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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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3,838 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,838
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 347
Gots: 326 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BB1313
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date noticeable. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a nice golden color with a slight haze, nice white foamy head and nice lacing. Great aromas! Lots of funky grapefruit, pine, and resin. The flavors don't quite match the nose, but they're still great. Very sticky! There's a smooth bitterness going on.. nothing over the top. I'm picking up more grapefruit, orange, and mango. Lots of citrus blended with a touch of caramel malts. There's a nice touch of sweetness going on as well. Right amount of carbonation, very smooth. This is an extremely easy drinking IPA.

This is a great wet-hopped ale, easily one of the better ones out there. Outstanding IPA from Founders.

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3.96/5  rDev -7.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass.

A: Small white head that fizzes out pretty quickly. There is a slight haze in the light yellowy orange body. Lacing is decent.

S: Average malt presence of bread and grain. The hops are heavy and have noticeable Centennial qualities. Very floral, piney, grassy and delicious. There are light yeast notes, very leafy, kind of soapy.

T: The hop flavor is extremely clean with a heavy bitterness being more of a mid-palate sensation. Lightly sweet. The 6.5% ABV comes across more than expected, and could even be described as slightly boozy.

M: Fairly full mouthfeel given the style. The texture is thick and oily slick. Lively and fizzy, this brew is nicely carbonated and prepares the palate for the long lingering, bitter finish.

D: While not one of Founders best offerings, the Harvest Ale is still a damn good brew and it is certainly very drinkable. The hop forward aroma and flavor, plus hop:malt ratio in this brew could make a strong case for IPA consideration.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Hendrick24
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of roadhouse
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, 6.5% ABV, into a pint glass.

Appears a slightly hazy golden color with a light orange tint and a three inch thick white head that forms a huge mountain that goes over the rim of the glass. After a few minutes it settles down a bit so I can take a sip. Ends up leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is just bursting with fresh hop aroma. Lots of orange and grapefruit type citrus tones with a bit of pine and floralness to it as well. Beneath the hop explosion lies a nice sweet caramel malt backing.

Taste is just as good as the aroma. Huge citrus hops at first followed by a little dose of sweet caramel malts, with a bit of pine coming in later. Some of the signature grassy wet hop flavor as well makes this delectable. The finish hoppy finish that lingers just makes you want to drink more.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a good level of carbonation to make it have the perfect amount of crispness while keeping it relatively smooth.

This is one of the best wet-hopped IPAs that I've ever tasted. If only hops could be harvested and made into wet hop ales all year long.

Photo of mjtiernan
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to erikkoppin for this bottle!

12oz bottle poured into a NB Globe

Bottled end of September

A: Golden and hazy. Nice pillow of foam on top that slowly dissipates to the center of the glass leaving a nice ring around the outside.

S: Fresh dank buds. Sweet citrus and pine. Heaven.

T: Starts with a biscuity malt and then you get pretty heavy into pine and grapefruit territory. Pretty much exactly what I would want out of a Fresh Hop ale.

M: Right on. Hop acidity and carbonation tingles your tongue and the residual foam creates a nice softness.

O: This is pretty much what I want from a Fresh Hop ale. Somewhat sad that it wasn’t nearly as fresh as it could have been, but most definitely enjoyable.

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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow/orange/amber with a nice head

Smell: Sweet grapefruit, sweet wet hops, pine. Lots of citrus elements.

Taste: Sweet, juicy hops. Not quite enough though. No noticeable/overboard bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Good, but a bit thin. Carbonation seems a bit off.

Drinkability: Good, could burn through several of these... if there wasn't any two hearted to be had.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 10/2/13 poured into a tulip glass
A: Pale orange color with a one-finger head
S: Nice pine, citrus and tropical fruit. Very fresh
M: Very fresh, with flavors that match the nose
M: Medium-bodied, a touch oily, crisp
O: Tasty & well-made

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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber color with less than a full finger fluffy white head that resists fading. A good amount of lacing present. The smell is really nice a great balance of roasty malt and fresh hopped pine and citrus. So far neither the appearance nor the smell is what i would expect from a APA...but as Jessica Simpson would say "but i woneit". Highly carbonated, the mouth feel is tangy and bright. Full flavored, the taste is bright and citrusy as well. A real nice drinker. Thanks, Pops!! While it waivers from style...Its a real celebration!!!

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint. Dating looks to be about August.

A: Pours a straw yellow. A few shades darker than a bud and has a glow to it. 2-3 fingers of pearl white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Dominated by powerful hops. The grassy and juicy hop punch is very attractive and the massive fresh and funky hops oils are great.

T/M: Very strong, fresh grassy and earthy hops. Some more of the citrus juicy. Grainy malt character is nearly completely hidden by the hop kick. Seems a bit out of control but just right, lol. Mouthfeel is light and inviting after a hard day doing yard work... especially with a subdued drying finish.

D: Easily drinkable and very tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.1/5  rDev -4%

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4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

The beer pours golden yellow with a billowing white head, and the smell is immediate and intensely of mangoes and citrus, very inviting. Taste is much like the smell bright citrus and tropical fruits lots of flavor, very lovely. Mouthfeel is great, very smooth well carbonated, not boozy, a pleasure to drink. This beer is fantastic; a great appearance, great smell, lots of flavor and great texture, falls a little short in the finish though as it lacks a final punch. Fantastic beer; I will savor these.

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,838 ratings.