Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

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Photo of tewaris
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Founders Harvest Ale
Fresh hop ale (APA - AIPA in my opinion)
6.5% ABV, 70 IBUs

Must have been bottled a couple weeks ago but the date in unintelligible like most date stamps on Founders beers. Fail. Poured into a generic pint glass.

Much lighter colored than other pale ales, the color of Harvest is somewhere between a pilsner and the usual pale: true amber color with a rather small but dense and creamy head. The head retention is fine; minimal lacing.

Tropical fruit and mowed lawn in aroma, this one is late hopped and dry hopped. I suppose this hop profile is getting too pedestrian though and I really don't see the appeal of "wet" hopping. Fairly similar to your typical west coast pale/IPA I say.

Taste is nice... restrained malts with plenty of hop flavor and bitterness. Drinks way thinner than an average pale ale but I am content. Reaffirms by belief in Upper Midwestern pale ales. Daisy Cutter, Zombie Dust, and now this. The bitterness, although not over the top, is certainly assertive and lingering and the finish is dry. A fine beer but too bad it cannot be sessioned. My yardstick might be biased but this is my opinion... if Town Hall can cram a boatload of hops in a 4-5% ABV beer, why not others?

3.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 3.5

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, deep yellow body with a lush, foamy (and lasting) white head.

Smell: Soapy, citric-smelling hop aroma with notes of tropical citrus fruits.

Taste: You don't get more than a pinch of malts before the hops kick in with tropical fruity flavors and bittersweet ruby red grapefruit juice. Moderate bitterness with a citric sting that lasts into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A decent beer, just notr my favorite of the harvest ales.

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Photo of Damian
3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355ml) bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Bottled 10/03/13
Served in a pint glass

The liquid poured a completely clear, medium amber color and was topped by a frothy, two-plus finger tall, off-white crown. Sheets of sudsy lacing coated the glass and stuck around long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was amazingly hoppy. Fruity and pleasantly sweet. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Mango, pineapple and passion fruit came through strongest. Dank, weed-like notes were also quite noticeable. Some orange peel appeared as well.

The flavor profile was drastically different from the aroma. Like the nose, it too was super hoppy and bright. In this case, however, the hops were incredibly dry and bitter, and much more one-dimensional. Intense notes of grapefruit pith completely overwhelmed the palate. The finish was super piney and bitter. The oily, resinous hops were relentless and gave my tongue a real lashing.

The mouthfeel was quite thin for the style. This felt a lot more like a thinner-bodied pale ale than a typical IPA. The liquid was slightly creamy and contained a fine, mellow effervescence.

I often find that most breweries who produce a wet hopped beer feel the need to make it so hop-centric that the bitterness becomes more a focus than the actual hop flavor. Founders Harvest Ale is unfortunately no exception to this. If they could perhaps dial up the malts and create more balance and body in the beer, this could be fantastic.

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Photo of GJ40
3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle in a DFH pint glass.

A - A very light straw colored ale with good clarity. The white head is huge (too much in fact) even with the gentlest pour. Nice lacing.

S - A very floral and fruity aroma. Some spice as well.

T - Heavy on the hops and light on the malt (which as a concept is perfectly fine with me). The hops are mostly floral and grassy with very little citrus or bitterness. I thought the flavor was pretty good but I found it too dry.

M - Way too much carbonation for my taste. A bit on the thin side too.

D - With the exception of the carbonation, I found it enjoyable. I had high hopes for this one but I didn't think it was worthwhile; especially at $10 / 4 pack. I could get a Stone or Lagunitas IPAs for less.

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Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Demitriustown
Pours cloudy orange with a bright white medium sized head. Smell is sweet orange and caramelly malt with a lively citrusy and fresh hop character. Taste is a bit of a muted, dull, malt with a citrusy orange like hop character. Mouthfeel was about average, and neither thin nor thick. Pleasant and mild hop flavor and bitterness overall. Nice, but I'm unable to tell that this is a fresh hop beer, and don't get that spicy, tingly hop flavor I get in some others. Still, a quality beer that I really enjoyed and am glad I got to try. Thanks for the awesome bonus, Andrew!

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Photo of AltBock
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby bottle with a cool looking up close drawing of a heart shaped hop bud. Off to the left and right of the bumpy heart shaped hop bud is where you'll find all the mandatory US information. It's on the small neck label where you can find the IBU level (70) and the ABV % (6.5%).

As soon as I poured this beer into my Bell's pint glass, up rises like a cloud of smoke one fluffy 2 inch pure white head of foam. This cotton white head of foam had great retention that left behind small blots of lace and a 1/4 of an inch milky white film. Under this white film was a hazy and bright lemon meringue yellow colored beer. This beer was so damn hazy that I couldn't even see the shadows of my fingers on the other end of the glass. It's one of those beers that you have to see to believe.

The hops in the aroma had that wet tea leaf aroma to them. The hops weren't all that bitter or sweet. Backing up the wet hops was a splash of lemon peel and the scent of sweet grapefruit. There was no sign of the malt backbone in the aroma. Did it need the malt backbone? It could have helped.

This beer started off crispy with a touch of lemon and then the hops kicked in. These hops were mildly hoppy and of the citrus variety. This hoppy taste didn't last all that long and then the hops gave way to the sweet grapefruit. I hate to say it, but that was it for the taste. There was no sign of the malts in the taste either. Did the taste need the malts? Like the aroma, it could have helped.

This was a medium bodied APA with crispy carbonation and a mild hoppy aftertaste of citrus hops and a gentle touch of lemon peel.

Because this beer had "Founders" on the label, I had high hopes for this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but a little more hops would do this beer justice.

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Photo of Harnkus
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Brewed a few weeks ago, so fresh.

Poured into a snifter. Gold gold. Good head. Nice retention. High clarity. Beer is cold and looks warm.

Nice bright hop notes of citrus with a good bit of malt sweetness poking through. Many would call out "tropical" and "mango", but I'll call it what it is. Grapefruit and pine.

For 7.6% this drinks rather rough. By no means the sort you can gulp in refreshment. Neverthless the flavors are not well wrapped, and by that I mean there isn't a great sense of harmony between the wet hops and the nice malt sweetness. They seem to be isolated. Alcohol is not well hidden in my opinion.

Good beer. Doesn't hold a candle to its lower ABV version (6.5% or 6.7%...can't recall) from a few years back. Like Green Flash, Founders seems too erect over high ABVs. There was no reason to turn up the dial on this. I guess they felt it justified the higher price point.

Still, at 10.99 a four pack, and while I don't love it, I'll happily finish them off this week.

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Photo of samie85
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear, pretty light-colored golden with 2 fingers of dense, white head.

S-Smells of dank grapefruit and pine notes with a bit of pineapple and some light sweet malt.

T-Grapefruit and pine notes with a tiny bit of light malt notes.

M-Dry and light bodied with moderate, prickly carbonation with a light feel.

D-I like my IPA's with a bit more body to them. This one definitely showcases the hops but I feel that it loses the complexity as the malt is barely there.

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Photo of colt45n
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received in trade, thanks to crazynelson.

White fluffy giant head, golden yellow color that gives of scents of grass, citrus and sweetness. Taste is both hoppy and refreshing. Enjoyable, always interesting fresh hop beers. Always makes me think of how lucky I am to live in fresh hop land.

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Photo of Boto
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a fairly clear straw yellow color. There was a small white head and it left some lacing. The aroma is a bit milder. Some malts, citrus and earthy hops, and slightly musty. The taste is good. Nice malt body. Somewhat tart/bitter flavor. Some pine and lemon hops. Nice.

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Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of pale golden coloring. It holds a two finger head of massive, cakey white bubbles. This shows excellent retention, leaving sticky, spidery lacing down the sides of the glass. Carbonation appears moderate, and while no sediment is noted, light constellations of haze swirl about the glass. The aroma hits hard with fat grapefruit and floral hops. Sweetness comes from fruit of pineapple and lightly toasted pale malts. There is a metallic twinge, with creamy lactics and phenolic plastics once warmed. The booze seeps out late, along with a deepening of the hops to a resiny, earthy bitterness. Our first impression is that while the beginning is a bit muted, the finish is robust with pucker. From the nose you would also expect a much sweeter drink. As we sip, phenolic plastics and bright resiny hops start things off. These are fleeting when sipped quickly, but flourish to a greenstick, resiny bitterness of earthen hops and minerals when held in the mouth to linger. The middle peaks with washed pale malts, and a thin wheatiness, with bite from alcohol and more of those phenols. The hops come in full through the end, with raw, herbal, earthy, piney, resiny, bittering bite and pucker. There is light bready toast to blend, but this is minimal. The aftertaste breathes of herbal hops, oily resin, mineral, metallic yeast, peppery booze, and muddy pale malts. The body is airy and medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. There is lightness to the slurp, smack, cream, and froth, and the feel is thin on the sip. The mouth is left cooled, with little coating. There is an eventual astringent dryness, with significant pucker from the bitterness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. There was such a floral blend of hops, with earth and citrus, while sweetness and light malts came in to cut and balance. This left the drinker feeling light and airy, and excited to sip. This was, however, disappointing. The flavoring was relatively one-dimensional, with huge, raw bitterness from start to finish. While this gave nice robustness to the palate, it really washed away many of the other balancing aromatics. The feel was equally as thin, and felt a little cheap off the lip, taking away further from the experience.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a solid darkish gold. Head is bright-white with minimal retention. Drops to a small collar and spotty cap. Some splotches of lacing. Slight carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit. Zest and rind with a mild pithy finish. Big and juicy tangerine/grapefruit. Vaguely sweet with some floral edges,. Malts run light and slightly bready. A bit dank with some mint thrown on top. Some biscuity notes as well. Nice fresh hop aromas take the forefront.

Taste: Juicy fleshy fruit. Tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Nice fresh hop flavors. Some oily bitterness coupled with pine and some weed. A bit of fruity sweetness. Malts carry some pale malt sweetness with some biscuit and dough thrown in the mix. Hops are a bit leafy with a slight bitterness. Hop dominate with a big juicy fresh hop smack.

Mouthfeel: Minimal to moderate carbonation on a medium body. Relatively clean with a slick feel upfront.

Overall: Try not to lose the crop.

A solid fresh hop beer. Lacks a little in the overall drinkability department and misses a bit on the malts, but the hops are mighty tasty. Definitely worth picking up a 4-pack/year at minimum.

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Photo of illidurit
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of bret27. Pours golden with an orange tinge and a wet, frothy, white head. Aroma is bright and tropical, with very mild cattiness (Simcoe?), oranges, and herbs. Flavor really isn't as hoppy as the aroma, some citrus notes but not much else. There is still a medium bitterness that lingers awhile. Body is light but not thin, carbonation is soft, finish is dry.

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Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Massive mountainy full white head... Golden straw color... Highly translucent... Tons of chaotic dancing carbonation... Sediment, I'm assuming hops, sinks to the bottom of the glass (a first for me in a Pale Ale)... Incredible rings of lace coat the glass throughout the session...

S - Fresh and inviting... Sweet citrus... Limes, oranges, and grapefruit... Piney hops... Fairly simple and straight forward... Potent... Intoxicating...

T - Biscuit... Hops... Malt... Flour... Hints of spice... Fairly well balanced, but uninspired and slightly disappointing given the appearance and scent...

M - Beer struggles to break thru the massive head... Thin... Smooth... Refreshing...

D - Fresh and enjoyable... Very easy to enjoy... Sessionable even at 6.1% ABV... Looks great, but above average in all other respects... Not a classic, but definatley a brew I'd enjoy in the

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Photo of JamesMN
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/2/13.

Appearance: Golden honey with a bit of haze. Off-white cap of suds.

Aroma: Bread with bright citrus.

Taste: Starts with a rush of earthy bitterness that's not quite as harsh as the 70 IBUs would imply. I expected the hop character to be very juicy and citrusy but it's much more earthy with some pine. The malt undertone throughout each sip is toasty and balances well with the hops. The finish is a little weak/watery and the aftertaste is mostly gritty hop bitterness. I'd call this one a little lacking in flavor for 7.6% ABV even though there is some alcohol on the back end.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body and never feels thick or heavy. Average carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: So not the best wet-hop beer out there but worth a try fresh. Unfortunately the citrus in the aroma didn't manifest in the flavor. It's hard to knock a beer when it doesn't have any noticeable flaws but this one just didn't do it for me. At least it was reasonably priced. Would I drink it again? Maybe.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours crystal clear and golden into my DFH glass. Nice chunks of bright white sticky lacing hang on here and there for a nice spider web appearence. Really nice carbonation.

S- Nice and citrusy! Fresh orange segments and pink grapefruit peel. It has a subtle buttery biscuit graininess and a hint of sweetness lying underneath. A touch of basil, mint and freshly fallen pine needles. Nothing over the top, nicely put together.

T- Nice pink grapefruit/tangerine citrus bite. Some subtle sweetness and lightly toasted whole grain breadiness. Picking up some pine as it warms. This has plenty of citrus, but it really plays well with the light malts letting them in to add just a hint of sweetness. Notes of lemon, basil, white pepper and mint along with all that tangy citrus in the finish.

M- Dry and crisp with a nice bitter citrus finish that lets in more sweetness than overbearing, mouthstripping hops.

O- I think "Decent" best describes this brew. Very well done and subtle. Absolutely nothing wrong with it, but it's not really a beer to brag about having. Still wishing we had a 1/4 point rating system for reviews. This is probably more of a 3.85 than a 3.5.

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Photo of klewis
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label lists ABV at 6.5%

A: Pours a murky golden with a huge Duvel-like head. Lots of sustain and lacing.

S: Lots of nice citrusy hops aromas with a subtle not-so-nice solventy Pine-Sol aroma. Overall, decent.

T: A strong grapefruit taste, as if juice were added. Over-the-top hop flavor with plenty of bitterness to boot.

M: Medium-bodied with a fairly aggressive carbonation. Super dry and leaves the mouth feeling parched.

D: Subtlety is not what this beer is about when it comes to hops. It's not bad, but to my palate, some more balance would benefit this beer greatly.

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Photo of cvfish
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden color that retained ok and left some lace

S - Bitter citrus, pine needles

T - Slight malty, tons of hoppy bitterness, with some citrus and pine flavors

M - Light carbonation, moderate body

D - This was a good beer, didn't quite balance out for my extreme tastes, but still a good beer

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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 BeerSox
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear pale golden hue with a thin off-white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing.

Very sharp and fruity hops, with a good amount of grapefruit and pineapple.

The hops seem to disappear from the flavor, very surprising considering the aroma. The hops are more tea-like, sitting on top of a sweet bread-like malt base. Full bodied, low carbonation.

I've got 3 more of these. I was hoping for something better and if one of the others deliver that I'll update this review.

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Photo of
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. Thanks to Alexgash for the opportunity!

Hazy, dark yellow fluid. Very small head, what little exists appears to be off-white in color. Beer is very still. Bit of legs, no lacing.

Very hoppy aroma, pine & citrus (lemon). Some grapefruit as it warms a bit.

Taste is more bitter than sweet, with pine and citrus taking center stage. Crackery middle. Touch of sweetness as it warms up. Spicy finish.

Medium in body. Low carbonation. Dry.

Overall, like the flavor, but carbonation needed to be picked up a bit. I have a second bottle to try, and I will see if that is any different. Not bad, but plenty of other nice, hoppy ales out there.

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Photo of otto251068
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westmalle goblet.

Appearance: A very hard pour delivers on a fingers worth of a khaki colored head. It doesn't last long however, a ring of dense foam remains around the glass, with a sparse, paper thin, spotty layer of foam in the middle. The beer itself is a nice gold color which lets a lot of light through. No sediment, very clean.

Smell: Major hop aroma. A hint of marijuana? A fresh cut grassy smell, kind of an "outdoors" aroma. More and more hops. The smell has a citrusy bite to it.

Taste: Bitterness. The bitterness comes from the overwhelming hop presence and some grapefruit as well. There is also quite a bit of pine. There is a touch of malt in the middle for a little balance. As the beer warms a little more sweetness comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. The beer seems a little "sticky" and "syrupy." I do enjoy the level of carbonation.

Overall: Just too much hops for me to enjoy more than one of these in a night. The hops do fade as the drink warms. That being said, I did enjoy the one I drank.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a wide flute

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with three fingers of white foam. Retention and lacing are superb.

S: Lots of fresh hops - I get peach, citrus, and grapefruit. A hint of pine, but this aroma is dominated by fruity hops. I get some bready malts and a hint of caramel sweetness behind the hops, but the aroma is much more hop forward than malt forward, as expected for the style.

T: Hops are also most dominant in the flavor - I get peach and grapefruit again, but now there is also a decent amount of pine hop flavor as well. The hop bitterness is moderate to high for the style, but certainly not over the top. Malt flavor is bready and a tad stronger than the aroma would let on, but I don't get much sweetness at all.

M: Medium bodied with inadequate carbonation. Given the appearance of this beer, I'm surprised by how flat it tastes.

O: The aroma of this beer is tremendous - tons of fresh hops. However, the flavor doesn't quite pack the same punch as I was expecting from the aroma. Also, the lack of carbonation is distracting.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 4,440 ratings.
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