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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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3,775 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,775
Reviews: 972
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 328
Gots: 311 | FT: 11
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 BikeChef
3.34/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I look forward to getting my hands on this beer every year. Unfortunately, this really doesn't live up to the greatness of past years. It truly deserved the hype. The fresh hop presence is subdued this time around. It's pleasant, but this is a very expensive beer in my parts. I'd take the far less costly fresh hop SN Celebration this year (it's excellent) over Founders even if Founders were the same price! Disappointed.

Photo of Nunya
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of AnalogErik
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of LSMroz
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Maillard
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of mrchrisray
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this beer into a Dogfish Head tulip reveals a beautiful golden orange color with wonderful clarity. A snow white head settles into a white ring leaving minimal lacing. Intense aromas of grapefruit, pine resin, pineapple, and, well, wet hops fill your nose. Layers of hops coat the palate followed by a massive amount of citrus and a light touch of yeast. Great acidity makes your mouth water for more followed by the quintessential hop bitterness. A classic IPA that I wish was made year round, but you have to remember it's made with the first hops of the season. This is something to look forward to each year.

Photo of TheSSG
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge, dense, white head. A nice, bright grapefruit aroma; I can smell the resin, haha. As the head settles the aroma becomes very orange-like. This just smells wonderful. Turbid, gold-straw color. Starts with hoppy pine sap, a nice bitterness. Peaks into a poignant, high citrus rind bitterness with a lot of greenness. This ramp up is a nice, noticeable step. Then the citrus rind lingers, taking on a touch more of the pine characteristic.

This is really nice. I like the greenness of the hops in this. Not too bitter, either. Very well done.

Photo of DrewShalvoy
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jnardone235
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MarkGutz
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Feeling lucky. I stumbled upon when searching out a new place. Bottled on date of 10/2.
Nice aroma. Complex and unique. Nice fruit, but also nice soft spice. A little bit of fresh cannabis and a touch of soap.
White head with good stamina and sticky lacing. Gold and mostly clear.
Nice soft feel. Lighter body, yet bigger feel with both the clean malt and shot of alcohol warmth.
Flavors are not as bold as I would have anticipated. A soft bite (more of a loving nibble) of bitterness that really hangs on for a very extended finish. Soft pale malt that is a little doughy, but also a little grainy. Hops are a little green, grassy and herbal, but really lacking and fruitiness that I would expect.
I bet this one is not considered one of the better years for this Harvest Ale. This is okay, but nothing like the exceptional beer that has been advertised in previous years.

Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Pours a nice straw color, pretty clear and a very modest head. The smell is classic citrus hops, not too strong, but noticeable and nice. The taste follows suit. It tastes exactly how a good, solid American IPA should taste. It won't knock any socks off, but it's very good and you'd enjoy this any time. Reminds me of Sculpin.

Photo of hikeeba
2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of dth4lf
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a clear golden color with a sudsy white head that retains nicely long after the pour, some patches of lace sticking

S- very clean hops bill, picking up some fresh mint, piney, a touch of citrus

T- lots of fruity flavors up front, some floral and leafy hops kick in mid-palate, there's just a touch of sweet bready malt underlying, the finish is dry with a blast of fresh mint that lingers long after

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly creamy finish

O- one of the cleanest and freshest tasting IPAs out there, loving the minty notes and so easy to drink, even at 7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,775 ratings.