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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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1,043 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,043
Hads: 4,192
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 18.53%
Wants: 389
Gots: 436 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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: 1,043 | Hads: 4,192
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wouldn't consider this an APA, but if that's what it is then it's the best APA i've ever had.

Pours a pale yellow with a 2 and a half finger near white head with decent retention and a solid amount of lace left behind. Smell is incredible. Reminds me of Alpine Nelson and Sculpin with the amount of tropical fruits that are in the nose. Pineapple, orange, mango, lemon, it's all in there. Delicious hop bill in the aroma.

Flavor is excellent as well. Tropical fruits, lemon orange, and a bit of a bready base. Pale malt, a tiny bit of caramel/biscuity flavors. Delicious brew, and the hop bill is unmatched compared to other APAs.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Whoa... super bright yellow! Nice bubbly white head coming up and fizzling away quickly. Lacing is prominent.

Sharp pine and zest in the aroma.

Very sharp, crisp hop taste right up front. Lemon rind and orange peel come next. Then a sort of wet hay taste (like a farmhouse ale). What's really nice about this beer is the zesty notes. It's got kind of a spice to it.

Crisp and light mouth, with the addition of resinous hop oils.

Awesome beer! The aroma is like a bouquet of pininess, while the taste is well-balanced and crispy.

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Photo of drewba
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This is a translucent golden beauty.

S - Unbelievable amounts of citrus, floral and pine hops in the aroma. I could smell this all day. If they made a harvest ale cologne, I'd wear it.

T - Right away, there are bursts of lemon/lime and pine flavors followed by an extremely pale and mild malt bill. The bottle indicates 70 IBUs, which is surprising because this isn't all that bitter.

M - Medium bodied beer + cripsy carbonation = winner winner chicken dinner.

D - Wish I had more. If I did, I'd still be drinking it. My only criticism with the drinkability is that I'm left with a slight bitter, which is expected, but I need some food or water to break up the bitter.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours hazy and golden with a tint of orange. A nice one finger white head forms with good retention. Loads of lacing clings to the glass until I need a new one. This is what a beer should look like.

S- A strong citrus aroma greets my senses first. Oranges and grapefruits. Perfect. A light bready malt note somewhere behind that. Then more oranges.

T- A hop wave of citrus flavor takes over the palate accompanied with an earthly malt backbone that balances this ale nicely. This is a complex but smooth act that finishes dry and spicy.

M- Feels malty, somewhat grainy and chewy. Medium to heavy body.

O- Founders has really outdone themselves with this one. Incredibly balanced brew that leaves me wanting more. An enormous hop presence backed up with malts that are powerful and graceful. Well done Founders. Well done.

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

Golden, mostly-translucent, with big white head and some lacing.

Musty pine, cedar, and oak scents. Bit of fruit and butter.

Very balanced between pine and grass hops and mellow butter biscuit malt. Smell is better than the taste. Good bitter edge to the taste, though. A little thin.

A good not great fresh hop beer.

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Photo of busterthecat
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this after looking for a 4pk a couple weeks ago. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Bottled- 9/22/11.

A- Pours a golden brass from the bottle and sits only a shade darker in glass, which a light orange tint. About a 1/2 inch crisp white head forms from the pour and then settles out to leave a decent capping and ring. Light lacing.

S- Sweet tropical notes dominate the aroma. Its definitely in the softer sweeter fruiter side of IPA aroma. Smells like a fruit stand in summer. Good, but kinda light in strength.

T- Lives up the aroma and closely follows it. Pineapple, sweet tangerine, perhaps light mango. A mild bitterness of pine builds up and lingers in the finish. The hops are forward, yet quite restrained. The malts are subtle and lend a kiss of caramel body and spice.

M- A very solid bodied IPA. The feel starts out very mild, wet and smooth and transitions to have more of a bitter bite in the finish, which leads it more of a drying feel. Not a palate wrecker at all. Feel is enjoyable.

O- A very nicely done IPA. On the sweet side of the hop profile, yet not cloying or sweet in the feel. Smooth, mild, calm and tasty sum this beer up. Another solid offering from Founders. Very easy to drink, too easy.

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

On-tap and poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange color with a 1/2 finger head. Decent lacing.

S: Pretty strong fresh hop smell. Not overpowering however. Very inviting.

T: Floral hops followed by a little malt flavor. Very well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: I was very pleased with this offering. It's just how I like my IPA's...hoppy with not too much malt. The smell and the flavor match very closely. This was my first beer from Founder's, but I'm excited to try some others.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

picked this up after trying weyerbacher's harverst

dug it.

very nice , little lighter and west coasty compared to other harvest i have had, 70 ibu's and you can really taste and smell the hops on the bouquet

its just a solid beer

another great beer from founders
theses guys rock, i def would check it out

only one vice , and thats with the bottle... its a screw off top... cmon founders lets go pop off..

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice gold with a fluffy white cap of foam.

S- It smells very fresh, floral, green, and juicy. Grapefruit is the dominant hop smell, but pine is also noted.

T- Sweet grapefruit and floral hops are the dominat flavors, but notes of pine, pineapple, and orange are definately present.

M- Very light and crisp. The head is exceptionally soft and velvety.

D- This is a very refreshing brew and is not hard to drink at all in spite of its heavy hop presence

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful gold,slight whit head. Aroma is tropical with more caramel pineapple than others, really nice but not as piney or grassy in the smell.

This really takes off on the first sip, juicy piney and an incredible coating that leaves you wanting more. this is where the beer shines, a little underwhelmed when I smelled, but then I took a sip.

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Photo of scott
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Semi-aggresive pour yields a murky copper, rich with sediment. Still standing, with very minor carbonation, this had an initial whipped cream head that resolves itself to scads of lacing.
Highly floral nose, exuding notes of grapefuit blossom and piney grass.
So pleasureable with the first sip, it's hard to believe this is a pale due to the hop intensity. The malt then kicks in and puts the hop in it's place with a baseball bat. A great mix of sweet & bitter, this is very refreshing, although a bit hot in the finish.
Too bad this is a hard-to-find one-off, because this is from one of my favorite brewers that I reserve lots of fridge space for. Well done.
Run out and grab one while you can. If you can.

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Photo of itsscience
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep amber with one finger of white head that dissipates quickly. The nose has a smell of grapefruit and some sweeter citrus fruits like orange, papaya, and mango. I get that same grapefruit and sweet citrus profile on the front of the tongue, which reminds me of Cigar City Jai Alai, but then it leaves a stinging bitterness with not much of a malt backbone to balance out the taste. The body is medium with a high carbonation that intensifies the sting you get from the bitterness. An interesting beer, and a good one, but not among my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really love this beer, especially the taste. Hate the fact that it's seasonal, too. This is my favorite beer by Founders, and I implore them to offer it year-round. Perhaps that would take from the mystique. Today marks the 41st anniversary of Hall and Oates' Abandoned Luncheonette. No, I'm not in my upper 60's like they are; in fact, my mother is subdued in age to the group I'm most glad she introduced me to while growing up. What does all this mean? I have no idea. All I know is that this beer surpasses Founders' Centennial and All Day. For that alone, it should be on rotation. For reasons undefined, it's not. I take one sip and I hear Daryl crooning: She's gooooone, oh why, I better learn how to face it, she's gone. Yes, she is, but she was damn good while she lasted.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10/3/13

A: Pours an apricot orange colored body. Appears very heavily carbonated. Bright white, dense, pillowy head. The retention is awesome and sticky lacing clings to the glass well.

S: Piney hops dominate the initial waft. Citrus peel bitterness. Oranges. Grapefruit. A small hint of mango.

T: Sweet lemons and oranges initially, followed by strong, dank, pine. Sharp bitter bite in the finish - I was actually surprised the IBUs wasn't higher.

M: Oily. Medium Body. High carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Another stellar offering from Founders. In my top five of all the "wet-hop" brews I've tried.

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Photo of mattgreger
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours with a bit of a hazy, golden color with a about a 1 inch off white head, that doesn't really last, but does leave a small ring of foam that laces slow down the glass as you take each sip.

The aroma consist of a bunch of different items. The front of this brew is a citris hops, piney, grass smell that just fills the nose. There is a bit of a maltiness at the close that wholesome biscut like smell.

The flavor of this brew is very much like the aromas that it give off. The front of this beer has the citris hop flavors, especially some grapefruit and some other citrisy flavors are present. There is also that piney/grassy flavor that give its a nice dry flavor as wel. The finish is great, and hearty with the malts that give it a nice biscut kind of flavor.

This brew is medium bodied. The hop oils give this brew a nice finish as it coats your mouth. This is a perfect example of a wet-hopped brew. The hops make this brew amazing.

This is a very drinkable brew. The 6.5% ABV might shy a few away, but for those hop heads out there, this is a great brew and session beer for many. Another great brew by Founders.

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Photo of Tripphop
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good clarity, nice straw color, lacking head. Aromas of pine needles and grain. Good balance and mouthfeel, crisp dry finish. Flavor is intense, fresh piney hops and a solid malt backbone. Bright citrus fruits linger on the palate. Refreshing, solid fresh hop beer.

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Photo of AndoBrew
2.81/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*did not like would not buy*

app: looks like a thick kinda cloudy hefe. yellow orange ish, looks odd.

smell: smells yummy, nice balanced hop aroma. neat mix of fruits and citrus.

taste: odd unbalanced unblended. some banana flavor, not much depth.

mf: to thick and to spritzy all at once. but ok.

drinkable??: yes it is. i just dont like it.

not bad for an over hopped usa ale.

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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 dismal
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a pint glass. Pours a hazy/murky bright orange almost yellowish with a one finger white head. The head starts to slowly dissolve and before I take my first sip it's nearly gone, just parts of it still floating at the top. Still it leaves a little lacing on the glass. The smell is probably one of the better smelling IPAs I've had yet this fall. Very hoppy, citrus but mainly a nice piney hop smell for me. The taste isn't as bitter as I was expecting, but not exactly smooth. Very hoppy, pine hops are there and the citrus hops are a bit more apparent than in the smell. The only real bitterness is in the aftertaste. Not a high ABV so this one I could do the four pack of in a night and it's that good I could. I great IPA from Founders but I didn't expect anything less.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Cloudy yellow/orange with a small head from a conservative pour. Bubbles were constantly rising to the top. A nice looking pale ale. It reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale, one of my regular pale ales.

Being a cigar and pipe smoker I rarely get as much aroma from a beer than non-smokers or other reviewers I read, but that was not a problem with Harvest Ale. Strong aromas of grapefruit and piney hops nearly knocked me over (in a good way). Any pale malts were way in the background. WOW! The taste is remarkable; bitter-sweet grapefruit leads the way with a delicious bitter finish that lasts until the next sip. A spectacular ale obviously brewed to highlight the fresh hops, but does not taste unbalanced at all like so many hop forward ales do.

The great balance is reflected in its luscious mouthfeel. The drinkability is very good. It could be easy to guzzle this one down but be patient. Respect the 6.5% ABV and let the brew warm. The best attributes of Founders' Harvest Ale can be more fully appreciated at temperatures quite a few degrees higher than my refrigerator's.

Founders is one of my favorite brewers already and I still haven't had some of their highest rated brews like Breakfast Stout. Kudos to the Michiganders!

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

An aggressive pour creates a large white foam crown that slowly recedes into a thin veil. The crown leaves very little lacing on the glass. The brew is a clear golden amber with a few columns of bubbles rising to the top.

The aroma is full of citrus and tropical fruits. I detect mango, pineapple and orange. There is also a mild sweetness to the aroma. I'm not sure if this is the malt or the hops that contribute to this aspect. It's probably the malt, but it contributes to the bouquet in a way that makes me think of ripened fruit.

The flavor provides mild bitterness from start to finish. The flavor is mostly bitter, with some malt character that is like slightly sweetened white bread. The bitterness is more like pines than fruits. The balance here is awesome.

The feel is light with some oils which barely coat the palate.

This is a great example of a fresh hop ale and one that I purchase every year. I finally decided to review. The nose is the best aspect of this beer. The fresh and bright aromas imparted by the hops are very attractive. I wish I could taste these same flavors as keenly as I'm able to smell them. However, this brew achieves excellent balance. I highly recommend Founders Harvest Ale.

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Photo of backfat
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisit Edit:
Brilliant clarity. The meld of sugary hops with candied malts is stunning. Hands down, this is the best fresh harvest ale I have ever had. @ 70 IBUs, you just a hint of bitterness. This is one of my favorite smelling beers.

I missed this one last year. i will NEVER let that happen again. you want a fresh beer? this bad boy is the freshest, juiciest (can i say juiciest?) harvest out there right now. i snatch up these four packs like its going out of style now. if i had to find a flaw it would be that the appearance is very light. it smells of intense citrus, resin, and it is sticky. this is the beer that got my roommate off macros. he hasn't looked back. i feel like a proud dad.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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."

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Photo of TH28
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 9/30/15 bottle date (30 days old). Appearance: Beautiful clear golden with moderate white head and nice lacing. Aroma: Lemony, grassy, resinous hop aroma. Touch of pineapple. No malt aroma. Taste: Light malt sweetness with a strong hop bitterness and fresh resinous, grassy hop flavors. Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Finish: lingering resinous and grassy hop bitterness Overall: Pretty similar to other fresh hop ales with a dominant resinous and grassy hop flavor. Aroma on this version tends to have stronger citrus ch

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Photo of C20Percent
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a .25 finger's worth of bubbly white head. There is some super tiny sediment in the body. Little bit of bubble action. Looks refreshing. Pretty good presentation.

S: Beer really shines here -- lots of citrus. Think Sculpin, Perpetual -- maybe Headwaters. Sweetness. Some floral notes. But, a very, strong, clean aroma. Also, getting some sweet malts here. Very good.

T: Getting some citrus and sweet malts in the taste. Doesn't quite rise to the level of the aroma. Kind of a letdown. But, it taste clean, it taste refreshing. Good summertime beer. Or, good session beer. Nice bitter finish.

M: Great carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Not strong bite -- easy on the mouth. Medium feel with nice chewiness that brings out the bitterness. Good stuff.

O: Good beer -- the thing is Troegs is doing this with Perpetual IPA at a lower price beer that's available all year long. And, I'd even take a six pack of Sculpin for $17 over a four pack or Harvest for $11. Good beer -- if you haven't tried then do so, but there's similar beer out there with a better value. I'd rather see Founders do an Ocktoberfest or Pumpkin Ale for there Fall seasonal.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.