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Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

1,066 Reviews
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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Reviews: 1,066 | Ratings: 4,297
Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have been wanting to try this one for awhile. This bottle is not as fresh as I would have liked for my first try but I couldn't pass it up. Happily, while I cannot say how it has changed, it is still very tasty. A notable oily resin flavour along with citrus flavours, orange notably. Moderately bitter. A decent caramel malt component. The aroma is nice but a bit weak, perhaps due to faded hops. I look forward to trying a fresher bottle, but enjoyed this one in any event.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap.
Clear amber.
Brilliant grapefruit in the aroma. Nice citrus hoppyness. Nicely Bitter.
Medium body with lower carbonation level.
Finish is dry with mild sweetness.
Great beer

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Photo of EMV
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear medium golden color. 2 fingers of creamy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Fresh cut hay, biscuits and evergreen.

T/F: Bready malts at the start. Nice fresh hop character with pine and grapefruit. Resinous. Medium body and dry at the finish.

O: A delicious hoppy IPA from Founders. Oily and resinous and a great celebration of the Hop Harvest. More please!

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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 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 bwood06
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass

A - Beer pours a clear golden color with a 2 finger white, foamy head that dissipate very slowly. Moderately carbonated based on number of bubbles and bubbles rising at a moderate pace. 4.25/5

S - The aroma is very hops dominant with grapefruit, tangerine, mango, papaya, and pineapple all playing a role in a simple but complex aroma. There is a light buttered bread undertone throughout the aroma indicative of the malt presence. 4.25/5

T - A bit of honey and caramelized malt kicks things off but the flavor very quickly transitions to the hops. The hops in the flavor profile mimic that of the aroma by showcasing grapefruit, tangerine, mango, papaya, and pineapple. Right before the finish there is a bready note that breaks up the hop profile. Bitter citrus rind and pine resin finishes off the flavor profile with a lingering, but not overpowering, bitterness on the back end. The end is slightly sweet. 4/5

M - Very light and crisp but with a medium body from the malt that balances out the hoppy lightness. Moderate carbonation burn up front that transitions to a bit of dryness on the back end. Dryness does not necessarily linger (depends on the sip). 4.25/5

O - Simple, but somewhat complex, pale ale that features an array of citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as a malty undertone that evens things out. Sessionable wet hopped ale that stays light throughout the profile. 4.25/5

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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 justinp444
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint it has a straw yellow slightly hazy color to it with a white foamy head of 2 and a half inches. Smell of fresh hops, grass, bit of earth, citrus, juicy lemon, slight grapefruit, and a small amount of biscuit malt in the background. Taste is tons of citrus, lemon, a good amount of grapefruit, slight orange, slight spice, earth, grass, some pine, bit of pineapple, lots of biscuit-y malt, and a bit of floral as well. Mouth feel is moderate to full with a good amount of carbonation to make it slightly crisp and the body is moderate. A easy drinking yet hoppy ipa with a nice amount of malt flavor to balance it out, one of my favorite founders offerings.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stem glass. Bottled on 9/30/15.

Comes a pale golden orange with lots of streaming bubbles with a finger of off white head that leaves lacing.
I'm not getting too much on the nose. Zesty orange and grapefruit, pineapple, and pine.
The taste is orange, grapefruit, mango, a bit of pineapple, biscuits, and pine. Lingering piney aftertaste.
Nice, medium, well-carbonated mouthfeel. The aroma was underwhelming but the taste is still quite nice.

A very good harvest ale that I remember loving last year and it's still pretty good this year, though less fresh than I would prefer. I would recommend it and I would consider one of Founders' best hoppy offerings.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a splotchy cap; OK lacing;

S: bread first, then tropical fruit hops;

T: slightly sweet citrus up front; herbal and grain with tropical fruit in the background from the middle to the end; finish is mild to moderately bitter; after the first couple sips, the hop character completely dominated my palate - in a good way;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: really enjoyable;

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Photo of NWSREM
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Pours light honey color, mostly clear with sizable creamy white head. S - Piney hops with light citrus and malt in the background. T - Follows smell, bitter hops dominate - more piney than citrusy with some dry grapefruit. F - Medium body and carbonation, very dry with some light oily resin, not at all juicy so it feels a bit lighter. O - Nice IPA, very hop forward but not as well rounded as some of my favorites.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a pale hazy orange color with a foamy ring of a mushroom cap of white. Once the head dies off, light stringy-ness slides into the beer.
The smell has a lot of grapefruit and citrus rind up front showing a fair amount of sweetness and zestiness. Light pine slides in for the balance.
The taste had the bitterness come in to blend with the sweetness of the hops and allowing a gentle malt in the background.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a great slickness from those fresh hop oils. Everything plays real nice on my tongue.
Overall, what a great seasonal AIPA that Founders puts out. I'll make sure I'll grab one next year.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather clear orange color with 1/2 a finger of head.

Aroma is predominately of grapefruit and light citrus. Some nice orange and tangerine notes. A light touch of pine.

Taste is very pleasant. Nice shot of bitterness up front, with just enough malt to keep it in line, but not enough to erase the hop character. This one is nice and citrusy with a bigger emphasis on the pine notes than was on the nose. The beer boasts a moderate amount of carbonation that pairs appropriately for the style. Bitterness does linger for a bit after the sip.

Overall, this a well crafted beer. The hops are allowed to shine. The flavor isn't all that complex, but that isn't the point really. It's just a perfect example of how fresh hops can influence a beer. I see this pairing well with some jerk chicken. It gets a 88/100.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at MiKro in Hamden into a pint glass. Comes out pure amber color, clear, with a nice white head. Smell is sweet and has nice hoppy kick to it. Flavor is very similar, nice restrained malt notes lend some sweetness, big wave of fruity hops in the middle. Finish is long and bitter. Lovely harvest ale, a bit too heavy in the stomach but overall I would have another.

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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 CNoj012
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark gold color with a big bright white head that quickly disappears to only a small ring around the outside with a few small islands in the middle. The smell is fresh floral, some citrus notes and some grassiness. Taste is similar. Feel is medium with a lot of carbonation. Overall this beer is very good. Last year this beer blew me away. I'm not sure if my pallet has changed or the recipe has changed.

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Photo of Krisp09
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: 1 finger white head with some lacing that quickly dissipates with each sip. Aroma: amazingly strong floral with lighter citrus. Taste: floral up front with great malt backbone, finish is citrus and great bitterness. Mouthfeel: medium with some astringency from alcohol. Overall: one of best smelling IPAs I have ever had that delivers on taste with floral and citrus hops

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, bottled 10/01/2015.

Appearance: Pours a deep straw with 1.5 fingers of head

Smell: Grassy hop aromas with some pine as well as faint cracker notes

Taste: Hops dominate. Really bright and clean flavor that is powerful in its bitterness but grassy and pine flavors to give a satisfying finish

Mouthfeel: Dry and medium

Overall: This feels like a similar malt bill to Double Trouble with the change of lower ABV and of course incorporating wet hops. The clean malt presence really leads to bright hope note that really showcase the use of wet hops.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer poured and then settled as a slightly murky, pretty golden-yellow appearance with visible carbonation. Thin retention is left after the pour with some patching lacing on the sides. Great wallop of a smells such as, but not limited to, a burnt clove aroma, earthy hops and grains, and citrus flavors like lemon, oranges, grapefruit. Taste follows the aromas with some balanced, bittersweet citrus mixed with what tasted like sugar or honey. Really good carbonation; the drink was great to drink thanks to its crisp, medium body. Overall, fantastic dimensions to this drink, especially its look and aromas.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours clear golden, finger white head fasted leaving lots of lace. Mild citrusy grassy aroma. Light toasty malt with fresh grassy hops, some citrus peel. Semi dry finish, medium soft mouthfeel. Very clean taste. Overall a very good fresh hop ipa, has a kinda pilsner aftertaste and grassy earthy bitterness. Different but like it.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light straw color with a two finger fluffy white head. Aroma is great, with citrus, tropical fruits, grass, and hops. Taste follows with citrus, grass, a bit of earth, and a nice bready, malty background. Mouthfeel is medium and smoothly drinkabke. Overall, a very nice fresh hop ale, and ipa, being on par with others I've tried, and another horse in the large, impressive stable of founders.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Harvest Ale has a fairly thin, slightly off-white head, a clear, burnished gold appearance, and low level lacing. The aroma is of citrus hop oil, and the flavor is of sweet, white bread, citrus hops, not-too-heavy bitterness, and biscuit. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Founders Harvest Ale finishes dry and drinkable.


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Photo of cmf
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz to becker. Clear golden pour with moderate head. Lots of effervescence. Strong, fresh, citrus and hops aroma. Bitter and sweet with a foamy feel. Almost like a cider. Overall a good fresh IPA.

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Photo of tzieser
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle date is 10/1/15

L: golden in color with a slight haze. Fluffy white head that settles into a modest lacing

S: big citrus hop aroma. lots of grapefruit. a little bit of malt sweetness and alcohol in the back.

T: juicy citrus hop flavors with notes of pineapple and tangerines. malt backbone does its job and keeps the beer from being too bitter. Alcohol is noticeable but pleasant. A great wet hopped ale.

M: slightly dry mouthfeel

O: one of the better harvest ales on the market. Definitely worth trying if you see it but the price is pretty unreasonable. $12/4 pack.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Though the aromatic hop profile of this is a tad weak next to something like Born Yesterday or even Sensi Harvest, this still has a decent character in general. There are the usual citrusy and piny tones, yet there are also notes of grass and even tropical fruit. Caramel-laden malts plays a significant role of balancing this beer. My main niggle is simple - even at just a month old, the hops seem almost too mild. Tasting it, it follows the nose quite well. The hoppiness of the flavor seems piny, grassy, and earthy, yet there are twinges of citrus lying around. Toasty malt sweetness helps finish this beer off. This one is fairly balanced for a wet hop IPA, yet it remains fairly crisp and dry to finish. I get this beer - it's a wet hop IPA for those who don't want their heads blown off with millions of hop cones. For me, I wish it had a bit more 'pop'.

3.57/5: Solid as hell, just not a top-tier wet hop IPA

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,066 ratings.
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