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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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Ratings: 2877
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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jkrich

Indiana

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

Squatty 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. This ale poured a clear, lager like golden color with a tremendous sustained white, fluffy head. I notice some yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle which would give the ale some cloudiness if poured.

The spicy, citrusy hop aroma explodes from the bottle and maintains this fresh aroma in the glass.

The taste is surprisingly restrained with a slightly sweet, lemon flavor which leaves a refreshing aftertaste. Despite the emphasis on hops this ale has a pleasant bitterness and a mild malt profile.

This one is somewhat light bodied for a heavily hopped ale; something one could easily enjoy on a warm summer afternoon. The tongue is coated with a fruity taste.

At an ABV of 6.5%, this is a dangerously drinkable ale; perhaps that is why it only comes in four packs.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 00:25:48 | More by jkrich
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

WOW!! Fresh Hop flavor and aroma. Now that's what I'm talking about!

I hate that saying, but it really applies.

There was a whipped egg white consistency to the head. Light and fluffy with large bubbles and nice retention. The beer was a clear deep golden color until I poured the last ounce.... Then the sediment hung suspended like a cloud in the sky.

The aroma was unreal.. Like rolling a fresh hop between your fingers. Floral, floral, and more floral. Nice grapefruit tones. Really amazing.

The flavor was equally amazing. Really spice to this and a fresh hop flavor. You are greeted with a fresh citrus flavor that gives way to a nice spicy undertone. There is some malt sweetness in the background, but the fresh hops take center stage. And they are like a rock star... A fresh Hop bitterness is what lingers and you can feel the oils.

Mouth feel is fairly light , but quite lively due to the spicy nature of the beer. If you like fresh hops you have to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 19:12:55 | More by Reagan1984
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive cream-white head that receds very slowly. The liquid is dark straw yellow in color. Cloudy

Strong, fresh piney hop aroma, very much like an IPA.

This is more hoppy than many IPA's. The malt is solid but quickly overwhelmed with grapefruit flavored bitterness. Good body.

This is a get-me-another bitter APA.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 22:31:27 | More by smcolw
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tburkhart

Ohio

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

Found a 4pack on a recent beer excursion.

Pours a cloudy yellow and the head stuck to the glass like there was no tomorrow and its life depended on it. 1/2 inch of head stayed throughout the entire glass.

Smells like fresh picked glorious hops. Looking at the bottle it doesn't say what kind of hops they used, but they are quite citrusy.

The taste is nicely balanced and not overly hopped. Going purely off of smell you would think it would be a hop bomb, but it's not. Very tasty.

All and all it is a very tasty brew (wouldn't expect anything less from Founder's)

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 00:11:11 | More by tburkhart
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this brew from tburkhart, Thanks Tim!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy yellow color with a big fluffy white head that didn't quit despite leaving sheets of lacing behind.

S - a citrus hop blast to the nose.

T - incredibly balanced considering the aroma, the citrus hop taste hits hard upfront followed by enough malt to somehow balance it out before it gets too bitter, a terrific tasting brew!

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - extremely tasty and extremely easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 22:46:25 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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beachbum1975

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally located a bottle of this at the local beer joint. I've been excited to try this one out for a while now...

Nice label with a big, fresh hop on the front with no visible freshness date.

A: Pours a light and cloudy straw color with a fizzy white, 1/2 inch head.

S: No suprises here - a moderate amount of fresh hoppiness on the nose. The hops smell of pine, possible mintiness (?) and trailing in the back are mildly toasted malts.

T: Much like the nose but more intense. Suprisingly, not as bitter as I was expecting. I thought this would be heavy and daunting, but it was actually more light-hearted and refreshing...

M/D: Nice, medium-bodied and highly drinkable. Ample carbonation and dryness, bringing you back for more! Well done, Founders folks! Great example for it's fresh hop style.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 14:56:48 | More by beachbum1975
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very attractive hazy dark straw color with a big frothy head and gobs of lacing. This beer looks perfect. It smells of malt and citrusy hops. This beer taste more complex than it smells - lots of orange pith and tropical flavors with a good malt backbone. Lighter bodied which works great with its crisp, easy drinking style. This beer is dangerously drinkable - nice stuff from Founders that I will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 02:13:03 | More by bound4er
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: huge off-white head over an otherwise uninteresting hazy golden beer, light meringue consistency and long retention

s: excellent hop aroma but with little malt to back it up, still, great stuff...juicy, fresh and dripping tropicals, sweet-sour sauce, passionfruit and red grapefruit, big kiwi, bubblegum

m: mouth-filling carbonation and on the low side of the high range, lighter in body but not thin

t: pulpy tropical hop flavors over a barely discernible pale malt base, juices of sweet and tart tropical fruits like passionfruit, orange and grapefruit, kiwi (not tropical, yes), moderate bitterness, mild pale barley sweetness drying completely in the finish

d: no problem, very nice beer

scooped a single from Grapes & Hops in Fayetteville, NC

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 04:41:36 | More by blackie
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, 6.5% ABV on label. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy light orange/yellow color with a huge (about 2 1/2 inch) frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops, I smell grapefruit, pineapple and a bit of peach. There's also some pine and grassy hops noticable too. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all citrusy, pine and grassy hops. Both the aroma and taste is good and hoppy, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick/oily with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and very enjoyable to drink. It wouldn't be hard at all to finish a 4 pack of this. Overall I think this is a good brew, I'd definitely pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 01:02:54 | More by bluejacket74
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bbothen

California

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw like color with a massive bubbly & frothy white colored head. Looks like a hefe.

Big fresh citrus hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, pineapple, lime zest, fresh squeezed hops. Some piney & sprucy scents as well.

Big hop bitterness up front that mellows into a nice bisquity maltiness, herbal, leafy flavors. Hops are kinda subdued. Very tasty & balanced.

Very crisp, smooth, moderately carbonated, medium bodied.

Fall session brew. Would have no problems with several.

Not my favorite of the style, but a quality, tasty product from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 18:48:13 | More by bbothen
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light straw with a big, fluffy white head that takes its time going down.

S- Big, pungent hop smell with tons of citrusy, piney, leafy, minty, resiny, and whatever else -y aromas. I think the focus of this beer might be on the hops, although I don't want to jump to conclusions.

T- There's more hoppy goodness in the flavor with lots of pine and a hint of mint, but the flavor's not overwhelming. Some biscuity malt even has a chance to come through. The bitterness is fairly mild. Oh, and the hop burps off of this are awesome!

M- Medium-bodied with a decent level of carbonation.

D- Pretty good. The abv's not too bad, but it's not a session beer for me. I'd have a couple in a sitting, though.

This is a great fresh hop ale. It's a good choice if you want the hop character of an IPA without the bitterness. Actually, thanks to the wet hopping, the hop character in this beer is better than in most IPAs. This is my first Founders beer (we don't get them here in VA), and it definitely makes me want to try more of their stuff. Anyway, a solid beer, and one that I'd recommend to any hop enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 23:34:38 | More by vtfan77
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wedge

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orangey-yellow with a huge, thick head that lasts forever and leaves behind patchy lacing. Smells like fresh hops...pure, leafy, green hops. Thick pine-y, citrus pulp-y, pineapple-y, peach-y, resinous dankness all up in my nose. Tastes (obviously) hoppy, though a little less green. Sweet zesty citrus flavor finishing with some cereal grains. Rind-like and pine-needle bitterness. Solid body, not too heavy for what it is.

I like this a lot. Fresh-hoppy to the max.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 23:06:32 | More by wedge
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kasper

New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a real cloudy golden orange with a huge fluffy off-white head that gives way ever so slowly, leaving batches of sticky lacing all around the glass.

S: Really fresh wet hops, somewhat grassy and earthy with hints of what reminds me of green olive brine.

T: This one is a hop monster. All hops here with a good supporting pale malt backbone, but the taste is predominately strong, earthy and perfume-like hops. Not sure I'd call it floral because hop flavor is a bit sharper. Noticeable lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: Highly carbonated, medium bodied, slightly slick and oily but not too heavy.

D: This is a pleasant treat. Kind of like a strong IPA that's a tad shy on the malt flavor, though the malt pronounces itself more as the beer warms. I'm not sure this is a brew you'd want to drink all night, but tasty as a starter.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 02:29:55 | More by kasper
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

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

12oz stubby brown bottle. poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, light amber yellow and topped with a massive, though still light and fluffy golden white head that bubbles down to settle as a thin ring on top of the beer, still leaves behind some lacing though.

S: Big sweet cuts of fresh pineapple, slight grapefruit and honey and mixed with a healthy dose of bready malt sweetness

T/MF: Very hop forward, slightly acidic, probably the result of the wet hopping (more alpha oils?). Fresh, grassy hops, quite earthy, not as much pineapple that the nose let on, but there is still a nice bit of sweetness in the middle part of this beer. Finishes slightly fruity, slightly earthy and again with bits of honey coating the tongue just a bit. Decently chewy mouthfeel, medium bodied with a slight coating finish.

D: This beer has a lot to offer, very complex, a very different animal than a dry hopped beer, almost like wine, but with more carbonation of course. A beer worth returning to and a beer to covet when fresh, just a tad too acidic to be perfect but an otherwise joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 02:19:11 | More by bluemoonswoon
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback glass on 10/21/08. Thanks to Deuane for bringing me back a bottle of this from a recent trip out west.

A - Hazy golden/light orange body with vigorous carbonation and a fluffy white head of froth that stood almost four fingers high. Head retained extremely well and left thick, sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Wonderful bouquet of fresh floral, juicy citrus and sweet perfumy hops. Nice and complex. Malt is sweet with hints of honey and caramel. Some sticky pine notes and a very mild alcohol presence emerges as the liquid warmed up.

T - Sweet and hoppy nectar with juicy pineapple, mango and grapefruit flavors, followed by hints of fresh cut flowers and a mild honey sweetness. Finishes with a hefty shot of sweet malt to balance out the hop bitterness.

M - Light bodied and softly carbonated with a slightly oily texture. Pretty thin mouthfeel overall. Finish is surprisingly short and minimally bitter with an underlying sweetness from the malt.

D - I was expecting more of a one-dimensional brew, but was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of this harvest ale. This has an intriguing blend of aromas and flavors that kept me interested throughout the entire glass. Very unique and nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 00:23:07 | More by ffejherb
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waltonc

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy yellow appearance with gigantic white head that ultimately settles down to a thinner foamy layer.

Smell and taste: The most prominent component I get is the grapefruit. Not as much pinesol (but it's still there) compared to some of the stuff on the west coast. Perhaps I've just been densensitized by our west coast brews. Bottom line is that this is really delicious. Although this beer boasts of being wet hopped, it is far from an absurd level of hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and, despite the major head, carbonation feels medium as well.

D: This is a really refreshing drink that I could drink several of and not get bored.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 05:08:34 | More by waltonc
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brewmentor

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When you look at this beer in the bottle, you will see a light haze. As you pour this ale, you can't help but smell the fresh hoppy aroma. Everything about this beer feels fresh. It is enjoyable on every level of the experience. It leaves a tail that makes you want more.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 04:20:38 | More by brewmentor
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klewis

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label lists ABV at 6.5%

A: Pours a murky golden with a huge Duvel-like head. Lots of sustain and lacing.

S: Lots of nice citrusy hops aromas with a subtle not-so-nice solventy Pine-Sol aroma. Overall, decent.

T: A strong grapefruit taste, as if juice were added. Over-the-top hop flavor with plenty of bitterness to boot.

M: Medium-bodied with a fairly aggressive carbonation. Super dry and leaves the mouth feeling parched.

D: Subtlety is not what this beer is about when it comes to hops. It's not bad, but to my palate, some more balance would benefit this beer greatly.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 03:19:05 | More by klewis
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BierFan

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Hazy bright yellow with a big white head.

Smell: Lots of hops. Grapefruits and lemons.

Taste: Despite the big hop aroma, hops are kind of light in the flavor. Grapefruit is present.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation when drank from the bottle. Significantly lighter carbonation in the glass.

More like an IPA than a pale ale in my opinion, but it's still a damn fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 21:40:37 | More by BierFan
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Biscuit033

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden-orange with a nice white head and very nice lacing.

S: Grapefruit and pith with a bit of lemon.

T: Grapefruit and caramel with some spicy bacnotes of pepper and ginger.

M: Medium body, creamy, with a hoppy finish.

D: This is a hoppy clean and crisp drinking harvest.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2008 20:22:18 | More by Biscuit033
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oberon

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great to finally try this beer,poured into a standard pint glass a hazed light golden with a frothy one finger white head.Awesome aromas of you guessed it fresh citric and and piney hop with a touch of sweetish biscuit.Fresh hops jump on the palate,fresh grapefruit and lemon pith with underlying pine needle,a firm slightly sweet malt base is there as well keeping everything in tune.Man I love this brew its fresh hop taste is awesome,my fridge beer for the time being.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 23:12:07 | More by oberon
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Mcculler

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours into a pint glass like a Frank Stella experiment in color and line -- a hazy, almost witbier orange at the bottom half, the upper half an ivory white. Head remains huge, with large sudsy bubbles, except at the top, which is a creamy foam for about five minutes. Receeds over ten minutes with action that reminds me of sea foam. Leaves chunky lacing.

Nose. Hops. Big, perfumy, yet also restrained. Grapefruit, pine, lemon. As it warms, sweet bread, yeast, and mineral earthiness.

Taste. A variation on the nose. Modulates to grapefruit, orange, lemon peel, pear, and spicy, tongue numbing pepper and clove. Still restrained. Sweet, clean, and somehow, with all the hops in play, light, as a pale ale should be. Nothing out of place.

Mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Dry with a little hop oil slickness.

Drinkability. Good, though, as a pale ale on the Indian side of the equation, perhaps not as drinkable as one would expect from the style. Still, for all its complexity, refreshing and pleasurable. This is not a chest hair baring use of hops. Mozart , not Beethoven.

This is one of the best American pale ales I've had. Refreshing and delightful. This is masterful craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 01:28:16 | More by Mcculler
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peabody

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out really yellow clear with two fingers of white suds and some lacing on the glass.
Smell is really good. Pine trees and evergreen plants circle the nose and attach to the brain.
Taste is hard to describe. I get a bitter black flavor then a piney sweet malt then just a sweet mellow malty APA flavor.
Mouthfeel is so great with layers of flavors to sift through. Bubbly on the tip of the tounge followed by mellow sweetness.
Drinkability would be so darn High if I could get my hands on 50 cases of this stuff!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 23:04:46 | More by peabody
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden yellow into my glass with a good 2 inch foam. It has a nice fresh hop aroma of citrus and pine. Not overhopped, just enough to not be too bitter. The mouthfeel is just a little extra carbonated to give it something extra.

This is a very drinkable beer, and I could easily have more than just a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 22:09:19 | More by mikereaser
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Re-visiting this beer with the 2009 edition. The 2008 was one of my first reviews, so it was overdue for an update.

A - Mostly transparent pale golden body, with 2.5 fingers of creamy off-white head that takes a while to dissipate. Lots of glass-coating lacing and a solid cap. Love the foam, but the color isn't very interesting.

S - Delicious smell filled with hoppiness and citrus notes, grapefruit predominantly, as well as pine, and a solid doughy malt backbone. Very refreshing!

T - Very similar to the smell - hoppy and loaded with citrus, sugar cookie, and caramel. Mellows finish, with only a little bit of bitterness

M - Medium body. Crisp and refreshing, with a decent amount of carbonation. Some residual resins and a nice dry finish.

D - Very drinkable - I can't taste the 6.5% of alcohol at all. I could totally imagine kicking back a 4-pack on an autumn afternoon.

One of my favorite harvest brews!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 19:21:39 | More by MasterSki
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