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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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3,764 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,764
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 328
Gots: 306 | FT: 11
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 superspak
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 10/4/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange zest, floral, herbal, light pine, grass, bread, and light lemon zest. Fantastic aromas with great hop complexity and balance. Taste of huge pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, herbal, grass, pine, bread, and light lemon zest. Good amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pineapple, grass, floral, herbal, bread, pine, and light lemon on the finish for a good bit. Excellent complexity of hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance as well. Zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a sticky, crisp, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is very nice. Overall this is an outstanding wet hopped IPA! Great hop flavor complexity and balance; extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. Highly enjoyable offering as expected.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an English pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Deep gold color with a 2-finger white bubbly head. Good retention as a cap of foam stays on the surface of the beer throughout, but not much lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. This is a lot paler than I imagined it would be.

S – Tons and tons of tropical fruit hop aromas with mango, peach, pineapple, and melon notes. There’s also a good amount of grapefruit hop aroma and some bready malt.

T – Flavor starts off sweet with grainy and bready malt and shifts to very juicy, resinous, bittersweet hops with melon, peach, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, herbal, and floral notes. Very tasty.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a bitter and dry finish. Bittersweet grapefruit and tropical fruit hops linger on the palate and throat for a long time.

O – This is a delicious IPA. The hops just seem so juicy and resinous – I would imagine because they’re so fresh. I’ve been waiting for this one to come out since all the Oktoberfest beers started to show up. It was well worth the wait. Another smash from Founders.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a brilliantly clear brassy golden color. Two inches of white head settles after a bit. Lacing is spotty and patchy.

S: Spicy, herbal, and leafy hop scents. Earthy. Freshly cut grass and broken pine needles. Fresh mint. Fleshy tropical and citrus fruits. Lemon rind, white grapefruit, orange pulp. Hints of mango. Malt base of dough and biscuit.

T: Hop oils coat the mouth from the start. Pine resin, pine needles. Citrus rind. Lemon and grapefruit. Floral. Very earthy and leafy. Hints of tobacco, tea leaves, and garden herbs. Modest bitterness. Slightly catty, Hints of toasted hemp seed. Doughy malt base starts out slightly honeyed and sweet, then dries out and shifts to cracker tastes. Finishes dry with oily hop tastes and crackery malt.

M: Medium bodied. Firm malt texture. Modest carbonation. Very smooth and silky. Good.

O: The freshly picked hops are what this beer is all about, and they taste great. Nice, controlled bitterness, lots of depth and flavor in the hop profile. Very fresh tasting. One of the better Wet Hop beers on the market.

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Tuey13
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber color with a thick white head.
The aroma is so wonderful... mango, pineapple, and orange with a bready sweetness from the malts... a note of grassiness as well.. of course that amazing piney hop aroma just cleanses the senses. Wow, such a delicate aroma that lets me know that this will be a treat!
The taste is perfection... a bit of sweetness gives way to a strong but not overpowering hop flavor... citrus and tropical fruits... yet the dry finish is complimented by how well this is balanced.
One of the most drinkable IPA's of this caliber i have ever had. Never overpowering the taste or aromas too much... very clean and refreshing. I need more loll!

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DonFrap
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-bready malt, pine, grapefruit, slight herbal

T-grainy malt, grapefruit, pine, grass, a nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel

O-solid drinking IPA with a good flavor and balance

Photo of jereb33
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of BierStein711
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into chalice, creates three finger clear head

Light orange body with moderate carbonation

Taste: pine, grapefruit, herbs, medicinal, oak

Smell: wet grain, grass, pine, alcohol

Mouthfeel: perfect!

Overall, this is a winner of a beer. Grab a four pack while they still are crafting one of their greats.

I'll grab another sometime soon.

Photo of rpbuckeye
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of kevgod
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of Schmuckles
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Billakowski
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ChiPool
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10/4/12; Consumed & reviewed on 10/24/12.

S: Juicy, citrus hop aroma. Doesn't knock me out, but is present.

A: Lighter than I expected. Transparent, strawberry blonde color with not a ton of
head. The head that is here dissapates quickly.

T: Well above average; Juicy hop presence with lingering bitterness. The 70 IBUs are
well represented. A slight grainy malt presence detected as the last sip lingers.

M: Pretty thin; moderate amount of carbonation.

O: Pretty solid: glad that I tried it. Like drinking Double Trouble Light...Single Trouble?
Closest comparison: Revolution Anti Hero IPA, or really fresh Gumballhead.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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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  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep gold/amber with about a half finger of light khaki colored head. The foam settles in a regular amount of time leaving a nice swirling layer across the top of the beer.

S: The nose is a mix of sweet and hoppy. There is a great mix of malt and hops that begs for this beer to be consumed now.

T: It starts off sweet but brings a good amount of citrus hops to the forefront. This is a tasty beer, but I get an underlying vegetal taste that detracts a bit from my overall enjoyment.

M: Medium bodied beer. This is a really drinkable brew, but the fresh hop vegetal aspects make me only want one of two in a sitting.

O: I enjoyed this beer, but it's not one of my favorites from Founders. I'd take Centennial or All Day IPA over this in a heart beat.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of jsulko
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a decent amount of off white head.

Smell is of Citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange with a hint of the piney oilyness.

Taste continues with the citrus with a bit of the pine on the finish. Malty sweetness also slightly present in the finish.

A very interesting twist on the IPA style with the Fresh hop trend.

Definitely one I would seek out in season.

Photo of SCZ
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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