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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 967
Hads: 3,886
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 18.76%
Wants: 391
Gots: 343 | 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: 3,886
Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent light golden appearance. Sticky lacing with good retention. Produces a couple finger's worth of head that quickly subside to a frothy ring and light film.

S - All hops in the smell. Hop aromas are dominated by pine and resin. Very simple and fresh aroma.

T - The palate is also dominated by the wet hop profile. The pine is counteracted by a faint hint of subtly sweet malt which works great. Lots of resin and floral notes in the finish, surprising how the bitter pine fades so nicely into the floral finish. Very simple yet tasty palate.

M - Great mouthfeel. Medium carbonation makes for a very smooth and easy drinking beer that still holds its weight. The body falls somewhere in between light and medium bodied.

O - Another solid performer from Founders. Picked up a 4-pack of this and will definitely look for another when I'm back in the US next. Too bad you can't store it, I'd love to hoard a bunch of this for summer.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Founders during the 2007 Harvest Fest 10/13/07. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Cloudy, hazy, and bright gold in color. Light tan tinted head, with a lot of lace.

S: Incredible fresh hop aroma. You can smell the pungeant hops at arms length! Also detected tropical fruit and toasted malt as well.

T: Fresh, juicy, oily hops. Big time pineapple and mango. Lovely toasted malt flavor for balance. Fresh baked bread in the finish.

M: Juick, oily, and quite sticky. Hop flavors last for ages!

D: This should be illegal.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange with a good white head.

S: Lots of citrus hops--very fresh.

T: Same as the nose with a lot of hops and quite a nice malt backbone.

M: Medium body with an all-around very good feel.

D: Heavily drinkable. This is an absolutely fantastic offering.

EDIT: This beer is still drinking well well after the harvest season. It's not nearly as hoppy, but there's still something utterly delicious about it--sort of a sweet bready flavor.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with lefthandedrighty. Poured a cloudy blond with a white head that quickly disappeared...nice thump when popping the cap. Like most wet hop beers, this one had a fresh, grassy, spicy aroma. Quite the chewy hop nose with a spicy mouthfeel. Citrusy hop finish.

Of all the 'wet hop' beers from this season, I enjoyed this the most. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of Mojo
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of cnally
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, the simple and complex joys of a wet hopped ale. You never quite know what you are going to get with these.

Pours a golden yellow body and a puffy off-white head that clings incessantly.

Quite simply, the finest aroma I have ever encountered in a beer. The perfect representation of citrusy hops. This is a grapefruit/orange bomb and still maintains some decent lingering grainy background to balance well.

The citrusy hops dominate the taste at the front of the attack, hitting that aggressive acidic bitterness right up front. What is remarkable is the balance in the finish where it turns to a sweetly caramel malt, and the finish, while retaining a good portion of those hop oils, has multiple components pulling through.

The mouthfeel is just fine, even keeled, well carbonated and not too over done. Frothy and thicker for the style.

Genuine hop juice here. An outstanding effort to capture the essence of hops, while having enough malt backbone to stand on its own. Bravo.

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Photo of myatomicpolygon
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pours into an imperial pint glass a golden orange straw color with a finger of head that quickly dissipates and leaves a good bit of lacing

Smell- I really like the smell of this one. The hops come through with notes of citrus, pine, and floral sweet goodness

Taste- the wet hops comes through in the taste...can really get the distinct citrus, floral, and grassy notes from the hops...and the bitterness comes through immediately and stays through the finish but is well balanced with a light bodied malt bill

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied with good carbonation

Drinkability- I could drink these all night long...and tomorrow night too

Overall- Another great release from Founders. I'm a big fan of the wet hopped ales and look forward to this release every fall.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into chalice, creates three finger clear head

Light orange body with moderate carbonation

Taste: pine, grapefruit, herbs, medicinal, oak

Smell: wet grain, grass, pine, alcohol

Mouthfeel: perfect!

Overall, this is a winner of a beer. Grab a four pack while they still are crafting one of their greats.

I'll grab another sometime soon.

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Photo of MikeL8755
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. marked 9/22/2011 poured into a pint glass.

A-Light hazy Orange, has a head of off white about 1.5 inches.

S-At first i had a lot of pine, with i little bit of grass. As it continues i start to get more citrus

T/MF- Spot on for me, more citrus than on the nose, i also get a little bit of apricot balanced against a soft layer of foam, Which then fades to a smooth bitter finish.

O-I think it is one of the best wet hopped ales i have had, def up there. have three left want to share with friends but just don't know if i could part with any of them.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice head, straw-colored
S: great, good malt and hops, earthy
T: really good balance, malt and good fresh hop finish
M: great, well-balanced and good malt for an American Pale Ale
D: very drinkable for an American Pale Ale, I usually don't like overly hopped beers and this one is an exception

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Photo of klaybie
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a four pack with a friend. Sadly it's gone already...

A: Pale golden with a three finger head. Great lacing down the glass.

S: Resinous and piny, everything I'd expect from a wet hop ale.

T: Wow! Piny and resinous, great citrus flavors, could be hoppier though IMO

M: Medium bodied, great mouthfeel.

O: Great beer, I can see why this sold out so quickly.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden yellow into my glass with a good 2 inch foam. It has a nice fresh hop aroma of citrus and pine. Not overhopped, just enough to not be too bitter. The mouthfeel is just a little extra carbonated to give it something extra.

This is a very drinkable beer, and I could easily have more than just a few.

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Photo of clint1019
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold in color with a snow white head.

S - Clean malt aroma, & a cirtusy hop aroma. Also has a nice biscuits and honey aroma.

T - A toffee-like malt sweetness and a big cirtusy hop bitterness. Very Fresh!!

M - Light bodied and full of carbonation.

O - This beer is so Awesome. The hops are so fresh tasting. The malt flavor is very mild & clean tasting so the hops are really the star here.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a brand spankin' new Firestone Walker tulip. Pours a hazy, translucent straw hue with a finger and a half crown of foam that dissipates after a minute or two, leaving some sparse lacing behind on the sides of the glass. The nose is a real winner. What a hop profile. Nearly absent of the citrus quality many IPA's have, this is real subtle and mellow, but hoppy nonetheless. The taste is neither piney nor a citrus bomb. Again, the hops are at the forefront, and while they're far from burgeoning, they're not meek either. It's just a perfect, mellow hop presence. The mouthfeel has a decent bitterness to it that trails off into a creamy finish. This is a real smooth beer, and one that I love, and anyone who wants a more sedate representation of the style would thoroughly enjoy this.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is yellow and pretty hazy with a nice white head that falls away leaving the glass coated with lacing. Carbonation moderate. Looks fine.

Aroma is strong hoppiness with lots of citrus hops in there. Nice.

Beer is medium in bodied and moderately bitter in the back. Its sweet and has great pine and citrus hop character in the midpalate, its a very nice beer. The finish isn't dry its well balanced and turns out to be a great APA. I really like this beer.

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Photo of MrELovesBeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I did one of my crazy person shops today at my local craft beer warehouse. Grabbed a bunch of new exciting bottles and also tossed in a 12 oz of Founders Harvest, never having tried it before but hearing good things. I've also been knocking back a lot of imperial stouts and big IPAs lately, so the idea of a wet hopped ale sounded like the perfect respite for a fatigued palate. MAN, this did NOT disappoint. Founders just knocks it out of the park every time. Really beautiful hazy amber gold color pouring deliciously into a glass with a great crisp head and carbonation popping everywhere. Big, wet, juicy hop smell; piney, citrusy, grapefruity. But the kicker, totally balanced on the palate. That hop taste isn't overwhelming, the body incredibly light and crisp with a fair amount of bitterness and just enough malt to round it out. This feels like the prodigy child offspring of Centennial IPA which had a rounder more dense flavor and Dry-Hopped Pale Ale which has an aggressive hop scent. We got an easy drinker here, just under 7% ABV makes this one I can knock back a few of but still feel impressed with every sip. A super exciting version of Sierra Nevada, just absolutely jumping with flavor but still sessionable.

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Photo of jsulko
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a decent amount of off white head.

Smell is of Citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange with a hint of the piney oilyness.

Taste continues with the citrus with a bit of the pine on the finish. Malty sweetness also slightly present in the finish.

A very interesting twist on the IPA style with the Fresh hop trend.

Definitely one I would seek out in season.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had other Founders beer, but never loved any of them. Glad I tried this one, it is excellent!

Pours a nice color, minimal head. Nice smell, nothing overwhelming. Taste is great, some sweetness to it, easy to drink.

A top notch offering from Founders. I know it is seasonal, but this beer deserves more love than it gets , it is excellent. Glad I was able to get my hands on more of it and will look forward to it next year.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the bar of the sterling Sun Singer in Champaign, IL.

Slightly hazy burnt orange body with a fat finger of off-white foam topping it; good lacing and head duration. Wonderful smells, loaded with citrus (tangerine, grapefruit, and lemon) with some biscuit malt. The hops emerge strongly in the nose, proving most welcoming.

Harvest Ale is so impressive in good part because the taste fulfills the smell so thoroughly. Hops, hops, and more hops here. The citrusy taste is magnificent--tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel and some lemon give Harvest Ale a largely sweet taste with a slightly tart finish. There is just enough toasted malt to make its presence felt, but hops certainly carry the day here. The resiny finish is magnificent, just the right way to culminate the experience.

I run out of ways to extol the virtues of Founders, which seems to turn every beer into liquid gold. Harvest Ale is no exception. The wet-hopped style is yet another that Founders has taken to another level. This is a very nice complement to Double Trouble, offering a somewhat bolder, brawnier beer than the hop-heavy but rather smooth DT.

Again tremendous, in a way that for all its regularity from Founders, is never pedestrian.

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Photo of matt20102
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a light golden yellow, medium head after an aggressive pour, leaves some white lacing

S - sweet grapefruit hits first, followed by a subtle piny note

T - the grapefruit starts off initially, followed by a significant, but not overpowering, amount of bitter hops. a light malt backbone follows

M - well-carbonated, no hint of alcohol, the bitterness of the hops lingers for some time

O - Great IPA, I missed out on this one last year, so I was very glad to have the opportunity to grab a bit of it this year. Definitely recommend highly, a fairly attainable seasonal from Founders

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A harvest ale well worth the hype. Fresh hop goodness in brew form.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Label with Founders branding surrounding a drawing of green hops over a dark background (Why do so many harvest ale labels need to be this trite and boring?) Short description noting 70 IBU's, smudged date of bottling, and 6.5% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold pour with a generous white head that fades with good retention and nice lacing.

S - Rich nose… salutes just barely opening the cap. Grapefruit, pineapple sweetness, floral hint...

T - Nice hoppy freshness, citrus, grapefruit, soft bready malt with tropical hop goodness… pineapple, melon… Floral hint. Delicious.

M - Very fresh mouthfeel, medium/light body with medium carbonation and a slightly oily feel.

O - Very remarkable wet-fresh hop brew. Plenty of range and nuances maintaining a very drinkable profile.

Notes: Harvest ales can go anywhere… style, quality… in the (I)PA/wet-hopped range this is outstanding. Not too pricey, all things considered, and on this occasion this is something that flies off the shelves for a good reason.

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Photo of Mcculler
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours into a pint glass like a Frank Stella experiment in color and line -- a hazy, almost witbier orange at the bottom half, the upper half an ivory white. Head remains huge, with large sudsy bubbles, except at the top, which is a creamy foam for about five minutes. Receeds over ten minutes with action that reminds me of sea foam. Leaves chunky lacing.

Nose. Hops. Big, perfumy, yet also restrained. Grapefruit, pine, lemon. As it warms, sweet bread, yeast, and mineral earthiness.

Taste. A variation on the nose. Modulates to grapefruit, orange, lemon peel, pear, and spicy, tongue numbing pepper and clove. Still restrained. Sweet, clean, and somehow, with all the hops in play, light, as a pale ale should be. Nothing out of place.

Mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Dry with a little hop oil slickness.

Drinkability. Good, though, as a pale ale on the Indian side of the equation, perhaps not as drinkable as one would expect from the style. Still, for all its complexity, refreshing and pleasurable. This is not a chest hair baring use of hops. Mozart , not Beethoven.

This is one of the best American pale ales I've had. Refreshing and delightful. This is masterful craft beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a nice lingering off white head. The nose is of hops, mostly grapefruit then followed by pine. Exceptionally well balanced and complex flavor, with the focus being on hop flavor rather than bitterness against a solid malt backbone. Hop grapefruit flavor is the most prevalent. Light medium body, well carbonated. Nice crisp finish with a lingering grapefruit flavor against a slight bitterness. The best IPA I have had to date. A wet hopping masterpiece.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found at Bottle King in Hillsdale, NJ. No freshness date on the label, but this just arrived very recently. Served in an imperial pint glass at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Even before popping the cap, there is noticable sediment whirring at the bottom of the bottle. Something about a wet-hopped ale just seems to peak the senses, knowing that there is no substitute for freshness. *Pop* goes the bottlecap, and the result is mystical and surreal.

First, the head immediately rockets upwards, creating a massive four finger monster of a crown. The brilliant, bright gold beer starts off clear, then after swirling the remaining 2 oz. the hazy, liquid hop drapery begins. There are actually chunks of hops resting at the bottom of the glass... Outstanding.

Smell- Bold, raw hops all over the place... it's green even on the nose. Fortunately, there *is* a sweet, distinctive malt presence to offset the hops. Wow.

Taste- Stick your mouth directly into the boil kettle after administering a dry hopping... then chew said hops. Burps are coming rapidly and aggressively now. The aggressive bitterness takes hold, then defers to malt for balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- It's a bit rugged in the mouth, with the carbonation ripping through the palate... however, considering the depth of flavor and bitterness here, it's appropriate. The sheer pleasure of enjoying a beer *this* fresh with regard to its hopping is enough of a treat, but this one really hits the mark in all categories.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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