Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Founders Harvest Ale

Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids, Michigan is easily one of my favorite midwest breweries, and with just cause. They brew some awesome beers and Mike and Dave are some of the nicest guys I've had the chance of meeting. Some of my favorites are Red's Rye, Black Rye, Breakfast Stout and Kentucky Breakfast just to name a few. Today, I have their new bottled offering, a wet hopped ale aptly named Harvest Ale. It's brewed with fresh, wet hops that were recently picked. Here goes!

12oz stubby bottle pours into my glass a quite hazy yellow orange with a couple inches of creamy, cragly white head that leaves sticky lacing on the side. Aromas of citric, tropical hop resins jump out of the glass. Peach and grapefruit mingle with some pine and green herbaceous notes. Sweet, light caramel in the background. Wow, the fresh green hop cone aroma brings a smile to my face! Somewhat floral even.

First sip brings a sweet, lightly toasted caramel malt that flows into a flow of fresh hops. Citric, slighty tropical with a big green, herbal push. The resins come through along with a perfumy, floral quality. Flows down with a bit of bitterness, but it's fairly mellow probably due to the fresh wet hops. Finish with a bit of lingering sweetness and green hop cone resin. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess and solid carbonation. A sturdy pale ale that brings a wealth of flavor while at the same time being quite drinkable and refreshing. This is a darn tasty wet hopped brew and I'm glad to see this in bottles. Get on it and try this one while you can. Another solid brew from Founders.

Overall this one gets a rating of Great. Go get yourself some!

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