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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

3,627 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,627
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 329
Gots: 292 | FT: 14
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Evan, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled three weeks ago.

Pours a clear medium golden color with a solid half inch whitish head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving light lacing.

Tropical fruit aromas of mango and pineapple underlie grassy, lightly skunky hops, with pine and grapefruit adding complexity. There's a bit of sweet bready malt in the background.

Flavor is dominated more by dank, cannabis style hops, which carry throughout, into the fairly bitter, peppery finish. Grapefruit, orange zest, and fresh cut grass surface secondarily, accompanying a bready malt backbone. Spruce and mint round out the profile. Becomes a touch perfumey as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation. There's slight hop astringency and alcohol warmth.

Overall, quite a variety of hop flavor and aroma. Bitterness is well represented. Very solid ipa!

barczar, Oct 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

apocalypsezombie, Oct 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Troville1990, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 10/01/12.

A: Pours a slightly opaque golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head. Not a lot of visible carbonation. Head leaves some lacing behind as it dissipates to a thin covering.

S: Can really pull through that wet hop profile. Citrus and pine with quite a bit of dankiness to it all. Some sweetness from the malt does get through along with a bit of booze.

T: Up front hop that really has an earthy and whole cone taste. Not overpowering as there seems to be plenty of malt backing to level it out. Lingering hopiness.

M: Light to medium bodied, not as thick and nectary as the taste and smell would lead one to think. This helps on its drinkability.

Overall another great harvest ale. Really amplifies the freshness of the hop. A must try for hopheads.

CloudStrife, Oct 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

hollywood_15063, Oct 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

buddyvelt, Oct 30, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Light amber with half a finger of white head. This quickly settled to a dusting. There was a good amount of lacing.

S) Aroma of fresh pine. There is sweetness that hints at honey and light tropical fruit.

T) Pleasantly piney, with light fruit cocktail, and a little citrus zest. You can pickup a little alcohol. The finish has a nice bitterness to it.

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice bite from the fresh hops, yet very smooth going down. Nice aftertaste too...

O) Another solid seasonal from Founders. Glad to recommend this beer...

RoamingGnome, Oct 30, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color leaning toward orange. Pretty clear overall. Head drops pretty quickly but leaves a ring during drinking and really great lacing.

Nose: Outstanding. Loaded with juicy citrus and grapefruit. Hints of bready malt underneath but the hops jump out of the glass

Taste: Just as outstanding. Taste is very dry with just hints of bready malt. Hops again come across as juicy and bitter citrus with lots of accompanying grapefruit and pine bitterness. A bit floral at times as well. Incredibly flavorful and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Easy to drink. Medium bodied. Very crisp. Lively carbonation. Medium bitterness given the style. Finish is juicy then dries out with a bit of lingering bitterness. Immediately calls for another swig.

Overall: In a style where more and more good beers are emerging, this is still the king of the wet hop beers. Wonderful stuff.

jacewg, Oct 30, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Taproom 10/13/12

A-Golden IPA coloring with an average white head and traditional lacing.

S- Fresh, sticky hop smell with a blend of surprising maltiness.

T- Not as much hops as I was expecting. More of a session IPA taste with a little more fresher feel.

M- Lighter bodied, easier drinking ale.

O- Decent IPA, not the best wet hopped ale I've had but then again not the worst. I would say that Harvest Ale doesn't quite live up to the hype.

kylelenk, Oct 30, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, bottled 10/04/12
Stella Artois chalice glass

A: Pours a really pretty clear golden yellow color. Thin layer of bright white head. Tight tiny bubbles. Fades pretty quickly. Carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S: This smells amazing. Tons of sweet fruity hop notes. Getting grapefruit, citrus, orange, pine, etc. Light malt bill backing this one up, which I like.

T: This is just an awesome beer. Nice sharp grapefruit on the tip of the tongue. It's a good bitterness, nothing overly aggressive. Low malt bill. Dry crisp bitter close.

M: It's a light medium body for me.

inlimbo77, Oct 30, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.6%

SavvyStudent, Oct 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

anabar, Oct 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Scotthuller, Oct 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Imperial_Sapient_Groat, Oct 30, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date of 10/4/12. Bought the 2 bottle limit at my local shop.

A- Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow/ light orange color. A small amount of head quickly fades to some bubbles along the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of fresh citrus hops on the smell. Awesome smelling beer.

T- Hops hit you big in this one. You get the whole spectrum of hops, from tons of citrus to nice pine notes. Tastes fresh and fantastic.

M- Light bodied, nicely carbonated, bitter, dry yet juicy from the citrus.

A very easy drinking beer that is very tasty. This is one of the better of the wet hopped ales I've had.

vic21234, Oct 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

AdamP, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

GeoffreyM, Oct 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

josephwa, Oct 29, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

rmehughes, Oct 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

WoodburyMN, Oct 29, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on 10/04/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear golden color with a finger of white head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Lots of juicy citrus, a bit of pine and sweet caramel malt.

T- Loads of hops, some citrus and pine, malts are slightly sugary with some caramel. Moderate floral bitterness on the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, crisp and dry finish.

O- A very nice IPA, very drinkable and tasty.

WillCarrera, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

HumphreyLee, Oct 29, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a dfh snifer

A: pours a clean looking golden with a finger and a half of white head after an aggressive pour, leavs tons of sticky lacing, really nice looking brew.

S: very nice tropical fruity hop notes along with a light pineyness, I get notes if pineapple and mango as well as orange... Very nice aroma

T: taste is just as good, nice fresh and juicy hop flavors, primarily citrusy, with some tropical fruit notes along with a touch of bite pine, very nicley rounded.

M: light and drinkable, with a dry slightly bitter piney aftertaste, nice carbonation...

O: a very nice fresh hop ale, I don't remember liking this one so much in years past, but I am very glad I decided to revisit it.... If your a fan of wet hops, deffinatly give this one a shot if you can.

PeterIngemi, Oct 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Marty30, Oct 29, 2012
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,627 ratings.