Thursday, December 1, 2011

Beer Review: Founders Harvest Ale

Reviewing the Harvest Ale by Founders Brewing Company.
Score: 94

2011 vintage, poured in Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Hazy, golden yellow with a thin layer of soapy head that sticks around. Has a very attractive glow to it. Translucent, not transparent. 4.5/5

Smell: Very crisp, floral and lemon-citrus flavors. Some orange peel too. 4/5

Taste: The carbonation on this beer is perfect, making the citrus-bitterness of the beer really pop. Strong grapefruit-like flavor, with a sweet malt middle. Has a nice piney-hop finish that dissipates about 15 seconds after swallow. None of the flavors are too overwhelming, and overall the bitter-malt balance is near perfect. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Very good carbonation. Medium-thin bodied, but not watery. Incredibly drinable. 4.5/5

Overall: An excellent example of a wet-hopped IPA.

Recommendation: I think this would make a great introductory IPA for casual beer drinkers, while seasoned beer lovers will really appreciate the zesty flavors and aromas.

Pairings: Hawaiian-style hamburgers

Cost: $11.99 for a four pack.

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