt and earthy/citrus hop flavor in the aftertaste. This beer tasted good, they managed to get a good amount of flavor in this beer and it wasn't overly bitter.

M- Smooth, crisp, refreshing, on the medium side of being light bodied and it had a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, it fits this beer nicely.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty good beer and a damn good sessionable American IPA. This beer was light on the mouthfeel but full of flavor. It had very good drinkability that makes this beer live up to it's name, I could session this beer without getting bored with it and drinking it all day wouldn't be out of the question, it's smooth, not filling, full flavored and low in alcohol, everything you would want in a session IPA. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma it was really good and full of citrus hops. There wasn't anything that I didn't like about this beer but I think if a six pack was a dollar or two cheaper this beer would be in the fridge at all times. I will for sure be buying this beer again, I can see drinking a lot of this in the summer, especially on the disc golf course. I highly recommend giving this beer a shot if session IPA's are your thing, you shouldn't be disappointed. As usual with Founders this is another good and well made beer that is everything it is suppose to be and nothing it's not. It's nice to know that the brewery that gives me the big stouts that I love can also supply me with a great sessionable IPA that I can for sure see being a summer time barbecue staple. Before I had this beer The Wanderer from North Peak was my favorite session IPA, but now this beer is because it is better tasting. has a better aroma, and it isn't as bitter. Great job Founders I can see drinking a lot of this beer in the future.

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Photo of Bung
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Macs Steel Creek. Slightly orangey gold pour. Layer of white.

Aroma, nicely piney. Very faint citrus.

Taste, piney again. Much more citrus though, lemon zest. A faint bread/malt body peaks through. Bitter lingers a little, but nicely.

Pretty light bodied, but drinks damn near like water. Probably a bit thin, but for a session ale, all right. Better than session ale from Full sail by a long shot. For obvious reasons, pretty tame though.

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden in color. Clear. Forms a small white head that quickly reduces to not much more than a ring around the edge. Some light lacing. Aroma is pretty good: lots of tropical hops and juicy citrus with just a bit of pale malts. Unfortunately the taste isn't nearly as good as the aroma. The malts are rather low and while the hops are certainly present, they almost seem out of place. It's not that the beer is lacking balance, it's just the the hops just don't taste as great as they smell. Body is thin with a bit of a spicy feel in the mouth. Mild-to-moderate bitterness. Overall, something just seems off with this beer. I love hops and this beer has plenty of them, but the lack of an appreciable malt backbone does nothing for them. Sure, it's easier to drink than most IPAs, but I really just wouldn't want to.

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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 schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very much like the recent 21st Amendment Bitter American. Comparing the two, the Bitter American wins hands down, but this is a very nice beer worth your consideration.

It is great looking in the glass. It smells nice too. Tasteis a little metalic as is the aftertaste. I am not going to rush out and buy this for my guests (but I will get some Bitter American).

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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 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 Treebs
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a FFF 15th Anniversary pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a one finger pure white head forming on the pour. The head recedes to thick, bubble collar. Splotchy stick of lace are present down the glass.

S: Light notes of citrus and resin with a mild malt background.

T: Pale and bready malts with a touch of fruity grapefruit, orange and mild resin bitterness. The is a solid caramel malt sweetness on the finish, but the flavors are somewhat muted.

M: Well they hit the session part. Not to sweet or bitter, medium carbonation with a light than usual body for an IPA.

O: A very sessionable IPA. The flavors are muted, but they are well balanced. That being said, beers like Pliney and Ephraim are more sessionable and have the flavor profile to boot. The fact that it comes in 6-packs is its major perk.

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Photo of Auracom
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I completely forgot this beer had even been made until six packs popped up here in Oak Park a few weeks back. Single 12 oz. purchase from Marion Street and poured on Friday, February 10th, 2012 into a Cantillon flute.

A - Clear, medium orange coloring. One finger head dissipated almost immediately down to white bubbles. A bit surprised at the lack of retention.

S - Lightly tropical. Astringent fruit skins, very little malt backing.

T - Effervescent and lightly sweet in the front end. Thick, pulpy orange juice. Moderate hop bitterness near the back.

M - Light body, low-medium carbonation, medium-length dry finish.

D - It's a 4.7% Founders brew, how in the hell could this not be drinkable?! The taste is narrow and not terribly complex, but overall it's a well-done beer that has an exact point and purpose.

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Photo of Kbogac
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Sort of a nice light orange amber with a white foam. Dissipates very quickly to a small ring with a little lacing. The smell is a wonderful hoppy citrus with a bit of spruce. Taste is light, clean and fresh citrusy hops with a mildly bitter finish. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall great session IPA. I could easily see myself going through quite a few of these. 

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Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a pale golden, nice and clear, minimal head...reduces to razor thin collar, no lacing

S: nose is hoppy, leans towards the citric side of things, notes of lemon, tangerine, peach, and orange peel, some sourdough bread in the background

T: tastes features a bright flash of fruity hop character up front, bitterness is restrained, malt profile is minimal, a slightly bitter finish

MF: light body, high carbonation

O: this is very refreshing and certainly fits the bill as an "all day IPA", not going to go down the road of controversy that is associated with calling this a session ale, but the bottom line is that it is light, flavorful, easy drinking, and refreshing

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Photo of minterro
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Single from Spartan Spirits about 2.50 a bottle.

Poured into a pint glass. I have to say going into this one I kinda I kind of have a negative attitude. All day IPA? I thought founder’s goal was to make bold beers... not 4.8% American IPA’s Sessional.

A & S: pours about a finger to a finger and a half of fizzy off white head. The beer is a hazy pale orange color. Clumps of lacing. Faint citrus and grassyness in the scent that increases as it warms.

T & M: Pretty much the scent only less bold. The finish is pretty damn bitter and dry. Crisp and refreshing but not very flavorful. Light bodied high carbonation.

O: Pretty much lived up to my expectations. There are better American IPA out there no reason to settle for a sessional, especially for the price.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled on 02/02/12. Not quite two weeks old. Alcohol on the label reads 4.7%

A- Pours a clear gold color with a thick white foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Citrus hops and tropical fruit aroma is exploding out of this beer. Dank, pine, grapefruit, mango, and so much more. Rivals some of the best DIPA noses out there.

T- A gentle bitterness upfront with flavors of orange, lemon, and grapefruit all present. Some light toasted malt in the finish helps to balance a touch. No hint of alcohol to speak of, with just a bit of lingering bitterness.

M- Light bodied with good carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O- Easily one of the best sub 5% hoppy beers that I've had. I could see picking this up quite often over the summer.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle... after a 7:30am to 6:30pm working day.

A:Playfully bubbly. nice light golden color.
S: Subtle hops and floral aroma.
T: Subtle bitterness. I almost a little on the watery side.
M: Despite the high carbonation it sits pretty nicely. No lingering bitterness.

Overall this actually drinks a lot like a lager. It's very light and only a subtle bitterness. Very smooth as every Founders beer is. I think I was looking for something a little more and that's why I wasn't so impressed. As a nice easy drinking beer it's perfect.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden with a big light fluffy white head. Aroma has beautiful aromatic floral hops, some light citrus peel, and very little sweet malt in there. Easy drinking but holds a decent hop bite. Flavor is light citrus rinds, some light grass and pine. Very light mouthfeel, very little malt backbone, but still plenty of flavor. Medium high carbonation. True to what it us supposed to be: a good IPA that won't floor you if you're downing them all day long. Nicely done.

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Photo of lanamj
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served into a All Day IPA pint glass.

A- Honey brown color with a fast head and weak lacing. It looks like an amazing pilsner.

S- Nice hop forward aroma. I pick up bitter soap, fresh hop, honey biscuit, wheat and faint citrus.

T- Nice, light and bitter. Some sweet malt and bitter hops create a nice balance.

M- Nicely carbonated and tru to the style of a session beer... easy drinking.

O- A very nice beer with lots to offer in the way of a different style. I feel to have a light IPA as an option is a brilliant idea. I could drink this ALL DAY.

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Photo of weizenbob
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This 12 ounce bottle was purchased at Meijer in Ludington, MI ($7.99/six-pack on sale). It was bottled January 4, 2012. Weighing in at 4.7% ABV and 42 IBUs this sounds a lot more like an APA than an IPA, but then again, it is a blurry line that distinguishes the two styles. I popped the cap and poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass.

The pour yields a finger of ivory head that dissipates rapidly but never fully disappears. Lacing teases in a couple of spots but fails to manifest in a significant fashion. The brew is light copper in color and crystal clear. A fair amount of carbonation is seen rising lazily up the middle of the glass. The clarity is attractive and there is nothing offensive in the look of this beer; but it is otherwise uninspiring to the eyes.

The aroma is wonderfully hoppy with tangerine-like citrus asserting itself beautifully. They must have dry-hopped the snot out of this. Beyond that there is not a lot of complexity; but they sure did cram a ton of fantastic smelling citric hops into the aroma.

Unfortunately, the flavor proves that the notion of a lower alcohol IPA is, as of yet, too good to be true. All Day IPA comes off as an unbalanced hop bomb. However, at 42 IBU the hopiness doesn’t taste all that aggressive. The flavor is resinous in a way that is akin to pine sap and citrus rind. There is little in the way of a malt bill to stand up to the hops, which is unsurprising given the brew’s gravity. As such it tastes very watery. The finish is dry with moderate bitterness lingering on the tongue. A bit of added crystal/caramel malt would have done wonders here, but would probably have bumped the ABV even further beyond “session” level than it already is. As is, it tastes akin to hop water.

The feel, though light for an IPA, is inoffensive. The body is light. The carbonation level is fairly low. It drinks nearly as easily as water. The only barb is the resinous hop oil that manages to coat the tongue and mouth. It lingers for a long time, begging for some crackers and sharp cheese to scrub it away. This is not necessarily a bad thing.

Overall, this is a confusing little beer. Ignoring that it’s technically beyond the ABV limit for a session ale, the relatively low gravity means that there is little malt to stand up to the fairly nice hop additions to this beer. It smells great and has an inoffensive feel, but flavor is what really matters. This beer, though not bad, feels more like a gimmick than a serious stab at a respectable brew. I do think that it has a slight edge over Founders’ Dry Hopped Pale Ale, but it is miles away from their excellent Centennial IPA.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I do not give a Schlitz for Founders All Day IPA. Incidentally, Schlitz is also 4.7% ABV (and a better bargain).

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 6,922 ratings.
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