gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I found this a bit thin (lack of malt) with a nice hop bite. The beer is smooth and very drinkable, but a bit to lite for me.
echudy (45) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The smell is nothing appealing, neither is the color. But the initial taste and aftertaste were a very pleasant surprise
CStang67 (27) - - MAY 20, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
AROMA: A mild floral hop aroma is at the front but not overwhelming. Some caramel notes from the malt is there but hard to pick out.
APPEARANCE: Slightly cloudy gold colored beer with a very thin white head with mild carbonation
TASTE: Light sweetness with a medium-high bitterness. The caramel flavors are up front but quickly fade to the bitterness.
PALATE: Light body with an oily texture. Mild soft carbonation to start then a long dry bitter finish.
OVERALL: Not the worst pale ale I have had, but not the best either. The finish is too dry for me.
minutemat (2252) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with decent white head. Really not getting a lot from this. Either my tastebuds are shot or this is rather bland with faded hops. Just about scrapes a pass.
jbuskirk (569) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
At 35 IBU’s, Founders Pale Ale is a bit of an oddity in the craft beer space. In recent years, Pale Ales and IPA’s have become almost indistinguishable in terms of hoppiness. You won’t catch me complaining. Any excuse to add more hops is good enough for me. That’s why I’m honestly surprised by how much I like Founders Pale Ale since it lacks the bitterness I love. I suppose it works in this case because this ale reflects evenness of flavor rather than watered down hops. The malt backbone is strong and sweet. Yet, it compliments the hops rather than fighting them. This Pale Ale smells like resinous sap and tastes like pine, nectar, and bread. In true Founders fashion, Pale Ale is damn easy to drink and one that I’d gladly return to.
HuskerTan (732) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAY 17, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A- Pine, bitter, citrus, subtle caramel.
A- Amber color, clear liquid, off white head.
T- Pine, floral, citrus, caramel, bready.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish.
O- This was very well balanced and not bitter at all. Lots of the caramel and bread tones to it. Not my favorite Founders by a long shot and I’m not a Pale Ale guy either but I really wanted to try a Pale Ale with such a low IBU count. Not bad.
Woodspop (13) - Rivervale, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
First taste of a founders pale ale. Different taste to other pale ales ive had but a good different.
BadAprilia1000 (348) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy mix of yellow and orange with not too big a head. Aroma is citrus and bitter hops, caramel, bread, sweet orange, slight hop funk as well. Taste is smooth, bready malt, hops, and caramel foremost with a slight sweetness of orange juice and a semi-dry finish. Overall a good beer, pretty sessionable, slightly above average regular pale ale.
BunchABeer (30) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy golden-orange with a large off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt and floral hops. Tastes a little sweet but with a nice bitterness-- pretty mild flavours. Light to medium bodied.
villevav (304) - FINLAND - APR 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2015 [2015-04-24, Rooster, Oulu] Golden brown, hazy. Little head. The aroma consists mainly of herbal hops and barley malt. The taste begins with herbal hops and malt and leaves a lingering hop aroma to mouth. Slighly dull.
tlind2 (1246) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@Amsterdam. Slightly cloudy amber color, white head. Dry, hoppy flavor. Smooth, balanced flavor. Orange and herbal hops. Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Nice.