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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,018 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,018
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 286
Gots: 146 | 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:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: granger10 on 10-24-2004)
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-03-2012 00:32:56 | More by rolltide8425
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12%

01-30-2014 23:07:08 | More by drummermattie02
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the sidecar in philly - review from notes

Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a small tuft of white head resting on top. Layer of cloudy film rests on top with plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

Sweet, juicy hops in the nose. Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and tangerine. Light biscuit malts as well.

Dry bitterness up front, juicy explosive hop formula. Cocktail of fruit and citrus wraps around the tongue - grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and tangerine. Biscuit and light bread malt along with a soft touch of sweetness and a hint of honey. Finishes dry, bitter and fruity.

Medium body, somewhat high carbonation, sticky, dry and lingering on the tongue. A fantastic harvest ale that holds up to Founders' standards.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 02:03:42 | More by xnicknj
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, yet sunshiney yellow amber hue. Very hazey, but exploding with carbonation. Very thick foam of hea and sticky lacing. Just awesome. The aroma is exploding with a sunshines burst of fresh hops that hnt at pine and a flowerfield right nxt to a grapefruit grove. The taste starts of quickly with some rye like mals, but then swifty moves to the hops. Lots of citrusy ad grassy uv rays hitting the tongue. Complex biterness that slowly fades away. Very good APA, but better for indulgence than sessions.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 08:19:05 | More by scruffwhor
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with a decent white head that dissipates rather quickly. I can smell the citrus and pine as soon as I pop the top off of this one. Resinous, dank, grapefruit, and apricot aromas atop a sweet sugary base waft into my olfactory system. The flavor is a hint of bready and caramel malt up front before the palette is filled with hoppy goodness. Pine and resinous topped citrus and tropical fruit flavors tip the flavor balance well onto the hop side. Light to moderate hop bitterness. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. I felt this was a touch on the sweet side, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 01:54:37 | More by johnnnniee
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearly one of the better examples of the fresh hop style. That being said, for me, this beer suffers from the same overly aggressive and super resinous quality that many have; the hops and accompanying oils are so fresh and assertive that they almost outshine the actual flavors and bury them a bit in bitterness.

The look is a lightly hazed dark gold; sizeable white head with strong retention and lace, all around excellent appearance. Awesome aroma as expected; tons of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, orange and lemon. Mild malt detected beneath, but you have to dig in to get at it. This is all about the hops.

The flavor as mentioned above is quite nice but somewhat usurped by the potent resiny quality of the hops, and that’s coming from a certifiable hophead. I taste less of the fruity citrus flavors observed in the aroma, and while there are nice notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange, the tongue is lashed somewhat, obscuring them, and keeping the gentle caramel malt backbone well-hidden. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is long and fairly bitter.

Medium body and carbonation, right on the money for an IPA. The best of the fresh hop beers of the year, I think, but maybe I’m not as crazy about this sub-style anymore as many others seem to be these days.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 03:41:03 | More by tobelerone
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Date is rubbed off, but I know it is from this year since it is yellow ink.

A - Pours a golden-yellow with a one finger cream-colored head. Good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Pine, citrus - lemons.

T - Light pine with some nice light citrus and some sharp lemons.

D - Slight bitterness, good carbonation and a lighter body.

O - Refreshing, nice sharp lemon, but not overly harsh.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 03:00:48 | More by HuskyinPDX
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint. 70 IBUs, 6.5% ABV, bottled on 09/24/09, "wet-hopped ale".

Thanks to Sweemzander for this delicious brewski!

A - The Harvest Ale is a lightly hazy golden straw yellow with a small, one-finger head. Off-white and densly packed with low retention and little lacing. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

S - Lots of fresh hops on the nose with a touch of pine to the grapefruit citrus and fruity mango nose. Sweet pale malts in the background but hops dominate the nose.

T - The wet hops still taste fresh and have a lot of grapefruit citrus with a fruit-punch flavor. Pale malts in the background but it's really one-dimensional to the hops overall. That's not to say its bad by any means.

M - Medium-light bodied with a crisp, refreshing carbonation spritz and a dry, lightly citrusy-bitterness. Despite the low malt presence, it really balances out that 70 IBUs in the end.

D - The flavor is good and the smell brings a lot of fruit to the nose. Even the non-hop-loving girlfriend likes this one! A solid brew worth buying a four-pack or two of. A good brew all around I wish I had more of!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 04:10:10 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

01-19-2013 21:18:12 | More by jrallen34
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%

10-18-2013 12:32:48 | More by ShanePB
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Crystal clear golden body without much of a head. Some lace and a ring around the beer, but not a lot. Nice color.

Smell - Pine first, then malt, then citrus as the other flavors fade away. Interesting mix. Not overwhelming, but nice.

Taste - Similar complexity to the taste. Nothing overwhelming, but a nice transition from pine to citrus before a sweet malt in the middle. A good dose of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very easy drinking. I had to resist putting this whole thing away before I got to the computer to review it.

Overall - Really nice on all fronts, if not stand-out on any. I agree that it's one of the best fresh hop IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 02:39:06 | More by Alieniloquium
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 120z bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/10/11
*From notes

A: A bit lighter in hue then I expected - a sunset yellow-gold. A 1.75 finger head and quality lacing on a careful pour.

S: Fresh cut grass and summertime love. It just makes me want to sit on the patio all damn day. I also detect a good amount of fading hops, and the malt that's beginning to show through.

T: This is a Fall seasonal, so I'm drinking this a bit late in the year. Having said that, there is a bit of soft, warm caramel up front. What wet hop essense is left begins poking it's head out on the mid, but gets shot down by the firm malty backslap on the finish.

M: Good ol' Founders - they always know how to come through here. Rich and perfectly balanced.

O: I've had this fresh, and it's certainly better straight from the brewery, though it's still really tasty now. I look forward to this one each year, and recommend you do too.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 21:42:56 | More by Rhettroactive
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge amount of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: Mainly smelled of hops, mild malt and some citrus.

T: Hoppier than you would expect from any type of pale ale. Also had some malt and grapefruit. Not as complex as I would've liked, but still tasty.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, well-made beer, though not my favorite Founders. Still, a refreshing, lively brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 16:19:27 | More by avalon07
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another bottle courtesy of the great trader russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a hazy bright light gold colour. The head of foam is small but there's decent lacing.

The smell...well..it's a wet hopped ale so can you guess? ;^) Big bold aromas of grapefruit and grass that grow stronger the more whiffs I take. An American Pale Ale, I think, that has few rivals when it comes to the hops in the smell. And...I'm just in the mood.

First sip and the hops are working wonders on my palate. Again, I'll have to reference my just in the mood remark. Here, I think, the grass and some pine dominate with the citrus grapefruit playing the 3rd "stooge", much like Shemp, but they are all playing their parts brilliantly. Oh and the malt? Whilst I didn't/couldn't detect any in the smell, there *is* a very light sweetness here showing and perhaps, prevents this beer from going over the edge in bitterness. I thank Founders for doing that.

It has a lightish body with medium carbonation and the hops give me a nice slickness on the tongue.

Drinkability? Get out of here! 6.5%abv and seriously, I could stay with this brew all.night.long! It is that satisfying to me. I put it in the upper echelon of American Pale Ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 01:22:46 | More by Bitterbill
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from cask into a flared pilsner. Poured a golden yellow with a minimal pure white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus/bitter hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus (not a hoppy kind), and bitter hops. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was quite excellent. Very well-balanced in flavor and aroma. Very nice hop profile going on here. Found myself drinking this one QUITE quickly due to the flavor and easy of drinking it. A definite must try rather it be on-tap or on cask for sure!

Serving type: cask

12-13-2010 15:34:08 | More by thagr81us
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam for this fresh bottle! Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Pale straw yellow; translucent. One finger of off-white head.

S - Fresh and pungent hop aroma up front. Grapefruit, pine, orange zest. A fairly prominent sweet caramel malt presence in the background.

T - A big assertive bitterness up front with plenty of pine, grapefruit, tangerine and hints of melon. A fairly big sweet caramel malt backbone provides a decent balance. A dry, bitter finish.

M - Medium body, creamy. Full of resinous hop oils coat the tongue with each sip.

O - A very fresh and vibrant wet hop IPA, but a little too malty for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 18:45:05 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-09-2012 04:30:30 | More by iL0VEbeer
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Only had a couple of Harvest ales, this and the Estate ale From Serria Nevada.

A - The initial pour produced a nice light orange/amber color with very little head. My suspicion may be this was last years version which angers me since I overpaid for it.

S - Smells of very faint hops and malts with a bit of earthy goodness. Man it even smells old!

T - MMM clean and crisp! The taste of the hops is only slightly bitter next to the malts which seems earthy and strong. The yeast tone is low so even aged this beer drinks great. Balanced.

M - Very light but full of body.

D - As I always state for good brews I will have to seek out fresher but can't imagine the flavors would be much better. Even old it was a nice brew but not worth 4.25 for the single. 4 pack for 10 bucks sounds about right. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 22:03:21 | More by DrDemento456
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with orange notes and a white head. In the aroma, a small fresh hop and a mellow malt backing. In the taste, dry, pine like, fresh hops that ride the palate all the way through. A small hop bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. The nose was lacking, but but tastes great.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 11:18:26 | More by OWSLEY069
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, 6.5% ABV on label. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy light orange/yellow color with a huge (about 2 1/2 inch) frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops, I smell grapefruit, pineapple and a bit of peach. There's also some pine and grassy hops noticable too. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all citrusy, pine and grassy hops. Both the aroma and taste is good and hoppy, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick/oily with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and very enjoyable to drink. It wouldn't be hard at all to finish a 4 pack of this. Overall I think this is a good brew, I'd definitely pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 01:02:54 | More by bluejacket74
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-01-2013 18:32:53 | More by chippo33
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear, simple pale yellow gold color with a substantial capping of thick white foam lapping at the top but shifting away moderately quickly to a curtain of lace with some broken spotting.

Nice aroma of freshly picked hops right off the vine. Quite green and dense with bittering citric floral pollen thats got a rounded lemony/white grapefruit sense to its nature.

Taste is a bit more muted and paled down making for some excellent drinking as its rounded off muted maltyness of semi toasty biscuityness and paled doughyness compacts nicely nuder the crunchy citrus tones of the hops. Good balance as it allows just the right kind of grip to its bite in bitterness levels and flavors. The finish has a uniquely dirty, earthen edge as it adds that fresh off the vine out of the garden impression with its floral nuances.

Feel is medium bodied with a clean round center capped with a earthy, floral bitterness of citrus as it ends. The finish has some uniquely pointed hop touches to it that make you swear you'll need a toothpick to get the hop leafs out from your teeth and a tongue scrapper to get that prickly vine touch off your tongue.

One yummy freshly hopped up ale from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 20:18:12 | More by tavernjef
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-27-2013 22:58:03 | More by WOLFGANG
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Too much head....that is a problem in this instance...half the glass is beer...half foam...probably more foam...not good...(2.0 originally)..upgraded to 4.0 as the 2009 version is perfectly carbonated and looks wonderful with a bright peach appearance..

S-Great aroma of citrus fruits...grapefruits....mandarin oranges...tangerines...

T-It says this has 70 IBU's and I don't question that but this is a good example of a well hopped beer that is juicy and flavorful...really not much raw bitterness....just some great juicy citrus fruit flavors (same as in the aroma).toasted malts..

M-Not particularly big in body...but for an APA it is right on...would work body wise for an IPA too probably but not a DIPA...

D-Very enjoyable except for the way it poured(in 08)....love the use of hops in this one... (09 notes) ..tough to find an APA much better than this..

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 05:42:23 | More by ZAP
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claspada

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a is dark golden yellow/amber with a couple inches worth of white foamy head. Quite a bit of lacing forms as I drink my glass down.

Aromas begin with fresh citrus and lots of grapefruit followed by wet floral notes. The malts fill in the back end of the nose, giving the beer a nice minimal bready sweetness.

The tastes begin with solid grapefruit flavor and is followed by more blood orange and light pineapple. The floral character is still present as well and the bready malt provides a bit of a balance against a fairly strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very crisp and lively carbonation to the beer.

Overall this is a real solid Harvest ale/IPA here, and a great beer to have during the fall season. Not my favorite "fresh hop" beer but a real solid winner and worth revisiting fresh every year.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 00:19:18 | More by claspada
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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