I’d Tap That: Founder’s All Day IPA has big flavor profile for small beer
Glassware: All Day IPA is a light beer with subtle delicacies and a bright aroma that is a showcase for hops. Glassware that traps this hop-forward aroma is a must to fully appreciate this delicious beer. The Spiegelau IPA glass is the first choice with this IPA but a snifter, nonic pint, or Willi Becher pub glass will work just as well. The important factor to keep in mind with a lighter beer such as this is to allow the beer to warm slowly and still stay cold as long as possible. It should be noted that this is a great beer to enjoy straight from the can as well.
Description: Founders All Day IPA pours a clear copper/gold with a pillowy white head that lingers for quite some time and leaves a thin lacing on the glass. The aroma is that of hop bouquet with subtle cracker-like malt notes in the background. The aroma is a melange for hop aromas featuring floral and citrus hops with hints of hop resin dankness as well. The flavor matches the aroma with hops hitting the palate first. The citrus hops cascade over the palate with pine as a backing taste followed by semi-sweet malts. A lighter beer such as this could easily become unbalanced and allow the hops to dominate. However, All Day IPA maintains textbook balance. The light body and moderate carbonation give this beer a refreshing quality that is nearly unmatched. The sheer crispness in such a low ABV IPA is something any craft beer lover could appreciate. All Day IPA is a must try for any hop lover and is the perfect beer to have on hand throughout the hot summer months.
Food pairing: Lighter beers such as session IPAs can become a difficulty when pairing with dishes due to their delicate nature. Many session IPAs have a thinner body that can easily be overwhelmed by a variety of dishes. However, All Day IPA has a strong enough flavor profile and a hefty enough body to stand its ground with many pairings.
All Day IPA is a great pairing with many spicy Mexican dishes. The citrus-fruit hop profile lightens and deepens the flavor profile of even the spiciest of dishes while the semi-sweet malt backbone keeps all spices in check and cleanses the palate perfectly. All backyard barbecues are made better with this session IPA. The sweet barbecue sauce and natural caramelization from the grill will be enhanced by the sweet malt profile and delicate hops. All Day IPA also goes well with any barbecue sauce style so whether your loyal to thick Kansas City style or prefer a thinner mustard based barbecue sauce, it will be the perfect fit. As with all IPAs, or beer for that matter, this is a phenomenal beer for Friday night get-togethers with friends, movies and pizza piled high with any topping your heart desires.
The Final Word: Founders Brewing has long been at the forefront in the craft beer industry and was certainly influential in bringing craft beer to the masses. Their beloved beers such as Centennial IPA, Founders Porter and KBS acted as a showcase for perfect idealized beer styles. The brewery has never rested on its laurels and never will with new and exciting beers being released every year. All Day IPA, though, has quickly become one of its most popular beers. The price point, low ABV, packaging in cans, and flavor have combined to create a truly great IPA for the masses. The most impressive feat for this beer is the flavor profile and depth within such a small beer. All Day IPA could and should be your new go-to beer for any gatherings this summer season.
Derek Warren is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer and beer historian. Derek can be heard weekly on the Beer Geeks Radio Hour at noon on Sundays on WILK 103.1 FM with past episodes available on iTunes.
Brewer: Founders Brewing Company
Beer: All Day IPA
Style: American IPA