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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,061
Hads: 4,264
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 394
Gots: 480 | FT: 7
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,061 | Hads: 4,264
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 hopflyer
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/30/15

Pours light straw colored yellow. Very light coloring and lively carbonation. Almost look like a light lager. Clean and clear.

Nose is grassy and herbal. Almost has a coriander spice undertone.

Tastes is similar to the nose with its grassy hop profile. Little in the way of citrus but it's there. I don't like to use this term but it's certainly "earthy." It does have some citrus notes but they are not in your face. They rather blend nicely with the herbal. A little sweetness in the finish with sugar cookie and sugar wafer likeness. Not much in the way of bitterness but maybe a touch of it as it warms some, if you give it a chance to warm at all. It goes down very easily.

Body is very much in the light side and medium carbonation makes this a really crisp and clean beer.

It's a very well made beer and hits the fresh hop style well. But nothing really jumps out here for me. The feel makes it drinkable to say the least, but it's that more so than the taste and flavor that makes you reach for another sip. A bit pricey too. I might spring for another 4 pack but don't think this is something I'd go ape shit getting a case of like some may do for this seasonal release.

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

Pours with a HUGE frothy white head with plenty of stick. Body is a golden haze with orangish highlights. Scents of sweet grapefruit dominate the citrusy nose. Sweet caramel notes peek through a bit. Big citric hoppiness and phenols in the taste. Honey-like quality similar to hopslam. mmm juicy leafy hops. Decent carbonation, but a touch too much for my taste. My second taste of Founders (other being breakfast stout), and I am still impressed. The only drawback is that it is somewhat one-dimensional, the hops taking the show.

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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 Scrapss
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wide mouth chalice. three months old.

A: two finger head that subsides to a thin ring. minimal lacing...golden color with some suspended solids. light carbonation activity.

S: Dank, resinous, earthy and minor piney wet hops, bitter citrus. lively and enticing aromas on the hoppier side. sweet malted milk balls.

T: Musty, earthy hops, lemony and bitter citrus. Almost a strange hen of the woods/mushroom backbite. Bitter lemongrass on swallow. Some lactic-like perceptions at room temp are fooling me.

M: Smoooth and Creamy. Medium full and not overly full. Dry without being obnoxiously dry. Malts support with light-medium malts similar to crystal or caramel.

O: Hell yeah. Good taste, smooth and complex even with a few months on it.

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

2008 Batch

Pours a nice beautiful golden yellow and a nice cloudy body. The head on this sucker stays around forever. Die you bastard! DIE!

Again the smell is just amazing! Very hoppy and floral. I really enjoy it!!!

The taste this year is hoppy and a little wheaty! Its not as hoppy as I remember but its smell is great! MMMM. Its good!

Cheers!

2007 Batch
Alright, first off this brew is amazing. Its like putting your face into a vat of hops and smelling. Endo story...Alright onto the review

This brew is the most fragrant brew i've encountered in a while. It's a beautiful blend of smell and taste. The taste if full of hops, hops, and hops. It has a brillant citrus hop notes.

Overall this brew is smelly in a good way (thanks bassmantin). It's hops in liquid form. Get it!!!!

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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 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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Photo of MrOH
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: thick white head that recedes fairly quickly, golden straw color, nice lacing

Smell: slight funk, followed by grassy lemon, orange, and grapefruit

Taste: grassy, orange, biscuit, touch of funk, nice firm bitterness that holds it all together and sticks with it, but is never overpowering

Mouthfeel: nice effervesence, medium bodied, slightly sticky tactile feel is scrubbed away by firm bitterness

Drink: yes please

Great except for the funk. I'm guessing they use Simcoe/Summit? Maybe Michigan grown "C" hops have that character as well. Other than that, a beer that if it was cheaper and more readily available, I'd drink the fuck out of it.

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

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a light golden yellow, medium head after an aggressive pour, leaves some white lacing

S - sweet grapefruit hits first, followed by a subtle piny note

T - the grapefruit starts off initially, followed by a significant, but not overpowering, amount of bitter hops. a light malt backbone follows

M - well-carbonated, no hint of alcohol, the bitterness of the hops lingers for some time

O - Great IPA, I missed out on this one last year, so I was very glad to have the opportunity to grab a bit of it this year. Definitely recommend highly, a fairly attainable seasonal from Founders

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split a 4 pack with a buddy recently.

Pours a gleaming saffron color (maybe a little more orangey), with a 2 finger head that explodes with the scent of sweet hops. Lacing makes a wonderful spider web all the way down the glass.

Smell is better than most IPAs in my opinion, just because I like the wet-hopped idea. Say whatever you want, I just think it's more palatable.

The taste is wonderful too. Since the guy I'm splitting this with is the real hophead and I'm more of a beginner to this category, I'm glad that he likes it as well. As mentioned before, I enjoy the lower bitterness while still maintaining the great hoppy flavor.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So this batch is now about one month old.. It took me a while to finally get my hands on this. Other states like Mass and Vermont had it before Connecticut did. However, I am just happy to try it.

Harvest Ale has a similar hop build to Double Trouble. It shares some similarities for sure. The hops in here are really a great example of what a wet hopped beer should taste and smell like.

This beer smells way better than it tastes. Such a good smell! Those wet hops!
Not too too bitter, but still bitter. It really just has an oily taste to it that wasn't too pleasant in my opinion.

I have now had Port Brewings wet hopped harvest ale (high tide) and Surly Wet.
This beer is on the same level as High Tide, but is definitely a step down from Surly.

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Photo of threeviews
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unquestionably, this is one of my favorite (single and sessionable) IPA's on the market...Lagunitas Daytime and Stone IPA are my secondary and tertiary choices...

A- Pours a beautiful, crystal clear golden (obviously filtered) with about a single-finger worth or fluffy white head.

S- Aroma for days! Huge floral notes along with tropical citrus...flowers, grapefruit, orange, mango, pineapple and peach all come to mind...amazing!

T- Considerable malt backbone is detected before the onslaught of a huge wave of citrus-rind bitterness...not overly astringent, but unmistakably an West Coast American IPA...absolutely brilliant!

M- Moderate carbonation does the trick as the hop oils simply coat the tongue and get you ready for the next sip.

O- This, Double Trouble and KBS are my top three brews that Founders offers...unfortunately all three are limited releases forcing me hunt and ration for these exceptional brews. Wow...only if one of these were year-round offerings. Founders never disappoints.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color. Great hoppy aroma. So refreshing. It seems like founders made more of this this year which is a good thing. Always look forward to this each fall. The best of the best when it comes wet hopped ales. Well done

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Photo of claminat420
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a transparent straw color. 1.5 finger head with medium lacing.

S- a nice hop scent.slightly grapefruity.

T- a nice well rounded american pale ale. a watery hop brew with the lightest malt presence but just enough to get the job done.

M- light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- if they only came in a 6 pack :(

Overall- this is a good brew. i have to be an ass tho and give them nothing higher than a b+ for the fact of the four pack. they need to come out in 6er's!!

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,061 ratings.