I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 2/11/13 making it two and a half months old.
Appearance: Golden/light orange hue. Slightly hazy. Forms a small,
white, soapy head which mostly dissolves and leaves minor lacing on the
Smell: Light "cat pee" and a general tropical fruit scent. A hint of spice, too.
Taste: I’m not really sure if Founders All Day IPA can truly be
considered an IPA. It has a fairly prominent hop character, but the body
is a bit too light. It’s more accurately described as a hoppy pale ale,
but since this beer is intentionally lighter in body and sessionable,
I’ll let it slide.
What’s nice is you get genuine hop taste here, not just bitterness. I
couldn’t find a listing of the hops used but I’m guessing Simcoe,
Amarillo, Cascade and possibly Summit. There’s an interesting
combination of tropical fruit flavor, along with a hint of garlic and
some pine. The bitterness isn’t too strong, but it certainly is
noticeable (42 IBUs according to the bottle). There’s an ubiquitous
earthy/piney character making it rather complex as far as the hop
profile goes. Not much in the way of malt, though, just a standard pale
ale base without much sweetness or distinct character. Though a bit
simplistic, it all adds up to a surprisingly satisfying beer.
Drinkability: Founders All Day IPA has a sub-heading of "session ale" on
the label, which tells me exactly what this beer is intended to do.
Though plenty flavorful, it’s never too intense which makes it quite
drinker-friendly. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side with a smooth
finish and relatively clean aftertaste. I wouldn’t consider it to be
truly refreshing, though, due to the earthy/herbal hop profile. At 4.7%
ABV, this is one of the few IPA(ish) beers you can drink in large
quantities without getting bored or overwhelmed.