This past Saturday was our big yearly get-together with old college friends. You know what I’m talking about…the party where everyone puts away adult life and parties like they are 20 again. Things got started off strong as a friend hooked us up with some serious party gear – a tap system! Coors Light, Shipyard Pumpkinhead, and Dogfish Head Punkin all on tap. It was a raging good time, only enhanced by the 12 inches of October snow we got that evening. I won’t go into all the debauchery that occurred…however I will share with you the below picture. I’m at the bottom of that pile. Nuff said?
Two days later, the hangover is gone and I’m back to reviewing. Founder’s Harvest Ale is in my glass.
This is a wet hopped ale. This simply means that freshly harvested hops are used. My buddy Billy from Billybrew.com has an excellent article about wet hopped ales – it’s short and a good newbie guide to the style.
Knowing this is a wet hopped American IPA, I was fully expecting a hop-beast. Founders does not disappoint! Hop-heads should be scrambling to get this beer while it is still available this fall.
If you’re not into hoppy beer, you should avoid this brew; It has a very strong floral hop flavor. Although I normally like sweet beer more than bitter beer, I’m REALLY enjoying this brew. The hop flavors are strong, I don’t feel overwhelmed and I don’t feel like my tongue is going numb from “the bitter”.