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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,000
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 276
Gots: 147 | FT: 6
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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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argock

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on 09/23/09 date on neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.80.

A: Brilliant gold with 1-2 finger frothy off-white head with good retention and several lace rings

S: Bursting fresh floral and citrus hops aromas of lemon and orange with a bit of spiciness with a light caramel cookie malt sweetness

T: The malting is superior with a caramel and toffee character followed by hops that hit you over the head with fresh orange and lemon citrus, pine, and floral flavors.

M: Medium-bodied with a little too much carbonation but decent coating quality with floral and orange hops flavored cookie aftertaste.

D: An exceptional brew that misses the not so pleasant grassiness that some harvest ales are overpowered with and instead delivers fresh, sumptuous citrus and floral hops on a delicious substantial caramel and pale malt cookie-like sweetness. Another big winner from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 04:40:22 | More by argock
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this for awhile. 12oz bottles poured into a DFH signature glass.

A - pour yields very little head, whats there diminishes quickly into a small floating island in the glass. nothing sticking to the sides. color is a strong gold, looks like a lot of active carbonation.

S - yum. strong floral hops, smells pretty dank and sticky. some sweetness as the beer warms up a bit. very nice and somewhat unique.

T - wow, not quite was i was expecting. sweet maltiness hits first, then the hops slowly sneak in. some bitterness, but mostly again sweet and floral hop tastes. alcohol present on the backend, slightly distracting but not unpleasant, surprising for a 6.5%

M - slightly thicker than i was expecting. a good sipping APA/IPA. the stickiness in the back of my throat begs for more.

D - pretty enjoyable, not much else to say besides that. wish i had another 1 or 2, but no more.

notes: Founder's is one of my favorite breweries, and while this doesn't disappoint, it falls just outside my favorite Harvest ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 01:50:01 | More by Stigs
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batty

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

slightly hazy peach-amber gold. bright white head that drops quick, but leaves a nice dense lace.

smells earthy, hoppy, but mostly just hoppy.. kinda reminds me of composting branches, but in a good way. wet hop.

tastes of a good balance - nice clean sweet malts on front that balance but don't distract from the last 3/4 - wet hop, more hop, ending with some orangey-hop and hoppy spiciness. very clearly wet hopped, and very clearly very good.

couldn't ask for a better mouthfeel for the style.. nice and thick, but not enough to be distracting. enough carbonation for a good feel and slight spritz, but not overwhelming.

just a touch cloying for drinkability in the strict sense, but i'd be happy to take me time for more of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 23:28:57 | More by batty
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EvilPumpkin

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four pack of this at the brewery and just finished the first one:

A: Light honey yellow with hints of ruby, almost amber but not quite. Very clear with an initially tall white head that retains decently. Solid lacing.

S: Fresh hops galore! A wonderful mixture of pine and citrus backed by a sturdy malt sweetness.

T: Slightly bitter and citrusy hop notes up front followed by a sweetness and finishing with a clean, green piney flavor which lingers for a nice long time on the tongue. Very fruity and green, a fantastic capturing of fresh hops.

M: A moderate thickness to be expected from an ale. The carbonation is just enough to dance on and tickle the tongue to give a bit more mouthfeel.

D: I could easily down the next three from the four pack, easily drinkable. Because the pine flavors lingered so strong for so long, I drank mine slowly to get the most flavor I could, which was great.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 22:27:22 | More by EvilPumpkin
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OldSchoolGamer

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had some really stellar Harvest Ales lately, and this one might be the best of the best. Whats unique about the style is that there is a strong hop prescense, similar to an IPA, but it lacks the dry and bitter finish commonly found in said style. Here is my review:

A: Pours a nice golden amber color. Head is pretty minimal and lacing is only okay, but it still looks very appetizing in the glass.

S/T: The aroma is an explosion of tropical fruit. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is quite similar. Grapefruit and pineapple are very forward, along with a slight lemon character. Maybe a slight citrus fruit rind in there as well. Overall, lots of tropical fruits with little to no hop bitterness. Super juicy as well. Actually reminds me a lot of Double Trouble, only lighter. Excellent.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and very smooth. Very juicy and thirst quenching. Very sessionable. Little bitterness.

Between Hoppin Frog, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, and Founders, this has been an excellent Harvest Ale season. Another gem from Founders. Strong hoppyness smoothed out to a nice and juicy mouthfeel. Well worth checking out. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 19:17:51 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 version

The beer is poured a golden colour with a nice off white head. The beer has a great head retention with rather large bubbles. The nose on the beer is fantastic. It's filled with spicy resiny hops. A hint of grapefruit or citrus in the background. Almost no malt character at all.

The flavours in the beer come right out against your tongue. Tons and tons of spicy hops and a nice creamy caramel flavour in the backbone. I can almost feel the resin on my teeth while I'm drinking this. Quite tasty.

Good medium mothfeel, and I could probably drink a bunch of these. I love this spicy character.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 23:05:27 | More by swizzlenuts
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Burl41

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into pint glass

Appearance- Clear pale color, not quite golden. Mild head, that lasts but very thin

Smell-Wow a very clear and potent hop profile hits you. Citris and pine up front, you can tell there is a variety in hops used. Smells like a DIPA for sure.

Taste- Great hop flavor, malt is somewhat mild, doesn't have that body that a simliar IPA would have and the bitterness is pulled back but still a great hop pressence.

Mouthfeel-A little weak, more a session beer. Boarding on watery.

Drinkability- Like I said, a session beer for a hop head, great drinkability, and full range of hop flavors to boot.

Would drink again, but it's too bad it's a seasonal. Would not be bad at all to drink on a fall day after some time outside playing football.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 06:38:50 | More by Burl41
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

A: Pours a vigorous 4 finger creamy white head with excellent retention. Brew itself is a semi-cloud pale orange yellow with beautiful carbonation. Lacing is amazing considering the light body, with layers clinging to the side of the glass like a ruler.

S: grapefruit, pine, fresh grass, and hops, all with a excellent freshness

T: Starts off exceedingly sweet but changes very quickly to tree bark bitter, middle is calming, warm, and hoppy with flowery esters. Finish is abrupt, slightly tart, with hop bitterness.

M: Very light bodied but with a depth of character. Coarse and carbonated. Finishes quick and wet.

D: Highly drinkable, this is like an IPA with less citrus character. However, taste here is very developed and complex nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 18:40:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
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mckajd03

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nose full of grapefruit. Mouth full of pure hop freshness. A sweet maltiness peaks through and lingers on the tongue to take the bite off the hops. A strong but not overwhelming bitterness lingers on the back of the palate, capped with a presence of pine. Light color- almost yellow. Medium body with a good bit of effervescence. Cream of the crop.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 04:04:46 | More by mckajd03
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apbarwood

Virginia

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

A warm coppery leaning towards golden color with a fluffy white head. A sturdy sheet of lace sticks to the surface of the beer and glass. Powerful aroma of fresh hops with a nice mix of citrus and pine. The flavors are almost overwhelming in their intensity. The usual IPA flavors of grapefruit and pine are noticeable but there's an unusually strong fruitiness to this one. Hard to pin down really, it seems at times musty and yet also leans towards a tropical melon-like flavor. Very intriguing and different. The feel is pleasant, light and refreshing with a biting dryness on the finish. I could see this as a love it or hate it kind of beer but it has a very unique flavor profile that definitely makes it worth trying. I would definitely be happy to drink another.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 04:03:42 | More by apbarwood
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw body with a thin white head. Aroma is sigh-inducing with great pine, citrus, floral and peppery hop notes. What kind of hops are in this thing? It smells like fresh hops. Ever made hop tea? This aroma reminds me of hop tea. Flavor is very light - not much malt, average bitterness, then fades to a wet grassy note. A bit more sweetness and peppery hops appear after a few sips. Body is solid - carbonation is well balanced and enhances the flavor - the bitterness and the grassiness just linger. Hop burps provide a very pleasant hop flavor as well! Sweet! Drinkability is OK. Sort of like a heavy-bodied, over hopped pils.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 03:30:18 | More by aaronh
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BirdFlu

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is surprisingly light in color - yellowish orange.. a nice head but it settles quickly. Looks like a pilsner or such. Aroma is very fruity, grapefruit, lemon, and lots of hop. Flavor is also very fruity hop.. quite sweet but not in a iipa malty way, all sweetness from citrus flavor. This is really the first wet-hopped ipa i've had that sort of shows me what the real difference is between a wet or dry-hopped ipa (not that i've had tons of wet hop beers, that is). So its quite delicious. A nice light mouth (not watery) with crisp carbonation adds and increases the drinkability. I could down a ton of this stuff, especially say at a party or such. Perhaps it would be better-suited to summertime, though I suppose thats not possible.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 00:35:54 | More by BirdFlu
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pale golden with an inch of white head.

S- Wonderful nose. Flowery fresh hops, slightly sweet with a piney balance.

T- Similar to the nose. Clean citrus and floral hops, mandarin orange. Not overly complex but very tasty.

M- Medium bodied and(the only downside) somewhat filmy.

D- Easy to drink, well made APA.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 22:07:13 | More by brownbeer
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled 9/24/09.

(A)- Pours a clear copper color that produced an ample 2+finger white head with good retention. Its sticking to the sides of the glass as is dissipates.

(S)- Piney wood central! Tons upon tons of creamy pine with a twinge of oaky wood and lemon/lime citrus. A present malt background, but totally subdued by the massive pine. Hints of peaches on the finish.

(T)- Not as hoppy from what the smell was foretelling, but incredibly dry with moderate bitterness. A funky peach and oak thing going on. It finishes light with a hint of honey I think.

(M)- Rather smooth mouthfeel with a good carbonation level. Bitter, yet fruity and creamed wood.

(D)- A solid beer that is easy to enjoy. However, I think that Founders' other Pale Ale/IPAs far exceed what this has to offer. This is simpler; more straightforward, but still a good one at that.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 19:08:57 | More by sweemzander
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bikencycle

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden color with half an inch of head.

S - very minor funky smell, perhaps like a ripe grapefruit.

T - Malty and a bit hoppy. There is also a funky almost sour taste that takes away from this a bit.

M - decent and somewhat creme like mouth feel.

D - This is drinkable and I would drink it again, but would not go out of my way to find it.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 04:34:23 | More by bikencycle
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beertooth

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's tulip.

This beer is a glowing golden orange color and has a finger of creamy looking white head that faded into a thin collared layer.

The nose is full of oily grapefuity citrus hops, pine, some earthy grass, sweet bready malts.

The first sip is a blast of bready malts and grapefruit, pine, hay, grass. The balance between malt and hops is wonderful. It's not as bitter as I thought it would be. Although, now that it's warming the bitterness is getting stronger, but remains in check. The finish is oily bitterness that lasts until the next sip.

The mouthfeel is fast and medium bodied with a medium to low level of carbonation.

Dangerously drinkable. If the abv was higher I would be in trouble. I'm torn between this and Broodoo. I guess I'll have to do a side by side.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 23:57:00 | More by beertooth
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Naugled

New York

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in flute, head is not impressive, short to none and quick, but color is very nice, a deep golden tone, and it has a little haze.

Has a wonderful fresh barnyard aroma, like hay, very earthy like mushrooms, a little cheesy and some body odors, but in a good way.

Flavor blossoms in the mouth, juicy and quenching with a little resiny feel, but not over bitter.

very drinkable and full of character.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 20:49:25 | More by Naugled
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biggred1

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale golden with a fine eggshell head that leaves crusty spiderweb lacing on the glass in big rings. Fresh and fruity dank sticky hops filled my nostrils the minute I cracked this one open like grapefruit and pine sap. The flavor lives up to the nose just fine and is bursting with juicy fresh hops that don't completely overwhelm the flavor but this is a hop bomb for sure. Medium light bodied with mild carbonation. A really fabulous brew when enjoyed fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 02:41:11 | More by biggred1
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good juicy hop-loaded ale that is flawlessly brewed in true Founders fashion.

The beer delivers a light golden color, maybe straw. Light wet-hopped haze with good head formation, retention and lacing. A classic hoppy beer look.

Aromas are resiny, citrusy, fruity, and laced with a cotton candy confection note that gives good balance to the ripe hop nose. Bold and inviting hop aroma.

Flavors are lighter on the malts, presumably to allow the hops to shine. Though they do, the hop bitterness dominates the glass from mid-palate on. Lighter on flavor this beer is nearly sessionable if not for the slightly elevated alcohols. Somewhat lacking in complexity I like the no-nonsense approach to the recipe formulation. Alcohols take on a nail-polish remover taste that persists in the finish.

Body is moderate but seems lighter due to the hop dryness, malt attenuation, and mouthwatering hop flavor.

I would actually prefer this beer if they backed off on the IBU's and give me more of that bursting hop flavor and irresistable aroma. Outside of the nose, I'm looking for an 'it' quality that just isn't quite there.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 02:18:35 | More by BEERchitect
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birchstick

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear yellow with a one finger head. Not too shabby looking, but I have seen better.

S - loads of grapefruity hops with a touch of pine. There was also a touch of oatey malts. Wait, this is a Pale Ale? You could have fooled me.

T - The taste follows the nose. A boat-load of grapefruity hops dominate the palate. But these hops are counterbalanced a little bit by some malts. It is a bit unbalanced, as expected, but enjoyable none-the-less.

M - nice, creamy mouthfeel

D - This is a great pale ale. It reminded me instantly of Alpha King, which is a good thing. Another quality brew from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 01:59:18 | More by birchstick
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Brent

Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I feel rather bad giving this beer a less-than-excellent rating, as it is the first thing I've had from Founders that was not top-notch. Hops flavor was a bit off - herbal hovering on grassy, with a flatly bitter finish. Perhaps the hops variety just isn't hitting the spot for me, but I found myself uninterested in going for a second bottle. Gave it a second try on the chance that the one particular bottle was a bit off, but the same. A sub-par beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 21:47:06 | More by Brent
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kegger22

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear yellow/amber with a modest head that quickly reduced to a collar. The aroma was hop citrus. The taste was citrus, but not in a heavy handed way. The malt was barely noticeable at first, but as the ale warmed, it came through. There was a slight needle aftertaste. The feel was medium bodied with reasonable carbonation. Drinkability was good. A very good beer, but based on price, this was a bit of a miss for Founders. Alpha King was far superior.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:07:29 | More by kegger22
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b3barron

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sooo glad I found a four pack of this. This is one release I look forward to as much, if not more, than any other.

A - Golden straw colored and slightly hazy. Small off white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Lots of grapefruit, a little bit of pine, and sweet malt.

T - Grapefruit dominates, perhaps a little lemon too. Bitterness lingers throughout. If you don't like hops you will hate this beer. From the moment it hits your mouth it is coated in slick, resiny hops. So fresh and juicy.

M - Pretty full-bodied for the style which I don't always care for but with hops this delicious it is one of the things that seperates this beer from others.

D - I could drink a ton but alas this is the last of the four pack and I'm not sure if I will get the chance to quaff any more.

This stuff is liquid crack. I wish I had a case but am extremely happy to have landed a four pack. Hopheads should seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 00:59:47 | More by b3barron
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Redwood21

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the head lowers quickly but then sticks around so i cant knock it too bad. the amber color is a bit light but i don't dislike it

S: no distinct aroma whatsoever but a touch of citrus hops but very faint. its not offensive but still not a selling point.

T: its a pretty solid apa, on the lighter side, but still stronger in abv. the taste is classic with light butter hops with some citrus that has a bitter backbone that fades slowly.

this is a good beer, nothing that'll knock your socks off but still a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 00:53:32 | More by Redwood21
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from a 4 pack.

Appearance: Very slightly hazy golden orange. I poured it hard and got about two fingers of head. Most faded fast, but there was a thin cap all the way down. Just incredible lacing.

Smell: Very grassy, grapefruit, and pine. Smells green. A lot like weed.

Taste: Delicious wet hop freshness. Juicy grapefruit, pine, and weed. Its definitely bitter, but finishes pretty clean and dry, with a little biscuity malt in the finish. Its a ridiculously good pale ale. Almost not fair to just call it an APA.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation makes for a crisp and refreshing feel. A little bit oily in the finish.

Drinkability: Its deliciously hoppy but not overly bitter. It drinks very easily. On the high end of the ABV scale for the style, but that will in no way stop you from drinking the four pack yourself during a game or something. One of the most expensive APAs though at around $10 a 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 23:28:26 | More by rapidsequence
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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