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Founders All Day IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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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 Celtics76
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Decided to try this “sessionable” brew while watching a Game of Thrones episode.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada balloon glass – clear bronze in color with a quickly deteriorating head. Strong smell of citrus/pine.

Taste is of bitter hops and grapefruit. I like grapefruit notes as part of an IPA flavor profile, but in this case it dominates the beer too much. The mouthfeel is thin (which obviously was intended for session purposes) but the lingering, bitter aftertaste causes it to be a slow sipper for me.

This beer just doesn’t work for me, especially as a session ale. I’ve loved every Founders beer up until this point. Too bad.

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Photo of papat444
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grub for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled 02/28/12.

Appearance: A thick head at the beginning but rapidly decreases to a thin ring and doesn't leave much lacing. The tiny bubbles racing up in the pale gold body are nice to look.

Smell: Grassy, a bit catty and some vegetal tones. Surprisingly powerful aroma.

Taste: Vegetal hops, burst of grapefruit but the follow-up is lacking a bit. The hops do shine though a bit.

Mouthfeel: Body is light and it's very easy to drink but it's rather ordinary.

Overall: I love session and low ABV beers but this one doesn't fully do it for me. Definitely easy to put away a few but not engaging enough to make me want to.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color with a slight orange tint. A small head of white foam with medium retention and lacing.
A nice, mild citrus and floral hop aroma. Slightly piney.
The taste is more mild than the aroma. Very little malt presence and a good dose of citrus hops.
Very light body, as is expected from the name and the low ABV. The beer goes down smoothly and I feel ready to have another beer as soon as I'm done.

Overall it is a solid pale ale, but my main problem is that it's not an IPA! As I am rating to style and this just doesn't meet the expectation I have when something is listed as an American IPA, I can't give this any better of a rating. My other problem with this is the price. It costs just as much as Centennial IPA, Founders Porter, and Dirty Bastard. At this price I don't see why I would ever buy this again when other good pale ales are being sold for cheaper.

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Photo of smcnulty1981
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bright light orange golden color with steaming carbonation 1 finger of bright white head not much head retention or lacing however

S: good grassy hops on the nose slight bight of citrus not very complex but smells good

T: bitter upfront followed by and earthy grass flavor and bit of malt not complex but very refreshing

M: fairly thin body but finishes very dry like a good ipa should be

O: for a session ipa this is great awesome everyday drinking beer (
Like the name says I could really buy a six pack and drink a few in an afternoon

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Photo of JimKal
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had been looking for to this one.

A: dark gold. Clear with a head that dissipates quickly

S: light citrus

T: reminded me more a light pale ale rather than an IPA

M: watery

O: OK but not a repeat for me. I much prefer 21st Amendment's Bitter American for a low ABV brew.

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Photo of RickS95
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance doesn't fit the type very well. It's extremely clear and thin looking. Straw amber in color, it looks filtered and clarified and everything else to make it look like it does. The head is a finger thick of very white bubbles, but doesn't even look much like the sticky, foamy IPAs I've had before. Very below average retention, and it's so thin there's no lacing.

Fortunately it smells like it should. Pine, grapefruit and apricot fill the nose, possibly some pineapple as well. Lots of citrus.

A good amount of malt, plenty of earthy pine, and then hops, with their citric tastes in the swallow. The hops are a bit lacking in taste, mostly for aroma.

Quite thin with a watered down feel. There's a lot of bitterness, moreso than the label's 42 IBUs would suggest, but it's never too much. A bit of an oily feel from the hops. Light bodied. No alcohol presence.

Not one of Founder's best and not really all that impressive for an IPA. Could use more body and more punch.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured into a glass with a nice rocky slightly off white head. Color was a nice golden slightly hazy color with lots of streaming bubbles.
The smell was an immediate punch of citrus hops with some floral tones. The citrus smell was nice but overpowered any other notes.
The taste was a follow up to the smell. A punch of citrus and floral hops but without the usual bite of bitterness that an IPA has.
The feel is clean and crisp and does not have any real oily feel to it.
Overall This is an easy drinking IPA without a high ABV and without a lot of bitterness. I found this at our local supermarket at a decent price for a 15 pack so that helps put a smile on my face. It is cold now, but on a hot day here in Las Vegas, with an All Day that was ice cold, I probably would not complain.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a damn spunky beer for sure. Tickles your senses. Even tho I am partial to stouts and porters... I decided to venture out my comfort zone. Boy did it pay off. Pours a cloudy golden haze with minimal white head with light lacing. Smells of skunky pine, floral, and a bit of hops. Intoxicating. Taste is actually like it smells but very light bodied to what I was expecting. Not as bitter as you would think. Finishes very smooth. Well done guys well done. Yummm

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Photo of Hanglow
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Original 3.25 rating for can in USA 2013

Re rate for can in UK and full review 06/07/2016

Pours hazy copper, light head

Light floral, sweet mango, sweetpine and citrus, grainy sweet malt aroma

Taste of sweet piney mangoes, bitterness through the middle, sweet grainy malt. Not much dryness. Carbonic bite is evident as is a stickyness that jars. Fairly full mouthfeel

It's ok but there are hundreds of better hoppy"session" beers, not least at a better abv.

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Photo of Bakerwine
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best part of this simple and pleasantly drinkable beer is the color - it's really lovely, with copper and deep straw/yellow/orange notes and a just bright, slightly cloudy core.

The nose is familiar - we've smelled this before, haven't we? The hops are floral and fruity and seem a bit too calculated, but even though we know we're being pandered to, we still enjoy the smells of lemon peel, purple flowers and banana skin.

Palate is underwhelming - just a touch of the florarlity and citrus - the bitter notes are actually balanced and stimulate the palate, which saves this beer in the mouth

Very pleasant and richly textured in the mouth with good energy and creaminess - a positive to this beer

The finish is simple, which is what you expect. I would drink this again, if someone else was buying.

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Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold with a huge head into my glass. Looks to be well-carbonated too with lots of bubbles and a touch of lacing.

Smells like fresh mowed grass with a light citrus kick. The malt has a buttery edge to it too. Very interesting. 4.7%? Must be flavorful.

Right on the money. Buttery malt mixed in with citrus and light pine notes. Chewy. Kind of like a regular pale ale in a sense.

Lingering butteriness and pine from the hops make up the mouthfeel here. Carbonation is surprisingly subdued and aids in a trouble-free swallow.

I think it could use more hops but otherwise, you'd be just as well off drinking an APA. I think Otter Creek and Lawsons Finest have better examples.

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Photo of rangerred
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a one finger white head. Head retention is on the weak side but some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is very citrusy with a healthy dose of grass thrown in as well. Pineapp/mango tropical citrus is what really jumps out. Not much in the way of malt at all; maybe a little bit of caramel.

Taste is extremely hop forward as well. The same tropical citrus that was present in the aroma is there but it falls off rather quickly leaving a moderate to high bitterness. Really no malt at all which is a shame along with a very watery mouthfeel.

Overall, I like the attempt by Founders to make a session IPA but I feel the style just doesn't work all that well. The hops really overpower everything plus the price is just too high to really session.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a very clear, slightly watery amber color filled with tons of bubbles gracing the edges of the glasses in various pockets, as well as a decent yet not too thick two finger sized head. The head dwindles down quite fast to an open ring at the edges of the glass, and carbonation stays fairly strong, although definitely does not last forever no matter how hard the tulip glass tries. Presentable but average at best.

The aroma is a wet, citrus-laden flavor combined with some slight musty earthiness and strong East Coast malty characteristics. Cider, apricots, oranges, some pine, maybe a bit of grapefruit - this IS after all an IPA, despite the low ABV. No sweetness is imparted from the alcohol however, although the malts are doing a decent job if slightly faded overall in bringing the caramel character upwards. Some crisp graininess, but that too feels a bit muted. The hops are doing their job just fine, however, and this smells very nice as a result.

At the front of the tongue, the palate is immediately greeted with dried, gently pine soaked hop flavors combined with a tinge of fruitiness. The apricots and cider-like flavors are big here, and met with a sharp bitterness that leaves an extra astringency in the mouth. The finish is not hoppy at all, in fact, and coats the mouth with earthy, slightly textured malty and grainy finish, with some light breadiness, light caramel, light cereal grains, and really a light mix of flavors all around. In fact, that's exactly the thing that's making me enjoy this beer if underwhelm me. The flavors at heart are quite pleasant, and the drinking experience is the opposite of heavy, but it feels too LIGHT overall, as if the flavors never reach their peak or full potential due to the low alcohol, or strange off faded graininess, or simply the lack of dried hop resins. Goes flat after about 30-45 minutes as well. The finish is quite malty and unnecessarily thinned, which is two things that I don't personally enjoy in a session beer, whether it's American or English.

The fun irony with this beer is despite any complaints I have with it, it's very, very drinkable. I COULD have this all day if I needed to, and works well for outdoor picnics or camping trips that even the driver could have one and be fine. However, what's even more ironic is that it is classified by the guys at Founders as an IPA, but it instead feels similar to many dry-hopped pale ales, only with less of a kick from the alcohol, and, well, less of a kick overall with the faded bready and hoppy characteristics. Doesn't hold my interest for very long, but it's still a solid Founders' offering.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Two 12 ounce bottles cooled to approximately 50 degrees and consumed on different evenings from a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and found it to be a welcome change from the overly hopped CA IPAs I really dislike. Nice balance, pleasant mouthfeel and refreshing. By far the best session IPA I've had (way better than Lagunitas Daytime or Oskar Blues Pinner). While I would probably not go out of way for this, if available at a bar or restaurant I could definitely see myself having this again.

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Photo of Jammies
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a golden orange with a thin layer of foam that disappears but remains sticky

S-very citrusy. smells delicious

T-a bit thin on the flavor

M-thin and a little watery

O-a little disappointed. it could be deemed a session beer, but for the price, i'd rather stick to miller or coors.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Bonds Tavern. Despite being a true Founders fan, I was wholly not impressed by their take on a session beer. Unassuming, golden hue with mild hop presence in both the nose and taste. Although sessionable, this would not be my brew of choice to drink all day.

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Photo of krausenman
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer was served from a bottle dated 9/13/12.

A-The beer poured a slightly hazy dark golden color and was capped with a lacy white head.

S-Fantastic...This beer smells like an IPA with tropical fruit, orange & grapefruit zest aromas dominating the nose. In the background is a slight pine/herbal/grass aroma.

T-Little malt flavor with a background of graininess. Initially, there is a slight bubblegum and tropical fruit flavor that immediately begins to fade. The bitterness is somewhat domineering in that it overcomes any malt sweetness. The hop flavor lasts after you swallow coating the tongue. The bitter hop flavor is slightly harsh.

M-The carbonation is light to medium and the beer has a lighter body.

O-The aroma of this beer of awesome but the accompanying beer is average. It was a lighter body session ale but it wound up being somewhat average in the end overall for me.

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Photo of crossovert
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

"All Day IPA". 12 oz bottle. Bottled on 12/26/11.

It pours a light, clear orangeish amber with a foamy white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

The smell is pretty good. There is a lot more grain than your typical IPA, but it is pleasant. There is a tangy fruitiness as well in the aroma.

The flavor is decent. Definitely more malt-oriented. It tastes like pretzel and grain with a touch of pine in the aftertaste but it is by no means bitter. Grapefruit comes in as you go.

I am confused why this is an IPA, more of a standard pale ale.

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Photo of beagle75
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild and contrasting in a surprising way, with light floral/pine qualities facing off against rubbery/leathery earth tones. The smell tends to get lost in the flavor, once the beer is sipped.

T: Begins very dry, with toasted grain and predominantly floral hops aromatics. Acidity is aggressive into the middle, where hops flavors turn more coniferous as precocious bitterness emerges. Grain is resurgent in the finish--more of a rustic pilsner malt quality--while bitterness is pure, medicinal, and aggressive to the point of seeming out of scale. Green plant stems and key lime citrus fruit linger on the palate.

M: Thin viscosity, acidic and sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A close cousin to Founder's Harvest Ale, this low-ABV IPA boasts many of the favorable malt qualities of that other, excellent beer. Hops qualities, while evident, are not well established--a complication similar to that of Ballast Point's Even Keel session IPA. Add Lagunitas' similarly-named Daytime IPA to the conversation, and one has an interesting, thematic trio of light ales with hops occupying the lead role.

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Photo of jooler
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The head goes away just like if it was soda. Smell is amazing and citrusy. Initial taste is pretty bitter and kind of flat. I would rather prefer ponto than this but I still love the smell of the all day IPA better

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this out of a 12oz can. I really was not feeling this IPA, personally it was very light and watered down in taste. On the plus side it did not really have a bitter aftertaste and is a good session beer (just not my kind of beer).

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Photo of punky796
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a SLIGHTLY cloudy yellow-amber, with about a finger of fizzy white head that dissipates fast. A little lacing.

S - Hops. Grass. Dirt.

T - Hops. Grass. Dirt. Citrus, which saves the whole thing. But I'm not good at describing IPAs.

M - Light, carbonation is toward the high end but it's not overdone. But that's where I think this type of beer should be. Clean, grassy finish.

O - I'm not a hops or IPA guy, really, but I like to believe I can still recognize a good one. This one's decent and sessionable.

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Photo of ktblue22
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very drinkable session-like IPA in my opinion which is why All Day IPA is such a great name! Drinkable, palatable and refreshing. Great to pair with a rare burger. Low-hop profile with a beautiful tropical fruit nose makes this beer interesting and yummy. I can picture myself getting a six pack of this to enjoy while barbecuing. Not much else to say about this beer, I recommend picking it up when you just want to enjoy something, or if you are new to IPAs try this one out first to get your palate more experienced to the subtley that hops can have in well-crafted brew.

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Photo of brystmar
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/2/12.

Copper pour with red hues. Minimal head and lace. Hoppy aroma showcases a nice blend of fresh Citra hops, among others. Taste is hoppy with a sharp, piney finish. No malt. Not the best flavor profile here, but this isn't a typical Founders style. Thin body, could actually use a little more carbonation.

An average session beer, I guess. Founders can do better for the style, but if I want a beer that tastes like this I'm picking Zombie Dust every time.

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Photo of EternalCask
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm behind the Bar at Barleyvine (per usual)
All Day IPA
Founders (i want some kbs. its because everyone else wants it.)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
4.7% abv

Poured into standard pint glass...bottle @ 53* F

A- Wet hay/Golden..lacing nonexistent, quarter inch head that dissipated quickly, slightly hazy.
s-juniper berry action, green apple skin,aloe, fresh cut grass
t-poundable. hops are crisp, not bitter.. more green apple skin business.. true to style and intent. which makes me happy.. nice aftertaste. pairing with a cuban sandwich..the homemade pickle and the hops make great friends. the sweetness of the pork joins the olfactory party.
m-very carbonated... not my favorite trait in the world but again it makes sense.

o- i could see many a summer day that i make at least of 3 of these vanish... for breakfast. great with spicy food... we have a pulled pork sandwich that this would DANCE with. Points for stylistic authenticity.

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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