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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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3,843 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,843
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 348
Gots: 330 | 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:
Beer added by: granger10 on 10-24-2004

70 IBU
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Mealhouse
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders Brewing branded shaker pint glass

Pours translucent golden with slight amber accents. The bright white one and a half finger head has excellent retention and abundant spider web-like lacing present along the side of glass. Adundant aroma of pineapple, citrus blossoms, and resin. Opens with citrus, sweet and juicy pineapple joined slightly sweet biscuity malt, finishes semi-dry with just the right amount of grapefruit rind bite. Medium-bodied, sticky, and oily mouthfeel with a perfect level of gentle carbonation. In my opinion, the most exceptionally well balanced wet hop IPA I've had the pleasure of enjoying. An annual must-have.

Photo of TheRuss9585
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of klaybie
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a four pack with a friend. Sadly it's gone already...

A: Pale golden with a three finger head. Great lacing down the glass.

S: Resinous and piny, everything I'd expect from a wet hop ale.

T: Wow! Piny and resinous, great citrus flavors, could be hoppier though IMO

M: Medium bodied, great mouthfeel.

O: Great beer, I can see why this sold out so quickly.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of Etan
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, bottled very recently.

A: Pours a mellow orange-gold with a nice white head.

S: Beautifully fresh hop leaf, resin, pinapple, vanilla, floral, citrus rind.

T: Taste is smooth balance of rindish bitterness, orange peel, grapefruit, perfumy floral notes, slightly grassy with lots of grain in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with slight carbonation.

O: Wow, one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Tastes incredibly bright and fresh.

Photo of Steimie
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of JDizzle
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from a local store in Grand Rapids. Bought a single only.

It has a really nice copper color and smells like straight hops!! A really great smelling IPA. It is a pretty balanced IPA with a decent malt backbone and finishes with a hop blast that is bitter as hell. A really fresh tasting hop bomb that I am glad I tried. Super drinkable

A little too expensive for what it is, but what a great beer!! Founders always comes through!!

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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glowing gold but capped with a finger of snow white head that clings to the rim of the glass. Not quite as exciting to look at as I remember, too cold though I think.

Thick syrupy citrus aromas, fresh hops, bittersweet abundance of mild grapefruit and orange peel. Some more tropical notes are apparent beneath that. A surprisingly decent caramel malt backbone as well.

Sharp citric hop bite up front - the sweet malt character plays well up against a distinctly fruity hop profile, finish is appropriately bitter - not too wet, not too dry. Simple beauty.

Yet another delicious beer from our friends at Founders.

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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

Growler poured into a Teku glass.

Pour: Clear pale orange with two fingers of white head that diminishes to a film and leaves pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Nice burst of dank, resinous hops, augmented by citrusy grapefruit. A light caramel in the back provides some backbone.

Taste: Dank piney hops up front. A mango and grapefruit aspect picks up from there, but this wet hop is as dank as it gets. Really nice.

Mouthfeel: Super easy drinking, with just the right bitterness. Leaves a sticky citrusy fruit on the back of the palate.

Overall: A fantastic wet hop ale. Not sure if I can choose between Wet, Broo Doo, and this. Delicious.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bountiful bright gold with a thick, fluffy head into my glass. The presentation is spot-on. It's an IPA!

Wet, piney hops put on a show for the ol'factory glands. All about the hops here. A dash of citrus, especially grapefruit, is also present.

The flavor reflects the aroma here. Very crisp. A good mix of citrus/pine. Even though this isn't super fresh, the wet-hopping adds more character to what would otherwise be a standard IPA.

Mouthfeel has plenty of citrus and pine notes for those who seek them. A bit of biscuity malt peeks through.

This style is often hit-or-miss but in this case, it's a hit!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Chilled since buying. Really fresh, as the bottle is labelled as 10/4/12, so this is barely two weeks old.

Appearance: Deep golden yellow to very light orange in color. Pours a slight white head that recedes into a light lacing. Sticks well to the glass.

Aroma: Fresh tropical hop character explodes upfront. Lots of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit notes. Very lush, with minimal malt character.

Taste; The fresh hops are really apparent here and they give a really nice tropical fruit hop note to this beer. Tons of sweet honey, mango, pineapple and just a hint of bitter pine to balance this out. Really nice balance throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and very crisp and drinkable.

Overall, a really stellar IPA. The fresh tropical hop notes really pop yet remain really drinkable. One of the better non local IPA's I've had in a very long time. Obviously the freshness helps a lot in that regard, but the flavor profile is really nice. A new favorite of mine. Vastly exceeded my expectations.

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,843 ratings.