Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by granger10 on 10-24-2004

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4.21
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Photo of JTWILDOATS
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well...after entrusting Founders Brewery as my all-time standby, instant classic, always unique brew--this was a bit of a let down. All in all a decent brew though, and a lot more interesting than most pale ales out there.

I enjoyed that classic hop taste that Founders always delivers--and its pine and sweetness emulated that of their double and triple IPA. The aftertaste, however, seemed far more mellow and less complex and interesting. Lemon and other citrus was very heavy up front--but soon faded into nothing. In my mind, this was a decent IPA--rather than an exceptional pale ale.

Well...worth a try.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light straw with a big, fluffy white head that takes its time going down.

S- Big, pungent hop smell with tons of citrusy, piney, leafy, minty, resiny, and whatever else -y aromas. I think the focus of this beer might be on the hops, although I don't want to jump to conclusions.

T- There's more hoppy goodness in the flavor with lots of pine and a hint of mint, but the flavor's not overwhelming. Some biscuity malt even has a chance to come through. The bitterness is fairly mild. Oh, and the hop burps off of this are awesome!

M- Medium-bodied with a decent level of carbonation.

D- Pretty good. The abv's not too bad, but it's not a session beer for me. I'd have a couple in a sitting, though.

This is a great fresh hop ale. It's a good choice if you want the hop character of an IPA without the bitterness. Actually, thanks to the wet hopping, the hop character in this beer is better than in most IPAs. This is my first Founders beer (we don't get them here in VA), and it definitely makes me want to try more of their stuff. Anyway, a solid beer, and one that I'd recommend to any hop enthusiast.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at MiKro in Hamden into a pint glass. Comes out pure amber color, clear, with a nice white head. Smell is sweet and has nice hoppy kick to it. Flavor is very similar, nice restrained malt notes lend some sweetness, big wave of fruity hops in the middle. Finish is long and bitter. Lovely harvest ale, a bit too heavy in the stomach but overall I would have another.

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Photo of Stigs
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this for awhile. 12oz bottles poured into a DFH signature glass.

A - pour yields very little head, whats there diminishes quickly into a small floating island in the glass. nothing sticking to the sides. color is a strong gold, looks like a lot of active carbonation.

S - yum. strong floral hops, smells pretty dank and sticky. some sweetness as the beer warms up a bit. very nice and somewhat unique.

T - wow, not quite was i was expecting. sweet maltiness hits first, then the hops slowly sneak in. some bitterness, but mostly again sweet and floral hop tastes. alcohol present on the backend, slightly distracting but not unpleasant, surprising for a 6.5%

M - slightly thicker than i was expecting. a good sipping APA/IPA. the stickiness in the back of my throat begs for more.

D - pretty enjoyable, not much else to say besides that. wish i had another 1 or 2, but no more.

notes: Founder's is one of my favorite breweries, and while this doesn't disappoint, it falls just outside my favorite Harvest ales.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden wheat amber orange in color body. It hosts an inch of off white foamy fuzz with decent staying power. Nose is a hoppy citrus freshness with a backround of oily mineral notes. On first sip you get a super juicy hop presence that is bursting with fresh orange and mellon rind. This is a very refreshing style of beer, it would be wonderful on a hot summer day. With the well hidden 7% alchol it has enough backbone to stand up but is just sessionable enough. Mouthfeel is realatively clean but does include a nice soft bitter richness hue on the mouth. Very drinkable and not the bop bomb that I might expect from a wet hop ale.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/22/12

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange - small, off-white head, leaves some hints of a cap and some spots of lacing

Smell: Citrusy and wet - orange, tangerine, and grapefruit flesh - some soggy pine needles - spearmint gum - damp and leafy, as a wet-hopped beer should be - floral, and lightly earthy - some pale malts, grainy sweetness, undercooked biscuits in the background

Taste: Mmm... hop cones... loads of citrusy and leafy hops - orange and grapefruit flesh and juice with some citrus zest - lightly juicy, but mostly just wet tasting - leafy, very floral - lightly earthy, but mostly clean - some mint - moderately bitter - nice malt backbone, with some pale malts and a light, bready sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, low carbonation, wet

Overall: Yeah, it's wet

This is a solid wet-hopped beer. It screams "wet-hopped" so loudly that I wish, for the first time, that this could be its own style on BA. As an American IPA, it's very good, but not spectacular. I will need to review this slightly fresher next year.

Updated: 12/29/14

I had a 4-pack of fresher bottles this year. And this is better than I remember. Review and scores adjusted slightly.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A--This one pours with as much head as you want, and probably more. I must have had a little too much force behind mine because there was a fluffy white head up 3/4 of the glass. And it takes forever to recede, had to wait a bit just to pour the rest of the 12 oz's. Golden yellow with carbonation bubbles racing quickly to the top. Tons of lacing.

S--Subtle mix of citrus and earthy hops with some banana and clove mixed in.

T--I don't know...this one just kind of tastes empty. It is not unpleasant by any means, but it is almost as if I'm drinking an air bubble. Gonna let this warm up for a few minutes....okay, now things are getting petter. Clean hop taste with almost no bitterness to follow. Pretty good, awesome with a pizza.

M--Nothing of note...maybe a little carbonation sting on the throat but pretty much par for the style

D--Great for a session, the hop burps come quickly and are just as tasty as the beer. Could put back the 4 pack of this very easily. This might be a great introduction to craft beer, but not something I would pursue.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear,golden body with a 2 inch,stark white crown that showed moderate retention and revealed good sheets of lacing.

S-The nose is earthy,tart and floral with the smell of dank,fresh hops and bright,ripe citrus taking the lead.

T-Juicy hop notes at first(grapefruit and a mellowed pine presence)with a slight fresh-squeezed fruit juice sweetness and a lasting hop bitterness to finish.

M-Light to medium bodied with a nice resilient oiliness and innate brightness.

D-This is a high quality offering from Founders with good balance and great drinkability.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oh wet hopped beers how I love you. Harvest pours a crisp golden/orangish amber. Who knows, maybe we could get dinosaur DNA out of it. Small white head dissipates pretty quickly.

Juicy and fresh aroma. There's the caramel bubble gum behind it setting up a foundation on which the vegetal hops can rest. Some citrus, and a hint of perfum-y floral hops in there as well.

This is a very tasty beer. Juicy but not as juicy as I had hoped, tropical fruits, citrus, and then kind of a bready malt bottom.
Decent medium body, slightly round, good carbonation level. I love a good wet hopped beer (or dry hopped, or not hopped, or... well I just really love good beer), and this is a pretty good one. Given Founders pedigree and the style, I was hoping for a bit more, though. That's like saying Peyton Manning 'only' had 250 and two touchdowns, though. Ultimately the bottom line is this is a very good beer. Just because I was hoping for phenomenal should not take away from the truth of that.

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Photo of hardysf
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015. Good, Not great. As always, founders has good look and feel for style. i just feel that this harvest wet hopped ale is lacking in hops. Its a good brew, but I'd probably just settle for centennial ipa.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours clear golden, finger white head fasted leaving lots of lace. Mild citrusy grassy aroma. Light toasty malt with fresh grassy hops, some citrus peel. Semi dry finish, medium soft mouthfeel. Very clean taste. Overall a very good fresh hop ipa, has a kinda pilsner aftertaste and grassy earthy bitterness. Different but like it.

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Photo of blackenmn
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass 2 weeks after bottling:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a pretty transparent gold/yellow, with a hint of an orange hue present. Very minimal head which stuck to the glass nicely on the way down. Smelled of sweet grapefruit and floral hops, very pleasant intense smell from this one probably due to the freshness. Some feint citrus hiding in there complimented it nicely.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Very light bodied with little carbonation if any. Tasted very piney with some orange peel, some hints of sweet subtle toffee like malt on the tail of this thing which turns to a very dry hoppy finish which really lingers for a quite a while. ABV shows its face on the very last sip.

Drinkability:Pretty interesting brew. Very heavy flavor and aroma.

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Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Bruisin Ales in Asheville.

Pours a very hazy lemon yellow color with a two-finger white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells of floral hops up front, but as it warms a bit piney and citrus aromas come out more. There's also a bit of sticky caramel malt aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Citrus hop flavors and sticky sweet malt flavors are biggest, but there's also a very subtle underlying sourness. The malts come out more as the beer warms, and there's a nice bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. Even with the huge head it's still a tad overcarbonated, but it's still pretty smooth.

Drinkability is good. I finished this off pretty quickly and could go for another.

Overall this was a pretty unique beer, certainly not what I was expecting. The very slight tartness went surprisingly well with the other flavors, and the hop presence balanced out the sweet malt nicely. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: light golden hue. translucent. frothy white two finger head

s: tropical /citrusy hops. pineapple, mango, grapefruit. resinous. aroma seems a bit too faint like the aroma volume knob was turned down a notch.

t: citrus hops throughout with a modest bitterness at the end. tiny bit of maltiness lingers in the background.

m: medium body. carbonation seems spot on. a great dense wet feeling - the sensation of drinking something which is double the volume if this makes any sense.

o: very nice offering and balanced so well. Challenging to track down but well worth it. Founders please increase the production of this quality brew.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - This beer is a hazy light amber with an inch of off-white head.

S - The smell has some citrus. I also get some grass like a freshly mowed lawn.

T - The taste is full of citrus with a bitter, piney, resin finish.

M - It is smooth and moderately carbonated. Medium feel.

O - As one would expect from Founders, this is a terrific beer. It is a little more bitter than I care for in an IPA. I like more citrus, but I will drink a lot of these while in season.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of a 12 oz bottle courtesy my bro-in-law.
A: Very clear pale golden, with a nice white fluffy head.
S: Bready (abbey/yeasty), a very welcoming mild centennial/grapefruit hops which seems much more aromatic than sticky punch-you-in-the-face. Almost like a spicy ginger orange juice, with a nice subdued pine character.
T: Subdued bitterness, although with a cleansing, long-lasting hops profile that is full and sweet, with a bready yeasty malt backbone that soothes out the beer. Great job on this one.
M: Slightly thicker (think barleywine), but with the typical cleansing slow carbonation Founders represents. Well done.
D: Really good. I wish I had another bottle.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled 9/24/09.

(A)- Pours a clear copper color that produced an ample 2+finger white head with good retention. Its sticking to the sides of the glass as is dissipates.

(S)- Piney wood central! Tons upon tons of creamy pine with a twinge of oaky wood and lemon/lime citrus. A present malt background, but totally subdued by the massive pine. Hints of peaches on the finish.

(T)- Not as hoppy from what the smell was foretelling, but incredibly dry with moderate bitterness. A funky peach and oak thing going on. It finishes light with a hint of honey I think.

(M)- Rather smooth mouthfeel with a good carbonation level. Bitter, yet fruity and creamed wood.

(D)- A solid beer that is easy to enjoy. However, I think that Founders' other Pale Ale/IPAs far exceed what this has to offer. This is simpler; more straightforward, but still a good one at that.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first BA review of 2009. What better way than to kick things off with a Founders ale?

Poured into a barrel pint glass. Clear golden straw color with lots of carbonation. The head on this beer is HUGE, with mounds of clumpy white foam that shift and settle like dissolving cotton balls. Great amount of white, sticky lace. The nose is quite pleasant. Big and hoppy, it smacks of pine. Some faint citrus as well, but definitely mostly big, sweet, sugary pine. Taste is piney hops as well, but with more lemon than the nose. Tangy and grassy, with some resin. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with a nice dry finish.

An interesting pale ale for sure, but I really like this. Totally refreshing and easy to drink, but still satisfies the hop-head's need for bold bitterness. I would love to have year-round access to a beer like this. A nice, clean cut, American pale ale. One the ladies can feel safe about taking home to their mothers.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden-orange with a nice white head and very nice lacing.

S: Grapefruit and pith with a bit of lemon.

T: Grapefruit and caramel with some spicy bacnotes of pepper and ginger.

M: Medium body, creamy, with a hoppy finish.

D: This is a hoppy clean and crisp drinking harvest.

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Photo of Bonis
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes: 10/11/2011

A - A hazy golden color accompanied by a small layer of bubbles. Some patchy lacing is left behind.

S - Fresh resinous hops become candy-like from the touch of malt sweetness. Hops are fresh, earthy and fruity but all seem fairly muted.

T - It's all hops at this point. Piney, herbal, resinous, and floral. Hop finish is quite dry, a little bit astringent but not in a bad way. Just a lot of bitterness, which is expected. Bitter dryness leaves the mouth after a few seconds and the malts make a quick appearance. Alcohol isn't detectable, just earthy flavorful hops. Burps taste like I've had a fresh hop dinner. Very tasty.

M - Carbonation was a tad too much and very prickly at times, which I don't desire in an IPA. Medium body with lots of bitter hops tingling in the mouth.

O - Hop wise, this is one of the best harvest ales I have tried. Others have seemed more balanced. This is something that most hopheads would enjoy.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 12 oz. stubby bottle in a trade.

After twisting off the cap the brew pours a hazy, pale golden yellow, with a retarded amount of white foam and excellent lacing.

Aroma is very pleasant and chalk full of piny, pungent, and plenty of citrus hoppiness. A touch of fresh baked honey oat bread and a tiny bit of canned pineapple and peach. A little bit of peppery /musty /yeasty aroma reminiscent of a saison.

Light bodied with a fluffy texture and slick mouthfeel.

The brew has a light honey/canned fruit syrup sweetness up front but this is quickly washed away by fresh juicy hop flavor grapefruit/piney hop flavors that fade to a peppery/spicy hop finish that is quite drying and needs another sip. A bit of a yeasty aftertaste.

I love wet hopped beers!

Cheers!

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

Straw colored, a little cloudy with a good amount of carbonation. Two finger, creamy white head. This beer looks great!
Smells of grapefruit and has a resinous hop aromas are jumping out of this thing.
Tastes like grapefruit, followed by toasty maltiness, well balanced.
Light to medium bodied, bitter hops up front followed by toasty maltiness and grapefruit finish leaving a touch of a bitter aftertaste.
A very hoppy smelling and tasting beer, it looks very good and smells very good as well, a hop lovers delight.

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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 Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a bottling date of 10/4/2013, poured into a Founders' snifter today, 10/27/2013.

Pours a very pretty clear copper body with a nicely effervescent, foamy head with OK retention. The head drops into a thick-ish collar with a small amount of foamy film concentrated in the middle. Very nice appearing pale ale, good lacing as the beer disappears.

Smells citrusy with traces of bready malts in the background. The nose is mostly grapefruit with a bit of orange zest mixed in with a bit of honeyed biscuits. It actually smells reasonably balanced. Not the most intense nose.

On the palate, this beer is very balanced. Starts out with a solid but not overwhelming grapefruit flavour which is balanced out by a nice biscuit and toffee sweetness, with a nice yet non-descript bitter finish. It's a very balanced, drinkable flavour profile.. but not particularly complex or fascinating.

Great mouthfeel- medium bodied and resinous, excellent carbonation, very drinkable and interesting. Leaves a nice refreshingly dry, bitter finish. I'm really finding this one to be very drinkable. Yet, the bitter finish is fairly non-descript- it's just fairly bitter. Which is fine.

Its a straightforward, well-crafted American IPA. None of this hoopla about wet hops or this or that, if you just consider it as an American IPA, this is a very well-balanced, drinkable and refreshing IPA. However- I'll have to be honest- as far as wet hop IPAs go, this is pretty tame.

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

Snagged a 4 pack while down in Terre Haute, Indiana for work. Went out for a late night walk and stumbled upon the "Bourbon and Canal" liquor store...what a GOLD MINE! Outstanding beer selection and definitely worth the stop if you are ever in The 'Haute!

Appearance- Slightly hazy, very deep golden straw color with a huge effervescent, rocky, eggshell white head that towers up and lingers. Very effervescent! Long lingering head with sticky lacing all they way down the glass. Small slurry of yeasty sediment left in bottle.

Aroma- Fresh hop punch in the olfactory bulbs!! Slightly piney, orange fruit deep in the middle, light grapefruit notes with a subtle hint of warm malt and faint caramel if you try extra hard to sniff them out. Slightly grassy. Very sticky and resinous hop aroma. Quite inviting and almost theraputic aroma.

Flavor- Surprisingly light and quite delicate in flavor, though rich with complex hop notes similar to aroma. Effervescence scrubs most of the starting flavors out but hops quickly gain control of the situation. Slight malt sweetness quickly diminishes to grassy, herbal, resinous fresh hop flavor! A kiss of caramel brings a bigger, dry, almost puckery finish full of fresh hops in the mouth. Long grassy/herbal finish with undertones of soft caramel and fresh warm bread. Some alcohol notable, but just right to warm and cut the hops a touch.

Mouthfeel- Sticky, resinous, almost oily/slick mouthfeel but not overwhelming because CO2 washes/scrubs away the heaviness with each sip. Light to medium body, lonnngggg hoppy finish, high bitterness, very hop centered. High CO2.

Overall- One hell of an ode to the almighty hop! Tastes as fresh as a ripe hop fresh off the vine! Drinkability is relatively high considering the rediculous amounts of hops in this one, maybe 2-3 pints would be tops.

Hop flavors and aromas mellow out pretty good with time on this one, so drink it fresh if you really want a hop wallup. Soaked a bottle up on 10/14/2009 and then another on 1/11/2010 for comparison. Becomes slightly more balanced with time as malt flavors are unveiled with the diminishing hop intensity. Still one heck of an herbal/grassy fresh hop flavor though 3 months later! Great wet hop brew, definitely need to try this!

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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