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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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3,042 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,042
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 304
Gots: 148 | FT: 4
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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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Userme59, Nov 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Crafty99, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA/Harvest Ale poured a murky golden color with small beads of carbonation flowing throughout. The head was a thick foam that united into a single unit an had a bright white coloring.

The scent is absolutely alive with juicy citrus that made my mouth water. Huge notes of orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerines and pineapple meet a subtle earthy, marshy, floral hop character. Outside of Zombie Dust I don't think I've smelled better.

The flavors are nicely citrus with a more floral and piney hop blend. I catch the grapefruit, some lemon and even banana but a real earthy, leafy floral hop flavor take over. The malt is a little sweet and stubborn but never really takes over. It seems to sit quietly in the core happy to prop up the hop flavors.

The feel is a rather thin, and slick at times. There was some fizzy effervescence on the tongue but it seemed watery none the less.

KYGunner, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

BeerBuddy2122, Nov 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Drew88, Nov 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

tun, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of BrewUSA
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

BrewUSA, Nov 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

4Socialanxiety, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

rapayn01, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

ironchefmiyagi13, Nov 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

thampel09, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Pours a very pale orange with a relatively thin head that fades to a film within several minutes. Leaves some lace at the top, but not really on the way down. Still good looking after the pour, though.

Smell is glorious sticky hops. Citrus, oranges, slightly herbal, grassiness. Some notable caramel malts on the nose as well, somewhat surprisingly.

Taste starts out with some nice juicy orange flavor, then there's some grassiness, with some underlying earthiness. As foreshadowed by the nose, the malts are noticeable in the taste as well, and get more and more so as it warms. There's also some subtle underlying blue-cheesy dankness to it - mostly on the finish - that also gets more and more prevalent as it warms. It's a nice flavor, and well-incorporated. Overall, there's a relatively large shift from start to finish. At the beginning it's mostly citrusy and grassy, and then becomes caramelly and resiny by the end.

Overall, it's a really great wet-hopped ale. There are a lot of different hop flavors in there, and it's fun to compare each sip to the last and feel it changing. It's really great, but I think it would have been perfect with a little less alcohol, and maybe just a little "smaller."

MasterfulIdiot, Nov 08, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear light amber, billowing white head. settles to a thin layer,a few thin rings on the glass. smell: grapefruit, floral, nectarines, light biscuit. taste: sweet orange citrus, peach, leafy, honey, acidic. drying but slightly sticky finish. very nice. early oct bottling

babaracas, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Arsenal0328, Nov 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

tstigz, Nov 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

roger617, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of BikeChef
3.34/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I look forward to getting my hands on this beer every year. Unfortunately, this really doesn't live up to the greatness of past years. It truly deserved the hype. The fresh hop presence is subdued this time around. It's pleasant, but this is a very expensive beer in my parts. I'd take the far less costly fresh hop SN Celebration this year (it's excellent) over Founders even if Founders were the same price! Disappointed.

BikeChef, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Nunya, Nov 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

vpoxon, Nov 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

mellowmark, Nov 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

AnalogErik, Nov 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

LSMroz, Nov 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Maillard, Nov 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

mrchrisray, Nov 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

zekeman17, Nov 07, 2013
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,042 ratings.