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 rodbeermunch
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drops a yellow color with great clarity especially for a wet hopped ale. Nice 1/2" white head. Drops lots of aroma hops. Seems to hit those new American varieties of hops, simcoe, amarillo.

Wow, just a really almost perfect experience. Imparts tons of hop flavor without going into excessive bitterness territory. The malt bill seems out of the way and neutral, golden promise type of lightly toasted malt to keep this from ever seeming heavy or bogged down in caramel or toffee.

I wish stuff like this was year round and fresh, would be awesome. Definitely a first tier world class harvest ale and ipa, they put it in a great format at a great price too.

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Photo of eljefe21
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden off yellow color. Thick body produces a single-finger head with some direct pouring. Some watery, lightly bubbled lacing.

S: An incredible citrus-pine smell leaps from the glass. Hop smell to get a hop head's mouth watering.

T: Bitter, sticky hop burn hits the tongue and dries out at the finish. Not much of a malt balance, but with a hop taste like this, who needs balance.

M: Body is medium with a hoppy oily feel. Finish is dry and quenching.

D: I could drink several of these every night of the year. Alas with this being a seasonal brew that's not an option. Find myself buying this again and again knowing I won't be able to get this soon. Hoppy and big enough for cooler weather, crisp and dry enough for warm weather.

Served: in a faceted mug.

Review from notes taken on: 11/9/09.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden orange, with a two finger white head, lots of carbonation, decent head retention.
S- Smell is pleasing mix of hops. Herbal, a bit of grass, a bit of fruit, and some of what my neighbors used to smoke...
T- Same as the aromas, grass and herb are big up front, with some underlying tropical fruit flavors. Enough malt to merit mentioning, but definitely hop forward. Really fresh tasting.
M- Bitterness is noticable on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit more assertive than I would like. Body is medium-full for what I characterize as single IPA.
O- A good beer. Definitely worth a beer drinker looking for.

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Photo of Pete9094
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All I can say is "wow!"

A= Pours a hazy orange hue

S=Hoppy, piney,citrus aroma

T=This is the ultimate American Pale Ale. Great balance,totally fits the bill for the style. I could drink this all friggin night! This should be the standard for APA's!!

M- Creamy,spicy,hoppy...great mouthfeel

D- WOW. Really glad that I found this.

Happy New Year!!!

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

Revisit Edit:
Brilliant clarity. The meld of sugary hops with candied malts is stunning. Hands down, this is the best fresh harvest ale I have ever had. @ 70 IBUs, you just a hint of bitterness. This is one of my favorite smelling beers.

I missed this one last year. i will NEVER let that happen again. you want a fresh beer? this bad boy is the freshest, juiciest (can i say juiciest?) harvest out there right now. i snatch up these four packs like its going out of style now. if i had to find a flaw it would be that the appearance is very light. it smells of intense citrus, resin, and it is sticky. this is the beer that got my roommate off macros. he hasn't looked back. i feel like a proud dad.

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

Bottled 10/4/12.

A: Beautiful, clear, golden-yellow with a huge, foamy, frothy, white head. Hangs around for a while and leaves behind plenty of lacing and retention.

S: What is there to say? Massive, fresh hops. All the great qualities of West Coast cones. Huge, juicy fruit, pine, cedar, citrus, resin, sap, damp forest (huh?)...all with a touch of malt at the back.

T: Crazy amount of bitter, dry, refreshing, bursting-with-juice hop flavor. This is one of the more "wet" feeling and tasting fresh hop beers I've tried. The name really fits. It tastes like they picked the hops a few hours ago and somehow brewed it a few minutes ago. Even with it tasting like chewing on a fresh-picked hop cone, some malt comes through in the finish to almost balance this baby out, especially as it warms. Seriously.

M: Mouth becomes covered in sticky, resiny hop oils. The epitome of wet hop. Almost skunky or marijuana-like feel and finish. And the hop-heavy finish lingers for a long time.

O: Surprisingly fresh after about a month and not what I expected from a brewer in the Midwest. But these days, fresh hop harvests can be shipped overnight so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. This can compete with all of the great West Coast fresh hop beers that I've tried. Phenomenal.

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

I haven't reviewed a beer in a long time so please pardon my rust. I AM VERY EXCITE FOR THIS ONE! Poured a hazy amber/orange color with a 2 finger width foamy white head. The lacing stuck around for awhile. I pop the cap and pour. WOAH! Floral and citrusy hop flavors dominate. Taste is full of resiny hop juiciness.Very floral and citric with a nice tropical fruit touch at the end.Medium bodied beer with a nice crispy feel from the carbonation. Delicious and super drinkable despite the decent amount of bitterness. Fruity hop juice heaven.

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

Bottled 9/30. Pale gold, strong lasting head and carbonation. Super juicy, slight citrus, slight bitterness. Refreshing and tasting. One of the better fresh hop beers from this year.

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Photo of Bodi
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got the last 2 bottles available at "crafted drafts" in Columbus, oh. I'm a fan, beers head wasn't 2 fingers as advertised, perhaps because I got bottles later than most, still tasted super fresh and retained a ton of flavor to last drop, pine noticeable and perfect mix of bitter and enjoyable, founders doesn't disappoint with this ipa!

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Liquid gold. I could do this review in one word, juicyfruit. Yesterday's 2 bottles were superb, and I'm glad I have 2 more. Beautiful golden color, nice wet hop aroma, distinct simcoe, and beautifully malted. What really stands out is the fresh hop citrus flavors that explode on the palate, balance the key here. Really perfect juicyfruit mix, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit finish. Very smooth and easy drinking, though the second does get a little sugary sweet in the finish. Amazing, last year I passed on this because I really didnt care for it the year before. This is my third four pak, the beer is even better now than one month ago as the fresh, green piney notes have dimmed, leaving the citrus to shine. One of this years best.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This treasure (finally found some bottles) pours a clean golden-amber. Thick white head. Lace is detailed and uniform around the glass. Spectacular.

Aroma is pungent and spicy hops. There's accents of tropical fruit and pine here. Stunning.

Taste is rich and pungent hops, with more pineapple, grapefruit, and orange goodness. A firm malt counterbalance is in place here, too, resulting in a deliciously balanced IPA. As good an IPA as I've had. Will track down more of these!

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Photo of marcpal
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottled poured into pint glass- Monks in Philly.

A: Golden color with a big veil of foam on top and in the lacing. The haze of this beer was not typical for style with the yeasty type grains floating in the beer.

S: Citrus hops with the floral aroma. For a harvest ale, tremendously hoppy and grapefruits and lemon were dominant.

T: Citrus hops and earthy malts/hops match up beautifully with the malts. The hops are powerful and kick your butt a bitt but this is one delicious beer that taste so clean and fresh. Literally taste the juiciness of the hops.

M: Moderate carbonation that leaves the hoppy oil slick on the palate.

D: Tremendously drinkable, with all the flavor of a double but the abv that callows you to go through many with no worries. Earthiness and grassiness from the wet hops make this a true treat.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow A cloudy bright golden color with a huge fluffy offwhite head that lasts forever,lots of sheeting and sticky lace,lively carbonation.Aroma of hops,pine,lemon,lime rind,and a sweetness that changes from faint honey to old fashioned rock candy.I knew this beer existed but never knew or read much about it,so I had no expectations,other than Founders usually is VERY GOOD. This stuff blew me away. WoW a sort of a grainy ultra light toast,with a fat piny/citrus taste,a faint note of honey,very faint,crisp lively mouthfeel leaves your lips a little sticky. Super Ultra Good, The Bomb !

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Photo of finewinemike
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Arenbeer- thanks buddy!
Pours a very deep gold for an IPA, and reminds me of Belgian strong pale ales I've had in the past in color. Nose is crazy citrus, with a nice yeasty malty background. Flavor follows suit, with some sweet citrus and toffee and malt flavor. I could literally drink this beer all day if it came to Maryland. Great example of a wet hop IPA.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass
A-pours a golden hazy color with a one finger head
S-orange and lemon citrus and hints of vanilla
T-same as smell with wet hops and resin
M-mouthfeel is wet and slick with medium body and medium low carbonation
O-great IPA with wet hops

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Photo of bsp77
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Mostly clear light orange-yellow with moderate white head which leaves nice lacing lines. Much lighter beer than I expected.

Smell: Exceedingly strong grapefruit smell, with some other citrus notes (and perhaps pine) buried beneath. The smell is quite simply hops personified, and is by far the freshest beer I have ever smelled.

Taste: Exceedingly citrusy with grapefruit, orange and lemon all present. Slightly sweet toasted malts are attempting to come forward and only halfway succeeding. The bitterness is persistent and remains long after each sip. While fantastic, almost too much grapefruit for me; needs a titch more balance. What am I saying, screw balance.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light body but somewhat oily from the hops, mouth suckingly dry.

Drinkability: Despite the bitterness, the fantastic juicy hop profile and dryness will not let me stop drinking. It also helps that I smell such fantastic hops every time I lift the glass.

The 2013 version was upped from 6.5% to 7.6%. Bigger is not always better. Bad change in my opinion. Still very good, but definitely not as good. If it remains this way next year, I will have to re-review and lower my score.

Yep, score lowered due to change.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wouldn't consider this an APA, but if that's what it is then it's the best APA i've ever had.

Pours a pale yellow with a 2 and a half finger near white head with decent retention and a solid amount of lace left behind. Smell is incredible. Reminds me of Alpine Nelson and Sculpin with the amount of tropical fruits that are in the nose. Pineapple, orange, mango, lemon, it's all in there. Delicious hop bill in the aroma.

Flavor is excellent as well. Tropical fruits, lemon orange, and a bit of a bready base. Pale malt, a tiny bit of caramel/biscuity flavors. Delicious brew, and the hop bill is unmatched compared to other APAs.

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Photo of wingman14
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy orangish yellow with a decent white head. The smell is amazing, the hop aroma jumps out. It is very rich and floral, very distinct as if the hops are still floating in the glass. The taste follows suit, very rich with the hops without the bitter bite seen in heavily hopped beers. This could be from this beer being wet hopped. It is also somewhat sweet, with a hoppy aftertaste that lingers. The mouthfeel is smooth, good balance in the characteristics. This beer is easy to drink, the hops aren't overpowering, but this is for the hopheads. This is one of my favorite pale ales. Enjoy.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Warriorsoul for this gem! Poured inot a tulip. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a fluffy white head. Little lacing. Smell is the winner!! Extremely pungent aroma of stinky weed. Some citrus in there as well. It is absolutely killer! Wonderful bitter flavor. Lots of grapefruit, some lemon, and some pine. Just wonderful. Perfect beer for a hophead like me. Absolutely lovin this beer fresh!

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Photo of suspect
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Snifter. Bottle date (yay) 10/04/12 - a little over a month.

A: Crystal clear, golden color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger thick pure white head. Lacing is present but not ultra consistant.

S: Like sticking my face into a barrel of hops. It's extraordinarily delectable. If I could be the mayor of Hopville, I would live in a hop cone house that smelled like this beer. And I would never grow tired of it.

T: The hop oils are the dominant flavors, most certainly but the malt backbone is nicely present as well. All in all this is an excellent IPA and one of the better wet-hopped ales I've had.

M: Big bodied, creamy finish. Perfectly carbonated.

O: A wonderful beer and a top 5-er for IPA lovers. Wet-hopped ales are such happy-sad beers for me because I love them so much but I hate that they only last a month or two.

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Photo of GameFreac
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't find a 4-pack of this anywhere but found a bottle at the Cigar Bar in Cartersville, GA for $2.50 during happy hour. It's almost 2 months old but I'll give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color and looks filtered. You can definitely see throughout it. A finger of a white head.

Smell: Smells amazing. Sweet hops and tropical fruits. Mango, pineapple. Awesome.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose with more tropical fruits and some pine. So good.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel.

Overall: In my top 3 IPAs ever now. Amazing. Definitely going to buy a case next year.

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Photo of carmike813
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looking forward to this brew... I love wet hopped ales, so fresh

Appearance - this ale is awesome, great golden hue with carbonation that flows right up the middle forming a constant head, poured at a 2 inch head with great lacing - the perfect beer to look at

Smell - not getting the overall hops in the aroma that I would expect from the head that formed, but still picking up some of the cotta notes

Taste- so well balanced with citrus blended with a malt bill - zero alcohol hint at almost 8%

This beer is outstanding and one that will be enjoyed a lot more.

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Photo of 3FaveryRogue
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was told my local had only received 1 case of this. Even served me a thimble before I bought it. APA? I'll dig it.

[L] Pours a clear, pale gold. White head atop, that dies to a film.

[S] For a pale ale, the nose on this is amazing. Juicy citrus, tropicals, grass, ripe fruit, and pale malt. A wet hop ale that leans more toward IPA, here. Can't say I could expect anything more for this style.

[T] Mouth starts off with herbal/earthiness, that leads into a sweet, malty middle with dank/candy hops, and finishes potent with a good bit of pine and rind. I enjoy hoppy pales. This is no exception.

[F] Well carbonated, and thin to mild-bodied. Great hoppy linger, which seems to seep into the palate.

[D] At the price, a four pack would be an indulgence. Yet, I could see myself giving in, and consuming them all.

Almost like a lighter-bodied, wet-hopped and earthier, Alpha king. Side by side, I may have trouble choosing a winner. If you can get ahold of a fresh bottle of this, it is a must-try/revisit.

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Photo of match1112
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: cloudy golden straw color with half finger of bright white head that quickly disapates and leaves minimal lacing.

s: amazing! reminds me of citrus bubblegum. big floral hops and a fair amount of sweetness to this one.

t: more of those floral hops with a nicely hidden malt presence. tons of citrus flavor and grain.

m: a little thin, crisp, the flavors stick to your cheeks.

o: one of the best beers founders makes.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

packaged uniquely, just a plain white 4 pack with a sticker stuck on it. it looks good, has a huge white frothy head, its like a pure white cloud of awesomeness. color of the beer is a pale golden color. the smell is awesome, just wonderful piney hops are most dominate with sweetness also dominate. taste is really good, just a wonderful blend of hops and some light sweet maltiness. mouthfeel is great. just a really good beer, i'm fairly confident that founders can do no wrong.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 4,440 ratings.
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