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Founders All Day IPAFounders All Day IPA
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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 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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Photo of Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2012-02-12 in Normal, IL

A - Very clear gold with a hint of orange. 1-finger head and mild lacing.

S - Fragrant citrus, light tropical and grass, pale malt and a little yeast.

T - Nice flush of citrus flesh, light pine, light grass, pilsner-like malt, orange zest bitterness increases as it dries. The bitterness lingers nicely for a minute. Well balanced.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp, dry and scrubs the taste buds.

O - Enjoyable. I like it better than Victory Headwaters but not quite as much as the Lagunitas Day Time or the 21st Amendment Bitter American.

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Photo of imintune2
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

NOTE: i found it difficult to review this beer relative to others of its style. a seemingly-average rating does not do justice to what i believe to be a "true" session ale.

A: light amber with a thin layer of head. very minimal lacing.

S: citrusy hops, bready notes

T: it's impressive how much refreshing hoppiness is packed into this IPA. the taste is neither lacking nor awe-inspiring... it simply is.

M: light body with light carbonation and a pleasantly sweet (and yes... light) aftertaste.

O: with minimal bitterness (42 IBUs) and low ABV, this a perfect IPA to enjoy with disregard for your inhibitions. maybe it's just the label (an old Woody with a canoe strapped to the roof heading down some pleasant country road)... but i would very much like to be outside under a warm sun right now.

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

All Day IPA

Enjoyed on the train with good company, while a Megadeth show.

Pours an orangish amber color that is clear as day. A couple fingers of white head sits for a while some webby lace clings.

The nose has a considerable amount of pineapple and citrus fruits coming from the hops. A light biscuity malt note is also picked up.

This beer might be low in alcohol but not in flavor! Fresh, zesty hops including pineapple and mango. A nice light bitterness on the backend.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall, great, flavorful session ale that brings nice hop characteristics to the table.

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

A- Pours a hazy gold with a one finger head that leaves a few lines of lacing behind.

S- Citrus notes upfront with lemon, lime and grapefruit zest. Pineapple, peach, herbal hops and a bit of toasted malt follow after. Quite aromatic for such a small beer.

T- Lemon, lime and grapefruit with some herbal hops, grass, and a hint of toasted malt. There was some unpleasant metallic taste at the finish.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a light body that is very crisp and bubbly.

O- The beer is quite drinkable, however, the metallic taste and high carbonation prevented me from wanting to drink a few in one sitting.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a medium golden color, very clear. There is a bubbly white head which fades, leaving a few spots of foam covering the top of the beer.

S: Delightful fruity hops provide mango and citrus with a background of pine.

T: The pine comes through a bit more here, adding bitterness that I didn't detect in the smell. Still light but flavorful hops with a backbone of light malt. The finish is crisp and enjoyable.

M: Fairly thin with a moderate to large amount of carbonation. Very crisp and enjoyable.

O: This beer is true to its name: I could drink this all day. Light but intricate flavors, low ABV and a clean finish make this one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. Even easier to consume a quantity of this than cheap macro-lagers.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow/copper tan. Not much of a head or lacing.

Smell - Piney hops, floral, grassy, Some malts, Some caramel notes, a little pilsner malt at the end.

Taste - Dry, floral hops with some caramel and bready malts. Very clean, smooth pilsner-like malt profile. Some sugars and light ibu bite at the end. No alcohol what so ever at any point.

MOuthfeel - Thin, smooth and easy on mouth. Tounge gets hops, bready malts and sugars. Palette gets a little hop bite and remaining malts. Aftertaste is light, dry and hoppy.

Overall - Packs quite a punch for such a small beer. Impressive hop flavors, malts and smoothness without the ibu's or booze. What a great summer beer this is, founders got a perfect bbq on a hot saturday afternoon beer here.

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Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have a special fondness like alot of people do for this GR brewery.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull medium golden with almost no head to speak of,I gotta say alittle unhappy with the pour.Tropical fruit-like hop aromas along with grass to give the hops more punch,a lightly sweet malt base underneath,nice hop complexity.Tangerine hops dominate the palate with mild caramel sweetness and toasted cereal grains underneath the good hop profile.Yeah this is a great American style session ale with its big hop presence,Iam gonna buy a few six packs before grillin season.

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Photo of gustogasmic
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle split into a big snifter and a beer flute.

Light yellowy copper. Little bubbles form into a thin and quickly-dissapearing head. Big bubbles continue to move through the beer, gradually lessening in number.

The smell is fantastic- citrusy, clean, grassy.

The flavor is similarly clean and light. It's not as floral or exciting as the smell- a nice simple (in a good way) hop profile that lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel is watery- it's not a rich, boozy beer, so it goes down like a lager. The big bubbles are fun- they don't foam and move all over but rather pop crisply and quickly, like a soda (or Bud Lite, I suppose!)

This is a tasty, refreshing, light ale that has enough flavor to be fairly called an IPA. The flavor has a lot in common with the Founder's Centennial IPA and their Pale Ale- I'll be interested to try them side-by-side. Totally accomplishes what it sets out to do: be sessionable. It is not Centennial, it is not Huma-lupa, it is not Two-Heart. Camping trip beer, hot day beer. Summer porch beer when you want hops, not wheat, copper, not yellow, but definitely refreshment.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What most of us old time beergeeks have been waiting for I know it's been done but it seems like those other canned hoppy offerings with lower abvs seem funny after a can or two and I don't really want anymore after a couple cans. This is the exact opposite and it's name happens to be All Day IPA. Pours into a nonic pint glass leaving two fingers of nice thick head behind, with a pale copper/orange body with a bright white head/okay maybe slightly off white. Fine intricate lacing left on the sides of my glass bewteen each sip, this is pretty amazing stuff going on in my glass. Aroma has pine, citrus, floral hops with a light biscuit malt sweetness complementing the barrage of dry hopped aromatics going on. So enticing with the smell of this beer, that you literally want to fall in the vat and start consuming. Flavor is light with a good mix of malts and hops not an overbearing beer yet it's still reasonably flavorful, citric notes, floral accents, earth hops breed full into a nice soothing bitterness and ample clean bready malts compromise the malt profile. Mouthfeel full on bitterness lighter bodied heavy carbonation that leaves behind ample bitterness. Overall like a said the beergeeks dream, nice hops without getting hit over the head by the alcohol lights out hammer.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a minimal pure white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, pine resin, wood, and citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Sometimes beer names don’t make any sense to me, but this one made perfect sense upon trying it. I had heard from another guy who had tried it the night before and raved about how good it was. I just kind of nodded my head and told him that was cool. Not really expecting much I brought it to my nose to find a very pleasant aroma going on here. Everything in it was very pronounced and was quite intriguing. Upon taking a sip I realized why Founders named it this. The flavors were all really nice and pleasant, but they were quite light which made this a beer that one could *gasp* drink all day. Really well done brew from Founders this time around as I would be more than happy to stock up on this to drink around the pool during the summer. I suggest you get this on your palate soon if you have not already.

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Photo of founder26
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured in a craft beer pint glass.

appearance- pretty light, almost pilsner look to it. about a finger of head, then tapers off pretty quickly, which is unusual for a beer with this much abv

smell- hints of peach, mango, pineapple. smells very sweet, no alchohol smell at all.

taste- very sweet up front, not much hop flavor at all. a little juicy, with a touch of pine

mouthfeel- pretty sticky, leaves you wanting more, pretty good carbonation though.

overall- if doing a side by side with founders pale ale I really couldn't tell much of a difference. although I like this a little bit more then dry hopped pale ale. its nice that this has such a low abv, I look foward to drinking many of these in the summer. thanks again founders you did it again!

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone Ruination IPA pint glass.

A- Dark pilsner in color, 2" off-white head with large bubbles, and minimal blotching of bubbles with a thin ring around the surface of beer.

S- faint pilsner malts, some floral and citrus with a primary smell of pine that comes through.

T- Semi-sweet malts, some citrus but again more pine/earth hop bitterness to this beer.

M- Light body with medium carbonation. Slight viscous feel as well.

O- Good beer. Not sure if this should be classified as an IPA. More of a pale ale with its thin body, low malt bill, and bitterness. Reminds me of a lighter, less citrusy Zombie Dust.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New arrival to the market, 12/26/11 bottling. So old, I almost threw the sixer on the ground immediately. >_>

Bright saturated orange, a fingers width of foam on top, leaving behind a halo of lacing. Honeycomb patterned skim floats on the surface. Retention is good, it's head lingers for a few minutes.

Grapefruit rind, light floral hops, mild pale malt breadiness. Dry woody eucalyptus herbals surface after awhile.

Pleasantly balanced citrus and pale malt flavors, grapefruit pith and dry crackers. Ample hoppy bitterness delivered via a light bodied feel. Lingering herbal grassy notes. Honestly this reminds me of local favorite Daisy Cutter a little bit. Could easily finish off a six pack over the course of an afternoon in the shade.

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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