Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale
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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 StoneTSR
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Poured into a Firestone-Walker Proprietor’s Reserve glass, the very white head foams up nicely towards the top of the glass and creates a finger-and-a-half, pillowy blanket that appears to rest, weightlessly, on top of a pale orange-yellow beer. The beer itself is extremely lively, with dozens of streams of tiny bubbles racing upwards from the etching on the bottom of the glass.

SMELL: Dank and piney with some authority. A little grass aroma sneaks in as well along with some grapefruit nuances. Solid aroma.

TASTE: That piney flavors come through big time in this, along with a more pronounced grapefruit taste than the nose suggested. Orange peel and lemon linger underneath, providing more citrus and bitterness, but they’re balanced out by some very subtle, but very nice tropical fruit flavors; mango and pineapple primarily.

MOUTHFEEL: The first sip was sweeter than I expected and therefore it took me a few sips to realize that this was still on the dry side, but not as dry as I expected it to be. There is enough malt and tropical fruit to give it a hint of sweet. The body is medium and, surprisingly, it coats the palate with some bittersweet fruit flavors to leave a pleasant finish.

OVERALL: I’ve been waiting to try this one for a long time and, as usual, Founders is Founders. They simply make great beer. I cannot wait to snag this one again next year. Hopefully they’re in Colorado by then!

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Photo of corywalston
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of luke12345
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JLK7299
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnTurano
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Andnkuhn
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured from bottle into tulip, 1 finger cream colored head, dissipates rather quickly, nice lacing. Bright cloudy golden in the glass, no visible yeast particles. Smells citrus, toasted malt, some tropical action going on. Taste faintly of pineapple, mild citrus bitterness with some toasted malt on the finish. Mild bitterness keeps things in check. Nice semi dry finish with a little sweetness. Nice mouthfeel, ABV hidden well and no lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Mtn
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Mostly clear golden straw colored with a white head.

Aroma: soft light fruit aroma with some citrus in the back. even getting strawberries.

Taste: very mild bitterness that lingers to the finish. getting citrus and some faint fruit flavors from the hops. crisp.

Feel: soft, on the lighter side of medium.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Basically this is a beer in which it is exactly what you get from the description on the bottle. It has a hazy golden color, that is perfect in a tulip glass, and the taste of juicy hops of citrus exploding on your palate. Interesting enough you must drink this beer right away. I drunk one on one week and had another the following week and the hops weren't as juicy. You want this beer fresh from the barrel as possible. Also compared to Sierra Nevada's Northern Hemisphere of similar philosophy in brewing with wet hops, Founders destroyed Sierra on taste. Although sierra has a cooler darker look. Perhaps it's based on the type of hops, Founders is more citrus, Sierra is more piney. Either way try this beer and enjoy. Also could be location, by the time Michigan received wet hops beer from Cali, hops already fade.

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Photo of stephens101
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale orange with two fingers of white froth that settle quickly leaving little evidence behind. Slightly musty with faint light fruit (pear, orange, peach), florals, herb and oil. Quite smooth with herbal, oily hops forward followed by notes of grapefruit, pear and faint spice. Lighter in body than expected. A tasty treat that does not overwhelm but doesn't bore the taste buds either.

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Photo of zotzot
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skabiski
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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 mattsucks
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Nice, fresh, hoppy, piney, citrus aroma. Great smooth taste. Excellent malt to hop transition. Fresh, citrus, piney resin. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Been waiting for this one for a long time. Very good!

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sam1017
3.37/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

I was really excited to see this come into my store. I had received plenty of calls, "you guys got founders harvest in yet!?" So I was looking forward to taking my pick first... Had it out of the bottle, was way danker than I had expected, had a bitterness that was just not super enjoyable, and being a hop head, I was ready for the licking a wet pine cone taste... Just not super dope like I was hoping. But it was overall a decent harvest ale just was anticipating more. Especially from founders.

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Photo of TripleSun
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've only had 2 fresh hopped beers (including this one) so I don't have a lot to go on but this harvest ale really hit it out of the park!

L - Golden yellow with nice lacing and a medium head
S - Pine and citrus
T - Orange and pine are very big on the mouth
F - Very smooth and silky with texture, has a good bitter kick but doesn't halt towards the back, it just glides down.

The last wet hopped ale I had was a so-so with me but this one captures everything I love about IPA but goes a notch higher feeling very fresh.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Piggypoo
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94.2% out of 100 with 4,451 ratings
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