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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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BA SCORE
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world-class

3,856 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,856
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 352
Gots: 331 | FT: 7
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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Ratings: 3,856 | Reviews: 978
Photo of Nolen12
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a pale copper, cloudy, with a massive, off-white, big-bubbled rocky head.

Nose is still a bit green, resiny, citrus on top. Some pale malt peeking through from underneath.

Taste starts with a solid, biscuity, lightly sweet pale malt foundation underneath, with some nice leafy, resiny pine on top. Dry; hop note seems just a bit acidic. Finish is lightly bitter, with an exhale that carries both the biscuity malt and the green, though now slightly faded, hop note with it. Well balanced, though at this point, this one is probably past its prime. Nonetheless, still very drinkable, and a solid effort several months after its release. Would beat many a fresh APA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit oily.

Photo of BeerThursdays
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle stamped with a bottling date of 10/3/2013. Poured into the IPA-specific Spiegelau glass from SN/DFH.

Appearance - Pours a jewel-like rich amber hue with highlights of yellow sun and darker shadows of golden-orange. Created by the laser etching on the bottom of the glass, a steady stream of carbonation bubbles rises up to a rocky two finger head. Head immediately starts to dissipate, but slowly, revealing a web of bursting bubbles, and sticky but sparse lacing. The color is bone white.

Smell - Fresh cut grass, light pine resin, honeysuckle and orange peel shavings all come through, but are not to be outdone by a healthy graham cracker-like base from the grain bill. It's not quite as intoxicatingly aromatic as some fresh-hop ales I've sampled, but it has that distinct forward pungency.

Taste - White grapefruit, citrus zest, bitter garden greens and even some hints of seared brussels sprouts and other pleasant vegetal qualities. Some earthy notes are also present, like peat moss, as well as the continued presence of malts, this time taking on a toasted sourdough characteristic. Lingering mild bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Luscious, medium-bodied mouthfeel, with carbonation on the high side of moderate. Juicy in feel, in spite of the flavor profiles being more herbal/earthy in nature. Very drinkable.

Overall, a wonderfully tasty beer, but not one I'm sure quite lives up to the comparatively increased effort it takes to get this one compared to say, Red's Rye, FBS, Founders Porter, etc. I'm actually pretty excited to see how my perception of the beer changes, if at all, as I work my way through the rest of the 4-pack.

Photo of cp45
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of chugalug06
3.26/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foggy, orange brew. White cloudy fluffy head. Lacing is on the rim only.

Crisp, yet unrefined aroma. Soapy, musty, and apricot.

Very wet, moist, crisp, bitter yet sweet. It hits the tongue in a odd way.. It doesn't finish clean or crisp. Very average flavors; nothing amazing or earth moving.

Very dry from the hops and doesn't excite too much. I'll take an Odell.

Photo of J-Bonestradamus
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Massbmx
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of AMCimpi
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of virinow
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of russwbeck
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy yellow pour with about a finger of wispy white head. Spotty lacing and the head doesn't stick around all that long.

S: Grassy hop smell with a ton of pineapple and grapefruit. Really a lot of different hops coming through. Sweet and dry.

T: The taste is all over the place with delicious hops. Grassy, fruity, floral, hardly any malts coming through, but they aren't missed. The hops all blend together for a wonderfully balanced beer. Dry hop finish.

MF: Light and crisp.

O: This is so drinkable, the dryness of the backend keeps you taking sips until it disappears. A wonderful Wet Hop Ale.

Photo of JVan
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of BB1313
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date noticeable. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a nice golden color with a slight haze, nice white foamy head and nice lacing. Great aromas! Lots of funky grapefruit, pine, and resin. The flavors don't quite match the nose, but they're still great. Very sticky! There's a smooth bitterness going on.. nothing over the top. I'm picking up more grapefruit, orange, and mango. Lots of citrus blended with a touch of caramel malts. There's a nice touch of sweetness going on as well. Right amount of carbonation, very smooth. This is an extremely easy drinking IPA.

This is a great wet-hopped ale, easily one of the better ones out there. Outstanding IPA from Founders.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Harvest Ale pours a hazy golden straw color with a mellow off-white head that exhibits decent retention. No real lace down the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light biscuit malt to go along with a pleasantly strong hop bitterness. Mostly a general bitterness, there are notes of grapefruit, mango, and a bit of pine.

Taste: The flavor is a pretty straight forward IPA. Softly sweet pale malts up front, followed by a very full and robust bitterness. Some grapefruit and mango go along with a good amount of pine. Overall, though, the bitterness is very full and deep, and it lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little bit lighter than medium, with a fuller than medium smooth and creamy carbonation. It is a little grainy, with a little bit of hop residue left on my tongue after each sip.

Overall: I thought everything about this was good, but no aspect truly overwhelmed me. It has been a few weeks since the release, so maybe it is a touch better fresh. Still very good, but the flavor was more of a flat bitterness than a strongly flavorful hoppiness.

Photo of antoines15
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: perfect gold body with a moderate head of white foamy bubbles and bits of lace

S: earthy, floral, mild citrus; some deeper pale malts sugars

T: delicious and wet grain and pale fruity malt with more dleicate citrus and floral flavors woven in; bitter and smooth drinking with some slight caramel sweetness

M: crisp, clean, refreshing, thirst-quenching-feeling; chewy bitter aftertaste; spot-on carbonation and body

O: another Founders classic; a very easy-drinking beer. Look for it every year.

Photo of ONUMello
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 10/2/13 poured into a tulip glass
A: Pale orange color with a one-finger head
S: Nice pine, citrus and tropical fruit. Very fresh
M: Very fresh, with flavors that match the nose
M: Medium-bodied, a touch oily, crisp
O: Tasty & well-made

Photo of brycevolk
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of HardyA
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of goochpunch
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a clear gold with a thick, white head and lots of bubbles. Malt in the nose reminds me of a blonde ale - pale and crackery. Big aromas of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. The flavor is light on the malt - very subdued. Hops flavor is big on tropical fruit and BO. Alcohol is present. Mouthfeel is solid and has a very mild carbonation. An awesome example of a wet hop beer.

Photo of Ajlvt
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of sprucetip
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, hazy, with a thin white head that doesn't last long. It does leave some patches of lacing, and is reasonably active.

Very pungent aroma that is primarily citrus and pine, but I get that some folks think that the hops give off a bit of an onion like scent. Early in the sample it is pure hop juice in the nose, not a hint of the grain bill. For the a wet hop ale, not a problem.

Medium bitterness hits right away and hangs in through the swallow, and stays after. It's not especially sharp or crass, but it's there and it's not going away anytime soon. This is clearly a hop dominated beer, but I am able to detect some underlying malty sweetness, including a wee nip a caramel. The very robust hop flavor is citrus and pine, but the pine element is not as harsh as in some beers, and the citrus not as perfumy or easy to label as a more specific citrus fruit. This is a really nice tasting IPA.

Well carbonated, medium body, mildly rich, smooth and easy drinking. Lingering bitterness is gentle, at least at first.

This beer is really good, and founders should be proud. Though I am one who thinks many BA's fret too much over the age of their IPA, this is one that probably will fade noticeably, being a fresh hop ale that is still quite fresh. The hop flavor and aroma are both very bright. If single IPA's typically had this kind of hop flavor, with its relatively moderate bitterness, maybe I would be less into DIPA? If you like hops and can get this fresh (or even fresh-ish), you should.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome extra sent from ChiTownPackFan (thanks man) poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bottled 10/4, sampled 10/25 -

A: Chill hazed straw color with orange hues and a small wispy white head with light lacing.

S: Fresh, juicy floral hop presence with lots of orange notes and bright citrus character...a bit of dank pine too, and some floral grapefruit notes.

T: Right in line with the nose, this is a tasty wet hop with lots of juicy, floral citrus notes. Good bitterness and a dry finish. Still juicy and floral, with a touch of biscuit coming through as it warms.

MF: Dry, medium-to-light mouthfeel with lingering flavors.

O: Its a good beer and I'm glad I got to try it. A highlight among other wet hop ales I've tried this fall, this is right up there with WET.

Photo of mtbdonn
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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