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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 Etan
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, bottled very recently.

A: Pours a mellow orange-gold with a nice white head.

S: Beautifully fresh hop leaf, resin, pinapple, vanilla, floral, citrus rind.

T: Taste is smooth balance of rindish bitterness, orange peel, grapefruit, perfumy floral notes, slightly grassy with lots of grain in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with slight carbonation.

O: Wow, one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Tastes incredibly bright and fresh.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle...
Appearance: Hazy, off-colored yellow hue, massive head, slight carbonation, hefty lacing...
Smell: Drenched, wet hops...
Taste: Citrus, pine, lemon zest, more hops, well-balanced stuff...
This beer certainly straddles the fence between an APA and wet-hopped IPA...
Crisp, hoppy mouthfeel...
Perilously drinkable...
Good beer to pair with food...

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had some really stellar Harvest Ales lately, and this one might be the best of the best. Whats unique about the style is that there is a strong hop prescense, similar to an IPA, but it lacks the dry and bitter finish commonly found in said style. Here is my review:

A: Pours a nice golden amber color. Head is pretty minimal and lacing is only okay, but it still looks very appetizing in the glass.

S/T: The aroma is an explosion of tropical fruit. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is quite similar. Grapefruit and pineapple are very forward, along with a slight lemon character. Maybe a slight citrus fruit rind in there as well. Overall, lots of tropical fruits with little to no hop bitterness. Super juicy as well. Actually reminds me a lot of Double Trouble, only lighter. Excellent.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and very smooth. Very juicy and thirst quenching. Very sessionable. Little bitterness.

Between Hoppin Frog, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, and Founders, this has been an excellent Harvest Ale season. Another gem from Founders. Strong hoppyness smoothed out to a nice and juicy mouthfeel. Well worth checking out. Excellent beer.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color that is clear and dark. The whitish head is soapy and comprised of giant loose bubbles. Nice lacing left behind in moon-crater-like rings.

Smell us huge citrus hops. Very little cracker-like dry malts. The hops rule the nose, and it is a nice bouquet.

Taste starts off with a faint malt note-- baked bread. Then the grapefruit, lemon peel, mandarin orange, and even pineapple notes all come forward. Very tasty and enjoyable.

Body is medium... Excellent carbonation.

Very nice APA. Great hoppy flavor and presence. Quite tasty. Highly drinkable and enjoyable. This is certainly one of the best harvest ales I've stumbled across.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on the shelf tonight in a generic white 4 pack at my liquor store of choice. Wet hopped ale. The beer is a copper haze with a thin white head following the pour. Lace positive as I drink.

The nose is just dreamy. Fat, wet, juicy, fruity funky. It has been some time since I've smelled something as delightful as this. Heaps of hop character ping off this stuff. Grass, lemon grass, pine, grapefruit. Quite the fragrant one is this. Excellent hop showcase. The smell makes me want to plunge in.

The taste is every bit as glorious as the nose here. It is always a treat when the thing tastes like it smells. That demonstrates a balance I'd say. The hops jive well with the malt foundation. Pale ale is a fitting classification as this beer's dryness is held in check despite the fact that it is substantially hopped. Controlled chaos. Just a very well balanced concoction that is a pleasure at every nip. Tons of citrus and nothing abrasive. Buffered with precision. Mouthfeel is exactly right. Pleasingly plump but not heavy.

I am glad I snagged this beer. I could easily find myself marveling at the entire grouping of bottles in one sitting, however tonight I am going to exercise restraint and save some for future enjoyment. Try this one. A powerful hops experience without any rough edges.

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Photo of Morey
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with "Bottled 09/30/11 10:37" stamped on the neck.

Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with one finger of white foam. Head has settled to a thin layer after several minutes, but there's some pretty nice lacing being left on the sides of my glass.

Smells rather fruity for a wet-hop ale. Mango, peach, pineapple, with a faint grassy aroma towards the end.

Citrus carries over into the taste as well. A good amount of hop bitterness towards the middle. It lingers, but it's not palate wrecking. Nice malt backbone right behind the bitterness. Finish is somewhat clean, yet there is definitely lingering flavors of fruit and fresh hops.

Really nice medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

This is the best wet-hopped ale that I've had. I've had some other good ones, but this one sits on top thus far.

Morey's Bottom Line: I had this beer one other time, but it wasn't nearly this fresh. It was good, but this is excellent. I enjoy Sierra Nevada & Weyerbacher's offerings, but the fruity/citrus character of this one takes it to another level.

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Photo of TheTot
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pint glass

As I poured it all I could smell was fruity hops, It smelled so delicious. Poured a bright golden brown that was slightly cloudy with a nice radiant white head that lingered longer than expected. The taste of this beer is extremely delicious. Great mouth feel that lets you enjoy the fruity hops that you get in the aroma. The flavors are a little more subdued than i had anticipated but not in an overly bad way. I think this beer had been talked up a little too much and I was overly anticipating the flavor. Still a very good beer and I will enjoy the whole 4 pack without a second thought.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from 12oz bottle. Pours a light amber-orange body with slight haze and small white head. Aroma bursts with notes of fresh fruit - orange, grapefruit, and some citrus - and has some bready notes as well. Mouthfeel is way lighter and smoother than expected. The hop is very restrained with notes of citrus and grapefruit hop lingering in the background. Very slight malt in the finish as well. Although, this beer is extremely smooth and masks the 6.5% abv very well. What a great Harvest Ale!

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Photo of jimbus
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a Duvel tulip -

A: light straw colored with a sight haze, foamy cream white 1 1/2 finger head with sticky lace
S: fresh, citrusy raw hops - really great nose on this beer
T: man this is a beer I wish I could drink more often...the hops seem so raw and unhindered, yet there is a sweetness that keeps it light and balanced. Super light malt body allows the grassiness and floral essence of the hops to shine
M: almost a numbing analgesia from the hops coats the whole mouth. awesome.
D: could run through quite a few of these. an excellent craft.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A youthful, orange-y copper brew with barely a one-finger soapy-white head after a laborious pour. This crown disappears almost right away, leaving almost no lacing and only a white rim around the glass.

Smell: This is where it's at, bro. Smell the juice, the hop, the freshness, the resin. This is like going to a pine tree and extracting the sap yourself. Cleaning product and sweet orange juice.

Taste: More of the same, with a bigger hop profile and more sweetness and citrus. Spicy dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced, with medium body, carbonation and full flavor. A tad too bitter and spicy on the mouth, like having freshly-ground pepper tossed on your beer. Have some water!

Overall: You can't go wrong with this brew. Yeah, it is a bit one-dimensional, but just so damn well done! So outrageously fresh and enjoyable. Immensely drinkable too! I could chug this all day. Plus, it is something everyone loves... even the lager-drinking European.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It poured a hazy, light gold with heavy carbonation speed up to the pillowy white head. The head was easily 3 fingers with even a careful pour and left fluffy sticky spots on the glass.

S- The aroma was decidedly on the hop end of the spectrum. It had a nice, earthy tone. The malts were, in no way, hidden. There was a nice sweet backbone to this beer.

T- Again, the hops were in the forefront of the flavor. They were earthy and slightly piney with a shot of grapefruit to boot. The sweet and slightly bready malts help to pull the taste back to some balance.

M- It was a little strong on the carbonation. There was a nice hoppy bite along with a softer, cleaner feel than I'd first expect.

D- This is a real nice drinker. I could easily have more than one at a time. It's strong hop flavor would also make it a nice one to cap off a multiple beer tasting. I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy orange coloration. The head is a fluffy white color. The head has good retention.

Smell: The aroma of the beer leads with orange/ lemon citrus. Oily pine tones play on the bready maltyness.

Taste: The flavor of the beer leads with pine oilyness. This combines very well with sweet citrus. The finish of the beer brings a flash of sweetness but finishes dry.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer presents with a medium body. The hops are fairly oily in a good way. The beer is an easy drinker. I would easily reccomend this beer to hop lovers.

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Photo of wardough
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer!
Served at 55 degrees.
A: Poured into a pint glass. WTF! Beer is flowing all over the place. This one is a gusher (just like the other 3).
S: Beautiful, beautiful hops. Love it. Slight caramel.
T: Smooth, sweet, then a nice dry hoppy finish.
M: Perfect for the style
D: High in my book. I could drink these all day. Not too much hops to overpower me.
This one is a winner!!!

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Photo of zeledonia
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my last fresh hop ale of the season, and really looking forward to it. Bottled 4 October 2012, nice and fresh. Tasted 23 October 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours clear golden yellow, bright and glowing. One finger of spongy white head, okay retention, fantastic lacing. Looks pretty darn good.

Smell is outstanding, and in the top tier of IPAs I've encountered. Huge juicy citrus and tropical fruit, more like oranges and pineapple, with grapefruit and pine on the back end. Wow. There are a few IPAs that I find just stunning, and this is one of them.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, and incredibly refreshing. Crisp, dry, and light on the palate in a way that few IPAs are. Really interesting, and really nice.

Taste is good, but it's hard to measure up to that smell. Mildly bitter, primarily pine here, a bit astringent. Finishes dry, bitter, and moderately persistent. Not bad, but after those amazing aromatic hops it's a bit of a let-down.

An excellent IPA, and probably the best fresh/wet hop one I've had. IMO, Surly Wet is the only one that even holds a candle to it in that regard.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into chalice

A - pours a thin clear golden yellow with a thin bubbly white head. subtle carbonation, but mostly lifeless in the glass.

S - Nice upfront piney hop profile. More IPA than PA, but I'll take it...smells pretty inviting.

T - Really mellow and balanced, yet upfront hop flavor. Really diggin this one. Kind of like taking a SN PA and adding a bit of watery thickness to it. Not an in your face hoppy beer, but a great cross over.

M - A little tangy in the mouth, but not much going on or noticeable.

D - Really awesome beer. There are a lot of PAs to choose from...this is a solid offering. A bit on the pricey side for a PA (at least where I am)...but not a let down when you try it.

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Photo of tburkhart
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a 4pack on a recent beer excursion.

Pours a cloudy yellow and the head stuck to the glass like there was no tomorrow and its life depended on it. 1/2 inch of head stayed throughout the entire glass.

Smells like fresh picked glorious hops. Looking at the bottle it doesn't say what kind of hops they used, but they are quite citrusy.

The taste is nicely balanced and not overly hopped. Going purely off of smell you would think it would be a hop bomb, but it's not. Very tasty.

All and all it is a very tasty brew (wouldn't expect anything less from Founder's)

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Photo of khumbard
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date:: 9/23/09, poured into Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear copper color, small fluffy white head that diminished into a small ring for the remainder of the drink. This looks like a tasty beer.

S - Wow. This smells great. Strong citrus and floral hops. This definitely has something distinct about the smell that I haven't found before. Love it.

T - Taste doesn't disappoint. A lot of piney citrus up front and a good bitterness on the back end. Not over the top, pretty well balanced.

M/D - Pretty light mouthfeel, very enjoyable. I could drink this all day. I agree with some of the previous reviews saying this does not really fit in the APA category. It is closer to an IPA. There needs to be a fresh/wet hop category. I will definitely buy again soon while it's fresh. This is one meant to be drank fresh.

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Photo of Buebie
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a pub glass. Forming a inch of froth, receding to leave quite the thick froth filled collar and thin cap.
A nice hazy unfiltered look to this. Its not completely hazed over though, so I'm guessing this is dry hop haze. Still it looks nice, I like it this way.
Very 2-row like in color with a little cara in there for a darker yellow.

Aroma is a sensational citric sweetness filled with oranges and mild pine bitters, some resin like aroma in there too. Overall very fresh smelling.

Mouthfeel has a hop oil heaviness to it, somewhat slick with medium carbonation.
Taste is out of this world fro hop freshness. Plenty of orange citric sweetness, mild pine with a bit of grapefruit rind tartness.
Cereal grains in the backround with some aspirin hop flavors. Bready too, with a bit of biscuits and caramel. So maybe cara 10L and 2-row? I dont know, but its simple, and delicious and I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge, dense, white head. A nice, bright grapefruit aroma; I can smell the resin, haha. As the head settles the aroma becomes very orange-like. This just smells wonderful. Turbid, gold-straw color. Starts with hoppy pine sap, a nice bitterness. Peaks into a poignant, high citrus rind bitterness with a lot of greenness. This ramp up is a nice, noticeable step. Then the citrus rind lingers, taking on a touch more of the pine characteristic.

This is really nice. I like the greenness of the hops in this. Not too bitter, either. Very well done.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an English pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Deep gold color with a 2-finger white bubbly head. Good retention as a cap of foam stays on the surface of the beer throughout, but not much lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. This is a lot paler than I imagined it would be.

S – Tons and tons of tropical fruit hop aromas with mango, peach, pineapple, and melon notes. There’s also a good amount of grapefruit hop aroma and some bready malt.

T – Flavor starts off sweet with grainy and bready malt and shifts to very juicy, resinous, bittersweet hops with melon, peach, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, herbal, and floral notes. Very tasty.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a bitter and dry finish. Bittersweet grapefruit and tropical fruit hops linger on the palate and throat for a long time.

O – This is a delicious IPA. The hops just seem so juicy and resinous – I would imagine because they’re so fresh. I’ve been waiting for this one to come out since all the Oktoberfest beers started to show up. It was well worth the wait. Another smash from Founders.

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Photo of jkrich
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Squatty 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. This ale poured a clear, lager like golden color with a tremendous sustained white, fluffy head. I notice some yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle which would give the ale some cloudiness if poured.

The spicy, citrusy hop aroma explodes from the bottle and maintains this fresh aroma in the glass.

The taste is surprisingly restrained with a slightly sweet, lemon flavor which leaves a refreshing aftertaste. Despite the emphasis on hops this ale has a pleasant bitterness and a mild malt profile.

This one is somewhat light bodied for a heavily hopped ale; something one could easily enjoy on a warm summer afternoon. The tongue is coated with a fruity taste.

At an ABV of 6.5%, this is a dangerously drinkable ale; perhaps that is why it only comes in four packs.

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Photo of slowhead
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in November

A-Cloudy, straw body with nice head retention. Looks similar to a hefe.

S-Spicy, pine aroma with loads of citrus. Some nice fruity esters in the back as well.

T-Initially malty sweet, but is quickly deterred by a big pine/citrus hop flavor. Moderately bitter , with just enough IBU's to balance the malt. Finishes round and smooth.

M-No alcohol; medium carbonation, and medium body.

D-This one of my favorite fresh hop beers. I like this one a little warm (closer to 60degf). Either way it drinks great. Tons of flavor, without being overwhelming.

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Photo of nandemo1
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light gold with a finger and a half of giant white head. Leaves a lot of lacing and there is plenty of ongoing carbonation.

Smell is all hops - lightly citrus with a lot of pine. Taste is also in your face hoppy, similar to the smell, and lots of bitterness. Maltiness balances it out. Tastes very fresh.

Mouthfeel feels light at first, but the sweet stickiness definitely hangs around awhile.

Overall, an excellent single IPA.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one chilling in the fridge for a couple few months now--wish I would have had it sooner so I could have bought more while it was around! Poured a very bubble pale golden with a thick white head that stayed pretty frothy awhile. It's got a strong hoppy scent. Whooo, it's got the feel of a pale but the punch of an IPA. A solid hop smack with plenty of citrus notes in it as well. It finishes delightfully dry with plenty of hop bitterness. Definitely a drinkable beer. Another fantastic brew from founders--highly recommend!

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a translucent golden with a 2 finger off-white head. Big trails and small bubbles cover the glass.

S- Caramel, nice citrus, floral hop aromas

T- Sweet caramel, lots of citrus (orange, lemon), grass and nice floral/grassy bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Nice light, crisp creamy feel.

O- Very good wet hop beer. Really enjoyed this beer and hope I can get another 4-pack.

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