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Founders All Day IPA Session Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders All Day IPA Session AleFounders All Day IPA Session Ale
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3.87/5
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7,249 Ratings
Founders All Day IPA Session AleFounders All Day IPA Session Ale
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,449
Reviews:
1,013
Ratings:
7,249
pDev:
11.63%
Bros Score:
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Photo of SpdKilz
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -10.1%
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 Atyoungberg
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Auracom
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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 CarolinaKevin
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Kbogac
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +3.4%
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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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of cates1tg
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of minterro
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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 imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of brealbg
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of projectflam86
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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 -8.8%
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 +3.6%
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 -8.3%
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%
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 Session Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 7,249 ratings
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