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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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world-class

3,000 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,000
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 278
Gots: 146 | 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:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: granger10 on 10-24-2004)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Bruisin' Ales. Pours dark golden, with significant white head. Hoppy aroma, tad above average mouthfeel. Very drinkable tasty, though significant IBU, still some balance. Hop lead citrus lemon mint. Very good representative of an IPA, and one I would trust even to novices.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 00:42:24 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-29-2012 01:37:26 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal and spicy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid fresh hop quality in both the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 15:38:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-22-2011 22:11:38 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange with a good white head.

S: Lots of citrus hops--very fresh.

T: Same as the nose with a lot of hops and quite a nice malt backbone.

M: Medium body with an all-around very good feel.

D: Heavily drinkable. This is an absolutely fantastic offering.

EDIT: This beer is still drinking well well after the harvest season. It's not nearly as hoppy, but there's still something utterly delicious about it--sort of a sweet bready flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 17:50:20 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Polished tangerine with honey hued highlights and a fine yeasty haziness. The top third of the Founders pint glass is filled with an attractive crown of bubbly foam that is aged ivory in color. Cheese grater-like lace is impressively extensive and looks like it will stick around for the duration.

Despite being roughly four months of age, the nose on this wet-hopped American pale ale is still pretty aromatic. Sunshine bright citrus juicy top notes are perfectly complemented by a mid-range fruit peel muskiness. Assuming only a single hop was used (which is often the case in beer of this sort), I'll go with Cascade.

Harvest Ale is good beer that still has more than a little lupulin life left in it. There is no question that it was more aggressive back in August, but hopheads will still find enough flavor and bitterness for it to be worth their while. Another month and... don't wait that long. Drink whatever bottles are in your possession... right... now!

The malt component is slightly toasted and doesn't impinge too awful much on the (still pretty) fresh hop flavor. Citrus fruit rules the day, on the order of lemon, orange and white grapefruit. Simple, straightforward and hopilicious. What's not to like?

A gorgeous array of lace earns the appearance score an increase. The mouthfeel is fine for the style. It has just the right amount of heft and contains bubbles that stay in the background, yet tickle the tongue to a minor degree.

It's a shame that I wasn't able to experience Harvest Ale immediately after bottling. That said, it has held up remarkably well and is pleasing me to no end this morning. Hoppy beer is a fine way to start the day, spend the day and end the day. Good job Founders.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 13:52:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose-grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of grapefruit flavored along with a moderate amount of bitterness, the latter of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is very dry.
O: This beer is very drinkable while still delivering lots of hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 01:14:05 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head perched atop the clear amber liquid; some streaky lacing appears as the liquid descends

Smell: Floral and citrusy, with grapefruit dominant

Taste: Juicy citrus flavors, up front, with grapefruit and pineapple tones; a hint of caramel appears underneath but this beer is all about the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: What more can be said - this is one of the finest IPAs out there

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 02:12:23 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me as an extra recently I was very happy to get this one as I missed out buying a four pack a couple weeks ago. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, I enjoyed this one after mowing the lawn on 04/04/2009.

The pour was very nice with a rich light amber in color. Nice small haze to it and lots of carbonation was apparent as it bubbled up to the surface. Huge foamy head of white made me pour this one several times to get it all in the glass and left tons of sticky lace on the insides. Tons of hops here as I lean in for the first whiff. Pineapple and orange zest, hints of lemon, very fresh and very bright, this was exactly what I would have wanted it to be. Smooth, delicous, and rediculously drinkable this very bright ale was a wonderfully refreshing drink as I relaxed from a long day in the yard. Crisp hop bite and a really nice long drawn out finish here made this one of the best session ales I have had in a long time.

Overall solid from top to bottom and one of the highlights for me in a long weekend of new beers. I would go for this one on a warm day anytime without hesitation,

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 19:27:37 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-15-2012 01:28:56 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 19:06:01 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good juicy hop-loaded ale that is flawlessly brewed in true Founders fashion.

The beer delivers a light golden color, maybe straw. Light wet-hopped haze with good head formation, retention and lacing. A classic hoppy beer look.

Aromas are resiny, citrusy, fruity, and laced with a cotton candy confection note that gives good balance to the ripe hop nose. Bold and inviting hop aroma.

Flavors are lighter on the malts, presumably to allow the hops to shine. Though they do, the hop bitterness dominates the glass from mid-palate on. Lighter on flavor this beer is nearly sessionable if not for the slightly elevated alcohols. Somewhat lacking in complexity I like the no-nonsense approach to the recipe formulation. Alcohols take on a nail-polish remover taste that persists in the finish.

Body is moderate but seems lighter due to the hop dryness, malt attenuation, and mouthwatering hop flavor.

I would actually prefer this beer if they backed off on the IBU's and give me more of that bursting hop flavor and irresistable aroma. Outside of the nose, I'm looking for an 'it' quality that just isn't quite there.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 02:18:35 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

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

Growler courtesy of Steve. Very generous, as always.

A: The pour is dark orange-amber with a couple of fingers worth of white foam. Quite a bit of lacing forms as I drink my glass down.

S: A big fresh citrus aroma to start things off. Lots of grapefruit followed by wet floral notes. The malts fill in the back end of the nose, giving the beer a nice breadiness.

T: Intense grapefruit flavor starts things off and is followed by more grapefruit, this time in the form of the peel. The floral character is still present as well, and the bready malt provides a bit of a balance against a fairly strong bitterness (for a pale ale, anyway).

M: The body is medium with a very crisp and lively carbonation to the beer.

D: A solid pale ale here, and a great beer to have a growler of. I thoroughly enjoyed my several pours.

Serving type: growler

10-28-2010 00:25:46 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders Harvest Ale in 12oz bottle. Picked up at Gary's Wine and Marketplace, Bernardsville location. Poured into shaker. Golden color with large white head. Strong fresh hop smell. Taste is hoppy but balanced with malt. Nice bitterness. Good drinkablity and mouthfeel for 6.5abv. Very good offering from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 17:05:27 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, deep yellow body with a lush, foamy (and lasting) white head.

Smell: Soapy, citric-smelling hop aroma with notes of tropical citrus fruits.

Taste: You don't get more than a pinch of malts before the hops kick in with tropical fruity flavors and bittersweet ruby red grapefruit juice. Moderate bitterness with a citric sting that lasts into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A decent beer, just notr my favorite of the harvest ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 21:08:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-19-2012 18:46:08 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-12-2013 19:12:39 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-20-2011 22:53:16 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

01-10-2012 08:06:22 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-19-2013 19:11:12 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a copperish color with a big white foamy head on top. The smell of the beer was hoppy, as it should be. The wet hop aroma fills the nose with some floral and citrus notes. The taste of the beer has a great hoppy flavor but it fades into more of an earthy finish which kind of hinders my thoughts just a bit. The mouthfeel is a little heavier than the Double Trouble which I like and overall I think that this beer is very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 23:54:40 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-29-2013 06:02:56 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Bottled just over a week ago. Who doesn't love seriously fresh IPAs? This one pours a mostly clear golden auburn topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises pine, sharp grapefruit, sharp cantaloupe, buttery caramel, and peach. The taste seems to focus heavily on the pine aspects, sharpening them even further than in the smell. The fruit isn't nearly as distinct, and the caramel has gone from buttery to spicy. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid IPA, but the pine character comes off a bit much for me, especially considering the fruity tones imparted by the smell. Still pretty tasty, though...

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 03:32:08 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden orange tone, some suspended sediment. Initial three fingers of compact foam, good lacing and a collar of foam stays over time. Aroma is a bit on the cereal grain side, barley malt with some herbal hops, mildly sweet and floral. Not as citrusy as would be expected from a wet hopped pale ale.

Sessionable is my first thought, wish I had picked up a six of this. Comparable to Alpha King, just not as aromatic or juicy. Certainly hoppy, but mild on the bitterness scale, more floral than anything. Very smooth feeling and ultimately session-worthy.

2010: Lacks the fresh hop punch that distinguishes harvest ales. Not one i'd scramble to find, but would drink it if available.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 03:21:03 | More by emerge077
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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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