Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#829
Reviews:
1,129
Ratings:
4,578
pDev:
8.94%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
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Ratings: 4,578 |  Reviews: 1,129
Photo of AmishLightning
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tmryan21
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jenrhart
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes strikingly similar to Toppling Goliath's Pseudo Sue.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium gold with good foam and lacing. Nose is full of fresh hops, citrus, floral, and some honey. The taste is very sweet hops interlaced with some citrus and resin notes. This is a clean feeling beer with mild bitterness and no dryness. Very nice fall beer, refreshing and clean.

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Photo of Curt3
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brenn79
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle- Pours clear orange golden with a medium white head. Aroma is fresh hops, floral, resinous piney, sweet malt. The taste is pixie stix, sweet malt, medium dry finish. Not bad, a tad on the sweet side for me.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noelito76
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chris826
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Botulizard
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rypkr
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmukid87
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WyattFrench64
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by a friend. 1St time getting ahold of it although I've heard great things about it through the years. Poured into a tulip sniffer glass. Date code, bottled on 9-20-17. Today is 10-24-17. I would've liked to have gotten this bottle much sooner but hey, beggars can't be choosers.
L- It has the appearance of a copper filtered ipa and has a two finger head poured down the side.
S- definitely first smell is biscuity, yeasty in the beginning but with hops smelling of fresh resiny pine oils.
T- bigger bodied taste than I had expected, as the hops in use here on the front are dominated by floral hops. Resiny on the back end with virtually no malt detected in taste to speak of.
F- again, resinous. In fact, this is really the point where the resinis hops is most prevalent and when this beer shines brightest. The taste of pine hops resin is felt in the mouth with light carbonation.
Overall- a very good harvest ale. Phenomenal use of resinous and floral tastes, very Michigan of them to generalize. I believe I am a victim of over hyping and then slight disappointment as a result although, this is not Founders fault at all. It is a great harvest ale. Although, I do believe there are some that would come on top in comparison, fathead brewery's hop stalker for one and then Columbus brewery's Yakima fresh are also phenomenal. Although this ale has a better feel than both of those. Also, my review is indicative to when I received this beer, had it been one or even two weeks after bottling, I know it would have tasted better.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of biscuit and mildly caramel malt, piney and citrus hops, orange, melon, hints of light stone fruit, nicely herbal hops with hints of winter warmer spices. Flavor is piney and citrus hops, pine needles, lemon, mango, orange. Finishes with nice alpha oil piney hops with hints of citrus hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very nicely made wet hop from this mid-western brewery that stands up well against the many excellent wet and fresh hop IPAs that have flooded in this year with the hop harvest. This has more of a NW profile than most Eastern IPAs, but it's hop bill is piney, although with a good complexity. I almost didn't buy this because I was not sure how fair it would be against the fresh hops that have been coming in, but no problem, this is a flavorful and well balanced hoppy IPA. Well done.

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Photo of Holderness
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled ~5 weeks ago.

L — Pours a filtered pale copper color with a nice, dense 2.5-finger white head produced with moderate pour. Great retention and lacing
S — Has a big, sticky resinous/floral character upfront. A touch of grapefruit peel, bready malts, and peach
T — Lots of dank piney, resinous, earthy, ‘green’ flavors. Definitely wet-hopped! Also getting some nice citrus pith, fresh cut grass, melon, and floral
F — Crisp, smooth drinking thanks to the filtration going on here. Medium mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Maybe a little too slippery around the edges
O — Wet-hopped ales are pretty fun to drink. It’s probably mostly placebo, but I swear I can *feel* the freshness of the hops being used. Wish this one were just a hair cheaper, though…

84/100

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Photo of SABERG
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 9/19/17 into the test glass.
A - Dark golden color, steady carbonation feeds a long lasting cap. Lacing rings with each draw.
S - Mango, passion fruit, sweet light malts, nice grassy element, warm rising bready note.
T - Biscuit to start then along comes the hop oils, subtle and well balanced, fruity, with just a hint of juniper.
M - Soft on the palate. just a bit oily, the carbonation ushers the sweet side out, leaving a near perfect bitter bite. The linger is short and conifer based.
O - A very nice offering, excellent feel, with delightful aromatics. So glad to have found it

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Photo of blissfulNemo
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Goofster
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Luckydog91
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of teromous
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the back label: "BOTTLED ON 09.20.17 0901 2"

Appearance: The body is brilliantly clear with a nice shade of light gold. The head looks fantastic; it's large and white with a fluffy texture. The head has great retention and it never seems to go down. It's picture perfect.

Aroma: The beer has this big aroma of what smells mostly like mango with a mix of tangerine and grapefruit. It has a very enticing aroma.

Taste: The beer has a very similar flavor to the aroma where mango seems to be the dominant flavor with some grapefruit. Added to the mix is a nice pine flavor bite and a bit of grain flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has good bitterness and carbonation with an off-dry finish. In the middle and towards the end it feels a touch thin.

Overall: It's a good beer with some excellent flavors and aromas. There isn't much to say for a beer that speaks for itself. I would recommend it and it's a good beer to pick up this time of year. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Brendanjames
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 4,578 ratings