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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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1,042 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,042
Hads: 4,181
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 18.53%
Wants: 391
Gots: 431 | FT: 7
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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Reviews: 1,042 | Hads: 4,181
Photo of bennyman12
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I head into this with very fond memories of previous releases.

Appearance is perfectly clear yellow gold. So appetizing!
Smell? Aroma? I can't find much of a bouquet here. Did they forget to (wet) dry hop this thing?
Taste delivers big time though. Such a pleasant fruit to bitter transition with a lingering dank pine dryness that I savor until I can't resist another sip. That's the stuff. Malt isn't strong, but it's enough to support the hops.
Mouthfeel and carb are very good. Tingly yet slick with hop oil.
Overall, just delicious. I've never found a wet hop beer I like as much. Maybe Sierra estate, but the hops don't go as well there.

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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is my first time having founders harvest ale, and I was honestly a little underwhelmed. light malts and a tasty hop profile make this a delicious beer, but it seemed a bit muted. the flavors that were there tasted great, I just wished it had been a little "bigger" tasting.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden body with a bit of amber. Foamy bone white head that leaves some lacing but fades quickly. Aroma is mainly grassy and fruity hops. The taste is much of the same, with a lot of plant and vegetal qualities. A bit of biscuity malt on the back end. Carbonation is medium, with a bit of prickliness on the back end, the feel is medium bodied and slightly sticky. This is a pretty solid wet hop beer with some fresh hop flavors.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden color. Has a clean bitter hop aroma. Flavor is bitter citrus hops with notes of pine. Leaves a clean aftertaste. Very smooth, a nice beer overall.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold with a nice foamy head - barely a hit of amber in the color but it is there.

Nose is nice, a bit flat. Hops hint mostly at the floral which seems a bit off for the flavor profile but still nice.

Flavor is big on tropical. Not overly juicy but on the mango/pineapple side of the hop spectrum. Not much malt going on but hop flavor is big without being overly bitter.

Finish is actually a touch on the sweet side. It makes this easier to pause between sips with a bit less of a bitter end I find typical of most IPAs in this style.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Sept 30th and poured on Oct 17th. An impressive show of logistiscs from MI to MN. Pour is slightly hazy light golden straw color with modest head and retentative lacing. Impressive floral aroma wafts from the glass. Taste is clean and smooth and the ABV is handled well. Our assignment tomorrow is this beer head-to-head with Surly Wet. The contestants, bottled / canned within 24 hours of each other will meet - who will win?

Updated on 23 Oct. Surly wins by a nose..Harvest is excellent and their worthy competitor comes in with a bit more complexity. Kudos to both!

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Photo of Taybeh
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Have had this year's edition on tap at several places around Mpls, and I'm definitely warming to it, but it isn't anywhere near the hype to me...I'll stand by my higher rating for Centennial. Nose is juicy fruity mix of orange, peach, with a touch of pine, but not huge and not particularly dank. Taste is more satisfying...like the nose, but the pine is stronger and there's also some spiciness toward the end which is very nice. Carb is a little high for the style, but the feel is both light and substantial, and that's impressive.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 10/01 into a pint glass
L: Light golden color with a finger of head. Looks almost like a Pilsner
S: Crisp hop aroma with lots of citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon, lemon zest)
T: Follows the nose with citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon) along with floral hop flavors. Following the hops is nice crackery malt and medium bitterness.
F: Medium body. Very crisp drinking beer.
Overall this one of the better wet hopped beers I've had. It has a nice citrus flavor balanced by toasted malt.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA. I'm not sure I can differentiate with the wet hops, but this beer has a lot of pine and pleasant bitterness. I had this last year and didn't recall enjoying it this much. I wish I picked up another four pack.

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Photo of jageraholic
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 15 days ago. Poured into a Spiegelau glass.

A: golden straw colored. Pillowy white head and great lacing. Constant bubbles coming to the top.

S: grapefruit, pine, herbs, sweetness, slight grass.

T: sweet grapefruit forward, slightly grassy/piney, caramel, Bready malts.

M: very light and delicate on the tongue but also crisp. Slightly drying as it warms.

O: sitting on my porch on a crisp fall afternoon and drinking this beer feels like a perfect pairing. The mouthfeel feels like a crisp lager Oktoberfest, but the hops are well integrated. Easy drinkin, not a palette killer. Ready to refill my glass. Delicious. Ton of similarities to jacks abbey hoponious union.

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Photo of thorkelson
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Poured into a snifter - Great straw color with a medium white head - not as hazy as I expect from a fresh hop beer but it is mass produced so I understand
S - Boom! very fragrant. Love it! It's less citrusy than other fresh hops i've smelled (especially this year's Deschute's which is insanely lemony) - regardless, it has a nice earthy hop smell with hints of pine and a bit of grapefruit
T - earthy, dry, small amount of grapefruit
F - a little drier and less resiny than I like with a fresh hop beer - probably the hops involved. Perfectly carbonated, however.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color. Great hoppy aroma. So refreshing. It seems like founders made more of this this year which is a good thing. Always look forward to this each fall. The best of the best when it comes wet hopped ales. Well done

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass bottle. Black branded pry-off crown cap. Generally appealing label art.

Bottled 09/30/15. 7.60% ABV. 70 IBUs.

Served cold into a pilsner glass. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

HEAD: 2.5cm wide. White colour. Average thickness and frothiness. Not real creamy or robust. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

BODY: Clear copper of average vibrance. Clean and clear, obviously filtered. I see no yeast or sediment.

Appears adequately carbonated. Not unique or special. Has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Has a fresh floral hop profile over a pale malt base. Pleasant hints of pine and hop oil. Not resinous, juicy, or overtly fruity.

Though the aroma as a whole is muted and reticent, it suggests a balanced beer with some nice elements.

No yeast character, booze, or off-notes are/is visible.

TASTE: Follows the aroma, with more pale malt sweetness than anticipated. It's not caramalt-heavy, luckily, but it is too forward in terms of malts, casting the hop profile in shadow. Hop notes include floral, lightly piney, slighty resinous, and vaguely fruity.

Somewhat imbalanced, and not quite dialed in. Not gestalt, but it's cohesive enough - albeit rough around the edges. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

I do like it, but there's ample room for improved intricacy, subtlety, and nuance.

TEXTURE: Slightly oily. Overcarbonated. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and of average heft and weight on the palate. Not too sticky or syrupy. Not chewy.

This texture complements the flavour profile decently, and fits the style. But it doesn't accentuate specific notes or elevate the beer as a whole.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Well executed for the most part.

OVERALL: It's a nice IPA for what it is, but like many Founders beers, it falls short of the best beers in the style from across the country. Though it fails to compete even with down-the-interstate neighbors Bells Brewing's offerings in the style, it's well worth trying once. I'll enjoy finishing it, but it won't impress discerning drinkers. Drinkable, and it hides its ABV well. Certainly above average.

High C+ (3.25)

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

Pours a clear golden amber, with a short but lacy head.

Big citrus smell, like tangerine. Wonderful!!

Lots of floral hops taste with a nice bitterness that isn't overwhelming, followed by a subtle malt sweetness and a some flavors citrus and of vegetable, maybe squash or even pumpkin. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness that lingers on the tongue. A perfect celebration of hoppiness without being aggressively bitter.

Delicious! If you like a good dose of hops, you should try this beer. Probably the best I've had this year.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Golden, clear in appearance
Smell - Green, piney, fresh hops, grassy, citrus
Taste - super dank, bitter, grassy, vegetal, earthy, pungent, floral, citrusy
Feel - Dry, sticky, astringent

Overall - A good beer that got better as it warmed.

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Photo of rdoggg
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 12oz bottle (bottled 9/30/15)...
Pours a golden-straw color. Reasonable head retention and lacing.
Great tropical aroma! Taste follows nose with some citrus notes that complement well.
Crisp, perfectly carbonated. Excellent finish.
Overall, a hop-forward yet well-balanced version of style.
Only consume this wet-hopped masterpiece fresh for best experience!

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully clear light golden color with a white head that leaves some nice lacing. Just by the color I'm wondering if this is purely base malt--maybe a touch of very pale crystal. Aroma a lively burst of resin, citrus and dankyness. Flavor is unadulterated hops upfront--piney and citrusy. Medium-high hop bitterness accentuated by a slightly dry finish. Just a bit of sweet, bready malt comes through among the bitterness in the finish. A delicious beer at an appropriate price.

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Photo of LAp
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a golden amber with a half-finger almost-white head. A crystal clear beer - not a hint of have. Smell is slightly piney. Taste is juicy citrus and hops. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but in a uniquely good way. This beer is a wonderful tone-switch from the bigger and bitter-er IPAs that keep getting pumped out (that's not a complaint, I love big, bitter IPAs). But this beer is a wonderful reminder that IPAs can be wet, juicy, and balanced. This beer rejects the all-dry, bitter hop/all-sweet malt dichotomy of so many IPAs today and is a refreshingly wet and even-keeled celebration of the hop.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish yellow with a half-inch thick white head which lingers and leaves spotty lace. Aromas of citrus fruits and pine. Flavor follows the nose with citrus hops and piney bitterness.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Bottled on 9/30/14 consumed on 10/24/14.
Look = 4.5 Pours a clear straw color with gold highlights and 2 fingers of crisp white head that fades to a cap. Great retention and above average lace.
Aroma = 4.5 Fresh hops everywhere. Strong aroma of citrus, orange and floral hopes - very nice.
Taste = 4.0 citrus and orange upfront with just a hint of sweet malt balance on the finish. A significant bitter bite at the end that lingers into the aftertaste.
Feel = 4.25 Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.
Drinkability = 4.0 Nice easy drinking IPA.
Overall = 4.2375 Great wet hopped IPA - terrific appearance and aroma, solid taste and feel.

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Photo of bassboneman
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L= light straw color, very thin head, pretty clear in appearance
S= not picking up much from my tulip glass - but I have a cold :o(
T=very light bodied beer with a pronounced bite. Pleasantly bitter finish.
F= lively carbonation
O= My buddy told me to get this one - cause he thought it was outstanding. Sadly, my taste is similar but not quite as impressed as he...
This is a great beer nonetheless!

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ashley’s, poured into half pint. Slightly hazy golden color with thick white head that clings nicely. Really fresh smell - hop oils, fresh grass/hay, citrus. Flavors are briefly bready, but quickly yield to bitter citrus, grass, and pine. Medium bodied with higher carbonation and an oily but dry finish. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Bone53
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear orange golden color with a two finger off white head

Smell: This beer is a great example of what i describe as dank. The fresh wet hops put off an aroma of floral dank goodness with light fruity notes and subtle toasted pale malts. A superb and complex smelling beer

Taste: That fresh wet hop taste is simply amazing. My mouth is immediately coated with the dank character accompanied by citrus fruit and a undertone of pale malts

Mouthfeel: Medium body; its dank and resinous and coats the mouth. Both the bitterness and carbonation is moderate

Overall: This is my favorite IPA i have had from Founders; even better than Double Trouble. The fresh hop character to it is what makes it stand out and the citrus and malt notes round it out superbly. This is one of if not my favorite wet hop ale iv had. I just love that dank quality to it. Its spot on in this style as far as availability goes. Also, at 7.6% abv, this is in that perfect grey area between IPA and IIPA. That being said, i feel this bottle was past its prime with a very subtle malt skunkiness. I can only imagine how much better it is super fresh. When fresh i see myself easily scoring it 4.75. Its that good. Do yourself a favor and seek this out!

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a brilliant clear golden body with one finger white fluffy head. Decent amount of lacing, head did dissipate to next to nothing in a short time.

S - nose is a wave of fresh hops, lots of citrus, floral, and tea. Ample malt wafts through adding a crisp cereal character. The aroma exudes freshness, delicious fresh hop water.

T - very hop forward and fresh. Lots of citrus and some pine, slight earthiness. It isn't just one sided though, the malt is more then adequate to balance out the hops, crisp cereal, biscuit and some sweetness. Finish is bitter enough to balance but not overly brash.

M - carbonation is smooth and the mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, finishes a little sweet.

O - overall a great beer, has the unmistakeable wet hop flavor, very smooth and well balanced. I think the execution is great and it is a perfect example of a fresh wet hopped ale. I get excited every year for Sierra Nevada's fresh/wet hop offerings, and its good to enjoy another brewer's iteration.

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Photo of BobJude
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found a four pack tucked away at my local bottle shop. 9/30/2014 bottled date. Overall a very good IPA - probably would have been even better fresher.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,042 ratings.