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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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1,042 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,042
Hads: 4,181
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 18.53%
Wants: 391
Gots: 431 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: granger10 on 10-24-2004

70 IBU
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Reviews: 1,042 | Hads: 4,181
Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

Bright golden glow in the light, faint hop haze. Bubbly lacing certainly suffices and then some. Blond tobacco, hemp seed oil, soft pint, cilantro and mint show the hops in an epic proportion for the aroma. Hey malt, how hay doing? Thanks for the bready and biscuity flavors but now you can move aside for what I really want. Fresh hop flavor, thanks. Stodgy oily hop chaos grips the taste buds. Bitterness is not scathing but pricks the tongue enough times to be noticed. Flash of shortbread from the malt but then a whole lot of hop flavor pushes in. Hoppy semi-dry finish.

Great example for someone to try a fresh hopped ale, balanced and drinkable. Complex yet easy to quaff back.

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Photo of russpowell
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2nd review, I guess the server crash ate my other one...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. superior lacing & very good head retention as well

S: Lemons, biscuitty malt & grapefruit, plus some leafy hops once warm. I remember my 1st review having much better aroma, but got call em as I see em, this might one of those beers that is fantastic fresh, but suffers over time, not sure???

T: Follows the nose, plus a touch of flinty dryness up front. Grapefruit & buscuitty malt dance as this warms, plus some floral hops as well. Finishes crisp, citrussy & with a dryness that demands you get another one out of the fridge

MF: Medium bodied, fairly soft carbonation & superior balance

Through the roof drinkability. As long as I can get this & the frehness is there, this a must purchase every time I cross the Mizzou State line! If not the best fresh hop beer I've had it is in the top 3...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a quite foggy orange gold with a thinner light creme head. Nose is pungent pine and salty hops. Flavor is quite salty and intense. Not precisely the "wet-hopped" characters I would expect, but really: how wet can the hops be upon delivery to Michigan? Not hatin', just sayin'. On the powerfully salty hops with minor pine tones there seems like some obliterated lemon tang as well. Feel is smooth and slightly thick on liquid and the carbonation is middle of the road. This is super hoppy and I can dig it. But the label says "wet-hopped ale" and I would have never guessed so in a blind taste test.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 10/4/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange zest, floral, herbal, light pine, grass, bread, and light lemon zest. Fantastic aromas with great hop complexity and balance. Taste of huge pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, herbal, grass, pine, bread, and light lemon zest. Good amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pineapple, grass, floral, herbal, bread, pine, and light lemon on the finish for a good bit. Excellent complexity of hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance as well. Zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a sticky, crisp, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is very nice. Overall this is an outstanding wet hopped IPA! Great hop flavor complexity and balance; extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. Highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears a bright golden copper slight hazed hue with a light white head forming thick atop the glowing orange body. Lacing is fine and even down the sides of my chalice.

Aroma has a solid vegetable affair going on with green onion and fresh resinous citric hops, a semi sweet lightly toasted cracker malt profile not much sweetness going on.

Flavor is more of the same with the green onion flavor hitting pretty hard on the palate. A resinous semi sugary sweetness wrapped with green onion and a mild garlic flavor hit hard. I can't see drinking this one in number, that vegetable hop freshness found here is much different than other fresh hopped ales out on the market.

Mouthfeel is oily with hop resins a bit hot with a mild alcohol burn, this beer really isn't really my idea of fresh hopped ale. A sweet sugar malt base with that green onion tone throws the party off carbonation was mild and smooth, but overall the finish from the onion stays on your breathe.

Drinkability overall is pretty weak, not worth the 5.99 I paid for at Fathead's this past weekend but I've been wanting to try it. I don't think I could drink a four pack of this stuff.

Update for 2011 exponentially better than the last batch...this beer was drank at the Sharp Edge for around 7 bucks a bottle and suprisingly totally worth every penny.

Pours a super pale golden hazed color with a bright white head forming thick, I was shocked at how light this beer poured. The nose was full of pungent fresh wet hops esepcially citrus/herbal/grassy tones, of course there is a light pale biscuit malt feature addeded in the nose as well. Pretty damn good bitterness balanced with enough pale biscuit malts just to take the edge of it, but as a whole it's a dank super hoppy harvest ale from our friends at Founders...damn I'm going to get some 12.99 4 packs at Giant Eagle this coming week a damn tasty fine beer that should be drank in number meant to be enjoyed with friends. I was buying this for a friend not familiar with the hops and he kept calling it the "weed" beer, by the way he was loving it. Mouthfeel was bitter dry clean finish, with ample carbonation and the drinkability factor was inasane for something so hoppy. I could have drank this one all night as my only Harvest Ale at the Sharp Edge where two different Founders beers were flowing on tap. I had two pints of Founders Centennial but I really liked the Harvest ale.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Corsendonk chalice on Xmas Eve.

Not a great looking ale, this beer pours with rather small head, despite a vigorous pour, and looks a bit thin. The head is durable, however, and the glass ends up nicely decorated with sticky lacing.
The aroma is strongly hoppy, with fruity, floral, spruce and herbal hop elements. Likewise the flavor is a complex mix of hoppy elements with only a faint malt base. The malt is certainly in here, however, because the flavor is only moderately bitter, even in the finish. The flavor is better, and less piney, than the aroma. A sessionable yet strong IPA.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive cream-white head that receds very slowly. The liquid is dark straw yellow in color. Cloudy

Strong, fresh piney hop aroma, very much like an IPA.

This is more hoppy than many IPA's. The malt is solid but quickly overwhelmed with grapefruit flavored bitterness. Good body.

This is a get-me-another bitter APA.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a Duvel tulip...because it was clean.

Hazy and orange, sizeable off-white head.

Huge citrus=y aromatics, plenty of grapefruit in this...pure, unadorned, raw and up-in-your-face hops, hops, hops, hops...I like it!

Bigger blast on the tongue, fierce and fresh, juicy, and just bitter enough, but never quite too much. Hop flavor remains on the palate seemingly forever. I like that, too.

Crisp and refeshing, hop head-style. My kind of session beer, even at 7%. I could drink a case of you and still be on my feet.

Full body, full flavor, slightly out of balance, but that's what the style is, and that's what I desire. Wish I had more of this!

Much thanks to the pimpp!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Re-visiting this beer with the 2009 edition. The 2008 was one of my first reviews, so it was overdue for an update.

A - Mostly transparent pale golden body, with 2.5 fingers of creamy off-white head that takes a while to dissipate. Lots of glass-coating lacing and a solid cap. Love the foam, but the color isn't very interesting.

S - Delicious smell filled with hoppiness and citrus notes, grapefruit predominantly, as well as pine, and a solid doughy malt backbone. Very refreshing!

T - Very similar to the smell - hoppy and loaded with citrus, sugar cookie, and caramel. Mellows finish, with only a little bit of bitterness

M - Medium body. Crisp and refreshing, with a decent amount of carbonation. Some residual resins and a nice dry finish.

D - Very drinkable - I can't taste the 6.5% of alcohol at all. I could totally imagine kicking back a 4-pack on an autumn afternoon.

One of my favorite harvest brews!

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed/clouded golden with a thick fluffy white head that descends to a lasting cover. Some patches of lacing stick.

The smell is citric - esp. lemon - and floral.

The taste is floral and lemony, so lemony that there is a tartness to it. Some grapefruit is there, too, though with just a touch of bitterness. A grainy/caramelish sweetness lies underneath. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

The body is light-to-medium with airy carbonation. The airy could even be considered almost fizzy. I'm thinking that this one was overcarbonated. Possibly a production issue - possibly the way it was meant to be. Not dissatisfied, but not too thrilled with the feel on this one.

A lemony citric brew with a firm malt backbone. Not bad at all - though the feel puts a bit of a dent in the drinkability for me.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with some golden yellow highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that slowly reduces to medium sized thick patch, a thin film covering the rest of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass - showing some very nice retention properties. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops that is very pleasant and enjoyable.

T: Light amounts of maltiness upfront but the majority of the flavors in this beer come from the hops - first there are moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit but then there is a light to moderate amount of pine/resin hop flavors in the finish. Light amounts of bitterness which linger.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp with a light amount of lingering slickness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with really nice hop aromas and flavors but still well balanced between the malts and hops so it is not overly bitter. The smell is very enticing and this beer does not disappoint. Definitely one of my favorite of the fresh hop IPAs available in the fall. Easy to drink and just about sessionable.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is yellow and pretty hazy with a nice white head that falls away leaving the glass coated with lacing. Carbonation moderate. Looks fine.

Aroma is strong hoppiness with lots of citrus hops in there. Nice.

Beer is medium in bodied and moderately bitter in the back. Its sweet and has great pine and citrus hop character in the midpalate, its a very nice beer. The finish isn't dry its well balanced and turns out to be a great APA. I really like this beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint like glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that settles fairly quickly and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a somewhat hazed dull golden hued orange.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops with a nice citrus blend. A lot like an American IPA, but I can definitely tell the hops are fresh. Light caramel malts.

Taste: The hops are fresh, piney, and pack a lot of floral flavor to them. I really enjoy them. The caramel blends really nicely with the grapefruit citrus like other IPAs, but the fresh hops really blend everything together.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bitter, but fairly smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a fairly decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a floral/sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a really nice beer. I am starting to really enjoy the fresh hop beers and this one is no exception. I will be drinking this one again!

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Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light yellow color with less than a finger of white head. Fair retension and spotty lacing on the glass. Wow the nose is a large amount of herbal hops. Also picking up on some grass and citrus notes followed a bit by pine in the aroma as well. Nose is all about the hops, and rightfully so. Taste is a very pleasant balance of hop bitterness upfront tasting like grass and herbs, light malt sweetness throughout the body and alcohol warmth in the finish. Moderate to high amount of carb and body that is light. This is really one tasty pale and very drinkable.

I think I just found my new favorite pale ale.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Darrell...again. Thanks man!

Served in a Russian River "TION" glass.

The beer is orange and mostly clear, with a small white head that leaves sparse lacing in it's wake. The aroma is of dank hops, with fresh citrus, herbal, and floral notes. Wonderful, though lacking strength. The taste...wow. Fabulous. So fresh. Glass almost gone already. Oops, got a little too excited there. Fresh hops, not much malt...superb. Founders Harvest Ale showcases hops brilliantly with this autumn release. A must try.

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Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier shaped pint glass. It poured a crystal clear amber color with a moderate frothy head covering the top.

The aroma has a nice fresh hoppiness to. Some bright lemony citrus along with more of a bitter grapefruit and pine flavors come through in it. It has just a bit of an earthy spice to it as well.

The taste also has a very nice fresh hoppiness to it. It feels very balanced between the citrus and the bitter flavors which give it a pretty smooth taste. There really isn't a better descriptor for the flavor besides fresh hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very smooth and drinkable beer overall. The fresh hops really come out and have a nice bright flavor to them. Very nice beer overall and a very good fresh hop ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled September ninth 2011.

A two finger head off the pour and tight Styrofoam appearance. Body is a brassy fourteen carat gold and polished glowing hues. Some occasional rising carbonation. Real nice body color.

Ah fresh chewy hop love on the nose. Citrus and green grass dense and airy, faint sense of sweet pine needles. Smells great.

Taste is chewy hop bent and minor lemon like malt. Finish is a bitter tolerable dense pine and some lemon/one citrus. Very tolerable, malt sweetness comes into play after many sips. Texture is real solid nothing mind blowing though.

Overall a great fresh hop ale either on tap or out of the bottle. More lemon and pine than orange it seems it out of the bottle.

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Photo of Billolick
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info that I can find.

Medium dull golden amber. Loose quality looking head, with better then respectable amounts of nice, fine lace.

Fresh hop nose, with resins, and citrusl

Solid pale with the familiar Founders density and crunch.

Spicy, citric, smokey lime, and quite a bit of smokey bitternness.

Quality all the way

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottles poured into Founder's pint glasses. My dad who loves his coors remembered this beer from last year and wanted one, who am I to say no?

Bright gold with minimal new copper making it's way into the mix. A nicely formed cap blossoms after only a few ounces leave the bottle, eventually forming a nicely figured one inch off white creamy head, it dies though, only to a small cap that leaves slightly window covering lace. Beautiful beer here.

For a pale ale, this beer has a nice juicy citrus bursting scent that is grapefruit up front. It's hard to get around the grapefruit, it's right there the whole time. A big floral quality comes up as well. Some pale malt comes out with bisquits. The hops shine for a wet hopped beer.

Speaking of Im not a wet hop kind of guy, it just doesen't tickle my fancy like others but I respect it. This beer is an exception, at least in the bottle. I had this on tap and the bottle is far superior IMO. With the tap version I got a big floral taste from the hops where I find the bottles to be more grapefruit citrus forward. Along with the grapefruit blast just enough malt balances this out making this well rounded. Some small mango with papaya and some bread towards the end.

This just feels right. I don't have a bad thing to say about the feel. Im loving the new non twist off caps founder's, keeping it fresh. Medium bodied with a sharp but short bite of carb that comes and goes in between the citrus. This is a souped up pale ale and im in for the ride.

I could and would drink a four pack of this a day, it's my favorite wet hopped beer and one of my favorite pale's, but that's just nitpicking, Founder's Harvest is Damn good beer, go get some. Cant wait till next year's release.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a 3" head that slowly fades. Nice lacings forms on the glass.

Smell: pine, grapfruit, and a light fruity sweetness comes through.

Taste: nicely balanaced beer here. Some fruit sweetness, caramel, green grapes, mild pine, some grapefruit slices, and a fresh hop flavor puts a smile on your face.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is refreshing despite the aboundance of hop bitterness.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one down quickly. Sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Crystal clear golden body without much of a head. Some lace and a ring around the beer, but not a lot. Nice color.

Smell - Pine first, then malt, then citrus as the other flavors fade away. Interesting mix. Not overwhelming, but nice.

Taste - Similar complexity to the taste. Nothing overwhelming, but a nice transition from pine to citrus before a sweet malt in the middle. A good dose of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very easy drinking. I had to resist putting this whole thing away before I got to the computer to review it.

Overall - Really nice on all fronts, if not stand-out on any. I agree that it's one of the best fresh hop IPAs out there.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with a decent white head that dissipates rather quickly. I can smell the citrus and pine as soon as I pop the top off of this one. Resinous, dank, grapefruit, and apricot aromas atop a sweet sugary base waft into my olfactory system. The flavor is a hint of bready and caramel malt up front before the palette is filled with hoppy goodness. Pine and resinous topped citrus and tropical fruit flavors tip the flavor balance well onto the hop side. Light to moderate hop bitterness. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. I felt this was a touch on the sweet side, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Abe's for $2.65. Pours a clear gold with a fluffy white head and lacing. Mmm. Smells like I just stuck my nose in a bag of hops. The flavor still allows a little bread crust malts through to provide balance. Otherwise, there's a nearly overwhelming pine and grapefruit taste. Frankly it could be more complex, like some of the great harvest ales out there, but this is still a tasty ale and finishes with a black pepper-tasting bitterness. Certainly on the drinkable side of wet-hopped beers.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,042 ratings.