Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,784
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 329
Gots: 310 | FT: 10
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%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap and poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange color with a 1/2 finger head. Decent lacing.

S: Pretty strong fresh hop smell. Not overpowering however. Very inviting.

T: Floral hops followed by a little malt flavor. Very well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: I was very pleased with this offering. It's just how I like my IPA's...hoppy with not too much malt. The smell and the flavor match very closely. This was my first beer from Founder's, but I'm excited to try some others.

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4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber, kind of clear, had a half finger head. Lacing is strong, stayed on the glass for a while.

Citrus and floral smells. Resin and citurs tastes. Very delicious flavor, unique in the IPA world. drinks smooth. Really a great all around beer that I wish was available year round and in 6 packs.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Founders Harvest Ale
11/6/12
12oz. packaged 10/4/12

Pours a chill-hazed pale orange. Small head, not much retention. Decent lacing. (3.5)

Aroma is pungent and hoppy, yet soft. A bit muddled, perhaps not as fresh as it was intended to be drunk. Grass, earth, citrus, touch of tropical fruit and also some dankness. (4)

Flavor is really hoppy. Rindy citrus interacts with plenty of bitterness. Orangey and piney, along with some juicy fruitiness. This is a well-executed beer for showcasing fresh hops. Malts are pale, light and simply supporting here, which helps create a dry and refreshing IPA. Mouthfeel is resinous and slick, but darn-near flat. Halfway through the drink there's hardly any carb left. (4.5, 2)

I'm really digging this beer, but why is it so under-carbonated? Drinkability and flavor are excellent, though the aroma and overall hop character would come through much more if there were some decent carbonation. More bubbles would make this beer an absolute knock-out IPA. (4)

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cloverleaf Tavern for their Founders tap takeover event, and served in a tall, thin glass.

Founders Harvest Ale pours surprisingly light. It's goldenrod in color and crystal clear, topped by a finger and a half or so of white foam. Head retention is pretty good, and does a nice job of coating the glass with lacing. The nose is wonderfully floral, with a strong grapefruit aroma supported by a secondary pineapple note. The flavor does allow the malt bill a little room to feature as well. Bready and more caramel flavors are both appreciable. The bitter bite is attention grabbing, but not palate scorching. As with the aroma, the finish features a strong grapefruit presence, offset by a subtle tropical fruit, pineapple flavor. The body isn't quite bone dry, but it's damn close. The carbonation falls just short of being lively enough to make the mouthfeel great. Founders Harvest Ale is a delightful IPA, better than Centennial in my opinion, and it's a shame it only comes around once a year.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/04/12. 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a bright amber body. Really strong orange color.One finger white head forms but dissipates quickly. Decent lacing and retention.

S - Tropical forward with notes of papaya, mango, and orange juice. Fresh floral and grassy notes. Doesn't smell bitter or over the top. Subtle bready malts on the finish.

T - Orange and mango juice, resin, floral hops and a light caramel cracker finish. Tasty and extremely balanced. Mouth feel is medium bodied with the perfect level of carbonation. Somewhere in between slick and syrupy. Bitterness and alcohol are quite low.

O - A very delicious and well balanced wet hop ale. I could drink this all day (and presumably pass out). Get it while its nice and fresh!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose-grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of grapefruit flavored along with a moderate amount of bitterness, the latter of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is very dry.
O: This beer is very drinkable while still delivering lots of hop flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,784 ratings.