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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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2,885 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2885
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%


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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MasterfulIdiot

Georgia

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Pours a very pale orange with a relatively thin head that fades to a film within several minutes. Leaves some lace at the top, but not really on the way down. Still good looking after the pour, though.

Smell is glorious sticky hops. Citrus, oranges, slightly herbal, grassiness. Some notable caramel malts on the nose as well, somewhat surprisingly.

Taste starts out with some nice juicy orange flavor, then there's some grassiness, with some underlying earthiness. As foreshadowed by the nose, the malts are noticeable in the taste as well, and get more and more so as it warms. There's also some subtle underlying blue-cheesy dankness to it - mostly on the finish - that also gets more and more prevalent as it warms. It's a nice flavor, and well-incorporated. Overall, there's a relatively large shift from start to finish. At the beginning it's mostly citrusy and grassy, and then becomes caramelly and resiny by the end.

Overall, it's a really great wet-hopped ale. There are a lot of different hop flavors in there, and it's fun to compare each sip to the last and feel it changing. It's really great, but I think it would have been perfect with a little less alcohol, and maybe just a little "smaller."

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 04:41:18 | More by MasterfulIdiot
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babaracas

Florida

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear light amber, billowing white head. settles to a thin layer,a few thin rings on the glass. smell: grapefruit, floral, nectarines, light biscuit. taste: sweet orange citrus, peach, leafy, honey, acidic. drying but slightly sticky finish. very nice. early oct bottling

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 03:51:52 | More by babaracas
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BikeChef

District of Columbia

3.34/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I look forward to getting my hands on this beer every year. Unfortunately, this really doesn't live up to the greatness of past years. It truly deserved the hype. The fresh hop presence is subdued this time around. It's pleasant, but this is a very expensive beer in my parts. I'd take the far less costly fresh hop SN Celebration this year (it's excellent) over Founders even if Founders were the same price! Disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 00:21:20 | More by BikeChef
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this beer into a Dogfish Head tulip reveals a beautiful golden orange color with wonderful clarity. A snow white head settles into a white ring leaving minimal lacing. Intense aromas of grapefruit, pine resin, pineapple, and, well, wet hops fill your nose. Layers of hops coat the palate followed by a massive amount of citrus and a light touch of yeast. Great acidity makes your mouth water for more followed by the quintessential hop bitterness. A classic IPA that I wish was made year round, but you have to remember it's made with the first hops of the season. This is something to look forward to each year.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 03:12:09 | More by Cubatobaco
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TheSSG

Illinois

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

Pours a huge, dense, white head. A nice, bright grapefruit aroma; I can smell the resin, haha. As the head settles the aroma becomes very orange-like. This just smells wonderful. Turbid, gold-straw color. Starts with hoppy pine sap, a nice bitterness. Peaks into a poignant, high citrus rind bitterness with a lot of greenness. This ramp up is a nice, noticeable step. Then the citrus rind lingers, taking on a touch more of the pine characteristic.

This is really nice. I like the greenness of the hops in this. Not too bitter, either. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 02:42:14 | More by TheSSG
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Feeling lucky. I stumbled upon when searching out a new place. Bottled on date of 10/2.
Nice aroma. Complex and unique. Nice fruit, but also nice soft spice. A little bit of fresh cannabis and a touch of soap.
White head with good stamina and sticky lacing. Gold and mostly clear.
Nice soft feel. Lighter body, yet bigger feel with both the clean malt and shot of alcohol warmth.
Flavors are not as bold as I would have anticipated. A soft bite (more of a loving nibble) of bitterness that really hangs on for a very extended finish. Soft pale malt that is a little doughy, but also a little grainy. Hops are a little green, grassy and herbal, but really lacking and fruitiness that I would expect.
I bet this one is not considered one of the better years for this Harvest Ale. This is okay, but nothing like the exceptional beer that has been advertised in previous years.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 02:27:46 | More by garymuchow
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dougfur

New York

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice straw color, pretty clear and a very modest head. The smell is classic citrus hops, not too strong, but noticeable and nice. The taste follows suit. It tastes exactly how a good, solid American IPA should taste. It won't knock any socks off, but it's very good and you'd enjoy this any time. Reminds me of Sculpin.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 01:51:36 | More by dougfur
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a clear golden color with a sudsy white head that retains nicely long after the pour, some patches of lace sticking

S- very clean hops bill, picking up some fresh mint, piney, a touch of citrus

T- lots of fruity flavors up front, some floral and leafy hops kick in mid-palate, there's just a touch of sweet bready malt underlying, the finish is dry with a blast of fresh mint that lingers long after

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly creamy finish

O- one of the cleanest and freshest tasting IPAs out there, loving the minty notes and so easy to drink, even at 7.6%

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 01:15:45 | More by Treyliff
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Clibb

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: clear honey straw color with nice rocky 2.5 finger head

S: Burst of fresh hops a little mustiness

T: Getting definite sweet bready character with some nice grapefruity pith. Bitterness is not over the top. Have that funkyness come through like in the nose, not barnyard or brett but like musty armpit in a good way.

M: could use a little more carbonation IMO, slightly drying.

O: for the hype I heard about this beer i was expecting like a dry(wet) hop blast in the face but it's not. A bit underwhelming but still a nice clean refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 02:30:10 | More by Clibb
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/02/13, so about a month old. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light straw color, decent clarity and a smattering of off-white head.

S: A light orange creamsicle aroma, pale malt, light sweetness.

T: Citrus hops (tangerine, white grape and white grapefruit), followed by moderate pale malt and just a touch of bitterness.

M: Light body and medium-ish carbonation. I guess it’s self-evident that a lighter body works well for a wet hopped IPA.

O: The low level of bitterness makes this extremely drinkable. The hops have faded a bit unfortunately, but they’re still noticeable and the malt remains in check.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 01:59:15 | More by pmarlowe
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw orange color with a one finger white head in the snifter. Some lacing throughout. Fresh hop aroma with pine, citrus and fresh cut grass. A little musty as well. The taste is similar but with a very modest, well balanced bitterness. It is tremendously smooth, sippable and leaves very little hoppy mustiness. It finishes crisp, and not overly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 23:42:08 | More by jbaker67
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip

A Golden and transparent. Half inch or so of white foam. Lingers for a bit but not too long. A rich lacing does remain.

S Floral and fruity. Fresh like after a spring rain. Hops. Lemons. Very nice.

T Greasy hops. Pine resin. Bitter fruit peel - lemons and grapefruit. Some sweet malt. Big bitter aftertaste.

M Nice and oily and smooth. Finishes very clean and refreshing.

O One of my favorites of the style. Near perfect. It is so clean and fresh and bitter yet has some balance. Oh, so good.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 02:07:08 | More by PieOhMy
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iabeerbaron

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

REVIEW

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 7.6%

PURCHASED AT: Hy-Vee Marion, IA

POUR: Golden/orange pour with a medium white head.

AROMA: Grapefruit, orange, lemon, and pine.

TASTE: Lots of citrus fruit, a bit of sweetness and then the hops take over.

Ratebeer.com rating: 99

Beeradvocate rating: 95

Overall: A

My recommendation: Fresh Hop beers are meant to be drank fresh. If you’re an IPA fan this is a must have and you have to get it soon! Terrific brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 22:45:53 | More by iabeerbaron
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MattyBones

New York

4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 4pack of this the other day after hearing some great reviews of this brew and I must say that I was highly impressed.

Appearance: A nice golden yellow with a thin white head.
Smell: Citrus, citrus, citrus...grapefruit and lemon dominate the nose giving off a beautiful scent.
Taste: Liquid hops and grapefruit. Absolutely delicious, strong citrus with the perfect bitterness, but doesn't overpower the palate. Finishes clean and refreshing.
Mouthfeel: smooth, and clean. slick on the tongue but doesn't linger too long after finished.

Overall this is another classic brew from Founder's. Very fresh and something I can easily and happily see myself enjoying over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 17:31:39 | More by MattyBones
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dar482

New York

3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a golden yellow with a bit of orange in there with a white one finger head.

The aroma has a bit of grapefruit and citrus with tons of pine and leafy green. Deep in there, there's some onion there as well. There's almost a gentle hint of smoke or meat from that deep dank onion character hidden in there.

The flavor follows with a tinge of grapefruit and mostly lemon peel in the front. There's a biscuity malt that carries the beer through palate with a wonderful clean and substantial malt body. The finish just hits with lots of green leafy hops, pine, a bit of that onion. The fruit notes and lemon linger throughout as this beer is decently bitter.

This is a great food pairing beer or session/hang out beer. The hops don't come out to shine and define themselves, but it still is really nice drinking and hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 03:53:22 | More by dar482
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

Bottling date has rubbed off, oops.

A- Nice deep gold, like a Munich gold. Medium-high white head that dissipates quicker than I thought it would.

S- Grapefruit, bitter medium pine. Very vibrant.

T- Cracker malt, a really smooth bright bitterness.

M- Pretty light for a 70 IBU beer, very easy drinking.

O- A superb example of fresh hops and very crisp and enjoyable to have on a sunny fall afternoon, just wish Michigan had more of those. A lot of hype behind this beer, think most of that is it's Founders and it's so seasonal and can be hard to find. Thought this was similar to Double Trouble but with more aromatic hops than bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:00:16 | More by PaulyB83
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IPAdams

Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a clear, pale gold with a two inch foamy head that lingers for a while and leaves nice lacing. Good visible carbonation.

Smell- As soon as you open the bottle, the hops become apparent. Strong but pleasant smell of pine, grapefruit and lemon zest. Also some fruitiness a bit of fresh cut grass.

Taste- A good balance of bitterness, grapefruit and again I get a bit of grass and mustiness. Pale malt flavors are present in the background.

Mouthfeel- body and carbonation are good for the style. Fairly dry on the finish.

Overall- Enjoyed everything except the taste. Not sure if it was a bad bottle but it had a good deal of mustiness that I didn't care for, everything else was good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:36:51 | More by IPAdams
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emyers

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy pale gold with a fluffy 2 finger white head. Good head retention and leaves a very nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Vibrant hoppy aroma featuring grapefruit, tangerine, and pine. A hint of caramel malt sneaks in to round it out, but this is all about the hops, and the hops are spot on - fresh, juicy, and delicious.

Taste: Similar to the smell and bursting with citrus and piney hops. The malt comes through a little more with caramel and biscuit notes, which is just enough to balance the hops without getting in the way at all. Moderate bitterness on the finish and no alcohol is apparent.

Mouthfeel: Light, dry, and crisp on the palate with a moderate carbonation level. Leaves you craving another sip.

Overall: Flat out phenomenal IPA. I feel this gets overlooked sometimes amidst the heavy hitters in Founders' portfolio. Don't make that mistake.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:23:54 | More by emyers
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timmy2b

New York

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass. Very small amount of head. It is a golden, hazy almost amber color. Has a nice citrus smell, but nothing over the top. The flavor is good. Some Orange, Citrus up front. It does have a bitter finish which lingers a little bit. This is not a heavy beer, its fairly medium for mouthfeel. Overall I feel this has a good balance of the citrus and bitterness,although I was not expecting the bitter to last as long after each sip, still a very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 21:16:59 | More by timmy2b
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - This beer is a hazy light amber with an inch of off-white head.

S - The smell has some citrus. I also get some grass like a freshly mowed lawn.

T - The taste is full of citrus with a bitter, piney, resin finish.

M - It is smooth and moderately carbonated. Medium feel.

O - As one would expect from Founders, this is a terrific beer. It is a little more bitter than I care for in an IPA. I like more citrus, but I will drink a lot of these while in season.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 19:52:41 | More by buschbeer
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes on 2013 version (7.6% ABV), one month from bottling, on which review scores are based:

Slight haze, more of an amber color. Head is about two fingers high and leaves a very nice crown of lace. Aroma is grassy and "grapefruity" overall, without much in the way of tropical citrus notes. Fresh and floral, but not all that vibrant. This is a significant regression from my experience with last year's version, and the aroma can be described as nothing more than "nice."

Flavor remains predominantly dry and hop-focused, though it does seem like the malt backbone is more robust. It treads in a neutral ground between puckering bitterness, malty sweetness, and fruity/estery. It's simultaneously well-balanced and a bit lacking in character. Mouthfeel remains excellent. I'm finding it hard to score this review -- Harvest Ale 2013 is still a very good IPA, but it's falling well short of my recollection of previous years. I recommend picking up a 4-pack, but don't pick up any more (as I did) without trying it first.

Notes on 2012 version (6.5% ABV) from 11/19/2012:
Slightly hazy, straw colored. Kind of an uninspiring head with only splotchy lacing. Fortunately, things only get better. Wonderfully fresh hop aromas of citrus and resiny pine. Swirl the glass, take a whiff, and grapefruit rind becomes more apparent. One of the most aromatic IPAs I've had. Sharp bitterness greets the tongue, leading to a pithiness and dryness on the finish. 70 IBUs sounds about right. The malt body is well in the background, light and cracker-like. Bitter citrus rind and some resin are at the forefront. Mouthfeel hits all the right notes with respect to carbonation and hop oils. Having tried this, my enthusiasm for Sierra Nevada Celebration is admittedly dulled a bit - Founders Harvest truly showcases the beauty of fresh, wet hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 18:24:43 | More by gr0g
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2Xmd

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 10/02/13.

Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head. Smells of pine and citrus. Mouthfeel of sticky chewy hops. Taste is of resinous piney hops with citrus flavors of tangerine and orange. Nice slightly bitter finish. Overall an awesome example of a freshly wet hopped ale. Will be anxiously awaiting this next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:27:45 | More by 2Xmd
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear bright golden amber color with a white head. Super resinous nose, lots of pine and grapefruit, ctirus peel. A little earthy, touch of tobacco, a bit of soap.

Not as brightly flavored as I had hope but pungent hop flavor for sure. Medium bodied, light prickly carbonation, almost no malt presence whatsoever so you do really get to taste the hops. Lots of pine and bitter rinds flavor throughout, along with being super resinous. Bitterness is bold but oddly not overwhelming. Not balanced but one of the most pleasing and refreshing bitter flavors I've ever tasted. There is a touch of alcohol heat but that's probably because the malt presence barely exists. Overall a pretty nice beer. It's limited availability kind of sucks but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 14:37:41 | More by jtierney89
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itsscience

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep amber with one finger of white head that dissipates quickly. The nose has a smell of grapefruit and some sweeter citrus fruits like orange, papaya, and mango. I get that same grapefruit and sweet citrus profile on the front of the tongue, which reminds me of Cigar City Jai Alai, but then it leaves a stinging bitterness with not much of a malt backbone to balance out the taste. The body is medium with a high carbonation that intensifies the sting you get from the bitterness. An interesting beer, and a good one, but not among my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 04:27:08 | More by itsscience
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For me, even beyond FBS and KBS, this is Founders' crowning achievement. A basically perfect single IPA.

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY. $8 bucks for a pitcher of Harvest Ale? Yes plz.

Pours a dark orange into this Labatt Blue pitcher. Even in the pitcher, it forms a decent head of about 3 inches. Pretty bubbly, looks well-carbonated.

Smells incredible. Citrus abounds, with some spicy pine in the background.

Similar flavors. To expand, the fruits I taste are grapefuits, oranges and pineapples. The harvest wet-hops give the beer a supreme dankness however- like I scooped the beer off of the forest floor. Now that might sound like a bad thing, and it might be to some people, but for me, it's dynamite. Spicy, raw, and earthy hop flavors on the back end of this- grass, pine needles, cannabis, with a extremely bitter finish that carries over to the fruit forward front end on the next sip, making a perfect combination of flavors for my happy mouth.

Pretty dry mouthfeel, medium carbonation, medium body.

A masterpiece. What a single IPA should be.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2013 04:20:49 | More by GreesyFizeek
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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