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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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3,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,033
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 299
Gots: 148 | FT: 6
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 BoosPackage


4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

The embodiment of fresh hops. Pours a straw yellow/golden color. Firm white head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing. Smells unbelievable. Grass, herbs, lemon, and of course grapefruit. Taste is just as pleasing and follows suit with more grass & herbal notes, and yes, more grapefruit. Very drinkable and quenching. I loved this beer.

10-10-2011 16:22:22 | More by BoosPackage
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


3.78/5  rDev -11.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a Bells Tulip glass.

A- One finger off white head dissipates quickly to a nice bubbly collar around the glass, golden yellow straw/hay color, decent carbonation, decent lacing.
S- Big grapefruit, tropical fruit aroma, citrus, slight pine aroma, the aroma is very nice.
T- Its easy drinking for sure, its solid but nothing special, slight onion taste but nothing off putting, big bitterness on the finish, earthy notes citrus, pine, grapefruit, some malt backbone.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, dry finish.
O- This is a solid IPA from Founders, nothing mind blowing but solid, glad to have it once but see no reason to buy another four pack.

10-10-2011 03:31:51 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of bierbrauer


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Bottled on 09/22/11, 10:09; poured into a tulip glass. Moderate 6.5 ABV, high end 70 IBUs.

A: Slightly hazy gold, with a 1" white head that leaves an even ring of lacing.

S: Sharp, resinous pine and juicy fruit, much like the gum.

T: Full, fresh fruit blast, followed by growing hop bitterness that lingers.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation; dry bitterness that is balanced by fruity sweetness.

O: For wet-hop IPA advocates, an ale to look forward to and seek out. Think fresh, green and delicious.

10-10-2011 02:07:08 | More by bierbrauer
Photo of mattyb


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Bottled on 9/22/11

A - Nice golden color with an orange tint, small head dissipates quickly, but lingers around the edge of the glass

S - All citrus, oranges, smells like it was fresh squeezed

T - Oranges up front gives way to a little hops bitter, but still retains the citrus essence, after taste fades to oranges

M - Nice light mouthfeel, with light carbonation, gives a nice light coating to teeth, tongue and cheeks

O - Very nice wet hopped beer, so fresh and clean clean.

10-10-2011 00:37:28 | More by mattyb
Photo of fo1ksguitar


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

- Picked up a 4 pack as soon as this came to STL

A- Pours a nice golden hue, decent head

S- Smells super fresh, full of grassy hops and citrus

T- huge hop flavor upfront, Wow! Finish is light not bitter as expected.

M- Smooth texture, goes down really easy.

O- A great wet hop beer from Founders, at 6% it is easily sessionable, but the hops will destroy your palate quickly!

10-09-2011 17:59:48 | More by fo1ksguitar
Photo of brewdan


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

2011 version

Pours a hazy golden yellow with thin white head.

Smells like a bushelfull of citrus hops (grapefruit)

Taste is full on citrus hops especially grapefruit. The hops are fresh and clean and abundant but not overpowering or overly bitter. Alcohol and malt are not in evidence.

Mouthfeel is great with ample carbonation but a little on the oily side. Nice long drying finish.

Overall I am not sure if this is accurate but it seems like they amped up the hops in this vintage compared to prior years. Whereas the beer seemed a bit restrained and subtle in years past this is anything but.

Well done Founders! I just wish I didn't have to drive to six different stores just to end up with a 12 pack :(

10-09-2011 16:09:54 | More by brewdan
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass
Ap- golden and almost perfectly clear. half inch white head that doesnt stick around too long. decent lacing though.

Ar- very hoppy with some citrus notes. a little bit of biscuity malt too, but not much.

T- grapefruit, other citrus notes and rich, oily hops baby!

M- light body and good carbonation. after sitting in the mouth for a while you get that sweet sweet oily hop residue up in your grill.

O- one awesome IPA. You did it again Founders. Now quit making all these 4 packs and give us this stuff (and FBS) in 6 packs!

10-09-2011 02:49:56 | More by BeerNutz324
Photo of KMcG


4.6/5  rDev +8%

A: poured with a rich, white head about 1/4 inch thick, which fades to some lace around the rim.  The color is slightly hazy (almost clear) bright golden yellow. 

S: fresh hops of citrus and earthy notes. Incredibly aromatic!

T: sweet and bitter.  There are tones of lemon, fresh parsley, and it ends with a slight nuttiness.  

M: nicely carbonated, medium body, and crisp

10-09-2011 00:49:43 | More by KMcG
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

bottled 9/22/11, poured into a pint glass
A: mostly clear golden pour with lumpy head that fades quickly, decent lacing
S: amazingly fresh, resin hops, pine and soft biscuity malts
T: Taste is immensely satisfying, clean hoppy and grapefruit flavors, but not overly bitter
M: oily, juicy, clean, light bodied, no alcohol burn
O: very satisfying and highly recommended, clean hop taste dominates soft malts, excellent ipa

10-08-2011 21:24:31 | More by bld81
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Golden, mostly-translucent, with big white head and some lacing.

Musty pine, cedar, and oak scents. Bit of fruit and butter.

Very balanced between pine and grass hops and mellow butter biscuit malt. Smell is better than the taste. Good bitter edge to the taste, though. A little thin.

A good not great fresh hop beer.

10-08-2011 20:21:28 | More by birderbeerer
Photo of warnerry


4.43/5  rDev +4%

Bottled 9/22/11

A - Pours clear golden brown with one finger of white head. Head doesn't last long but leaves some nice lacing.

S - Big aroma of resinous pine hops up front, also quite grassy and some pineapple. Eventually some biscuit malts come through as well. Nice aroma.

T - Similar to smell there is a big pine hops taste up front, accompanied by some grass and some florals. Biscuit malt appears midway, while the hops continue throughout the taste, leading to a nice bitter finish.

M -- Medium oily mouthfeel. Finish is somewhat dry and bitter.

O - A very good wet hopped IPA. Hop component is substantial but not overwhelming. I look forward to a 4 pack of this each year.

10-08-2011 16:44:55 | More by warnerry
Photo of Kvltbm


4/5  rDev -6.1%

My first wet hopped ale!

12 oz bottle to snifter.

A: Pale, golden yellow, straw-like color. About a finger of eggshell colored head that faded fairly quickly, leaving a ring of white bubbles around the edges of the glass. Solid lacing.

S: Lots of citrus, especially grapefruit and orange. Tropical fruit sweetness, and some slight resiny pine at the back of the nose. A touch of toasty caramel malt, too.

T: Sweet citrus - a lot of orange, some pineapplely sweetness, a bit of pine towards the finish. A lot of hop flavors, but not much bitterness. Toasty, bready malt at the finish.

M: Light carbonation. The body felt a little thin to me at first, but it seemed to even out as it warmed up. Very smooth.

O: Not blown away or anything, but a very solid, very drinkable IPA.

10-08-2011 06:11:58 | More by Kvltbm
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4.83/5  rDev +13.4%

Bottled 9/22/2011
This bottle pours a nice and golden pale color. It has an amazing pungent aroma right up front, grassy and full of pine and resin. It really almost seems to remind me of a wild yeasty and wheaty kinda of IPA. I will say that this is an amazing brew; i think founders did an amazing an here. I get the resinous of the hops and the overall freshness of the brew. The mouthfeel is great, a little heavy up front but goes down smooth making this an amazingly sessional beer. One thing i will say.. if this brew was made with another 3-4% alcohol content and made to an DIPA i would have so much more respect for this mammoth of a flavorful brew. I mean it has the feel and taste of a DIPA but i just feel like it would pack a bit more punch if an alcohol finish made the last impression.

10-08-2011 02:20:49 | More by HOPPYKC
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

A: Very light orange color. Translucent, with no sediment or haze. Very small amount of foamy off-white head.

S: Apricot, mango, candied grapefruit, orange zest and other delicious citrus and tropical fruit hops. Smells a tad bit coppery and very sweet as well.

T: Not terribly bitter or overpowering in hop flavor. Very sessionable IPA. It's fairly clean tasting, without too sweet of a solid malt base either. I don't taste a lot of the specific flavors that were identified in the scent, unfortunately.

M: Moderate amount of carbonation, bordering on above-average carbonation levels. Medium viscosity - so it's less dense than Centennial but more dense than Red Rye IPA.

O: Not bad at all. Much more hop flavor than most wet hop beers. Blows away the seasonal Sierra Nevada offerings.

10-07-2011 23:07:22 | More by jnn4v
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District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

A harvest ale well worth the hype. Fresh hop goodness in brew form.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Label with Founders branding surrounding a drawing of green hops over a dark background (Why do so many harvest ale labels need to be this trite and boring?) Short description noting 70 IBU's, smudged date of bottling, and 6.5% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold pour with a generous white head that fades with good retention and nice lacing.

S - Rich nose… salutes just barely opening the cap. Grapefruit, pineapple sweetness, floral hint...

T - Nice hoppy freshness, citrus, grapefruit, soft bready malt with tropical hop goodness… pineapple, melon… Floral hint. Delicious.

M - Very fresh mouthfeel, medium/light body with medium carbonation and a slightly oily feel.

O - Very remarkable wet-fresh hop brew. Plenty of range and nuances maintaining a very drinkable profile.

Notes: Harvest ales can go anywhere… style, quality… in the (I)PA/wet-hopped range this is outstanding. Not too pricey, all things considered, and on this occasion this is something that flies off the shelves for a good reason.

10-07-2011 19:56:22 | More by Daniellobo
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4.43/5  rDev +4%

Review #100

Bottled on 09/22/11

A- pours a brass light amber color with a solid finger of lucious off white head. Retention is modest but not bad in the least.

S- Off the charts resiny and dank. Starts off with huge burst of citrus yellow grapefruit and lemon zest. Floral hop notes sing in the center transitioning into pungent pine sap and hemp. Finishes with an undertone of toasty malt.

T- massive juicy hop flavor of grapefruit, lemon zest and pineapple blends with the floral resiny notes creating a thing of beauty. Some hemp with a round soft hop bitterness on the middle ( it's freaking 70 IBUs. Amazing how balanced yet hop forward this brew is) amps things up. Finish is undertones of shortbread and toasty malt with a forever lingering hop flavor in the aftertaste.

MF- juicy saliva enducing mouthfeel with a light medium body. soft carbonation complements this brew perfectly.

D- super drinkable

Overall this is one of the top tier wet hop beers. Incredibly pungent resinous hop flavor that packs a punch. Founders wipped an exeptional brew yet again!

10-07-2011 06:01:42 | More by Viciousknishs
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3.7/5  rDev -13.1%

pours out with about a two finger head that quickly disappears with nice lacing

smell is dominated by hop resin

Nice carbonation with a nice hop bite. I was expecting a little more feel and taste of resin then what was present

overall decent beer

10-07-2011 03:45:03 | More by vw73182
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4.43/5  rDev +4%

Poured a light gold with a finger and a half of giant white head. Leaves a lot of lacing and there is plenty of ongoing carbonation.

Smell is all hops - lightly citrus with a lot of pine. Taste is also in your face hoppy, similar to the smell, and lots of bitterness. Maltiness balances it out. Tastes very fresh.

Mouthfeel feels light at first, but the sweet stickiness definitely hangs around awhile.

Overall, an excellent single IPA.

10-07-2011 02:47:08 | More by nandemo1
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a ST 2xIPA glass. Bottle dated 9/22/11. Been looking forward to try this one for awhile.

Pours a hazy orange with a small white head. Leaves a great lace along the sides of the glass. This one smells amazing. Smells like beautiful, citrusy hops. Nothing else. Just hops, just the way I like it. Taste is has a strong bitterness from the hops, with a light malty backbone. Also tropical notes come out as the beer warms up a bit. This has an extremely crisp finish and is a very, very easy drinker. Overall a great offering from Founders. At 6.5% ABV this one is a very sessionable beer. I wouldn't have a problem drinking two 4 packs in a setting.

10-07-2011 01:07:36 | More by brian44556
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4.97/5  rDev +16.7%

bottled on 9/22

Appearance: Beautiful tangerine orange. Semi-transparent with a one-finger head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Bright, ripe pineapple, orange, fresh lemon. Extremely fresh smelling beer.

Taste: A bit dry, bready to start and then the citrus hops just punch you in the face! So good. Crisp, clean, ripe fruit. Finish is a perfect balance between the malt and hops. Such a smooth, easy to drink beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light, airy. Perfect for Indian Summer, although I could easily drink this brew all summer long.

Overall: Such an incredible beer. Not what I expected for a "harvest" ale. Incredibly delicious, smooth brew. Founders doesn't make a beer I don't love, but this belongs up on the top shelf with CBS and KBS. Personally, I'd put it right next to Pliny, Hopslam and Zombie Dust.

Get it if you can.

10-07-2011 00:53:53 | More by kdmcguire10
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Poured a golden hue with orange highlights, three finger head that descended into a thin frothy lacing, good carbonation.

S: Tropical fruit , mango, lemon, light hops , slight pine.

T: Sweet citrus, lemon , light hops , malt, slight toffee/caramel .

O: Overall a solid Ipa, all the flavors work well with each other with none overwhelming the other, I paid $3.99 for a single bottle which is a little to pricey for me , still it's worth a try.

10-07-2011 00:03:53 | More by InebriatedJoker
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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

a: cloudy golden straw color with half finger of bright white head that quickly disapates and leaves minimal lacing.

s: amazing! reminds me of citrus bubblegum. big floral hops and a fair amount of sweetness to this one.

t: more of those floral hops with a nicely hidden malt presence. tons of citrus flavor and grain.

m: a little thin, crisp, the flavors stick to your cheeks.

o: one of the best beers founders makes.

10-06-2011 20:55:03 | More by match1112
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

a light colored brew, slightly yellow. Paler than I expected. moderate white head. Little lacing. smell is all hops, but a very dank aroma. Musty and earthy. Very nice. Taste is super bitter up front, but it is like something popped in my mouth and is all just juices. leaves my mouth soaked with bitter hop juice and grassy floral notes. moderate fizz, a bit lighter in body than I anticipated. Huge flavor and super bitter. Doesn't leave you dry. I could see this being a great beer to have quite a few of.

10-06-2011 15:16:34 | More by Preismj
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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

Light yellow-orange in color. Frothy white head towers over the brew and sticks to the glass.

Beautiful bouquet of citrus fruits in the aroma, namely apricot and tangerine. Robust, almost sensual hop aromas lure me in.

Hops dominate from the start. Bright and lively citrusy, orange, apricot, pine and mango hop flavor. Good malt character with a smooth, bready tone to balance the hops.

Medium bodied brew with lots of bubbles. Satisfying dry finish.

Excellent brew. Very lively and hoppy. Unlike any other fall seasonal I have tried.

10-06-2011 06:02:57 | More by bnes09
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New Mexico

4.97/5  rDev +16.7%

A - looks vaguely reminiscent of Bert grants harvest ale... God bless.

S - wow... Heavenly. Hops on the olfactory.

T - this could quite possibly be the best beer I have ever had. Ridiculous.

O - I would buy this year round if I could 1 case a month for life. Fantastic.

I've had this beer before but, wow freshness certainly matters on this beer. Bottle says 9-22-11.

10-06-2011 03:16:52 | More by Koufax21
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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