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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: 4,198
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 18.53%
Wants: 388
Gots: 442 | FT: 9
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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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 frasergrove
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: hazy light golden pale, frothy white head which settles in slowly

S: very light vegetal aroma from the wet hops, mixed with light citrus and hints of bread

T: not super bitter, lightly sweet and creamy, malt provides a good chunk of the flavor

F: super smooth, not too bitter, clean finish

O: very nice wet hop ale, most I have had are overly vegetal, this one balances that out by leading with a sweet malty backbone

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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 K-Dog
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color. Great hoppy aroma. So refreshing. It seems like founders made more of this this year which is a good thing. Always look forward to this each fall. The best of the best when it comes wet hopped ales. Well done

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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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Photo of DavidEddie
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color. A nice thick head settles quickly to some sticky lacing around the edges on my pint glass. Smells of citrus orange and grapefruit hops. Taste of some light pine, juicy grapefruit and balanced with some sweet malt. Some green leaf appeared as it warmed. Not complex, kind of simple in flavor. But never the less, very delicious. Mouth feel is light and has a nice carbonated fizz to it. Overall drinkability is very good. I like this one. Has enough going on to enjoy many through out the night. Recommended!

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Photo of JCaweinstein
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored, a little cloudy with a good amount of carbonation. Two finger, creamy white head. This beer looks great!
Smells of grapefruit and has a resinous hop aromas are jumping out of this thing.
Tastes like grapefruit, followed by toasty maltiness, well balanced.
Light to medium bodied, bitter hops up front followed by toasty maltiness and grapefruit finish leaving a touch of a bitter aftertaste.
A very hoppy smelling and tasting beer, it looks very good and smells very good as well, a hop lovers delight.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass
Ap- golden and almost perfectly clear. half inch white head that doesnt stick around too long. decent lacing though.

Ar- very hoppy with some citrus notes. a little bit of biscuity malt too, but not much.

T- grapefruit, other citrus notes and rich, oily hops baby!

M- light body and good carbonation. after sitting in the mouth for a while you get that sweet sweet oily hop residue up in your grill.

O- one awesome IPA. You did it again Founders. Now quit making all these 4 packs and give us this stuff (and FBS) in 6 packs!

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a brilliant clear golden body with one finger white fluffy head. Decent amount of lacing, head did dissipate to next to nothing in a short time.

S - nose is a wave of fresh hops, lots of citrus, floral, and tea. Ample malt wafts through adding a crisp cereal character. The aroma exudes freshness, delicious fresh hop water.

T - very hop forward and fresh. Lots of citrus and some pine, slight earthiness. It isn't just one sided though, the malt is more then adequate to balance out the hops, crisp cereal, biscuit and some sweetness. Finish is bitter enough to balance but not overly brash.

M - carbonation is smooth and the mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, finishes a little sweet.

O - overall a great beer, has the unmistakeable wet hop flavor, very smooth and well balanced. I think the execution is great and it is a perfect example of a fresh wet hopped ale. I get excited every year for Sierra Nevada's fresh/wet hop offerings, and its good to enjoy another brewer's iteration.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into globe glass.

Appearance: a clear golden yellow color with a finger of fine bubbly white head.

Smells: a big citrus hop nose that clashes with a great pine backbone.

Tastes: I pick out a mild bitter orange and a huge pine hop taste which I really enjoy.

Mouthfeel: a well carbonated with a little tingle from the 6.5%, but very easy drinking. It has a unusual dry finish that leaves a citrus pine aftertaste.

Overall: I really enjoyed this ale. It has layers of flavors that are pretty common with Founders and yet again did not disappoint me. A favorite as far as a seasonal brew for me.

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

Date on bottle is smudged

A - Poured out a one finger white head with a clear slight hop hazed bright golden brew.

S - Fresh grapefruit hops, lemon rind, earthiness, bready caramel malts with a sweet smell.

T - Like the nose its grapefruit, orange peel, lemon rind, slight mint, earthiness, not much of a malt balance mostly hops leading this one with some bready caramel notes in the background which go throughout. No trace of alcohol. Can you say freshly hoped up. Leaves a wonderful bitter aftertaste like no other ale. Gets more pleasant tasting as the hops build.

M - This one is soft medium to light bodied and really goes down easy. Carbonation light and keeps this one slightly crisp. Pretty dry in the mouth and makes you want more even though you just had a drink. Not a thirst quencher.

O - I do not believe this is the freshest bottle but it still is a great hoped up harvest ale. Slides down almost to easy and I want more. Oh my these could get dangerous. Its worth a try if you like harvest ales, and you will not be disappointed with the hops profile because the flavor stands out the most, Cheers!

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Photo of handcrafty
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Hop perfection in a glass. It smacks your tongue, and you're all like - "Whoa!", and then, it mellows out, and you're like "Ahh" .. and then you have another, by the time you look up, you realize you've gone through the whole 4-pack in a little over an hour.


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Photo of caskstrength
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A few 2009 4-packs.

Pour is what you would expect. Straw yellow. Clear with no haze. White head.

Smells are citrusy piney goodness. Some earthiness too. Getting excited here.

Taste: Juicy hops, earthy and fresh; wonderfully so. Raw and pungent, but not overwhelming or biting, just sitting there comfortably. I would also use crisp, bright, quenching as descriptors. I was not expecting this level of greatness.

Very easy drinking. ABV in a good range if you want to drink a few and still function.
After one, I want another, and another.
Really a pleasure to drink this, very refreshing.

I will be stocking up on this beer every fall from now on. Makes me want to move to Grand Rapids, MI, so I can have this as fresh as possible whenever released.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on draft at Founders on Harvest Day.

Harvest Ale pours a clear, brassy shade of gold with a soapy, 1-finger head. The aroma is where this one shines: light orange, white peaches, apple skin, pine, and caramel. Smells fantastic, fruity, herbal, and almost tea-like. Taste is very citrusy, with distinct flavors of sugary lemon, orange, and grapefruit. But it's a slightly sweet, rather than bitter, citrus flavor that's very refreshing. There's a strong hop presence, but it's flowery, muted, and lightly piney. The mouthfeel is just right: medium-bodied, medium-carbed, and slightly dry.

Founders nailed this one…my favorite in the harvest ale genre.

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Photo of roan22
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this wet-hop ale at Capone's. It is 70 IBUs and 6.5%

It is a very light orangey yellow color, appeared fresh and carbonated appropriately. Minimal lacing and head. A medium body.

Very nice aromatic hop aroma, very citrusy. Taste is hops blast of citrus and pine resin, also mintyness present at the end. Finishes somewhat clean but I detect a nice mild lasting bitterness present.

Balanced very well, smooth and extremely drinkable, this harvest ale from Founders went down very well, IMO it blows their Centennial IPA out of the water. Cheers.

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Photo of kasper
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a real cloudy golden orange with a huge fluffy off-white head that gives way ever so slowly, leaving batches of sticky lacing all around the glass.

S: Really fresh wet hops, somewhat grassy and earthy with hints of what reminds me of green olive brine.

T: This one is a hop monster. All hops here with a good supporting pale malt backbone, but the taste is predominately strong, earthy and perfume-like hops. Not sure I'd call it floral because hop flavor is a bit sharper. Noticeable lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: Highly carbonated, medium bodied, slightly slick and oily but not too heavy.

D: This is a pleasant treat. Kind of like a strong IPA that's a tad shy on the malt flavor, though the malt pronounces itself more as the beer warms. I'm not sure this is a brew you'd want to drink all night, but tasty as a starter.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent head. Smell is full of hops, sticky and thick. Taste is just the same, very hoppy and sweet. So much hop flavor in this one. Not an overbearing bitterness to such a hoppy taste. Very surprising and a great beer. One of the best beers I've had with such a strong presence of hops.


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Photo of mcann2pu
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- pours into my Ommegang glass a yellow/ almost amber color with small bubbles rising to the surface of the glass,
s- very strong smell of hops overwhelms the smell here,
t- hops dominates this one, very good taste pine/ cirtus tasting hops,
d- its drinkable, wouldn't have more then a few at one time because of the hop oil taste on this one,

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