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Pale Ale by Founders Brewing Company
American Pale Ale
5.40 % ABV

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. 

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Review by everetends on 11/05/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 16 3 7 2011
12 oz bottle served up in a shaped pint glass.

A: Pours up a bright gold with deep orange hues. Held to the light, more yellows push through. The body is lightly hazy but mostly clear through. Pour got me a finger of chunky white head. Retention is moderate, falling to a complete top cap. Lace sticks randomly about the glass.

S: Getting a lot more grain than I was expecting. That grain note is really being pushed out by a grassy and lemony hop note. There is a little bit of sweetness from some biscuity malt. Otherwise, the hops shine.

T: Things start off with the hops here. Getting those lemon notes mostly but the grass is there. The lemon is really bright and tasty. Things round off with a pretty sizeable biscuit malt sweetness.

M: Light side of medium in body with a pretty aggressive carbonation. This beer is incredibly dry and refreshing. ABV does actually bring some heat in the throat which is unexpected. Aftertaste is some sweet malt and all that lemony hop goodness.

OA: Very nice. It is a solid year around offering. Incredibly refreshing and drinkable. With that said, it does feel a bit thin at times and the carbonation level is up there. Still very tasty and I look forward to more of these in the future.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 12/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 17 3 7 0
Why isn’t this beer called Founders Dry-Hopped Pale Ale in stead of Founders Pale Ale? What’s in a name anyways. Pour is mostly hazy but very light amber color. Oops I added the sediment, but not too bad. Good head and decent lacing.

The nose is noticeable for an APA. A citrus nose with a grapefruit hint. Some sweeter lingering malt flavors but hops (duh dry hopping) bring out a hopper essence.

The taste brings more of a balance to malt and hops, although the hops are still noticeably stronger. A good bitterness that leaves a light after thought through the taste. The malt is sweet with a mostly basic two row taste. The finishing hop flavor leaves a light grapefruity taste with a subtle peppery finish.

The body is light and easy to drink with a crisp finish. A better then average APA and borderline IPA (which can’t be bad). A nice citrus zing with a peppery finish. But what is in a name?

Served In: Bottle

Review by tavernjef on 03/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 16 4 8 2008
Hazy pale gold color, thin whitish head, sparatic lacing. Aroma is nice and fairly hoppy, clean, sweet, citrusy, a bit juicy with some hop resin and floral notes. Taste is crisp and clean with a favorable fruity balance between the bready sweet malts and the dulled citrus of lemon flavors. Hops do their thing with some milding bitterness of slight resin, flowers and citrusy things. Feel is about medium, with a soothingly smooth slick carbonation and the bitterness is fully in check.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 4 7 0
Originally reviewed 08/05/06

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass.

A - Wow, this one really wanted to get out of the bottle. Pours a huge, fluffy white soapy head. Body is slightly hazy and golden with tight bubbles running to the top.

S - What there is is difficult to pick up. Mild citrusy hops. Slightly sweet.

T - Light citrus hop bite at first, which quickly ends with a sweet malt taste throughout.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation attacks the tongue. Slight hop aftertaste.

D - Not a bad beer, but nothing out of the ordinary. Pretty well balanced and better than many pale ales.

Served In: Pint Glass

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