Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by granger10 on 10-24-2004

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Photo of moesizlacks
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a tremendous wet hopped beer! This should be the standard. A diificult effort while working with fresh wet hops, Founders has again achieved greatness. This beer is more like a fresh resiny tea of hops than anything else I've tasted. This is a notch better than the Great Divide.

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Photo of nflmvp
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an imperial pint with care, but even with my cautious pour left about 2 ounces in the bottle and still an ample amount of sediment in my glass. My bad. :-( I think I *could* have rated it's appearance slightly higher, but now we'll never know since I waited until my last bottle to rate it.

Smell is outrageously inviting. Succulent, lush, fresh, sweet grapefruit grabs you by the nose hairs and pull you, face first, into the glass. I could leave my nose in the glass all night, without a sip, and I might very well be satisfied with the would probably a lot like my unsatisfied pre-pubescent years, except that the difference today is that I would KNOW what I'm missing. So I drank it.

The taste is like and explosion of summer. Crisp and refreshing. The grapefruit follows though from the nose to the palate and dominates.

Mouthfeel is moderate and juicy. It's like drinking a fruit nector in how it coats your mouth but yet it's not thick.

Drinkability is WAY too high. Except for the fact that by it's very nature, this beer will never be an early summer beer, I could see sitting out on the boat, sipping this throughout the afternoon, and getting into a LOT of trouble. I'm sure the fish would be twice their original size, in my versions of the tales...

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Photo of BoosPackage
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The embodiment of fresh hops. Pours a straw yellow/golden color. Firm white head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing. Smells unbelievable. Grass, herbs, lemon, and of course grapefruit. Taste is just as pleasing and follows suit with more grass & herbal notes, and yes, more grapefruit. Very drinkable and quenching. I loved this beer.

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Photo of mckajd03
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nose full of grapefruit. Mouth full of pure hop freshness. A sweet maltiness peaks through and lingers on the tongue to take the bite off the hops. A strong but not overwhelming bitterness lingers on the back of the palate, capped with a presence of pine. Light color- almost yellow. Medium body with a good bit of effervescence. Cream of the crop.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours hazy and golden with a tint of orange. A nice one finger white head forms with good retention. Loads of lacing clings to the glass until I need a new one. This is what a beer should look like.

S- A strong citrus aroma greets my senses first. Oranges and grapefruits. Perfect. A light bready malt note somewhere behind that. Then more oranges.

T- A hop wave of citrus flavor takes over the palate accompanied with an earthly malt backbone that balances this ale nicely. This is a complex but smooth act that finishes dry and spicy.

M- Feels malty, somewhat grainy and chewy. Medium to heavy body.

O- Founders has really outdone themselves with this one. Incredibly balanced brew that leaves me wanting more. An enormous hop presence backed up with malts that are powerful and graceful. Well done Founders. Well done.

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Photo of coastiebob
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour at Mcnellies South. Nice golden color with an inch of white, fluffy head that stays. Excellent lacing. Smells of citrus, especially grapefruit, and subtle pine. Taste follows smell. Nice, light mouth feel. Excellent brew & one of my favorite IPAs . Wish it was year-around

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Photo of soze47
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 12 oz. single of this at the store. I'm drinking on 11/24, which puts the age at between 1 and 2 months according to the Founder's release schedule.

Appearance: Nice bit of head forms on top of a clear, bubbly, and yellow gold body. Very slight lacing that ends of disappearing by the time I'm done drinking.

Aroma: Very earthy in both the malt and hop bills. Hops are herbal and grassy with a slight piney touch too. They are what really shine through, but the malt does contribute a nice grainy scent too.

Taste: Very well balanced. The hops provide most of the flavor, but the malt is definitely playing a role too. Big notes of herbal hop flavor, not bitterness, lead off. Once the initial hop burst fades, a very nice and slightly toasted bread quality balances the flavor out before a more piney, but not overwhelming, hop bitterness takes effect in the linger.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is light-bodied and very gulpable. The carbonation keeps things light on the palette and contributes to not just the flavor profile, but also to how easy to drink this beer is.

Overall: Easily one of the best fresh-hopped beers I've tried. We are not going for IPA standards of hoppiness, which helps accentuate the more subtle and delicate flavors fresh hop brews can deliver. Many fresh hop IPAs feel like a mouth full of grass or meadow. This one, because it goes for a more subtle tone of a pale ale, creates a fantastic brew.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with nice orange hues. There is a slight white head thats about .25 inches tall. Similar look to Double Trouble but with a slight more ornage hints.

S - Delicious grain and bread malt starts quick but then is followed by some delicious citrus and tropical fruit hop nose. Hints of tangerines, grapefruits and peach as well. There are some nutty hints as well as delicious flowery notes.

T - Starts off with delicious grain notes that give the beer a nice bready and toasty initial flavor and character. Then there is a nice present but not too intense hop flavors with some slight dry citric notes. A great flowery flavor is also present on the back end of the beer along with the dry citrus part. This is a delicious wet hopped ale and a great APA. No wonder its so high on this site. I really enjoyed this and its one of my faves. The body is nice and medium with some great clean crisp flavors. Nice bitterness level and not too intense hop bite.

D - I really enjoyed this beer and think its one of the best out there in terms of APA and wet hop ales. Very refreshing and not too heavy ABV.

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Photo of aleckpa
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled October 5, 6, or 7 (Date smudged)

Served in a Bell's Tulip Glass.

A- Gold, Orange color and hazy. Beautiful looking beer. Can see the carbonation bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. I didn't pour this aggressively so there is a small head. Sticks to the side of the glass.

S- I smell orange, grapefruit, citrus, and hops. It smells really great.

T- Floral and fruity, and citrusy. There is some hop bitterness.

M- Medium body, carbonation

O- This is an excellent beer. I wish I could have tried this a little fresher, but after about a month, it still tastes fresh. It's crisp and a great IPA. I would drink this year round if I had the opportunity.

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Photo of jsh420
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours clear pale golden with a 2 finger white head that leaves lacing all down the glass

smell is very hoppy, lemon with plenty of malts that come through

taste - i can say without a doubt this is the best real APA i have ever had - hops and malts all show up in this with a great bite @ finish- a well balanced beer

mouthfeel - is only what i could have dreamed this beer to have - light with plenty of carbonation with a creamy and crisp finish

drinkability is off the charts any time of year i can only imagine how a fresh one tastes - i cant wait until fall

founders strikes again!!

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Photo of eddiebo
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


looks almost like a cloudy pilsner with a HUGE cappuccino-like foamy head of 2 to 3 inches even with a conservative pour. My first bottle was poured more aggressively and I had to wait 15 minutes for my glass of foam to dissipate. There is a lot of carbonation here but they seem to have a handle on it somehow. Just popping the top off the bottle the beer seems like it is going to rise right up and out like a snake

smells of hops, malt, and some grassy notes

Sharp, vibrant, resinous pine and citrus flavor with a bite at the end - just outstanding - if it would be possible to successfully make a cannabis brew this is what I imagine the result would be

the carbonation contributes to a refreshing effervescent mouthfeel

Drinkability, heh - I bought a 4-pack of this yesterday, drank 2 last night, and cannot control myself from going to the store to get some more - this brew is a tremendous achievement, Founders have really set the bar high for Wet Hopped styles with this one

If you like IPA or aggressively hopped styles you must sample this Ale if you can get your hands on it - highly recommended!

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Photo of brewtus
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured in snifter
A- pours clear orangish yellow, single goner bubbly white head
S- plenty of pine, tropical fruit, wet hops, earthy,
T- very balanced hop profile, tropical fruit, strawberry, wet hops, slightly bitter finish.
M- great
O- a great harvest ale, a benchmark for the style, and yes you can taste the wet hop difference, very piney, sticky resin, bright tropical fruits, citrus, drinks very smooth

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Photo of justinp444
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint it has a straw yellow slightly hazy color to it with a white foamy head of 2 and a half inches. Smell of fresh hops, grass, bit of earth, citrus, juicy lemon, slight grapefruit, and a small amount of biscuit malt in the background. Taste is tons of citrus, lemon, a good amount of grapefruit, slight orange, slight spice, earth, grass, some pine, bit of pineapple, lots of biscuit-y malt, and a bit of floral as well. Mouth feel is moderate to full with a good amount of carbonation to make it slightly crisp and the body is moderate. A easy drinking yet hoppy ipa with a nice amount of malt flavor to balance it out, one of my favorite founders offerings.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

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Photo of manahansf
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale gold color topped with a thin lacy white head. Very fragrant and fills the nose with sweet juicy hop aromas. The flavor is very similar and the light body is filled with sweet juicy flavors from the wet hops. Light refreshing body with mild carbonation levels. The full hop flavor mellows and finishes with sweet hints of the hop bitterness.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours deep golden color. Soapy head is about a finger high. the large bubbles around the edge of the glass leave some minute lacing.

S-Nice aromatic hop presence. Nice piney hop notes along with some herbal scents. Very earthy and green-smelling. Some citrus in there too. Nice malty undertones.

T-Loaded with grassy and piney hoppiness. Malt interacts with the hops quite well. Not a tongue burner but definately a great hoppy taste here. The beer is well balanced but the hops do steal the show. Quite tasty. Notice more and more clementine hop as I further dissect the flavor.

M-Lighter body carbonation is quite nice. Not overly dry. Affluent bitterness levels.

D-Very easy drinker. I only have one bottle but I would love to have about ten more.

One of the better harvests I have drank. Would love to try it completely fresh.

Fresh 4-pack. The flavors are intensified and even more delicious. Clementine and a lawnmower bag's worth of fresh cut grass. Green onions too. Up there with Double Trouble; hell it may surpass Double Trouble. Only knock on this beer is its hefty price tag. Hesitate to say "I wish this was year round". However, I think it's superb as just a once a year brew. A liquid gift in Autumn.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear clean light looking beer. Sort of lures you into thinking you are going to be having just an average light beer.
The nose is outstanding. Not by anymeans over the top , but just nicely balanced.
The initial taste was even cleaner and crisper that I imagined. While this was a light appearing beer, it pack tons of flavor.
This was totally enjoyable. I could see this easily as one of my great summer beers

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Really light gold with yellow on the sides. Really creamy, thick white head. Carbonation looks fairly light.

S - Wow. First off, it's worth noting that the aroma is flat out intense. Pine, grapefruit, and floral notes. This is a hop showcase. Mouth watering. Just leaps out of the glass.

T - Same as the nose, but there's just a bit of malt there to add something to the mix. Loads of pine and grapefruit with flower/floral bitterness and the slightest(I mean slightest) trace of pale malt. There's no way to really express just how flavorful the fresh hops are here.

MF - Medium carbonation with a light body. Not particularly oily or sticky, surprisingly, but it does a good job of lending points to drinkability.

D - I don't think I can this anything but a 5. I mean...the fresh hops are just so bright and intense. I only have one bottle. What a shame. This is awesome. It's classified as an APA on here. Why?

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with one finger of light fluffy head and lots of carbonation.

Scent of hops dominate, strong oily delicious hops, sharp piny hops with a subtle citrus scent bringing the intense hop aroma to a balance slightly.

Taste of piny oily hops, with streaks of malts running through the mouth and enough of a citrus flavor to keep it all in line. Intense hops are wonderful and complimented very well.

Mouthfeel is light, but the sharp bitterness is the main attraction here, I love it.

Founders has crafted an excellent Pale Ale and I am very happy to have been able to try this one and I will certainly purchase it again. If this were available year round I would always have it in my fridge. Most definitely recommended.

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Photo of salvo
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours orange-red, crystal clear with a hint of head and a huge staining slop of hops resin lacing the glass.

Nose is a wonderland of tropical fruits: pineapple yields to papaya and unripe guava, ending with paw-paw or chermoya fruit. Pine too. All crystal clear, with no muddiness or dullness. I couldn't find even a hint of malt in the smell.

Taste is, well, wow, it rips through the palate and then dries leaving long, slow biting bitterness. Tea astringency and resins, some tannins, and overall warming. Finishes long and the bitterness unfurls, drying the mouth, but it doesn't burn or sting like some of the crazier hop bombs. No real discernable malt to balance, but it's not unbalanced either. Clearly something is there: just not discernibly as sweetness or as malt body.

I stlll wish I hadn't missed the keg at Black Sparrow. Thanks to the beer guy at Whole Foods in Indianapolis for bestowing the four pack he had on a latecomer to the Founders Harvest Ale party.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this a while ago (obviously), but haven't transferred the review yet from my phone, this is one of my favorite seasonal beers of all.

A: Pretty orange color, nice ring of head. Some lacing. Bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass as well.

S: this aroma is pure hop goodness, plain and simple. Some little amount of sweetness on top to support the massive pine, citrus, and grass hop aromas with maybe a Brady base in there if you fight past the hops. Outstanding.

T: the taste does not disappoint, though th is more malt in the taste to support the grass, citrus and pine profiles very nicely. A super balanced attack of bitter, sweet and robust flavor especially for a 'lower' abv beer. Dank wet hops. Herbal evergreen. Great flavor.

Feel is nice and medium, decent carbonation. Founders really kills it again with this one, an excellent beer.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Nice, fresh, hoppy, piney, citrus aroma. Great smooth taste. Excellent malt to hop transition. Fresh, citrus, piney resin. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Been waiting for this one for a long time. Very good!

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Photo of KMcG
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured with a rich, white head about 1/4 inch thick, which fades to some lace around the rim.  The color is slightly hazy (almost clear) bright golden yellow. 

S: fresh hops of citrus and earthy notes. Incredibly aromatic!

T: sweet and bitter.  There are tones of lemon, fresh parsley, and it ends with a slight nuttiness.  

M: nicely carbonated, medium body, and crisp

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 9.98/ 4 pack. Bottled 10/4/12. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours brilliant orange with a half finger near white head.

Smells of sweet wet citrus, pine and cat urine. Much nicer than my description may indicate.

Sharp crisp flavors of grapefruit, pepper, pine and a little biscuit. Delicious!

Medium light body with bright tingly carbonation.

For me this is the epitome of fresh wet hopped IPAs. Crisp, clean, hoppy and refreshing. Truly outstanding.

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Photo of Terptwerp
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a great fresh hop bear. The smell is amazing. Other fresh hop beers have come out in the last couple of years that rival this one, but I am always glad to pick some up each year. Make sure that you drink it soon after it is bottled, since like most fresh hop beers the flavor changes after a few weeks.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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