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Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by granger10 on 10-24-2004

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Reviews: 1,064 | Ratings: 4,293
Photo of Seanibus
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with a huge white fluffy head. The aroma is clean, sharp and hoppy, with a delicate citrusy character, some orange and lemon rind. The flavor has a delicate, perfumy orange, with a clean, crisp malt backbone, almost pilsner like, with a tinge of metal and sulfur. The bitterness is mild but steely. The mouthfeel is prickly and there is an ice creamy smoothness to the finish.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep gold/amber with about a half finger of light khaki colored head. The foam settles in a regular amount of time leaving a nice swirling layer across the top of the beer.

S: The nose is a mix of sweet and hoppy. There is a great mix of malt and hops that begs for this beer to be consumed now.

T: It starts off sweet but brings a good amount of citrus hops to the forefront. This is a tasty beer, but I get an underlying vegetal taste that detracts a bit from my overall enjoyment.

M: Medium bodied beer. This is a really drinkable brew, but the fresh hop vegetal aspects make me only want one of two in a sitting.

O: I enjoyed this beer, but it's not one of my favorites from Founders. I'd take Centennial or All Day IPA over this in a heart beat.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber hues with a nice, fluffy white head with good retention and lacing. Aromas are heavy grapefruit hops. Fresh off the vine aromas...yum! Aromas are really strong with grapefruit. The citrus is massive and really fresh, like the hops were thrown in ten minutes before I drank it. Bitterness is huge and there is a good deal of pine, too. Medium mouth and high carbonation, carb being a Founders issue if you ask me. Easy to drink and lots of residuals.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Greensboro, NC. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: The popping of the cap releases a huge amount of hiss, and no wonder - the head on this one's HUGE and has amazing staying power. The carbonation is off the scale - super fast, bubbly, incredibly fine, zipping up to the foamy, sticky, HUGE head. I didn't hesitate overpouring, because I knew that even if the head exceeded the lip of the glass, it would hold itself together no problem. The body itself is hazy, sort of a pale orange, and the appearances only weakness. Overall, very nice.

Aroma: Huge citrus, very pure-smelling, almost like orange juice in places. Mint-like notes emerge as things warm, as do other leafy, herbal hop notes.

Taste: A very balanced and drinkable wet hopped ale. A healthy dose of biscuity, cracker-like sweetness with flourishes of honey and a moderate to moderate-plus amount of smooth bitterness form the foundation of this one, but this one's of course all about the hop oils. A pretty flavorful combination of lighter citrus notes, herbal, leafy notes, and a few rougher, more pine-like overtones comprise the majority of the flavors in this one, and it's a pretty solid flavor, if I do say so.

Mouthfeel: The body itself is medium to maybe even a little thin. Incredibly high carbonation makes for a huge, pillowy, puffy mouth and doesn't come through as prickly or rough - very even and smooth. Smoothness is also probably enhanced by the metric ton of hop oils in this one - very slick.

Drinkability: Another solid brew from Founders, and a really good wet-hopped ale - quite a way to celebrate the harvest. Alcohol's undetectable and only 6.5%, definitely enhancing drinkability. The stickiness is great, the mouthfeel soft and smooth, and the combination of hop oils - though lighter than many harvest ales (the SN is coming to mind) - is very pleasant and enjoyable. Pick up a four-pack of this one next season (as I imagine the hop glory is already starting to fade fast this season).

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Photo of Bung
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold pour, good sized white head. Rather bubbly looking. Smell of grass, grain, hop pine. Mouthfeel is nice and not overly carbonated. Solid citrus, pine, with some malt and biscuit that makes this a pleasant surprise. Very solid, crisp and refreshing. Where was this when I finished mowing the lawn this summer? I think this would be better as a Spring release named something else.

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Photo of Preismj
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a light colored brew, slightly yellow. Paler than I expected. moderate white head. Little lacing. smell is all hops, but a very dank aroma. Musty and earthy. Very nice. Taste is super bitter up front, but it is like something popped in my mouth and is all just juices. leaves my mouth soaked with bitter hop juice and grassy floral notes. moderate fizz, a bit lighter in body than I anticipated. Huge flavor and super bitter. Doesn't leave you dry. I could see this being a great beer to have quite a few of.

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Photo of draheim
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this; last time I had it was a 10/2/2013 bottle consumed on 11/25/2013 (courtesy of cavedave). This bottle is just 3 weeks old, so worth a redo.

12oz bottle (bottled 9/30/2014) into a tulip (thanks again LambicPentameter!). Pours a nice honey straw color, crystal clear w/ a frothy white head, decent lace.

Aroma is juicy grapefruit and orange, two of my favorite aromas for a fresh-hop beer. Detectably sweet with a hint of alcohol on the nose.

Taste is a mix of citrus and pineapple (is pineapple a citrus fruit?). Maybe a touch of mango or papaya in there too. Bready pale malt. Sweet, with a noticeable booziness that distracts a bit from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, almost full-bodied. Satisfying. Goes down easy.

Overall a solid offering from Founders, but I did find that the bigger malt bill and higher ABV was competing with the hops a bit.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively large head, with dissipates quickly. A hazy golden color, with very few rising bubbles. A majestic look.

Heavy smells of sweet citrus, especially tangerines come to mind.

An immediate hops flavor, with dominates the early-game of the flavor. As the beer lingers in my mouth, the sweet citrus flavor from the smell makes an appearance. Also noted a distinct malt present in the after-taste. Carbonation is low, with a surprisingly dry feel. Definitely has a stingy sort-of aspect to it.

Bought as a four-pack for $13. Which seemed on the steeper end for what it is. Still very enjoyable though.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint like glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that settles fairly quickly and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a somewhat hazed dull golden hued orange.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops with a nice citrus blend. A lot like an American IPA, but I can definitely tell the hops are fresh. Light caramel malts.

Taste: The hops are fresh, piney, and pack a lot of floral flavor to them. I really enjoy them. The caramel blends really nicely with the grapefruit citrus like other IPAs, but the fresh hops really blend everything together.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bitter, but fairly smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a fairly decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a floral/sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a really nice beer. I am starting to really enjoy the fresh hop beers and this one is no exception. I will be drinking this one again!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint, bottled dated 10/04/2012.

Appearance: A slight hazy gold color with heavy bubbles on the body. Head is somewhat thick considering after two sips it still holds up with an initial settling of maybe a finger's length coming off white.

Smell: Light floral scent, comes and goes...I honestly don't feel much on this beer when it comes to what i am smelling. Not bad but I want just a little more.

Taste: Bitter for most, to me it's an almost perfect blend of what IPA's should be. It is light but then again it's not supposed to be an Imperial. You feel floral, and bitterness coming off very fresh which I absolutely lust. You have a piney-ness to this brew that is very unique and honestly it feels like an honor alone just to have it. Hop lovers will lust.

Mouth: Medium and awfully tasty, it feels almost like a thirst quencher and for that alone it's at minimum a four. You feel almost like a tree bark type of feel when you gulp it but don't be scared it's true hops that you are indulging in.
Overall: For what it is, I definitely wouldnt take it for granted, it delivers! It's robust not too much and offers a little bit of everything.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So this batch is now about one month old.. It took me a while to finally get my hands on this. Other states like Mass and Vermont had it before Connecticut did. However, I am just happy to try it.

Harvest Ale has a similar hop build to Double Trouble. It shares some similarities for sure. The hops in here are really a great example of what a wet hopped beer should taste and smell like.

This beer smells way better than it tastes. Such a good smell! Those wet hops!
Not too too bitter, but still bitter. It really just has an oily taste to it that wasn't too pleasant in my opinion.

I have now had Port Brewings wet hopped harvest ale (high tide) and Surly Wet.
This beer is on the same level as High Tide, but is definitely a step down from Surly.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ashley’s, poured into half pint. Slightly hazy golden color with thick white head that clings nicely. Really fresh smell - hop oils, fresh grass/hay, citrus. Flavors are briefly bready, but quickly yield to bitter citrus, grass, and pine. Medium bodied with higher carbonation and an oily but dry finish. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dank/piney hops and a good amount of spiciness. The flavor is grapefruit, spices, hop resin, malts and a long and spicy/medium bitter finish.

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Photo of kasper
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a real cloudy golden orange with a huge fluffy off-white head that gives way ever so slowly, leaving batches of sticky lacing all around the glass.

S: Really fresh wet hops, somewhat grassy and earthy with hints of what reminds me of green olive brine.

T: This one is a hop monster. All hops here with a good supporting pale malt backbone, but the taste is predominately strong, earthy and perfume-like hops. Not sure I'd call it floral because hop flavor is a bit sharper. Noticeable lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: Highly carbonated, medium bodied, slightly slick and oily but not too heavy.

D: This is a pleasant treat. Kind of like a strong IPA that's a tad shy on the malt flavor, though the malt pronounces itself more as the beer warms. I'm not sure this is a brew you'd want to drink all night, but tasty as a starter.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Harvest Ale
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Look 7/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20
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Overall 83/100

Nice wet Hopped Ale, I'm a super big Founders fan, They could probably piss in a bottle and I would drink it. That said (coupled with fellow reviews) i was left with a little to be desired. However, I would still buy two more four packs next year. Wouldn't make an extra effort to seek it out as I would with others

EDIT: Ohio gets this late, so my review should reflect that this 'fresh hop' beer isnt so fresh~

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Photo of gford217
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of a generous trader poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden straw color with a big puffy white two finger head. Retention was very good and lacing was decent.

S: Smell is a very light citrus hop aroma with lemon and oranges in addition to a hint of sweet bready malts in the background.

T: Taste had a bit more pine hops than the smell though they are very subtle and balanced well with the sweet malts. The finish is mainly lemon zest with little bitterness at all.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy but light and very crisp with moderate carbonation.

D: This a very light, crisp drinkable APA and a great beer for a hot summer in Georgia. Recommended.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden body with a bit of amber. Foamy bone white head that leaves some lacing but fades quickly. Aroma is mainly grassy and fruity hops. The taste is much of the same, with a lot of plant and vegetal qualities. A bit of biscuity malt on the back end. Carbonation is medium, with a bit of prickliness on the back end, the feel is medium bodied and slightly sticky. This is a pretty solid wet hop beer with some fresh hop flavors.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A pretty golden/straw with a white head and lace.

S - The nose is very fruity. There are hints of berries and pineapple. Underneath the fruitiness, there is also a really nice earthiness/floral aroma that rounds it out.

T - The fruitiness of berries and grapefruit continue in the taste. The bitterness closes out the sip and it is a nice counterpart to the initial sweetness. The bitterness is not overpowering and it does not linger very long, so every sip starts all over again.

M - This is a nice light bodied beer with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - The mild bitterness and sweet fruitiness make this beer pleasant to drink. The lighter body and lowish abv also make it a solid beer that I would enjoy drinking on any occasion.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Crystal clear golden body without much of a head. Some lace and a ring around the beer, but not a lot. Nice color.

Smell - Pine first, then malt, then citrus as the other flavors fade away. Interesting mix. Not overwhelming, but nice.

Taste - Similar complexity to the taste. Nothing overwhelming, but a nice transition from pine to citrus before a sweet malt in the middle. A good dose of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very easy drinking. I had to resist putting this whole thing away before I got to the computer to review it.

Overall - Really nice on all fronts, if not stand-out on any. I agree that it's one of the best fresh hop IPAs out there.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a finger width of white head that left good lacing. Smells of fresh piney hops and citrus. Slight underpining of malt as it warms.

Taste is lip smacking fresh hop bitterness, pine, and citrus. As it warms, a mellow caramel backbone emerges under all the hops. Finishes with a splash of sweetness and then lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice tingling carbonation that compliments it's bitterness.

I was worried that the hop freshness may have started to die out in this one allready but was pleasantly surprised to see them holding up quite well. It's not quite up there with some of the other top Harvest Ales but is quite servicable and drinkable for the style.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one really lets the hops shine through. A light biscuit/cracker like malt profile, with a bouquet of hop flavors. Piney, fruity, dry, and bitter. Just an ever so slight presence of booze behind it all, if you don't drink it fairly fresh.

All in all, it was a good brew. It falls off quickly though. Can't say I would make this one a priority, but it is worth a visit if you can.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a cloudy hazy golden color ale with a huge white foamy head with perfect retention and no lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops with some interesting floral notes. Taste is a mix between some floral hops notes with a bitter and citrus finish with some malt presence. Full body with limited filtration and good carbonation. Another fine ale from a brewer who consistently amaze me.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good ipa but not great. I've heard good things about this and it's been very limited until this year here in Stl. Underwhelmed but still good.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: huge off-white head over an otherwise uninteresting hazy golden beer, light meringue consistency and long retention

s: excellent hop aroma but with little malt to back it up, still, great stuff...juicy, fresh and dripping tropicals, sweet-sour sauce, passionfruit and red grapefruit, big kiwi, bubblegum

m: mouth-filling carbonation and on the low side of the high range, lighter in body but not thin

t: pulpy tropical hop flavors over a barely discernible pale malt base, juices of sweet and tart tropical fruits like passionfruit, orange and grapefruit, kiwi (not tropical, yes), moderate bitterness, mild pale barley sweetness drying completely in the finish

d: no problem, very nice beer

scooped a single from Grapes & Hops in Fayetteville, NC

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this last year and thought it was a high price, at the time I actually thought it was. A year later I have come to realize the high prices of craft beer and purchased a four pack. Bottled 09/28/10.

A- Yellow orange, very clear with a nice frothy off-white head. Head retention is nice and I can see huge webs of lacing forming off the head already. A good amount of spotty lace randomly on the glass.

S- Hops forward. I get a lot of citrus and tropical fruit notes along with a good dose of pine and earthy notes. Slight yeast and malt in the background.

T- Flavorful but different from the aroma. Hops dominate lending a lot of pine, floral, citrus zest, grapefruit and earthy flavors. Malt breaks in just a tiny bit with caramel. Slight yeast bread notes in the finish.

MF- Very light but a nice creaminess makes up for it. The carbonation is in the low-moderate range and feels nice. A strong bitterness and even some warmth are sensations left on the palate in the finish.

DB- A very hoppy APA (whooda thunk it). To me it is comparable to the Centennial IPA but brings a better hop flavor to the table. Solid, drinks smoothly and easily.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,064 ratings.