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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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3,653 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,653
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 329
Gots: 299 | FT: 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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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. BOTTLED 09/30/2014.

Appearance: Pours a golden body with a thin white head.

Smell: Light juicy hop and strong pilsner malt aroma.

Taste: Spicy hop flavor. Firm crisp bitterness. Sweet pilsner malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, sharp bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting a much juicier, tropical/citrus hop bomb. Bitterness is high, but body is light and crisp. Non of the classic ale fruitiness. If you told me this was a continental pilsner, I would have believed you.

JednoPivoProsim, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great to finally try this beer,poured into a standard pint glass a hazed light golden with a frothy one finger white head.Awesome aromas of you guessed it fresh citric and and piney hop with a touch of sweetish biscuit.Fresh hops jump on the palate,fresh grapefruit and lemon pith with underlying pine needle,a firm slightly sweet malt base is there as well keeping everything in tune.Man I love this brew its fresh hop taste is awesome,my fridge beer for the time being.

oberon, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at the Buy-Rite in Jersey City a few weeks back, grabbing the last two that I could find on the shelf. Some people think that IPA's are a dime a dozen and not worth seeking once you've had the top ones on the list. Thankfully, this beer proves that IPA's have a unique flavor profile of their own, as I've never had one that was as balanced as this. From start to finish, this was a winner that I don't want to finish off quite yet!

The pour to this was nice, but certainly surprising, as it had a blonde hue and white head that made me think that this was an Imperial Pilsner. The aroma reminded me of the Troegs Nugget Nectar but this was certainly not an American Amber. The hops were here but the bread and biscuit in the mouthfeel gave this a wonderful malt base. Tropical papaya and mango came in on top of it, with a pine and earth feel to the hops. Oily, slick, and earthy, this was so enjoyable without having the "burn" or metallic twinge that so many IPA's are known for.

The booze was here too but only could be felt once I finished this off and noticed the warming. It couldn't be tasted and was overshadowed by the earthy pine that lingered in the aftertaste. The slight dry-hopped bitterness combined with the balance and soft crystalline sweetness all combined for an amazing mouthfeel that made this irresistible. I loved this beer and am upset that I only have one bottle of this. Founders has a stud of a brew here in a category filled with other heavyweights. If you want to introduce someone to an IPA and what one is capable of, start here. If you love beer, you may want to finish here - balanced beers don't get much better than this.

JerzDevl2000, Today at 07:53 AM
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4.52/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.4/5  rDev +3%

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3.93/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.24/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

HipHopAnonymous, Monday at 02:31 PM
Photo of theschmooz
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%

theschmooz, Monday at 02:55 AM
Photo of Chris7482
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chris7482, Monday at 02:26 AM
Photo of Jadjunk
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No label information. Founders Harvest Ale is brewed in the style of a Wet-Hopped Harvest IPA. Available as a fall release beer in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft. Reviewed alongside a 2013 bottle (1 year aged) for comparison.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Founders' snifter glass. Served above 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a golden white color over a mildly hazy golden amber body with thin haziness in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is light and clingy. 4.25

(Smell) Juicy grapefruit and citrus along with the earthy, bittering rinds of all tropical citrus fruits blended in. The bitterness is surprisingly low allowing the hops to generate a lot of aroma without the burden of a bold bitterness. The malt aroma is very simple and mild, pale malt with a touch of biscuity crystal sweetness for body, taking a back seat to the wet hop aromas. Aromatically pleasing all around. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Fantastic juicy wet hop notes of well-rounded citrus, grapefruit and floral notes with an ideal level of bitterness, well in-tune with the soft, clean pale malt body. Very accessible for a harvest ale, highly drinkable. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, chewy, modestly dry. Carbonation generates a silky, smooth frothiness for a soft, mildly frothy mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters to note. 4

(Overall) This is a phenomenal Harvest Ale that truly wins in balance and simplicity. Neither the bitterness nor the malt profile approach over-the-top presence and the showcase of hop flavors hits the mark on just what we expect out of quality wet hops. Founders Harvest Ale should be considered amongst the top of their beers and easily a hot contender for one of the best American Harvest Ales available for the fall season. I'd also recommend this beer as a great introductory harvest ale to the hop-phobic individual looking for something simple and unique as a great introduction to harvest ale styles. 4.25

Founders Brewing Company's
Harvest Ale
4.18/5.00

Vertical Reviews:

2013 (1 Year aged): A slightly creamier, foamier head over a considerably more hazy body, golden amber color. Retains equally as well with less lacing over the fresh batch. The aroma dips south sharply from the fresh batch, very grainy, gaining funk and musty old hop aromas. Alongside a fresh batch, 1-year-old harvest ale is not nearly as easy to drink, with trace peppery and herbal hop aromas remaining alongside a muddied hop profile, and while the malt profile is simple enough to not decay to a dreadful state, the graininess certainly shows, hampering drinkability significantly. Texture is slick, oily and lightly dry, carbonation is a bit more crisp in this vintage although pleasantly smooth still. Alcohol presence is moderate-high and off characters outside of a Harvest Ale past its prime are minimal to none. I suspect that the simplicity and hop-led profile of this ale amongst other more malt-driven Harvest ales keeps it from being a good aging candidate. I don't recommend cellaring this beer at all and suggest drinking all of it as fresh as possible.

Recommended Vintage: Drink Fresh! (You'll regret otherwise!)

Jadjunk, Monday at 02:25 AM
Photo of msscott1973
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

msscott1973, Monday at 12:17 AM
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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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