Founders Pale Ale

Founders Pale Ale

Rated 3.330 by BeerPals

Brewed by Founders Brewing Co.

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Style:  American Pale Ale

5.4% Alcohol by Volume

35 International Bittering Units

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A testament to Cascade hops in a bottle, this medium-bodied pale ale has a refreshing citrus flavor and a distinctive floral hop aroma due to the aggressive addition of hops during fermentation. You’ll notice a slight malty sweetness with a balanced hop finish. Perfect to enjoy anytime, anywhere.

ID: 3129 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank8578
Overall Percentile84
Style Rank263 of 2215
Style Percentile88.1
Lowest Score2.5
Highest Score4.1
Average Score3.380
Weighted Score3.330
Standard Deviation0.472

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DOULOS31 1349 reviews
rated 2.6 13 years ago

Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

I love Founders, but this isn’t good. Murky yellow color with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma was corn and cardboard. Flavor was citrusy with moderate level of hoppiness but with an off grainy corn chip like aftertaste. Amazing how I can love most of the beers so much yet hate something as generic as a pale ale.

  • SIGMUND 6903 reviews
    rated 3.7 3 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Sample from bottle, at Vectura-messe, Deep golden colour. Fruity and piney American hops in aroma and flavour. Bitter aftertaste, nearly an IPA. Okay.

  • CHOPZ 7236 reviews
    rated 3.4 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Hazy golden colour with lots of tiny particles in the brew. Nice creamy warm cap that stays long and give out bubbly lace. Hoppy nose with fruity grapefruit notes and mild pine. Wet mouthfeel at first, but gets dryer as the aftertaste progress. Mild bitterness lingers. The taste is on the fruity side with lots of citrus and a bit of its zest. Something is not well-balanced in the middle. Not a bad APA, but not something I would have many.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A solid overall pale ale. I like the dry-hopped for this style. Reminds me of the dry-hopped Rogue...not a red but similar flavor. Good fresh hop, but not super bitter like an IPA. Since it's a pale ale, has just a tad of malt, so this leans towards the hops in balance. Clean, crisp feel. Perfect for the onset of the FL spring/summer, where we are starting to push high 80s and 90s.

  • HANTRAN 551 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Vanilla, lemon, lavender and a touch of bread in the nose, nice nose. Pours a foggy pale copper body topped with a moderate white head with some retention and little lacing. Carbonation is very nice in the mouth which is medium body and coats the palette nicely. Flavor profile is spot on for an APA. Considerable malt backbone, none of the butteryness of an English Pale, nicely bitter for the style, fairly neutral in flavor with the hops just predominating, dry finish with a bit of bitter. Well done.

  • PAULCARDOM 549 reviews
    rated 4.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    A great refreshing American Pale Ale that we just don't see in these parts with any regularity. A golden pour, clear with orange hues and a huge white head that lingers a while. Aroma is certainly hoppy with hints of citrus and caramel. Flavour is great with a nice balance between caramel sweetness and citrusy bitterness. An excellent session beer.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Pours gold with nice white head & ample carbonation. Slightly hazy. Smells sweet from malts with touch of hops. This isn't a hop bomb APA by any means. Citrus hops that give off lemon notes. Tastes sweet initially then bitterness coats the tongue. Touch of sweet malts. Feels light bodied and very even balance. Overall, this is a solid pale ale.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    A bold amber in color with a moderately robust frothy textured off white head rising above. There's good hang time on that head. Settles eventually into nice clingy film and ringlet. Grassy, a little citrusy, a lot caramel. Smooth and full bodied. Very nice.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I picked this up from the Wine Gourmet in Roanoke, VA. Founders may be the second best brewery in the US in my opinion (RR still is #1, but only by a hair). This beer did not disappoint. Very nice grassy and citrusy flavor. I will revisit this beer again.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Firm, malty aroma has more than a hint of grassy hops - must be from the dry hopping. It pours a pretty clear amber with a very thick and fine-bubbled white head. Smashing flavor - never thought I’d say that about a pale ale, being a stout and porter nut - has a strong malty core, plenty of woody hops, and some fruity notes, but minimal bitterness. Dry texture has above-average body and a fair amount of fizz. A good one!

  • MATTFUNGUS 234 reviews
    rated 3.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    It has that distinct carmelly founders malt and is mellower than most pale ale, in fact its nearly missing that zest and zing most pale ales have. supposedly dry hopped but I aint detecting any alpha acids here. Best thing about this beer is the art nouveau label.

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