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Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by granger10 on 10-24-2004

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Reviews: 1,064 | Ratings: 4,293
Photo of CNoj012
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark gold color with a big bright white head that quickly disappears to only a small ring around the outside with a few small islands in the middle. The smell is fresh floral, some citrus notes and some grassiness. Taste is similar. Feel is medium with a lot of carbonation. Overall this beer is very good. Last year this beer blew me away. I'm not sure if my pallet has changed or the recipe has changed.

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Photo of Krisp09
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: 1 finger white head with some lacing that quickly dissipates with each sip. Aroma: amazingly strong floral with lighter citrus. Taste: floral up front with great malt backbone, finish is citrus and great bitterness. Mouthfeel: medium with some astringency from alcohol. Overall: one of best smelling IPAs I have ever had that delivers on taste with floral and citrus hops

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, bottled 10/01/2015.

Appearance: Pours a deep straw with 1.5 fingers of head

Smell: Grassy hop aromas with some pine as well as faint cracker notes

Taste: Hops dominate. Really bright and clean flavor that is powerful in its bitterness but grassy and pine flavors to give a satisfying finish

Mouthfeel: Dry and medium

Overall: This feels like a similar malt bill to Double Trouble with the change of lower ABV and of course incorporating wet hops. The clean malt presence really leads to bright hope note that really showcase the use of wet hops.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer poured and then settled as a slightly murky, pretty golden-yellow appearance with visible carbonation. Thin retention is left after the pour with some patching lacing on the sides. Great wallop of a smells such as, but not limited to, a burnt clove aroma, earthy hops and grains, and citrus flavors like lemon, oranges, grapefruit. Taste follows the aromas with some balanced, bittersweet citrus mixed with what tasted like sugar or honey. Really good carbonation; the drink was great to drink thanks to its crisp, medium body. Overall, fantastic dimensions to this drink, especially its look and aromas.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours clear golden, finger white head fasted leaving lots of lace. Mild citrusy grassy aroma. Light toasty malt with fresh grassy hops, some citrus peel. Semi dry finish, medium soft mouthfeel. Very clean taste. Overall a very good fresh hop ipa, has a kinda pilsner aftertaste and grassy earthy bitterness. Different but like it.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light straw color with a two finger fluffy white head. Aroma is great, with citrus, tropical fruits, grass, and hops. Taste follows with citrus, grass, a bit of earth, and a nice bready, malty background. Mouthfeel is medium and smoothly drinkabke. Overall, a very nice fresh hop ale, and ipa, being on par with others I've tried, and another horse in the large, impressive stable of founders.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Harvest Ale has a fairly thin, slightly off-white head, a clear, burnished gold appearance, and low level lacing. The aroma is of citrus hop oil, and the flavor is of sweet, white bread, citrus hops, not-too-heavy bitterness, and biscuit. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Founders Harvest Ale finishes dry and drinkable.


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Photo of cmf
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz to becker. Clear golden pour with moderate head. Lots of effervescence. Strong, fresh, citrus and hops aroma. Bitter and sweet with a foamy feel. Almost like a cider. Overall a good fresh IPA.

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Photo of tzieser
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle date is 10/1/15

L: golden in color with a slight haze. Fluffy white head that settles into a modest lacing

S: big citrus hop aroma. lots of grapefruit. a little bit of malt sweetness and alcohol in the back.

T: juicy citrus hop flavors with notes of pineapple and tangerines. malt backbone does its job and keeps the beer from being too bitter. Alcohol is noticeable but pleasant. A great wet hopped ale.

M: slightly dry mouthfeel

O: one of the better harvest ales on the market. Definitely worth trying if you see it but the price is pretty unreasonable. $12/4 pack.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Though the aromatic hop profile of this is a tad weak next to something like Born Yesterday or even Sensi Harvest, this still has a decent character in general. There are the usual citrusy and piny tones, yet there are also notes of grass and even tropical fruit. Caramel-laden malts plays a significant role of balancing this beer. My main niggle is simple - even at just a month old, the hops seem almost too mild. Tasting it, it follows the nose quite well. The hoppiness of the flavor seems piny, grassy, and earthy, yet there are twinges of citrus lying around. Toasty malt sweetness helps finish this beer off. This one is fairly balanced for a wet hop IPA, yet it remains fairly crisp and dry to finish. I get this beer - it's a wet hop IPA for those who don't want their heads blown off with millions of hop cones. For me, I wish it had a bit more 'pop'.

3.57/5: Solid as hell, just not a top-tier wet hop IPA

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Photo of tbryan5
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A little different from what I was expecting from Founders. Not bad by any means, but unique. The best way I can explain it as having and earthy, nutty, woody taste in an APA. Very good. I guess the wet hops add these characteristics where dry hops cannot. Not the greatest APA, but different and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Definitely pick it up if you can.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: the beer is a clear golden amber color, with a slightly darker orange hint. 1 finger somewhat thin white head that leaves a good lacing as it recedes

s: big juicy onion and garlic hop aroma upfront. zesty mango and pineapple followed by a smooth caramel malt. this is one of those beers where the smell of the hops just makes your mouth water

t: taste is a bit sweeter than the aroma. mango and onion up front. following behind those is some juicy malt sweetness and more of that mellow onion/garlic hop flavor. this flavor is extremely smooth and balanced

m: lighter side of medium, with medium carbonation

o: definitely impressed with this beer. the nose is enough to make your mouth water, and the flavor backs that up. it is so smooth and balanced. each flavor - hop, sweet, bitter, roles into each other in a very harmonized fashion

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - nice golden amber color with a white head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - pine, lots of it. orange and grapefruit peel. vegetal. some light bready malt in the back.
T - Lots of bitter pine and grapefruit, almost a peppery kind of flavor in there too. Vegetal. Bready malts on the back.
M - light to medium. Alc covered. aftertaste is bitter grapefruit peel.
O - Good, above average beer. Doesn't blow me out of the water though. Not sure if I'd really say it's worthy of the 94 rating it has, esp considering Backwoods Bastard only gets a 94 also. That said, it's exactly what it's supposed to be and for the category probably the best I've tried.

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Photo of nizzle8287
4.86/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 10/01/2015, poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass at about 45 degrees F. Straw colored with just a tinge of light orange in the most dense area of the glass. Two fingers of white head that dissipates to a film within 2-3 minutes. I smell a bit of pine, caramel sweetness, and orange peel. Very well balanced on the palette, with moderate, but appropriate carbonation. Kind of resinous feeling as it makes it's way down my throat, saturating my whole mouth with pine, orange, maybe a little apricot, and very slight caramel sweetness. Only a very minor alcohol presence, but I think that adds to the flavor profile because it's so well blended. Overall I think this is a fantastic wet hop IPA, and at 8.99 a 4 pack, I think it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: hazy light golden pale, frothy white head which settles in slowly

S: very light vegetal aroma from the wet hops, mixed with light citrus and hints of bread

T: not super bitter, lightly sweet and creamy, malt provides a good chunk of the flavor

F: super smooth, not too bitter, clean finish

O: very nice wet hop ale, most I have had are overly vegetal, this one balances that out by leading with a sweet malty backbone

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Photo of fscottkey
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.50] Very transparent straw colored beer. The beer forms a 1/2 finger of white head. The head has some linger to it. The bottle lists the ABV(7.6%) and there is a born on date of (09/30/15).

S: [3.75] Grassy and piney.

T: [3.50] Starts with a resinous pine flavor. Leads into some nice malt sweetness in the middle.

M: [3.50] The mouthfeel is very dry, like a dry wine. The finish is relatively short continuing the dry theme.

O: [3.75] This is a decent beer but nothing stands out. The flavor is solid and drinkable but I expected more. More, bitter, more citrus, more pine - more something. That goes for the nose and the taste. I have had beers with 2% less ABV and more flavor and complexity. This is still a decent beer - it is just not knocking my socks off.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/01/15. First time distributed to the west coast.
Look: Not much head and amber.
Smell: Some tropical notes. I expect more for being wet hopped. Maybe since it's a month old.
Taste: The hops are still there, mostly piney.
Feel: Slightly more carbonated than I like and I enjoy the bitter the bite at the end.
Overall: This falls under classic IPA. Good but nothing that really would wow me. It would be a good go to IPA but the price doesn't justify at 4pk/$15.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly clouded amber with an orange tint. The white head doesn't last long for the most part but provides enough endurance to leave some tight sticky lacing. The aroma is strong tropical fruit and the taste is much he same with an additions does of citrus. It's really good but it's a little one-dimensional and lacks some of the depth of others in style. The body has a lighter weight and a smooth feel with a little bitter bite on the finish.

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Photo of coastiebob
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour at Mcnellies South. Nice golden color with an inch of white, fluffy head that stays. Excellent lacing. Smells of citrus, especially grapefruit, and subtle pine. Taste follows smell. Nice, light mouth feel. Excellent brew & one of my favorite IPAs . Wish it was year-around

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Photo of rajendra82
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pale body looked straw yellow in color, and I barely got half of the two finger thick head promised on the back panel, and that too for a short while. This looked similar to a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, although knew it was not. The aromas of this beer consisted of grapefruit, mango, melon, and some booze. The taste was very dank, with green, leafy, bitterness punching well above the listed 75 IBUs. There was also a perfume like interplay between the hop oils and alcohol. The finish was pungent and a little medicinal. The mouthfeel was very soft and the carbonation gentle. The body was medium dense and inviting. This was quite a good find at the local shop. I am glad I picked it up a month after being bottled, so that the freshness was not wasted.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/30/15 and poured 10/30/15. $4 single. For some reason I was thinking this beer was only a couple weeks old -- I forgot it's already almost December. Whoops. Oh well, one month old on the dot. Been wanting to try this one for a few years but I was never aggressively looking for it and always missed out on it... glad to finally give it a whirl.

Appearance: Beautiful. Golden color with maybe a super slight hop haze to it, though it appears to be filtered. There's a small head on top, with quite a bit of lacing sticking to the glass. Active carbonation coming from the bottom of my etched Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Just about everything I look for in an IPA ... really gorgeous.

Smell: Smells like fresh, raw hops. Oily, resinous, dank, sticky, leafy. It's a little piney with some citrus as well. Wouldn't at all say this beer has a tropical nose. There's a nice sweet malty note in the aroma as well so it really actually smells quite balanced. Juicy, bright, hoppy, fresh... fantastic.

Taste/feel: Hits my tongue with a bittersweet flavor that's surprisingly really balanced. I was expecting a super bitter hop-forward, palate smacking beer, but this isn't really like that. Hops are definitely pretty raw, as the beer has a distinct hop bitterness to it, but the malt sweetness is prevalent and really great. The hop flavor is much like the smell -- everything but the tropical fruits. Really, again, a pretty balanced beer. It reminds me quite a bit of an IPA or two or three I've had before, but I can't pinpoint them. Something about this beer's pungently fresh hop flavor on the finish is quite unique to me though. The distant aftertaste after a sip is decidedly very dry and bitter. I was going to say this beer tastes a bit more like a double IPA to me, but that sharp, biting hop bitterness changes that opinion for me. The feel is light-medium -- I wouldn't really say light, but it's lighter than it is heavy, for sure. The carbonation is quite prickly up front, but seems to mellow out quickly through the sip.

Harvest Ale is a fabulous beer. In a season littered with brown ales, pumpkin ales, and stouts, this is one of the best Autumnal IPAs out there, and really, one of the better IPAs period. The intense hop presence of this beer is stressed quite a bit by Founders, and it's really no joke. I think this beer would appeal to even some of those who don't like super bitter IPAs because there may be enough of a malt balance to pull people in. Make no mistake though, this is a hop-head's beer. As a final note, I'll say that I've found that as it warms a bit, Harvest Ale develops a bit of an off-putting bitterness ... to me, it comes off as almost metallic. It's not beer ruining at all, but it's there almost every sip, and is pretty unrelenting. I'm guessing this has something to do with the wet-hopping, but I'm not certain. Still a great beer, but I'm bumping my overall rating down from a 4.25 to a 4.

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Photo of TH28
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 9/30/15 bottle date (30 days old). Appearance: Beautiful clear golden with moderate white head and nice lacing. Aroma: Lemony, grassy, resinous hop aroma. Touch of pineapple. No malt aroma. Taste: Light malt sweetness with a strong hop bitterness and fresh resinous, grassy hop flavors. Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Finish: lingering resinous and grassy hop bitterness Overall: Pretty similar to other fresh hop ales with a dominant resinous and grassy hop flavor. Aroma on this version tends to have stronger citrus ch

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Photo of do_ob
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Light golden on the pour and settles into a very clear gold in the glass. About 1 finger of white, sticky foam on top. Pine, citrus, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple on the nose. If I were a more experienced beer drinker, I feel like I could tell this beer was wet hopped by the aroma. Lots of dank hops and pine on the taste with mild notes of tropical fruit. Fairly consistent all the way through and leaves with a smooth finish. A very easy-drinking 7%+ beer. I get a bit of bready malt on the aftertaste. The feel of this beer threw me off a little - much lighter than I would've thought, and not in a good way. I felt like it lacked a full body, and instead, was pretty watery. Good tasting, none the less.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a light orange almost dark yellow with a thick white head.

has a very pleasing sweet fruity pine aroma. not too much of any one smell but a great balance.

taste is softly sweet with a nice bitter pine finish. sweet like pineapple but not overly sweet. great balance to it.

goes down very easy, would not expect this to be 7.6%.

one thing i would say about this beer is balance. not overly bitter, sweet, or piney. it has a fantastic balance of everything i like about IPAs. wish this wasn't $15.99 a 4 pack but its a great beer.

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Photo of IronLover
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a thick, soapy, white foam with excellent retention. Medium hop aromas of fresh citrus with earthy resinous undertones. No esters or boozy notes. Medium malt aromas. Medium bodied with a creamy smooth feel and medium light, soft carbonation. Pleasant, mellow warmth in the feel near the finish. Medium high hop flavors of citrus orange and lemon zest with earthy undertones similar to aroma. Medium high hop bitterness through the middle that transitioned to crisp piney hop bitterness at the end. Finished dryly with lingering, bitter, pine hoppiness. Very fresh aromas and flavors with a smooth, lager-like feel. Malt and hop aromas are fairly even, however the balance tips to the hoppy side for the flavor. Very refreshing and easy drinking.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,064 ratings.