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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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Ratings: 2876
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%


Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: granger10 on 10-24-2004)
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from a 4 pack.

Appearance: Very slightly hazy golden orange. I poured it hard and got about two fingers of head. Most faded fast, but there was a thin cap all the way down. Just incredible lacing.

Smell: Very grassy, grapefruit, and pine. Smells green. A lot like weed.

Taste: Delicious wet hop freshness. Juicy grapefruit, pine, and weed. Its definitely bitter, but finishes pretty clean and dry, with a little biscuity malt in the finish. Its a ridiculously good pale ale. Almost not fair to just call it an APA.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation makes for a crisp and refreshing feel. A little bit oily in the finish.

Drinkability: Its deliciously hoppy but not overly bitter. It drinks very easily. On the high end of the ABV scale for the style, but that will in no way stop you from drinking the four pack yourself during a game or something. One of the most expensive APAs though at around $10 a 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 23:28:26 | More by rapidsequence
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another bottle courtesy of the great trader russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a hazy bright light gold colour. The head of foam is small but there's decent lacing.

The smell...well..it's a wet hopped ale so can you guess? ;^) Big bold aromas of grapefruit and grass that grow stronger the more whiffs I take. An American Pale Ale, I think, that has few rivals when it comes to the hops in the smell. And...I'm just in the mood.

First sip and the hops are working wonders on my palate. Again, I'll have to reference my just in the mood remark. Here, I think, the grass and some pine dominate with the citrus grapefruit playing the 3rd "stooge", much like Shemp, but they are all playing their parts brilliantly. Oh and the malt? Whilst I didn't/couldn't detect any in the smell, there *is* a very light sweetness here showing and perhaps, prevents this beer from going over the edge in bitterness. I thank Founders for doing that.

It has a lightish body with medium carbonation and the hops give me a nice slickness on the tongue.

Drinkability? Get out of here! 6.5%abv and seriously, I could stay with this brew all.night.long! It is that satisfying to me. I put it in the upper echelon of American Pale Ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 01:22:46 | More by Bitterbill
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THORN

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short bottle poured into DT snifter. Served 45-50 F.
A: Pours golden brown with a very large sticky bubbly head. Large lace left around snifter.
S: Bright bitter sweet hops, melons, grapefruit, and a little bit of honey.
T: Sweet malts are followed by fruity hops. Hops are resiny and covers alcohol.
M: Not too carbonated. Slightly syrupy and very warming.
D: Hop profile is very wide and is matched by malts. Very crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 07:01:39 | More by THORN
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BeerNutz324

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 02:49:56 | More by BeerNutz324
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw gold ale with a clean white head that lingers on top with no lace on top of light but not watery body that a bit bread and biscuit. Hop forward on top of the light body--singular hop spice and light citrus in nose. However, the light body lets the grassy and bitter taste shine. Hop is clearly on display--the lighter but not light mouthfeel is a frame for the picture perfect hops.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 03:07:16 | More by FightingEntropy
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kennylopez

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into globe glass.

Appearance: a clear golden yellow color with a finger of fine bubbly white head.

Smells: a big citrus hop nose that clashes with a great pine backbone.

Tastes: I pick out a mild bitter orange and a huge pine hop taste which I really enjoy.

Mouthfeel: a well carbonated with a little tingle from the 6.5%, but very easy drinking. It has a unusual dry finish that leaves a citrus pine aftertaste.

Overall: I really enjoyed this ale. It has layers of flavors that are pretty common with Founders and yet again did not disappoint me. A favorite as far as a seasonal brew for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 22:53:31 | More by kennylopez
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Kranders

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 01:00:31 | More by Kranders
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review taken from notes, thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this growler. Enjoyed from a willybecker.

An amber shade in the color with golden general hue with lots of fast moving bubbles inside. There is a thick creamy cap of white that retains very well. Tight bead and streamers of lace adorn this. A full on hop aroma with lots of orange and floral notes with mild pine accents the aroma has subtle hints of pineapple in the lush hop nose with clementine and hints of light pepper in the background -totally hop dominated. The feel is juicy with highly carbonated acidic quality and slightly oily body with a moderate acidity level overall. Gentle malt in the backing with a spicy dry finish and hardly any alcohol in the feel.

This harvest beer is wonderfully juicy with bitter flavor up front setting you up for a strong peppery orange rind combo and some tea-like herbal taste riding along. The flavor has a subtle tinge of mango and pine pokes through in places with a mild toastiness from the malt that only emerges momentarily til a light apricot mellow earhty flavor and fruit accent comes in. There is a slight touch of lemon oil with citrus juiciness, but the vegetal element of the hops is minor as it finishes. Overall -the best Harvest or wet hop whatever the style. the hop taste is so refreshing and only a mild amount of vegetal is introduced with very vibrant hops and enough balance to satisfy fans of the style without going toward 'hop assault'. This has that resiny hop tangy flavor after the swallow telling you it is a seriously hop forward beer.

Serving type: growler

12-13-2011 14:55:17 | More by Slatetank
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anth0ny

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 05:19:38 | More by anth0ny
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Chilled since buying. Really fresh, as the bottle is labelled as 10/4/12, so this is barely two weeks old.

Appearance: Deep golden yellow to very light orange in color. Pours a slight white head that recedes into a light lacing. Sticks well to the glass.

Aroma: Fresh tropical hop character explodes upfront. Lots of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit notes. Very lush, with minimal malt character.

Taste; The fresh hops are really apparent here and they give a really nice tropical fruit hop note to this beer. Tons of sweet honey, mango, pineapple and just a hint of bitter pine to balance this out. Really nice balance throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and very crisp and drinkable.

Overall, a really stellar IPA. The fresh tropical hop notes really pop yet remain really drinkable. One of the better non local IPA's I've had in a very long time. Obviously the freshness helps a lot in that regard, but the flavor profile is really nice. A new favorite of mine. Vastly exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 00:56:20 | More by Gosox8787
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Tuey13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber color with a thick white head.
The aroma is so wonderful... mango, pineapple, and orange with a bready sweetness from the malts... a note of grassiness as well.. of course that amazing piney hop aroma just cleanses the senses. Wow, such a delicate aroma that lets me know that this will be a treat!
The taste is perfection... a bit of sweetness gives way to a strong but not overpowering hop flavor... citrus and tropical fruits... yet the dry finish is complimented by how well this is balanced.
One of the most drinkable IPA's of this caliber i have ever had. Never overpowering the taste or aromas too much... very clean and refreshing. I need more loll!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 00:48:42 | More by Tuey13
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Hophead717

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle dated 10/4/12 poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Crystal clear, pale golden with a half-finger, white, sudsy head.

S: Fresh hops--notes of orangey citrus, light pine, light dank, and light bitter hop notes. Very pleasant.

T: The hops are the star of the show here--fresh and bright. Orange citrus up front, yielding to a semi-dry hoppy finish. Not super bitter, but just enough on the back of the tongue. Light pine in the picture as well. Very nice.

M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Well done for the lighter style.

O: A great fresh hop ale, one that I quite enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 00:17:37 | More by Hophead717
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buddha5050

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A: A three finger tight white head, Hazy orange color, nice lacing , good carbonation

S: Hops, citrus, malt, passion fruit, pineapple

T: Very nice taste, hoppy but not overpowering enough to let you know it's there, citrus, tropical fruits, nice wet hopped beer. Nicely balanced.

M: Med/light body in the mouth, carbonation enough to cleanse the palet after every drink

O: This is a winner, all I can say!!! does not dissapoint!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 04:00:07 | More by buddha5050
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear light amber color, a very minimal head at the top that left a little lacing around the glass.

S: Very Tropical nose on this one, pineapple, mango, oranges, nice floral and grassy notes as well.

T: Same as the nose, some hints of caramel and breadyness. A very great tasting IPA, so refreshing and leaves you wanting more.

M: Medium Bodied, and perfect amount of carbonation.

O: I dont think Founders can do any wrong, this beer proves it again. Perfect balance throughout, fantastic tasting brew.

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Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 19:09:38 | More by thedoubler55
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RichD

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Harvest Ale poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow. Small head that goes away almost immediately. This is the color I look for when I pour my IPAs

S: Smells of a citrusy pine. Maybe some orange peel thrown in there as well. If the smell is anything like the taste then this will be pretty damn good.

T: Delicious, the taste follows the smell pretty well. Some hop bitterness kicks in afterwards. Citrus and orange peel accompanies the pine very well. This is a quality IPA. The taste will be why I buy more of this in the future.

M: A thick but thin mouthfeel. As I swished this around my mouth, I instantly had the hankering for another sip. This is how it's supposed to be done.

Overall: This is a pretty damn good IPA. The hop intensity isn't as much as say a SN Hoptimum but this may be on the level of a Maine Beer Co. Lunch which may be my favorite IPA. Another Founders brew that impresses. Founders is quickly becoming my brewery of choice. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 02:43:36 | More by RichD
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 16:46:29 | More by gcamparone
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CraftAle

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at brewpub. Wonderful grapefruit and grass smell and taste. Light brown in color. Lighter and sharper than IPA, with thinner body. This they should bottle! $3.50/pint or $5 including glass is reasonable. Limited time release and not available in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2006 22:07:41 | More by CraftAle
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 01:03:24 | More by TurdFurgison
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roan22

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 18:47:20 | More by roan22
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Bubslang

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2008 11:45:42 | More by Bubslang
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Serving type: cask

12-13-2010 15:34:08 | More by thagr81us
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bnes09

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 06:02:57 | More by bnes09
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matt20102

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Lager Mill in Frankenmuth, Michigan, at the encouragement of a sign stating "limit 2 per customer". Pours with a thin head which dissipates quickly leaving behind a good lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops without the familiar, dominating aroma of cascade (grapefruit). This is promising. The first sip, followed quickly by a gulp, is perfectly balanced. Seriously. The hop is there- there's no denying that this is an American IPA- but the malt backbone is just there like a great rhythm section behind the star singer. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 02:13:07 | More by matt20102
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 04:21:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Mojo

Alabama

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering pours up a hazy gold with a thin white head and a small amount of lacing. The smell is a fairly strong floral aroma, very pleasant. Taste is a hint of sweet oranges upfront giving way to grapefruit and citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is quite nice with a decent amount of carbonation. Yet another excellent offering from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 05:08:03 | More by Mojo
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