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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 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 EagleTalon
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a frothy white head that laces erratically but thickly. Color is a dirty deep golden. Aroma presents with a tangy, piney, spicy, herbal hop character and slight pale grains. Flavor is very much like any other IPA with strong hop flavors and very little malt character. Bitterness is appropriate to the gravity, although a bit skewed toward alpha acids. Mouthfeel is similar to domestic lagers, light, airy and crisp. Overall, this is a beer that defies its low gravity. Having been introduced to the style in Oklahoma brewpubs who had to improvise on the 4% abv limit they had to work within, I knew American IPA can be credibly done without the 6%+ abv. It takes getting used to (for me, again), but the upshot is that you get the same satisfying hop rush but you can drink this stuff all session long and still have your wits about you.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a relatively hazy yellow-orange color. Usually has a fluffy white head. Smells somewhat bitter, and a tad malty for an ipa.

Bitter, piney hops, orange blossoms, and light malts round out the flavor profile. It's got a certain flavorful "punch" to it for being a session ipa. I like it. Crushable. Great option when you're looking for a summer IPA and need to bring something in cans (music festivals, golfing, beaches, etc..) Nicely done, without over-killing anything.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a thin ring of film.

Smells of pungent, fruity hops and an ever so subtle sweet malt behind it.

Tastes similarly with a mouthful of pine and lemon zest.

This is really what takes the cake. It's so light and easy going, it really seems out of place, but in the most delightful of ways.

I could, most certainly, drink this all day.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this On tap at the brewery in the first week of April, 2011. Really enjoyed this beer, could session it easily.

A: Pretty semi clear orange color with a ring of foamy head. Not much lacing.

S: Nice citrus and tropical fruit hops with lemon bars to add sweetness. Almost like FFF in hop profile to me. Some fainter wheat malt in there as well. Refreshing.

T: Very flavorful for the ABV! Lemon grass, orange rind, nice malt backbone, and a crisp grassy hop end. An awesome session IPA.

M: Crisp and clean, light bodied. Very carbonated, a little too much for me, but it works.

O: Another great beer from Founders and one I would look for 6 packs of this summer if they release it (as I think they were planning to).

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Tulip

Appearance: a orangish yellow. good clarity. slightly off white head. leaves a lacing on the sides.

Smell: a hop melody. mostly floral but some citrus and pine. could be stronger

Taste: again a hop melody. floral strongest, then citrus, them pine. not much bitterness

Mouthfeel: very light, refreshing, crisp, quite sessionable. very low bitterness for an ipa

Overall: Not my favorite ipa by some measure but it is what it claims to be. its a pleasant tasting and i could drink quite a few of these. definitely a hit by founders for me

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can with a travel mug
Noted on 06/17/2015

Picked this one up in Flagstaff, AZ at the Magic Mobile Gas Station

A: The All-Day IPA pours a clear golden amber with some modest copper hues. A nice thick lather of bone white foam builds over top and stays true for a few minutes before falling back into my cup. Lots of broken tracks and sticky dotted lacing decorate the walls after every sip.

S: Super centennial-citra hop skunkiness! All catty like with candied grapefruit and sticky pine tree plucking at the nose. Getting some light lemongrass and gooseberry to this with a pale malt sweetness underneath. Wowie wow is this incredibly pungent and aromatic with fresh ripe green hops. Really solid.

T: That same momentum carries over in the taste with a little more assertion from the malt sweetness. Comes across as a dry table cracker with a hint of caramel but it is actually quite neutral here. Grapefruit zest rolls over the tongue in spades and rounds out with some pineapple, mango, and catty herbals. Finishes with a bit of earthy bitter goodness that carries through to a resinous linger. Super juicy for such a small table brew.

M: Super light and crisp as to be expected. There is an even amount of spritzy carb to this and an upper moderate amount of biting bitterness mid-stream. Finishes very dry and crisp with a nice lasting linger.

D: A great brew. Seems Founders has this one really dialed in. A top 5 “sessions” IPA for me. Incredibly pungent and juicy for such a tiny brew. Reminds me a lot of the Centennial IPA but with Citra added and less malt influence. Man I would treat this on the regular if we got Founders in SoCal.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Golden with lots of clarity, no head or sticky lace

S - A huge bitter and citrusy hop kick into the nose. Impressive! Lots of hops of course

T - A huge hoppy kick up front. Bitter aftertaste. Not malt backbone, which is to be expected with a Session IPA. Very tasty for what it is...

M - Lightly carbonated, mild and slick mouthfeel

O - I prefer a more well rounded "normal", or higher gravity IPA. But Founders provides a great session IPA, for the hop head at the lake in the summer time.

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Photo of Gatch
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 2/25/13

A: Clear, golden-yellow in color with a fizzy, white head. Builds and fades quickly. No lace or retention.

S: Piney, grassy, resiny hops.

T: Fresh, vibrant, sticky hops with a hint of sweet malt in the finish. Such a tasty, easy-drinking, perfect-with-food kinda beer.

M: Never too hoppy where it's cloying or dry. The carbonation is spot-on. Great stuff.

O: I'm giving this high marks overall because it's such an awesomely drinkable beer and perfect for satisfying hop cravings without the ABV punch of many other IPAs & IIPAs.

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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 dacrza1
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: December 27, 2015... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint...OCCASION: lazy Sunday, football watching and Lego building... APPEARANCE: mushroom cloud of head explodes in an off-white sponge and cloud... the wake left exhibits respectable coral lacing... body is slightly hazy, golden orange and lightly carbonated... AROMA: mango, tangerine, and grapefruit make for a tropical waft of hops--nothing dank here... malts are light, wispy suggestions of fresh biscuit; slight return of pine, nowhere near its less sessionable brethren... PALATE: medium-bodied and reasonable in its weight; highly drinkable, as the label propounds; slightly sloughing in its intensity after the initial burst of effervescence; leaves a pleasant, brief aftertaste.. TASTE: a balanced start, with grapefruit and mango blending with fresh toasted bread; secondary flavors of pine and lemon grass--the latter of which is soft and almost wheat-like in its smoothness...OVERALL: as expected, it's either a toned-down IPA or a slightly more flavorful pale--tough to dispute its utility, regardless of its muddling of nomenclature...

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Photo of jhartley
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to an English style pint.
A bright crystal clear yellow-gold body with a 1/2 finger thin head.
Smells of citrus and herbs with a little spiciness. Very "bright".
Very light in body; thin and watery. A little pepper-like bite on the end.
A little too much carbonation for me.
I know this is labeled and supposed to be a session ale, but it's a little too light for my liking. Would prefer more in the body too match the smell. I really love all the other offerings I have had from Founders, but this one misses the mark for me. Not too say it wasn't a decent beer, just not one I would seek out in the future.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6.7.12, poured into a Founders Pint glass

A. I poured this one with care, but recall that a hard pour results in a big foamy head; this one faded quickly to a thin white head that rests in a ring up against the interior of the glass. Light in color, orange/yellow, and translucent.

S. Light floral hops, light pine involved, as well, along with citrus. Natural aromas, with everything a bit muted.

T. Follows the nose, except for some very interesting natural flavors coming through; wheat and grass.

M. Light carbonation, very refreshing, goeas down very easy...perfect summer beer, or a beer for any season.

O. Love it.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Founders All Day IPA. 12oz can, served in a clear plastic cup. Packaged 05/31/16 19:24:03

Appearance: Mostly clear golden amber with just a bit of haze. 1/8” Thick rocky off-white head with sheets and fine strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Faint citrus aroma. Surprisingly not very aromatic.

Taste: Nicely bitter. Classic pine and grapefruit bitterness up front, and an equal amount of bitterness at the end. Malt for balance is nearly non-existent, or at least I’m not tasting it much.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a bit spicy and prickly. Some hop oils sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: While I enjoy hops, I find this one is not “all day” for me. I need a bit more malt balance and less of the strong pine/citrus hop profile. It’s good, but it’s not great. While only 4.7% ABV, not what I would call sessionable either. One is enough. It did go well with Indian food though.

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Photo of scootny
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely clear golden amber. Nice head and goodly lacing.
Smell is dank and earthy. Lots of hops of the English earth. Some light citrus. Bready malt. Taste is perfect. Dry hoppy ale that is crisp while having a satisfying punch. Support dry finish with lots of hop oil lingering. Feel is as I said crisp with nice mildly effervescent carbonation. A perfect American expression of a mild ale.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is clear and honey-colored with not much of a head. The nose is very nice. Some floral notes, tropical fruit, and a little bit of candy sweetness.

Medium bodied beer with lots of flavor. Nice, cracker-like malt notes on the front of the palate and lots of lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine-like hop notes at mid-palate. The finish lingers nicely and refreshes. A wonderful easy-drinking beer.

I hate to say that this is a good ``session ale''. It's kind of like saying Stephen King is a good horror writer. The fact is he's a good writer regardless of genre and this is a really good beer that can stand on its own against a lot of IPAs that aren't holding anything back.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic Summer IPA! Founders has done a great job of putting together a great tasting, aromatic, low ABV IPA, perfect for a Summer afternoon! I love this beer and will seek it out in the future when looking for a refreshing beer to have on a hot day!

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Photo of drmeto
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

-pours a clear golden-orange with a small,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-small particles visible
-Follows the nose
-medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light body
Very good Pale Ale

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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 ColdOneKev
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale body with a decent white head leaves medium lacing.
S - It's all there. Heavy hop punch, citrus, pine, floral.
T - Certainly tastes like a full IPA. Ends abruptly and this is why it's a session.
M - Light body, light carb. This is where you're reminded this is a session ale.
O - One of the best session ales out there.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color, white medium head, and not very much head retention or lace. Smells great. Sweet light malt blanketed in various hoppy aromas. Dark mouth-watering citrus, pungent woody pine sap, green apples, leaves, candied lemon, and various floral notes. Taste has a lot of pine, spruce, almost minty flavors mixed with citrus rinds, all with brisk carbonation and steady bitterness throughout. Texture is smooth with a bit of dry graininess. Resiny...in a good IPA kind of way where it meshes well with the bitterness. I enjoy this IPA. This could be a sessionable IPA I suppose.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Founders Brewing Company - Founders All Day IPA - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Pours very pale golden yellow clear with a fizzy head that dissipates almost as quickly as it comes. Minimal lacing. Moderating to heavy carbonation.

Smell - Malty and sweet with pungent floral and citrus hops over it. The aroma is the strong suit of this brew.

Taste - Floral hops blast, very thin and watery besides. Expected a bit more heartiness, flavor, and "oomph" here.

Mouthfeel - Hops rest rather bitter. OK drinkability but did not leave me wanting another, thin but somehow also a little rough on the palette.

Overall - Not the worst, but lacking in many different ways. This brew is definitely defined by the term "one-dimensional". I suppose if I had to give it something good it would be a great alternative to light beer on a hot Summer day.

Edit: 2014 batch has a nice oniony Summit or some other variety hop that I'm digging a hell of a lot more, had to boost this rating to "outstanding"

Please note, this was my first "Session beer" and therefore my review on this may be skewed. I am not particularly fond of the style but I will agree that it IS "sessionable" in the sense of what they designed it to be.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked bottle of this up at Binny’s in Plainfield, IL as part of M&M 6-pack in summer 2012.

Pours a semi cloudy amber orange color with a very little head. Scent is strong with hops and more hops. Taste is smooth, mellow, and mildly bitter. There is a crisp, clean, hoppy after taste. Overall this is a very well made beer, too bad is in such limited distribution.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a small foamy looking white head.

This beer smells very nice, citrus hops, lemons and grapefruit.

The taste is bitter, with a citrus flavour similar to the smell. The only thing is the flavour is too light and quite watery.

The mouthfeel is very light low to medium carbonation.

I like the idea of this beer but it doesn't hold up to most good ipa's a couple of percent abv stronger. The flavour is too weak and the body too light. Glad I tried it but doubt I will probably not purchase again.

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

A: deep gold/light copper, clear with a diminishing white head and decent lacing.
S: really jumped out for a lower abv beer. american hops dominate-citrus, floral, tropical fruit, and resin. some light bready malt aromas as well.
T: all of the above. very lightly sweet malts are thoroughly washed out by a significant but smooth hop bitterness. finishes quite dry with lingering hop flavors.
M: light-bodied, frothy.
D: love that this is under 5% abv.

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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