I’D TAP THAT: All Day… and night

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First Posted: 4/1/2013

Beer: All Day IPA

Brewer: Founders Brewing Company

Style: American IPA

ABV: 4.70%

Why the low ABV? Founders All Day IPA is considered a “session beer.” These are beers that tend to be lower in ABV, typically between 3.5 percent and 5 percent, and are “session-able” in that they can be drunk in higher quantities than other beers; think having four Coors or Budweiser pints versus four Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA pints and you will have a good understanding.

Description: Founders All Day IPA pours a beautifully clear copper/gold with a pillow-white head that lingers for quite some time. The aroma is that of hop bouquet. Every hop aroma is on display in this wonderful beer, so hop lovers rejoice! The aroma is complex and mingles between floral, citrus, and even some hop resin dankness as well. Upon the first sip, you realize that this is very hoppy but still wonderfully balanced. The hop flavor that dominates is that of citrus and pine balanced with a light malt backbone. After swallowing, you will taste one final hop bite before this beer cleanses itself from your palate and finishes perfectly dry. All in all, it has an absolutely wonderful amount of hops balanced with a great malt backbone in a low ABV beer – not a simple task to pull off, but done perfectly in this beer!

Food pairing: All Day IPA may be low in ABV, but is certainly not low in hop flavor, so do not be afraid to match this beer up with some of your more powerful dishes. It is an absolute dream with Mexican food, the spicier the better. I absolutely loved it with a delicious chicken enchiladas dish. Looking for something a little simpler? Not a problem – this beer is perfect with a nice juicy hamburger. Also, do not be afraid to pile on the toppings; this beer can hold its own, and the carbonation will cleanse that nasty onion laden palate of yours as well! So grab some and dig in!

Is it worth trying? Yes, yes, and yes! Founders All Day IPA is the perfect beer for the craft beer lover that has non-craft beer loving friends. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my craft beer, but sometimes I don’t want a beer that is around 9 percent ABV when I am out with friends, mainly because I am in the bag much quicker than them and tend to call it a night much quicker too. All Day IPA is perfect in its simplicity and low ABV; it is a beer you can drink all night with your Budweiser-loving friends and still hold your own throughout the night. Session beers are something that are certainly in demand in the craft beer market, and many more are to come soon. So if you were nodding your head “yes” while reading along with this, then you know what I mean. Now go out and grab yourself a glass and enjoy it all night! Also, All Day IPA is now available in cans and will be hitting our market very soon, so you can pack away a few for those spring/summer outings – another definite plus!

Rating: W W W W

Where can I get it? Currently available in bottles at: Krugel’s Georgetown Deli & Beer, Wilkes-Barre; Wegmans, Dickson City; and J & H Beer, Wilkes-Barre.

Remember, enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

-Derek Warren is a beer expert, avid homebrewer, and beer historian. Derek can be reached at [email protected].