Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by granger10 on 10-24-2004

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Reviews: 1,064 | Ratings: 4,288
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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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint like glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that settles fairly quickly and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a somewhat hazed dull golden hued orange.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops with a nice citrus blend. A lot like an American IPA, but I can definitely tell the hops are fresh. Light caramel malts.

Taste: The hops are fresh, piney, and pack a lot of floral flavor to them. I really enjoy them. The caramel blends really nicely with the grapefruit citrus like other IPAs, but the fresh hops really blend everything together.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bitter, but fairly smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a fairly decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a floral/sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a really nice beer. I am starting to really enjoy the fresh hop beers and this one is no exception. I will be drinking this one again!

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Photo of projectflam86
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a bright golden/copper color with a thick fluffy white foam head. Some nice lacing is left behind.

S- Huge citrus hop bomb right from the start. Pine needles and some floral hops are present as well.

T- Sharp hoppy bitterness initially with ruby red grapefruit and pine resin flavoring the attack. A light alcohol sting in the finish. Usually APAs are a tad more balanced than this one. Pretty hoppy if you ask me, which I usually prefer anyway.

M- Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Crisp and snappy.

D- Really drinkable with tons of hoppy bitterness. If these were only a bit cheaper they would easily become a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of BeerNuggets
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very nice orange color with a very little head and minimal lace

S- Hints of Orange and Hops, but not overpowering. A bit mild.

T - Very Carbonated and tingly with strong notes of tangerine/orange to start out and then quickly fades to a bit lemony.

M- a bit oily, but not bitter. a very good feel.

D- I think it is very drinkable. I just picked up a fresh bottle today, so maybe another 7 days and it will taste even better.

This beer is very good and is a great way to celebrate the harvest. It has a perfect balance of Malt and Hops.

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Photo of claminat420
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a transparent straw color. 1.5 finger head with medium lacing.

S- a nice hop scent.slightly grapefruity.

T- a nice well rounded american pale ale. a watery hop brew with the lightest malt presence but just enough to get the job done.

M- light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- if they only came in a 6 pack :(

Overall- this is a good brew. i have to be an ass tho and give them nothing higher than a b+ for the fact of the four pack. they need to come out in 6er's!!

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Photo of pourmeup
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- served into a nonic pint, light gold in color, very clear, retains a thin white head, small bits of lacing stay on the glass
S- very bright green smell, a fresh cut grass smell almost, very fresh hop smell
T- hops are premium here, you can definitely taste the wet hops, such a fresh heavy malt, very floral taste with a clean finish
M- a little thinner than what i had hoped but overall still quite good
D- very drinkable, i could have many of these throughout an evening
(reviewed by Daniel)

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Photo of adamette
2.94/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single for $3.49 at North Coast Wine & Beer in Cleveland on W. 117th Street two days ago into my Murphy's Irish Red pint glass. Kind of expensive if you ask me for a domestic, albeit craft, single, no? No observed "best by" date on the label.

A Very clear yellow body under a one cm creamy white head. Less than average since this style should have a nice, darker orange color in my opinion. 2.5

S Floral hops dominate. This smells like an IPA. I was a bit surprised to smell this so prominently since the label mentions that it is 70 IBU's. This is not my favorite smell in a beer but I will say that there is a distinct flowery hops (as opposed to the overbearing overripe grapefruit of other hops-centric beers). 3.5

T The hops are front and center but the mid taste was thankfully without the most severe of the hops. The same cannot be said for the first taste sensation and then a long aftertaste of bitter (but flowery) hops. I think this beer is overly hopped. 2.5

M Moderate with the stinging flowery hops and barley adding some body. 3.5

D This is supposed to be a session beer and it is just average for me due to the hop level in it. 3.0

Notes: Well after so much good news from fellow BA's about this Harvest Ale I was motivated to try it when I saw it in the cooler. Had I known that it was pretty much an IPA I might have left it there. I am going to Founders Brewing Company next week in Grand Rapids, MI and so now I know that I do not need to order this one.

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Photo of zeff80
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, thin, white head of foam. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled strongly of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Some burnt toast notes, too.

T - Great roasted malt flavor with sweet citrus and grapefruit. The bitter hop bite was stronger than most pale ales.

M - It was crisp and very sharp on the tongue. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - Quite possibly the best pale ale that I've ever had. I regret only grabbing one 4 pack. I hope more shows up!

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

Bottled on date:: 9/23/09, poured into Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear copper color, small fluffy white head that diminished into a small ring for the remainder of the drink. This looks like a tasty beer.

S - Wow. This smells great. Strong citrus and floral hops. This definitely has something distinct about the smell that I haven't found before. Love it.

T - Taste doesn't disappoint. A lot of piney citrus up front and a good bitterness on the back end. Not over the top, pretty well balanced.

M/D - Pretty light mouthfeel, very enjoyable. I could drink this all day. I agree with some of the previous reviews saying this does not really fit in the APA category. It is closer to an IPA. There needs to be a fresh/wet hop category. I will definitely buy again soon while it's fresh. This is one meant to be drank fresh.

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Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a beautiful, pristine clear lighter copper color with a one finger of sudsy white head. Head recedes moderatly, and leaves nice susy spotty lacing on the glass

S: Nose is sharp with grapefruit citrus hops, piney grassy hops and a touch of the ganga... just saying...

T: Taste is a strong piney, grassy (ganga) up front. touch of honey and the slightest bready flavoring in the middle that makes this beer belnd so well, finish has a touch of floral hop bite that finishes the beer on an amazingly blended note.

M: Lighter side of medium body, mild carbonation, nice slick, oily feel on the tongue.

D: Oh this one you can sit with for a long time. Great taste, great feel, not filling, and is blended well.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with a sticky head. Clear body with lacing all over the glass.
Smells of citrus and marijuana. Peppermint is also present.
Actually taste's like marijuana as well. Citrus and mint once again fill out the flavor profile with a pleasant malt finish.
Nice full body with great carbonation.
A great beer from a great brewery. Make sure to get drink this as fresh as possible. This my friends is fresh hop juice.

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Photo of ltjska04
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Founders is one of my favorite breweries and when I saw this in the store I couldn't pass it up. I was pumped to find out that it was bottled only 12 days ago.

This guy pours a clear golden color with a soapy thin head. The smell is pretty much what I expected... wet hops. I get more of a vegetative smell than most APAs. I don't know how else to describe the taste other than "wet". I didn't think wet-hopping would make much of a difference but you can taste it. Unfortunately, I was expecting a bigger, bolder hop flavor for how fresh this beer is. Carbonation is also a bit higher than I'd like for this style. Overall this is a pretty drinkable and interesting ale but not one of Founders' best.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a slightly hazy yellow color a little darker than your typical macro lager. The head is a small one. That rises to just a few millimeters high and falls pretty fast to a thin layer on top of the beer. A pretty good amount of sticky lacing however.
S= like wet resiny hops. Lots and lots of grapefruit and citrus. One of the most citrus beers I've ever smelled. Smells pretty green as well you can definitally tell fresh hops were used.
T= really really grassy citrus pine. Just like the smell. Really quite citrusy like the smell not like a grapefruit citrus as much however more of a bitter orange peel sort of taste. The taste of green chlorophill hoppy greatness comes through a little on the end. The finish is not bitter at all its actually sort of sweet citrus taste. The green grassy chlorophill taste rounds the super bitterness out really nicely making it super tollerable. Really great wet harvest beer. Most obvious wet harvest beer as well.
M= crispy sweet and delicious. A little sticky but very good.
D= I'm going to rate this one as a wet hop ale not an APA like it says I think harvest ales should have their own category. Really delicious and obviously a wet hopped beer. Perfect for what it is almost. A little increase in tyhe appearance and this would be awesome.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,064 ratings.