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Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,064 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
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4,293
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
18.53%
 
 
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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by granger10 on 10-24-2004

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Reviews: 1,064 | Ratings: 4,293
Photo of HopHunter19
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - nice golden amber color with a white head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - pine, lots of it. orange and grapefruit peel. vegetal. some light bready malt in the back.
T - Lots of bitter pine and grapefruit, almost a peppery kind of flavor in there too. Vegetal. Bready malts on the back.
M - light to medium. Alc covered. aftertaste is bitter grapefruit peel.
O - Good, above average beer. Doesn't blow me out of the water though. Not sure if I'd really say it's worthy of the 94 rating it has, esp considering Backwoods Bastard only gets a 94 also. That said, it's exactly what it's supposed to be and for the category probably the best I've tried.

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

I liked this beer so much that I had to make it my first review

A- A nice light copper, with limited transparency

S - Before I even stuck my nose in the glass, I could smell the hops, which caught me off guard. In a good way.

T- Wow. Just wow. Great showcasing of the complexity of the hop here. The limited malt presence takes its proper place (in the back) lets the hops dominate. Pine dissolves to an incredible grapefruit aftertaste that last for a very long time after the last sip. Yeah, the are some malts there to give some balance, but who cares? If you're drinking this beer for malty flavor, you're probably better suited drinking something else.

M - Crisp feel, very carbonated, and dry finish makes me want to drink more.

D- I want more of these. 6.1% ABV? I could almost power hour with this. Almost. I polished mine off far too quickly. Why oh why did I only buy a single 12. oz bottle??

I think there is something to be said for a beer that stays within traditional concepts of what a beer is, but manages to be both unique, and incredible tasty. That is, this won't blow anyone's mind about what a beer can be (like a person trying their first DIPA), but it is still as enjoyable and complex as any "extreme" beer. Hence why I gave it such a high rating.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

When I opened the bottle, I would swear that I had a Zombie dust in my hands. The smell was awesome. The flavor was not quite Zombie, but was still very enjoyable. Nice job founders...

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Photo of blackearth
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a bright gold body with a white head. Aroma is dominated by piney and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Great hop flavor throughout which seems to "build" after the finish, much like the heat of a chili pepper. Very good drinkability.

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Photo of cetherid
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass

A.

Appearance is a straw yellow color with about 2 fingers of big fluffy white head.

S.

a solid harvest ale smell. Nice aroma of hops from floral, citrus and pine with a nice light malt smell. I'm sure if the bottle was fresher the aroma would be much more intense.

T.

Same as nose. Light hops up front then the sweetness from the malts hit. Bitterness lingers slightly. Again, I would imagine having this bottle 2 months ago would give some more hop qualities to the taste. Still an awesome tasting harvest ale.

M.

about medium bodied. Good carbonation to the beer. Feels good on the tongue and goes down nice a smooth leaving just a subtle bitterness left on the tongue.

D.

This would probably be my first choice in a highly drinkable harvest ale. However the availability is very limited and it's a little pricey. Can't really give this over a 4. Such a sessionable beer though that is awesome on tap. Was the first beer I ever tried at Founders this fall.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy pale golden golden with some visible carbonation throughout and a small but persistent head.

S: Citrusy hops right up front.

T/M: Very nice, subdued citrus hops. Medium body.

O: This is a great fresh-hopped ale, it has a very crisp and refreshing taste and a nice, subtly hoppy style.

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip

A Golden and transparent. Half inch or so of white foam. Lingers for a bit but not too long. A rich lacing does remain.

S Floral and fruity. Fresh like after a spring rain. Hops. Lemons. Very nice.

T Greasy hops. Pine resin. Bitter fruit peel - lemons and grapefruit. Some sweet malt. Big bitter aftertaste.

M Nice and oily and smooth. Finishes very clean and refreshing.

O One of my favorites of the style. Near perfect. It is so clean and fresh and bitter yet has some balance. Oh, so good.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Beautiful golden color with a luscious, foamy ~1/2" head. Leaves a little spotty lacing, head recedes to 1/8" but retains well.
Delicious juicy fruit in the nose, some mango and passion fruit, a little orange, light pine. I get some kind of fruit candy note too, like a pineapple Jolly Rancher or something.
Pine hits me up front on the taste, followed by bitter orange and just a brief flash of sweet tropical fruit, I want to call it passion fruit again. Finishes with a dry grassiness, and the orange and tropical fruit comes back a little in the aftertaste. Well balanced up front with the bitterness mostly taking over in the aftertaste.
The texture is fine but a little bit thin.
Easy drinking and smooth but just a little bitter for me to want to drink too many.
Delicious and juicy, a nice wet hop ale.

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Photo of coastiebob
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour at Mcnellies South. Nice golden color with an inch of white, fluffy head that stays. Excellent lacing. Smells of citrus, especially grapefruit, and subtle pine. Taste follows smell. Nice, light mouth feel. Excellent brew & one of my favorite IPAs . Wish it was year-around

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

Big thanks to Sam @ Bev World for for keeping a couple of bottles of this for me in the cooler. No freshness dating noted, but I know it's fresh. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - Bright golden body, great clarity for wet hop ale, steady stream of carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass to support the nicely persistent finger thick white head. Sticky lacing in sheets.

S - Dank, humid and resinous hops. Red onion and earthy moss blend with a faint sweetness from the malt. Clean.

T - Again I will say the wet hops here impart an onion flavor but nothing harsh. Lots of wet grass, pine sap bitterness to satiate any hop head's craving. As the palate adjusts, some sweetness/bite from the alcohol but not harsh. Great burps. :)

M - Medium to light in body, very crisp and dry finish leaves you puckered for more until your tongue can no longer appreciate bitterness.

D - For a hop head such as myself, very high. I could only score 2 bottles this year so far, but I will be looking out for more.

I will say that at 6.5% ABV and 70 IBU's this beer would be more appropriately categorized as an IPA.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very gentle pour produces a massive head that took a good five minutes to settle down before I could pour the rest of the beer into my pint glass. This golden yellow beer left sheets of lacing on the walls of my glass as well with staying power for the entire beer. The nose on this beer is hop oils all the way with varying scents of citrus and pine, and I also get more and more earthy undertones as the beer warmed. The flavor profile starts with a big rush of citrus flavor with bitter pine coming in quite quickly and just a touch of pale malt to balance out the hop flavors. The mouthfeel is slick and oily with medium carbonation with no alcohol present on the mouthfeel. The drinkability is very good on this beer and I probably could have killed my only four pack of this last night, but I am at least going to try to make them last through this month.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather clear orange color with 1/2 a finger of head.

Aroma is predominately of grapefruit and light citrus. Some nice orange and tangerine notes. A light touch of pine.

Taste is very pleasant. Nice shot of bitterness up front, with just enough malt to keep it in line, but not enough to erase the hop character. This one is nice and citrusy with a bigger emphasis on the pine notes than was on the nose. The beer boasts a moderate amount of carbonation that pairs appropriately for the style. Bitterness does linger for a bit after the sip.

Overall, this a well crafted beer. The hops are allowed to shine. The flavor isn't all that complex, but that isn't the point really. It's just a perfect example of how fresh hops can influence a beer. I see this pairing well with some jerk chicken. It gets a 88/100.

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

I have had some really stellar Harvest Ales lately, and this one might be the best of the best. Whats unique about the style is that there is a strong hop prescense, similar to an IPA, but it lacks the dry and bitter finish commonly found in said style. Here is my review:

A: Pours a nice golden amber color. Head is pretty minimal and lacing is only okay, but it still looks very appetizing in the glass.

S/T: The aroma is an explosion of tropical fruit. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is quite similar. Grapefruit and pineapple are very forward, along with a slight lemon character. Maybe a slight citrus fruit rind in there as well. Overall, lots of tropical fruits with little to no hop bitterness. Super juicy as well. Actually reminds me a lot of Double Trouble, only lighter. Excellent.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and very smooth. Very juicy and thirst quenching. Very sessionable. Little bitterness.

Between Hoppin Frog, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, and Founders, this has been an excellent Harvest Ale season. Another gem from Founders. Strong hoppyness smoothed out to a nice and juicy mouthfeel. Well worth checking out. Excellent beer.

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Photo of LAp
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a golden amber with a half-finger almost-white head. A crystal clear beer - not a hint of have. Smell is slightly piney. Taste is juicy citrus and hops. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but in a uniquely good way. This beer is a wonderful tone-switch from the bigger and bitter-er IPAs that keep getting pumped out (that's not a complaint, I love big, bitter IPAs). But this beer is a wonderful reminder that IPAs can be wet, juicy, and balanced. This beer rejects the all-dry, bitter hop/all-sweet malt dichotomy of so many IPAs today and is a refreshingly wet and even-keeled celebration of the hop.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one chilling in the fridge for a couple few months now--wish I would have had it sooner so I could have bought more while it was around! Poured a very bubble pale golden with a thick white head that stayed pretty frothy awhile. It's got a strong hoppy scent. Whooo, it's got the feel of a pale but the punch of an IPA. A solid hop smack with plenty of citrus notes in it as well. It finishes delightfully dry with plenty of hop bitterness. Definitely a drinkable beer. Another fantastic brew from founders--highly recommend!

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Photo of nandemo1
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light gold with a finger and a half of giant white head. Leaves a lot of lacing and there is plenty of ongoing carbonation.

Smell is all hops - lightly citrus with a lot of pine. Taste is also in your face hoppy, similar to the smell, and lots of bitterness. Maltiness balances it out. Tastes very fresh.

Mouthfeel feels light at first, but the sweet stickiness definitely hangs around awhile.

Overall, an excellent single IPA.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a gold amber look with a nice white head.

S- Smell of hops and citrus notes.

T- Taste of hops and citrus notes follow by a ending of malt.

M- semi dry and hop bite presence follow by malty aftertaste with citrus notes.

D- Very good wet-hop beer. I like the ones more of the Pale ale then leaning towards IPA. Everybody and there grandmothers pump out IPA. It doesn't always have to be that style and can still be hoppy.

Cheers..

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic

a-light copper color...little white head that fell quickly..nice lacing...

s-citrus and grapefruit...subtle malt...grass and a little pine

t-grapefruit and grass...sturdy malt backbone to fill in the middle..then a rush of hops at the end...finishes dry

m-a little thin for me but acceptable...oily and resiny..nice carb

d-could drink this all night..the abv is decent and not overpowering and the taste really doesnt work too hard on the palate..

overall a nice harvest ale..good seasonal transition beer...

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Photo of TH28
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 9/30/15 bottle date (30 days old). Appearance: Beautiful clear golden with moderate white head and nice lacing. Aroma: Lemony, grassy, resinous hop aroma. Touch of pineapple. No malt aroma. Taste: Light malt sweetness with a strong hop bitterness and fresh resinous, grassy hop flavors. Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Finish: lingering resinous and grassy hop bitterness Overall: Pretty similar to other fresh hop ales with a dominant resinous and grassy hop flavor. Aroma on this version tends to have stronger citrus ch

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Photo of jsulko
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a decent amount of off white head.

Smell is of Citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange with a hint of the piney oilyness.

Taste continues with the citrus with a bit of the pine on the finish. Malty sweetness also slightly present in the finish.

A very interesting twist on the IPA style with the Fresh hop trend.

Definitely one I would seek out in season.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in my trusty All Day IPA faux-mason.

A - golden, with a foamy eggshell head of more than a finger w serious staying power. Decent legs w spotty lacing.

S - Musty, briny, but green and dank. Notes of unburnt potpourri, fresh hay, and feet. Subtle citric notes keep things pleasant.

T - closely adheres to the nose. Pine needles, unripe mango, and Gorgonzola show up on the back end. Finishes fairly dry and cactus-like.

M - viscous and oily, but enough fizz to keep things interesting.

This deserves its reputation, and at a decent price point, but there are slightly better wet-hopped ales out there.

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Photo of Shumista
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 4 pack of this in November I think, drank one and shared two and put one in the fridge to review later and I'm finally getting around to it.

A- Founder's Harvest Ale pours a hazy yellow color with a small amount of white head.
S- Fresh very citrusy hops not a whole lot else.
T- I remember the first time I had this beer thinking that it tasted like "fresh squeezed hop juice". Unfortunately it was better fresh and after a few months in the fridge it has gained more of an acidic taste. I'm still giving it a 4 though because I remember how good it was fresh.
M- Light to medium bodied, high carbonation and crisp.
D- Very highly drinkable, it's too bad it only comes in 4 packs.

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Photo of ahq514
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a solid golden color with some transparency. Has about a half a finger head with big bubbles rising the surface. Appears to be moderately carbed. Good rings of lacing.

Smells like fresh hop soup. Big juicy aromas of citrus and tropical fruits emanate from the beer. There is also a nice sweet complementary malt aroma in the background.

Just like in the aroma, nice, juicy tropical citrus hops hit you right away. Then a little bit of bitterness gives it a bite. It finishes smooth with some sweetish malt. Matches the aroma very well.

Medium body and moderate carbonation. Good for the style.

Good IPA. Love how much the hops add to the beer without overpowering it too much. Although malt isn't showcased here it balances out the hops quite well. Quite delicious.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprise, surprise. Another great IPA from Michigan. California are you paying attention? This one caught me by surprise with how great it was. My first wet hopped IPA. Poured from a bottle into a stamddard pint glass. Generous head that quickly fades but leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nose is just a bit piney compared to other IPA's I've had. Maybe it's th wet hopped style. Very clear compared to other IPA's as well. Taste is fantastic. It's delicious. This is so good it's almost sessionable. Wow! I think this is better than Founders Centenntial IPA. I love this beer!

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,064 ratings.