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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 969
Hads: 3,894
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 18.76%
Wants: 392
Gots: 347 | 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 Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a two finger head of a white color. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer heaviest of a citrus smell being a mix of citrus hop and a bit of sweet orange. Along with these aromas are notes of other hops with some pine and herbal smells present. Some light sweeter caramel smells as well as a bit of a bready smell are there as well giving an overall nice balanced IPA smell.

Taste – The taste begins with some tropical fruit tastes as well as a bit of a bready taste. The tropical fruits are largely of tangerine and mango but also have hints of pineapple within. Along with the bready and fruit are some hop flavors of a citrus nature. As the taste advances some grassy and herbal flavors come to the tongue. A moderately strong pine flavor later joins the tongue more toward the middle to the end giving a nice little resinous bite to the beer. While a sweeter caramel taste develops more toward the middle of the taste, it, as well as some of the fruit dwindle a bit toward the end. With some earthy hops coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, and combined with the rest of the tastes of the brew, one is left with a somewhat crackery, lightly sweetened and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on average side as well. For the drinkability and the style both were quite appropriate, creating a rather easy drinking but flavorful IPA.

Overall – A good hop blended IPA. Rather tasty overall.

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

thanks to egrace84 for giving me this bottle. Thanks elliot!

poured into founders tulip.

vintage 2012.

Appearance: golden to straw yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head. Drops down to a clump head and thin cap. Spotted lace all over the glass.

Smell: hint of pine and alot of citrus notes. Pineapples and tropical fruits.

Taste: moderate bitterness. citrusy hops notes. hints of pine and grapefruits. tropical fruits and grassy notes. lingering mild bitterness mostly of pine, grapefruit, grassy notes. The hops are fresh and juicy in this beer! Little bit of resinous hop notes from this beer also.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Its a really good wet hop beer. I am really glad to have this beer as a local beer. Great price point and really nice hop profile! Can go wrong with picking this 4pk especially if your a hophead.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with orange notes and a white head. In the aroma, a small fresh hop and a mellow malt backing. In the taste, dry, pine like, fresh hops that ride the palate all the way through. A small hop bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. The nose was lacking, but but tastes great.

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Photo of maximum12
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up late in the game as it came & went quickly in these here parts. Bottled 9/22/11.

Poured into my curvy Captain Lawrence glass, purty brew, clear yellow/orange, or maybe it's just the tulip. Lovely head, for what that's worth (nothing). Great smell, bitter, grapefruit, mint leaves.

Founder Harvest Ale is a credit to its style. Bitterness reaches out of the glass with a big mitt & seizes the lips & palate, schlaps them around, & pummels the taste buds into whining submission. Damn. In after the bitter is a hornful of hops flavors, grapefruit, pine, citrus, slight floral & mintiness. Malts? We don't need no stinkin' malts. And there aren't any to be seen or tasted. Finish is very clean, with an additional grassiness to tie everything up in a nice hoppy bow. Drinkable as water after a marathon, that's about the only parallel I can think of.

I wish I'd picked up more than the couple of bottles I did, now. So clean, so easy to shotgun, this is a heady salute & the best wet-hop beer I've had to date. An elite IPA. Boody hell.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear, simple pale yellow gold color with a substantial capping of thick white foam lapping at the top but shifting away moderately quickly to a curtain of lace with some broken spotting.

Nice aroma of freshly picked hops right off the vine. Quite green and dense with bittering citric floral pollen thats got a rounded lemony/white grapefruit sense to its nature.

Taste is a bit more muted and paled down making for some excellent drinking as its rounded off muted maltyness of semi toasty biscuityness and paled doughyness compacts nicely nuder the crunchy citrus tones of the hops. Good balance as it allows just the right kind of grip to its bite in bitterness levels and flavors. The finish has a uniquely dirty, earthen edge as it adds that fresh off the vine out of the garden impression with its floral nuances.

Feel is medium bodied with a clean round center capped with a earthy, floral bitterness of citrus as it ends. The finish has some uniquely pointed hop touches to it that make you swear you'll need a toothpick to get the hop leafs out from your teeth and a tongue scrapper to get that prickly vine touch off your tongue.

One yummy freshly hopped up ale from Founders.

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Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a golden yellow with a bit of orange in there with a white one finger head.

The aroma has a bit of grapefruit and citrus with tons of pine and leafy green. Deep in there, there's some onion there as well. There's almost a gentle hint of smoke or meat from that deep dank onion character hidden in there.

The flavor follows with a tinge of grapefruit and mostly lemon peel in the front. There's a biscuity malt that carries the beer through palate with a wonderful clean and substantial malt body. The finish just hits with lots of green leafy hops, pine, a bit of that onion. The fruit notes and lemon linger throughout as this beer is decently bitter.

This is a great food pairing beer or session/hang out beer. The hops don't come out to shine and define themselves, but it still is really nice drinking and hoppy.

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Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this offering from Founders is a golden tone with a bright white head. It has a nose of lemon, pine and some subdued hops. While the taste has some spices such as sage and cloves. The citrus hops are also present, with more lemon and some grapefruit. MF is medium with a lower carbonation level. All in all, a pretty good beer, but not one of my favorites from these guys out of Michigan.

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

Bright gold pour, good sized white head. Rather bubbly looking. Smell of grass, grain, hop pine. Mouthfeel is nice and not overly carbonated. Solid citrus, pine, with some malt and biscuit that makes this a pleasant surprise. Very solid, crisp and refreshing. Where was this when I finished mowing the lawn this summer? I think this would be better as a Spring release named something else.

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

I can see what the hype is about. An excellent beer.

In a pint glass it is a hazy orange-gold color. There is a medium-sized white head that leaves a little bit of lace.

Strong citrus aroma, very redolent. A bit of sweet caramel.

The taste perfectly mimics the aroma. A lot of citrus, mostly grapefruit, but also lemon and tangerine. A nice bready background.

Beautiful mouthfeel. Hoppy but not excessively so. Great balance.

Love it. Want to make this 4 pack last.

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

Saw this last year and thought it was a high price, at the time I actually thought it was. A year later I have come to realize the high prices of craft beer and purchased a four pack. Bottled 09/28/10.

A- Yellow orange, very clear with a nice frothy off-white head. Head retention is nice and I can see huge webs of lacing forming off the head already. A good amount of spotty lace randomly on the glass.

S- Hops forward. I get a lot of citrus and tropical fruit notes along with a good dose of pine and earthy notes. Slight yeast and malt in the background.

T- Flavorful but different from the aroma. Hops dominate lending a lot of pine, floral, citrus zest, grapefruit and earthy flavors. Malt breaks in just a tiny bit with caramel. Slight yeast bread notes in the finish.

MF- Very light but a nice creaminess makes up for it. The carbonation is in the low-moderate range and feels nice. A strong bitterness and even some warmth are sensations left on the palate in the finish.

DB- A very hoppy APA (whooda thunk it). To me it is comparable to the Centennial IPA but brings a better hop flavor to the table. Solid, drinks smoothly and easily.

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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 cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into chalice

A - pours a thin clear golden yellow with a thin bubbly white head. subtle carbonation, but mostly lifeless in the glass.

S - Nice upfront piney hop profile. More IPA than PA, but I'll take it...smells pretty inviting.

T - Really mellow and balanced, yet upfront hop flavor. Really diggin this one. Kind of like taking a SN PA and adding a bit of watery thickness to it. Not an in your face hoppy beer, but a great cross over.

M - A little tangy in the mouth, but not much going on or noticeable.

D - Really awesome beer. There are a lot of PAs to choose from...this is a solid offering. A bit on the pricey side for a PA (at least where I am)...but not a let down when you try it.

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Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like orange zest and sweet honey.
T: It tasted like sweet honey malt and bitter citrus zest, with a little waxy hops. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent IPA, but the scent and taste weren't delicious and the body was a little weak. Very clean finish, so very easy to drink. Nice session beer, but not otherwise impressive.

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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 warnerry
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/22/11

A - Pours clear golden brown with one finger of white head. Head doesn't last long but leaves some nice lacing.

S - Big aroma of resinous pine hops up front, also quite grassy and some pineapple. Eventually some biscuit malts come through as well. Nice aroma.

T - Similar to smell there is a big pine hops taste up front, accompanied by some grass and some florals. Biscuit malt appears midway, while the hops continue throughout the taste, leading to a nice bitter finish.

M -- Medium oily mouthfeel. Finish is somewhat dry and bitter.

O - A very good wet hopped IPA. Hop component is substantial but not overwhelming. I look forward to a 4 pack of this each year.

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Photo of illidurit
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of bret27. Pours golden with an orange tinge and a wet, frothy, white head. Aroma is bright and tropical, with very mild cattiness (Simcoe?), oranges, and herbs. Flavor really isn't as hoppy as the aroma, some citrus notes but not much else. There is still a medium bitterness that lingers awhile. Body is light but not thin, carbonation is soft, finish is dry.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep gold/amber with about a half finger of light khaki colored head. The foam settles in a regular amount of time leaving a nice swirling layer across the top of the beer.

S: The nose is a mix of sweet and hoppy. There is a great mix of malt and hops that begs for this beer to be consumed now.

T: It starts off sweet but brings a good amount of citrus hops to the forefront. This is a tasty beer, but I get an underlying vegetal taste that detracts a bit from my overall enjoyment.

M: Medium bodied beer. This is a really drinkable brew, but the fresh hop vegetal aspects make me only want one of two in a sitting.

O: I enjoyed this beer, but it's not one of my favorites from Founders. I'd take Centennial or All Day IPA over this in a heart beat.

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Photo of Rutager
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thank you to kalvarez for including this in a most excellent box recently!

Appearance. Pours a pretty darn clear yellow gold with a finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Juicy tropical fruits, some fresh grass and sweet citrus, some lighter malts and a faint hint of green onion.

Taste. Big green leafy hops, tropical and citrus fruit, a lasting bitter, grassy, citrus rind finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, Below medium carbonation.

Overall. Big juicy oily leafy green hops here. Sure to satisfy that hop craving.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an orange color with golden hues. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into decent lacing. This is a sharp looking beer. The aroma is as green as I've ever experienced. I think I can accurately describe it as smelling as if there are hop cones still submerged in the beer. And I'm actually surprised that there aren't. The malt bill is reminiscent of that of Founder's Centennial IPA, and Pale Ale, and that is alright by me. The taste is akin to the aroma. The leafy, grassy, hoppy character is very sharp, while the malt profile is nice and soft. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a great beer. If only someone could invent a hop that could be harvested year round so beers like this could be brewed year round. As is this will be one of my most looked forward to beers of the fall.

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Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a short tight creamy head that settles into a solid ring. The aroma is of grapefruit hops; fairly fresh and juicy. The aroma is not as strong as I hoped but its nice. The flavor is all juicy hops with grapefruit being the main flavor though some light pine pops through. The hop profile focuses on the flavor not the bitter, which I enjoy. The malt is fairly light and takes a way backseat to the hops. The malt seems quite light for the style but it works. The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation, finishes slightly bitter. This is a very yummy pale ale. Nice hop profile with a light malt makes this extremely drinkable. This beer showcases what hops can taste like without bashing the tastebuds. I could easily kill the 4 pack in a short amount of time.

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Photo of jera1350
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color. Lighter in color than expected. Thin white layer of foam. Small amount of lace on the side of the glass.

Huge hoppy nose. Massive citrus and pine. More piney than citrus. Bitter to the nose.

As expected, the hops dominate. Fresh bitter and piney hops. As someone else mentioned, there's a bit of a funk that resembles marijuana. Flavor is reminscent of putting a fresh hop in your mouth. Big and in your face. Sweet and a subtle buttery malt adds some backing and balance as well.

Smooth, medium bodied. Pretty resiny feeling. Semi-dry on the finish.

The funky high powered hop flavor really shows what a fresh/wet hop beer should taste like. This is one worth seeking out if you have not yet tried it.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 9/22/11, into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to modernartblues for this one.

A: Clear pale amber body topped by a nice inch of fine, pillowy white foam that recedes slowly and leaves ample lace. Very attractive.

S: Dank, vegetal, floral, citrusy hops on top of a dry, biscuity malt base. Very fresh, hoppy, and aromatic. Nice.

T: Extremely floral here, with the oiliness of the fresh hops absolutely coating my entire tongue with delicious bitterness. A bit of light malt provides backbone without getting quite to the point of balance - this one is all about the hops. Very clean, long, bitter finish. Terrific.

M: A little bit thin and prickly, with lots of lively carbonation. Not its strongest point.

O: Great IPA. If we got this in CT, I'd definitely go through a couple sixpacks every fall. Tasty brew.


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Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A clouded straw-colored body gives rise to a huge and sticky off-white head.
This brings a lot of floured sourdough in the nose for something boasting fresh hops. Given time it gathers a domineering persona of pine needles, mint leaves, sea salt, and grass.
It enters the mouth with a steady shortbread maltiness that gathers towards white grapes over time (but never gets there). Hops add a variety of pepper, mint, and evergreen. But for what it is, they never truly assert themselves, even though this is one of the most compulsively drinkable hop combinations I've come across. It's mostly salty, and thus assures rapid drinking. The malt never supports a body that can support the hops.
From a rating standpoint, it's dry and hoppy and drinkable, and virtually uninteresting aside from that.
The mouthfeel is equally peppered with CO2. It's a bit rasping and abrasive. And never settles down.
This is a very decent APA, but it is that and nothing more (and quite salty as such). Don't let your hopes run higher than that.
I feel like I'm overrating it...I like it. But it's a far cry from stuff like Great Divide's Fresh Hop Harvest Ale.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a trade with a friend back in Michigan. Pours clear bright golden with very little head. Fantastic hop aroma: citrus, honey, pine. Just takes your breath away. All hops on the flavor with a slick mouthfeel, the bitter pine and grapefruit combonation is extremely crisp on the palate. This is beer candy. Nice bitterness. Great fresh hop!

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -5%
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

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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