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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 972
Hads: 3,907
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 18.76%
Wants: 390
Gots: 353 | 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 rodrjf
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a pint during the 5th Annual Harvest Celebration at Founders yesterday. The first one I had was on tap.
A: Opaque orangey glow with a nice full head.
S: Very strong citrus and hops aroma, not over powering.
T: Lots of hop flavor but not overpowering, good balance with the malt and citrus.
M: Mild, not an overpowering carbonation
D: good very enjoyable

It was gravity dispensed b/c the hand pull was not working properly. Same as tap but I felt it was a lot smoother, I think I was a little on the warm side which helped in tasting all the different flavors. I enjoyed it much more from the cask than tap.

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Photo of Roeters
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few pints of the 2008 Harvest from the cask listed first then '08 Harvest from the tap.

Cask: was poured directly from the keg, was not pulled through the hand pump.
A: Hazy golden with a orange hue, very little to no head.

S: strong hop aroma

T: beer is built around the hop letting it shine through. Lots of hop not overly bitter, just lots of flavor,

M: very mild body, very smooth

D: I couldn't stop drinking it

A: Hazy golden with an inch of head good lacing

S: mild hop aroma

T: not as much hop flavor as the cask but still well developed and earthy

M: mild body, smooth with goo carbonation

D: couldn't stop

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Photo of KC8LTL
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on "Handpull" at the brewery. Looked like it was gravity dispensed to me instead of handpull, but whatever.

Light golden and hazy with a creamy head. Served it bit on the cool side for a cask beer in my opinion.

Smell was up-front citrus hops. Since I came to the brewery for the beer and wanted the hops, this was a nice invitation.

Taste was, well, citrus and piney hops. The whole point of this beer it to feature the hops, and feature it it does. The malt is just enough to keep the hops from overrunning it so you can enjoy more hops.

The Mouthfeel was good, but to be honest, I expected the handpull to make it a bit smoother.

The Drinkability was quite good. I had just one of them (hey, they had 19 beers on tap!) but it was a good way to start the night. It gave me a hop fix, but didn't burn me out.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, hazy honey color with solid carbonation rising to 1 1/2-finger head with decent staying power and moderate honeycomb lacing.

First wave is copious grapefruit - natural grapefruit - from overabundant floral hops. Boiled, woody malt emerges in mellow fashion with warmth.

This one's all about the big,wet floral hops. Some grass comes 'round, too. Slighty earthy yet clean malt backbone keeps it together.

Good tingle on the palate. Hop bitterness is tangy and a little earthy. Finish has a little zing to it.

This drinks quite well with decent balance...for a truck rolling @ 70 IBUs, that is...

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with one finger of light fluffy head and lots of carbonation.

Scent of hops dominate, strong oily delicious hops, sharp piny hops with a subtle citrus scent bringing the intense hop aroma to a balance slightly.

Taste of piny oily hops, with streaks of malts running through the mouth and enough of a citrus flavor to keep it all in line. Intense hops are wonderful and complimented very well.

Mouthfeel is light, but the sharp bitterness is the main attraction here, I love it.

Founders has crafted an excellent Pale Ale and I am very happy to have been able to try this one and I will certainly purchase it again. If this were available year round I would always have it in my fridge. Most definitely recommended.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Warriorsoul for this gem! Poured inot a tulip. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a fluffy white head. Little lacing. Smell is the winner!! Extremely pungent aroma of stinky weed. Some citrus in there as well. It is absolutely killer! Wonderful bitter flavor. Lots of grapefruit, some lemon, and some pine. Just wonderful. Perfect beer for a hophead like me. Absolutely lovin this beer fresh!

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lately Fresh Hop Ales have been disappointing me somewhat, but I figured that if any brewery would impress me with theirs, it would be Founders. This Pale Ale poured a hazy golden color, with an average sized head...did not last very long, and eventually became a white lace...pretty pedestrian so far. Smelling this one right out of the bottle, I could tell I had something interesting. This one is busting at the seams with grapefruit and resiny hop smells. Pine, earth and more citrus also come to mind, but the hops are dominating. Tasting this beer is like turning the volume up on an amp to ten suddenly. The burst of hop flavor sort of rises on the palate, but tones down just as quickly. Again, the hops play the biggest part. The size of this beer is a notch or two above light, making it a good session brew. I should have gone for the four pack instead of the single with this beer. Rates amongst the top of the pack for fresh hop ales I have encountered. So much hop flavor, most IPA's and DIPA's pale in comparison. Cheers

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

packaged uniquely, just a plain white 4 pack with a sticker stuck on it. it looks good, has a huge white frothy head, its like a pure white cloud of awesomeness. color of the beer is a pale golden color. the smell is awesome, just wonderful piney hops are most dominate with sweetness also dominate. taste is really good, just a wonderful blend of hops and some light sweet maltiness. mouthfeel is great. just a really good beer, i'm fairly confident that founders can do no wrong.

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy, light orange yellow with a frothy white head.

Citrus aroma of oranges and lemons along with a touch of sweet malts and earthiness.

The taste is malty, with a big citrus bite of lemon zest and orange. A hint of bitterness in the finish.

Light bodied, crisp and dry, and sharply carbonated.

A nice APA from Founders. Sit down and have a few.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Tom Peters over at Monks.

This tasty pours a hazy golden straw color with a large foamy white head. Some carbonation and a nice amount of sediment that deepened the color to an orange tone. Retention was very good and lacing was decent.

The bouquet has a reasonable amount of citrusy hops with lemons and oranges. There were some toasted malt undertones. The taste has decent hops that are balanced with a grassy-straw bite that finished with light heavy citrus and sweet malts. Nice bitter aftertaste.

The mouth feel is light and crisp. The carbonation really works for this beer, making easy to enjoy, while it does not fill. This will be a refreshing beer on ht days!! While I agree this is a bit tame for Founders, it is still a nice beer. Crisp, well balanced and tasty.

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

(8 mo. AGED)
I was lucky enough to have this beer on draught Fall '07 at Founders, wish I took notes then. Found an old 4 pack in bottles the other day and had to buy them. So I am testing an aged harvest (almost an oxymoron?)

Cloudy, bright yellow with a tint of orange, yeast is suspended very nicely. Poured a nice head, smell is of a sweet dry hopped aroma (but still they are wet hops). I assume Cascade or Centennial? The sweet smell of toastmastered malts.

I certainly pick up the grassy 'green' tones of the beer, almost but not too green, even 8 months later... those harvested hops preserved well.

Quite a balanced pale for what i was expecting from Founders, I diggg!

I would like to compare against Sierra Nevada's.

In all, aged excellently

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Photo of gford217
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of a generous trader poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden straw color with a big puffy white two finger head. Retention was very good and lacing was decent.

S: Smell is a very light citrus hop aroma with lemon and oranges in addition to a hint of sweet bready malts in the background.

T: Taste had a bit more pine hops than the smell though they are very subtle and balanced well with the sweet malts. The finish is mainly lemon zest with little bitterness at all.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy but light and very crisp with moderate carbonation.

D: This a very light, crisp drinkable APA and a great beer for a hot summer in Georgia. Recommended.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of a very generous trader - tpd975! ABV listed as 7%. To spite the fact that harvest season begins in late September and I open this in late May, I feel it's only appropriate for the (maybe presumptuous) celebration of the planting of our garden.

I was remarking at the vibrancy of a pale yellow colour when, in no time, a stream of thick, brown sediment would rush its way out of the bottom and into the safety of a still rising three fingers worth of head. That sediment shaded in the body with a glossy orange. The foam left clunky webs of lacing as I worked my way down.

The hop profile is not at all as expected and is, in all honesty, far too modest. Curiously, it doesn't feature the citrus or exotic fruit profile of the West coast wet-hopped ales and neither does it have the pine or resin one might anticipate from a pale ale finished with a ton of freshly picked hop flowers. It is, by no means, not a powerhouse hop bomb. What it does have working for it, however, are faint but pleasant notes of maple, lemon, and straw.

The alcohol didn't need much warming to sneak its way into the mouthfeel, which happens every few sips. The malts have a sweet toastiness to them. The hops carry a slight tang and leave a lasting bitterness on the palate - reminding you with every sip this is wet-hopped.

Wet-hopping is curiously most evident in the flavour. The taste carries a lot of tang with it and is almost spicy at times. Notes of grapefruit are lost behind the grassy, green-tea like taste. While it's entirely possible I am confused, I swear I'm tasting a Belgian strain of yeast that may be responsible (more so than the hops) for a lot of the (subtle) grassy and tangy flavours I taste.

While Founders Harvest Ale grew immensely on me near its end it is all considered an average offering - especially for this brewery! I was at first a little disappointed by the fact that this isn't a hop-gloating, palate-violating hop bomb. I soon asked myself 'Why?'. It's not hard to appreciate this offering as being a well balanced, soft-spoken pale ale. Indeed, while the hops weren't in-your-face huge, they still made for a distinctive character. This was pleasant.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a cloudy hazy golden color ale with a huge white foamy head with perfect retention and no lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops with some interesting floral notes. Taste is a mix between some floral hops notes with a bitter and citrus finish with some malt presence. Full body with limited filtration and good carbonation. Another fine ale from a brewer who consistently amaze me.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy honey-yellow into my Lees Harvest Ale glass - appropriate. Head sits at about one inch and then fades so i can take a sip and then get the rest of the bottle in there.

Aromas are fresh and grassy with hints of citrus and slight sweetness. A bit of raw hops and yeast linger on the nose. What is with the yeast?

Taste hits with some carbonation and then a smooth sweetness. Quickly chases a very herbal / grassy tone to usher in a very dry and hoppy slide to the finish, where it remains dry and really leaves you wanting more. Still some yeast presence carried from the nose...

This one is quite nice. Mouthfeel is a bit odd and this is not a typical APA but quite a treat. Thanks to jaustin for this...

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Photo of mrkrispy
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade, nice 12oz bottle.

First thing I noticed was a small dead animal in the bottom of the bottle, oh wait, it is a good inch of yeast/hop debris. I poured away from it.

Poured a great thick foam head that survived several sips. Body is a very clear golden yellow. Head eventually reduced to lace and left chunks of foam on the glass.

Immediate citrus nose I assume is Cascade hops. Hop complex in the smell but more of an afterthought. Actually seems very subdued in its bouquet and taste for a Wet Hop style.

Tastes clean with slight body. Again very slight hop, not at all what I was expecting for a Wet Hop beer. No appreciable bitterness. Moderate carbonation cleanses the pallet, leaving just a slight aftertaste of hops. Beer wakes up a bit more after sitting in the glass for 20 minutes or so.

As another reviewer mentioned, a light bodied beer probably great for a hot day. Refreshing. I am unsure if it is intended to have a bit more hop kick and my particular bottle had been aged too long, but I still enjoyed it.

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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden wheat amber orange in color body. It hosts an inch of off white foamy fuzz with decent staying power. Nose is a hoppy citrus freshness with a backround of oily mineral notes. On first sip you get a super juicy hop presence that is bursting with fresh orange and mellon rind. This is a very refreshing style of beer, it would be wonderful on a hot summer day. With the well hidden 7% alchol it has enough backbone to stand up but is just sessionable enough. Mouthfeel is realatively clean but does include a nice soft bitter richness hue on the mouth. Very drinkable and not the bop bomb that I might expect from a wet hop ale.

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Photo of IPADAN
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had one of these at Union Jacks Manatawny through recomendation from the bartender. First impression after only one sip was, WOW, what a refreshing beer! The look is yellow/orange with tiny sediments (I guess from the wet hops?)floating all through out. I enjoyed stairing at my glass watching the little floaties. Great fresh hop taste, with little malt in the background. The malt base is honeyish but not really sweet at all but slightly toasty. It's just there to prevent the hops from being too much. The hop flavor is strong from the beginning and lasts throughout the finish. There is some bitterness but moreso hoppiness with flavors of grapefruit, orange rinds, and piney notes. Goes down very easily, the body is on the lighter side, but to me is the ultimate session beer. I really wish this was available in the summer. Would be ultimate summer beer. Hop harvest time needs to change. ha.

I liked it so much I went and grabbed a case of it for myself.

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Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Demitriustown
Pours cloudy orange with a bright white medium sized head. Smell is sweet orange and caramelly malt with a lively citrusy and fresh hop character. Taste is a bit of a muted, dull, malt with a citrusy orange like hop character. Mouthfeel was about average, and neither thin nor thick. Pleasant and mild hop flavor and bitterness overall. Nice, but I'm unable to tell that this is a fresh hop beer, and don't get that spicy, tingly hop flavor I get in some others. Still, a quality beer that I really enjoyed and am glad I got to try. Thanks for the awesome bonus, Andrew!

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Photo of BlindPig
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours with a huge off white head on a cloudy darker golden body.
S- Huge pine and fruit hops, grass in there too. Sweet caramel malts, but hops don't smell to much like wet hops.
T- Fruity with light pine. Fruits come through surprisingly strong with a little grass behind them. Has a big sweet caramel body. Little spice and black pepper from the hops. Still not getting to much of a wet hop taste. Pineapple and pear almost.
M- Full body with medium carbonation.
D- Not a huge fan of the type of hop they used to get all the fruits out of it. Still a good beer but seems like they could make something close to this year-round.

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Photo of marcpal
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottled poured into pint glass- Monks in Philly.

A: Golden color with a big veil of foam on top and in the lacing. The haze of this beer was not typical for style with the yeasty type grains floating in the beer.

S: Citrus hops with the floral aroma. For a harvest ale, tremendously hoppy and grapefruits and lemon were dominant.

T: Citrus hops and earthy malts/hops match up beautifully with the malts. The hops are powerful and kick your butt a bitt but this is one delicious beer that taste so clean and fresh. Literally taste the juiciness of the hops.

M: Moderate carbonation that leaves the hoppy oil slick on the palate.

D: Tremendously drinkable, with all the flavor of a double but the abv that callows you to go through many with no worries. Earthiness and grassiness from the wet hops make this a true treat.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to hoppymeal for this one.

Pours from a 12oz fatboy bottle into a pint glass a very hazy golden color followed and topped by a white head. This one had a little fizz to it so the head was quite large; it took up probably half of the glass. However, it subsided at an expeditious pace and I was able to empty the rest of the contents into the glass without a problem.

Aroma was purely hoppy. Not overwhleming but plenty of citrus hops in this one. Smells very balanced with a touch of malt to back the hops.

Completely balanced taste as well. Perfect amount of bitterness with plenty of hop flavor.

This was a very nice one. I drank this so fast I barely had time to review it. This is one fine tasting and perfectly drinkable beer! Mouthfeel and carbonation were very nice. Long, smooth, hop flavored finish.

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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy verydark gold with a nice, retentive head.

Smells wonderful, like gumballhead only stronger. Bright green, sticky hops stand out as fresh as if they were on the friggin vine. No malt balance, but none is needed. It's like you're smelling flowers.

Tastes nearly as fresh as it smells. Giant, green, fresh hops. Not overwhelming, not syrupy. Just lots and lots of tasty, perfectly balanced hops.

Goes down far too smooth, but that's par for the course with Founders.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a nice inch of head. Smell is nice "green" hops. Plenty of the citrusy and some piney hops. Taste is much the same, but this beer is incredibly balanced and a real smooth drinker. Refreshing and an easy drinker. This is a good beer.

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Photo of nflmvp
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an imperial pint with care, but even with my cautious pour left about 2 ounces in the bottle and still an ample amount of sediment in my glass. My bad. :-( I think I *could* have rated it's appearance slightly higher, but now we'll never know since I waited until my last bottle to rate it.

Smell is outrageously inviting. Succulent, lush, fresh, sweet grapefruit grabs you by the nose hairs and pull you, face first, into the glass. I could leave my nose in the glass all night, without a sip, and I might very well be satisfied with the experience...it would probably a lot like my unsatisfied pre-pubescent years, except that the difference today is that I would KNOW what I'm missing. So I drank it.

The taste is like and explosion of summer. Crisp and refreshing. The grapefruit follows though from the nose to the palate and dominates.

Mouthfeel is moderate and juicy. It's like drinking a fruit nector in how it coats your mouth but yet it's not thick.

Drinkability is WAY too high. Except for the fact that by it's very nature, this beer will never be an early summer beer, I could see sitting out on the boat, sipping this throughout the afternoon, and getting into a LOT of trouble. I'm sure the fish would be twice their original size, in my versions of the tales...

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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