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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,061 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,061
Hads: 4,265
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 394
Gots: 481 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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: 1,061 | Hads: 4,265
Photo of bikencycle
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden color with half an inch of head.

S - very minor funky smell, perhaps like a ripe grapefruit.

T - Malty and a bit hoppy. There is also a funky almost sour taste that takes away from this a bit.

M - decent and somewhat creme like mouth feel.

D - This is drinkable and I would drink it again, but would not go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of beertooth
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's tulip.

This beer is a glowing golden orange color and has a finger of creamy looking white head that faded into a thin collared layer.

The nose is full of oily grapefuity citrus hops, pine, some earthy grass, sweet bready malts.

The first sip is a blast of bready malts and grapefruit, pine, hay, grass. The balance between malt and hops is wonderful. It's not as bitter as I thought it would be. Although, now that it's warming the bitterness is getting stronger, but remains in check. The finish is oily bitterness that lasts until the next sip.

The mouthfeel is fast and medium bodied with a medium to low level of carbonation.

Dangerously drinkable. If the abv was higher I would be in trouble. I'm torn between this and Broodoo. I guess I'll have to do a side by side.

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Photo of Naugled
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in flute, head is not impressive, short to none and quick, but color is very nice, a deep golden tone, and it has a little haze.

Has a wonderful fresh barnyard aroma, like hay, very earthy like mushrooms, a little cheesy and some body odors, but in a good way.

Flavor blossoms in the mouth, juicy and quenching with a little resiny feel, but not over bitter.

very drinkable and full of character.

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Photo of biggred1
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale golden with a fine eggshell head that leaves crusty spiderweb lacing on the glass in big rings. Fresh and fruity dank sticky hops filled my nostrils the minute I cracked this one open like grapefruit and pine sap. The flavor lives up to the nose just fine and is bursting with juicy fresh hops that don't completely overwhelm the flavor but this is a hop bomb for sure. Medium light bodied with mild carbonation. A really fabulous brew when enjoyed fresh.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good juicy hop-loaded ale that is flawlessly brewed in true Founders fashion.

The beer delivers a light golden color, maybe straw. Light wet-hopped haze with good head formation, retention and lacing. A classic hoppy beer look.

Aromas are resiny, citrusy, fruity, and laced with a cotton candy confection note that gives good balance to the ripe hop nose. Bold and inviting hop aroma.

Flavors are lighter on the malts, presumably to allow the hops to shine. Though they do, the hop bitterness dominates the glass from mid-palate on. Lighter on flavor this beer is nearly sessionable if not for the slightly elevated alcohols. Somewhat lacking in complexity I like the no-nonsense approach to the recipe formulation. Alcohols take on a nail-polish remover taste that persists in the finish.

Body is moderate but seems lighter due to the hop dryness, malt attenuation, and mouthwatering hop flavor.

I would actually prefer this beer if they backed off on the IBU's and give me more of that bursting hop flavor and irresistable aroma. Outside of the nose, I'm looking for an 'it' quality that just isn't quite there.

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Photo of birchstick
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear yellow with a one finger head. Not too shabby looking, but I have seen better.

S - loads of grapefruity hops with a touch of pine. There was also a touch of oatey malts. Wait, this is a Pale Ale? You could have fooled me.

T - The taste follows the nose. A boat-load of grapefruity hops dominate the palate. But these hops are counterbalanced a little bit by some malts. It is a bit unbalanced, as expected, but enjoyable none-the-less.

M - nice, creamy mouthfeel

D - This is a great pale ale. It reminded me instantly of Alpha King, which is a good thing. Another quality brew from Founders.

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Photo of Brent
2.96/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I feel rather bad giving this beer a less-than-excellent rating, as it is the first thing I've had from Founders that was not top-notch. Hops flavor was a bit off - herbal hovering on grassy, with a flatly bitter finish. Perhaps the hops variety just isn't hitting the spot for me, but I found myself uninterested in going for a second bottle. Gave it a second try on the chance that the one particular bottle was a bit off, but the same. A sub-par beer for me.

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Photo of kegger22
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear yellow/amber with a modest head that quickly reduced to a collar. The aroma was hop citrus. The taste was citrus, but not in a heavy handed way. The malt was barely noticeable at first, but as the ale warmed, it came through. There was a slight needle aftertaste. The feel was medium bodied with reasonable carbonation. Drinkability was good. A very good beer, but based on price, this was a bit of a miss for Founders. Alpha King was far superior.

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Photo of b3barron
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sooo glad I found a four pack of this. This is one release I look forward to as much, if not more, than any other.

A - Golden straw colored and slightly hazy. Small off white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Lots of grapefruit, a little bit of pine, and sweet malt.

T - Grapefruit dominates, perhaps a little lemon too. Bitterness lingers throughout. If you don't like hops you will hate this beer. From the moment it hits your mouth it is coated in slick, resiny hops. So fresh and juicy.

M - Pretty full-bodied for the style which I don't always care for but with hops this delicious it is one of the things that seperates this beer from others.

D - I could drink a ton but alas this is the last of the four pack and I'm not sure if I will get the chance to quaff any more.

This stuff is liquid crack. I wish I had a case but am extremely happy to have landed a four pack. Hopheads should seek this one out.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the head lowers quickly but then sticks around so i cant knock it too bad. the amber color is a bit light but i don't dislike it

S: no distinct aroma whatsoever but a touch of citrus hops but very faint. its not offensive but still not a selling point.

T: its a pretty solid apa, on the lighter side, but still stronger in abv. the taste is classic with light butter hops with some citrus that has a bitter backbone that fades slowly.

this is a good beer, nothing that'll knock your socks off but still a really good beer.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Pale golden in color, with a half-inch sticky head of foam
Aroma-Big, piney hops
Taste-Full-on big, fresh hops-subtle citrus, and a long, bittering finish
Overall, big fresh hop flavor and aroma-Another winner from Founder's

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Photo of dfillius
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of white head with good retention. Crystal clear straw gold liquid. Very good looking.
S: Dank grapefruit rind and cannabis with Man Candy tropical fruit in the obscured center. Nice maltiness to it.
T: Nice strong bitterness which lets the malt show through nevertheless. Very strongly wet hopped pale. A tad perfumey, but not a negative. Pine and slight ethanol in final swallow. The best pale ale I've tasted from Founders yet and maybe the best period (not sure whether I'd say KBS is better).
M: Bitter and a little puckering. Dry
D: Very high. Gimme another and 1 more 4 pack.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a pint glass

a: light golden/copper color, white head with slight retention. Little to no lacing

s: citrus and pine

t: citrus and pine hop dominate. light malt round out the taste. not nessicarily bitter, well balanced beer with big hop flavor

m&d: slightly slick and oily. light to medium bodied. Plenty of carbonation. Finishes dry. Very drinkable ABV, may not really be a session beer due to the dryness.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic

a-light copper color...little white head that fell quickly..nice lacing...

s-citrus and grapefruit...subtle malt...grass and a little pine

t-grapefruit and grass...sturdy malt backbone to fill in the middle..then a rush of hops at the end...finishes dry

m-a little thin for me but acceptable...oily and resiny..nice carb

d-could drink this all night..the abv is decent and not overpowering and the taste really doesnt work too hard on the palate..

overall a nice harvest ale..good seasonal transition beer...

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A pale gold in color, head was bubbly like frogs eggs in a pond. Nice lacing.

Aroma is of floral hops predominately and a whiff of malt sweetness.

Big time hop oil flavor, piney and pungent. Herbal and very earthy hop profile, light crytal malt balances everything out. Some citrus touches are also noted. A hop-forward APA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering herbal/bitter finish.

Overall this is a very hoppy pale ale that I quite enjoyed. American pale ales are becoming more like IPA's and I like that. Good stuff from Founders yet again.

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Photo of shanecb
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Nice gold color, with a white head that did not stay for too long. No lacing on the glass, and the carbonation was minimal, but the actual color is very impressive.

S - All kinds of citrus hop here, with some pine hop aroma backing it up. Some fruity hints such as grapefruit, and a hint of red grapes. Some bitterness to it, also.

T - Oh wow. Big time citrus and pine hops hit you right away, with a little creaminess just right at the beginning. There's also a little fruitiness too it. It's bitter, but not overly bitter at all. The aftertaste is almost completely pine hops. Very strong, powerful, and good taste.

M - Surprisingly creamy and substantial. Feels very nice in the mouth. The bitter flavor gives a little bit of a feeling of carbonation.

D - The drinkability is pretty good for one or two. I'm not sure I could see having more than that in one session, however.

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Photo of craytonic
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow/orange/amber with a nice head

Smell: Sweet grapefruit, sweet wet hops, pine. Lots of citrus elements.

Taste: Sweet, juicy hops. Not quite enough though. No noticeable/overboard bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Good, but a bit thin. Carbonation seems a bit off.

Drinkability: Good, could burn through several of these... if there wasn't any two hearted to be had.

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Photo of jera1350
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color. Lighter in color than expected. Thin white layer of foam. Small amount of lace on the side of the glass.

Huge hoppy nose. Massive citrus and pine. More piney than citrus. Bitter to the nose.

As expected, the hops dominate. Fresh bitter and piney hops. As someone else mentioned, there's a bit of a funk that resembles marijuana. Flavor is reminscent of putting a fresh hop in your mouth. Big and in your face. Sweet and a subtle buttery malt adds some backing and balance as well.

Smooth, medium bodied. Pretty resiny feeling. Semi-dry on the finish.

The funky high powered hop flavor really shows what a fresh/wet hop beer should taste like. This is one worth seeking out if you have not yet tried it.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Really light gold with yellow on the sides. Really creamy, thick white head. Carbonation looks fairly light.

S - Wow. First off, it's worth noting that the aroma is flat out intense. Pine, grapefruit, and floral notes. This is a hop showcase. Mouth watering. Just leaps out of the glass.

T - Same as the nose, but there's just a bit of malt there to add something to the mix. Loads of pine and grapefruit with flower/floral bitterness and the slightest(I mean slightest) trace of pale malt. There's no way to really express just how flavorful the fresh hops are here.

MF - Medium carbonation with a light body. Not particularly oily or sticky, surprisingly, but it does a good job of lending points to drinkability.

D - I don't think I can this anything but a 5. I mean...the fresh hops are just so bright and intense. I only have one bottle. What a shame. This is awesome. It's classified as an APA on here. Why?

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Photo of Mistofminn
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. I didn't know Minnesota got this brew.

Pours a slightly orange straw yellow. About a half a finger of off white head with decent retention. Does leave some nice lacing.

The nose is...whoa...cannabis?!?!? Are you kidding me? Honestly I get a whiff of pot. Earthy and piney hops mix together with floral hops with just the right consistency to give a bit wet whiff of fresh cannabis.

The taste is, surprise surprise, fresh hops. Floral and piney/resiny hops mix together and give off a sort of cannabis taste. Just plain odd...I've never tasted this before in a beer. It's a strange flavor (and smell) but it works well I guess.

Mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated at first, but if let sit for 30 minutes or so it gets better. Light in body with a small lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is good.

Another solid offering from Founders. Admittedly I think this should be called "Cannabis Ale" rather than Harvest, but to each their own.

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Photo of Tom8Analise
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice shade of a goldish color and leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass but not too much, just right...which adds up to a medium bodied head...

S - Smells of fruits and hops...has a sweet honey scent as well as pine...smells a lot like a Ballast Point - Sculpin IPA (Grapefruit, Pine, Hops, etc...)

T - Has a very similar taste to the Sculpin IPA as well...a lot of grapefruit flavoring with hints of pine (and I'm guessing it is the common juniper berry)...

M - Feels good...not the best but not the worst...nice and smooth but still a little too much carbonation...

D - Probably would only be able to have 1 or 2...not a big fan of a high percentage of carbonation but would recommend it to an IPA fan during the warm summer months...not a good beer to enjoy by the fire while there's snow on the ground...definitely meant for warm summer nights and cookouts...

Enjoy!

Tom and Analise!

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Photo of russpowell
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2nd review, I guess the server crash ate my other one...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. superior lacing & very good head retention as well

S: Lemons, biscuitty malt & grapefruit, plus some leafy hops once warm. I remember my 1st review having much better aroma, but got call em as I see em, this might one of those beers that is fantastic fresh, but suffers over time, not sure???

T: Follows the nose, plus a touch of flinty dryness up front. Grapefruit & buscuitty malt dance as this warms, plus some floral hops as well. Finishes crisp, citrussy & with a dryness that demands you get another one out of the fridge

MF: Medium bodied, fairly soft carbonation & superior balance

Through the roof drinkability. As long as I can get this & the frehness is there, this a must purchase every time I cross the Mizzou State line! If not the best fresh hop beer I've had it is in the top 3...

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Photo of morimech
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden to yellow/straw color with a large white head that has good retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. The lack of depth in color was shocking for an APA, but the head and lacing that comes from the hops saved the score. Has a highly hopped aroma of grapefruit, flowers, and pine needles. That is about it from the aroma. The flavor is likewise one dimensional. This beer has one focus and that is to show off the hops. But can't we have some malt flavor? Bitter and astringent. A little hard to drink. The body is too light for so much hops and bitterness. Carbonation is ok. Not the easiest drinking beer unless you are a hophead. I understand what the brewer is doing here but I do not care that much for the effort.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark-golden beer, ever-so-slight haze. Off-white-yellow head, frothy & light; sustained nicely, at lowest as a thin, consistent layer.

S-Earthy-pepper-herbal hoppiness, slightly planty.

T-Herbal-resiny hops with a grass aspect to it. Bitterness is assertive, adequately out-showing the bready-sweet malt base.

M-Moderate body, lighter side actually. Carbonation is an easy, medium-light level.

D-Pretty drinkable, but the distinct hop flavors may dissuade some imbibers.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,061 ratings.