Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,783
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 329
Gots: 310 | FT: 10
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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.04/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No label information. Founders Harvest Ale is brewed in the style of a Wet-Hopped Harvest IPA. Available as a fall release beer in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft. Reviewed alongside a 2013 bottle (1 year aged) for comparison.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Founders' snifter glass. Served above 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a golden white color over a mildly hazy golden amber body with thin haziness in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is light and clingy. 4.25

(Smell) Juicy grapefruit and citrus along with the earthy, bittering rinds of all tropical citrus fruits blended in. The bitterness is surprisingly low allowing the hops to generate a lot of aroma without the burden of a bold bitterness. The malt aroma is very simple and mild, pale malt with a touch of biscuity crystal sweetness for body, taking a back seat to the wet hop aromas. Aromatically pleasing all around. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Fantastic juicy wet hop notes of well-rounded citrus, grapefruit and floral notes with an ideal level of bitterness, well in-tune with the soft, clean pale malt body. Very accessible for a harvest ale, highly drinkable. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, chewy, modestly dry. Carbonation generates a silky, smooth frothiness for a soft, mildly frothy mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters to note. 4

(Overall) This is a phenomenal Harvest Ale that truly wins in balance and simplicity. Neither the bitterness nor the malt profile approach over-the-top presence and the showcase of hop flavors hits the mark on just what we expect out of quality wet hops. Founders Harvest Ale should be considered amongst the top of their beers and easily a hot contender for one of the best American Harvest Ales available for the fall season. I'd also recommend this beer as a great introductory harvest ale to the hop-phobic individual looking for something simple and unique as a great introduction to harvest ale styles. 4.25

Founders Brewing Company's
Harvest Ale
4.18/5.00

Vertical Reviews:

2013 (1 Year aged): A slightly creamier, foamier head over a considerably more hazy body, golden amber color. Retains equally as well with less lacing over the fresh batch. The aroma dips south sharply from the fresh batch, very grainy, gaining funk and musty old hop aromas. Alongside a fresh batch, 1-year-old harvest ale is not nearly as easy to drink, with trace peppery and herbal hop aromas remaining alongside a muddied hop profile, and while the malt profile is simple enough to not decay to a dreadful state, the graininess certainly shows, hampering drinkability significantly. Texture is slick, oily and lightly dry, carbonation is a bit more crisp in this vintage although pleasantly smooth still. Alcohol presence is moderate-high and off characters outside of a Harvest Ale past its prime are minimal to none. I suspect that the simplicity and hop-led profile of this ale amongst other more malt-driven Harvest ales keeps it from being a good aging candidate. I don't recommend cellaring this beer at all and suggest drinking all of it as fresh as possible.

Recommended Vintage: Drink Fresh! (You'll regret otherwise!)

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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.82/5  rDev -10.5%

Appearance - 4.5/5
Pours a clear golden-orange, with about 1-2 fingers of slightly off-white head. Lots of large carbonation bubbles can be seen rising up the beer. The head stays around for a long time. Very nice.

Smell - 3.8/5
Fresh, pine-citrus hops. The citrus seems more dominant than the pine, which I like. Smells like it has a bit of spiciness to it (though it's just the strong, fairly bitter hops).

Taste - 4/5
The pine-citrus hop flavor from the smell dominates. It's fairly bitter (70 IBU). There are additional citrus flavors in the taste, and also a slight resinous/syrupy character. I am not a big hop fan, but this is quite drinkable for me, which is a plus.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Quite smooth. Crisp, with a medium-intensity carbonation kick near the end of the sip. Medium bodied.

Overall - 3.75/5
Not being a fan of hoppy beers, I tried to be fair to the style, and given that, I found this to be a quite nice IPA. The hoppiness is definitely present, but not overpowering.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.84/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +3%

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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.44/5  rDev +4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.04/5  rDev -28.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,783 ratings.