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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Happy IPA Day! IPA Month Begins with Founders "All Day" IPA

Happy IPA Day all! 

And Welcome to "IPA MONTH" here at Man Drinks Beer!

August marks my annual revolt against the increasingly annoying seasonal creep of fall beers into our bottle stores. I do this by celebrating- all month long- the wonderful, summery IPA. August is still summer, its still hot, and to me, and many others, it means IPA time. 

No Octoberfest or Pumpkin beers in August please. I love these styles. When its cold outside. Not when its 90+ degrees. 

We kick off IPA Month with what seems to be the "hot" new entry into the IPA category- Founders Brewing's "All Day" IPA Session Ale.

This brew was introduced in early 2012 (although a version of the recipe won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Fest in 2010), but was not then available year round. However, due to extreme demand, they've decided to roll it out as a full time, year round offering.

And, it will be the first Founder's beer to be canned, showing the increasing acceptance of cans in the craft beer world. Look for cans to start hitting shelves in late August/Early September

Founders Brewing, Grand Rapids, MI
4.7% ABV, 42 IBU's

All day IPA pours a deep dark golden, with a vibrant 3 fingers of foamy white head.

Smell is..all dank, wet hops. It smells wet and sweet. There is some detectable malt sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel is light an bubbly, more than expected, but not at all excessive.

Taste is not quite as hoppy as the smell, but very close. Lots of luscious hop citrus- grapefruit, pineapple, and only a little bitter. Getting just a touch of malt sweetness as well. Very Dry finish, but I'm ok with it. Not at all balanced, but it works.

A very nice IPA. Strong hop character, but very low bitterness, and low abv. I'm loving the dry finish by the time I'm done with the bottle. "West coast" in style, but without the big boozy alcohol wallop or scorchingly abrasive bitterness. It actually reminds me a lot of Jacks Abby "Hoponius Union" IPL.

I found "All Day IPA" to be a suberbly drinkable, delicious, IPA.  Definitely a wining entry into the IPA session beer category, and potentially a big entry beer for non-craft drinkers. Enthusiastically recommended.


Got a differing opinion on this IPA? Have another IPA you want to share during IPA Month? Leave a comment!

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