Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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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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 MAFC_Trainer
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - pours small white head that dissipates quickly. Golden body
S - citrus, orange, lemon
T - hoppy, citrus, orange, lemon, pine
F - super smooth light beer. Light carbonation for a slight good kick
O - this is a great fall cool temp beer. Founders never disappoints

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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 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 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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Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- Picked up a 4 pack as soon as this came to STL

A- Pours a nice golden hue, decent head

S- Smells super fresh, full of grassy hops and citrus

T- huge hop flavor upfront, Wow! Finish is light not bitter as expected.

M- Smooth texture, goes down really easy.

O- A great wet hop beer from Founders, at 6% it is easily sessionable, but the hops will destroy your palate quickly!

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Photo of Janderson91
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 09/22/11. Enjoyed on 10/13/11.

A - Pours a clear, bright gold color with a small white head. Leaves very little lacing.

S - Big grapefruit, pine, citrus. Very nice fresh hoppiness. Slight sugary malt sweetness in the background.

T - Nice and sweet up front and then a huge grapefruity piney hop bitterness comes through. Literally tastes like fresh hops. Great stuff. Leaves a very balanced flavor on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied with a nice, clean finish.

O - Overall, this is a very solid beer from Founders. Haven't had a beer from them I didn't like.

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Photo of dancinwillie
2.9/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

$2.39 per bottle at Ottos in Brookfield, WI.

Label reads: 6.5% ABV, and 70 IBU's. I'm don't quite understand wet hopping yet, but I'm going to assume this will have fresher taste somewhat.

The pour got away from me a little bit, as I was a little aggressive, but still, this is an active head! Dense, tight bubbles at the bottom, spacious big ones in the middle, with a thick meringue-like layer on the very top. The beer itself reminds me of a thick ripe peach.

Aroma is muted, but I can faintly detect a pine scent. A little fruity sweetness too, possibly apricot or peach. A decent enough malt presence. The first couple of drinks were very good, but after that, it seems a little one-dimensional.

My favorite thing about this beer has got to be the mouthfeel. I never thought I would say anything like that, but it's true. Creamy and silky, yet the carbonation feels like it's doing a bit of dancing on your tongue.

Overall, I might try this beer again when next it's released, but I won't be paying $2.39 a bottle for it again this year.

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

Pours a hazy, golden color. Gigantic fluffy head that sounded like a bowl of Rice Krispies for about 10 seconds; lots of lacing. The carbonation sits heavy in the head but consists of random bubbles elsewhere.

Massive aroma of piney, citrus hops mixed with mild, sugary malt. Notes of butterscotch, cilantro, and spicy bread.

Silky on the tongue that leads to a firm crisp feel. A blanket of hops converge into a sour-pine flavor that adds grapefruit, lemon, butter rum and rounds out with a boozy, moderate bitterness. The mouth is left somewhat numb with a film that lingers; brown sugar malt also in the after taste.

A very solid beer all-around and a hop lovers delight. Founders is one of my favorite breweries where I have yet to sample a poor offerig. Pick up one of these four packs and I hope to see more of this in the future.

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

I love this time of the year. With harvest ales, folowed quickly by Winter Warmers, just all sorts of yummy goodness in beer. Into the Tyranena Pint...

A - Light, cloudy body with a nice head that leaves a thin line after a while.

S - Sweet, citrus hops, but not quite as interesting as other Harvest Ales. Enjoyable, still.

T - Sweet and tart in the entry, with lots of citrus, melon and light malt. Ends up with quite a bit of bitterness. Yum, but not very complex...

M - Very crisp, good body, what one expects from a session ale.

D - Good pale, but not the most exciting Harvest Ale I've tasted. The hops seemed to lack some of the different fruit/aromatics that I was looking for.Still very good though.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of MMBrew.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with 1 finger of straw colored head dissipating to a mottled film and ring. Minimal lacing is left down the side of the glass. Continuous sparse bubbling of carbonation from the base of the glass.

S: Fresh earthy hop aromas, mostly grapefruit, but also pine and a slight dankness, and malt sweetness predominate. Malts smell slightly bready, like a pale ale.

T/M: A slight prickliness and malt sweetness lead into an array of hop characteristics -- citrus and pine mostly. Malt sweetness is slightly bready, but slightly heavier than that of a pale ale. Finish is clean and refreshing, with earthy and pine hop character and a lingering mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a perfect level of carbonation.

O: A really nice, refreshing, fresh, hoppy ale. This falls somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA for me, with an abundance of hops. The mouthfeel is great -- this is a very drinkable beer. Very little alcohol is detectable. Honestly, I'd like to compare this to Zombie Dust with a slightly heavier malt profile.

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Photo of Walken
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders: Harvest Ale (Bottled: 09/23/09) (Tasted: 11/18/09)
12 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color, slightly hazy. Bubbles rush up to the top of the glass though the head forms very slowly and fades quickly into a two millimeter cap of soapy bubbles.
Odor: Subdued, but very pleasant nose of tropical fruit with some waxy, grassy, somewhat piny hints in the background.
Consistency: On the high end of light bodied, though it definitely feels as if there's a bit of meat to this one, the hop oils and carbonation lend a luscious, smooth feel to this beer.
Flavor: Faint, lightly toasted malt flavor and dextrin sweetness in the background, juicy hop flavor in front, perception of bitterness is low and clean. Flavors that come to mind are orange, grapefruit and pine. Bitterness rears up a bit as the hops ride into the finish.

I like this beer quite a bit. It's nice to taste a hop focused APA that isn't dashing headlong into IPA territory.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Zapata for the trade.

Pours a light straw color with a billowing off white cloud of head. Smells like of floral hops, like grass and pine. Taste is similar to smel; pine up front, but quickly followed by the malt. Nothing really sticks in the taste, but incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Founders.

A_Pours a golden amber with a thin bone white head. Not much lacing.

S_Piney,citrus hop profile.

T_Same as nose. Huge amount of piny hopsGrapefruit and honey. Touch of pale malt.

M_Thin but sticky and syrupy. Will make you lick your lips.

D_Lots of flavor and low ABV. Very drinkable.

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Photo of bareju
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Pours light gold with thin white head. Surprisingly light.

Smell is fantastic - lots of fresh, grassy and piney wet hops with a bit of citrus sweetness.

Taste is sweet light malt, followed by piney hops and and warm spicy bitterness.

Feel is medium-full and slightly dry on the finish.

Overall was expecting more fruit and citrus. A bit too much on the bitterness. Pretty heavy brew overall. Halfway through the beer my palate acclimated to the bitterness and the beer tasted much more balanced. The first few sips were around a 3.75, the last few probably ranked in at around 4.25-4.5.

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Photo of adman08
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours pale, clear golden with a very good amount of fluffy white foam that leaves nice lacing and a fades to a ring on the beer's surface.
S-Slightly grassy and oily hop aroma. A good combination of pine and citrus hop aromas with a slight malt sweetness in the backgroud.
T-A good balance of malt sweetness and hop bite. Flavors of pine, citrus and herbal hops with a slightly grassy vegetable flavor.
M-Medium bodied, slightly oily and slightly sweet with good carbonation.
Overall, an excellent wet hopped beer. Great balance of malt and hops with a great blend of pine and citrus hop flavors. Not always easy to get but well worth it if you find some.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in December 2015. Nice that it is dated. Drank about 3 months after "Bottled" date.

Appearance: Golden with tan head. Beer is clear and not cloudy. Head is thin, and leaves a nice film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma filled with a strong hops aroma, and includes citrus and pine smells.

Taste: There is a noticeable hops flavor, as expected from an IPA. There is good bite from the hops along with other flavors like citrus. There is not much sweetness from the malts. The aftertaste provides a variety of flavors over time.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with medium level of alcohol.

This is a smooth medium-bodied beer. It is an interesting example of an IPA, and it is one the best IPAs I have tried. I would drink this again.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wouldn't consider this an APA, but if that's what it is then it's the best APA i've ever had.

Pours a pale yellow with a 2 and a half finger near white head with decent retention and a solid amount of lace left behind. Smell is incredible. Reminds me of Alpine Nelson and Sculpin with the amount of tropical fruits that are in the nose. Pineapple, orange, mango, lemon, it's all in there. Delicious hop bill in the aroma.

Flavor is excellent as well. Tropical fruits, lemon orange, and a bit of a bready base. Pale malt, a tiny bit of caramel/biscuity flavors. Delicious brew, and the hop bill is unmatched compared to other APAs.

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

A - This is a translucent golden beauty.

S - Unbelievable amounts of citrus, floral and pine hops in the aroma. I could smell this all day. If they made a harvest ale cologne, I'd wear it.

T - Right away, there are bursts of lemon/lime and pine flavors followed by an extremely pale and mild malt bill. The bottle indicates 70 IBUs, which is surprising because this isn't all that bitter.

M - Medium bodied beer + cripsy carbonation = winner winner chicken dinner.

D - Wish I had more. If I did, I'd still be drinking it. My only criticism with the drinkability is that I'm left with a slight bitter, which is expected, but I need some food or water to break up the bitter.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours hazy and golden with a tint of orange. A nice one finger white head forms with good retention. Loads of lacing clings to the glass until I need a new one. This is what a beer should look like.

S- A strong citrus aroma greets my senses first. Oranges and grapefruits. Perfect. A light bready malt note somewhere behind that. Then more oranges.

T- A hop wave of citrus flavor takes over the palate accompanied with an earthly malt backbone that balances this ale nicely. This is a complex but smooth act that finishes dry and spicy.

M- Feels malty, somewhat grainy and chewy. Medium to heavy body.

O- Founders has really outdone themselves with this one. Incredibly balanced brew that leaves me wanting more. An enormous hop presence backed up with malts that are powerful and graceful. Well done Founders. Well done.

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

Golden, mostly-translucent, with big white head and some lacing.

Musty pine, cedar, and oak scents. Bit of fruit and butter.

Very balanced between pine and grass hops and mellow butter biscuit malt. Smell is better than the taste. Good bitter edge to the taste, though. A little thin.

A good not great fresh hop beer.

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Photo of busterthecat
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this after looking for a 4pk a couple weeks ago. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Bottled- 9/22/11.

A- Pours a golden brass from the bottle and sits only a shade darker in glass, which a light orange tint. About a 1/2 inch crisp white head forms from the pour and then settles out to leave a decent capping and ring. Light lacing.

S- Sweet tropical notes dominate the aroma. Its definitely in the softer sweeter fruiter side of IPA aroma. Smells like a fruit stand in summer. Good, but kinda light in strength.

T- Lives up the aroma and closely follows it. Pineapple, sweet tangerine, perhaps light mango. A mild bitterness of pine builds up and lingers in the finish. The hops are forward, yet quite restrained. The malts are subtle and lend a kiss of caramel body and spice.

M- A very solid bodied IPA. The feel starts out very mild, wet and smooth and transitions to have more of a bitter bite in the finish, which leads it more of a drying feel. Not a palate wrecker at all. Feel is enjoyable.

O- A very nicely done IPA. On the sweet side of the hop profile, yet not cloying or sweet in the feel. Smooth, mild, calm and tasty sum this beer up. Another solid offering from Founders. Very easy to drink, too easy.

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Photo of nUgZ
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap and poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange color with a 1/2 finger head. Decent lacing.

S: Pretty strong fresh hop smell. Not overpowering however. Very inviting.

T: Floral hops followed by a little malt flavor. Very well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: I was very pleased with this offering. It's just how I like my IPA's...hoppy with not too much malt. The smell and the flavor match very closely. This was my first beer from Founder's, but I'm excited to try some others.

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