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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,634 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,634
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 328
Gots: 294 | 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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5/5  rDev +17.1%

SpillyBeers, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

alalvarez75, Dec 02, 2011
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had other Founders beer, but never loved any of them. Glad I tried this one, it is excellent!

Pours a nice color, minimal head. Nice smell, nothing overwhelming. Taste is great, some sweetness to it, easy to drink.

A top notch offering from Founders. I know it is seasonal, but this beer deserves more love than it gets , it is excellent. Glad I was able to get my hands on more of it and will look forward to it next year.

jrnyc, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

richbrew, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

blange3, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

tripledbrew, Dec 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

FMPLover24, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

mscott1975, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

hotglassmama, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

UNCCTDawg, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Gehrig
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the bar of the sterling Sun Singer in Champaign, IL.

Slightly hazy burnt orange body with a fat finger of off-white foam topping it; good lacing and head duration. Wonderful smells, loaded with citrus (tangerine, grapefruit, and lemon) with some biscuit malt. The hops emerge strongly in the nose, proving most welcoming.

Harvest Ale is so impressive in good part because the taste fulfills the smell so thoroughly. Hops, hops, and more hops here. The citrusy taste is magnificent--tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel and some lemon give Harvest Ale a largely sweet taste with a slightly tart finish. There is just enough toasted malt to make its presence felt, but hops certainly carry the day here. The resiny finish is magnificent, just the right way to culminate the experience.

I run out of ways to extol the virtues of Founders, which seems to turn every beer into liquid gold. Harvest Ale is no exception. The wet-hopped style is yet another that Founders has taken to another level. This is a very nice complement to Double Trouble, offering a somewhat bolder, brawnier beer than the hop-heavy but rather smooth DT.

Again tremendous, in a way that for all its regularity from Founders, is never pedestrian.

Gehrig, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

SteelCityHops89, Nov 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

forummember, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

trapper2408, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

chcfan, Nov 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Bottled on 10/4/12 and re-reviewed on 10/20/12. This beer pours a hazy gold color. Carbonation is fairly low and the head rather thin, but it does leave some lacing on the glass. Very nice nose with sweet, fruity notes of lemon, orange zest, and some cloves.

The beer has a nice firm mouthfeel. The flavor definitely follows the nose. There is a bready, biscuity malty backbone complemented by a nicely balanced fruity, hoppy bite. There's also a very subtle fruity tartness - like fresh oranges - right at the back of the palate. The finish is nice and dry. Extremely refreshing. Excellent beer!

This is not my favorite IPA (Fat Head's Headhunter currently has that honor), but it is my favorite wet hop ale. It is really fresh, fruity, and intense without being overly bitter. Too bad it's so difficult to get.

deadonhisfeet, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Lozanoa11, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

spokes, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

smogfood, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Hoopman, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

ryancorn, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

cates1tg, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

thedoer, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

McCranky, Nov 25, 2011
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,634 ratings.