Harvest Ale
Founders Brewing Company

Harvest AleHarvest Ale
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American IPA
Ranked #45
Ranked #1,035
4.26 | pDev: 8.92%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Harvest AleHarvest Ale
Notes: Each fall, our brewhouse looks more like a greenhouse as thousands of pounds of wet hop cones arrive within hours of being picked by some of our favorite local hop growers. Acting quickly, we then load up these wet hops into what will become Harvest Ale – an impossibly aromatic and bright IPA bursting with fresh pine, melon and citrus notes. Our ode to the beauty that is the wet, American hop.

70 IBU
Reviews: 1,156 | Ratings: 4,658 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of WoodBrew
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this beer from a beer store in La Crosse, WI whilst there to bring my daughter home early from college......Thanks to Covid-19! Anyway....the beer poured a clear copper with thin white head that left some lace. The scent had fresh pine and subtle citrus hops. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with fresh hop presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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Photo of jwp777
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 9/25/19 tasted on 1/26/20:

Pours a beautiful copper color. Murky white head that doesn’t retain much but does leave some lacing. Carbonation bubbles visible.

Aroma is pine, malt, some citrus, and strong floral notes. A bit too much floral for me, which is why I am giving 3.75.

Taste is wet hops, citrus, pine, very balanced bitterness with some malt sweetness. Tastes better than it smells.

Feel: body is medium but mouthfeels is still quite bold.

Overall: not my favorite from Founders or at all, but still a very good beer, and a good seasonal option if you’re interested in rotating brews as I am.

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Photo of TomEfiller
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear orange amber with nice lacing. Smells of dank wet pine with a malt backbone. Tastes like it smells. Hoppy pine with more malt than you want. Feels thick on the tongue with that dank hop forward residue. Overall this is a very good change of pace IPA. In the winter we start to look for more beers that have this stronger feel instead of the citrus floral IPAs. Short supply, so go try this one.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

pours a clear medium golden color, thick white head. pretty good head retention and some lacing. aroma is grassy, floral, and some peachy fruit. taste has similar notes, some mild malt sweetness before moderate bitterness takes over. medium bodied.

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Photo of stevoj
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Hazy orange golden, small bubbly head. Aroma is fruity, hoppy, hint of pine. Hops move to the front in the taste, citrus lingering behind. A bit of sticky bitterness, orange peel.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off by saying that this brew scored 95/100 points and is thusly a world-class beer! I poured this into a standard pub glass. It has 7.6% ABV and is a wet-hopped American IPA.

Look-It pours a medium-light golden color like honey. The head has great retention and is thick, foamy, and smooth almost like beaten egg-whites. There are swirling streams of carbonation trails.

Smell-I smell honey, caramel, tangerine, and a hint of bubblegum!

Taste-The taste is similar to the smell, but I get a peppery flavor, too. I also get a robust hop resin flavor that coats the tongue. I get a big dank hop flavor and some tangerine citrus. It has a buttered biscuit and honey after taste. The mouthfeel is rich and medium-bodied.

Overall- It is robust, rich, yet well-balanced and refreshing. It definitely has a complex flavor profile.

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Photo of ChuckofHampstead
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden pour with light lacing. Wonderful aroma, flowery and piney. Taste has a Hop bitterness up front that wakes up the palate followed by a smooth finish. Mouthfeel is just right, not heavy and chewy and not too light. Overall this bottle from 9/25/19 has been extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of DavetotheB
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 9/25/19. Pours a translucent golden color, can see through the beer. White head with moderate lacing. Smell is floral with some dank pine and grass mixed in. Taste is dank piney and grassy, strong but tasty. Feel is smooth, aftertaste lingers-bitterness but goodness. Overall a great beer. Sorry I can only get this once a year, but it's great.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden-orange with emphasis on the former, a one finger, white head, low retention, but decent rings of camo shaped lacing.
S: Aromas of orange/tangerine, nectarine, and caramel.
T: Semisweet (lightly so). Flavors follow the nose fairly closely. Solid peppery, almost minty bitterness really adds to the overall flavor picture.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; clean drinking.
O: Nothing like having a wet hopped, AIPA on tap at the brewery in the early Fall. What a great drinking experience. A very crunchable and easily quaffable. I wouldn't say no to another iteratively.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.34/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Slightly murky bright orange color.

Bright white head; nice lacing.

Pine needles, citrus & fresh marijuana nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Notes of pine needles, orange citrus & hints of caramel are decimated by a skunky darkness which overwhelms this unbalanced beer.

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Photo of aatazebeats
2.83/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I must be missing the hype here. It's not a bad beer, but the wet hops are a bit much for me. I can taste notes of pine and grapefruit, but it feels a little too malty compared to most IPAs I've tried. Hops keep their flavor long after you take a sip. Decent, but just a little too bitter for me.

2.83 - C+

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Photo of c014572
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big funky smell up-front followed by a big funky taste. I get opine notes but zero citrus/melon notes as per description. Not what I expected and I don't know what the hype and high price point is all about. Not what I expected from this brewery and a wet-hopped ale.

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Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled a couple of months ago. Clean solid gold color with a thick thin head with good retention
Aroma with predominant notes of resin, pine and melon.
Flavor with notes of green melon, grapefruit citrusy, flowers, tangerines, tea bags and a bit of toasted malt. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.6% is behind its bitterness. Actually, the hop seems to give some booze notes.
Citrusy and piney classical American IPA with hoppines from end to end. A lot of depth on its fewer notes. Not really complex, assertive.

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Photo of DerAudi
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of founders best ales, in my opinion. If you like Founder’s and you have not had this one, you should consider picking some of this up - it is juicy and full of bright, light, citrusy hops, very different from most of Founders’ IPAs. My favorite IPA from Founders!

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with the "bottled on" date printed on the label. Served in a Rastal Craft Master Grand.

Appearance: The one finger head goes away quickly and leaves some great lacing. Bright gold color.

Smell: The fruity aroma with pine resin undertones is not overwhelming but is very present.

Taste: A bitter, hop roller coaster that starts off with citrus, fruity notes and ends with a dank,
pine resin finish. There's a slight sweetness that caps everything off well.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid beer and a classic IPA with the hop bitterness front and center.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hops are certainly more on the tropical side - pineapple, grapefruit, passionfruit - it is very smooth with just a little bitterness on the backend...

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single picked up in Cleveland - bottled Sept 20, 2018 - so a little less than 2 months old - would like a really fresh one to compare!
A nice, essentially clear golden orange pour with a finger of white head. Aroma is great - get some pine, melon, sweet fruitiness, bit of over ripe orange and mango.
Taste much like the aroma - pine, mango, sweet citrus with pleasant but not overpowering hop bitterness. Medium full body with smooth mouth feel - I would not have guessed either the 7.6% ABV nor the 70 IBU on this. Really enjoyable, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle dated 9-20-18. Poured into a pint glass.

Pour: Golden color, rich looking. Nice 1-2 finger white foam head. Head lasts and lasts and lasts with a thick ring and clouds even at the bottom of the glass. Tons of lacing. Awesome.

Nose: lots of pine, mango, orange. Balanced with some bready malt.

Taste: follows the nose with a nice bitterness, not overdone, at the end.

Mouthfeel: really rich and viscous for an IPA. Coats the tongue, lingers but finishes clean. Like the pour; awesome.

Overall: haven’t had this in a year or two. Couldn’t remember if I really liked it. Well, now I remember. This is a favorite IPA and a favorite in general. Great tasting, great nose, beautiful to look at. Thick and rich with a clean finish. Hard to do better.

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Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harvest is consistently one of the best wet-hopped ales you can find - it's sweet, sticky, lightly bitter and quite tremendously hoppy. The finish is clean, and it's not very filling at all. At 7.6% ABV, it's dangerously drinkable. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love green wet hop beers, so I was excited to try this fresh. Hope were very earthy and musty...a very English take. Flavor was equally earthy and musty with a big malt profile like an amber. Overall, I liked the beer, but it didn't have the wet hop flavor i was looking for and was a bit too earthy for my taste. Decent, but I probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/20/18

Pours clear golden orange-copper with ¾ finger of frothy white head; great retention and plenty of lasting lacing.

Aroma tempered notes of ripe grapefruit peel, pine, and big floral hops; a clean, earthy malt cleans the unrestrained hop profile nicely while still giving it plenty of leeway to remain a hop bomb of a bouquet.

Taste borders on pure garden, with overwhelming grassy, mossy, and herbal elements dominating, and melon and grapefruit pith taking quiet but noticed backseat; great depth to the hop profile, while a subtle malt backbone makes a difference in adding balancing to the outright hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is amazingly airy, with bittering hops more than making up for the lightness on the palate; prickly and vibrant, with the finish harmonizing aggressive bitterness with a soft body.

Outright hop assault is tempered and refined while never really losing its character across the profile and developing in both depth and softness on the palate. An unrepentantly green beer that’s earned every right to be so; great stuff here.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9-20-18 into 16oz IPA.
L: Clear copper. Off-white head, light lacing.
S: Pine, Dank. Citrus.
T: Hoppy pine. Light breadiness. A touch of caramel?
F: Smooth, light carbonation. Very good bitterness that is quick and to the point.
O: At 7.6%, I thought my 1st sip was boozy, then figured out it was the wet-hop bitterness. A very good beer.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden with a white head, nice lacing and a constant stream of rising carbonation. Piney aroma, a hint of citrus. Flavors are similar, a nice malt backbone smooths this out. Terrific!

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Photo of beersampler6
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful seasonal ale that just came out for this year - tried on tap at Founders. Clean clear yellow color with some lingering sheets of lacing and a little mild white head. Smells good, clean piney hops with a little floral hops in the background. Tastes similarly, along with vanilla, caramel, a little fruity zest hops and a well-balanced malt backbone. Smooth slightly creamy mouthfeel, perfect amount of bitterness. Great carbonation. Really an outstanding beer and I was really looking forward to trying it. One of the strongest regular IPAs I’ve had in a long time.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass.

Pours classic IPA honey-hazy-gold with a nice fluffy head and excellent staying power and lacing.

The aromas are very hop-forward, with plenty of piney overtones that take center stage over the background citrus notes. Hints of a malty goodness peep through.

The flavor is heavy on the hops, but still nuanced, with just enough citrus (grapefruit) and malt backbone to balance the bitterness. This is almost a double/imperial in feel, as the boozy warmth comes through at the end.

The finish is dry and crisp, although the body, again, is very "double-IPA".

Overall, an excellent brew.

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