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

Added by granger10 on 10-24-2004

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack from Binny's in Des Plaines, IL.

A: Pours a yellowish-golden color with a finger of white head that settles down to a film while lacing the glass a little.

S: Smells like citrus, grapefruit, nice fresh earthy hops. Not super complex here, but a very pleasant scent just not very intense.

T: Tastes like very smooth EARTHY hops, grapefruit and citrus, but not super dank (hey it's just a Pale Ale!) a slight pale malt comes in towards the middle before being overtaken by some smooth heavy bitterness in the finish.

M: A little thinner than my preference for hoppy beers, but definitely a full bodied sessionable pale ale mouthfeel. Super smooth going down!

D: Highly drinkable! It's got a lot of good, fresh, earthy, hoppy flavor, but not so dank that it hurts the sessionability. Definitely something I wish was available year round as this is one of the better regular pale ales that I've had.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden hazy color with a small head that dissapates quickly.

The smell of this beer is great, earthy grass notes with floral hop aromas.

Great tasting APA, maybe the best out there. Tons of fresh hop flavor. Floral hop taste with hop flavor that lingers on the tongue forever. This beer is actually hoppier than many DIPAs. Some malt present in there but make no mistake this beer is all about the hops.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a medium body and crisp finish, very nice.

Very drinkable beer, almost too drinkable.

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Photo of gatornation
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a blond mostly clear color with a nice full fresh head bottled on 92309..the smell is huge in this one i poured it and right away smelled pine and grapefruit and hop resins..the taste was awesome good it was fresh hops and pine just filling the taste buds with a grapefruit and pine resins the malt backbone in this one was a little light but still very reminds me of a double trouble light version..really though this one is great it is a hop lovers ale not to be missed comes in a 4-pak @ 6.1% abv you can put these away and advice buy 2.. 4-paks wont be around very long..highly recommended

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

Amber hues with a nice, fluffy white head with good retention and lacing. Aromas are heavy grapefruit hops. Fresh off the vine aromas...yum! Aromas are really strong with grapefruit. The citrus is massive and really fresh, like the hops were thrown in ten minutes before I drank it. Bitterness is huge and there is a good deal of pine, too. Medium mouth and high carbonation, carb being a Founders issue if you ask me. Easy to drink and lots of residuals.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent bright yellow amber color, very bright. Small fleeting white head that leaves some blotchy lacing.

Right off the bat the smell reminds me of some wet, under dry, leafy marijuana. Sniff after sniff I cannot overcome this odor. Leafy green plant material all over the place. As I continue to huff away at this, I can also notice some mildly sweet, toasty notes that prove to me that there is some form of malt in this brew. Wow this a new experience for an apa.

Leafy green goodness. Very fresh tasting, this just has an aura of freshness surrounding it, wow. The hops light up your mouth with flavors of fresh cut grass, lemon and oranges, somehow this brew makes your mouth tingle without any aggressive bitterness. The malts stand up to the hops eye to eye, sooo balanced. I would comment on the malt induced flavors, but they just never really surface, they are just there supporting the obviously wet hops.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Comes off on the lighter side of things and is just overall stimulating to the mouth with the strange tingle upon contact. Good heavy but even carbonation as well.

Overall, this is a knockout. I was skeptical about paying 15 bucks for a four pack, but it was justified and well worth it in the end. Simply amazing, no, the best APA I have had to date by leaps and bounds. WOW.

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

Perfectly clear, simple pale yellow gold color with a substantial capping of thick white foam lapping at the top but shifting away moderately quickly to a curtain of lace with some broken spotting.

Nice aroma of freshly picked hops right off the vine. Quite green and dense with bittering citric floral pollen thats got a rounded lemony/white grapefruit sense to its nature.

Taste is a bit more muted and paled down making for some excellent drinking as its rounded off muted maltyness of semi toasty biscuityness and paled doughyness compacts nicely nuder the crunchy citrus tones of the hops. Good balance as it allows just the right kind of grip to its bite in bitterness levels and flavors. The finish has a uniquely dirty, earthen edge as it adds that fresh off the vine out of the garden impression with its floral nuances.

Feel is medium bodied with a clean round center capped with a earthy, floral bitterness of citrus as it ends. The finish has some uniquely pointed hop touches to it that make you swear you'll need a toothpick to get the hop leafs out from your teeth and a tongue scrapper to get that prickly vine touch off your tongue.

One yummy freshly hopped up ale from Founders.

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Photo of portia99
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a pale gold with a hint of orange. Crystal clear with a thin white head that doesn't hang around long enough to be appreciated. Fades quickly to a thin collar.

S - Tons of fresh hops - mostly resiny pine aromas. Touches of fresh pineapple and a hint of grapefruit too. Malt is hidden in this one - just about all hops...really nice hop aroma though. Can't wait to taste.

T - Very prominant hop flavors - pine, citrus, pineapple, orange, some spicyness. Some bready malt, little bit of sweetness. Quite bitter too, in a good way.

M - Thin to medium body. Total mouthfilling bitterness that lasts way past the swallow. Ample carbonation - very fine bubbles - smooth and creamy with a nice touch of prickliness.

D - Pretty drinkable pale ale...really good. Plenty of hop flavor, manageable 6.5% alcohol, smooth body. Very good - could easily be happy staying with this one for a night and finishing off the 4pk.

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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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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 homebrewhawk
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a brilliant gold with less than a finger of white head. Massive piney hop aroma, almost too "green". Some bready malt in the aroma as it warms. Big hop profile in the flavor. Bursting with hop presence. More pine along with citrus. A bit vegetal however. Very drying hop finish. Lighter side of medium bodied. If you are looking for a blast of fresh hop flavor, this is your beer.

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Photo of bsp77
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Mostly clear light orange-yellow with moderate white head which leaves nice lacing lines. Much lighter beer than I expected.

Smell: Exceedingly strong grapefruit smell, with some other citrus notes (and perhaps pine) buried beneath. The smell is quite simply hops personified, and is by far the freshest beer I have ever smelled.

Taste: Exceedingly citrusy with grapefruit, orange and lemon all present. Slightly sweet toasted malts are attempting to come forward and only halfway succeeding. The bitterness is persistent and remains long after each sip. While fantastic, almost too much grapefruit for me; needs a titch more balance. What am I saying, screw balance.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light body but somewhat oily from the hops, mouth suckingly dry.

Drinkability: Despite the bitterness, the fantastic juicy hop profile and dryness will not let me stop drinking. It also helps that I smell such fantastic hops every time I lift the glass.

The 2013 version was upped from 6.5% to 7.6%. Bigger is not always better. Bad change in my opinion. Still very good, but definitely not as good. If it remains this way next year, I will have to re-review and lower my score.

Yep, score lowered due to change.

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

Golden color with lemon and pine aromas. Light bodied with minimal bitterness/carbonation/malt. Flavors of lemon, pine, soap, and grass all come from the hops but are also very light and floral. Dry finish.

A very drinkable harvest ale from Founders

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this thing accidentally in the store the other day. Has to be very fresh as I usually check Founders and haven't seen it before. It seems to be getting good reviews too, so let's see how it is. Poured into my great old oversized DFH snifter.

A: Pours with a light but decent lookin head, but it doesn't stay long. Before you know it you're staring at the top of the beer. It has a semi hazy golden yellow honey colored look. It does have some nice light slipping through.

N: Starts right off with musty fresh noble hops. Some pine and citrus, but lots of fresh hop aroma. Some light malts are there, but I think that's more of my mind thinking it, or perhaps I get some light sweet honey, perhaps. But lots of the spicey piny hops that do have a nice fresh aroma. Some grapefruit and tropical fruit round off the hop aromas.

T: Taste is actually a little strange. It has a strong earthy spicey hop taste and juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit tastes, but it also has a weird musty taste that I got on the nose but its more prominent on the taste. Not too pleasant either. A light sweet malt taste. More fresh hop oils and resin taste really sticks out, and that musty taste fades quickly after a few sips.

M: Semi thick, slight spicey hops, and decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter and getting drier and drier by the minute. The strong bitter and spicey hop bite really stick around for about 30 seconds as well. Since it never seems to go away, it makes it a little difficult to drink as it seems to build up more and more. Everytime I swallow the bitterness is refreshed in my mouth, even when I don't take a sip.

Final thoughts: Pretty decent for a fresh hop IPA, lots of earthy spicey citrus pine hops and hop oils and resin tastes. Pretty bitter on the finish. The strange musty taste, the long lingering bitterness, and the fact that it seems like it's missing something, seem to take away from it a little. I really do feel like it's missing some specific hop variety, or some malt offset that it could use. I can enjoy this though, just very slowly.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a super-fresh 4-pack from The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO last night. Poured from 12oz bottle into nonic.

A - Pours a clear golden color with a half fingers worth of white head. Some lacing remains after the head dissipates along with a small ring of white around the edge of the glass.

S - Really nice hoppy, fruity, and citrus notes right off the bat. The bitterness isn't much in the nose, but the floral hops more then make up for it.

T - Nice hoppy floral and citrus notes. Some grapefruit, orange peel, and lemons meld together but I really get a lot of floral notes compare to citrus notes.

M - Light bodied, refreshing, perfect for a nice October day when it's cool outside but you're still wanting that hoppy goodness compared to a stout or porter. An oily finish that makes my mouth water for some more.

D - Very sessionable. Really enjoyed this one and along with Broodo, make up my favorite Harvest Ales.

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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 saintwarrick
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours a cloudy gold with a big, foamy white head that resembles a Belgian brew, very fluffy. Aroma is light and citrusy, hoppy with a dry earthy, herbal quality as well. Taste is a lot like their normal IPA, very light, but this brew has a much stronger bitter character, lots of hoppiness up front, some citrusy notes show up before the taste finishes dry and bitter.

A very tasty brew, one you could drink for a night. Very light, but still hoppy an bitter enough for the name IPA.

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Photo of photomike
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from great trader mcallister. Thanks buddy!

Pours a truly gorgeous hazy golden orange with a soft, billowy, 2.5 finger off white head. Superb retention for the entirety of the drink, and abundant everlasting lacing. This beer could not look better. Hence 5.

The scent hit me as soon as I popped the bottle. Similarly spectacular. Fresh, floral hops with more lemon/orange citrus than spicy pine. Malt sweetness leads to a beautifully balanced scent.

Taste is more subdued than I had expected. This is certainly due to the age on this bottle, but this is still a very tasty beer. Biscuity malts with a mild sweetness. Tangerine rind describes the sweet and slightly bitter flavor that leads to a vague suggestion of the 7% ABV on this bottle. Somewhat grassy.

Mouthfeel approaches perfection. Well carbonated and crisp with a medium body and some chewiness as it warms.

Very drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden and this feels great going down.

I really greatly enjoyed this bottle and imagine it is at least as good fresh. Well balanced and tasty, this is exactly what I look for in my APAs.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decanted a bottle of this into a pint glass. The notch indicates it was bottled last July. Pours a cloudy straw color with a huge frothy white head. I seriously thought the beer was skunked at first. But the head descended into a nice cloudy layer with some big sticky lace. Nice columns of bubbles all throughout.

Aromas of a sweet citrusy hops. Some light toasted grains. Pretty simple.

Tastes are about the same. Sweet citrusy hops, balanced with toasted grains. Light, hoppy bitterness in the finish. Nice and clean.

Light mouthfeel, not too watery, but perfect complement to the flavors. Good effervescence.

A very drinkable beer - nice balance to the flavors. Another solid offering from Founder's.

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Photo of jsh420
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours clear pale golden with a 2 finger white head that leaves lacing all down the glass

smell is very hoppy, lemon with plenty of malts that come through

taste - i can say without a doubt this is the best real APA i have ever had - hops and malts all show up in this with a great bite @ finish- a well balanced beer

mouthfeel - is only what i could have dreamed this beer to have - light with plenty of carbonation with a creamy and crisp finish

drinkability is off the charts any time of year i can only imagine how a fresh one tastes - i cant wait until fall

founders strikes again!!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange with a good white head.

S: Lots of citrus hops--very fresh.

T: Same as the nose with a lot of hops and quite a nice malt backbone.

M: Medium body with an all-around very good feel.

D: Heavily drinkable. This is an absolutely fantastic offering.

EDIT: This beer is still drinking well well after the harvest season. It's not nearly as hoppy, but there's still something utterly delicious about it--sort of a sweet bready flavor.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks mikereaser for the opportunity.

Pours a clear light lemony gold. A frothy white head builds up. Rather high, which takes a couple of pours to actually fill the cup. No lace.

Aroma is lemony citrus, pine, bright. A very faint honey sweetness. Very refreshing.

Flavor is lightly honeyed bread. More citrus and pine, a good amount of bitterness though it doesn't linger overmuch. A hint of grass.

Medium light body, a good amount of carbonation but nothing prickly.

Light pale ale with great hop aroma. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, too much carbonation, nice two-finger plus white foamy head, with tons of sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus. The taste is sweet, hoppy, malty, nice touch of citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, not a fan of over carbonated brew's, but after it settled down it is tasty.

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Photo of Zorro
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through limesmut and Good/Bad/Ugly BIF.

Clear golden colored ale with a large white head, lighter than I would have expected.

Smell is sweet and malty with a good strong hop scent. Slightly spicy and herbal to the nose.

Taste starts out malty and a little sweet with a decent herbal and spicy hop flavor. Mildly bitter but not too much this is mostly a fresh hop beer and not a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not bad but not world class either. Nice fresh hop beer but not any better than the Sierra Nevada version.

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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 mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me as an extra recently I was very happy to get this one as I missed out buying a four pack a couple weeks ago. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, I enjoyed this one after mowing the lawn on 04/04/2009.

The pour was very nice with a rich light amber in color. Nice small haze to it and lots of carbonation was apparent as it bubbled up to the surface. Huge foamy head of white made me pour this one several times to get it all in the glass and left tons of sticky lace on the insides. Tons of hops here as I lean in for the first whiff. Pineapple and orange zest, hints of lemon, very fresh and very bright, this was exactly what I would have wanted it to be. Smooth, delicous, and rediculously drinkable this very bright ale was a wonderfully refreshing drink as I relaxed from a long day in the yard. Crisp hop bite and a really nice long drawn out finish here made this one of the best session ales I have had in a long time.

Overall solid from top to bottom and one of the highlights for me in a long weekend of new beers. I would go for this one on a warm day anytime without hesitation,

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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