Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Founders Pale Ale


The first outdoor review of 2011! (the first one that's not ironically outdoors, that is). Anyways, this is Founders Pale Ale - another of their year-round regular offerings. There's only two left to go, but I'm trying to arrange another collab review which might not happen for a while, so "Founders Week" is officially a bust. Enjoy this review in the meantime!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (627) - Albany, USA - APR 18, 2011
I love drinking various beers from great breweries like Founders because, not matter what the style, you know you’re going to get an impressive beer. But sometimes you get something that’s not quite as good as you were used to and it’s almost little disappointing, relatively speaking. That’s how I felt about Founders Pale Ale - a good example of the American pale ale style and a solid beer in its own right, but isn’t quite as amazing as the other offerings from this brewery. Still, a good beer is a good beer and I can’t complain.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Appearance: Probably the haziest pale ale I’ve ever seen. Peach fuzz orange hue, with noticeable carbonation at the bottom of the glass. Doesn’t generate much of a head - only a white, soapy coating. However, it does leave impressive lacing for such a small amount.

Smell: Orange juice and flowers with a slightly sour tang. Smells like a very arid beer from the nose alone.

Taste: This is what I expect out of a good pale ale: hop bitterness from start to finish with genuine flavor all along the way. Much like the aroma, the palate has an orange juice-like flavor and finishes with orange sherbet sweetness. It’s quite dry and somewhat chalky throughout, though. According to the bottle it’s only 35 IBUs, but the bitterness is accentuated by the dry palate. I also get a touch of sour tang on the aftertaste, which seems out of place. It’s easily ignorable, thankfully. Not the most robust palate for a pale ale, but one that satisfies and that should be good enough for most drinkers.

Mouthfeel: Crisp but not fizzy. Palate is on the lower end of medium bordering on flat-out light.

Drinkability: Despite the dryness and slight sourness, Founders Pale Ale is extremely quaffable. Not quite refreshing, but definitely tasty. An ideal beer to pair with snacks or a fairly generic American dinner. The 5.4% ABV is perfect, although I wouldn’t session it because the hops would get cloying rather quickly.

Overall, a fun and easy beer to drink even if it isn’t quite as mind-blowing as the other offerings from this brewery.

Grade: 7/10