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 jmich24
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy tangerine orange. Very thin cap. Sticky lacing
S: Super danky hops. The hop profile smells a lot like Devil Dancer. Some earthy hops but mostly Dank, resinous, marijuana like qualities.
T: Smooth, hoppy, bitter... Yes Please! Tastes as smell suggests, Danky and resinous. The malt profile allows the hops to shine.
M: Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Lingering bitterness is nice.
O: Overall this was very good. Great fall hop harvest seasonal. The hops were the star of the show as they should be.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second of an awesome trade with Captin!

Honestly, I didn't check the freshness date. Whatever, the beer was terrific so I assume it was pretty fresh!

A golden tan color, somewhat hazy with a one finger head and a beautiful sheen of fine lacing on the glass.

It's got an overall hoppyish to lightly piney aroma, with a spicy, fruity background of sweet citrus, spearmint, and light malts. Overall smells great!

Tastes sweet, with a lightly malty background behind the moderate pine-hoppy front and spicy, peppery core make for a very well balanced, yet bold APA. Just a smidge of florals and spices round out what's a very complex and tasty brew.

It's got a pretty thick and rich mouthfeel, medium bodied, medium bittersweet aftertaste, lingering but lightly piney flavors persist. Very nice indeed.

My first Founder's. Drinks great. I'm a big fan of the APA style and this one would be a regular for me if I could get it every day. I want more!

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Photo of JayQue
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hop bomb of such strength that it could be considered an DIPA. Pours a slightly cloudy gold color. Medium size white head, less than average retention. Good spotty and rings of lacing.

Smell is great!!!! Intense citrus hoppiness..could almost say the aroma had a hops "bite".

Taste did not disappoint either. Citrus hops/some floral hops predominate. Oiliness in taste and mouthfeel and kind of a tobacco/or hemp thing going on as well. If there is malt balance here, I missed it. This is Devil Dancer's little brother!!!!

Took a few sips before the mouthfeel could be called rich. Definite good fresh hops oiliness and heavy duty hops bite. Crisp, tart, everything a hophead could want.

Drinkability is good. I bought 2 12 oz bottles and shared. If I had a bomber, I probably would have regretted sharing it.

I look forward to having this one next year. Definitely worth a six pack!

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Photo of vic21234
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date of 10/4/12. Bought the 2 bottle limit at my local shop.

A- Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow/ light orange color. A small amount of head quickly fades to some bubbles along the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of fresh citrus hops on the smell. Awesome smelling beer.

T- Hops hit you big in this one. You get the whole spectrum of hops, from tons of citrus to nice pine notes. Tastes fresh and fantastic.

M- Light bodied, nicely carbonated, bitter, dry yet juicy from the citrus.

A very easy drinking beer that is very tasty. This is one of the better of the wet hopped ales I've had.

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Photo of mjvos
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden yellow in a glass with a little head that faded quickly. Some really nice lacing.

It has a pleasantly pungent, complex smell. All sorts of flower and herbal along with some mint.

Some nice malts, but this beer is about the hops which shows. It starts out wet and drinks easy with a semi-dry finish that is quite nice.

A pleasant change-up from the typical IPA that rewards with its complexity, yet doesn't chase away the casual drinker.

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Photo of BirdFlu
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is surprisingly light in color - yellowish orange.. a nice head but it settles quickly. Looks like a pilsner or such. Aroma is very fruity, grapefruit, lemon, and lots of hop. Flavor is also very fruity hop.. quite sweet but not in a iipa malty way, all sweetness from citrus flavor. This is really the first wet-hopped ipa i've had that sort of shows me what the real difference is between a wet or dry-hopped ipa (not that i've had tons of wet hop beers, that is). So its quite delicious. A nice light mouth (not watery) with crisp carbonation adds and increases the drinkability. I could down a ton of this stuff, especially say at a party or such. Perhaps it would be better-suited to summertime, though I suppose thats not possible.

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Photo of corby112
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Aroma dominated by hops but with a nice touch of malt. Flavor dominated initially by intensely bitter hops up front well balanced by a nice maltiness. Crisp and very drinkable.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze to it. Tons of white foamy head with a ton of lacing to it.

S- Tons of piney and citrusy hops everywhere.

T- Well, at first wasn't quite what to think but this one grew on me a lot. Tons of hops, grapefruit, floral and piney and that's about it.

M- Medium to full in body and a little low on the carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink and also very solid.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at Capones Fresh Hop event into a standard pint glass.

A: A medium to light yellow orange color with a mininal off white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Citrus hops on the nose with spicy orange, lemon and a hint of grapefruit. No detectable malt on the nose.

T: Follow the nose. Massive amounts of citrus hops with a bit of pine and grass coupled with some light malt sweetness. This beer is all hops and it is magnificant. Long lingering bitterness makes it last forever.

M: Medium as it is on the lighter side (as hard as that is to beleive) with the massive hops. Bitterness lingers, but mouthfeel is not overly oily. No alcohol traces at all.

D: Uber high. Wow, these are good and go down oh so well.

Overall this may be the best fresh hop beer I have ever had. It reminds me almost of the Two Hearted by Bells which is a huge compliment in both appearance and nose. Wow, such a great, great beer. I wish they made this all year long. My opinion of Founders just keeps getting better and better.

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Photo of chilidog
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pk. at the brewery.
It poured a nice looking hazy,peach colored straw. The head was white, full and pillow like. Lace was ablr to stick abit. Carbonation and body were spot on to add to the drinkability.

The aroma blew me away as soon as i took off the cap. A wiff of sweet pink grapefruit hits the nose. Very nice.

The taste wraps itself around the citric mainstay. Hops acsent the flavors while malts balance the taste well.

The mouthfeel is soft and easy although a slight hop peppery finish is had.

Drinkability, very nice. While this is a hop lovers brew its more the flavor than the punch that makes this Harvest a pleaser indeed.

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Photo of schepelz
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 10/03/13. Very excited to try Harvest Ale for the first time, I've heard nothing but good things.

A - Poured to a beautiful one finger white head. Yellowish/Amber/almost peach color. Nice lacing on sides of snifter

S - Bright citrusy smell, almost a grapefruit aroma. Strong hops but a very clean smell. Found as the beer warmed up a bit, the hops became a more prominent scent

T - As others have stated, the taste really does seem to follow the smell. Strong hops throughout. Starts very citrusy for me with grapefruit/orange. A VERY subtly sweetness that balances out the citrus taste making for a very smooth/clean drink

M - Perfect carbonation for this IPA. Medium body. No strong bitterness at the end. Ends feeling smooth/wet/oily

O - Well, this ended up being one of my first wet-hopped beers and it did not disappoint. Overall a very well balanced IPA. Would've preferred it to be a bit more hoppy, but that's just my personal preference. Will definitely be enjoying again in the near future, assuming I can find it again in my area

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Photo of shredder83
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a light amber with two inches of white head that has good retention. As the head dissipates a slight ring is left behind.

S- not as strong as I expected, subtle. Pine jumps out first with citrus and floral hop notes behind it. A sticky but light sweetness asking with typical founders ipa yeast in the background.

T- a little different than the smell, I taste citrus first but then the resiny pine notes come forward. Light but noticeable malt presence balances the hops pretty well along with that founders yeast profile. Bitter but not overly bitter.

M- light on the carbonation, but just right for an ipa. Sticky resin coats the tongue after a few sips. Medium mouthfell that sits well.

O- A very well done wet hop ipa, not too bitter and not a huge malt presence makes for a pretty good balance. Hops are the star here for sure but no lingering bitterness despite the sticky hop resins. A great brew, I'm glad I got ahold of a four pack and I'd definitely grab more given the chance this fall.

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Photo of Billolick
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info that I can find.

Medium dull golden amber. Loose quality looking head, with better then respectable amounts of nice, fine lace.

Fresh hop nose, with resins, and citrusl

Solid pale with the familiar Founders density and crunch.

Spicy, citric, smokey lime, and quite a bit of smokey bitternness.

Quality all the way

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised and sort of impressed at how light the color is. It's a straw yellow, with golden hues, and hazy as all get out. Pours a huge head, but I admit my pour was too fast and reckless. The head settles very, very slowly, and leaves big twisted ribbons of sticky lace on the glass. There is a cloud of something-or-other swirling in slo-mo under the head, and it's incredibly gorgeous, which is making me up the score another half-point. Willyalookatthat?

Aroma is clean, direct and full-on hops. Have to reference recent discoveries which have a similar vibe in the nose: Gumballhead (Three Floyds) and Surlyfest (Surly). But where those are more tingly and springtime fragrant, the aroma on this one is very, very grapefruit. Just wonderful.

Flavor is very much focused on citrus rind hops; a little bit resiny, but a mellow malt presence keeps things on the flowery/citrus side for the duration. This beer illustrates how beautiful bitterness can be, as there's a perfumed side to the flavors, and also an underlying, buttery, candylike sweetness that helps give just enough balance to prevent a one-dimensional flavor. But even if it was one-dimensional, it's a fantastic tasting dimension.

Mouthfeel leans a little on the coarse side, tingly and effervescent. Something smoother and rounder would've been more appealing, but I always say that. As is, it's fine, and it kind of grew on me and seemed to match the hop bite pretty well.

I'm reminded of Surly with this beer, in that it's not a "big beer" by most definitions, but possesses humongous flavor (btw, this bottle says 6.5%). By far my favorite "American pale ale," but I wonder if it should even be compared to those many others? They're obviously going for something a bit more intense here. Nevertheless, Founders has yet to disappoint. I raise my glass in celebration of their distribution having finally reached North Carolina. Cheers!

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Photo of IPADAN
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had one of these at Union Jacks Manatawny through recomendation from the bartender. First impression after only one sip was, WOW, what a refreshing beer! The look is yellow/orange with tiny sediments (I guess from the wet hops?)floating all through out. I enjoyed stairing at my glass watching the little floaties. Great fresh hop taste, with little malt in the background. The malt base is honeyish but not really sweet at all but slightly toasty. It's just there to prevent the hops from being too much. The hop flavor is strong from the beginning and lasts throughout the finish. There is some bitterness but moreso hoppiness with flavors of grapefruit, orange rinds, and piney notes. Goes down very easily, the body is on the lighter side, but to me is the ultimate session beer. I really wish this was available in the summer. Would be ultimate summer beer. Hop harvest time needs to change. ha.

I liked it so much I went and grabbed a case of it for myself.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Only had a couple of Harvest ales, this and the Estate ale From Serria Nevada.

A - The initial pour produced a nice light orange/amber color with very little head. My suspicion may be this was last years version which angers me since I overpaid for it.

S - Smells of very faint hops and malts with a bit of earthy goodness. Man it even smells old!

T - MMM clean and crisp! The taste of the hops is only slightly bitter next to the malts which seems earthy and strong. The yeast tone is low so even aged this beer drinks great. Balanced.

M - Very light but full of body.

D - As I always state for good brews I will have to seek out fresher but can't imagine the flavors would be much better. Even old it was a nice brew but not worth 4.25 for the single. 4 pack for 10 bucks sounds about right. Good beer.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank this from a imperial pint glass.
A- pours hazy gold in color. A 1 finger head that has decent retention. Gobs of lacing left.

A- lots of citrus. Orange and grapefruit mainly. Hops are present. There is a hint of some malts coming from out in the distance.

T- orange, grapefruit, and perhaps a mellow peach or some kind of melon. The hop and malt profiles are blended nicely. Not as hoppy as I was expecting, however, there is a tad bit of bitterness present. I don't detect any real alcohol presence.

M- medium to light in body. It finished very crisp.

D- I could drink A TON of these. To bad I only have one. I gave this a 5 for good reason.


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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Samuel Smith's pint glass. Pours a clear golden with a half a finger of soapy, white head that dissipates into a cap. Had strong aromas of grapefruit and lemon. There was pine, orange, and dish soap in the background. Taste is full of sweet tropical fruits, and it finishes with a soapy bitterness. The bitterness lingers for a while. Not a light beer, but I can't say it's even a medium bodied beer because it is so sessionable.

Overall: Probably the best wet hopped IPA I've had to date, a must try for hop heads.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Half an inch of head sits above a toasted orange base with spotty lacing clinging around the glass. When I smell it, it smells like a party of citrus fruits. I get the aroma of orange, tangerine, and mango, done with a sweet and fragrant accent. Although the beer's alcohol level goes beyond 7%, the beer is very smooth. Sweet citrus fruits and nothing bitter. The notes of tangerine, mango, grapefruit, passionfruit, popping above a light malt base. It's medium bodied, oily, and a joy to drink.

Give this beer a medal! Another winner in a stable full of winners.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy yellow pour with about a finger of wispy white head. Spotty lacing and the head doesn't stick around all that long.

S: Grassy hop smell with a ton of pineapple and grapefruit. Really a lot of different hops coming through. Sweet and dry.

T: The taste is all over the place with delicious hops. Grassy, fruity, floral, hardly any malts coming through, but they aren't missed. The hops all blend together for a wonderfully balanced beer. Dry hop finish.

MF: Light and crisp.

O: This is so drinkable, the dryness of the backend keeps you taking sips until it disappears. A wonderful Wet Hop Ale.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan at South Bend City Wide Liquors for letting me know this had come in (along with Backwoods Bastard...mmmm). Pours straw to orange colored with little suspended sediment throughout and a tiny bubble head that settles to a thin film. I love it. Smells citrusy and delicious. Almost smells like a ripening fruit. Flavor is great. I'm not really as much as a hophead as I used to be, primarily because of how one-dimensional some of the big hoppy beers can be when they're not made well, but beers like this remind me why I was a hophead...and why, when well used, hops are so important to a beer. Here, they are the main feature and donate a strong, mediumly-bittered grapefruit and grass flavor on top of a slightly creamy malt body. Its a great tasting beer...subtle in its attack, but extremely well-constructed.

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Photo of gpioski
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- OK, the pour looks great. Poured into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy, straw colored. Crazy aggressive carbonation. Perfect, 1 finger head that looks foamy and creamy. Really makes a good presentation.

S- Aroma has a sweet smell- like fresh grapefruit and pineapple. Strong hops with a hint of malt. Mostly citrus with a bit of cane sugar.

T- Flavor was actually different than aroma profile. Suprising. Hoppy with fruity flavors as expected, but more subtle than the aroma let on. Was both sweet and bitter at the same time, as strange as that sounds. Not as bitter as expected with 70 IBUs.

M- Decent mouthfeel. Not quite as creamy as it looked. Also, not overly carbonated, even though it looked it.

D- Very drinkable. 6.5% ABV was pretty average and the beer itself was refreshing.

Another good mark for Founders! Highly recommended.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Very golden yellow, pale. Rather small 1/8 inch head, some nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Strong fresh hop smell. Nice pineapple, orange aroma with lemon and herbal notes

Taste - Really nice pineapple/orange/lemon kick at first sip. Bitter along with some herbal flavors , lots of lemon and grapefruit. Some tropical fruits with some added sugars give a nice sweet flavor to balance out the flavor. Minor malts come out at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Sticky tropical, and bitter fruits coat the tongue. Palate gets a load of pineapple and lemon along with some malts. Aftertaste is tropical fruity, bitter and dry.

Overall - Awesome. This is not the freshest bottle, yet im really enjoying it. Still tons of flavor and really a pleasure to drink. Hoepfully next year ill score a super fresh bottle cause this is boardline world class, im thinking fresh will push it over the edge.

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Photo of bassboneman
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L= light straw color, very thin head, pretty clear in appearance
S= not picking up much from my tulip glass - but I have a cold :o(
T=very light bodied beer with a pronounced bite. Pleasantly bitter finish.
F= lively carbonation
O= My buddy told me to get this one - cause he thought it was outstanding. Sadly, my taste is similar but not quite as impressed as he...
This is a great beer nonetheless!

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Photo of DaverCS
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather clear orange color with 1/2 a finger of head.

Aroma is predominately of grapefruit and light citrus. Some nice orange and tangerine notes. A light touch of pine.

Taste is very pleasant. Nice shot of bitterness up front, with just enough malt to keep it in line, but not enough to erase the hop character. This one is nice and citrusy with a bigger emphasis on the pine notes than was on the nose. The beer boasts a moderate amount of carbonation that pairs appropriately for the style. Bitterness does linger for a bit after the sip.

Overall, this a well crafted beer. The hops are allowed to shine. The flavor isn't all that complex, but that isn't the point really. It's just a perfect example of how fresh hops can influence a beer. I see this pairing well with some jerk chicken. It gets a 88/100.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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