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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

3,659 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,659
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 330
Gots: 297 | FT: 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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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

JednoPivoProsim, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Oct 19, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

thickgirth, Today at 02:07 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jiggidy, Today at 02:06 AM
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Seabass1964, Today at 12:55 AM
Photo of kevdemers
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

kevdemers, Yesterday at 11:16 PM
Photo of PeterParker
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a translucent copper with one finger of head. Medium lacing throughout.

So juicy and dank on the nose. Mango, pineapple, pine, orange, and bitterness are all present in the aroma.

Juicier and more dank than the nose. Great hop bite equally bitter and flavorful. All characteristics in the nose are here in the taste.

Medium body with a slick feel and a bitter and salty-ish aftertaste that lingers.

Awesome IPA. Toss up between this and Double Trouble as to the best Founder's IPA but awe-inspiring all the same.

PeterParker, Yesterday at 10:57 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

calcutron, Yesterday at 09:06 PM
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at the Buy-Rite in Jersey City a few weeks back, grabbing the last two that I could find on the shelf. Some people think that IPA's are a dime a dozen and not worth seeking once you've had the top ones on the list. Thankfully, this beer proves that IPA's have a unique flavor profile of their own, as I've never had one that was as balanced as this. From start to finish, this was a winner that I don't want to finish off quite yet!

The pour to this was nice, but certainly surprising, as it had a blonde hue and white head that made me think that this was an Imperial Pilsner. The aroma reminded me of the Troegs Nugget Nectar but this was certainly not an American Amber. The hops were here but the bread and biscuit in the mouthfeel gave this a wonderful malt base. Tropical papaya and mango came in on top of it, with a pine and earth feel to the hops. Oily, slick, and earthy, this was so enjoyable without having the "burn" or metallic twinge that so many IPA's are known for.

The booze was here too but only could be felt once I finished this off and noticed the warming. It couldn't be tasted and was overshadowed by the earthy pine that lingered in the aftertaste. The slight dry-hopped bitterness combined with the balance and soft crystalline sweetness all combined for an amazing mouthfeel that made this irresistible. I loved this beer and am upset that I only have one bottle of this. Founders has a stud of a brew here in a category filled with other heavyweights. If you want to introduce someone to an IPA and what one is capable of, start here. If you love beer, you may want to finish here - balanced beers don't get much better than this.

JerzDevl2000, Yesterday at 07:53 AM
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

T-34-85, Yesterday at 04:41 AM
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3.93/5  rDev -8%

HopSavant, Yesterday at 02:26 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

jgunther71, Yesterday at 01:02 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

jmryan8, Yesterday at 12:10 AM
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Mikexw, Tuesday at 10:48 PM
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4.24/5  rDev -0.7%

Gasman89, Tuesday at 08:27 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

teraflx, Tuesday at 07:19 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

logicalparadox, Tuesday at 04:26 AM
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Bluetree, Tuesday at 02:47 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

JScoot, Monday at 07:47 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

HipHopAnonymous, Monday at 02:31 PM
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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,659 ratings.