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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 967
Hads: 3,890
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 18.76%
Wants: 392
Gots: 344 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: granger10 on 10-24-2004

70 IBU
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Photo of AmitC
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So here it is, Founders harvest ale.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a 20oz snifter. Slight head of white color, less than half a finger thick. Decent lacing, slight bubble spree rising through the glass. Excellent golden amber color.

Smell : Devilish weeds, with grassy and earthy hops. very herb like. Striking and subtle. Excellent use of aroma. No malt presence whatsoever.

Taste: Good amount of bitterness upfront. Definitely feels like more than 70 IBUs. All fresh, american hops of strong beta and less alpha acids. Falls on the palate and disappears quickly. Extremely oily and vapor like presence. No amount of sweetness, whatsoever. Has a huge effect inside the stomach, just within 2 ounces of it going in. Love it.

Mouth feel: Hits the palate and evaporates. Medium to medium light body feel. Moderate carbonation.

For the style : 4.25
Personal bias: 4.5

I love this IPA, overwhelmed me, when i was expecting just another fresh hop IPA.

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Photo of montageman
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

First off let me say that this is an excellent beer. It is everything a pale ale should be - balanced, hoppy, malty, and citrusy. Cloudy pale yellow in appearance with an aroma that is dominated by pine and citrus. There is definitely some floral notes in the aromoa as well. The taste is tart & bitter with a very clean, dry finish. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonated perfectly. I could drink this stuff constantly. This gives Two Hearted Ale a run for its money. Highly recommended.

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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 Jnashed
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle.

A) light golden color, clear. Mod head and retention.

S). Citrus and floral. Still. Catch the Backend malt breadlines

T) wonderful. So drinkable. Crisp, clean hop finish also. Perfect bitterness to back the firm malt background. Again as Founders does, it's balanced. Love it

M) full, and crisp with moderate carbonation. Medium body

Overall, just a wonderful beer for those who love IPA but really love the subtlety of a balanced fresh hop one. Amazing, wish it could be more than an October thing.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Hazy light golden color with a cloudy hue. Massive fluffy and pillowy head about an inch thick. Lacing was there too. Looks to me like its a quality brew.

S- Wow! Straight up citrus hops right here. This was as fresh smelling as possible. I cannot overstate the power of the hops in this one- smelled like someone squeezed a lemon and a lime over some super fresh hops.

T- Incredible. Zesty, fresh, earthy, ctrusy. Lemons, limes, grapefruits, apples, grass...not too bitter, not too sweet. Natural, fresh, and damn tasty.

M- Medium bodied. Sticky. Smooth going down. Pleasant carbonation.

D- Easy drinking beer right here. So flavorful and fresh. Naturally sweet and zesty. I really loved this one.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent head. Smell is full of hops, sticky and thick. Taste is just the same, very hoppy and sweet. So much hop flavor in this one. Not an overbearing bitterness to such a hoppy taste. Very surprising and a great beer. One of the best beers I've had with such a strong presence of hops.


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Photo of roan22
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this wet-hop ale at Capone's. It is 70 IBUs and 6.5%

It is a very light orangey yellow color, appeared fresh and carbonated appropriately. Minimal lacing and head. A medium body.

Very nice aromatic hop aroma, very citrusy. Taste is hops blast of citrus and pine resin, also mintyness present at the end. Finishes somewhat clean but I detect a nice mild lasting bitterness present.

Balanced very well, smooth and extremely drinkable, this harvest ale from Founders went down very well, IMO it blows their Centennial IPA out of the water. Cheers.

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Photo of bnes09
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow-orange in color. Frothy white head towers over the brew and sticks to the glass.

Beautiful bouquet of citrus fruits in the aroma, namely apricot and tangerine. Robust, almost sensual hop aromas lure me in.

Hops dominate from the start. Bright and lively citrusy, orange, apricot, pine and mango hop flavor. Good malt character with a smooth, bready tone to balance the hops.

Medium bodied brew with lots of bubbles. Satisfying dry finish.

Excellent brew. Very lively and hoppy. Unlike any other fall seasonal I have tried.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 4-pack of this from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor before the holidays and have enjoyed one each week since. Now that I'm finishing the last one I'll review it.

This beer is exceptionally good by all measures I employ. First off, it appears to be an unfiltered pale straw colored beer with a thin but lasting lacy foam. The aroma is dominated by hops (sweet and a little pine resiny) with a noticeable malty backbone. The flavor is sweet and citrusy, balnaced by pale malts, with a satisfying bite of bitterness in the after-taste. Easily this is my favorite fresh hop ale I've tried.

A very solid offering from Founders, one of my favorite American breweries.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw golden in color with a good white frothy head that has good retention.

Smell has some great hop aromas, fresh tropical fruit hop aromas are forward followed by a some herbal and light vegetal aromas. Malt is light and grainy and does well to showcase the hops. More fresh hop aromas come out as it warms.

Taste is great. Awesome rich herbal hop flavors are forward and followed by a light tropical fruit hop very mild bitterness. Lots of hop oils and resin let the hop flavors last well after it has been swallowed without the big hop bitterness typical with such a hop forward beer.

Mouthfeel is awesome also. Carbonation is mild and the light grain keeps it soft. Lots of hop oils and resin give this a huge sticky feel with a relatively mild bitterness. This gives it a medium body but keeps it highly drinkable.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a slightly hazy yellow color a little darker than your typical macro lager. The head is a small one. That rises to just a few millimeters high and falls pretty fast to a thin layer on top of the beer. A pretty good amount of sticky lacing however.
S= like wet resiny hops. Lots and lots of grapefruit and citrus. One of the most citrus beers I've ever smelled. Smells pretty green as well you can definitally tell fresh hops were used.
T= really really grassy citrus pine. Just like the smell. Really quite citrusy like the smell not like a grapefruit citrus as much however more of a bitter orange peel sort of taste. The taste of green chlorophill hoppy greatness comes through a little on the end. The finish is not bitter at all its actually sort of sweet citrus taste. The green grassy chlorophill taste rounds the super bitterness out really nicely making it super tollerable. Really great wet harvest beer. Most obvious wet harvest beer as well.
M= crispy sweet and delicious. A little sticky but very good.
D= I'm going to rate this one as a wet hop ale not an APA like it says I think harvest ales should have their own category. Really delicious and obviously a wet hopped beer. Perfect for what it is almost. A little increase in tyhe appearance and this would be awesome.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from cask into a flared pilsner. Poured a golden yellow with a minimal pure white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus/bitter hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus (not a hoppy kind), and bitter hops. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was quite excellent. Very well-balanced in flavor and aroma. Very nice hop profile going on here. Found myself drinking this one QUITE quickly due to the flavor and easy of drinking it. A definite must try rather it be on-tap or on cask for sure!

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Photo of Bubslang
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on tap at Founders Harvest Ale Fest: Appearance is a hazy golden color with a medium sized off-white head with soe nice lacing. Wonderful fresh hop aroma that's mostly citrus with some floral otes. taste is mostly grapefruit,orange zest, and lemon with a nicely balanced malt sweetness. A very drinkable and refreshing beer

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a strong citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA worth pounding for a whole evening.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into long trail pint glass

A: very light golden color that is surprisingly light for an IPA see a small white head that despates quickly doesn't look right to me

S: what a fruit and hop symphony of an aroma lots of citrus and melon but the smells is so well balanced

T: very light but super tastey way better then they appeared packs a punch lots of fresh hoppy flavor that's fades into a fresh bitterness that is easy on the pallet

M:smooth as hell, light for an ipa but incredibly drinkable

O: wow I love this stuff did not see that coming tastes fresh and crisp but still a hop forward well balanced ipa seems true to style. Bravo founders yet another one I will get again

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on draft at Founders on Harvest Day.

Harvest Ale pours a clear, brassy shade of gold with a soapy, 1-finger head. The aroma is where this one shines: light orange, white peaches, apple skin, pine, and caramel. Smells fantastic, fruity, herbal, and almost tea-like. Taste is very citrusy, with distinct flavors of sugary lemon, orange, and grapefruit. But it's a slightly sweet, rather than bitter, citrus flavor that's very refreshing. There's a strong hop presence, but it's flowery, muted, and lightly piney. The mouthfeel is just right: medium-bodied, medium-carbed, and slightly dry.

Founders nailed this one…my favorite in the harvest ale genre.

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Photo of anth0ny
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle, weak head with big bubbles disappearing in a moments notice. Bright, neon gold color. The beer in the taproom looked hazier, frothier, better. The nose is still the same from the bottle though, that is one dank aroma. The taste is all fresh hops. Citrus, mint, and some robust, roasted malt character. Medium-light body, but has a sticky feel. Overall, a beer with a sharp freshness and just the right amount of hop flavor without going overboard.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, Rhode Island:

A- Pours a every-so-slightly hazy golden yellow body with a very small white head that reduces quickly and leaves little lacing. Looks adjunct.

S- Freshly cut grass, fresh herbs, citrus, resin. Smells absolutely delicious. A rare 5 for aromas.

T- Fantastic. Grapefruit and citrus notes upfront, ends with a tasty resinous pine flavor.

M- Medium carbonation, slightly thin body. Refreshing.

Another great from Founders. Overall, a tasty and complex harvest ale. One of the best, if not the best autumn beer this year. Scoop some off the shelf if you still can. Can't wait till next year!

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Photo of humuloner22
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, this really is worth the hype. Some places are just allowing customers to purchase one bottle of this, that is obscene. This comes in a four pack, that is how its is meant to be marketed, sell it that way. Don't try to take advantage of customers on this or any other beer.

Aroma: Hops, nice aromatic floral hops. It has a bit of onion going on, but I enjoy IPA's that have that in its profile.

Taste: So smooth, hops, balance well. This beer is amazing really, I may have to purchase more if my store still has some. It has a fairly high abv., not crazy high, but bordering on the DIPA range, but its crisp, and refreshing. Nice balance of hops and malts. One of the better beers I have had this season.

Overall: If you can find this, buy it, don't get ran over by stores that are trying to burn you by charging more per single to get more profit. Luckily, I have some honest guys I deal with. Its not that rare. Just limited. Go out and find yourself some!

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Photo of Kranders
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer and from then on all I could smell was hops. It was a glorious experience. Very bitter and strong hop flavor that dominated the whole beer, but still kept the subtle nuances that you'd hope for. One of the best beers I've had in a long time.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass
Ap- golden and almost perfectly clear. half inch white head that doesnt stick around too long. decent lacing though.

Ar- very hoppy with some citrus notes. a little bit of biscuity malt too, but not much.

T- grapefruit, other citrus notes and rich, oily hops baby!

M- light body and good carbonation. after sitting in the mouth for a while you get that sweet sweet oily hop residue up in your grill.

O- one awesome IPA. You did it again Founders. Now quit making all these 4 packs and give us this stuff (and FBS) in 6 packs!

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Photo of pkalix
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden yellow with a little bit of foam on top. just noticed the bottled on date is October 2, 2013. we're almost into april now so I guess I aint gettin' the freshest there is....
smell is bland, muted, but with hops. not much else.
taste is sweet and honey-like up front with (almost) an explosion of fruit and caramel sweetness at the end. wow. biscuit sweet up front, caramel sweet at the end. slightly bitter hop in the middle. this is awesome. and it's old? someone else nailed it saying "lemon, orange and white grapefruit". that is exactly how this one tastes, and he was speaking from an older bottle also. this one is awesome. extremely sessionable and a 7.6% on top of that!! I can drink this on all day!!!!

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Photo of garuda
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazed golden, two finger thick white head that has good retention and lacing.

S - Citrus, with mango and grapefruit, and pine hops. Hints of honey, caramel sweetness.

T - Nice hop flavors again with the grapefruit lingering through the aftertaste. Caramel, bready malts provide a balancing sweetness.

M - Medium body, spot on carbonation makes a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Finish is mostly dry, but leaves some hop oils behind. Touch of booze.

D - I first had this when it was considered a APA, with a considerably lower abv. Seems like such a more refined brew since then, with such clean hops and a balanced sweetness.

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Photo of PeterParker
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a translucent copper with one finger of head. Medium lacing throughout.

So juicy and dank on the nose. Mango, pineapple, pine, orange, and bitterness are all present in the aroma.

Juicier and more dank than the nose. Great hop bite equally bitter and flavorful. All characteristics in the nose are here in the taste.

Medium body with a slick feel and a bitter and salty-ish aftertaste that lingers.

Awesome IPA. Toss up between this and Double Trouble as to the best Founder's IPA but awe-inspiring all the same.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle most generously furnished by Hoppymeal, to a pint glass. The liquid is a light shinny gold with curiously fine carbonation, The head is most interesting, a big 2 fingers of tight white foam, extremely creamy looking that lasts quite a long time and leaves incredible amounts of lace.

The smell is great, very hoppy in the nose, mostly citrus with some floral notes.

The taste follows well, citrus hopps quickly over take a biscuit like malt, leaving oranges, lemon, sweet cherries, cranberries and a spritz of lime in its wake. This is a very good brew, not over the top buy a huge winner with in it's style.

The mouthfeel is good, nothing out of the ordinary, slightly less then a medium body, and great carbonation...except it is so fresh it makes my teeth squeak, like fresh cheese curds.

The drinkability of this brew is evidence that this brewery is world class.

Many, many many thanks to Hoppymeal and his conspiratorial trader, for giving me a taste of this brew.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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