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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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Reviews: 967 | Hads: 3,890
Photo of acurtis
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders Harvest Ale in 12oz bottle. Picked up at Gary's Wine and Marketplace, Bernardsville location. Poured into shaker. Golden color with large white head. Strong fresh hop smell. Taste is hoppy but balanced with malt. Nice bitterness. Good drinkablity and mouthfeel for 6.5abv. Very good offering from Founders.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recieved as an extra. I always welcome some Founders beer. Bottled on 5, no....9/23/09. Pretty fresh.

Pours an incredibly pale gold with some haze. Hop haze? White, fluffy head at first dies down to an eventual weak cap. Good lacing.

Aroma is piney, leafy, and most of all, citrusy. Slight fruity, melon aroma as well. The hop aromas are good, but are pretty restrained for a fresh hop ale. It smells fresh, but not super-wet-hop fresh.

The taste is focused on bitterness and hop flavors. It's got a solid, mouth coating bitterness with a slightly astringent, tea leaf flavor on the finish. Light, bright fruity hop flavors are there in the center, but are trumped by the bitter finish.

The body on this beer is moderatley carbonated, with a dry, bitter finish. Even though this is billed as a pale ale, its a sipper. Very bitter and with a solid body, this is a one or two pour deal.

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Photo of Overlord
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly yellowish gold with a hint of orange. No real head to it, just some light wisps of white foam and edging on the glass.

Smells of fresh cut grass, some seriously bitter, bitter grapefruit and tangerine husks, and ... hmm... no sweetness, really.

Taste is really, really bitter. Yipes. An almost soapy, earthy grapefruit rind concoction with a bunch of palate wrecking hop bitter. Could use more balance, either fruit, or malt sweetness, or something other than this citrus rind bitterness.

Don't get me wrong, not a bad beer, but too one-note. Also, too flat.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - About a two finger head, almost white. Slight yellow tinge to the head. Body is clear and yellow/orange straw in color. Some lacing.

S - Has a typical but very nice IPA scent to it. Sweet hops that makes for a good beer.

T - Moderately harsh hops. Very simple but good. Has a little lime rind flavor as well.

M - Really what you would expect out of this beer. Stong carbonation with moderate body.

O - A good beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of enfield249
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy apricot in color, poured with 1 fingers worth of head. A slight ring of head remains.

S - Lots of citrus hops coming off. First smell reminded me of Breckenridge 471 double IPA in smell.

T - Lots of bitterness, almost to IPA level. Some of the citrus, but on the back of the drink.

M - Full, lots of carbonation, leaves a coating of bitterness.

D - Very good APA. Great smell, and if I can smell it, it's got to be strong. I could have 3 of these a week.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

aka: Founders version of the wet hop beer.

Pour was angry, cloudy orange. Nice head on top, slow fader at that. Smell was mainly hoppy citrus notes hard to pull much more out of it.

Flavour, well, the alure of this is the fresh hops, and they were definitely on display. This isn't AIPA style hoppy, but it definitely had plenty of citrus flavours present throughout along with a touch of spice. There were some subdued malt aspects to the flavour, and as I said, this wasn't a complete hop bomb, but that was certainly the focus of the flavour, good stuff, but not overly remarkable for a wet hop beer.

Mouthfeel, about what one would expect, decent tingles from the hops, but not a lot more than that. Drinkability, well, I'll never accuse a beer like this of being hard to drink.

Overall: A decent seasonal special by Founders, but not one of my favourites.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founders Hop Harvest pours a clear, golden yellow with a small frothy white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is more subdued than I thought it would be. Notes of orange citrus, light fruit and some bready malt are all detected.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is slick on the palate with mild carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between biscuit malt and citrus hops. Some orange citrus and lemon rind are followed by a touch of light fruit and sweet bready malt. It finishes slightly grassy and mildly bitter. Once gone the grassy bitterness lingers on the palate.

This is a very easy to drink beer, but not as hoppy as I hoped it would be.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours with a huge off white head on a cloudy darker golden body.
S- Huge pine and fruit hops, grass in there too. Sweet caramel malts, but hops don't smell to much like wet hops.
T- Fruity with light pine. Fruits come through surprisingly strong with a little grass behind them. Has a big sweet caramel body. Little spice and black pepper from the hops. Still not getting to much of a wet hop taste. Pineapple and pear almost.
M- Full body with medium carbonation.
D- Not a huge fan of the type of hop they used to get all the fruits out of it. Still a good beer but seems like they could make something close to this year-round.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Pale straw gold in colour. Topped by one finger of dense white foam. Thin lines of carbonation.

A big aroma of pine & grapefruit. Almost certainly centennial hops.

A slight biscuit flavour, muted fruitiness, and plenty of American hop notes round it off at the end. Medium bodied, somewhat slick (from the fresh hop oils?) and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of in780
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Generous extra from my brother-in-law...thanks! 12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Here we go:

A - bright gold with a two-fingered white head, with nice lacing.

S - none-too-subtle hops, brief alcohol aroma

T - Just like the smell, hops with alcohol (more heat than I would have expected from the 6.5% abv). More piney than citrus.

M - Rich and smooth, the highlight for me of this beer.

D - Hops are a little too overwhelming, needs more balance for me to want to drink another one.

If you like hops, this is perfect for you.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a massive 3-inch fluffy, pot-marked head that settles fairly quickly.
Aroma has lots of straw, hay and green hop notes with a bit of pine in the background.
Flavor of grassy meadow is what I can come up with, just short of sweet, malty notes, little bit musty almost in a way until it is crushed by a relentless gritty bittering.
Mouthfeel is incredibly bitter. This one has lip puckering, metallic notes to it. Really ramps up the bitterness, almost too extreme, doesn't let any malt or citrus notes shine through at all.
Drinkability is somehwat compromised by the never ending resiny bitterness, has almost a tinny aftertaste in it for me.
Wanted to really enjoy just couldn't get into this one, wondering if I drink too late.

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden orange tone, some suspended sediment. Initial three fingers of compact foam, good lacing and a collar of foam stays over time. Aroma is a bit on the cereal grain side, barley malt with some herbal hops, mildly sweet and floral. Not as citrusy as would be expected from a wet hopped pale ale.

Sessionable is my first thought, wish I had picked up a six of this. Comparable to Alpha King, just not as aromatic or juicy. Certainly hoppy, but mild on the bitterness scale, more floral than anything. Very smooth feeling and ultimately session-worthy.

2010: Lacks the fresh hop punch that distinguishes harvest ales. Not one i'd scramble to find, but would drink it if available.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy yellow color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly diminished with fair lacing. Solid balanced tart citrus hoppy and yeasty aroma. Light to medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium smooth sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden body. Lemon yellow highlights. A huge whipped head of white froth. Sticky lace is left in abundant qualities. Sweet, fragrant, flowery and citrusy aroma. Very nice and very reminiscent of Two Hearted Ale. Tasting this really takes me back. This is the closest experience I've had tasting a hoppy beer to the first time I sampled Two Hearted Ale in my basement bar 12 years ago with ZAP and Senior Shit. I'm just gonna take a guess that the hops for this bad boy are Centennial. It has that sourdough like malt and yeast contribution as the base. A little funky in that way.T he hops splash accents of orange marmalade, tangerine and grapefruit. The bitterness is not overboard, even though the bottle claims 70 IBUs. Carbonation is a bit overboard. Almost like some secondary reaction occurred that was not intended. But luckily it didn't impart any noticeable off flavors. This is pretty good. Solid. Nothing more though. And even though it reminds me of the first time I had Two Hearted, this is not Two Hearted.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass...Bottled 3/28/10

A: pours a slightly hazy straw gold color with a 1 finger head of tight white foam with some big bubbles in there as well. head has excellent retention and leaves a thin layer of foam on the way down.

S: a blend of tropical fruit scented hops, citrus hops, lemon meringue pie,and some dusty grassiness

T: resinous and sweet up front, with a honey and cracker flavored malt base followed by the vicious hop assault that is very bitter grass flavors with some pine sap and lemon peel. not as fruity as the aroma

M: very dusty and resinous with a smooth and rounded out medium-full body. finishes slick and very dry

Overall, A well done wet hopped APA though not my favorite. Maybe some of the more delicate hop freshness was lost to the age of this one. I would definitely buy this again if it were within a month or two of bottling.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-14-07

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with thousands of little yeasty floaters. Gross.

Smell is all fresh hops, very sweet and very grassy.

Taste is surprisingly malty, with a good hop kick near the end. Quite fruity, with lots of sticky hop resins and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is superb, huge thickness and creaminess adds to the hops.

Drinkability is good, very well balanced malt and hops.

Overall, a very good APA, at a very good double IPA price.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with lots of floaters. Minimal head and no lacing. Smell is fresh hops, very floral and citrusy and even fills in with some piney notes for good measure. Taste is typical pale ale malty and biscuit flavors with a little more hops than normal. Taste is a little bit of a let down after the strong smell. Mouthfeel is a little oily. A nice beer from a quality brewer.

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Photo of krkearney
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from Capone's (Norristown, PA). Pours clear golden, capped with a large, frothy white head. Crisp grapefruit hop aroma, with some grassy notes, and a minimal amount of malt in the background. Flavor begins with caramel malt for an instant, then grapefruity and earthy hops hit the palate. The hops are not overly aggressive, and stick around for a lengthy finish. Decent example of the style.

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Photo of mobius387
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a snifter

appearance: pours a crisp honey golden color, fairly opaque. little to no head, very smooth looking

aroma: just some light pineapple and maybe some soft malty tones. theres not much to the smell of this beer

palate: feels cool in the mouth with the typical hopiness expected. middle bodied brew, not very light but not very heavy.

taste: citra hops comes in strongest, light malty after taste. nothing shouts out tho, just a balanced ipa

overall: i was a little underwhelmed on this one. a seasonal by founders carrys some clout with it, but this wasnt quite as good as others by founders. it drinks very easily and it has enough hop to it to make it an overall good beer. just dont get as excited for this one as backwoods bastard, KBS, etc. dont get me wrong tho, its worth a pick up if you love founders beer

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Photo of tombrew
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As a big fan of this brewery's beers, I didn't even know this one existed until I was perusing the Friar Tucks beer store. I picked up a 4 pak, that was extremely over priced. I poured into my Sam Adams special glass. First thought was, my it is a bit on the cloudy, chewy side. I either attribute this to being bottle conditioned or due to the hop fragments from "wet hopping". Great APA aroma, the usual citrus notes. I noticed that there was hardly any head to it, so I was anticipating a thin mouth feel. First sip was good and reminiscent of most APA's, nothing outstanding, but still very drinkable. Nice bitterness backed up by a decent malt bill, almost biscuity. Very light in color so if there is any crystal malt, its definitely on the low end of the Lovibond scale. A very drinkable beer but I think I prefer their Centennial IPA.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy honey-yellow into my Lees Harvest Ale glass - appropriate. Head sits at about one inch and then fades so i can take a sip and then get the rest of the bottle in there.

Aromas are fresh and grassy with hints of citrus and slight sweetness. A bit of raw hops and yeast linger on the nose. What is with the yeast?

Taste hits with some carbonation and then a smooth sweetness. Quickly chases a very herbal / grassy tone to usher in a very dry and hoppy slide to the finish, where it remains dry and really leaves you wanting more. Still some yeast presence carried from the nose...

This one is quite nice. Mouthfeel is a bit odd and this is not a typical APA but quite a treat. Thanks to jaustin for this...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal and spicy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid fresh hop quality in both the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a clear, pale gold with a two inch foamy head that lingers for a while and leaves nice lacing. Good visible carbonation.

Smell- As soon as you open the bottle, the hops become apparent. Strong but pleasant smell of pine, grapefruit and lemon zest. Also some fruitiness a bit of fresh cut grass.

Taste- A good balance of bitterness, grapefruit and again I get a bit of grass and mustiness. Pale malt flavors are present in the background.

Mouthfeel- body and carbonation are good for the style. Fairly dry on the finish.

Overall- Enjoyed everything except the taste. Not sure if it was a bad bottle but it had a good deal of mustiness that I didn't care for, everything else was good for the style.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More subtle hop aroma than anticipated, with vegetative flavours from wet-hopping = tastes green. The finish isn't as robust as I'd hoped, more bitter than flavourful, but the taste is very well balanced - nice sweetness and hoppiness.

Not the hop-marvel I expected from a brewery as accomplished as Founders, but I'll look forward to trying this variety again in 2011.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours with very little to almost no head. The beer itself is a pale to medium yellow color. It has fairly low apparent carbonation.

The nose here is fairly malty sweetness with a bit of fairly gentle fruity hoppiness that merges with the fairly high alc. level to remind me of peaches. It seems pretty clear this beer is heavey on aromatic hops and light on bittering hops.

The taste is pretty sweet dry maltiness up front, despite the maltiness this beer is moderately dry. This sweetness fades quickly to light and fruity hops. There is some moderate hop bitterness on the very end of the taste, but it is very secondary compared to the malt and fruity hops.

Good beer, not sure I would buy it again at the price. Also, the malt body is a bit over powering for my taste.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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