Sunday, April 28, 2013

Founders All Day IPA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (899) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 26, 2013
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 glass.

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. 
Grade: 8/10

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