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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,014
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 285
Gots: 147 | FT: 6
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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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4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled on 9/22

Appearance: Beautiful tangerine orange. Semi-transparent with a one-finger head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Bright, ripe pineapple, orange, fresh lemon. Extremely fresh smelling beer.

Taste: A bit dry, bready to start and then the citrus hops just punch you in the face! So good. Crisp, clean, ripe fruit. Finish is a perfect balance between the malt and hops. Such a smooth, easy to drink beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light, airy. Perfect for Indian Summer, although I could easily drink this brew all summer long.

Overall: Such an incredible beer. Not what I expected for a "harvest" ale. Incredibly delicious, smooth brew. Founders doesn't make a beer I don't love, but this belongs up on the top shelf with CBS and KBS. Personally, I'd put it right next to Pliny, Hopslam and Zombie Dust.

Get it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 00:53:53 | More by kdmcguire10
Photo of InebriatedJoker


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a golden hue with orange highlights, three finger head that descended into a thin frothy lacing, good carbonation.

S: Tropical fruit , mango, lemon, light hops , slight pine.

T: Sweet citrus, lemon , light hops , malt, slight toffee/caramel .

O: Overall a solid Ipa, all the flavors work well with each other with none overwhelming the other, I paid $3.99 for a single bottle which is a little to pricey for me , still it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 00:03:53 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of match1112


4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: cloudy golden straw color with half finger of bright white head that quickly disapates and leaves minimal lacing.

s: amazing! reminds me of citrus bubblegum. big floral hops and a fair amount of sweetness to this one.

t: more of those floral hops with a nicely hidden malt presence. tons of citrus flavor and grain.

m: a little thin, crisp, the flavors stick to your cheeks.

o: one of the best beers founders makes.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 20:55:03 | More by match1112
Photo of Preismj


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a light colored brew, slightly yellow. Paler than I expected. moderate white head. Little lacing. smell is all hops, but a very dank aroma. Musty and earthy. Very nice. Taste is super bitter up front, but it is like something popped in my mouth and is all just juices. leaves my mouth soaked with bitter hop juice and grassy floral notes. moderate fizz, a bit lighter in body than I anticipated. Huge flavor and super bitter. Doesn't leave you dry. I could see this being a great beer to have quite a few of.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 15:16:34 | More by Preismj
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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow-orange in color. Frothy white head towers over the brew and sticks to the glass.

Beautiful bouquet of citrus fruits in the aroma, namely apricot and tangerine. Robust, almost sensual hop aromas lure me in.

Hops dominate from the start. Bright and lively citrusy, orange, apricot, pine and mango hop flavor. Good malt character with a smooth, bready tone to balance the hops.

Medium bodied brew with lots of bubbles. Satisfying dry finish.

Excellent brew. Very lively and hoppy. Unlike any other fall seasonal I have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 06:02:57 | More by bnes09
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New Mexico

4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - looks vaguely reminiscent of Bert grants harvest ale... God bless.

S - wow... Heavenly. Hops on the olfactory.

T - this could quite possibly be the best beer I have ever had. Ridiculous.

O - I would buy this year round if I could 1 case a month for life. Fantastic.

I've had this beer before but, wow freshness certainly matters on this beer. Bottle says 9-22-11.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 03:16:52 | More by Koufax21
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 10/04/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in DC. Served in a stange type glass.

a - Pours a transparent orange amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, tropical fruits, oranges, fruity malts, and floral notes. Smells of super fresh hops, really amazing.

t - Tastes of piney hops, tropical fruits, and oranges and citrus hops. Again, a lot of hops and nice, but a slight step down from the nose. Light bitterness.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. Light bitterness in the mouthfeel.

o - Overall another awsome beer from Founders; I'm really surprised I've never gotten around to having this one. Tons of hops and has that great fresh wet hop smell, and very easy to drink; could definitely have had a few of them. Would love to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 15:44:38 | More by mdfb79
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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled on 9/22/11.

Appearance: Bright and slightly cloudy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Good four fingers of white head with very good retention. Lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango, and lemon. Also some pine floral hops. Decent presence of bready malts. Light hints of honey. Very hoppy and tropical.

Taste: A bit surprising. Not quite as bitter as the nose leads on, but still very good. Starts with a pretty strong presence of bready malts and then the hops come. Lots of citrus including notes of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango, and lemon. Also some pine resin and hints of honey add to the sweetness. The citrus hop presence is strong but really smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, slightly oily and very smooth.

Overall: A very good IPA that is very forward on citrus hops but light on the overall bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 04:59:57 | More by MattyG85
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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 9/22/11 opened on 10/4/11 and poured into a Founders pint glass. Served at 55 degrees.

A- Light orange/golden. Pour yielded about 1 inch of foamy white head that sticks to the side of the glass pretty well. It doesn't look like the head will disappear anytime soon. Looks great.

S- Just delicious. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange. Smells like a hop bomb. I just got really excited.

T- At first the citrus is almost no where to be found and there's simply a light bread taste, but then it all changes. The tropical citrus jumps right out, but it's in no way overpowering. Sweet and juicy. The aftertaste is just a little bit bitter.

M- Light/medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O- As of lately, I've been drinking anything Founders that I could find. As of yet, this is the best non stout Founders has to offer to me. All the characteristics of a hop bomb but not tiresome with quantity. I've always said that Alpine Nelson and Kern River Just Outstanding are the 2 best examples of single IPAs that I've ever had, but I'm throwing this on that list alongside the other two. It's fresh, tasty, and making me wish I bought more than 2 bottles. Amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 02:17:54 | More by jm1229
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over two fingers of persistent white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a lone bubble occasionally climbs slowly in the column.

S: Mild floral hops are very fresh--if not particularly intense--with a backbone of lightly toasted bread providing superlative balance.

T: Begins dry, with early pale malt that is light and bready. Malt flavors are soon surpassed by dynamic hop aromatics that are intensely herbaceous and brightly citric, with grapefruit flesh as well as the peel. Bright vinous fruit are also added to the mix, showing considerable complexity early. The power of the hop-derived flavors prove to be short-lived, opening up the middle for persistent toasted malt and vinous fruit from the first act. The finish is refreshingly herbaceous in its presentation of mild bitterness, finally finding balance between pure malt and hops as other fruit flavors retreat.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced and sticky on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Founder's Harvest Ale is a well-executed demonstration of fresh hop qualities positioned against a tight malty canvas. This would be a successful pale ale with almost any hop bill, such is the quality of the bready grain. Still, it is full of wonderful hop qualities that are both delicate and elevating. Apology accepted, Founder's, for Devil Dancer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 23:17:57 | More by beagle75
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Very clear orange yellow. Not much of a head on is. Looks like nectar

(S) Hops abound. The excellent aroma of hops, grapefruit and a sweetness like honey and caramel malts.

(T) There is a really nice bitterness and overall presence of hops, but its really smooth and not just gagging you with hops. There is a bit of honey and citrus flavors that are buried in there.

(M) Oily, medium to light body. Pretty well balanced. Not a lot of carbonation though.

(O) As a fresh, wet-hopped IPA, this one is one of the best. I do really like it and for my own sake and opinion I put this one up against my love for Surly Wet. I think I still prefer the Wet (will do a bit more of a comparison when the Wet comes out) but this is a solid beer and one that I really dig.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 13:09:39 | More by cjacobsen
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Bottled just over a week ago. Who doesn't love seriously fresh IPAs? This one pours a mostly clear golden auburn topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises pine, sharp grapefruit, sharp cantaloupe, buttery caramel, and peach. The taste seems to focus heavily on the pine aspects, sharpening them even further than in the smell. The fruit isn't nearly as distinct, and the caramel has gone from buttery to spicy. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid IPA, but the pine character comes off a bit much for me, especially considering the fruity tones imparted by the smell. Still pretty tasty, though...

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 03:32:08 | More by TMoney2591
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I did one of my crazy person shops today at my local craft beer warehouse. Grabbed a bunch of new exciting bottles and also tossed in a 12 oz of Founders Harvest, never having tried it before but hearing good things. I've also been knocking back a lot of imperial stouts and big IPAs lately, so the idea of a wet hopped ale sounded like the perfect respite for a fatigued palate. MAN, this did NOT disappoint. Founders just knocks it out of the park every time. Really beautiful hazy amber gold color pouring deliciously into a glass with a great crisp head and carbonation popping everywhere. Big, wet, juicy hop smell; piney, citrusy, grapefruity. But the kicker, totally balanced on the palate. That hop taste isn't overwhelming, the body incredibly light and crisp with a fair amount of bitterness and just enough malt to round it out. This feels like the prodigy child offspring of Centennial IPA which had a rounder more dense flavor and Dry-Hopped Pale Ale which has an aggressive hop scent. We got an easy drinker here, just under 7% ABV makes this one I can knock back a few of but still feel impressed with every sip. A super exciting version of Sierra Nevada, just absolutely jumping with flavor but still sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 23:01:56 | More by MrELovesBeer
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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Harvest. Poured in pint glass.

Don't know if it's because I had this beer super fresh or if it was just a really fantastic season for hops, but this years Harvest was pretty superb.

Poured golden orange with tight off white bubbles that last and a creamy white head. Clear to slight haze.

Definite upfront notes of pineapple and peach with subtler hop aromas.

Citrus notes in the hops come through with the bittering at the end. Malts are subtle but present.

Very well balanced mouthfeel. medium carbonation.

Overall a very crisp beer with a well rounded fruity flavor from the fresh hops. This is one of my favorites for a reason!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 04:35:31 | More by Flux
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3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a copperish color with a big white foamy head on top. The smell of the beer was hoppy, as it should be. The wet hop aroma fills the nose with some floral and citrus notes. The taste of the beer has a great hoppy flavor but it fades into more of an earthy finish which kind of hinders my thoughts just a bit. The mouthfeel is a little heavier than the Double Trouble which I like and overall I think that this beer is very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 23:54:40 | More by Knapp85
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy tangerine orange that is nice and deep. Has a light beige bubble head with a little lacing.

Smells strongly of citrus hops, almost as if oranges were placed directly into the beer. Delicious!

Pleasantly filled with citrus hops that are in the forefront and hang on for the ride on through the aftertaste.

Medium body with light carbonation but is very smooth.

Quite drinkable. It was nice to experience an autumn beer with some good hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 23:55:30 | More by colt45n
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an exceptional freshly hopped beer. It has that immense smell of that wet hop deep resinous freshly cut grass with very juicy smells with some sweet and maybe some mint smells from the hops as well. It smells how the Sierra Nevada Wet Hop Ale smells too. It has that same taste but it has that Founders taste. Which if you had their IPA's you can definitely tell its them making the beer.

It has a crisp taste with that herbal bite in the beginning a sweet honey like malt in the middle and ending with the grapefruit sharp wet resinous herbal piney hop taste that you get in the smell. What an excellent beer. All wet hopped beers have this certain smell and taste to them that I can't quite put my finger on and can only best explain it as take the regular taste of high alpha hops and make it fresher and add a wet taste to it. That's seriously the best way I can describe it. You can tell the difference between dry hopped ales and wet hopped ales.

I like this beer better than their Centennial IPA and has a more distinct hop taste than their Double Trouble IPA. Definitely not as bitter but this one definitely packs some hop bitterness on the tongue which is why they ended up calling an IPA intead of an APA. I know it can't be year round because its a Harvest Ale but they should definitely put this in 6 packs especially it being a pretty sessionable beer at 6.5 %.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 02:05:32 | More by thebrood1987
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transcribed from notes dtd F, 29 Oct 2010.

Wet-hopped for my enjoyment! A finger of soapy, bone-white head upon arrival with decent retention. Color was a hazy lemon-yellow. Nose was grapefruit-citrusy with an earthy undertone. Man, I really did what wet hopping will do for a beer! Mouthfeel was silky but with a pleasant hops bite, like a 1-2 combo to the palate. The bitterness was somehow muted, less sharp than many of its counterparts. The mellowing effects were immediate. I had thought that I had (finally) conquered my hop jones, but this was like mainlining. The finish was hoppy, sure, but with an earthy aspect that simply lingered.

Serving type: cask

06-14-2011 20:00:29 | More by woodychandler
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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes are wet hops, caramel, papaya, malt backbone, popcorn, salt, peppercorn, citrus, citrus peels, blended unripe fruit, rock sugar, earth, cane sugar, dryness, tea, edginess, flower pedals, coconut, and bananas and curds and cumin and spices and light fruit skins.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 23:53:16 | More by Jazzcrop
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District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 120z bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/10/11
*From notes

A: A bit lighter in hue then I expected - a sunset yellow-gold. A 1.75 finger head and quality lacing on a careful pour.

S: Fresh cut grass and summertime love. It just makes me want to sit on the patio all damn day. I also detect a good amount of fading hops, and the malt that's beginning to show through.

T: This is a Fall seasonal, so I'm drinking this a bit late in the year. Having said that, there is a bit of soft, warm caramel up front. What wet hop essense is left begins poking it's head out on the mid, but gets shot down by the firm malty backslap on the finish.

M: Good ol' Founders - they always know how to come through here. Rich and perfectly balanced.

O: I've had this fresh, and it's certainly better straight from the brewery, though it's still really tasty now. I look forward to this one each year, and recommend you do too.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 21:42:56 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear and golden with a slight orange tint. A decent bit of bubble coming up and a thin but acceptable white head. Gives me the anticipation of a hop forward fairly thin in the malt beer. Well I'm hoping on that hop forward part.

A good hop citrus hoppy nose, the malt isn't making a big impact. The hops are on the grapefruit side but there's something somewhat mixed in here that gives it a bit more enjoyable hop profile. Again the malt just isn't doing much here.

Starts moderately sweet and fruity and finishes with a nice grape fruit bitter finish.

An extremely drinkable beer with just the right amount of flavor and body. Priced a hair to high for a regular drinking beer (they can think stone IPA for being the standard for cheap and easy to drink and making everyone else look bad).

I'd like a bit more of an oily feel here, with the fresh hops and all. I think seirra's fresh hop beers do this exremely well. Clearly hopslam was made for this, but this beer finishes dry enough and yet has just enough body.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 23:41:34 | More by bobhits
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy straw color topped with a thin white head. Head is sticky and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Nice nose of grapefruit hops and a little hint of pineapple as well.

T- Taste follows the nose, straight forward showcase of grapefruit hops. Some hints of malt and sweet caramel in there too for a nice balance. Finish is mostly clean and with a nice lingering final bite from the hops.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated. There is a little viciousness and oiliness to it but it is not unpleasant.

D- Very drinkable the 6.5% ABV is well hidden and the tastes are nicely balanced.

Another great beer from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 05:20:51 | More by ToddT
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into La Fin du Monde tulip. Bottled 09/28/2010.

Appearance: Pours an awesome hazy, bright orange color. Almost tang-like. Thin head, that retains for a surprisingly low time. Great lacing on the glass as well.

Smell: The smell is not overwhelmingly hoppy, but pleasant, slight sweetness, and mild hop.

Taste: The taste is great sticky (not in a bad way) hops, grapefruit, with a nice sweet balance.

Mouthfeel: The mouth is lively. Great feel, as the bitterness and sweetness work very well together.

Drink and Overall: Overall, I really like this beer. When in search of some flavor, without alot of weight, this would be a good choice. One of the better IPA's for every day drinking I have had in a while. Would put it up there with Bells Two Hearted and Founders Centennial.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 04:07:26 | More by MarcatGSB
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 12 oz. bottle, bottled on 9/29/2010, was poured into a tulip. This is my second and last bottle from a four pack I picked up in October, I have shared the rest.

This beer is the color of a light honey, with a medium foamy head and some lacing. It smells mostly of hops, with a little sweetness too.

The taste is mostly hops. Besides the hops, there is a taste like grapfruit or some other citrus fruit. The bitterness is quite balanced with the sweetness. This feels light and lively in the mouth, with a fair amount of carbonation. I really like this beer and I'm looking forward to next years batch.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 23:13:50 | More by hwy61mb
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright slightly hazy golden-orange color with a finger of white head. The head has pretty decent retention and leaves behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of citrus hops with lots of grapefruit and some lemon coming through. Also some floral elements and just a touch of malt comes through.

T - Starts off with a lot of hop bitterness and some citrus and floral/pine flavors. Also a bit of sweet malt in the background. Through the middle there is a hit of bitterness alongside more citrus flavor. The finish has a bit more malt in it compared to the rest of the beer but there is still some nice lingering citrus flavor. Very nicely balanced.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied with moderate assertive carbonation. The bitterness in the finish leaves a very dry finish which is really nice.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice hop profile and some nice other flavors to blend with the hop. Lots of flavors but still super smooth and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 04:56:26 | More by ngeunit1
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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