Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale
BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
4,444
Reviews:
1,100
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.26%
 
 
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421
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575
For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Bruisin' Ales. Pours dark golden, with significant white head. Hoppy aroma, tad above average mouthfeel. Very drinkable tasty, though significant IBU, still some balance. Hop lead citrus lemon mint. Very good representative of an IPA, and one I would trust even to novices.

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Photo of acurtis
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders Harvest Ale in 12oz bottle. Picked up at Gary's Wine and Marketplace, Bernardsville location. Poured into shaker. Golden color with large white head. Strong fresh hop smell. Taste is hoppy but balanced with malt. Nice bitterness. Good drinkablity and mouthfeel for 6.5abv. Very good offering from Founders.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal and spicy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid fresh hop quality in both the aroma and flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

awesome beer, it really is, had it in line with a bunch of other really tasty wet hop beers. been looking to try this one for a long time, so nice to finally get the chance in minnesota, but in some ways it didnt live up to the hype i built around it in my head. its just another good wet hop beer, nothing memorable about it for me. i like all the body, it gives the hops resins and all something to cling on to, and it seems to last a lot longer than a lot of these do, meaning i taste it for days, but it isnt sweet, and it keeps evolving. the hops though dont seem that distinct or that pungent, aside from being wet of course and retaining all that makes them holy. none of the red pepper thing either, that has been seemingly real common this year. i get notes of pear and pine, fruity and spicy at the same time, rich in a way, but still scary drinkable for what it is. it doesnt scream fall to me though, maybe some rye malt or something would give it more depth, maybe a kiss of red malt might give it that vibe. i like it a whole lot, but its not as good as i thought it would be, not that it blends into the crowd or anything, but in some ways i would rather drink a centennial ipa or something from these guys, it doesnt stand out the way i expected it to, despite its wonderfully high quality.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a copperish color with a big white foamy head on top. The smell of the beer was hoppy, as it should be. The wet hop aroma fills the nose with some floral and citrus notes. The taste of the beer has a great hoppy flavor but it fades into more of an earthy finish which kind of hinders my thoughts just a bit. The mouthfeel is a little heavier than the Double Trouble which I like and overall I think that this beer is very good.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose-grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of grapefruit flavored along with a moderate amount of bitterness, the latter of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is very dry.
O: This beer is very drinkable while still delivering lots of hop flavors.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good juicy hop-loaded ale that is flawlessly brewed in true Founders fashion.

The beer delivers a light golden color, maybe straw. Light wet-hopped haze with good head formation, retention and lacing. A classic hoppy beer look.

Aromas are resiny, citrusy, fruity, and laced with a cotton candy confection note that gives good balance to the ripe hop nose. Bold and inviting hop aroma.

Flavors are lighter on the malts, presumably to allow the hops to shine. Though they do, the hop bitterness dominates the glass from mid-palate on. Lighter on flavor this beer is nearly sessionable if not for the slightly elevated alcohols. Somewhat lacking in complexity I like the no-nonsense approach to the recipe formulation. Alcohols take on a nail-polish remover taste that persists in the finish.

Body is moderate but seems lighter due to the hop dryness, malt attenuation, and mouthwatering hop flavor.

I would actually prefer this beer if they backed off on the IBU's and give me more of that bursting hop flavor and irresistable aroma. Outside of the nose, I'm looking for an 'it' quality that just isn't quite there.

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3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass bottle. Black branded pry-off crown cap. Generally appealing label art.

Bottled 09/30/15. 7.60% ABV. 70 IBUs.

Served cold into a pilsner glass. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

HEAD: 2.5cm wide. White colour. Average thickness and frothiness. Not real creamy or robust. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

BODY: Clear copper of average vibrance. Clean and clear, obviously filtered. I see no yeast or sediment.

Appears adequately carbonated. Not unique or special. Has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Has a fresh floral hop profile over a pale malt base. Pleasant hints of pine and hop oil. Not resinous, juicy, or overtly fruity.

Though the aroma as a whole is muted and reticent, it suggests a balanced beer with some nice elements.

No yeast character, booze, or off-notes are/is visible.

TASTE: Follows the aroma, with more pale malt sweetness than anticipated. It's not caramalt-heavy, luckily, but it is too forward in terms of malts, casting the hop profile in shadow. Hop notes include floral, lightly piney, slighty resinous, and vaguely fruity.

Somewhat imbalanced, and not quite dialed in. Not gestalt, but it's cohesive enough - albeit rough around the edges. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

I do like it, but there's ample room for improved intricacy, subtlety, and nuance.

TEXTURE: Slightly oily. Overcarbonated. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and of average heft and weight on the palate. Not too sticky or syrupy. Not chewy.

This texture complements the flavour profile decently, and fits the style. But it doesn't accentuate specific notes or elevate the beer as a whole.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Well executed for the most part.

OVERALL: It's a nice IPA for what it is, but like many Founders beers, it falls short of the best beers in the style from across the country. Though it fails to compete even with down-the-interstate neighbors Bells Brewing's offerings in the style, it's well worth trying once. I'll enjoy finishing it, but it won't impress discerning drinkers. Drinkable, and it hides its ABV well. Certainly above average.

High C+ (3.25)

***
Notes from Fall 2014. Served on-draught at a bar in Austin, TX:

APPEARANCE: Head is 3 fingers in height and white in colour. Soft and supple. Boasts nice froth, creaminess, and thickness. Even light lacing adheres to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good (~8-9 minutes).

BODY: Clear copper-gold of good vibrance. No yeast or sediment can be seen within. Translucent. Transparent.

Appears well-carbonated. A good looking IPA.

AROMA: Fresh citrus, juicy fruity hops, orange citrus, floral hops, zest, faint grapefruit. Fresh. Pale malts lend balancing sweetness.

Light and pleasant. Quite appealing for a fresh hop IPA. Aromatic intensity is mild.

I detect no overt yeast aromatics, off-notes, or booze.

TASTE: Fresh floral and citrusy notes. Citrus zest. Light-as-a-cloud pale malts give this its gentle backbone. A hint of honey. Faint nectary hop flavour.

Balanced and enjoyable, if a bit low in flavour intensity. Flavour duration is average. Good depth of flavour.

Very drinkable. Simple but effective. Boasts a cohesive build. Its balance is the highlight of it for me; the hop bitterness is well tamed by the mellow pale malt sweetness.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, delightfully light-bodied, refreshing as hell, soft, supple, perfectly carbonated. Great mouthfeel for an IPA.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Complements the taste rather well, with the light body accentuating the gentle pale malt backbone.

OVERALL: Damn easy to drink for a 7.60% ABV brew. Another very good ale from Founders.

B / GOOD

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of brentk56
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head perched atop the clear amber liquid; some streaky lacing appears as the liquid descends

Smell: Floral and citrusy, with grapefruit dominant

Taste: Juicy citrus flavors, up front, with grapefruit and pineapple tones; a hint of caramel appears underneath but this beer is all about the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: What more can be said - this is one of the finest IPAs out there

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden orange tone, some suspended sediment. Initial three fingers of compact foam, good lacing and a collar of foam stays over time. Aroma is a bit on the cereal grain side, barley malt with some herbal hops, mildly sweet and floral. Not as citrusy as would be expected from a wet hopped pale ale.

Sessionable is my first thought, wish I had picked up a six of this. Comparable to Alpha King, just not as aromatic or juicy. Certainly hoppy, but mild on the bitterness scale, more floral than anything. Very smooth feeling and ultimately session-worthy.

2010: Lacks the fresh hop punch that distinguishes harvest ales. Not one i'd scramble to find, but would drink it if available.

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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a cloudy hazy golden color ale with a huge white foamy head with perfect retention and no lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops with some interesting floral notes. Taste is a mix between some floral hops notes with a bitter and citrus finish with some malt presence. Full body with limited filtration and good carbonation. Another fine ale from a brewer who consistently amaze me.

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Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to womencantsail.

Glowing orange with a dense white cap. The head settles slowly, receding to a collar with tons of sticky lacing.

Nice dank citrusy hop nose. Very fresh, grapefruity and floral; not much of the grassiness I get in a lot of wet hop beers. Light bready malts reside in the background.

The palate is citrusy, grapefruity, quite floral and a bit lemony. Light in body, very crisp and dry with a nice punchy finish. This is a stellar fresh hop ale.

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