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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 967
Hads: 3,891
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 18.76%
Wants: 392
Gots: 344 | 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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Photo of surfcaster
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Remember that 7 up commercial with "crisp and clean with no caffeine?"

This is the 7up of IPAs

Unbelievable bright, super crisp--drinks like a 5% beer (wish it was) with a super juicy hop presence that is all citrus and so easy to drink. A little higher in ETOH than many others of the wet hop style but you would never know it.


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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

When I opened the bottle, I would swear that I had a Zombie dust in my hands. The smell was awesome. The flavor was not quite Zombie, but was still very enjoyable. Nice job founders...

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. BOTTLED 09/30/2014.

Appearance: Pours a golden body with a thin white head.

Smell: Light juicy hop and strong pilsner malt aroma.

Taste: Spicy hop flavor. Firm crisp bitterness. Sweet pilsner malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, sharp bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting a much juicier, tropical/citrus hop bomb. Bitterness is high, but body is light and crisp. Non of the classic ale fruitiness. If you told me this was a continental pilsner, I would have believed you.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, this really is worth the hype. Some places are just allowing customers to purchase one bottle of this, that is obscene. This comes in a four pack, that is how its is meant to be marketed, sell it that way. Don't try to take advantage of customers on this or any other beer.

Aroma: Hops, nice aromatic floral hops. It has a bit of onion going on, but I enjoy IPA's that have that in its profile.

Taste: So smooth, hops, balance well. This beer is amazing really, I may have to purchase more if my store still has some. It has a fairly high abv., not crazy high, but bordering on the DIPA range, but its crisp, and refreshing. Nice balance of hops and malts. One of the better beers I have had this season.

Overall: If you can find this, buy it, don't get ran over by stores that are trying to burn you by charging more per single to get more profit. Luckily, I have some honest guys I deal with. Its not that rare. Just limited. Go out and find yourself some!

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Photo of draheim
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this; last time I had it was a 10/2/2013 bottle consumed on 11/25/2013 (courtesy of cavedave). This bottle is just 3 weeks old, so worth a redo.

12oz bottle (bottled 9/30/2014) into a tulip (thanks again LambicPentameter!). Pours a nice honey straw color, crystal clear w/ a frothy white head, decent lace.

Aroma is juicy grapefruit and orange, two of my favorite aromas for a fresh-hop beer. Detectably sweet with a hint of alcohol on the nose.

Taste is a mix of citrus and pineapple (is pineapple a citrus fruit?). Maybe a touch of mango or papaya in there too. Bready pale malt. Sweet, with a noticeable booziness that distracts a bit from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, almost full-bodied. Satisfying. Goes down easy.

Overall a solid offering from Founders, but I did find that the bigger malt bill and higher ABV was competing with the hops a bit.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow, clear, with a short white head, and a touch of lacing.

S - Pine, lemon, and floral notes. A bit of dankness, too. Hops all the way.

T - Following the nose, coupled with fresh cut grass, and a spicy, punchy sweetness from the beer's malt backbone. The close is a sharp turn to bitterness, that fades slowly.

M - Oily, with drying. Given the hard bitter element in the close, the build could have been far worse.

O - This is a good IPA, with a unique hop flavor profile. Bright and full, with a strong bitter end, the wet hop comes through in the green notes, floral elements, and subtle spiciness.

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Photo of Harnkus
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Brewed a few weeks ago, so fresh.

Poured into a snifter. Gold gold. Good head. Nice retention. High clarity. Beer is cold and looks warm.

Nice bright hop notes of citrus with a good bit of malt sweetness poking through. Many would call out "tropical" and "mango", but I'll call it what it is. Grapefruit and pine.

For 7.6% this drinks rather rough. By no means the sort you can gulp in refreshment. Neverthless the flavors are not well wrapped, and by that I mean there isn't a great sense of harmony between the wet hops and the nice malt sweetness. They seem to be isolated. Alcohol is not well hidden in my opinion.

Good beer. Doesn't hold a candle to its lower ABV version (6.5% or 6.7%...can't recall) from a few years back. Like Green Flash, Founders seems too erect over high ABVs. There was no reason to turn up the dial on this. I guess they felt it justified the higher price point.

Still, at 10.99 a four pack, and while I don't love it, I'll happily finish them off this week.

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Photo of handcrafty
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Hop perfection in a glass. It smacks your tongue, and you're all like - "Whoa!", and then, it mellows out, and you're like "Ahh" .. and then you have another, by the time you look up, you realize you've gone through the whole 4-pack in a little over an hour.


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Photo of wonothesane42
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

The beer pours golden yellow with a billowing white head, and the smell is immediate and intensely of mangoes and citrus, very inviting. Taste is much like the smell bright citrus and tropical fruits lots of flavor, very lovely. Mouthfeel is great, very smooth well carbonated, not boozy, a pleasure to drink. This beer is fantastic; a great appearance, great smell, lots of flavor and great texture, falls a little short in the finish though as it lacks a final punch. Fantastic beer; I will savor these.

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Photo of yannimou
4.25/5  rDev +1%

An amazing IPA. Smells of sweet citrus that mixes nicely with sweet malt. The beer is crystal clear. Less carbonation than what's typical of the style. Tastes of grapefruity hops. Malt is there too, leaving a bready/biscuity flavor. This is classic act from Founders.

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Photo of TCJ0100
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured into a stange glass from the bottle. I got this pretty much right off the truck. It pours a somewhat large head that goes away instantly, and its clear as a bell.

The smell is absolutely excellent. Dank hops just dominate the nose. This is one of the best smells I've seen in any beer. It is rich and citrusy with grapefruit, orange, and pineapple.

The taste is undeniably excellent. It is just like the nose, only more gratifingly hoppy. The is suprisingly smooth, with delicious citrus notes and some pleasant bitterness. It is so good that I mostly want to sip it.

This beer ends great as well and leaves a lingering fruity hop note in the mouth. This is a great beer. The only downside I could see to this is that it comes pretty dear in expensive four packs, and that it is competing with Breakfast Stout for my money.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on draft at Founders on Harvest Day.

Harvest Ale pours a clear, brassy shade of gold with a soapy, 1-finger head. The aroma is where this one shines: light orange, white peaches, apple skin, pine, and caramel. Smells fantastic, fruity, herbal, and almost tea-like. Taste is very citrusy, with distinct flavors of sugary lemon, orange, and grapefruit. But it's a slightly sweet, rather than bitter, citrus flavor that's very refreshing. There's a strong hop presence, but it's flowery, muted, and lightly piney. The mouthfeel is just right: medium-bodied, medium-carbed, and slightly dry.

Founders nailed this one…my favorite in the harvest ale genre.

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Photo of Boto
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a fairly clear straw yellow color. There was a small white head and it left some lacing. The aroma is a bit milder. Some malts, citrus and earthy hops, and slightly musty. The taste is good. Nice malt body. Somewhat tart/bitter flavor. Some pine and lemon hops. Nice.

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Photo of FFreak
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz glass into large tulip glass. A slighty hazy golden ale with a finger or so of white head and minimal lacing. Aroma was a little muted. Not sure the age of the bottle I got, but it could have been on the shelf for a while. I couldn't find a date. Some citrus and pine combined with caramel. Taste was very good, but again the hops had probably faded a bit as they are not 'in your face'. Nice balance of sweet caramel and bitter hops with just a bit of citrus and pine flavor. Overall, its good but I was hoping for more from this. Its solid and I'll try it again, but hopefully a fresher bottle.

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Photo of HopAlongG
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure what brother Jason is talking about here...I agree it's top-notch, but wtf is blond tobacco and hemp seed oil?

Grapefruity and swillable. Had it next to Centennial and it's what wet hopped is meant to be....piney and citrusy yet light somehow.

Tastes damn good...and it stands out among other IPAs consumed in the same session.

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Photo of pkalix
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden yellow with a little bit of foam on top. just noticed the bottled on date is October 2, 2013. we're almost into april now so I guess I aint gettin' the freshest there is....
smell is bland, muted, but with hops. not much else.
taste is sweet and honey-like up front with (almost) an explosion of fruit and caramel sweetness at the end. wow. biscuit sweet up front, caramel sweet at the end. slightly bitter hop in the middle. this is awesome. and it's old? someone else nailed it saying "lemon, orange and white grapefruit". that is exactly how this one tastes, and he was speaking from an older bottle also. this one is awesome. extremely sessionable and a 7.6% on top of that!! I can drink this on all day!!!!

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured a golden yellow in color with slight orange highlights, a good thin chunky head that left good bead like lacing on the glass. It had a nice earthy leafy aroma upfront on the nose, hints of citrus, underlying grain notes and mild hop character. The hops came through more on the palate alongside some citrus notes, slight bitter flavor, bready grains and a touch of earthiness. The brew was light in body with a fair amount of carbonation and a clean crisp finish.

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Photo of deadchef
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into 20oz pint glass from bottle...

a: 1.5 finger head. bright white. little hazy golden ale but i didn't decant.

s: huge hop aroma. grapefruit, lemon, lime. very fresh. light toast malt backbone.

t: fresh hops punching through. tons of hop flavor but not over the top bitterness. malt hangs in there to balance.

m: medium carbonation. dry finish. lingering bitterness.

o: this is a great beer. unfortunately i've held onto this one in my fridge a bit too long as these are best fresh.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours hazy and golden with a tint of orange. A nice one finger white head forms with good retention. Loads of lacing clings to the glass until I need a new one. This is what a beer should look like.

S- A strong citrus aroma greets my senses first. Oranges and grapefruits. Perfect. A light bready malt note somewhere behind that. Then more oranges.

T- A hop wave of citrus flavor takes over the palate accompanied with an earthly malt backbone that balances this ale nicely. This is a complex but smooth act that finishes dry and spicy.

M- Feels malty, somewhat grainy and chewy. Medium to heavy body.

O- Founders has really outdone themselves with this one. Incredibly balanced brew that leaves me wanting more. An enormous hop presence backed up with malts that are powerful and graceful. Well done Founders. Well done.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a two finger head of a white color. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer heaviest of a citrus smell being a mix of citrus hop and a bit of sweet orange. Along with these aromas are notes of other hops with some pine and herbal smells present. Some light sweeter caramel smells as well as a bit of a bready smell are there as well giving an overall nice balanced IPA smell.

Taste – The taste begins with some tropical fruit tastes as well as a bit of a bready taste. The tropical fruits are largely of tangerine and mango but also have hints of pineapple within. Along with the bready and fruit are some hop flavors of a citrus nature. As the taste advances some grassy and herbal flavors come to the tongue. A moderately strong pine flavor later joins the tongue more toward the middle to the end giving a nice little resinous bite to the beer. While a sweeter caramel taste develops more toward the middle of the taste, it, as well as some of the fruit dwindle a bit toward the end. With some earthy hops coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, and combined with the rest of the tastes of the brew, one is left with a somewhat crackery, lightly sweetened and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on average side as well. For the drinkability and the style both were quite appropriate, creating a rather easy drinking but flavorful IPA.

Overall – A good hop blended IPA. Rather tasty overall.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks (yet again) to jdhowe for handing me one of these lately. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. No bottling date, which is strange - Founders usually is very consistent in dating their beers.

Pours a golden-amber color, clear as they can be (save for some minor flecks of sediment), with a good, semi-frothy white head at the top. Head retention could be better, but at the very least there's some good lacing and stickiness that clings to the glass. At their freshest, I've always found wet hop beers to look really good, and to my knowledge, this is the best looking hoppy offering from Founders I've seen yet.

Smells terrific - glad this is indeed a fresher bottle, according to my source. Vivid notes of apricots, honeydew, green melon, orange, and pine gracefully reach the nostrils. A little bit of white pepper and lavender follows, with a cracked barley flavor that is fresh and simultaneously reminds me of wheat and toffee at the finish. Extremely mellow overall, with a laid back vibe that many wet hop beers seem to lack (for better or for worse) - the alcohol is well hidden, and the build is what I'd come to expect in the style. Really, really good.

The flavor is pretty much on par with the aroma, delivering gentle and well expressed citrus and floral notes, with a refreshing, cleansing malty finish. The orange peel and light grapefruit comes in a first, but to me, the intriguing flavors still remain those apricot/melon notes that I mentioned earlier. Some herbal and floral flavors, as expected - lavender and sage come to mind. Finishes with a mild bitterness, but feels wet overall rather than dry, and this accounts greatly within the malt forward finish that is slightly cracker-like and bready. Refreshing as hell, which is not the first thing I'd claim a higher ABV, wet hop beer to be. Still, extremely drinkable, with no faded or minor flaws this time around.

I've never been a big fan of Founders' hop forward offerings, but this is extraordinarily good, and would hold up quite well even months after its bottling date. Granted, it's definitely best while its fresh, but this is perhaps my favorite everyday wet hopped beer if I've ever had one. Not their most complex offering, but it delivers the goods exactly as it should be.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wide mouth chalice. three months old.

A: two finger head that subsides to a thin ring. minimal lacing...golden color with some suspended solids. light carbonation activity.

S: Dank, resinous, earthy and minor piney wet hops, bitter citrus. lively and enticing aromas on the hoppier side. sweet malted milk balls.

T: Musty, earthy hops, lemony and bitter citrus. Almost a strange hen of the woods/mushroom backbite. Bitter lemongrass on swallow. Some lactic-like perceptions at room temp are fooling me.

M: Smoooth and Creamy. Medium full and not overly full. Dry without being obnoxiously dry. Malts support with light-medium malts similar to crystal or caramel.

O: Hell yeah. Good taste, smooth and complex even with a few months on it.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a nice white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: lively citrus hop aroma, grapefruit, orange

T: absolutely incredible balance of bitter citrus and sweet malt, tangypine resin hop finish

M:medium with higher carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O: an excellent IPA with fantastic flavor and balance

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Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like orange zest and sweet honey.
T: It tasted like sweet honey malt and bitter citrus zest, with a little waxy hops. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent IPA, but the scent and taste weren't delicious and the body was a little weak. Very clean finish, so very easy to drink. Nice session beer, but not otherwise impressive.

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Photo of A2HB
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers from Founders. The wet hops are oily, juicy, citrusy, piney, delicious.

This is last year's batch and it has held up very well over these past three months. The wet hops are still very noticeable although a bit more subdued than the first bottle. I will pretty much be ISO this one every October. Superb

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