Founders Brewing Company- Dry Hopped Pale Ale: What is in a name? Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?
Anyone who has any homebrewing experience can probably tell you what dry hopping is. However, if you’re a casual beer drinker you might not know or even care for that matter. Dry hopping is simply adding hops to a beer during the fermentation stage, instead of during to boil stage, where hops are traditionally added. This allows the flavors of the oils and resins to really soak into the brew. Personally I love dry hopping and my last IPA was actually a Dry Hopped Double IPA. I enjoy the crisp bite of the hops and strong aromas associated with them; let’s hope that Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale is a prime example of this brewing technique in action.
Founders Pale Ale has a very traditional honey colored medium body with a sweet floral scent. It has a really nice pure, white foam that was still hanging around 10 minutes after the pour. It features a slight hazy build and an above average carbonation level. I think must people will also be very surprised by how sweet this brew smells. There is definitely some citrus mixed in with the aroma as well.
The flavor of Founder’s Dry Hopped Pale Ale is a big let down in my eyes (or I guess mouth). The hops presence is miniscule at best. I was shocked to see that this beer has only 35 IBU’s. I am not saying a pale ale has to be hoppy to be enjoyable, but when you mention hops right on the package you create a certain expectation in people’s minds. The flavor is not bad, it is actually more on the sweet side, very malty with some citrus and a tiny, tiny hop finish. This would be a great beer for your girlfriend to introduce her to hops if she insists on only drinking wheat beers, for us hop heads this is a big let down.
Founders has quickly become one of my favorite breweries over the last couple of years. Their Centennial IPA and Red Rye are amazing. At the end of the day everyone is allowed to make a mistake. I wouldn’t really call Founders Pale Ale a mistake; it’s more of a misrepresentation, kind of like when a movie puts all the good scenes in the previews (I’m looking at you Adventureland). Founders has a decent brew here, it just doesn’t deliver the experience I was expecting and for that I have to give it an honest assessment…
Consumed: Pint Glass
Verdict: Buy a six pack