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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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Ratings: 2885
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%


Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: granger10 on 10-24-2004)
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pkalix

California

4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden yellow with a little bit of foam on top. just noticed the bottled on date is October 2, 2013. we're almost into april now so I guess I aint gettin' the freshest there is....
smell is bland, muted, but with hops. not much else.
taste is sweet and honey-like up front with (almost) an explosion of fruit and caramel sweetness at the end. wow. biscuit sweet up front, caramel sweet at the end. slightly bitter hop in the middle. this is awesome. and it's old? someone else nailed it saying "lemon, orange and white grapefruit". that is exactly how this one tastes, and he was speaking from an older bottle also. this one is awesome. extremely sessionable and a 7.6% on top of that!! I can drink this on all day!!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 20:33:35 | More by pkalix
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Gobzilla

California

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured a golden yellow in color with slight orange highlights, a good thin chunky head that left good bead like lacing on the glass. It had a nice earthy leafy aroma upfront on the nose, hints of citrus, underlying grain notes and mild hop character. The hops came through more on the palate alongside some citrus notes, slight bitter flavor, bready grains and a touch of earthiness. The brew was light in body with a fair amount of carbonation and a clean crisp finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 06:25:08 | More by Gobzilla
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deadchef

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into 20oz pint glass from bottle...

a: 1.5 finger head. bright white. little hazy golden ale but i didn't decant.

s: huge hop aroma. grapefruit, lemon, lime. very fresh. light toast malt backbone.

t: fresh hops punching through. tons of hop flavor but not over the top bitterness. malt hangs in there to balance.

m: medium carbonation. dry finish. lingering bitterness.

o: this is a great beer. unfortunately i've held onto this one in my fridge a bit too long as these are best fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 02:29:36 | More by deadchef
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Emnmarko

Michigan

4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours hazy and golden with a tint of orange. A nice one finger white head forms with good retention. Loads of lacing clings to the glass until I need a new one. This is what a beer should look like.

S- A strong citrus aroma greets my senses first. Oranges and grapefruits. Perfect. A light bready malt note somewhere behind that. Then more oranges.

T- A hop wave of citrus flavor takes over the palate accompanied with an earthly malt backbone that balances this ale nicely. This is a complex but smooth act that finishes dry and spicy.

M- Feels malty, somewhat grainy and chewy. Medium to heavy body.

O- Founders has really outdone themselves with this one. Incredibly balanced brew that leaves me wanting more. An enormous hop presence backed up with malts that are powerful and graceful. Well done Founders. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 21:33:24 | More by Emnmarko
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a two finger head of a white color. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer heaviest of a citrus smell being a mix of citrus hop and a bit of sweet orange. Along with these aromas are notes of other hops with some pine and herbal smells present. Some light sweeter caramel smells as well as a bit of a bready smell are there as well giving an overall nice balanced IPA smell.

Taste – The taste begins with some tropical fruit tastes as well as a bit of a bready taste. The tropical fruits are largely of tangerine and mango but also have hints of pineapple within. Along with the bready and fruit are some hop flavors of a citrus nature. As the taste advances some grassy and herbal flavors come to the tongue. A moderately strong pine flavor later joins the tongue more toward the middle to the end giving a nice little resinous bite to the beer. While a sweeter caramel taste develops more toward the middle of the taste, it, as well as some of the fruit dwindle a bit toward the end. With some earthy hops coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, and combined with the rest of the tastes of the brew, one is left with a somewhat crackery, lightly sweetened and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on average side as well. For the drinkability and the style both were quite appropriate, creating a rather easy drinking but flavorful IPA.

Overall – A good hop blended IPA. Rather tasty overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 02:32:19 | More by Darkmagus82
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magictacosinus

California

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks (yet again) to jdhowe for handing me one of these lately. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. No bottling date, which is strange - Founders usually is very consistent in dating their beers.

Pours a golden-amber color, clear as they can be (save for some minor flecks of sediment), with a good, semi-frothy white head at the top. Head retention could be better, but at the very least there's some good lacing and stickiness that clings to the glass. At their freshest, I've always found wet hop beers to look really good, and to my knowledge, this is the best looking hoppy offering from Founders I've seen yet.

Smells terrific - glad this is indeed a fresher bottle, according to my source. Vivid notes of apricots, honeydew, green melon, orange, and pine gracefully reach the nostrils. A little bit of white pepper and lavender follows, with a cracked barley flavor that is fresh and simultaneously reminds me of wheat and toffee at the finish. Extremely mellow overall, with a laid back vibe that many wet hop beers seem to lack (for better or for worse) - the alcohol is well hidden, and the build is what I'd come to expect in the style. Really, really good.

The flavor is pretty much on par with the aroma, delivering gentle and well expressed citrus and floral notes, with a refreshing, cleansing malty finish. The orange peel and light grapefruit comes in a first, but to me, the intriguing flavors still remain those apricot/melon notes that I mentioned earlier. Some herbal and floral flavors, as expected - lavender and sage come to mind. Finishes with a mild bitterness, but feels wet overall rather than dry, and this accounts greatly within the malt forward finish that is slightly cracker-like and bready. Refreshing as hell, which is not the first thing I'd claim a higher ABV, wet hop beer to be. Still, extremely drinkable, with no faded or minor flaws this time around.

I've never been a big fan of Founders' hop forward offerings, but this is extraordinarily good, and would hold up quite well even months after its bottling date. Granted, it's definitely best while its fresh, but this is perhaps my favorite everyday wet hopped beer if I've ever had one. Not their most complex offering, but it delivers the goods exactly as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 19:03:28 | More by magictacosinus
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wide mouth chalice. three months old.

A: two finger head that subsides to a thin ring. minimal lacing...golden color with some suspended solids. light carbonation activity.

S: Dank, resinous, earthy and minor piney wet hops, bitter citrus. lively and enticing aromas on the hoppier side. sweet malted milk balls.

T: Musty, earthy hops, lemony and bitter citrus. Almost a strange hen of the woods/mushroom backbite. Bitter lemongrass on swallow. Some lactic-like perceptions at room temp are fooling me.

M: Smoooth and Creamy. Medium full and not overly full. Dry without being obnoxiously dry. Malts support with light-medium malts similar to crystal or caramel.

O: Hell yeah. Good taste, smooth and complex even with a few months on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 03:00:19 | More by Scrapss
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ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a tulip

A- poured it in the glass and really liked the color and the head, it looked like a great beer right from the beginning.

S- it really reminded me of All Day IPA, but had a bigger malt presence in it. Same nice citrus smell, but a little bit more behind it.

T- seemed like it had the same hops as all day ipa (which i do like) but it really picked up where All Day left off, having a weak finish. I was really impressed with the taste of this.

M- was pretty solid, not much alcohol taste too it and really had a nice sticky wet-hop feel to it

O- I was only able to get a few bottles of this, but it did not disappoint. Hope im able to get more next time. One of my favorite offerings from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 20:35:09 | More by ChrisChagnon
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a nice white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: lively citrus hop aroma, grapefruit, orange

T: absolutely incredible balance of bitter citrus and sweet malt, tangypine resin hop finish

M:medium with higher carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O: an excellent IPA with fantastic flavor and balance

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 20:24:59 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Pencible

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like orange zest and sweet honey.
T: It tasted like sweet honey malt and bitter citrus zest, with a little waxy hops. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent IPA, but the scent and taste weren't delicious and the body was a little weak. Very clean finish, so very easy to drink. Nice session beer, but not otherwise impressive.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 02:54:42 | More by Pencible
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A2HB

Michigan

4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers from Founders. The wet hops are oily, juicy, citrusy, piney, delicious.

This is last year's batch and it has held up very well over these past three months. The wet hops are still very noticeable although a bit more subdued than the first bottle. I will pretty much be ISO this one every October. Superb

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 23:43:40 | More by A2HB
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BreakfastStout

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprise, surprise. Another great IPA from Michigan. California are you paying attention? This one caught me by surprise with how great it was. My first wet hopped IPA. Poured from a bottle into a stamddard pint glass. Generous head that quickly fades but leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nose is just a bit piney compared to other IPA's I've had. Maybe it's th wet hopped style. Very clear compared to other IPA's as well. Taste is fantastic. It's delicious. This is so good it's almost sessionable. Wow! I think this is better than Founders Centenntial IPA. I love this beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 19:40:22 | More by BreakfastStout
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RaulMondesi

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Out of the bottle and into the Teku.

Wow. This is unique... Bottled 10-2-13 (3 months later) and Raul could only imagine this baby fresh. Just so clean and slightly crisp like Rooney Mara biting into an apple. Just clean and pure (the opposite of the Kardashian's)

Yep!!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 06:06:27 | More by RaulMondesi
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear, brilliant gold with with awesome head retention and lacing.

Aroma is very piny and earthy with just a touch of citrus coming through.

Lots of Earthiness in the taste with bread and light pine. Bitterness is on the high side leading to a crisp and drying finish.

Overall, really an awesome beer that brilliantly showcases what a hop harvest beer should be. One beer I really wish was available to me locally.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2013 02:27:32 | More by rangerred
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krustster

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant gold color, mostly clear but a little hazy. Fluffy white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing after it falls. Nearly a half hour into this review, I looked again and found that the lacing was still where I left it, and the small head (cap?) that remained after the first minute or two is also still present.

Smell is heavy on the pine/floral notes compared to the citrus fruits, very clean and crisp. I'm still fairly stuffy so I can't give too much info on this, but it does smell very good.

Taste is, again, clean and crisp, very little sweetness but high in the grapefruit/pine character. The first time I had this I didn't care for it too much, but today I'm appreciating it quite a bit more. Very "resinous" and refreshing. The bitterness is strong but not overpowering at all. It just kind of sticks around to seal in the flavor after each sip, which I love. Compared to Red's Rye and Double Trouble, this one is a lot stronger in hop flavors (as opposed to malts), not as balanced but also they obviously hit what they were going for here. I'm still new to IPAs, hated them for a long time and finally saw the light recently, so my vocabulary is a bit limited. I like it a lot though. Very strong flavors, very refreshing even if it lacks the complexity of some.

Palate: carbonation is fairly high, which feels appropriate for an IPA with the bitterness and pine/resin characteristics of this one. Helps with the "crisp" taste that I keep talking about. The beer itself is somewhat oily, light to medium body, feels just right. Again I don't have the vocabulary for this but it's very appealing.

Overall I'm impressed once again by a Founders beer. This is a style I used to abhor (bad opinions or bad experience, I can't say for sure) but Founders is the brewery that finally won me over. Harvest Ale is in almost the exact style that I used to hate--high bitterness, floral/pine taste--but they've done it in a uniquely delicious and refreshing way that has changed the way I see beer once again.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:49:12 | More by krustster
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: beautiful, light yellow-gold... slight-moderate haze... ~1/4" white head once poured, smatters of lace... cap stays till the bottom

S: pineapple, mild pine... light-moderate solventy alcohol... perhaps some honey-ish malt... overall more subdued than I'd expected

T: bright, explosive burst of resiny hop flowers.... little bit of that pineapple and some a very soft wash of zesty-peppery (pepper, as in fresh chili) bitter hop in the finish, long into the aftertaste.... the 70 IBU is well blended and balanced into its composition.... wonderfully clean and invigorating overall.... not beat-you-over-the-head hoppy... more fruity complexity (lemon zest) unfolds with rising temp and subsequent sips.... not the least bit sweet

M: as light-bodied as a pilsner and super clean.... the perception of bitterness and its taste-bud-scraping effect increases somewhat exponentially

O: pretty damn fantastic.... simple and effective... I hate to say it could use a bit more depth in hop variety and malt biscosity (amount of biscuit flavor).... there are other beers out there that will fulfill that need.... I did down this unusually quick

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 06:06:25 | More by Bouleboubier
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with touches of orange mixed in. Head is only about thumb sized off white and it falls quickly but leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma is not over powering but very nice almost soft hops, light herbal minty notes on a tropical fruit base not so much the big citrus hops but lighter and very pleasant. Malt base is light more bready with a touch of honey then caramel.

Taste is just like the nose basically, light tropical fruits on a bread malt base. Hops move to a more herbal then a minty like finish with some light lingering bitterness. Very pleasant and hop forward with out being over powering, lots of hops flavors say medium bitterness. This is one smooth and easy drinking IPA. Good flavors with out the need to scrap your tongue in between drinks.

Mouthfeel is light side also carbonation is on the lighter side which I enjoy.

Overall really digging this brew, hard to believe its 7.6% as it drinks as easy as the All Day IPA while being much more enjoyable. Wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 01:36:17 | More by mntlover
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden orange, with a two finger white head, lots of carbonation, decent head retention.
S- Smell is pleasing mix of hops. Herbal, a bit of grass, a bit of fruit, and some of what my neighbors used to smoke...
T- Same as the aromas, grass and herb are big up front, with some underlying tropical fruit flavors. Enough malt to merit mentioning, but definitely hop forward. Really fresh tasting.
M- Bitterness is noticable on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit more assertive than I would like. Body is medium-full for what I characterize as single IPA.
O- A good beer. Definitely worth a beer drinker looking for.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 14:35:24 | More by jsprain1
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass
A-pours a golden hazy color with a one finger head
S-orange and lemon citrus and hints of vanilla
T-same as smell with wet hops and resin
M-mouthfeel is wet and slick with medium body and medium low carbonation
O-great IPA with wet hops

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 00:49:39 | More by reebtaerG
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at House of 1000 Beers 11-23-13
served in a tulip glass.

A - Bright clear gold with two fingers of dense white head, thick lacing.
S - Big juicy orange, very bright and grassy, lots of floral notes.
T - Peach, pineapple, orange juice, pine, fresh cut grass, tons of floral notes mid way, good biscuit malt base.
M - Clean and lightly creamy.
O - Delicious fresh hopped beer, definitely my favorite fresh hopped beer of all time.

500th review!

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2013 04:15:17 | More by Omnium
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill, in NJ. 11/15

Pours pale dirty gold with a ring of white foam. Pine grassy nose. Light malt, tasty, with an interspersed bitter. Even balanced flavor. Breadys, grains. Little citrus. Very nice - simple yet refined, and full of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2013 15:38:07 | More by KTCamm
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tmm313

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Semi-hazy, light amber, color. Poured a 1 finger, quickly dissipating, head. OK lacing.
S- Grapefruit, pine, green wood, lemon, with a touch of caramel.
T- Orange and light lemon up front, followed by a rush of nice caramel, bitter grapefruit, pine, citrus rind and sweet orange on the finish. Nice.
M- On the light side with crisp carbonation. Oily and drying.
O- This was a nice IPA. It was definitely on the lighter side, with delicate aromas, tastes and mouth-feel. Really refreshing. It seems sessionable, but could catch up with you quickly, if you had too many.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 17:33:29 | More by tmm313
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draheim

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled 10/2/2013) into a tulip (thanks again cavedave!). Pours a nice honey straw color w/ a frothy white head, decent lace.

Aroma is juicy grapefruit and orange, two of my favorite citrus aromas for a fresh-hop beer. Tropical and mouth-watering.

Taste is a slight letdown from the nose. The big juicy punch I was hoping for just isn't there. Nice neutral pale malt and an underlying sweetness, some good citrus character and a firm bitter finish. Just a little underwhelming, possibly attributable to this being a couple months old. Still good though.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and satisfying. Goes down easy.

Overall a very solid offering from Founders. Not the very best fresh-hop beer I've had, but certainly tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 01:51:01 | More by draheim
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richj1970

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with smallish one finger off white head that disappeared fairly quickly. Some minimal spotty lacing.

S: Citrusy hops mostly grapefruit. Some earthy funk mixed with pine.

T: Juicy citrus flavors and big hops. Slightly bitter as expected, but crazy easy to drink. Alcohol is very well hidden, and beer is overall very well balanced. Just enough malt backbone to offset some of the hops.

M: Nice and light. I might have preferred just a bit more carbonation, and head retention.

O: Fantastic brew. One of the better IPA's that I've enjoyed lately. Really wish this one was available year round.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 01:49:29 | More by richj1970
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light copper with a finger of head that does not linger very long. The nose is a bright bouquet of citrus fruits, especially grapefruit. The grapefruit notes carry over into the flavor profile, which is bitter, but not overly so. The finish is dry and hoppy.

Thsi light bodied offering is not quite what I'd expect in a fall seasonal, but it is certainly very, very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2013 18:42:28 | More by 57md
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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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