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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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1,043 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,043
Hads: 4,190
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 18.53%
Wants: 389
Gots: 435 | FT: 8
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: 1,043 | Hads: 4,190
Photo of TheSSG
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge, dense, white head. A nice, bright grapefruit aroma; I can smell the resin, haha. As the head settles the aroma becomes very orange-like. This just smells wonderful. Turbid, gold-straw color. Starts with hoppy pine sap, a nice bitterness. Peaks into a poignant, high citrus rind bitterness with a lot of greenness. This ramp up is a nice, noticeable step. Then the citrus rind lingers, taking on a touch more of the pine characteristic.

This is really nice. I like the greenness of the hops in this. Not too bitter, either. Very well done.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an English pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Deep gold color with a 2-finger white bubbly head. Good retention as a cap of foam stays on the surface of the beer throughout, but not much lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. This is a lot paler than I imagined it would be.

S – Tons and tons of tropical fruit hop aromas with mango, peach, pineapple, and melon notes. There’s also a good amount of grapefruit hop aroma and some bready malt.

T – Flavor starts off sweet with grainy and bready malt and shifts to very juicy, resinous, bittersweet hops with melon, peach, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, herbal, and floral notes. Very tasty.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a bitter and dry finish. Bittersweet grapefruit and tropical fruit hops linger on the palate and throat for a long time.

O – This is a delicious IPA. The hops just seem so juicy and resinous – I would imagine because they’re so fresh. I’ve been waiting for this one to come out since all the Oktoberfest beers started to show up. It was well worth the wait. Another smash from Founders.

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Photo of jkrich
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Squatty 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. This ale poured a clear, lager like golden color with a tremendous sustained white, fluffy head. I notice some yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle which would give the ale some cloudiness if poured.

The spicy, citrusy hop aroma explodes from the bottle and maintains this fresh aroma in the glass.

The taste is surprisingly restrained with a slightly sweet, lemon flavor which leaves a refreshing aftertaste. Despite the emphasis on hops this ale has a pleasant bitterness and a mild malt profile.

This one is somewhat light bodied for a heavily hopped ale; something one could easily enjoy on a warm summer afternoon. The tongue is coated with a fruity taste.

At an ABV of 6.5%, this is a dangerously drinkable ale; perhaps that is why it only comes in four packs.

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Photo of slowhead
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in November

A-Cloudy, straw body with nice head retention. Looks similar to a hefe.

S-Spicy, pine aroma with loads of citrus. Some nice fruity esters in the back as well.

T-Initially malty sweet, but is quickly deterred by a big pine/citrus hop flavor. Moderately bitter , with just enough IBU's to balance the malt. Finishes round and smooth.

M-No alcohol; medium carbonation, and medium body.

D-This one of my favorite fresh hop beers. I like this one a little warm (closer to 60degf). Either way it drinks great. Tons of flavor, without being overwhelming.

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Photo of nandemo1
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light gold with a finger and a half of giant white head. Leaves a lot of lacing and there is plenty of ongoing carbonation.

Smell is all hops - lightly citrus with a lot of pine. Taste is also in your face hoppy, similar to the smell, and lots of bitterness. Maltiness balances it out. Tastes very fresh.

Mouthfeel feels light at first, but the sweet stickiness definitely hangs around awhile.

Overall, an excellent single IPA.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one chilling in the fridge for a couple few months now--wish I would have had it sooner so I could have bought more while it was around! Poured a very bubble pale golden with a thick white head that stayed pretty frothy awhile. It's got a strong hoppy scent. Whooo, it's got the feel of a pale but the punch of an IPA. A solid hop smack with plenty of citrus notes in it as well. It finishes delightfully dry with plenty of hop bitterness. Definitely a drinkable beer. Another fantastic brew from founders--highly recommend!

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a translucent golden with a 2 finger off-white head. Big trails and small bubbles cover the glass.

S- Caramel, nice citrus, floral hop aromas

T- Sweet caramel, lots of citrus (orange, lemon), grass and nice floral/grassy bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Nice light, crisp creamy feel.

O- Very good wet hop beer. Really enjoyed this beer and hope I can get another 4-pack.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time having this one. Bottled 10/04/12, so about a month old.

A: Light color, clear body. 1 finger head with really nice lacing.

S: Fresh piney hops dominte, some tropical fruit in there as well. Great aroma, IMO.

T: Very hoppy, loads of citrus. Low levels of malt, but this works well for a beer like this. I'm here for the fresh hops.

M: Pretty standard for an IPA. Not as syrupy as I expected.

O: Excellent beer. Really enjoyed this one. $12/4-pack but worth it.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the sidecar in philly - review from notes

Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a small tuft of white head resting on top. Layer of cloudy film rests on top with plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

Sweet, juicy hops in the nose. Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and tangerine. Light biscuit malts as well.

Dry bitterness up front, juicy explosive hop formula. Cocktail of fruit and citrus wraps around the tongue - grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and tangerine. Biscuit and light bread malt along with a soft touch of sweetness and a hint of honey. Finishes dry, bitter and fruity.

Medium body, somewhat high carbonation, sticky, dry and lingering on the tongue. A fantastic harvest ale that holds up to Founders' standards.

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Photo of eternaljester81
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a somewhat hazy, slightly amber blond. A less than aggressive pour yields around a half-inch head of bright white, which settles to a wispy cloud. Lacing is minimal, but what's there is sticky.

S - Floral hops all the way, with some grapefruit/lemon/bitter citrus notes. There's also some hints of alcohol in the back-end.

T - Bitter hops up front, nearly balanced with light malt. However, as should be expected, the hops are boss. As with the nose, there's also the hint of lemon zest, and grapefruit. Despite some alcohol in the scent, the 6.5% abv is surprisingly well hidden in the taste. The aftertaste is little on the bitter side, but still decently clean.

M - Not thick, but also not watery. Slightly oily from the big hop presence.

D - At 6.5%, this is dangerously drinkable. The hops, while assertive, are not overbearing. However, for the price and availability, this may be a beer to covet, rather than quaff.

All around another excellent beer from Founders. It's just a shame this beer has such limited availability.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely copper with a quickly dissipating thin white head. Nose of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine with some bready malt notes. Outstanding aroma. Bitterness throughout the palate. Grapefruit and pine are nicely balanced by a sweet malt. Finishes dry and lemony. Very smooth. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a well crafted wet hopped brew very much worth seeking out.

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Photo of LAp
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a golden amber with a half-finger almost-white head. A crystal clear beer - not a hint of have. Smell is slightly piney. Taste is juicy citrus and hops. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but in a uniquely good way. This beer is a wonderful tone-switch from the bigger and bitter-er IPAs that keep getting pumped out (that's not a complaint, I love big, bitter IPAs). But this beer is a wonderful reminder that IPAs can be wet, juicy, and balanced. This beer rejects the all-dry, bitter hop/all-sweet malt dichotomy of so many IPAs today and is a refreshingly wet and even-keeled celebration of the hop.

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Photo of EvilPumpkin
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four pack of this at the brewery and just finished the first one:

A: Light honey yellow with hints of ruby, almost amber but not quite. Very clear with an initially tall white head that retains decently. Solid lacing.

S: Fresh hops galore! A wonderful mixture of pine and citrus backed by a sturdy malt sweetness.

T: Slightly bitter and citrusy hop notes up front followed by a sweetness and finishing with a clean, green piney flavor which lingers for a nice long time on the tongue. Very fruity and green, a fantastic capturing of fresh hops.

M: A moderate thickness to be expected from an ale. The carbonation is just enough to dance on and tickle the tongue to give a bit more mouthfeel.

D: I could easily down the next three from the four pack, easily drinkable. Because the pine flavors lingered so strong for so long, I drank mine slowly to get the most flavor I could, which was great.

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Photo of Natural510
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color with minimal head but nice lacing.
Very fruity to the nose; orange, lemon, melon with a hint of pine from the hops.
Immediate blast of fruit in the mouth; orange, grapefruit, melon, white grape. The fruit is coupled with an astringent forest leafiness, green tea and a slight buttery finish.
Smooth, dry in the mouth.
Very tasty offering, very drinkable. If these characteristics are common to wet-hop ales, I'll be seeking these out regularly in the autumn.

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Photo of batty
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

slightly hazy peach-amber gold. bright white head that drops quick, but leaves a nice dense lace.

smells earthy, hoppy, but mostly just hoppy.. kinda reminds me of composting branches, but in a good way. wet hop.

tastes of a good balance - nice clean sweet malts on front that balance but don't distract from the last 3/4 - wet hop, more hop, ending with some orangey-hop and hoppy spiciness. very clearly wet hopped, and very clearly very good.

couldn't ask for a better mouthfeel for the style.. nice and thick, but not enough to be distracting. enough carbonation for a good feel and slight spritz, but not overwhelming.

just a touch cloying for drinkability in the strict sense, but i'd be happy to take me time for more of these.

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Photo of jampics2
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased from Warehouse Beverage and poured into a snifter. Enjoyed just 2 days after it reached Ohio.

Looks great in the glass. Gold and clear (not cloudy) with orange and tangerine tones. Also some soapy head and a touch of spotty lace left behind. I notice some actve carbonation as well. Good start, but I've seen slightly better head retention and lace.

Holy citrus hops. This smells great! Orange, pineapple, mango and a touch of pine. Just a kiss of sweetness from the malt and ever so slight toasty biscuit. Very green, very expressive, and very appealing.

The taste continues the journey in a positive direction. There's a touch of sweetness in the malt but the fresh hops are the stars of the show. Citrus and a touch of pine - fresh oranges, grapefruits and lemons. Nice medium bitterness and huge taste. Just a touch on the simple side, otherwise perfect.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with nice carb that straddles crisp and creamy. Just a touch too prickly. Also, the flavor drops off at the very end with some mild bitterness and slight watery absence of malt wallowing on. I love this beer every year, but it is a touch on the simple side. That's OK, actually perfect for a harvest ale. But it can't compare to Ballast Point Scuplin, even on a bad day.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: peach yellow/orange body, finger white head,
glorious lacing

S: BIG grapefruit/peach nose, nice fresh pine

T: sweet peach/grapefruit, pine/earthy, long
bitter oily finish

M: med body, big sticky/oily mouth

O: OH MY WORD! Founders has done it again.
It is shocking that this is an IPA, this is the
quality level of some other breweries
DOUBLE IPAs. I would recommend this


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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, bottled 10/04/12
Stella Artois chalice glass

A: Pours a really pretty clear golden yellow color. Thin layer of bright white head. Tight tiny bubbles. Fades pretty quickly. Carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S: This smells amazing. Tons of sweet fruity hop notes. Getting grapefruit, citrus, orange, pine, etc. Light malt bill backing this one up, which I like.

T: This is just an awesome beer. Nice sharp grapefruit on the tip of the tongue. It's a good bitterness, nothing overly aggressive. Low malt bill. Dry crisp bitter close.

M: It's a light medium body for me.

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Photo of Omnium
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at House of 1000 Beers 11-23-13
served in a tulip glass.

A - Bright clear gold with two fingers of dense white head, thick lacing.
S - Big juicy orange, very bright and grassy, lots of floral notes.
T - Peach, pineapple, orange juice, pine, fresh cut grass, tons of floral notes mid way, good biscuit malt base.
M - Clean and lightly creamy.
O - Delicious fresh hopped beer, definitely my favorite fresh hopped beer of all time.

500th review!

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Photo of hardy008
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color with a one finger white head and nice lacing. The smell has citrus hops, with the aromas of grapefruit and oranges. There is also a decent amount of caramel malt.

The taste also has grapefruit, oranges, and a nice caramel malt backbone. Nice combination of sweetness and bitterness.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, with a bittersweet aftertaste. A very easy beer to drink. As usually is the case, this is another great beer from Founders.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #100

Bottled on 09/22/11

A- pours a brass light amber color with a solid finger of lucious off white head. Retention is modest but not bad in the least.

S- Off the charts resiny and dank. Starts off with huge burst of citrus yellow grapefruit and lemon zest. Floral hop notes sing in the center transitioning into pungent pine sap and hemp. Finishes with an undertone of toasty malt.

T- massive juicy hop flavor of grapefruit, lemon zest and pineapple blends with the floral resiny notes creating a thing of beauty. Some hemp with a round soft hop bitterness on the middle ( it's freaking 70 IBUs. Amazing how balanced yet hop forward this brew is) amps things up. Finish is undertones of shortbread and toasty malt with a forever lingering hop flavor in the aftertaste.

MF- juicy saliva enducing mouthfeel with a light medium body. soft carbonation complements this brew perfectly.

D- super drinkable

Overall this is one of the top tier wet hop beers. Incredibly pungent resinous hop flavor that packs a punch. Founders wipped an exeptional brew yet again!

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Photo of tsauce2
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to an imperial pint

A: SRM is golden yellow. Crystal clear. Head is white, 1 in., pillowy. Dissipates to 1 cm. head. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Huge fresh hop notes. Citrus/grapefruit notes waft off the glass.

T: Medium/big hop taste. Super fresh, gives a touch of bitterness as it should. Extremely well balanced flavors. Citrus notes throughout.

M: Mf is extremely palateable. There is a "wetness" that sits on the palate. Slight bite from the hops excite the tastebuds. Light/medium body, light carbonation.

O: Nothing to fault here. Top shelf beer. One of the best harvest beers on the market and always a joy to drink.

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Photo of CMW
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow with an inch of white head. Definitely surprised by the extra little haze.

S - Super citrusy with sour grapefruit all over the place.

T - I'm really into this beer. Grapefruit flavors mixed with some additional citrus nodes. Very little malt, all hops, but still does not taste out of balance.

M - Thin but very refreshing.

D - I could drink these all night. While I don't consider myself a hophead, these could change that real fast.

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Photo of n2185
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/22/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin white cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of pineapple and grapefruit up front followed by a healthy dose of grassy and herbal hop aromas. Nice.

T: Grapefruit is more prevalent in the flavor with a lot of grassy and herbal hop flavors. Nice and earthy tasting. The finish is clean and lightly bitter with some citrusy aftertaste.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation that accents the hops well, this beer is relatively light-bodied for the style, but with the clean finish it works very well. I don't think of IPAs as being refreshing, but this one is.

O: Very good IPA and probably the best wet hopped ale I've had. The hops provide a lot of aromas and flavors, but avoid being overly bitter.

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip

A Golden and transparent. Half inch or so of white foam. Lingers for a bit but not too long. A rich lacing does remain.

S Floral and fruity. Fresh like after a spring rain. Hops. Lemons. Very nice.

T Greasy hops. Pine resin. Bitter fruit peel - lemons and grapefruit. Some sweet malt. Big bitter aftertaste.

M Nice and oily and smooth. Finishes very clean and refreshing.

O One of my favorites of the style. Near perfect. It is so clean and fresh and bitter yet has some balance. Oh, so good.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.