Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance. Pours into a pint glass like a Frank Stella experiment in color and line -- a hazy, almost witbier orange at the bottom half, the upper half an ivory white. Head remains huge, with large sudsy bubbles, except at the top, which is a creamy foam for about five minutes. Receeds over ten minutes with action that reminds me of sea foam. Leaves chunky lacing.
Nose. Hops. Big, perfumy, yet also restrained. Grapefruit, pine, lemon. As it warms, sweet bread, yeast, and mineral earthiness.
Taste. A variation on the nose. Modulates to grapefruit, orange, lemon peel, pear, and spicy, tongue numbing pepper and clove. Still restrained. Sweet, clean, and somehow, with all the hops in play, light, as a pale ale should be. Nothing out of place.
Mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Dry with a little hop oil slickness.
Drinkability. Good, though, as a pale ale on the Indian side of the equation, perhaps not as drinkable as one would expect from the style. Still, for all its complexity, refreshing and pleasurable. This is not a chest hair baring use of hops. Mozart , not Beethoven.
This is one of the best American pale ales I've had. Refreshing and delightful. This is masterful craft beer.
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2008 01:28:16 | More by Mcculler
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