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 | website

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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4.21
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18.53%
 
 
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Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a golden yellow with a bit of orange in there with a white one finger head.

The aroma has a bit of grapefruit and citrus with tons of pine and leafy green. Deep in there, there's some onion there as well. There's almost a gentle hint of smoke or meat from that deep dank onion character hidden in there.

The flavor follows with a tinge of grapefruit and mostly lemon peel in the front. There's a biscuity malt that carries the beer through palate with a wonderful clean and substantial malt body. The finish just hits with lots of green leafy hops, pine, a bit of that onion. The fruit notes and lemon linger throughout as this beer is decently bitter.

This is a great food pairing beer or session/hang out beer. The hops don't come out to shine and define themselves, but it still is really nice drinking and hoppy.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another bottle courtesy of the great trader russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a hazy bright light gold colour. The head of foam is small but there's decent lacing.

The smell...well..it's a wet hopped ale so can you guess? ;^) Big bold aromas of grapefruit and grass that grow stronger the more whiffs I take. An American Pale Ale, I think, that has few rivals when it comes to the hops in the smell. And...I'm just in the mood.

First sip and the hops are working wonders on my palate. Again, I'll have to reference my just in the mood remark. Here, I think, the grass and some pine dominate with the citrus grapefruit playing the 3rd "stooge", much like Shemp, but they are all playing their parts brilliantly. Oh and the malt? Whilst I didn't/couldn't detect any in the smell, there *is* a very light sweetness here showing and perhaps, prevents this beer from going over the edge in bitterness. I thank Founders for doing that.

It has a lightish body with medium carbonation and the hops give me a nice slickness on the tongue.

Drinkability? Get out of here! 6.5%abv and seriously, I could stay with this brew all.night.long! It is that satisfying to me. I put it in the upper echelon of American Pale Ales.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear gold/copper colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit/oranges mixed with some herbal/grassy notes. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with some lingering herbal/hoppy bitter notes.

Overall – Another winner from founders. While I prefer some of their other IPA's, this is still a delicious and well crafted brew. The herbal/grassy notes work well for the holiday season.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Fresh herbal nose with a hint of melon. On tap pours brilliant gold with a ½” white foam cap. Very creamy palate with melon leading to a drying hop finish with a touch of astringency. Medium body and fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours deep golden color. Soapy head is about a finger high. the large bubbles around the edge of the glass leave some minute lacing.

S-Nice aromatic hop presence. Nice piney hop notes along with some herbal scents. Very earthy and green-smelling. Some citrus in there too. Nice malty undertones.

T-Loaded with grassy and piney hoppiness. Malt interacts with the hops quite well. Not a tongue burner but definately a great hoppy taste here. The beer is well balanced but the hops do steal the show. Quite tasty. Notice more and more clementine hop as I further dissect the flavor.

M-Lighter body carbonation is quite nice. Not overly dry. Affluent bitterness levels.

D-Very easy drinker. I only have one bottle but I would love to have about ten more.

One of the better harvests I have drank. Would love to try it completely fresh.
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11/3/12

Fresh 4-pack. The flavors are intensified and even more delicious. Clementine and a lawnmower bag's worth of fresh cut grass. Green onions too. Up there with Double Trouble; hell it may surpass Double Trouble. Only knock on this beer is its hefty price tag. Hesitate to say "I wish this was year round". However, I think it's superb as just a once a year brew. A liquid gift in Autumn.

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

Bottled three weeks ago.

Pours a clear medium golden color with a solid half inch whitish head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving light lacing.

Tropical fruit aromas of mango and pineapple underlie grassy, lightly skunky hops, with pine and grapefruit adding complexity. There's a bit of sweet bready malt in the background.

Flavor is dominated more by dank, cannabis style hops, which carry throughout, into the fairly bitter, peppery finish. Grapefruit, orange zest, and fresh cut grass surface secondarily, accompanying a bready malt backbone. Spruce and mint round out the profile. Becomes a touch perfumey as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation. There's slight hop astringency and alcohol warmth.

Overall, quite a variety of hop flavor and aroma. Bitterness is well represented. Very solid ipa!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, 6.5% ABV on label. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy light orange/yellow color with a huge (about 2 1/2 inch) frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops, I smell grapefruit, pineapple and a bit of peach. There's also some pine and grassy hops noticable too. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all citrusy, pine and grassy hops. Both the aroma and taste is good and hoppy, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick/oily with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and very enjoyable to drink. It wouldn't be hard at all to finish a 4 pack of this. Overall I think this is a good brew, I'd definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, yet sunshiney yellow amber hue. Very hazey, but exploding with carbonation. Very thick foam of hea and sticky lacing. Just awesome. The aroma is exploding with a sunshines burst of fresh hops that hnt at pine and a flowerfield right nxt to a grapefruit grove. The taste starts of quickly with some rye like mals, but then swifty moves to the hops. Lots of citrusy ad grassy uv rays hitting the tongue. Complex biterness that slowly fades away. Very good APA, but better for indulgence than sessions.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Only had a couple of Harvest ales, this and the Estate ale From Serria Nevada.

A - The initial pour produced a nice light orange/amber color with very little head. My suspicion may be this was last years version which angers me since I overpaid for it.

S - Smells of very faint hops and malts with a bit of earthy goodness. Man it even smells old!

T - MMM clean and crisp! The taste of the hops is only slightly bitter next to the malts which seems earthy and strong. The yeast tone is low so even aged this beer drinks great. Balanced.

M - Very light but full of body.

D - As I always state for good brews I will have to seek out fresher but can't imagine the flavors would be much better. Even old it was a nice brew but not worth 4.25 for the single. 4 pack for 10 bucks sounds about right. Good beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge amount of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: Mainly smelled of hops, mild malt and some citrus.

T: Hoppier than you would expect from any type of pale ale. Also had some malt and grapefruit. Not as complex as I would've liked, but still tasty.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, well-made beer, though not my favorite Founders. Still, a refreshing, lively brew.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled 9/24/09.

(A)- Pours a clear copper color that produced an ample 2+finger white head with good retention. Its sticking to the sides of the glass as is dissipates.

(S)- Piney wood central! Tons upon tons of creamy pine with a twinge of oaky wood and lemon/lime citrus. A present malt background, but totally subdued by the massive pine. Hints of peaches on the finish.

(T)- Not as hoppy from what the smell was foretelling, but incredibly dry with moderate bitterness. A funky peach and oak thing going on. It finishes light with a hint of honey I think.

(M)- Rather smooth mouthfeel with a good carbonation level. Bitter, yet fruity and creamed wood.

(D)- A solid beer that is easy to enjoy. However, I think that Founders' other Pale Ale/IPAs far exceed what this has to offer. This is simpler; more straightforward, but still a good one at that.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy bright golden color with white head. Pine, spruce, citrus, and hop resin on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more hops. Great IPA.

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

Pours a hazy golden straw color, full fluffy white head, good retention, lacing and oily residue after the sip. Smell is of grassy, floral and piney hops with a nice citrus and cereal grain presence throughout. Taste follows scent with a delicious combination of fresh grassy, floral, piney and citrus hops. Very nice grainy background with some asprin like tastes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly oily, slight grainyness to it. Very good, non extreeme beer from founders. Not quite as good as the Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest, which i find to be slightly more earthy, but better then the Sierra Wet Hop Harvest.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for giving me this bottle. Thanks elliot!

poured into founders tulip.

vintage 2012.

Appearance: golden to straw yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head. Drops down to a clump head and thin cap. Spotted lace all over the glass.

Smell: hint of pine and alot of citrus notes. Pineapples and tropical fruits.

Taste: moderate bitterness. citrusy hops notes. hints of pine and grapefruits. tropical fruits and grassy notes. lingering mild bitterness mostly of pine, grapefruit, grassy notes. The hops are fresh and juicy in this beer! Little bit of resinous hop notes from this beer also.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Its a really good wet hop beer. I am really glad to have this beer as a local beer. Great price point and really nice hop profile! Can go wrong with picking this 4pk especially if your a hophead.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bountiful bright gold with a thick, fluffy head into my glass. The presentation is spot-on. It's an IPA!

Wet, piney hops put on a show for the ol'factory glands. All about the hops here. A dash of citrus, especially grapefruit, is also present.

The flavor reflects the aroma here. Very crisp. A good mix of citrus/pine. Even though this isn't super fresh, the wet-hopping adds more character to what would otherwise be a standard IPA.

Mouthfeel has plenty of citrus and pine notes for those who seek them. A bit of biscuity malt peeks through.

This style is often hit-or-miss but in this case, it's a hit!

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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 Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden body. Lemon yellow highlights. A huge whipped head of white froth. Sticky lace is left in abundant qualities. Sweet, fragrant, flowery and citrusy aroma. Very nice and very reminiscent of Two Hearted Ale. Tasting this really takes me back. This is the closest experience I've had tasting a hoppy beer to the first time I sampled Two Hearted Ale in my basement bar 12 years ago with ZAP and Senior Shit. I'm just gonna take a guess that the hops for this bad boy are Centennial. It has that sourdough like malt and yeast contribution as the base. A little funky in that way.T he hops splash accents of orange marmalade, tangerine and grapefruit. The bitterness is not overboard, even though the bottle claims 70 IBUs. Carbonation is a bit overboard. Almost like some secondary reaction occurred that was not intended. But luckily it didn't impart any noticeable off flavors. This is pretty good. Solid. Nothing more though. And even though it reminds me of the first time I had Two Hearted, this is not Two Hearted.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. Very light in color almost looks like a wheat. Thick, rocky mountain, bone white head rose above the glass, but maintained shape and did not spill over. Very cool looking. Spider web lacing finds its way across the glass. Very active carbonation.

Smell is of fresh citrus, pine, spruce, flowers, and lightly toasted malt for a subtle sweetness. Very fresh and bold, simple.

A very balanced flavor profile. Lemon peel and biscuits up front with a rush of grapefruit, pear, and pineapple. Bitter finish with fruity esters. There is a lingering spicy finish too.

Creamy, with a sticky hop coating. Medium bodied, but finishes real light and refreshing. With all of the bubbles, I thought the carbonation might be awry, but it wasn't an issue.

Fresh and natural. Light, but heavy at the same time make this guy very easy to drink.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy and golden orange in color with a an even, soapy sticky layer on top.

S - Biscuity light caramel malt, pine, spicy orange rind and lemons with delicate pineapple aroma. Overall, the aroma is a little faded.

T - Sweet, light biscuity malt up front, light fruit rinds: pineapple, orange, lemon peel, and sweet grapefruit. The hops dominate this beer from start to end and finishes with a lingering coating of bitter fruit rind that's a little peppery. Eventually, there's a floral character that surfaces.

M - Medium body with enough carbonation to prickle the tongue before turning to a creamy finish.

O - Very enjoyable, still drinking well, and I'm kicking myself for being lazy and not pursuing this beer closer to its release.

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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 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 Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a bottling date of 10/4/2013, poured into a Founders' snifter today, 10/27/2013.

Pours a very pretty clear copper body with a nicely effervescent, foamy head with OK retention. The head drops into a thick-ish collar with a small amount of foamy film concentrated in the middle. Very nice appearing pale ale, good lacing as the beer disappears.

Smells citrusy with traces of bready malts in the background. The nose is mostly grapefruit with a bit of orange zest mixed in with a bit of honeyed biscuits. It actually smells reasonably balanced. Not the most intense nose.

On the palate, this beer is very balanced. Starts out with a solid but not overwhelming grapefruit flavour which is balanced out by a nice biscuit and toffee sweetness, with a nice yet non-descript bitter finish. It's a very balanced, drinkable flavour profile.. but not particularly complex or fascinating.

Great mouthfeel- medium bodied and resinous, excellent carbonation, very drinkable and interesting. Leaves a nice refreshingly dry, bitter finish. I'm really finding this one to be very drinkable. Yet, the bitter finish is fairly non-descript- it's just fairly bitter. Which is fine.

Its a straightforward, well-crafted American IPA. None of this hoopla about wet hops or this or that, if you just consider it as an American IPA, this is a very well-balanced, drinkable and refreshing IPA. However- I'll have to be honest- as far as wet hop IPAs go, this is pretty tame.

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Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this offering from Founders is a golden tone with a bright white head. It has a nose of lemon, pine and some subdued hops. While the taste has some spices such as sage and cloves. The citrus hops are also present, with more lemon and some grapefruit. MF is medium with a lower carbonation level. All in all, a pretty good beer, but not one of my favorites from these guys out of Michigan.

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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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