All Day IPA, which is produced by Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a delectable “session ale.” It is an ideal summer beer for the imbiber who prefers consuming a brew with flavor and holds watery light “beers” in contempt. However, All Day IPA is not too heavy either, and would likely be classified as medium to light bodied. Moreover, it is most certainly on the thin side when it is juxtaposed against other heavyweights Founders offers such as Dirty Bastard, Breakfast Stout, and their world class Porter. Furthermore, All Day IPA is a mere 4.7 percent Alcohol by Volume which pales in comparison to their more potent products. Therefore, All Day IPA represents the best of both worlds, as Founders Brewing Co. has successfully, and commendably, found a way to reduce body and alcohol content without sacrificing too much flavor. It is also important to note that All Day IPA is the first Founders beer to be canned. Mike Stevens, the CEO of Founders, has stated that his company has embraced the “recreation element,” as having beer available in cans caters to the outdoor drinker who may want to enjoy an adult beverage at a location where glass bottles are prohibited . Having All Day IPA available in cans has most certainly proven to be a clever marketing tool.
The picture on the label shows a canoe strapped to the top of a station wagon, which is traveling down a dirt road, and it is not a stretch of the imagination to wonder if this image represents a family visiting their summer cottage. Therefore, it is a fitting picture as All Day IPA smells, and tastes, like summer vacation. The first whiff is very citrusy and the aroma reminds one of a sticky July afternoon, and smelling freshly cut grass, or perhaps a clean lake, while listening to a ballgame on the radio with bratwursts, hot dogs, or hamburgers cooking on the grill. Although All Day IPA is now available year round, it is a beer that is a more appropriate beverage for the deck or patio, as opposed to a beer one would enjoy by the fireplace on a January night while reading a great book or watching an entertaining movie.
When poured into a glass, All Day IPA is golden brown with a thin head which disappears rather quickly. The description on the side of the can describes how All Day IPA is “naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains, and hops” which have been “balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish.” The description proceeds to state that the beer is an ideal companion to celebrate an honest day’s labor, and one would be hard pressed to disagree with that statement. The first crisp, clean, and delicious sip, which stands in sharp contrast to the other aforementioned mainstream light beers, is both refreshing and rewarding. The impeccably blended flavors erupt in the one’s mouth, and the drinker is hit by a “hop punch,” which is strong, but is far from a knockout blow. At any rate, All Day IPA is a suburb beer, and as soon as you drink one, you will be ready for the next one.
Till next time,
Till next time,
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Store Shelves." MLive.com. 29 July 2013. (Accessed 25 Aug. 2013) <http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2013/07/all_day_ipa_cans.html>.