Founders All Day IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders All Day IPAFounders All Day IPA
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

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Reviews:
914
Ratings:
6,918
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
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Photo of Kromes
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A clear gold color with a thin line of bubbles on top. Similar to a soda.

A fresh citrus and grapefruit hop aroma.

More grapefruit hops and a little peach. The malt in the background provides enough sweetness to counteract the heavy hop flavor. Nicely balanced and flavorful.

Well, it's a session beer so it is light with carbonation on the lower side of average.

Definitely an all day session IPA. The citrus quality refreshes without being to overwhelming.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of bottle from the first release in the area. Pours more like a light beer than a typical IPA. Decent piny smell that doesn't match the lighter appearance.

Most important....taste...was expecting an extemely thin feel and taste from an IPA with a 4.7% Abv, but was pleasantly surprised that it had a decent upfront IPA piny taste but fades quickly. This light (for lack of a better word) IPA taste, doesn't seem to burn out the taste buds like many other IPA's so it can be a very effective transition beer when trying out different crafts.

Overall, truth be told I hold Founders in a high regard but I try to be objective. For a session, it would rank very high for taste and drinking experience in comparison to other sessions. But realistically overall this is a beer that would be a great to have multiple at a BBQ or summer party where you feel like you are drinking a flavorful craft, instead of having to choose from some lame light beer or a flavorless mass produced offering. I give All Day IPA extra points for being able achieve decent IPA flavor with a lower ABV.
Definitely will be a staple in my fridge this summer.

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Photo of bobhits
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

The problem with most IPA? Of course they're too thick heavy and malty. Who wants to drink a meal in a glass if they don't have to? The problem with less malty IPA's? yeah they're bitter as hell and undrinkable.

Now bring in the "session" IPA. Beers with abv well over the session level and less malt with likely a bit of dry hopping and here we go.

The crystal clear body, minimal lacing, all boring in the looks department.

The nose is hoppy, citrus and well malt free.

Here's the thing, the beer is tasty as hell. Yeah caramel malt is there so far hidden that it's amazing. The one issue is the beer is more acidic than hoppy. Did founders find a way to make this into acid rain to make this week? I can't tell. I still like it.

I love an IPA without malt thickness! This is wonderful to drink!

This is a solid IPA and I love the lower abv and lower malt. It is no go to from stone which kills this one all day everyday but it's good.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- clear honeyed amber with small head and minimal lacing

S- very grapefruity with orange and some toast

T- toasted grapefruit and a crisp grassy bitterness. Finishes with lingering tropical hops.

MF- briskly carbonated, light and refreshing. Nice hoppy feeling on the cheeks.

D- definitely a session ipa. Easy drinking and easy abv but still with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is okay, it is drinkable, but the problem with it to me is that it tastes like lawn clippings and nothing else. I had this on tap and that is the only flavor I could ascertain from it, there was nothing going on besides this flavor either. To top it off, it had a pretty watery mouth feel.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. chilled stubby bottle poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to Centennial for tossing a bottle my way.

Appearance: Light orange and clear in color. Pours a one finger, fizzy head with pretty good retention. A really nice lacing.

Aroma: A touch of grapefruit and citrus zest stand out. The hop character really isn't big and in your face and definitely is firmly on the lighter side. A touch of grassy character in the nose as well.

Taste: Light grapefruit and tangerine juice upfront. Really refreshing and easy to drink. A touch of earthy character and a slight grassy tone. Not too bitter at all.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied with average carbonation. Really easy to drink.

Overall, a really solid take on a session IPA from Founders. Packs a really nice amount of flavor for the ABV and some really nice hop notes. Nothing too outstanding, but I will certainly look for this again in the summer.

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Photo of samie85
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light amber color with two fingers of white head.

Smells of guava and blood orange with some light pine.

Big hop notes with a very light caramel malt backing.

Very light bodied with low but prickly carbonation.

Reminds me of an IPA I accidentally over-diluted; still has an ample hop bunch but the malt aspect isn't there. I think Leviation is better rounded beer that's actually lower in alcohol than this.

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Photo of korguy123
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery

A- Clear golden pour with a finger of white head. Lacing is great.

S- Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon and mandarin oranges. Can't believe how hop forward it is without being overly strong.

T- Grapefruit, mandarin, mango and strawberry. Just wonderful all around.

M- Light and refreshing, great carbonation, exactly what you need in a ipa.

O- How do you make a hop bomb without killing your tastebuds? I don't know but Founders does.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden with good lacing. An appetizing ale.

Smell: Pear and pineapple. I especially like the pear, but this is a bit sour.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Extremely bitter, and not in a good way. Skunked pine cones. It is smooth, but definitely flat.

Overall Drinkability: I can officially say I've found a Founders beer I don't like. They say every dog has its day. Whatever the opposite of that saying is...this is it for Founders.

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Photo of danieelol
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden chrome with fine head and lacing.

Smell is lovely apple, pine, bit of peach. Malt isn't really there- it's all about the fruity hops.

Taste is a nice combination of the aforementioned fruits with a pine-y bite.

Mouthfeel is thin, good carb and dry and crisp, almost like mineral water with a little bit of sourness.

Excellent, underrated beer. Don't get what the Australians complaining about this beer were on about. Like a better version of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale.

Hops may have faded a bit due to the age but are still a lot more present than in beers which travel a similar route to this country e.g. Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; the bottling date is conspicuously absent—must’ve rubbed off pretty well, because Founders dates are always so clear and easy to find. Regardless, I bought this from a sixer that was dated to just the last three weeks or so, if I recall correctly, so it’s fresh.

Appearance (3.5): Decent pour on this, giving a full finger and a half or so of just-off-white foam that crackles a bit into a slowly-dying cap on the surface of the beer. The body itself is an orangey-gold color and almost perfectly clear (just a slight chill haze which will probably clear up). Slightly above-average retention. Lacing is minimal, but it does deposit suds here and there and a couple of fat legs of foam on the far side of the glass.

Smell (4.25): Really excellent nose here—lots of dank, weedy character with pineapple and grapefruit citrus tones underneath, showing a nice mix of fruit and resin. No malt to speak of in the nose, just super awesome pineapple, mango, and the evil weed.

Taste (3.5): This is almost all hops, heavy on the bittering: a vegetal-herbal bitterness (is that you, Centennial?) with shades of astringent citrus peel leads the charge, easily bowling over a low-powered malt body marked by lightly toasted barley with almost no sweetness behind it. Dry as can be. Just a little bit of alcohol burn—ha! Just kidding. There is some discernible hops flavor that separates itself from the bittering action, and it’s lemony—almost like a shot of lemon juice was thrown into this bottle. This has virtually no malt body and just a wad of bittering hops thrown in there, with that lemony character becoming more clear in the mid-palate.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Super, super dry. The body is definitely on the light end of the spectrum, and the carbonation feels subdued but it foams nicely and tingles sharply here and there before it goes down. The finish is ridiculously dry, owing to the utter lack of malt heft and the utter dominance of moderately astringent hops oils. But, for what they’re going for (a session IPA), I’d say they’ve hit that nail more or less on the head.

Overall (3.75): This is a good beer, and both legitimately IPA-ish and sessionable. Still, this is not what I would reach for if I wanted something ≤5% ABV—I’m not convinced that IPAs that light can scratch the same itch as an IPA. I don’t mind the light malt body, but a little more heft would help smooth over the astringency of vegetal-herbal hops bitterness. If you’re craving hops and want something sessionable, then this may be a good choice. Otherwise, I’d still prefer a very light saison or a well-made pilsner.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Dec 26. Hm old for an IPA.

Pours like Two-Hearted. Deep goldenrod with initially fizzy carbonation. eveneutally leaves no head with a steady stream of bubbles coming from the bottom.

Smells like Two-Hearted. Honestly, it really does. Very sticky sugary sweet honey malt come at you straight away. I get more fresh hops, West Coast citric hops, and slightly dank smells. Like odd offspring of Two-Hearted and Sucks.

It feels and tastes like Two-Hearted and Sucks. The main difference is the body. Its light. Very light. Slick on the tongue, and this thing is all aroma, like Zombie Dust. Initially, the dank hops flash across the tongue, but they fade in a moment's notice. Its built to session, and comes through sessionable.

In terms of IPAs, its rather lackluster (actually more like terrible), but in terms of APAs, its actually pretty good. Im thinking we need a category change on this one. The balance is the difference.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Cannot make out the bottling date.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a minimal white head. Can see some visible carbonation in the glass. Few spots of lacing. Head is easily revived with a swirl.

S: Initial hop aroma that has an overall citrus tone to it. Malt sweetness comes through a touch in the background to round it out. Also gives a nice earthy character.

T: Packs a big punch of hop flavor that has subdued bitterness. This makes it come off a lighter without sacrificing on the hop.

M: As mentioned briefly in "taste" this brew has a light mouthfeel. Ample carbonation and a clean finish add to this. Very easy drinking, but thats the point.

Overall as the name suggests this is an IPA you could enjoy all day. Isnt going to knock you down after a sixer but wont take it easy on your taste buds. Perfect for the summer.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great for what it is : a hop driven session beer. Nice herbal and citrusy presence well balanced with the pale malts presence. Soft carbonation and oily mouthfeel.
This time I get what session ipa means because it's definitely not an apa

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Photo of Gtreid
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the pub on 7/9.

A: Light orangish yellow. A nice finger and a half of off white head appeared and left nice, sticky lace.

A: Surprisingly strong notes of citrus and pine. Great orange, pineapple, and pine sap notes, with hints of grain from the base malt.

T: Again the hops shine, but there is enough of a malt presence to give it some balance. Lots of flavor for such a light brew. Notes of citrus and pine, with absolutley no hint of the ABV.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Good levels of carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this brew. Great flavor, low ABV, and a beer that I could drink quite a few of. I would love to have this fresh on a hot summer day. Just what the doctor ordered. Skal.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear body that is light amber with orange hues. Nice two finger off-white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

Solid aroma that is primarily made up of the hop notes: mostly citrus (lemon) with a bit of a tropical leaning the in background. Minor notes of caramel malt in the background.

The flavor is fairly close to the aroma, slightly more on the bitter side. Some light pine notes come into play, but the citrus flavors dominate, primarily the lemon.

Medium to light texture in the mouthfeel. I notched the overall score a bit because it's nice to have reasonably flavorful session beer. Well done, Founders.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly transparent orange to golden body beneath the pillowy white head which hangs around for the majority of the beer and leaves a thin, sticky lacing behind.

Very nice, straight forward aromas of sweet citrus greet the nose. Floral hop notes also accompany the sweet fruit which seems to include orange, apricot, and peach.

The flavor offers clean, crisp sweet citrus notes as well with floral and grass notes.

A very clean and refreshing body highlights the mouthfeel with mild carbonation and a fresh hoppy finish.

Another winner from Founders. Just as clean and tasty as advertised and an all day drinkable IPA.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on Feb 24th and reviewed May 29th, so take the 90 day period into account. We're slowly going through the 'sessionable IPAs and there does seem to be a lot of them. The Founders version pours a nice, rich amber that says 'IPA' and has a good head and lacing. Aroma has floral hop notes which fade a little as the beer sits. Taste is hop forward and dry with some astringency. The beer is not as smooth as some of the others. Overall, a good IPA and easy on the ABVs. Founders does not know how not to make a bad beer.

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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 digitalflood
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with low but active carbonation. Good head froth reduces to very good lacing. Smells of pine and grapefruit. Good mouthfeel. Crisp. On the nose you get pine, herbal flowers, and grapefruit. Mid-palate you have some bitter hop notes and some spice. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, and some lemon grass. Back palate you get more bitter notes and some lemon. Aftertaste is fairly clean with lingering pine and citrus. Pretty good. Very sessionable as promised. 3.75 out of 5.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 15 pak of this to session. True and on point very drinkable and solid ipa flavor without the ABV wallop. Smell is a nice piney and citrusy note. Taste is mild up front hop bite with pine and grapefruit. An easy drinking IPA light of sorts for whe you want to pound beers but stay straight. Like it says on the can though "drink responsibly because they don't serve Founders in the clink"

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Photo of Kadonny
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottle dating has this about one month old.

A: A medium golden color with some orange tints to it. Nice full glass lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and citrus, some bread and grass notes.

T: Lots of fruit up front with tropical and citrus notes. Mango, pineapple, some tangerine and fresh cut grass. Some slight bready sweetness sits there, but ever so slightly. This beer really has very little malt and very little body to it. Finish is crisp and clean with some bitterness but not overly so. I was getting a funky taste at the end that was a bit off putting, almost a metallic type taste.

M: Thin, crispy, lack of malt makes it very light.

O: A good session brew, but the lack of body and malt leaves it very one dimensional. For a session beer it's good, but for an IPA it lacks.

A solid beer but far from spectacular.

Edit: Upping my ratings after having a bunch of other session IPAs. I have truly started to appreciate this beer for what it is, a flavorful easy drinking "All Day" IPA. Solid beer that will be in my summer rotation from now on.....love the 15 pack of cans too.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, golden orange liquid with lots of big rising bubbles. Head is of white and modest. Settles to a skim.

S: Strong citrus hop aroma. It comes across as mildly sweet and bitter.

T: Very bitter IPA. Just because the alcohol is a bit lower doesn't mean hops were sacrificed as well (unless you count added hops to the boil, then yes, many hops were sacrificed).

M: Beer has a slight sticky film that contains some bitter hop oils. Carbonation is strong.

O: A very good IPA. I can see myself enjoying this one all day. I hope to revisit it again this summer. I calls for sunshine and a back deck.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle.

A: Citrusy-fruity hops, with a light pine note followed by light malt sweetness.

A: Amber color with a light orange hue, totally clear, with a thick foamy white head that has adequate retention.

T: Citrusy, fruity, slightly piney hops with a light malt character. The beer finishes dry with moderately light hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty solid citrusy, fruity and piney hop aroma and flavor with a light malt presence – makes this beer very sessionable and easy to drink. I dig that Founders prints the date on the beer. The fresh aroma and flavor already “said” the beer was recently bottled, but it’s always nice to have a printed date confirm it.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw, not much volume to its white head, and the little that is produced doesn't stick around- which doesn't matter much, considering I usually drink this one straight from the can. Smells is pungent, lots of tropical citrus, followed by dank earthiness, with a hint of pine. Flavor, too, is citrus based, lively, grapefruit and tangerine, pine finish, some malt thrown in throughout, with bitterness prevailing at the end. Very, very flavorful. Overly carbonated to the point of being like soda, but light bodied and easy drinking- perfect for a session beer.
This is a great idea- very solid IPA sold in lightweight can 15-packs for a reasonable price. Elegant brilliance. As for the beer itself, the emphasis on the fruit is to my liking, but varied and with enough pine and malt to be a balanced multi-note beer. Refreshing to the maximum, quaffable, tasty, and affordable. Sign me up.

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Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 6,918 ratings.
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