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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,669 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,669
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 328
Gots: 299 | FT: 13
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%

Lantern, Dec 06, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

twelveinches, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

happy5930, Dec 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

s1ckboy, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4-pack of this brew from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $8.99. Poured from one of the 12 fl oz bottle w/ 2 hop nugs surrounded by a blue/hazy colored background into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has ... & 09/22/11 on the front (sometimes letters/numbers get rubbed off).

Aroma- Has a very intense peach and citrus aroma with tons of dry hops and a bit of grass. Hits the nose with perfection!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has good retention. The body color is a reddish copper color with good clarity but some depth keeps it from being very clear. Leaves a good lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a nice citrus character from the beginning with this "wet hop" flavor. Very clean and smooth tasting. Bitterness isn't harsh but still at a medium-high level with tons of fruit behind it.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, extremely clean tasting, and leaves nice sweet malts and hop on the palate.

Overall Impression- What is this wet-hopped attribute in these IPA's coming out? Something I enjoy! The best part of this wet hopped flavor is how clean and smooth it is. This harvest ale was fantastic and glad I was able to get one of the limited 4-packs from Lukas Liquor. Get some next year if you can, but always fresh!

DCon, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

psychotia, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of coldmeat23
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Saison Dupont Becker
TEMP: Served at approx 45 degrees

Pours a very golden orange color with very light hints of amber. The two-finger thick head of fluffy foam is a slightly off-white color. Retention is great and lacing is plentiful.

This smells like a citrus bomb. Awesome! Tons of Fresh orange and tangerine notes. Light hints of lemon and grapefruit. There is even a wonderful level of pineapple presence, just below the surface.

The citrus notes carry through, quite nicely. This one is big and juicy! There are some nice hints of pine sap and grapefruit skin coming out, as well. Light honey sweetness. A good maltiness holds the whole thing together.

This is medium-bodied and has a high level of carbonation. It feels clean, yet not overly crisp.

This is really a great representation of what I think of when I think of a 'good' IPA. I could drink gallons of this stuff....it's delicious!
Once again, Founder's Brewing comes through with flying colors!

coldmeat23, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

bozodogbreath, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

BrendanDouglas, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of dcloeren
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to greatfullbeerhead for this extra!

Pours a golden honey with 2 fingers of foamy bright white head. Solid retention... Slowly went down to a fat thick film throughout the rest of the beer

Aroma: Dank wet hops!!! Getting some wet grass and some nice citrusy aromas.

Taste follows the nose. Dank and sticky, great citrus undertones and subtle wet fresh cut grass.

Medium body and just the right amount of carbonation. Just enough to sting the tongue. Very wet aftertaste.

This was an amazing extra! I want to get some of this right off the bottling line. This was a great harvest ale and an all around solid offering from founders. This brewery has yet to disappoint.

dcloeren, Dec 03, 2011
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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
Photo of jrnyc
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
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,669 ratings.