Harvest Ale
Founders Brewing Company

Harvest AleHarvest Ale
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #45
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,157
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 8.92%
Reviews:
1,166
Ratings:
4,702
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Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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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: 1,166 | Ratings: 4,702 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Peach63 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a 1.5" white head, which lasts. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is floral, citrus, pine.

Taste is orange, papaya, light grapefruit, pine.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Dry, resinous finish.

This is another outstanding IPA from Founder's.

Oct 14, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice hazy orange color with a tall beige head with great retention.
S: Smells super fruity, decent amount of citrus, super piny, nice malt backbone, little bit of melon.
T: Follows the nose, has a great balance between the biting hops & the sweet malt backbone!
F: Full-bodied, moderate carbonation, warming, crisp, biting, slightly oily.
O: Really impressed by this brew! Will definitely buy again.

May 02, 2021
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I normally am not a big fan of IPA's but this one is really good. It is not overly hoppy and bitter, which is a plus in my book. It does have a citrus tang, which is not overpowering and is actually a nice flavor. Anyway, I recommend this to those who normally are not IPA drinkers. Founder's seems to make pretty good stuff.

Feb 20, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

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

L: Golden yellow. Clear. Super foamy so pour cold and gently.

S: Piney and resiny (almost soapy) to the extreme.

T: Reminds me of a Benjamin Danklin from Fat Heads. I'm pretty sure that "Wet Hop" means they use an actual plant, and it tastes like an actual plant. That said, I can count the number of commercial brews with actual plants on them on one hand, and this is one of them.

F: I hope you like alpha oils.

O: It's a Fall to Winter seasonal and if you get a supply it will hold you over until Lake Eerie Monster and Danklin come out.

Jan 26, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/21/20

I’ve heard this one talked up a lot. I’m usually not a huge fan of over the top WCIPAs, but I trust Founders to make a solid beer. I do wish I found it fresher though

Pours a clear orange gold with a finger of white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

Aromas of resinous hops, pale malt, grapefruit rind, and a touch of soft wheat

The taste starts off with tangy citrus, pepper, and piney hops, with the swallow lightening things up with a doughy malt and orange

Tjis has a light medium body with light prickly carbonation, leading to a very refreshing beer, shocking for the abv. Finishes nicely dry and a touch bitter

This was pretty good, but not as good as it’s chalked up to be. I would almost call it sessionable if it wasn’t for the high abv

Nov 25, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 9-21-20. Opened 11-19-20.
2 finger, dense white head with a fine bead. Very good retention.
Golden with an initial chill haze. Full, sticky lace.
Aromas of citrus, stone fruit, and melon. Hops run the gamut. Ripe but not overly so.
Mild orange citrus, apricot, some pine/floral/green and a light doughy malt.
Medium body, bright entry, and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Mildly zesty, persistent and lengthy finish.
Elegant and Outstanding.

Nov 20, 2020
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Reef from South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/21/20

Clear copper-gold, pours one finger of varying white head, reduces to full ring and cap, curtain lacing.
Piercing citrus, light floral and melon scents
Fresh pine, citrus, light mint flavors.
Hop bitterness up front, some sweetness, hops lingering aftertaste, no alcohol heat. Stubborn carbonation. Dry finish.
Will be looking for this in years to come.

Nov 01, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A perfectly festive beer for October and then the holidays...

This is one of those smacks-you-in-the-mouth hoppy beers. Calling it hop-forward really doesn't do it justice. Great lacing to go along with a copperish colored beer, and the smell is not only citrusy but fruity at the same time. The only nit I have has to do with it's somewhat watery mouthfeel, but it's mostly overlooked by the overall experience you enjoy with this IPA.

Oct 31, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent orange with a white head that eventually dissipates after a minute or two. Even just opening the bottle you're met with a bouquet of floral hoppy goodness. After pouring it you get the full citrus tropical mango smell with very slight hints of pine and guava. The taste is very fresh and tropical with notes of pine on the finish. It's more balanced in the hops and malts than other IPAs with a caramel like sweetness shining through. It finishes with a slightly spicy hop bitterness and is slightly more carbonated than usual. This one drinks incredibly easily and definitely an ipa that distinguishes itself from the pack in drink ability coupled with a great flavor.

Oct 19, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy deep copper color with a nice foamy off white head that leaves sticky lacing in my glass. Fresh hop citrus aroma, sharp citrus flavors, medium body. Every drink makes you want more. A very well done IPA.

Oct 18, 2020
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Judgie from Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle "Bottled On: 09.21.20" A favorite every year but I guess I have never reviewed it. Price point sucks ($16/4 pack) but I will always buy it once a year at least. Pours golden with a slight haze (probably from my cold storage). Aroma is decadent pine/citrus hop that almost fills the room. Taste follows suit and really provides refreshment with a nice thinnish mouthfeel and little aftertaste on the finish. I would love to be able to buy this on draft in MI.

Oct 16, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

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.

Apr 01, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

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.

Jan 27, 2020
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TomEfiller from Alabama

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.

Nov 28, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

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.

Nov 16, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

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.

Nov 05, 2019
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

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.

Oct 30, 2019
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ChuckofHampstead from Maryland

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.

Oct 27, 2019
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 19, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

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.

Oct 05, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Apr 01, 2019
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aatazebeats from Texas

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+
Decent

Mar 28, 2019
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c014572 from Illinois

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.

Jan 22, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

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.

Dec 14, 2018
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DerAudi from Ohio

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!

Dec 03, 2018
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 4702 ratings