Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale
4,480 Ratings
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second of an awesome trade with Captin!

Honestly, I didn't check the freshness date. Whatever, the beer was terrific so I assume it was pretty fresh!

A golden tan color, somewhat hazy with a one finger head and a beautiful sheen of fine lacing on the glass.

It's got an overall hoppyish to lightly piney aroma, with a spicy, fruity background of sweet citrus, spearmint, and light malts. Overall smells great!

Tastes sweet, with a lightly malty background behind the moderate pine-hoppy front and spicy, peppery core make for a very well balanced, yet bold APA. Just a smidge of florals and spices round out what's a very complex and tasty brew.

It's got a pretty thick and rich mouthfeel, medium bodied, medium bittersweet aftertaste, lingering but lightly piney flavors persist. Very nice indeed.

My first Founder's. Drinks great. I'm a big fan of the APA style and this one would be a regular for me if I could get it every day. I want more!

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.84/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a beautiful, pristine clear lighter copper color with a one finger of sudsy white head. Head recedes moderatly, and leaves nice susy spotty lacing on the glass

S: Nose is sharp with grapefruit citrus hops, piney grassy hops and a touch of the ganga... just saying...

T: Taste is a strong piney, grassy (ganga) up front. touch of honey and the slightest bready flavoring in the middle that makes this beer belnd so well, finish has a touch of floral hop bite that finishes the beer on an amazingly blended note.

M: Lighter side of medium body, mild carbonation, nice slick, oily feel on the tongue.

D: Oh this one you can sit with for a long time. Great taste, great feel, not filling, and is blended well.

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4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Very clear, light amber with a thin white foamy head
S: Floral, light sweetness, clean pine, fresh cut grass, hint of grapefruit
T: Floral, clean, balanced bitterness, light pine, grass, very light toasted malt
M: So light but not watery, with some hop oil texture
O: Best batch since they upped the abv. It still goes down so smooth though with completely hidden alcohol. I can down this like a perfectly balanced bitter juice.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy blonde. Head was only a short lived 1/4" that dissolves into a white ring around the glass, leaving a flat appearance.

There's a strong presence of grapefruit and a little mango in the smell. Very much a citrus hop profile.

The flavor is almost exclusively grapefruit and leaves a bitter perfume-like aftertaste. It's a very bitter beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, slightly dry. Carbonation is low and flat.

Drinkability is good, not great. Alcohol is not detectable, but the unbalanced bitterness does detract drinkability slightly.

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3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of pale golden coloring. It holds a two finger head of massive, cakey white bubbles. This shows excellent retention, leaving sticky, spidery lacing down the sides of the glass. Carbonation appears moderate, and while no sediment is noted, light constellations of haze swirl about the glass. The aroma hits hard with fat grapefruit and floral hops. Sweetness comes from fruit of pineapple and lightly toasted pale malts. There is a metallic twinge, with creamy lactics and phenolic plastics once warmed. The booze seeps out late, along with a deepening of the hops to a resiny, earthy bitterness. Our first impression is that while the beginning is a bit muted, the finish is robust with pucker. From the nose you would also expect a much sweeter drink. As we sip, phenolic plastics and bright resiny hops start things off. These are fleeting when sipped quickly, but flourish to a greenstick, resiny bitterness of earthen hops and minerals when held in the mouth to linger. The middle peaks with washed pale malts, and a thin wheatiness, with bite from alcohol and more of those phenols. The hops come in full through the end, with raw, herbal, earthy, piney, resiny, bittering bite and pucker. There is light bready toast to blend, but this is minimal. The aftertaste breathes of herbal hops, oily resin, mineral, metallic yeast, peppery booze, and muddy pale malts. The body is airy and medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. There is lightness to the slurp, smack, cream, and froth, and the feel is thin on the sip. The mouth is left cooled, with little coating. There is an eventual astringent dryness, with significant pucker from the bitterness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. There was such a floral blend of hops, with earth and citrus, while sweetness and light malts came in to cut and balance. This left the drinker feeling light and airy, and excited to sip. This was, however, disappointing. The flavoring was relatively one-dimensional, with huge, raw bitterness from start to finish. While this gave nice robustness to the palate, it really washed away many of the other balancing aromatics. The feel was equally as thin, and felt a little cheap off the lip, taking away further from the experience.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Demitriustown
Pours cloudy orange with a bright white medium sized head. Smell is sweet orange and caramelly malt with a lively citrusy and fresh hop character. Taste is a bit of a muted, dull, malt with a citrusy orange like hop character. Mouthfeel was about average, and neither thin nor thick. Pleasant and mild hop flavor and bitterness overall. Nice, but I'm unable to tell that this is a fresh hop beer, and don't get that spicy, tingly hop flavor I get in some others. Still, a quality beer that I really enjoyed and am glad I got to try. Thanks for the awesome bonus, Andrew!

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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Bierguy5
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. 7% ABV. Pours a cloudy golden color, with a bit of sediment in it. Fluffy white head, with a few bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Very nice head retention. Nice patches of lace.

Piney hops jump out in front first. A little bit of a spicy aroma as well. Hints of citrus in the background.

Resiny and juicy hops are the showcase here. Piney and grapefruit flavors. Pale malt base lets the hops to shine well.

Good body, carbonation keeps things fairly clean. Bitterness lingers for a while. Well done.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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