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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,755 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 3,755
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 329
Gots: 305 | FT: 11
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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Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip
2012

A- Hazy golden yellow. A one finger white head.

S- Hop dominant. There is a lot of citrus, some herbal notes, slight onion and lemon grass. Sweet smelling.

T- Nice hop bitterness up front, the beer sweeps over with a sugary sweet hop profile. There is a lot of citrus, orange, mango, peaches. It also has a lot of grassy, oniony, herbal notes. A nice hopped up beer and true to the word harvest.

M- Bitter but easy drinking. The beer has plenty of feel but doesn't distract you from the hop profile of the beer itself.

O- This is a great harvest ale, similar hop profile to their double trouble but fresher tasting and less intense.

Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zrab11
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Phigg1102
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of POTABLE83
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of meatyard
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears as a hazy yellow with a large, fluffy white head that leaves spotty lacing.
The smell is a very pleasant grapefruit and pineapple with a hint of bread at the end of a long inhale.
The taste is not so strongly hops related as the smell. More pronounced than in the smell is the malt sweetness. Light bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium/thin with continued carbonation.
A very drinkable beer of which you could easily enjoy several.

12/31/08 Edit: Just had this on tap and it was even better. If reviewing this as on tap I'd raise both the taste & mouthfeel much higher. A really "sweet" beer on tap.

Photo of BB1313
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | 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.

Photo of Kubrickx
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: perfect gold body with a moderate head of white foamy bubbles and bits of lace

S: earthy, floral, mild citrus; some deeper pale malts sugars

T: delicious and wet grain and pale fruity malt with more dleicate citrus and floral flavors woven in; bitter and smooth drinking with some slight caramel sweetness

M: crisp, clean, refreshing, thirst-quenching-feeling; chewy bitter aftertaste; spot-on carbonation and body

O: another Founders classic; a very easy-drinking beer. Look for it every year.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks (yet again) to jdhowe for handing me one of these lately. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. No bottling date, which is strange - Founders usually is very consistent in dating their beers.

Pours a golden-amber color, clear as they can be (save for some minor flecks of sediment), with a good, semi-frothy white head at the top. Head retention could be better, but at the very least there's some good lacing and stickiness that clings to the glass. At their freshest, I've always found wet hop beers to look really good, and to my knowledge, this is the best looking hoppy offering from Founders I've seen yet.

Smells terrific - glad this is indeed a fresher bottle, according to my source. Vivid notes of apricots, honeydew, green melon, orange, and pine gracefully reach the nostrils. A little bit of white pepper and lavender follows, with a cracked barley flavor that is fresh and simultaneously reminds me of wheat and toffee at the finish. Extremely mellow overall, with a laid back vibe that many wet hop beers seem to lack (for better or for worse) - the alcohol is well hidden, and the build is what I'd come to expect in the style. Really, really good.

The flavor is pretty much on par with the aroma, delivering gentle and well expressed citrus and floral notes, with a refreshing, cleansing malty finish. The orange peel and light grapefruit comes in a first, but to me, the intriguing flavors still remain those apricot/melon notes that I mentioned earlier. Some herbal and floral flavors, as expected - lavender and sage come to mind. Finishes with a mild bitterness, but feels wet overall rather than dry, and this accounts greatly within the malt forward finish that is slightly cracker-like and bready. Refreshing as hell, which is not the first thing I'd claim a higher ABV, wet hop beer to be. Still, extremely drinkable, with no faded or minor flaws this time around.

I've never been a big fan of Founders' hop forward offerings, but this is extraordinarily good, and would hold up quite well even months after its bottling date. Granted, it's definitely best while its fresh, but this is perhaps my favorite everyday wet hopped beer if I've ever had one. Not their most complex offering, but it delivers the goods exactly as it should be.

Photo of cestlavie
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of BeerTruth
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the one and only tpd975 for this brew.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a murky burnt straw with a one finger white head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of almost nothing. Stickiness is pretty minimal, a bit here and there, but not much. Smell is very light and refreshing. Sweet citrus hops with a big white bread scent. Very light evergreen aroma with a bit of wet sawdust in the nose as well. Musty pine up front with some sour grapefruit flavors too. Pale malt and wheat tastes emerge midway on the tongue. Aftertaste is subtle and floral with some grassy notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a somewhat distracting carbonation. A fairly solid beer, but there are definitely better wet hop ales out there.

Photo of mtbdonn
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of danwho
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of touchmeimsac
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of doughanson78
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to thabigmp for this one.

A: Light straw yellow in color with a slight haze. One finger white head with good retention and awesome lacing.

S: Big resinous citrus hops. Grapefruit and pineapple dominate, with slight mango and tangerine notes. Very light caramel background.

T: Sweet caramel upfront. Huge citrus grapefruit flavors. Light pineapple. Not real bitter in the middle. Much more bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium light bodied. Higher carbonation. Slick and oily from the wet hop. Dry finish.

O: A great beer. A touch much on the grapefruit. Could've mellowed it a bit with pineapple or a touch more caramel malts, but that's hardly a downfall.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Boston_Steve
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of KG710
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of oso
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,755 ratings.