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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,819 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 3,819
Reviews: 975
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 338
Gots: 323 | FT: 8
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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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass. Very small amount of head. It is a golden, hazy almost amber color. Has a nice citrus smell, but nothing over the top. The flavor is good. Some Orange, Citrus up front. It does have a bitter finish which lingers a little bit. This is not a heavy beer, its fairly medium for mouthfeel. Overall I feel this has a good balance of the citrus and bitterness,although I was not expecting the bitter to last as long after each sip, still a very drinkable IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - This beer is a hazy light amber with an inch of off-white head.

S - The smell has some citrus. I also get some grass like a freshly mowed lawn.

T - The taste is full of citrus with a bitter, piney, resin finish.

M - It is smooth and moderately carbonated. Medium feel.

O - As one would expect from Founders, this is a terrific beer. It is a little more bitter than I care for in an IPA. I like more citrus, but I will drink a lot of these while in season.

Photo of plsmanx
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of gr0g
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes on 2013 version (7.6% ABV), one month from bottling, on which review scores are based:

Slight haze, more of an amber color. Head is about two fingers high and leaves a very nice crown of lace. Aroma is grassy and "grapefruity" overall, without much in the way of tropical citrus notes. Fresh and floral, but not all that vibrant. This is a significant regression from my experience with last year's version, and the aroma can be described as nothing more than "nice."

Flavor remains predominantly dry and hop-focused, though it does seem like the malt backbone is more robust. It treads in a neutral ground between puckering bitterness, malty sweetness, and fruity/estery. It's simultaneously well-balanced and a bit lacking in character. Mouthfeel remains excellent. I'm finding it hard to score this review -- Harvest Ale 2013 is still a very good IPA, but it's falling well short of my recollection of previous years. I recommend picking up a 4-pack, but don't pick up any more (as I did) without trying it first.

Notes on 2012 version (6.5% ABV) from 11/19/2012:
Slightly hazy, straw colored. Kind of an uninspiring head with only splotchy lacing. Fortunately, things only get better. Wonderfully fresh hop aromas of citrus and resiny pine. Swirl the glass, take a whiff, and grapefruit rind becomes more apparent. One of the most aromatic IPAs I've had. Sharp bitterness greets the tongue, leading to a pithiness and dryness on the finish. 70 IBUs sounds about right. The malt body is well in the background, light and cracker-like. Bitter citrus rind and some resin are at the forefront. Mouthfeel hits all the right notes with respect to carbonation and hop oils. Having tried this, my enthusiasm for Sierra Nevada Celebration is admittedly dulled a bit - Founders Harvest truly showcases the beauty of fresh, wet hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of 2Xmd
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 10/02/13.

Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head. Smells of pine and citrus. Mouthfeel of sticky chewy hops. Taste is of resinous piney hops with citrus flavors of tangerine and orange. Nice slightly bitter finish. Overall an awesome example of a freshly wet hopped ale. Will be anxiously awaiting this next year.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,819 ratings.