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 Viggo
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this bottle.

Pours a cloudy yellowish amber, pineapple juice colour, thick white head forms, great retention and drops a ton of lace chunks on the glass, very solid layer sticks around. Smell is great, very fresh and hoppy, a ton of pine and grapefruit, floral, pineapple, grainy, caramel, apricots, orange peel, very resiny and fresh. Taste is similar, pineapple and caramel, alcohol, pine, thick sugary malts, wheat, some floral, grapefruit finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very fresh tasting, very hoppy nose, resiny, pretty damn nice. Good thing I have one at home! Thanks Russ!

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Date is rubbed off, but I know it is from this year since it is yellow ink.

A - Pours a golden-yellow with a one finger cream-colored head. Good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Pine, citrus - lemons.

T - Light pine with some nice light citrus and some sharp lemons.

D - Slight bitterness, good carbonation and a lighter body.

O - Refreshing, nice sharp lemon, but not overly harsh.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very light yellow appearance, great carbonation, doesn't lend itself to a lot of lacing. Great aroma, tons of what I would guess are Amarillos, maybe even some nelsons (not really) its so funky. Amarillo and simcoe.

Amazing hop mouthfeel, a great balance and depth to the bitterness, really allows the hops to standout. I drank this Christmas week, so I'm guessing this beer is a minimum of 2 months old, more likely, about 3. Sturdy, doesn't get bogged down with a little bit of age on it, very nice. Big on the citrusness, might not be any caramel malt to this, very light body but still excellent pairing of hops to a restrained bitterness.

For having 70 ibus, this is so smooth. A must try for any self professed hop head.

EDIT: Have had fresher bottles, this is amazing stuff, easily the most underrated beer in the Founder's portfolio.

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Photo of maximum12
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up late in the game as it came & went quickly in these here parts. Bottled 9/22/11.

Poured into my curvy Captain Lawrence glass, purty brew, clear yellow/orange, or maybe it's just the tulip. Lovely head, for what that's worth (nothing). Great smell, bitter, grapefruit, mint leaves.

Founder Harvest Ale is a credit to its style. Bitterness reaches out of the glass with a big mitt & seizes the lips & palate, schlaps them around, & pummels the taste buds into whining submission. Damn. In after the bitter is a hornful of hops flavors, grapefruit, pine, citrus, slight floral & mintiness. Malts? We don't need no stinkin' malts. And there aren't any to be seen or tasted. Finish is very clean, with an additional grassiness to tie everything up in a nice hoppy bow. Drinkable as water after a marathon, that's about the only parallel I can think of.

I wish I'd picked up more than the couple of bottles I did, now. So clean, so easy to shotgun, this is a heady salute & the best wet-hop beer I've had to date. An elite IPA. Boody hell.

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Photo of Bung
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold pour, good sized white head. Rather bubbly looking. Smell of grass, grain, hop pine. Mouthfeel is nice and not overly carbonated. Solid citrus, pine, with some malt and biscuit that makes this a pleasant surprise. Very solid, crisp and refreshing. Where was this when I finished mowing the lawn this summer? I think this would be better as a Spring release named something else.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dank/piney hops and a good amount of spiciness. The flavor is grapefruit, spices, hop resin, malts and a long and spicy/medium bitter finish.

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Photo of drpimento
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man, this is a purty beer; kinda thang ah can cozy up to an swallah. Served with an average sized off white, foamy head that slowly settled and a lot of lace. Color is a clear amber with some large bubble trails. Aroma is super fresh and good. Flavor is like nose with big hops on top, then carbonic tang, little sweetness along with some malt earthiness. Body and carbonation are perfect for style. Finish is like flavor, lasts a while, and has a suggestion of alcohol. Killer brew. Could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this new craze of wet hopped beer. All of the big players are getting in on it and Founders stepped up to the plate.

The nose was fantastic and it spilled into the first portion of the taste. I was a tiny bit let down as the mouthfeel faded a little faster than I was hoping. For the wet hopped beers, I really think you can get away with a little higher ABV than this and really knock the palette with the hops. I think they would have benefited from some more early additions.

I kept taking deep breaths as I drank this beer to really enjoy the nose. Overall, I was pleased, but probably will drink some of the other wet beers I enjoy a bit more.

A side note - I refuse to rate appearance so every beer gets the same score as overall. Smell and taste are the only things that truly matter when rating a beer.

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Photo of champ103
3.11/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden/yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Lots of spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Fresh cut grass, big grapefruit aromas, some citrus, and a strong bitterness. Not much sweetness for balance in the nose.
T: Big grapefruit and citrus flavors. A large lingering bitterness, and nothing in the form of sweetness or anything else for balance.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A bit on the thin side, and not as dry as I was expecting. A small amount of heat from the alcohol. Mostly the strong bitterness makes this harder than I would like to drink.

Not a bad beer by any means. Hop heads will really love this. Not for me though. Just to much bitterness and nothing else for balance. There are plenty other great Founders products that I will return to before this.

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Photo of claspada
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a is dark golden yellow/amber with a couple inches worth of white foamy head. Quite a bit of lacing forms as I drink my glass down.

Aromas begin with fresh citrus and lots of grapefruit followed by wet floral notes. The malts fill in the back end of the nose, giving the beer a nice minimal bready sweetness.

The tastes begin with solid grapefruit flavor and is followed by more blood orange and light pineapple. The floral character is still present as well and the bready malt provides a bit of a balance against a fairly strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very crisp and lively carbonation to the beer.

Overall this is a real solid Harvest ale/IPA here, and a great beer to have during the fall season. Not my favorite "fresh hop" beer but a real solid winner and worth revisiting fresh every year.

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Photo of Rutager
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thank you to kalvarez for including this in a most excellent box recently!

Appearance. Pours a pretty darn clear yellow gold with a finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Juicy tropical fruits, some fresh grass and sweet citrus, some lighter malts and a faint hint of green onion.

Taste. Big green leafy hops, tropical and citrus fruit, a lasting bitter, grassy, citrus rind finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, Below medium carbonation.

Overall. Big juicy oily leafy green hops here. Sure to satisfy that hop craving.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a two finger head of a white color. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer heaviest of a citrus smell being a mix of citrus hop and a bit of sweet orange. Along with these aromas are notes of other hops with some pine and herbal smells present. Some light sweeter caramel smells as well as a bit of a bready smell are there as well giving an overall nice balanced IPA smell.

Taste – The taste begins with some tropical fruit tastes as well as a bit of a bready taste. The tropical fruits are largely of tangerine and mango but also have hints of pineapple within. Along with the bready and fruit are some hop flavors of a citrus nature. As the taste advances some grassy and herbal flavors come to the tongue. A moderately strong pine flavor later joins the tongue more toward the middle to the end giving a nice little resinous bite to the beer. While a sweeter caramel taste develops more toward the middle of the taste, it, as well as some of the fruit dwindle a bit toward the end. With some earthy hops coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, and combined with the rest of the tastes of the brew, one is left with a somewhat crackery, lightly sweetened and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on average side as well. For the drinkability and the style both were quite appropriate, creating a rather easy drinking but flavorful IPA.

Overall – A good hop blended IPA. Rather tasty overall.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 4-pack of this from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor before the holidays and have enjoyed one each week since. Now that I'm finishing the last one I'll review it.

This beer is exceptionally good by all measures I employ. First off, it appears to be an unfiltered pale straw colored beer with a thin but lasting lacy foam. The aroma is dominated by hops (sweet and a little pine resiny) with a noticeable malty backbone. The flavor is sweet and citrusy, balnaced by pale malts, with a satisfying bite of bitterness in the after-taste. Easily this is my favorite fresh hop ale I've tried.

A very solid offering from Founders, one of my favorite American breweries.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear yellow-orange, not much carbonation but tries to leave behind some lacing.

S-Hops. Bouquet of citrus and floral notes. Some grass. Did I mention hops?

T-Wow. Great hop profile, earthy, citrus and floral notes all mesh together well. Ends with good bitterness and great balance.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, lots of hop resins.

O-A wonderful fresh hop IPA. Balance is amazing, bitterness is good. A solid brew. Now if only this could be year round...

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Photo of Resuin
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottling date is a little hard to read but is definitely in October, so this is likely just a couple weeks old.

Appearance: Pours a translucent gold/amber and leaves a finger of white head.

Smell: Dank hops, light pine, light malts, bread. A dash of citrus. Surprisingly mild aroma, but definitely pleasant. Wish I could get a bit more from this one.

Taste: Surprisingly (to me) matches the smell pretty well. Rather subdued but pleasant. Hops are out front but balanced well by malts. Mild pine, light citrus, mango. Finishes a bit hoppier with some pine and citrus.

Mouth-feel: Pretty well carbonated (medium to high) with a light to medium body. I like the body for this style of IPA.

Overall: Very well balanced and pleasant. The flavors are a bit more subdued than I was expecting, but it is well crafted with nothing negative in sight. For a bigger IPA, this is very refreshing and crisp. I could drink plenty of this one.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I can see what the hype is about. An excellent beer.

In a pint glass it is a hazy orange-gold color. There is a medium-sized white head that leaves a little bit of lace.

Strong citrus aroma, very redolent. A bit of sweet caramel.

The taste perfectly mimics the aroma. A lot of citrus, mostly grapefruit, but also lemon and tangerine. A nice bready background.

Beautiful mouthfeel. Hoppy but not excessively so. Great balance.

Love it. Want to make this 4 pack last.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep gold/amber with about a half finger of light khaki colored head. The foam settles in a regular amount of time leaving a nice swirling layer across the top of the beer.

S: The nose is a mix of sweet and hoppy. There is a great mix of malt and hops that begs for this beer to be consumed now.

T: It starts off sweet but brings a good amount of citrus hops to the forefront. This is a tasty beer, but I get an underlying vegetal taste that detracts a bit from my overall enjoyment.

M: Medium bodied beer. This is a really drinkable brew, but the fresh hop vegetal aspects make me only want one of two in a sitting.

O: I enjoyed this beer, but it's not one of my favorites from Founders. I'd take Centennial or All Day IPA over this in a heart beat.

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Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Bruisin Ales in Asheville.

Pours a very hazy lemon yellow color with a two-finger white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells of floral hops up front, but as it warms a bit piney and citrus aromas come out more. There's also a bit of sticky caramel malt aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Citrus hop flavors and sticky sweet malt flavors are biggest, but there's also a very subtle underlying sourness. The malts come out more as the beer warms, and there's a nice bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. Even with the huge head it's still a tad overcarbonated, but it's still pretty smooth.

Drinkability is good. I finished this off pretty quickly and could go for another.

Overall this was a pretty unique beer, certainly not what I was expecting. The very slight tartness went surprisingly well with the other flavors, and the hop presence balanced out the sweet malt nicely. Worth a shot.

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Photo of ZAP
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Too much head....that is a problem in this instance...half the glass is beer...half foam...probably more foam...not good...(2.0 originally)..upgraded to 4.0 as the 2009 version is perfectly carbonated and looks wonderful with a bright peach appearance..

S-Great aroma of citrus fruits...grapefruits....mandarin oranges...tangerines...

T-It says this has 70 IBU's and I don't question that but this is a good example of a well hopped beer that is juicy and flavorful...really not much raw bitterness....just some great juicy citrus fruit flavors (same as in the aroma).toasted malts..

M-Not particularly big in body...but for an APA it is right on...would work body wise for an IPA too probably but not a DIPA...

D-Very enjoyable except for the way it poured(in 08) the use of hops in this one... (09 notes) ..tough to find an APA much better than this..

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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 BMMillsy
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a trade with a friend back in Michigan. Pours clear bright golden with very little head. Fantastic hop aroma: citrus, honey, pine. Just takes your breath away. All hops on the flavor with a slick mouthfeel, the bitter pine and grapefruit combonation is extremely crisp on the palate. This is beer candy. Nice bitterness. Great fresh hop!

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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy verydark gold with a nice, retentive head.

Smells wonderful, like gumballhead only stronger. Bright green, sticky hops stand out as fresh as if they were on the friggin vine. No malt balance, but none is needed. It's like you're smelling flowers.

Tastes nearly as fresh as it smells. Giant, green, fresh hops. Not overwhelming, not syrupy. Just lots and lots of tasty, perfectly balanced hops.

Goes down far too smooth, but that's par for the course with Founders.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Though the aromatic hop profile of this is a tad weak next to something like Born Yesterday or even Sensi Harvest, this still has a decent character in general. There are the usual citrusy and piny tones, yet there are also notes of grass and even tropical fruit. Caramel-laden malts plays a significant role of balancing this beer. My main niggle is simple - even at just a month old, the hops seem almost too mild. Tasting it, it follows the nose quite well. The hoppiness of the flavor seems piny, grassy, and earthy, yet there are twinges of citrus lying around. Toasty malt sweetness helps finish this beer off. This one is fairly balanced for a wet hop IPA, yet it remains fairly crisp and dry to finish. I get this beer - it's a wet hop IPA for those who don't want their heads blown off with millions of hop cones. My problem is that I (whether fairly or not) expected a hop bomb.

3.57/5: Solid as hell, just not a top-tier wet hop IPA

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Photo of n2185
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/22/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin white cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of pineapple and grapefruit up front followed by a healthy dose of grassy and herbal hop aromas. Nice.

T: Grapefruit is more prevalent in the flavor with a lot of grassy and herbal hop flavors. Nice and earthy tasting. The finish is clean and lightly bitter with some citrusy aftertaste.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation that accents the hops well, this beer is relatively light-bodied for the style, but with the clean finish it works very well. I don't think of IPAs as being refreshing, but this one is.

O: Very good IPA and probably the best wet hopped ale I've had. The hops provide a lot of aromas and flavors, but avoid being overly bitter.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, scooped a 4 pack at star since they were out of the backwoods bastard

appearance: pours into a great dane imperial pint glass, hazy apricot body with lots of yeast sediment present, beige frothy head with a nice lace - interesting

smell: lots and lots of hops on the nose, light citrus, lemon, bubblegum, clove

taste: it's a good apa but its actually pretty tame...the citrus hops are actually very smooth and non-abrasive, not really bitter at all, orange and lemonpeel are the higlights, clove and other light spicing

mouthfeel: quite smooth for the style, pulpy

drinkability: good

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