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Harvest Ale by Founders Brewing Company
American Pale Ale
6.50 % ABV

This liquid dream pours a hazy golden orange straw color with a white, two-finger head. Your first sip of this beer rewards you with a super juicy hop presence bursting with citrus, then finishes to introduce toasted malt undertones. 

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Review by Oxymoron on 12/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 8 16 3 7 0
Kind of odd you can't find anything about this beer on Founder's website. Pours a very hazy orange to light amber color with a slight straw colored hue throughout. The head was limited but a bad pour, left some foam around the edge and limited lacing.

The nose is what I describe as organic. Hops come out mostly but some malt notes are there as well. To start, the hops leaves a mix of floral and citrus with a light perfume aroma. Some minor earthy notes as well. The malt comes out a little muddled with some bready and biscuit notes as well. Some hints of wheat and a little bit of pepper on the back end. Some minor yeast notes as well.

The taste is a bit muddled as well. The malt comes out more and balances well against the hops. A more distinct biscuit malt flavor with a touch more spicy notes on the back end. The hops really have that "wet" organic flavor that you can tell it's a fresh hop taste (which I can't always get with fresh hop beers). Some muttled hop notes as with the floral and perfume notes coming out more with a minor citrus and orange taste in the finish. Definitely yeasty but not over the top, clean beyond that.

The body is moderate and very easy to drink. Carbonation is a bit light. Kind of shocked at the ABV, truthfully. Overall a good beer but I would like more distinct flavors and nose. Drinkability is great though.

Served In: Bottle

Review by tavernjef on 10/09/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2009
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.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by mar on 02/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 9 17 4 8 2008
thanks to nucular. cloudy yellow pour with a thick cream head. nose of great fresh, citrusy hops and great esters. smooth on the palate with a very bright citrus hop flavor and a strong bitter finish.

Served In: Snifter

Review by bakes on 05/13/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 16 4 8 2008
Thanks to Tip Top for the bottle!

Pours a hazy gold-yellow with an initially good sized head that settles down to a thin lace. Bready malts yield to orangey-citrus hops and a gypsum-like spiciness that you don't smell as much as feel with your nose. Neat.

Tropical fruitiness right off the rip - orange, mango, a little pineapple even - followed by a lightly toasted bread maltiness. Solid bitterness, but not overpowering. fruitiness abounds throughout. Nice mouthfeel lets it glide on through, moderate carbonation helps it along. leaves a fresh citrusy aftertaste but little else.

It doesn't have that coarse leafy ripping hoppiness that I've had in some other wet hop brews - but that is not a detriment. It's far more drinkable than many coarsely hopped brews.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Kegergator on 02/21/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 15 4 8 2008
Thanks to Tip Top for this brew>

Pours a murky golden color. Looks kinda looks a Belgian Pale. Nice thick white head fades into a thin layer on top of the brew. Nice aroma coming off of this brew. Citrusy hoppy and really good. A few swirls brings out some more citrus(orange peel?). Nice citrus hop flavor all over, especially the middle.As it warms the orange really comes out. Really digging this brew. Really orangy. Finishes kinda dry and fades away with almost no aftertaste.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Westside Threat on 12/30/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 9 16 3 8 0
A: Cloudy, lemon looking brew. Really reminds me a lot of a Belgian wit opposed to a harvest ale. Snowy white bubbles hug the sides of the glass while only wisps remain across the center of the body.

S: Under ripe lemons, little bit of smoky spruce, pineapple, grapefruit juice and a pat of butter.

T: Starts off with pungent green citrus fruits exploding across the palate. The bitterness arrives quickly and early, coming from all angles. This isn’t a serene beer, its quite abrasive…but I’m ok with that. Quite resiny with hoppy enriched syrup from the get go. Just a stray amount of malt can be found as the beer warms, just a minor caramel dough undercurrent. But just as fast as the flavors burst onto the scene, they drop out of site very quickly. Finishes with an earthy bitterness that lingers on the palate long after the swallow.

M: Medium body, crisp and somewhat hard.

D: Nice beer with good flavor but could use a bit more complexity. But I’m finding most of the harvest ales aren’t necessarily complex but do have sturdy flavor.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/01/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 10 16 3 8 0
Medium to light yellow color. Big hop smell, with citrus, some fresh grass maybe. Big hop taste at first, with the same citrus that you smell. Slight pine taste too. Plenty of bitter and hop taste. Medium feel that is quite nice and adds a little extra to the overall impact.

Very good wet hop beer. Agree with TT that it's not quite as aggressive as some others in this category. Still one of my favorite wet hop beers.

Price: $2.25 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 11/27/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 10 15 4 8 0
A - Pours a light yellow body. Tons of tiny yeast particles are suspended in the body, almost not moving at all. Small, bright white head made up of tight bubbles. Good retention, decent lacing.

S - It's got that big, pungent hop nose that I love in the fresh hop brews. This one is very citrusy with tangerine, grapefruit, and a touch of orange rind. Sweet pale malts reside way in the background.

T - Nice initial fruity burst of tangerine and maybe even mango. Hoppiness comes in with more tangerine, along with grapefruit and a slight pineyness. Bitterness accompanies this, but this beer is definitely more hoppy than bitter. Finish brings more citric sweetness, accompanied by a slight presence of light malt.

M - Medium bodied with slightly sticky, resiny hops. Carbonation is fizzy and tickles the tongue.

O - Good fresh hop beer that seems more balanced and not quite as aggressive as some. Would definitely be more approachable for a non-hophead I think. Founders continues to impress.

Price: $2.25 Served In: Pint Glass

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