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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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3,042 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,042
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 304
Gots: 148 | FT: 4
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

jwgkicks, Dec 11, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with some golden yellow highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that slowly reduces to medium sized thick patch, a thin film covering the rest of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass - showing some very nice retention properties. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops that is very pleasant and enjoyable.

T: Light amounts of maltiness upfront but the majority of the flavors in this beer come from the hops - first there are moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit but then there is a light to moderate amount of pine/resin hop flavors in the finish. Light amounts of bitterness which linger.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp with a light amount of lingering slickness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with really nice hop aromas and flavors but still well balanced between the malts and hops so it is not overly bitter. The smell is very enticing and this beer does not disappoint. Definitely one of my favorite of the fresh hop IPAs available in the fall. Easy to drink and just about sessionable.

dbrauneis, Dec 11, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

JessxSpikes, Dec 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Hallce2, Dec 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

danthehopslamman, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Mcvs1507, Dec 10, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear gold/copper colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit/oranges mixed with some herbal/grassy notes. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with some lingering herbal/hoppy bitter notes.

Overall – Another winner from founders. While I prefer some of their other IPA's, this is still a delicious and well crafted brew. The herbal/grassy notes work well for the holiday season.

spinrsx, Dec 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

CMUbrew, Dec 09, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

C20Percent, Dec 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

eagles22, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearly one of the better examples of the fresh hop style. That being said, for me, this beer suffers from the same overly aggressive and super resinous quality that many have; the hops and accompanying oils are so fresh and assertive that they almost outshine the actual flavors and bury them a bit in bitterness.

The look is a lightly hazed dark gold; sizeable white head with strong retention and lace, all around excellent appearance. Awesome aroma as expected; tons of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, orange and lemon. Mild malt detected beneath, but you have to dig in to get at it. This is all about the hops.

The flavor as mentioned above is quite nice but somewhat usurped by the potent resiny quality of the hops, and that’s coming from a certifiable hophead. I taste less of the fruity citrus flavors observed in the aroma, and while there are nice notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange, the tongue is lashed somewhat, obscuring them, and keeping the gentle caramel malt backbone well-hidden. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is long and fairly bitter.

Medium body and carbonation, right on the money for an IPA. The best of the fresh hop beers of the year, I think, but maybe I’m not as crazy about this sub-style anymore as many others seem to be these days.

tobelerone, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

dalepryor, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Imacopyouidiot, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

ssimpson89, Dec 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

langchops, Dec 06, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. single purchased from MSCM. 6 oz. served in a C&B tulip on November 9th, 2012.

A - Very clear,straw-golden color. Thin, one finger white head with quick reduction. Moderate lacing.

S - This gets close to the target. Sticky hop resin. Dank. Herbal. Slight fruit juices. Touch of caramel malts. Quite inviting.

T - Mellow. Boring even. Wet hop bitterness, fresh grass, and bready carbonation. The back half of the palate is severely underwhelming in overall flavor.

M - Light medium body, low carbonation, lightly dry finish.

D - Smells better than it tastes. It's just too... polite. It's reasonably accessible, but I'm not sure it shows me anything I haven't seen before. Disappointment here.

Auracom, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, Rhode Island:

A- Pours a every-so-slightly hazy golden yellow body with a very small white head that reduces quickly and leaves little lacing. Looks adjunct.

S- Freshly cut grass, fresh herbs, citrus, resin. Smells absolutely delicious. A rare 5 for aromas.

T- Fantastic. Grapefruit and citrus notes upfront, ends with a tasty resinous pine flavor.

M- Medium carbonation, slightly thin body. Refreshing.

Another great from Founders. Overall, a tasty and complex harvest ale. One of the best, if not the best autumn beer this year. Scoop some off the shelf if you still can. Can't wait till next year!

gcamparone, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

outoffocus, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

oldvines, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

aaronblain22, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

RES, Dec 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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, Dec 04, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/04/12. Wish I would've landed one of these sooners. It's always been one of my favorite IPAs. Not the freshest example, but we'll see what we're holding here.

Light tangerine-amber in color with a stay-put inch of white head. Bubbles seen rising up from the bottom of the glass. A few swoop marks of foam stuck to the glass.

Still getting some sick hop aromatics here. Lime, grapefruit, cucumber, melon, and a lot of pine. Not the usual super-dry malt that I was expecting from past experiences with this gem. A little sweeter with that hint of Maillard effect.

Follows the nose, but with juicy tropical fruit notes abound in the forms of papaya and starfruit. More pine and bitter citrus. Lime, green mango, grapefruit, and some floral character. Such an excellent IPA. Light biscuity malts play around with a light toast note.

These under-7% IPAs drink so easy, especially when they're constructed this well. Medium body and spicy carbonation keep the hop oils on the tongue where they should be. Great feel. My glass is nearly empty already.

My favorite Founders IPA. One of six or seven beers that I look forward to when the fall approaches, and high on that particular list.

thecheapies, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

swetsastonic, Dec 04, 2012
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4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Harvest Ale poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow. Small head that goes away almost immediately. This is the color I look for when I pour my IPAs

S: Smells of a citrusy pine. Maybe some orange peel thrown in there as well. If the smell is anything like the taste then this will be pretty damn good.

T: Delicious, the taste follows the smell pretty well. Some hop bitterness kicks in afterwards. Citrus and orange peel accompanies the pine very well. This is a quality IPA. The taste will be why I buy more of this in the future.

M: A thick but thin mouthfeel. As I swished this around my mouth, I instantly had the hankering for another sip. This is how it's supposed to be done.

Overall: This is a pretty damn good IPA. The hop intensity isn't as much as say a SN Hoptimum but this may be on the level of a Maine Beer Co. Lunch which may be my favorite IPA. Another Founders brew that impresses. Founders is quickly becoming my brewery of choice. Well done.

RichD, Dec 04, 2012
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,042 ratings.