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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 garcia2a
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Tom Peters over at Monks.

This tasty pours a hazy golden straw color with a large foamy white head. Some carbonation and a nice amount of sediment that deepened the color to an orange tone. Retention was very good and lacing was decent.

The bouquet has a reasonable amount of citrusy hops with lemons and oranges. There were some toasted malt undertones. The taste has decent hops that are balanced with a grassy-straw bite that finished with light heavy citrus and sweet malts. Nice bitter aftertaste.

The mouth feel is light and crisp. The carbonation really works for this beer, making easy to enjoy, while it does not fill. This will be a refreshing beer on ht days!! While I agree this is a bit tame for Founders, it is still a nice beer. Crisp, well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had some really stellar Harvest Ales lately, and this one might be the best of the best. Whats unique about the style is that there is a strong hop prescense, similar to an IPA, but it lacks the dry and bitter finish commonly found in said style. Here is my review:

A: Pours a nice golden amber color. Head is pretty minimal and lacing is only okay, but it still looks very appetizing in the glass.

S/T: The aroma is an explosion of tropical fruit. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is quite similar. Grapefruit and pineapple are very forward, along with a slight lemon character. Maybe a slight citrus fruit rind in there as well. Overall, lots of tropical fruits with little to no hop bitterness. Super juicy as well. Actually reminds me a lot of Double Trouble, only lighter. Excellent.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and very smooth. Very juicy and thirst quenching. Very sessionable. Little bitterness.

Between Hoppin Frog, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, and Founders, this has been an excellent Harvest Ale season. Another gem from Founders. Strong hoppyness smoothed out to a nice and juicy mouthfeel. Well worth checking out. Excellent beer.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one chilling in the fridge for a couple few months now--wish I would have had it sooner so I could have bought more while it was around! Poured a very bubble pale golden with a thick white head that stayed pretty frothy awhile. It's got a strong hoppy scent. Whooo, it's got the feel of a pale but the punch of an IPA. A solid hop smack with plenty of citrus notes in it as well. It finishes delightfully dry with plenty of hop bitterness. Definitely a drinkable beer. Another fantastic brew from founders--highly recommend!

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Photo of nandemo1
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light gold with a finger and a half of giant white head. Leaves a lot of lacing and there is plenty of ongoing carbonation.

Smell is all hops - lightly citrus with a lot of pine. Taste is also in your face hoppy, similar to the smell, and lots of bitterness. Maltiness balances it out. Tastes very fresh.

Mouthfeel feels light at first, but the sweet stickiness definitely hangs around awhile.

Overall, an excellent single IPA.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a gold amber look with a nice white head.

S- Smell of hops and citrus notes.

T- Taste of hops and citrus notes follow by a ending of malt.

M- semi dry and hop bite presence follow by malty aftertaste with citrus notes.

D- Very good wet-hop beer. I like the ones more of the Pale ale then leaning towards IPA. Everybody and there grandmothers pump out IPA. It doesn't always have to be that style and can still be hoppy.


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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic

a-light copper color...little white head that fell quickly..nice lacing...

s-citrus and grapefruit...subtle malt...grass and a little pine

t-grapefruit and grass...sturdy malt backbone to fill in the middle..then a rush of hops at the end...finishes dry

m-a little thin for me but acceptable...oily and resiny..nice carb

d-could drink this all night..the abv is decent and not overpowering and the taste really doesnt work too hard on the palate..

overall a nice harvest ale..good seasonal transition beer...

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Photo of jsulko
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a decent amount of off white head.

Smell is of Citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange with a hint of the piney oilyness.

Taste continues with the citrus with a bit of the pine on the finish. Malty sweetness also slightly present in the finish.

A very interesting twist on the IPA style with the Fresh hop trend.

Definitely one I would seek out in season.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprise, surprise. Another great IPA from Michigan. California are you paying attention? This one caught me by surprise with how great it was. My first wet hopped IPA. Poured from a bottle into a stamddard pint glass. Generous head that quickly fades but leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nose is just a bit piney compared to other IPA's I've had. Maybe it's th wet hopped style. Very clear compared to other IPA's as well. Taste is fantastic. It's delicious. This is so good it's almost sessionable. Wow! I think this is better than Founders Centenntial IPA. I love this beer!

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Photo of AJacob81
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in my trusty All Day IPA faux-mason.

A - golden, with a foamy eggshell head of more than a finger w serious staying power. Decent legs w spotty lacing.

S - Musty, briny, but green and dank. Notes of unburnt potpourri, fresh hay, and feet. Subtle citric notes keep things pleasant.

T - closely adheres to the nose. Pine needles, unripe mango, and Gorgonzola show up on the back end. Finishes fairly dry and cactus-like.

M - viscous and oily, but enough fizz to keep things interesting.

This deserves its reputation, and at a decent price point, but there are slightly better wet-hopped ales out there.

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Photo of Shumista
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 4 pack of this in November I think, drank one and shared two and put one in the fridge to review later and I'm finally getting around to it.

A- Founder's Harvest Ale pours a hazy yellow color with a small amount of white head.
S- Fresh very citrusy hops not a whole lot else.
T- I remember the first time I had this beer thinking that it tasted like "fresh squeezed hop juice". Unfortunately it was better fresh and after a few months in the fridge it has gained more of an acidic taste. I'm still giving it a 4 though because I remember how good it was fresh.
M- Light to medium bodied, high carbonation and crisp.
D- Very highly drinkable, it's too bad it only comes in 4 packs.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wide mouth chalice. three months old.

A: two finger head that subsides to a thin ring. minimal lacing...golden color with some suspended solids. light carbonation activity.

S: Dank, resinous, earthy and minor piney wet hops, bitter citrus. lively and enticing aromas on the hoppier side. sweet malted milk balls.

T: Musty, earthy hops, lemony and bitter citrus. Almost a strange hen of the woods/mushroom backbite. Bitter lemongrass on swallow. Some lactic-like perceptions at room temp are fooling me.

M: Smoooth and Creamy. Medium full and not overly full. Dry without being obnoxiously dry. Malts support with light-medium malts similar to crystal or caramel.

O: Hell yeah. Good taste, smooth and complex even with a few months on it.

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Photo of ahq514
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a solid golden color with some transparency. Has about a half a finger head with big bubbles rising the surface. Appears to be moderately carbed. Good rings of lacing.

Smells like fresh hop soup. Big juicy aromas of citrus and tropical fruits emanate from the beer. There is also a nice sweet complementary malt aroma in the background.

Just like in the aroma, nice, juicy tropical citrus hops hit you right away. Then a little bit of bitterness gives it a bite. It finishes smooth with some sweetish malt. Matches the aroma very well.

Medium body and moderate carbonation. Good for the style.

Good IPA. Love how much the hops add to the beer without overpowering it too much. Although malt isn't showcased here it balances out the hops quite well. Quite delicious.

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Photo of NCBeernut
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a HUGE frothy white head with plenty of stick. Body is a golden haze with orangish highlights. Scents of sweet grapefruit dominate the citrusy nose. Sweet caramel notes peek through a bit. Big citric hoppiness and phenols in the taste. Honey-like quality similar to hopslam. mmm juicy leafy hops. Decent carbonation, but a touch too much for my taste. My second taste of Founders (other being breakfast stout), and I am still impressed. The only drawback is that it is somewhat one-dimensional, the hops taking the show.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with one finger of foamy white head. Head retains for a few minutes and leaves behind plentiful lacing.

S: Aromas of citrus and tropical fruits initially, orange peel, grapefruit, papaya, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, and mango all come to mind. You also find some nice cracker like malts, hemp, and caramel as well as pine from the hops. Subtle but incredibly pleasant and inviting aromas.

T: The flavors open with some sweet malt, caramel, orange, and honey initially, then the hops really come out with dank pine, and tropical fruits. Has a subtle sweetness to it that mixes well with the bitter pine notes, very well balanced and delicious.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth on the palate with a slick bitter finish.

O: This is a fantastic IPA. One of my favorite seasonal brews it boasts great drinkability and is absolutely delicious. Overall this brew is well balanced and truly shows off the wet-hopped aspect very well. I would gladly recommend this brew (and have many times before) to anyone looking for a great wet-hop IPA, as this is easily one of the best out there in my opinion.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Batch

Pours a nice beautiful golden yellow and a nice cloudy body. The head on this sucker stays around forever. Die you bastard! DIE!

Again the smell is just amazing! Very hoppy and floral. I really enjoy it!!!

The taste this year is hoppy and a little wheaty! Its not as hoppy as I remember but its smell is great! MMMM. Its good!


2007 Batch
Alright, first off this brew is amazing. Its like putting your face into a vat of hops and smelling. Endo story...Alright onto the review

This brew is the most fragrant brew i've encountered in a while. It's a beautiful blend of smell and taste. The taste if full of hops, hops, and hops. It has a brillant citrus hop notes.

Overall this brew is smelly in a good way (thanks bassmantin). It's hops in liquid form. Get it!!!!

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Photo of claminat420
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a transparent straw color. 1.5 finger head with medium lacing.

S- a nice hop scent.slightly grapefruity.

T- a nice well rounded american pale ale. a watery hop brew with the lightest malt presence but just enough to get the job done.

M- light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- if they only came in a 6 pack :(

Overall- this is a good brew. i have to be an ass tho and give them nothing higher than a b+ for the fact of the four pack. they need to come out in 6er's!!

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So this batch is now about one month old.. It took me a while to finally get my hands on this. Other states like Mass and Vermont had it before Connecticut did. However, I am just happy to try it.

Harvest Ale has a similar hop build to Double Trouble. It shares some similarities for sure. The hops in here are really a great example of what a wet hopped beer should taste and smell like.

This beer smells way better than it tastes. Such a good smell! Those wet hops!
Not too too bitter, but still bitter. It really just has an oily taste to it that wasn't too pleasant in my opinion.

I have now had Port Brewings wet hopped harvest ale (high tide) and Surly Wet.
This beer is on the same level as High Tide, but is definitely a step down from Surly.

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Photo of MrOH
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: thick white head that recedes fairly quickly, golden straw color, nice lacing

Smell: slight funk, followed by grassy lemon, orange, and grapefruit

Taste: grassy, orange, biscuit, touch of funk, nice firm bitterness that holds it all together and sticks with it, but is never overpowering

Mouthfeel: nice effervesence, medium bodied, slightly sticky tactile feel is scrubbed away by firm bitterness

Drink: yes please

Great except for the funk. I'm guessing they use Simcoe/Summit? Maybe Michigan grown "C" hops have that character as well. Other than that, a beer that if it was cheaper and more readily available, I'd drink the fuck out of it.

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

The fresh hop blast is off the charts! As usual, Founders produces some of the most consistent beer around. Harvest is no exception to the rule. Tons of earthy, spicy hop bitterness. A nice balance with the malt sweetness. This beer is exceptional.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a light golden yellow, medium head after an aggressive pour, leaves some white lacing

S - sweet grapefruit hits first, followed by a subtle piny note

T - the grapefruit starts off initially, followed by a significant, but not overpowering, amount of bitter hops. a light malt backbone follows

M - well-carbonated, no hint of alcohol, the bitterness of the hops lingers for some time

O - Great IPA, I missed out on this one last year, so I was very glad to have the opportunity to grab a bit of it this year. Definitely recommend highly, a fairly attainable seasonal from Founders

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split a 4 pack with a buddy recently.

Pours a gleaming saffron color (maybe a little more orangey), with a 2 finger head that explodes with the scent of sweet hops. Lacing makes a wonderful spider web all the way down the glass.

Smell is better than most IPAs in my opinion, just because I like the wet-hopped idea. Say whatever you want, I just think it's more palatable.

The taste is wonderful too. Since the guy I'm splitting this with is the real hophead and I'm more of a beginner to this category, I'm glad that he likes it as well. As mentioned before, I enjoy the lower bitterness while still maintaining the great hoppy flavor.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle into a nonic pint. Appearance: Golden yellow with a thin white head. Slight lacing present of the sides of the glass. Aroma: Hops and citrus notes come through on the first sniff. Malty backbone is detected as well. Taste: Interesting...pine first and then it progresses into an aggressive hop taste which dominate to the back end. Aftertaste: Continuing with the taste qualities. Big bold hops linger at the back. Finishes on the clean side without being overly bitter despite the dominant hop notes. Overall. Good brew. Interesting progression on the taste. Very good. 4.18 out of 5.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Whoa... super bright yellow! Nice bubbly white head coming up and fizzling away quickly. Lacing is prominent.

Sharp pine and zest in the aroma.

Very sharp, crisp hop taste right up front. Lemon rind and orange peel come next. Then a sort of wet hay taste (like a farmhouse ale). What's really nice about this beer is the zesty notes. It's got kind of a spice to it.

Crisp and light mouth, with the addition of resinous hop oils.

Awesome beer! The aroma is like a bouquet of pininess, while the taste is well-balanced and crispy.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent bright yellow amber color, very bright. Small fleeting white head that leaves some blotchy lacing.

Right off the bat the smell reminds me of some wet, under dry, leafy marijuana. Sniff after sniff I cannot overcome this odor. Leafy green plant material all over the place. As I continue to huff away at this, I can also notice some mildly sweet, toasty notes that prove to me that there is some form of malt in this brew. Wow this a new experience for an apa.

Leafy green goodness. Very fresh tasting, this just has an aura of freshness surrounding it, wow. The hops light up your mouth with flavors of fresh cut grass, lemon and oranges, somehow this brew makes your mouth tingle without any aggressive bitterness. The malts stand up to the hops eye to eye, sooo balanced. I would comment on the malt induced flavors, but they just never really surface, they are just there supporting the obviously wet hops.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Comes off on the lighter side of things and is just overall stimulating to the mouth with the strange tingle upon contact. Good heavy but even carbonation as well.

Overall, this is a knockout. I was skeptical about paying 15 bucks for a four pack, but it was justified and well worth it in the end. Simply amazing, no, the best APA I have had to date by leaps and bounds. WOW.

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

Barely hazy, slightly clear light yellow body. TONS of sticky icky lacing. Small head.

Smell is intoxicating. Full of grapefruit. Vibrant, citrusy, fresh.

Taste is just as good as the smell. Very crisp and citrusy. One of my favorite wet hop ales.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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