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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 SteveO1231
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 12 oz. stubby bottle in a trade.

After twisting off the cap the brew pours a hazy, pale golden yellow, with a retarded amount of white foam and excellent lacing.

Aroma is very pleasant and chalk full of piny, pungent, and plenty of citrus hoppiness. A touch of fresh baked honey oat bread and a tiny bit of canned pineapple and peach. A little bit of peppery /musty /yeasty aroma reminiscent of a saison.

Light bodied with a fluffy texture and slick mouthfeel.

The brew has a light honey/canned fruit syrup sweetness up front but this is quickly washed away by fresh juicy hop flavor grapefruit/piney hop flavors that fade to a peppery/spicy hop finish that is quite drying and needs another sip. A bit of a yeasty aftertaste.

I love wet hopped beers!


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Photo of JCaweinstein
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored, a little cloudy with a good amount of carbonation. Two finger, creamy white head. This beer looks great!
Smells of grapefruit and has a resinous hop aromas are jumping out of this thing.
Tastes like grapefruit, followed by toasty maltiness, well balanced.
Light to medium bodied, bitter hops up front followed by toasty maltiness and grapefruit finish leaving a touch of a bitter aftertaste.
A very hoppy smelling and tasting beer, it looks very good and smells very good as well, a hop lovers delight.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a quite foggy orange gold with a thinner light creme head. Nose is pungent pine and salty hops. Flavor is quite salty and intense. Not precisely the "wet-hopped" characters I would expect, but really: how wet can the hops be upon delivery to Michigan? Not hatin', just sayin'. On the powerfully salty hops with minor pine tones there seems like some obliterated lemon tang as well. Feel is smooth and slightly thick on liquid and the carbonation is middle of the road. This is super hoppy and I can dig it. But the label says "wet-hopped ale" and I would have never guessed so in a blind taste test.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a bottling date of 10/4/2013, poured into a Founders' snifter today, 10/27/2013.

Pours a very pretty clear copper body with a nicely effervescent, foamy head with OK retention. The head drops into a thick-ish collar with a small amount of foamy film concentrated in the middle. Very nice appearing pale ale, good lacing as the beer disappears.

Smells citrusy with traces of bready malts in the background. The nose is mostly grapefruit with a bit of orange zest mixed in with a bit of honeyed biscuits. It actually smells reasonably balanced. Not the most intense nose.

On the palate, this beer is very balanced. Starts out with a solid but not overwhelming grapefruit flavour which is balanced out by a nice biscuit and toffee sweetness, with a nice yet non-descript bitter finish. It's a very balanced, drinkable flavour profile.. but not particularly complex or fascinating.

Great mouthfeel- medium bodied and resinous, excellent carbonation, very drinkable and interesting. Leaves a nice refreshingly dry, bitter finish. I'm really finding this one to be very drinkable. Yet, the bitter finish is fairly non-descript- it's just fairly bitter. Which is fine.

Its a straightforward, well-crafted American IPA. None of this hoopla about wet hops or this or that, if you just consider it as an American IPA, this is a very well-balanced, drinkable and refreshing IPA. However- I'll have to be honest- as far as wet hop IPAs go, this is pretty tame.

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Photo of dudemuskie
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a 4 pack while down in Terre Haute, Indiana for work. Went out for a late night walk and stumbled upon the "Bourbon and Canal" liquor store...what a GOLD MINE! Outstanding beer selection and definitely worth the stop if you are ever in The 'Haute!

Appearance- Slightly hazy, very deep golden straw color with a huge effervescent, rocky, eggshell white head that towers up and lingers. Very effervescent! Long lingering head with sticky lacing all they way down the glass. Small slurry of yeasty sediment left in bottle.

Aroma- Fresh hop punch in the olfactory bulbs!! Slightly piney, orange fruit deep in the middle, light grapefruit notes with a subtle hint of warm malt and faint caramel if you try extra hard to sniff them out. Slightly grassy. Very sticky and resinous hop aroma. Quite inviting and almost theraputic aroma.

Flavor- Surprisingly light and quite delicate in flavor, though rich with complex hop notes similar to aroma. Effervescence scrubs most of the starting flavors out but hops quickly gain control of the situation. Slight malt sweetness quickly diminishes to grassy, herbal, resinous fresh hop flavor! A kiss of caramel brings a bigger, dry, almost puckery finish full of fresh hops in the mouth. Long grassy/herbal finish with undertones of soft caramel and fresh warm bread. Some alcohol notable, but just right to warm and cut the hops a touch.

Mouthfeel- Sticky, resinous, almost oily/slick mouthfeel but not overwhelming because CO2 washes/scrubs away the heaviness with each sip. Light to medium body, lonnngggg hoppy finish, high bitterness, very hop centered. High CO2.

Overall- One hell of an ode to the almighty hop! Tastes as fresh as a ripe hop fresh off the vine! Drinkability is relatively high considering the rediculous amounts of hops in this one, maybe 2-3 pints would be tops.

Hop flavors and aromas mellow out pretty good with time on this one, so drink it fresh if you really want a hop wallup. Soaked a bottle up on 10/14/2009 and then another on 1/11/2010 for comparison. Becomes slightly more balanced with time as malt flavors are unveiled with the diminishing hop intensity. Still one heck of an herbal/grassy fresh hop flavor though 3 months later! Great wet hop brew, definitely need to try this!

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Kind of odd you can't find anything about this beer on Founder's website. Pours a very hazy orange to light amber color with a slight straw colored hue throughout. The head was limited but a bad pour, left some foam around the edge and limited lacing.

The nose is what I describe as organic. Hops come out mostly but some malt notes are there as well. To start, the hops leaves a mix of floral and citrus with a light perfume aroma. Some minor earthy notes as well. The malt comes out a little muddled with some bready and biscuit notes as well. Some hints of wheat and a little bit of pepper on the back end. Some minor yeast notes as well.

The taste is a bit muddled as well. The malt comes out more and balances well against the hops. A more distinct biscuit malt flavor with a touch more spicy notes on the back end. The hops really have that "wet" organic flavor that you can tell it's a fresh hop taste (which I can't always get with fresh hop beers). Some muttled hop notes as with the floral and perfume notes coming out more with a minor citrus and orange taste in the finish. Definitely yeasty but not over the top, clean beyond that.

The body is moderate and very easy to drink. Carbonation is a bit light. Kind of shocked at the ABV, truthfully. Overall a good beer but I would like more distinct flavors and nose. Drinkability is great though.

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Photo of malloyca
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a thin white head. Aromas of grapefruit and pine, then vibrant orange and grapefruit citrus-hop flavors. A medium bodied beer with pleasant carbonation. The ABV is a reasonable 6.5% and it is a drinkable beer, but one or two would be my limit given the strong flavor profile.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with a huge white fluffy head. The aroma is clean, sharp and hoppy, with a delicate citrusy character, some orange and lemon rind. The flavor has a delicate, perfumy orange, with a clean, crisp malt backbone, almost pilsner like, with a tinge of metal and sulfur. The bitterness is mild but steely. The mouthfeel is prickly and there is an ice creamy smoothness to the finish.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep gold/amber with about a half finger of light khaki colored head. The foam settles in a regular amount of time leaving a nice swirling layer across the top of the beer.

S: The nose is a mix of sweet and hoppy. There is a great mix of malt and hops that begs for this beer to be consumed now.

T: It starts off sweet but brings a good amount of citrus hops to the forefront. This is a tasty beer, but I get an underlying vegetal taste that detracts a bit from my overall enjoyment.

M: Medium bodied beer. This is a really drinkable brew, but the fresh hop vegetal aspects make me only want one of two in a sitting.

O: I enjoyed this beer, but it's not one of my favorites from Founders. I'd take Centennial or All Day IPA over this in a heart beat.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber hues with a nice, fluffy white head with good retention and lacing. Aromas are heavy grapefruit hops. Fresh off the vine aromas...yum! Aromas are really strong with grapefruit. The citrus is massive and really fresh, like the hops were thrown in ten minutes before I drank it. Bitterness is huge and there is a good deal of pine, too. Medium mouth and high carbonation, carb being a Founders issue if you ask me. Easy to drink and lots of residuals.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Greensboro, NC. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: The popping of the cap releases a huge amount of hiss, and no wonder - the head on this one's HUGE and has amazing staying power. The carbonation is off the scale - super fast, bubbly, incredibly fine, zipping up to the foamy, sticky, HUGE head. I didn't hesitate overpouring, because I knew that even if the head exceeded the lip of the glass, it would hold itself together no problem. The body itself is hazy, sort of a pale orange, and the appearances only weakness. Overall, very nice.

Aroma: Huge citrus, very pure-smelling, almost like orange juice in places. Mint-like notes emerge as things warm, as do other leafy, herbal hop notes.

Taste: A very balanced and drinkable wet hopped ale. A healthy dose of biscuity, cracker-like sweetness with flourishes of honey and a moderate to moderate-plus amount of smooth bitterness form the foundation of this one, but this one's of course all about the hop oils. A pretty flavorful combination of lighter citrus notes, herbal, leafy notes, and a few rougher, more pine-like overtones comprise the majority of the flavors in this one, and it's a pretty solid flavor, if I do say so.

Mouthfeel: The body itself is medium to maybe even a little thin. Incredibly high carbonation makes for a huge, pillowy, puffy mouth and doesn't come through as prickly or rough - very even and smooth. Smoothness is also probably enhanced by the metric ton of hop oils in this one - very slick.

Drinkability: Another solid brew from Founders, and a really good wet-hopped ale - quite a way to celebrate the harvest. Alcohol's undetectable and only 6.5%, definitely enhancing drinkability. The stickiness is great, the mouthfeel soft and smooth, and the combination of hop oils - though lighter than many harvest ales (the SN is coming to mind) - is very pleasant and enjoyable. Pick up a four-pack of this one next season (as I imagine the hop glory is already starting to fade fast this season).

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Photo of Bung
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold pour, good sized white head. Rather bubbly looking. Smell of grass, grain, hop pine. Mouthfeel is nice and not overly carbonated. Solid citrus, pine, with some malt and biscuit that makes this a pleasant surprise. Very solid, crisp and refreshing. Where was this when I finished mowing the lawn this summer? I think this would be better as a Spring release named something else.

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Photo of Preismj
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a light colored brew, slightly yellow. Paler than I expected. moderate white head. Little lacing. smell is all hops, but a very dank aroma. Musty and earthy. Very nice. Taste is super bitter up front, but it is like something popped in my mouth and is all just juices. leaves my mouth soaked with bitter hop juice and grassy floral notes. moderate fizz, a bit lighter in body than I anticipated. Huge flavor and super bitter. Doesn't leave you dry. I could see this being a great beer to have quite a few of.

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Photo of draheim
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this; last time I had it was a 10/2/2013 bottle consumed on 11/25/2013 (courtesy of cavedave). This bottle is just 3 weeks old, so worth a redo.

12oz bottle (bottled 9/30/2014) into a tulip (thanks again LambicPentameter!). Pours a nice honey straw color, crystal clear w/ a frothy white head, decent lace.

Aroma is juicy grapefruit and orange, two of my favorite aromas for a fresh-hop beer. Detectably sweet with a hint of alcohol on the nose.

Taste is a mix of citrus and pineapple (is pineapple a citrus fruit?). Maybe a touch of mango or papaya in there too. Bready pale malt. Sweet, with a noticeable booziness that distracts a bit from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, almost full-bodied. Satisfying. Goes down easy.

Overall a solid offering from Founders, but I did find that the bigger malt bill and higher ABV was competing with the hops a bit.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively large head, with dissipates quickly. A hazy golden color, with very few rising bubbles. A majestic look.

Heavy smells of sweet citrus, especially tangerines come to mind.

An immediate hops flavor, with dominates the early-game of the flavor. As the beer lingers in my mouth, the sweet citrus flavor from the smell makes an appearance. Also noted a distinct malt present in the after-taste. Carbonation is low, with a surprisingly dry feel. Definitely has a stingy sort-of aspect to it.

Bought as a four-pack for $13. Which seemed on the steeper end for what it is. Still very enjoyable though.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint like glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that settles fairly quickly and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a somewhat hazed dull golden hued orange.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops with a nice citrus blend. A lot like an American IPA, but I can definitely tell the hops are fresh. Light caramel malts.

Taste: The hops are fresh, piney, and pack a lot of floral flavor to them. I really enjoy them. The caramel blends really nicely with the grapefruit citrus like other IPAs, but the fresh hops really blend everything together.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bitter, but fairly smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a fairly decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a floral/sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a really nice beer. I am starting to really enjoy the fresh hop beers and this one is no exception. I will be drinking this one again!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint, bottled dated 10/04/2012.

Appearance: A slight hazy gold color with heavy bubbles on the body. Head is somewhat thick considering after two sips it still holds up with an initial settling of maybe a finger's length coming off white.

Smell: Light floral scent, comes and goes...I honestly don't feel much on this beer when it comes to what i am smelling. Not bad but I want just a little more.

Taste: Bitter for most, to me it's an almost perfect blend of what IPA's should be. It is light but then again it's not supposed to be an Imperial. You feel floral, and bitterness coming off very fresh which I absolutely lust. You have a piney-ness to this brew that is very unique and honestly it feels like an honor alone just to have it. Hop lovers will lust.

Mouth: Medium and awfully tasty, it feels almost like a thirst quencher and for that alone it's at minimum a four. You feel almost like a tree bark type of feel when you gulp it but don't be scared it's true hops that you are indulging in.
Overall: For what it is, I definitely wouldnt take it for granted, it delivers! It's robust not too much and offers a little bit of everything.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So this batch is now about one month old.. It took me a while to finally get my hands on this. Other states like Mass and Vermont had it before Connecticut did. However, I am just happy to try it.

Harvest Ale has a similar hop build to Double Trouble. It shares some similarities for sure. The hops in here are really a great example of what a wet hopped beer should taste and smell like.

This beer smells way better than it tastes. Such a good smell! Those wet hops!
Not too too bitter, but still bitter. It really just has an oily taste to it that wasn't too pleasant in my opinion.

I have now had Port Brewings wet hopped harvest ale (high tide) and Surly Wet.
This beer is on the same level as High Tide, but is definitely a step down from Surly.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ashley’s, poured into half pint. Slightly hazy golden color with thick white head that clings nicely. Really fresh smell - hop oils, fresh grass/hay, citrus. Flavors are briefly bready, but quickly yield to bitter citrus, grass, and pine. Medium bodied with higher carbonation and an oily but dry finish. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dank/piney hops and a good amount of spiciness. The flavor is grapefruit, spices, hop resin, malts and a long and spicy/medium bitter finish.

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Photo of kasper
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a real cloudy golden orange with a huge fluffy off-white head that gives way ever so slowly, leaving batches of sticky lacing all around the glass.

S: Really fresh wet hops, somewhat grassy and earthy with hints of what reminds me of green olive brine.

T: This one is a hop monster. All hops here with a good supporting pale malt backbone, but the taste is predominately strong, earthy and perfume-like hops. Not sure I'd call it floral because hop flavor is a bit sharper. Noticeable lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: Highly carbonated, medium bodied, slightly slick and oily but not too heavy.

D: This is a pleasant treat. Kind of like a strong IPA that's a tad shy on the malt flavor, though the malt pronounces itself more as the beer warms. I'm not sure this is a brew you'd want to drink all night, but tasty as a starter.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Harvest Ale
Look 7/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20
Overall 83/100

Nice wet Hopped Ale, I'm a super big Founders fan, They could probably piss in a bottle and I would drink it. That said (coupled with fellow reviews) i was left with a little to be desired. However, I would still buy two more four packs next year. Wouldn't make an extra effort to seek it out as I would with others

EDIT: Ohio gets this late, so my review should reflect that this 'fresh hop' beer isnt so fresh~

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Photo of gford217
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of a generous trader poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden straw color with a big puffy white two finger head. Retention was very good and lacing was decent.

S: Smell is a very light citrus hop aroma with lemon and oranges in addition to a hint of sweet bready malts in the background.

T: Taste had a bit more pine hops than the smell though they are very subtle and balanced well with the sweet malts. The finish is mainly lemon zest with little bitterness at all.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy but light and very crisp with moderate carbonation.

D: This a very light, crisp drinkable APA and a great beer for a hot summer in Georgia. Recommended.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden body with a bit of amber. Foamy bone white head that leaves some lacing but fades quickly. Aroma is mainly grassy and fruity hops. The taste is much of the same, with a lot of plant and vegetal qualities. A bit of biscuity malt on the back end. Carbonation is medium, with a bit of prickliness on the back end, the feel is medium bodied and slightly sticky. This is a pretty solid wet hop beer with some fresh hop flavors.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A pretty golden/straw with a white head and lace.

S - The nose is very fruity. There are hints of berries and pineapple. Underneath the fruitiness, there is also a really nice earthiness/floral aroma that rounds it out.

T - The fruitiness of berries and grapefruit continue in the taste. The bitterness closes out the sip and it is a nice counterpart to the initial sweetness. The bitterness is not overpowering and it does not linger very long, so every sip starts all over again.

M - This is a nice light bodied beer with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - The mild bitterness and sweet fruitiness make this beer pleasant to drink. The lighter body and lowish abv also make it a solid beer that I would enjoy drinking on any occasion.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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