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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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3,016 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,016
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 285
Gots: 147 | 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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Photo of ThickNStout


4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 9.98/ 4 pack. Bottled 10/4/12. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours brilliant orange with a half finger near white head.

Smells of sweet wet citrus, pine and cat urine. Much nicer than my description may indicate.

Sharp crisp flavors of grapefruit, pepper, pine and a little biscuit. Delicious!

Medium light body with bright tingly carbonation.

For me this is the epitome of fresh wet hopped IPAs. Crisp, clean, hoppy and refreshing. Truly outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 19:16:16 | More by ThickNStout
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-19-2013 20:36:50 | More by drbenderdo
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-10-2012 06:58:21 | More by danthehopslamman
Photo of klewis


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label lists ABV at 6.5%

A: Pours a murky golden with a huge Duvel-like head. Lots of sustain and lacing.

S: Lots of nice citrusy hops aromas with a subtle not-so-nice solventy Pine-Sol aroma. Overall, decent.

T: A strong grapefruit taste, as if juice were added. Over-the-top hop flavor with plenty of bitterness to boot.

M: Medium-bodied with a fairly aggressive carbonation. Super dry and leaves the mouth feeling parched.

D: Subtlety is not what this beer is about when it comes to hops. It's not bad, but to my palate, some more balance would benefit this beer greatly.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 03:19:05 | More by klewis
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-26-2013 02:47:48 | More by megamass
Photo of ONUMello


4.26/5  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

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 07:37:00 | More by ONUMello
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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from Capone's after hearing good things about this year's release.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with some darker, more syrupy hues of amber. Two fingers + of foamy white head has excellent retention and yields some nice lacing stick. Smells fresh; citrus, pine resin, floral hops, caramel, grainy malt, and honey. Tastes of citrus fruits like grapefruit and pineapple, along with some lemon and even a touch of pear mixing with honey, grains, and saltine crackers in the backbone. Finishes with a spicy hop kick along with pine. Medium in body with fabulous carbonation for the style. A great balance of sweet and bitter with some saltiness thrown in to keep the tongue active. Creamy yet crisp with some good lip smacking action, and really fresh tasting. After having a bottle of last year's batch last year around this time I thought it was more of a British style IPA, but this year I'm really impressed with it. Very easy to drink, tastes excellent, and could definitely be sessioned. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 03:38:26 | More by HopDerek
Photo of bnes09


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

Light yellow-orange in color. Frothy white head towers over the brew and sticks to the glass.

Beautiful bouquet of citrus fruits in the aroma, namely apricot and tangerine. Robust, almost sensual hop aromas lure me in.

Hops dominate from the start. Bright and lively citrusy, orange, apricot, pine and mango hop flavor. Good malt character with a smooth, bready tone to balance the hops.

Medium bodied brew with lots of bubbles. Satisfying dry finish.

Excellent brew. Very lively and hoppy. Unlike any other fall seasonal I have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 06:02:57 | More by bnes09
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-21-2012 02:00:15 | More by Horbar
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-06-2012 01:03:03 | More by Dirtinabottle
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-12-2014 21:18:39 | More by ralerwen
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 120z bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

The bottle states this one is 70 ibu's and 6.5%abv.

Pours a light tangerine color with some haze. Some yellowish type highlights in the light. This one is topped off with a little less then half a finger of head that is white and thin.

Smell is fresh and clean. A lot of fruit and even a candy like sweetness in the nose. Pineapple, mango and kiwi dominate the nose. Smells delicious. Time to dive in.

Taste pretty much mimics the nose. Lots of fruit and a light pineapple juice flavor going on here. This is a really tasty ale. There isn't a ton of hop bitterness but just enough on the finish to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and smooth. Just enough carbonation makes this one extremely easy to drink.

Like i said previously. This one is very high on the drinkability scale. Light fruity crisp and refreshing. I could definitely session this one. Founders is in the upper tier of breweries in the world. I knew this would be another great brew from them and i wasn't disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 02:01:13 | More by BigMike
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New York

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

A - This one pours a nice golden yellow, that also has a hint of orange to it. It has a small white head that left good lacing on the glass.

S - The smell is that of earthy hops. There are also notes of pine, grass, citrus, and also some fruitiness.

T - The hops are right up front. There is a bit of sweetness and fruit notes, but the hops are the star of this beer. The finish is hoppy, and has a peppery bite to it as well. The hops stick to mouth and fade slowly.

M - This has a medium body with medium carbonation. The finish is dry, and also has a sticky quality to it.

D - I think this is a good APA. At first I thought this may have been an IPA. It goes down very easy and is refreshing. I would try this on again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 19:07:52 | More by JizackFH
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A nice and very welcomed extra from a recent trade. Beer is a hazy golden yellow with half a finger of white head consisting of tight small bubbles. Head dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing to a small collar of bubbles and a spotty film on the surface. Lots of carbonation initially after the pour, but it settles down quickly to only a few small bubbles floating up every now and then.

Nose isn't as strong in aromas as I was expecting. There is some decent complexity though, light orange and peach, and some light floral notes, good caramel and grainy malt sweetness.

Much better flavor on the tongue though, more tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, as well as the orange and peach from the nose. Then some citrus and floral hop bitterness before the light caramel malt. Finish is dry with lingering light tropical fruit and floral hops.

Light body beer with some light carbonation. Decently refreshing and easy to drink beer though.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:59:20 | More by nataku00
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from a local store in Grand Rapids. Bought a single only.

It has a really nice copper color and smells like straight hops!! A really great smelling IPA. It is a pretty balanced IPA with a decent malt backbone and finishes with a hop blast that is bitter as hell. A really fresh tasting hop bomb that I am glad I tried. Super drinkable

A little too expensive for what it is, but what a great beer!! Founders always comes through!!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 02:38:19 | More by JDizzle
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle dated 10/4/12 poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Crystal clear, pale golden with a half-finger, white, sudsy head.

S: Fresh hops--notes of orangey citrus, light pine, light dank, and light bitter hop notes. Very pleasant.

T: The hops are the star of the show here--fresh and bright. Orange citrus up front, yielding to a semi-dry hoppy finish. Not super bitter, but just enough on the back of the tongue. Light pine in the picture as well. Very nice.

M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Well done for the lighter style.

O: A great fresh hop ale, one that I quite enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 00:17:37 | More by Hophead717


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-15-2013 16:43:41 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-04-2012 23:26:58 | More by durlta
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thinnest layer of tightly packed foam, golden yellow - 4.00, S: Full fresh/green hop aroma, smells like a pine forest - 4.25, T: Sharp but not an extreme hop bit, pale malt backing, somewhat dry - 4.00, M: 3.50, D: Another success from Founders, this beer has just enough hop bite to border on the IPA line, full flavored and wonderfully done with the fresh hops - 4.50

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 02:58:40 | More by deereless
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-21-2013 19:29:36 | More by Celtics76
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-10-2013 18:48:48 | More by JMUbrewz
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lately Fresh Hop Ales have been disappointing me somewhat, but I figured that if any brewery would impress me with theirs, it would be Founders. This Pale Ale poured a hazy golden color, with an average sized head...did not last very long, and eventually became a white lace...pretty pedestrian so far. Smelling this one right out of the bottle, I could tell I had something interesting. This one is busting at the seams with grapefruit and resiny hop smells. Pine, earth and more citrus also come to mind, but the hops are dominating. Tasting this beer is like turning the volume up on an amp to ten suddenly. The burst of hop flavor sort of rises on the palate, but tones down just as quickly. Again, the hops play the biggest part. The size of this beer is a notch or two above light, making it a good session brew. I should have gone for the four pack instead of the single with this beer. Rates amongst the top of the pack for fresh hop ales I have encountered. So much hop flavor, most IPA's and DIPA's pale in comparison. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 01:33:22 | More by jamie2dope


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-16-2011 04:40:56 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -12%

05-28-2014 20:13:17 | More by Mikeypnh
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/04/12. 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a bright amber body. Really strong orange color.One finger white head forms but dissipates quickly. Decent lacing and retention.

S - Tropical forward with notes of papaya, mango, and orange juice. Fresh floral and grassy notes. Doesn't smell bitter or over the top. Subtle bready malts on the finish.

T - Orange and mango juice, resin, floral hops and a light caramel cracker finish. Tasty and extremely balanced. Mouth feel is medium bodied with the perfect level of carbonation. Somewhere in between slick and syrupy. Bitterness and alcohol are quite low.

O - A very delicious and well balanced wet hop ale. I could drink this all day (and presumably pass out). Get it while its nice and fresh!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 06:02:43 | More by davey101
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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