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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 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 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 Jwale73
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 9/30/2014 and served in a tulip pint. Pours a translucent gold with a loose, 1/8th inch, bright white head that quickly dissipates into a froth towards the edges. Nose expresses grapefruit, floral notes and a hint of spice. Taste consistent with nose; however, hops presence is a bit subdued. There's also a pleasant malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with an even, lightly crisp carbonation and minimal acidity. Overall, a decent wet hop beer, but I was expecting more.

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

Saw this last year and thought it was a high price, at the time I actually thought it was. A year later I have come to realize the high prices of craft beer and purchased a four pack. Bottled 09/28/10.

A- Yellow orange, very clear with a nice frothy off-white head. Head retention is nice and I can see huge webs of lacing forming off the head already. A good amount of spotty lace randomly on the glass.

S- Hops forward. I get a lot of citrus and tropical fruit notes along with a good dose of pine and earthy notes. Slight yeast and malt in the background.

T- Flavorful but different from the aroma. Hops dominate lending a lot of pine, floral, citrus zest, grapefruit and earthy flavors. Malt breaks in just a tiny bit with caramel. Slight yeast bread notes in the finish.

MF- Very light but a nice creaminess makes up for it. The carbonation is in the low-moderate range and feels nice. A strong bitterness and even some warmth are sensations left on the palate in the finish.

DB- A very hoppy APA (whooda thunk it). To me it is comparable to the Centennial IPA but brings a better hop flavor to the table. Solid, drinks smoothly and easily.

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

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint. 70 IBUs, 6.5% ABV, bottled on 09/24/09, "wet-hopped ale".

Thanks to Sweemzander for this delicious brewski!

A - The Harvest Ale is a lightly hazy golden straw yellow with a small, one-finger head. Off-white and densly packed with low retention and little lacing. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

S - Lots of fresh hops on the nose with a touch of pine to the grapefruit citrus and fruity mango nose. Sweet pale malts in the background but hops dominate the nose.

T - The wet hops still taste fresh and have a lot of grapefruit citrus with a fruit-punch flavor. Pale malts in the background but it's really one-dimensional to the hops overall. That's not to say its bad by any means.

M - Medium-light bodied with a crisp, refreshing carbonation spritz and a dry, lightly citrusy-bitterness. Despite the low malt presence, it really balances out that 70 IBUs in the end.

D - The flavor is good and the smell brings a lot of fruit to the nose. Even the non-hop-loving girlfriend likes this one! A solid brew worth buying a four-pack or two of. A good brew all around I wish I had more of!

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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)....love the use of hops in this one... (09 notes) ..tough to find an APA much better than this..

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

on tap at the sidecar in philly - review from notes

Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a small tuft of white head resting on top. Layer of cloudy film rests on top with plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

Sweet, juicy hops in the nose. Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and tangerine. Light biscuit malts as well.

Dry bitterness up front, juicy explosive hop formula. Cocktail of fruit and citrus wraps around the tongue - grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and tangerine. Biscuit and light bread malt along with a soft touch of sweetness and a hint of honey. Finishes dry, bitter and fruity.

Medium body, somewhat high carbonation, sticky, dry and lingering on the tongue. A fantastic harvest ale that holds up to Founders' standards.

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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 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 Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like orange zest and sweet honey.
T: It tasted like sweet honey malt and bitter citrus zest, with a little waxy hops. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent IPA, but the scent and taste weren't delicious and the body was a little weak. Very clean finish, so very easy to drink. Nice session beer, but not otherwise impressive.

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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 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 tectactoe
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice, golden-yellow color with a bit of haze. Small, white head that floats thinly across the top of the beer and leaves pretty good lacing along the side of the glass. The smell is hoppy as hell, but noticeably different from dry-hopped beers. This hop smell is more "pure" - more floral, weedy, and nature-esque. Slight citrus notes are present in the background.

The taste is spot on - fresh, wet, floral hops, heavy on the weeds. As I kept drinking, I kept thinking of a freshly cut lawn with morning dew all over it. The taste and smell of these hops are just so fresh, it's really something special. It's like taking a hop and just sucking on it. Some warmth in the background and just a touch of spice to keep things interesting. Lots of carbonation and a medium body with some slight stickiness.

This was my first wet-hopped beer and I was pleasantly surprised. The difference between dry and wet hops is quite noticeable. Both similar, yet very different tastes. I enjoyed how fresh and pure this beer tasted - definitely a treat. I would like to get my hands on some more of this beer.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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