Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,517
Reviews:
1,144
Ratings:
4,617
pDev:
8.94%
 
 
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428
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Photo of Griphon
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of c014572
3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
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 MercInc
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigschoolrecords
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grapeshops
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Shenk87
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerAudi
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -7.5%
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 -3.3%
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 -3.8%
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 +4.7%
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 Mister_Faucher
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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 HopliteMpls612
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captaincoffee
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
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 spiejak
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Manthon
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gmartin75
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DigitGrowler
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sample at Burgartory on the north side. Our second stop in our bar tour.... only two stops, actually! Two night date!

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrc1093
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 4,617 ratings