Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review: Founders All Day IPA

Locale:  Grand Rapids, MI
Craft Circa:  1997
Style:  American IPA; Session Ale
ABV:  4.7%
IBUs: 42
Notables:  2010 - GABF Silver Medal Winner

Label:  Slick.  Is that Chester "Chet" Ripley headed to a lake resort in Pechoggin, Wisconsin for the summer?

Overall:   I could drink a few of these... Nice low ABV change up for an IPA, however I feel it does sacrifice some of the flavor.  With that said, although it lacks the malt flavor boldness and true flavor of an American IPA, it works well, and is quite satisfactory for a Session IPA, and under the Session Ale restrictions.  According to Urban Dictionary, a Session Ale is described as: “a beer that is low in alcohol and has a balanced flavor of both hops and malt.  The purpose being so that it can be drunk over a long session of time without overwhelming the palate or getting the drinker too intoxicated.”  Never knew that.  Under those guidelines, the beer is quite abundant for following the rules.

It’s practically all grapefruit.  Nice citrus, but I feel that dissipates on the palate as you try and enjoy what it has to offer.  It’s nowhere near the Founders Centennial IPA, but it’s conquerable when no Centennial is in sight.  Stephen Stills (below) would proclaim:  “If you can’t be with the one you love, honey, love the one you’re with.”  All Day; give me the non session American IPA.  With the lower ABV, you may need a few more in you if you plan on dancing on the bar tops to Land of 1,000 Dances. 

Acquisition:  6 pack $10


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