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

Polished tangerine with honey hued highlights and a fine yeasty haziness. The top third of the Founders pint glass is filled with an attractive crown of bubbly foam that is aged ivory in color. Cheese grater-like lace is impressively extensive and looks like it will stick around for the duration.

Despite being roughly four months of age, the nose on this wet-hopped American pale ale is still pretty aromatic. Sunshine bright citrus juicy top notes are perfectly complemented by a mid-range fruit peel muskiness. Assuming only a single hop was used (which is often the case in beer of this sort), I'll go with Cascade.

Harvest Ale is good beer that still has more than a little lupulin life left in it. There is no question that it was more aggressive back in August, but hopheads will still find enough flavor and bitterness for it to be worth their while. Another month and... don't wait that long. Drink whatever bottles are in your possession... right... now!

The malt component is slightly toasted and doesn't impinge too awful much on the (still pretty) fresh hop flavor. Citrus fruit rules the day, on the order of lemon, orange and white grapefruit. Simple, straightforward and hopilicious. What's not to like?

A gorgeous array of lace earns the appearance score an increase. The mouthfeel is fine for the style. It has just the right amount of heft and contains bubbles that stay in the background, yet tickle the tongue to a minor degree.

It's a shame that I wasn't able to experience Harvest Ale immediately after bottling. That said, it has held up remarkably well and is pleasing me to no end this morning. Hoppy beer is a fine way to start the day, spend the day and end the day. Good job Founders.

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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 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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Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review taken from notes, thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this growler. Enjoyed from a willybecker.

An amber shade in the color with golden general hue with lots of fast moving bubbles inside. There is a thick creamy cap of white that retains very well. Tight bead and streamers of lace adorn this. A full on hop aroma with lots of orange and floral notes with mild pine accents the aroma has subtle hints of pineapple in the lush hop nose with clementine and hints of light pepper in the background -totally hop dominated. The feel is juicy with highly carbonated acidic quality and slightly oily body with a moderate acidity level overall. Gentle malt in the backing with a spicy dry finish and hardly any alcohol in the feel.

This harvest beer is wonderfully juicy with bitter flavor up front setting you up for a strong peppery orange rind combo and some tea-like herbal taste riding along. The flavor has a subtle tinge of mango and pine pokes through in places with a mild toastiness from the malt that only emerges momentarily til a light apricot mellow earhty flavor and fruit accent comes in. There is a slight touch of lemon oil with citrus juiciness, but the vegetal element of the hops is minor as it finishes. Overall -the best Harvest or wet hop whatever the style. the hop taste is so refreshing and only a mild amount of vegetal is introduced with very vibrant hops and enough balance to satisfy fans of the style without going toward 'hop assault'. This has that resiny hop tangy flavor after the swallow telling you it is a seriously hop forward beer.

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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 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 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 womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of Steve. Very generous, as always.

A: The pour is dark orange-amber with a couple of fingers worth of white foam. Quite a bit of lacing forms as I drink my glass down.

S: A big fresh citrus aroma to start things off. Lots of grapefruit followed by wet floral notes. The malts fill in the back end of the nose, giving the beer a nice breadiness.

T: Intense grapefruit flavor starts things off and is followed by more grapefruit, this time in the form of the peel. The floral character is still present as well, and the bready malt provides a bit of a balance against a fairly strong bitterness (for a pale ale, anyway).

M: The body is medium with a very crisp and lively carbonation to the beer.

D: A solid pale ale here, and a great beer to have a growler of. I thoroughly enjoyed my several pours.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

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

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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 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 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 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 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 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 vfgccp
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barcade, founders tap night. Huge thank you to the patron who bought the round.

A - Nice opaque orange wheat. White head had nice retention and poor lace.

S - Outrageous nose. Bright white peach, touch of pine, and orange zest.

T - Awesome bright citrus and stone fruit profile. Orange, pear, peach. Honeydew melon. Touch of cilantro. White sugar. Bay leaf.

M - Great medium-full body. Smooth, with great drinkability.

O - Unbelievably fresh, which is exactly what you want in a wet hop IPA.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Tone
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, earthy malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, earthy malt, alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, a good appearance and blend, with decent aroma and body.

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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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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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