Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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

$2.59 for a single 12oz bottle at Merchants. 7.0%ABV per the bottle. Pours out to a cloudy peach, requiring a firm pour to arouse a soapy meager head with average retention and good lacing. Carbonation is mild. The aroma is hop bliss..skunky funky piney resinous mango drenched hops (Centennial and Amarillo?). Mouthfeel is solid, creamy and juicy wiht a medium-dense body. The aroma is reflected in the can easily taste all the great nuances in here mentioned above...skunkweed, grapefruit, mango, pine resin, fresh hop oil...and despite this, it's only moderately bitter, making it a real drinker. The malts hold the hops in check and offer great balance. A suggestion of burnt rubber in the aftertaste. Cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors. Alcohol is barely noticeable in taste.

Another wonderful brew from the magicians at Founder's who can do no wrong, IMO. A great IPA/hop harvest ale, besting many other stabs at the genre.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottled 10/2/13 excellent! It ways in at 7.6% now. Pours a yellow orange, with a beautiful sticky one inch white head, not a ton of lace, but attractive stuff that does stick behind. Smell is very floral, mango, tangerine, hints of Marijuana, and pine. Taste is bigger than the nose would have expect, just delicious fresh hops, floral and tropical in the start and some dank marijuana and grapefruit in the finish. Body is large for a single IPA, almost an extra IPA to me, perfect amount of life, not really dry, and so dang drinkable. Going to drink many of these in the next month.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an outstanding example of the style this is... perhaps the best malt backbone of any IPA out there and, by that, I mean one that stands right up to the massive wet hopping but is happy to let the lupulus shine...

Easily my favorite harvest ale... shines brighter than all the rest with a beautiful hop profile that is both juicy and pungent in its nature...

World class

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a light orange almost dark yellow with a thick white head.

has a very pleasing sweet fruity pine aroma. not too much of any one smell but a great balance.

taste is softly sweet with a nice bitter pine finish. sweet like pineapple but not overly sweet. great balance to it.

goes down very easy, would not expect this to be 7.6%.

one thing i would say about this beer is balance. not overly bitter, sweet, or piney. it has a fantastic balance of everything i like about IPAs. wish this wasn't $15.99 a 4 pack but its a great beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled on 9/22/11.

Appearance: Bright and slightly cloudy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Good four fingers of white head with very good retention. Lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango, and lemon. Also some pine floral hops. Decent presence of bready malts. Light hints of honey. Very hoppy and tropical.

Taste: A bit surprising. Not quite as bitter as the nose leads on, but still very good. Starts with a pretty strong presence of bready malts and then the hops come. Lots of citrus including notes of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango, and lemon. Also some pine resin and hints of honey add to the sweetness. The citrus hop presence is strong but really smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, slightly oily and very smooth.

Overall: A very good IPA that is very forward on citrus hops but light on the overall bitterness.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a four pack of Founders Harvest Ale last week for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. This is the only seasonal from Founders that I haven't tried, it seems like whenever I saw this beer it was always pretty old so I made sure to grab a four pack when I heard it had hit the shelves, I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time, so lets see how it goes. Bottled 10/4/12. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label has a nice drawing of some hop cones letting you know that this beer is all about the hops, I like it, it's simple yet well done. It poured a nice golden yellow color that took on a nice amber hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice rings of sticky lacing. This is a very good looking beer, the color is on point and the head and lacing were very nice, I have no complaints at all this beer is a looker.

S- The aroma of this beer is utterly dominated by the wet hops and they impart a range of different aromas there's some grassy and piney aromas followed by a nice dank weed like aroma, but it's the tropical fruit that's the highlight with some nice grapefruit, mango, and pineapple aromas. There's also a light grainy and cracker like malt aroma that sticks out just enough to know it's there. The aroma was pretty much perfect, this is the fruitiest and freshest hop aroma that I have ever encountered, it smells like a glass of tropical fruit juice, one of the best aromas i have ever encountered.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a nice resiny and slightly piney hops flavors that's followed by just a slight bit of malts that impart a slightly sweet, grainy, and cracker like flavor. After that comes loads of juicy tasting citrus fruits, all those citrus fruits that I got in the aroma show up in the taste but are slightly lighter with no one fruit overpowering each other, it makes for a taste that is similar to some tropical fruit juice. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with a nice fruity and slightly resiny aftertaste. This is a great tasting beer that's full of lots of fresh hop flavors that dominate the taste of this beer, it's got everything I look for in a wet hopped beer, no complaints at all.

M- Pretty smooth, slightly creamy, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer and a very good example of a wet hopped beer, it's all about the fresh hops as it should be and the hops speak for themselves , you can tell that Founders used some high quality hops while brewing this beer. This beer had good drinkability, if I was really in the mood for hops I could see drinking two of these, they were pretty smooth and not overly bitter with more then enough flavor to hold my attention, I wish I could drink this all year round. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was spectacular, it had that dank and resinous hops aspect combined with a great bouquet of tropical fruits that seemed to steal the show, one of the best aromas I have ever encountered. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, after drinking a few of these I can't think of one single thing I didn't like or would change, this beer is great just the way it is. I would for sure buy this beer again, it's a little pricey, but it's worth every penny, if this was available year round it would be a regular in my fridge, I highly recommend this beer to anyone who likes hoppy beers, I don't think fresh hopped beers can get much better then this one, it's for sure worth seeking out. All in all I was very impressed with this beer, it really delivered that huge punch of fresh hopped flavor and aroma that made this beer very enjoyable. Founders Harvest Ale, is now my favorite wet hopped beer, it's so damn good it's now my favorite hoppy beer from Founders, they really did an awesome job with this beer, it blew my mind with just how tasty this beer was, great job guys, with beers like this it's no wonder that Founder's is one of the best Brewery in the country, I highly recommend this one.

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