naivepegasus (347) - USA - JUN 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy orange with two fingers of frothy, slowly dissipating white head. Odor of citrus hops. Light mouthfeel, the taste starts off with some soft caramel notes and a slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The odor is strangely a lot stronger than the taste, but it is a pretty nice, crisp beer.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at Corral Liquors in Granite City, IL. Pours a hazy amber with a loose, frothy, off-white head. The nose is a pleasant, subtle blend of caramel malt and both floral and citric hop notes. Medium-bodied and slick with soft carbonation and a moderate bitterness that reveals itself at the swallow. Sweet, slightly bready caramel malt and a blend of floral and citric hop notes, finishing lightly dry and bitter. This is a very solid and quaffable brew. Do these guys ever make a bad beer? This is the ninth Founders brew that I’ve rated, and while this is the lowest score I’ve given them, a 3.6 as a helluva baseline. I will certainly buy this beer again if they ever expand their distribution to KC.
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Loved this beer dispute its lack of aroma and small head. Great citric floral flavor on top of a sweet malt back. A bit hoppier than most pas.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden orange pour with a thin white head. Piny dry hopped aroma. Slightly sweet taste with malt a nice a hop character. Simple easy to drink pale ale. The hops are by no means overpowering, but add a bit of complexity to the mix. Nothing special, but a good session beer.
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RateBeer rating: 80
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: Lager, Shaker
Purchased at: Canal’s, Burlington NJ (thanks, Mike)
Consumed at: home
First Impression: Not a bad standard American Pils - good hops, depth, color, aroma, and sweetness. Aroma is hay and grass. Visuals are a golden, well carbonated, white headed beast. Taste is above average American Pils. Palate is a bit bitter and very sweet with a medium bitter finish. Second Impression: It’s what Budweiser could be if it cared.
Aroma: 6 out of 10
Visuals: 4 out of 5
Taste: 6 out of 10
Palate: 3 out of 5
Overall: 13 out of 20
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
!2 oz bottle
This was paired with the first course. It lives up to its billing as an ideal lawn mower/griling beer. Light and refreshing this is the type of beer you could likely share with a friend who isn’t into stouts or more aggressive styles.
Aroma / Appearance - The golden body was typical for a pale ale complete with lively carbonation. The scent of freshly mowed summer grass resonated with the theme of a ’lawn mower beer’ perfectly. It was very light and airy without much complexity.
Flavor / Palate - Fading fast it took a few sips to get a handle on what was going on. When I did I discovered a nice blend of hops and honey. With a mildly bitter finish capping things off the experience was worth visiting again. If you are willing to go outside your local region to find a go-to pale ale this one might be for you.
kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cascade hops spritzed in grapefruit. Founders knows how to balance hops and fruit and their Pale Ale is a winner. They call it their lawn-mowing beer but its great company to any dish or a great follow to a rich beer. Hats off.
Strykzone (5283) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a nice cloudy golden hue with some visible yeast floating and nice carbonation. Big light gold head that never went away and left behind a nice lacing. Very nicely hopped. The hops were neither grapefruit or pine but were pleasantly floral. Somewhat one dimensional but still very nice. I don’t care what the Commercial Description says. This is much better than lawn mower beer. Quite nice.
Beerman6686 (4999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber with a white head. Aroma was nice and hoppy but not in your face. Flavor is of piney hops and nice mellow malts to even things out. Pretty good.
TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Buckeye Beer engine. was amber with a small head. Slight caramel aroma along with grapefruit, The taste is bitter with some roasted malt coming through. Not one of Founders better beers.