Founders Pale Joe

Val and I found that about 45 minutes from our house, there is a World Market. About 5 minutes away from that is a Pour House, which I love. So, usually we go get some food first and then head to World Market. This was a beer I got before one of the shopping trips.


ABV: 5.4%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are pumped to announce that Pale Joe, a pale ale brewed with coffee, will be released on draft and in 6-pack bottles this September. Proceeds from the sale of Pale Joe will go to benefit ArtPrize 2016, the world’s largest art competition held annually in our hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. We often brew beers solely to pour in our taproom, which is where Pale Joe was first introduced, and we’re delighted to finally bring it to our non-local fans. Most coffee beers begin with a dark, stout or brown ale base. Not this one. Your eyes will tell you one thing, but your palate will tell you another. Light in color but full in flavor, this golden ale features notes of gently roasted, fruit-forward coffee. Pale Joe features a special blend of high-end Ethiopian coffee expertly roasted by our hometown neighbors at Ferris Coffee and Nut. It’s the lovechild of your favorite iced coffee and, well, beer. Pale Joe comes in at 5.4% ABV.”

Random: Delaware had some of the worst coffee I’ve ever had on vacation.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. It had a light orange body that was clear with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with cold brew coffee and coffee grounds. It masked the hop character and would make you think it was a porter if you had your eyes closed. The taste was also filled with cold brew coffee along with coffee grounds. It had a slight sweetness from the malt as well. I didn’t pick up much in the way of hop. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with coffee. This beer was a unique take on a pale ale. I would have this again, although I wouldn’t want more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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