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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale
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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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 SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this time of the year. With harvest ales, folowed quickly by Winter Warmers, just all sorts of yummy goodness in beer. Into the Tyranena Pint...

A - Light, cloudy body with a nice head that leaves a thin line after a while.

S - Sweet, citrus hops, but not quite as interesting as other Harvest Ales. Enjoyable, still.

T - Sweet and tart in the entry, with lots of citrus, melon and light malt. Ends up with quite a bit of bitterness. Yum, but not very complex...

M - Very crisp, good body, what one expects from a session ale.

D - Good pale, but not the most exciting Harvest Ale I've tasted. The hops seemed to lack some of the different fruit/aromatics that I was looking for.Still very good though.

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Photo of strykzone
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is unique. Beer is a cloudy dirty gold color with a BIG head of light soapy bubbles that becomes a soapy lacing. There are stringy things visible in the glass when held up to light.

Aroma is tart hop with grapefruit and pine. There is also some unexpected sweet orange notes. Very nice!

Flavor is full of tart hop. It is very citrusy with grapefruit and lemon. Some grass and sweetness. Mildly bitter from the hops.

This is a truly refreshing hop based ale that offers some unique flavor combinations. It is a pleasant mix of tart and sweet with plenty of citrus. Caramel isn't noted but the beer draws sweetness form fruit flavors. Enjoyable!

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Photo of beveragesampler
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours deep golden in color with one finger head. some lacing. smell is earhy and grapefruit. taste is prominate grapefruit with notes of citrus and a subtitle grassy hint. 6.5% ABV well hiden. Carbonation is just rite. finish is oily as to be expected, also has a medium bitterness lingering for a moment at the end. refreshing. highly limited availability. overall a very pleasant drinking experience.
Cheers!
Jake

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed/clouded golden with a thick fluffy white head that descends to a lasting cover. Some patches of lacing stick.

The smell is citric - esp. lemon - and floral.

The taste is floral and lemony, so lemony that there is a tartness to it. Some grapefruit is there, too, though with just a touch of bitterness. A grainy/caramelish sweetness lies underneath. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

The body is light-to-medium with airy carbonation. The airy could even be considered almost fizzy. I'm thinking that this one was overcarbonated. Possibly a production issue - possibly the way it was meant to be. Not dissatisfied, but not too thrilled with the feel on this one.

A lemony citric brew with a firm malt backbone. Not bad at all - though the feel puts a bit of a dent in the drinkability for me.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Tom Peters over at Monks.

This tasty pours a hazy golden straw color with a large foamy white head. Some carbonation and a nice amount of sediment that deepened the color to an orange tone. Retention was very good and lacing was decent.

The bouquet has a reasonable amount of citrusy hops with lemons and oranges. There were some toasted malt undertones. The taste has decent hops that are balanced with a grassy-straw bite that finished with light heavy citrus and sweet malts. Nice bitter aftertaste.

The mouth feel is light and crisp. The carbonation really works for this beer, making easy to enjoy, while it does not fill. This will be a refreshing beer on ht days!! While I agree this is a bit tame for Founders, it is still a nice beer. Crisp, well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of SaisonFest
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is light straw yellow in color, good in my opinion. lacing, thin cap. happy smiles.
The aroma is grassy and citrusy, and big in the flowery notes.
Flavors are clean, citrus and grapefruit lead the hop charge, beer is clean and crisp on the backend.
Mouthfeel is light, not sticky at all, i love this.

This is a really solid IPA.

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Photo of joe1510
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Stubby
$8.00 4-Pack
Founder's Taproom Fridge

7%abv

Founder's Harvest Ale poured a straw golden with good amount of sediment after my inability to properly pour. A two finger fluffy white head formed on the pour and fell rather slowly to a skimming. As the head fell it left some random lacing down the sides and generous spider webbing after each sip.

The malts coming through on the smell are of the palest varieties. Biscuity and very lightly toasted white bread. Hops are the star and show themselves as such. Grassy/earthy hops are dominant but there's a nice, although subtle, sweetened grapefruit that combine for a very appealing aroma.

Flavor goes hand in hand with the nose. The palest of malts combine with those earthy/grassy hops to make a well balanced harvest ale. The dampness (grassiness) is a little more pronounced on the tongue. For some reason this bottle seems a little more earthy than others sampled in the last few weeks.

Medium bodied with modeate carbonation. The carbonation kick starts the tongue a little as the hops leave a mild bitterness on the swallow.

Good easy drinking harvest that's both refreshing and enjoyable. Easy to enjoy a few of these in a sitting.

Another good brew from Founders. I've had quite a few of these this year and for some reason they're either hit or miss. They don't miss by much but they miss the mark of the better bottles. After my next few bottles I will update review if need be.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Drunkmonk for this extra.
Poured a lighter golden color.with a huge white head, lots and lots of carbonation. Nose of citrus orange and grapefruit hops. Taste of some light pine, juicy grapefruit and balanced with some sweet malt. Pretty simple in taste. Pretty good brew overall and worth a shot!

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Photo of abrand
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with bottled on date of 9.24.09 poured into the pint glass.

Pours a brilliant golden straw color with a nice 2 finger head. Some carbonation is visible as well as sticky lacing. Smells of hops, orange peels, lemons and musky dough. Taste is dry and bitter. Not much of the complexity that is noticeable in the aroma is present in the quaff. Mouthfeel is spot on with the carbonation and the crispness of the APA. A very solid brew from the brewers of founders, I would prefer to drink this in the fall months but great nonetheless.

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Photo of mchegash
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4.5/5
Pours a clear golden-orange, with about 1-2 fingers of slightly off-white head. Lots of large carbonation bubbles can be seen rising up the beer. The head stays around for a long time. Very nice.

Smell - 3.75/5
Fresh, pine-citrus hops. The citrus seems more dominant than the pine, which I like. Smells like it has a bit of spiciness to it (though it's just the strong, fairly bitter hops).

Taste - 4/5
The pine-citrus hop flavor from the smell dominates. It's fairly bitter (70 IBU). There are additional citrus flavors in the taste, and also a slight resinous/syrupy character. I am not a big hop fan, but this is quite drinkable for me, which is a plus.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Quite smooth. Crisp, with a medium-intensity carbonation kick near the end of the sip. Medium bodied.

Overall - 3.75/5
Not being a fan of hoppy beers, I tried to be fair to the style, and given that, I found this to be a quite nice IPA. The hoppiness is definitely present, but not overpowering.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill, in NJ. 11/15

Pours pale dirty gold with a ring of white foam. Pine grassy nose. Light malt, tasty, with an interspersed bitter. Even balanced flavor. Breadys, grains. Little citrus. Very nice - simple yet refined, and full of flavor.

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Photo of Cresant
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. Bladder infection cloudiness. Hazy yellow gold. Giant frothy head left minimal lacing.

Smell was tropical fruits and fresh baked wheat bread. Detergent.

Taste was nice and grassy. Fresh grains. Mangos and pineapples.

Mouthfeel was zestier than on tap.

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this thing accidentally in the store the other day. Has to be very fresh as I usually check Founders and haven't seen it before. It seems to be getting good reviews too, so let's see how it is. Poured into my great old oversized DFH snifter.

A: Pours with a light but decent lookin head, but it doesn't stay long. Before you know it you're staring at the top of the beer. It has a semi hazy golden yellow honey colored look. It does have some nice light slipping through.

N: Starts right off with musty fresh noble hops. Some pine and citrus, but lots of fresh hop aroma. Some light malts are there, but I think that's more of my mind thinking it, or perhaps I get some light sweet honey, perhaps. But lots of the spicey piny hops that do have a nice fresh aroma. Some grapefruit and tropical fruit round off the hop aromas.

T: Taste is actually a little strange. It has a strong earthy spicey hop taste and juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit tastes, but it also has a weird musty taste that I got on the nose but its more prominent on the taste. Not too pleasant either. A light sweet malt taste. More fresh hop oils and resin taste really sticks out, and that musty taste fades quickly after a few sips.

M: Semi thick, slight spicey hops, and decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter and getting drier and drier by the minute. The strong bitter and spicey hop bite really stick around for about 30 seconds as well. Since it never seems to go away, it makes it a little difficult to drink as it seems to build up more and more. Everytime I swallow the bitterness is refreshed in my mouth, even when I don't take a sip.

Final thoughts: Pretty decent for a fresh hop IPA, lots of earthy spicey citrus pine hops and hop oils and resin tastes. Pretty bitter on the finish. The strange musty taste, the long lingering bitterness, and the fact that it seems like it's missing something, seem to take away from it a little. I really do feel like it's missing some specific hop variety, or some malt offset that it could use. I can enjoy this though, just very slowly.

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Photo of kkipple
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 12oz single at Hops & Vines in Asheville. Says 6.5% on the bottle, I imagine this is fluid.
Cracked in advance of an impending party. Hops take the edge off.

First off, Harvest Ale has an absurd amount of head for this kind of beer. It's tight and rocky, and with the staying power and craters in the 3 finger tall white delight, it brings Duvel to mind. (yes, I went there). The ale is a dirty lemon-pee yellow with some fizzy, fast moving bubbles. As this is bottle conditioned, it comes with a bonus (?) of thick sediment in the dregs of the bottle. Altogether strange for the style.

The smell is strangely wonderful. Aggressive, resiny, wet hops take center stage and hang on way longer than they should. The initial rush is green and leafy and altogether delicious; yes, this is a bit simple, but it works in this beers favor. Past the citrus greenness there is a touch of pale malt but it's barely worth mentioning. As it warms there is... I kid you not... a touch of oregano.

Alas, the smell portends such great things that the beer - when the head finally falls enough to get it to my lips - is pretty unremarkable. This is an easy drinking pale ale that's been hopped beyond reason, the result is a bitter, sour-lemon finishing hop bomb. I suppose anytime you pack (the advertised) 70 IBU's into a 6% ale you're asking for unbalanced, but I can't help but wish the malt had more room to shine here.

Mouthfeel is thin, but you wouldn't know it from the fluffy and crisp carbonation. It's all a bit dry and sticky, the finish is totally wet hops, grapefruit and (thankfully reserved) pine resin, a touch of booze and lemon sour. Not the finest finish, where is my malt?!

I could have another of these, but three would be pushing it. My big complaint: this is a little manic and unbalanced. Good for a quick hop fix; not a go-to beer.

Like all beers Founders makes, this is still recommended.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bells Tulip glass.

A- One finger off white head dissipates quickly to a nice bubbly collar around the glass, golden yellow straw/hay color, decent carbonation, decent lacing.
S- Big grapefruit, tropical fruit aroma, citrus, slight pine aroma, the aroma is very nice.
T- Its easy drinking for sure, its solid but nothing special, slight onion taste but nothing off putting, big bitterness on the finish, earthy notes citrus, pine, grapefruit, some malt backbone.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, dry finish.
O- This is a solid IPA from Founders, nothing mind blowing but solid, glad to have it once but see no reason to buy another four pack.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the one and only tpd975 for this brew.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a murky burnt straw with a one finger white head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of almost nothing. Stickiness is pretty minimal, a bit here and there, but not much. Smell is very light and refreshing. Sweet citrus hops with a big white bread scent. Very light evergreen aroma with a bit of wet sawdust in the nose as well. Musty pine up front with some sour grapefruit flavors too. Pale malt and wheat tastes emerge midway on the tongue. Aftertaste is subtle and floral with some grassy notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a somewhat distracting carbonation. A fairly solid beer, but there are definitely better wet hop ales out there.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Abe's for $2.65. Pours a clear gold with a fluffy white head and lacing. Mmm. Smells like I just stuck my nose in a bag of hops. The flavor still allows a little bread crust malts through to provide balance. Otherwise, there's a nearly overwhelming pine and grapefruit taste. Frankly it could be more complex, like some of the great harvest ales out there, but this is still a tasty ale and finishes with a black pepper-tasting bitterness. Certainly on the drinkable side of wet-hopped beers.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear gold/copper colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit/oranges mixed with some herbal/grassy notes. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with some lingering herbal/hoppy bitter notes.

Overall – Another winner from founders. While I prefer some of their other IPA's, this is still a delicious and well crafted brew. The herbal/grassy notes work well for the holiday season.

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Photo of MacDomer
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Bright straw/hay yellow, with some golden highlights. A bit hazy. Huge head - at least two fingers of pillowy white foam. Terrific sticky lacing all over the glass.

S - Piney, and citrus hops up front. Lots of lemon and grapefruit, some cotton candy. Followed by some grassiness.

T - Much like the smell - pine, grapefruit, lemon, grass. Some light malts to balance. Juicy. Good, but not as complex as I would like.

M - Light to medium body. Smooth and crisp. Moderate carbonation and a longer finish.

D - High drinkability. Great flavor and smell, decent balance, crisp and fresh.

I love Founders, but I think I only like this beer. Still, it's quite nice and I'll plan on getting more next year.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A pale gold in color, head was bubbly like frogs eggs in a pond. Nice lacing.

Aroma is of floral hops predominately and a whiff of malt sweetness.

Big time hop oil flavor, piney and pungent. Herbal and very earthy hop profile, light crytal malt balances everything out. Some citrus touches are also noted. A hop-forward APA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering herbal/bitter finish.

Overall this is a very hoppy pale ale that I quite enjoyed. American pale ales are becoming more like IPA's and I like that. Good stuff from Founders yet again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge amount of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: Mainly smelled of hops, mild malt and some citrus.

T: Hoppier than you would expect from any type of pale ale. Also had some malt and grapefruit. Not as complex as I would've liked, but still tasty.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, well-made beer, though not my favorite Founders. Still, a refreshing, lively brew.

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Photo of benito
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Count on Founders to make a wet-hopped pale ale that borders on "imperial" strength--the bottle claims seven percent! I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt style-wise and drink this as a double pale ale.

Harvest Ale is light orange in color with a lacing, long-lasting head. Typical fresh-hop aromas dominate: wild flowers, pine resin, and citrus fruits--like a more general "hop smell" than what you expect from dried varieties. The taste too is a showcase for fresh-hop flavors: it starts with a large burst of fruit, pine, and bitters that gives way to heavy, flowery flavor and finished with a light alcohol tinge. The hops are the centerpiece of every aspect of this brew, and there's just enough malt presence to give this appropriate backbone. In terms of drinkability, count on this to be spot on for a "double;" it doesn't have the refreshing lick of a normal APA.

What stands out here is the overall impression from this brew: the length of flavors across the tongue, and the long, biting aftertaste are impressive. It's a strong showcase for the beauties of the hop. This is a significant, fall brew...perfect to whet the appetite before Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of bobhits
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear and golden with a slight orange tint. A decent bit of bubble coming up and a thin but acceptable white head. Gives me the anticipation of a hop forward fairly thin in the malt beer. Well I'm hoping on that hop forward part.

A good hop citrus hoppy nose, the malt isn't making a big impact. The hops are on the grapefruit side but there's something somewhat mixed in here that gives it a bit more enjoyable hop profile. Again the malt just isn't doing much here.

Starts moderately sweet and fruity and finishes with a nice grape fruit bitter finish.

An extremely drinkable beer with just the right amount of flavor and body. Priced a hair to high for a regular drinking beer (they can think stone IPA for being the standard for cheap and easy to drink and making everyone else look bad).

I'd like a bit more of an oily feel here, with the fresh hops and all. I think seirra's fresh hop beers do this exremely well. Clearly hopslam was made for this, but this beer finishes dry enough and yet has just enough body.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mreusch. Pours a super cloudy dull orange with a huge, foamy white head. Aroma of tons of citrusy hops as well as floral hops and a touch of sweet pineapple and wheaty malt. Flavor is sweet and fruity, not very hoppy really. Quite delicious! I wish I could get this stuff all the time!
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of Clibb
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: clear honey straw color with nice rocky 2.5 finger head

S: Burst of fresh hops a little mustiness

T: Getting definite sweet bready character with some nice grapefruity pith. Bitterness is not over the top. Have that funkyness come through like in the nose, not barnyard or brett but like musty armpit in a good way.

M: could use a little more carbonation IMO, slightly drying.

O: for the hype I heard about this beer i was expecting like a dry(wet) hop blast in the face but it's not. A bit underwhelming but still a nice clean refreshing brew.

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