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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1,066
Ratings:
4,303
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
18.53%
 
 
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Photo of Harnkus
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Brewed a few weeks ago, so fresh.

Poured into a snifter. Gold gold. Good head. Nice retention. High clarity. Beer is cold and looks warm.

Nice bright hop notes of citrus with a good bit of malt sweetness poking through. Many would call out "tropical" and "mango", but I'll call it what it is. Grapefruit and pine.

For 7.6% this drinks rather rough. By no means the sort you can gulp in refreshment. Neverthless the flavors are not well wrapped, and by that I mean there isn't a great sense of harmony between the wet hops and the nice malt sweetness. They seem to be isolated. Alcohol is not well hidden in my opinion.

Good beer. Doesn't hold a candle to its lower ABV version (6.5% or 6.7%...can't recall) from a few years back. Like Green Flash, Founders seems too erect over high ABVs. There was no reason to turn up the dial on this. I guess they felt it justified the higher price point.

Still, at 10.99 a four pack, and while I don't love it, I'll happily finish them off this week.

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Photo of handcrafty
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Hop perfection in a glass. It smacks your tongue, and you're all like - "Whoa!", and then, it mellows out, and you're like "Ahh" .. and then you have another, by the time you look up, you realize you've gone through the whole 4-pack in a little over an hour.

~alwayshoppy!~

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Photo of wonothesane42
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

The beer pours golden yellow with a billowing white head, and the smell is immediate and intensely of mangoes and citrus, very inviting. Taste is much like the smell bright citrus and tropical fruits lots of flavor, very lovely. Mouthfeel is great, very smooth well carbonated, not boozy, a pleasure to drink. This beer is fantastic; a great appearance, great smell, lots of flavor and great texture, falls a little short in the finish though as it lacks a final punch. Fantastic beer; I will savor these.

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Photo of yannimou
4.25/5  rDev +1%

An amazing IPA. Smells of sweet citrus that mixes nicely with sweet malt. The beer is crystal clear. Less carbonation than what's typical of the style. Tastes of grapefruity hops. Malt is there too, leaving a bready/biscuity flavor. This is classic act from Founders.

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Photo of TCJ0100
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured into a stange glass from the bottle. I got this pretty much right off the truck. It pours a somewhat large head that goes away instantly, and its clear as a bell.

The smell is absolutely excellent. Dank hops just dominate the nose. This is one of the best smells I've seen in any beer. It is rich and citrusy with grapefruit, orange, and pineapple.

The taste is undeniably excellent. It is just like the nose, only more gratifingly hoppy. The is suprisingly smooth, with delicious citrus notes and some pleasant bitterness. It is so good that I mostly want to sip it.

This beer ends great as well and leaves a lingering fruity hop note in the mouth. This is a great beer. The only downside I could see to this is that it comes pretty dear in expensive four packs, and that it is competing with Breakfast Stout for my money.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on draft at Founders on Harvest Day.

Harvest Ale pours a clear, brassy shade of gold with a soapy, 1-finger head. The aroma is where this one shines: light orange, white peaches, apple skin, pine, and caramel. Smells fantastic, fruity, herbal, and almost tea-like. Taste is very citrusy, with distinct flavors of sugary lemon, orange, and grapefruit. But it's a slightly sweet, rather than bitter, citrus flavor that's very refreshing. There's a strong hop presence, but it's flowery, muted, and lightly piney. The mouthfeel is just right: medium-bodied, medium-carbed, and slightly dry.

Founders nailed this one…my favorite in the harvest ale genre.

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Photo of MIbeer27
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, dated 10/01/15 (revisited 10/16/15).

Pour is a crystal clear golden yellow with quickly dissipating, one-finger white head.

Aroma is a lovely mix of tropical fruit - pineapple, mango and apricot come to mind - and pine.

Taste follows the nose, only more boldly, joined by the hint of some biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel is dripping wet and juicy, yet magnificently dry at the end. Bitterness perfectly balances by cutting sweetness but allowing flavor to linger.

Overall, Founders Harvest Ale is one that I look forward to each year. It is one of the few IPA's that I have had that can be so juicy, yet not too sweet. Makes me wish wet-hopped season was all year-round!

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Photo of Boto
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a fairly clear straw yellow color. There was a small white head and it left some lacing. The aroma is a bit milder. Some malts, citrus and earthy hops, and slightly musty. The taste is good. Nice malt body. Somewhat tart/bitter flavor. Some pine and lemon hops. Nice.

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Photo of FFreak
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz glass into large tulip glass. A slighty hazy golden ale with a finger or so of white head and minimal lacing. Aroma was a little muted. Not sure the age of the bottle I got, but it could have been on the shelf for a while. I couldn't find a date. Some citrus and pine combined with caramel. Taste was very good, but again the hops had probably faded a bit as they are not 'in your face'. Nice balance of sweet caramel and bitter hops with just a bit of citrus and pine flavor. Overall, its good but I was hoping for more from this. Its solid and I'll try it again, but hopefully a fresher bottle.

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Photo of HopAlongG
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure what brother Jason is talking about here...I agree it's top-notch, but wtf is blond tobacco and hemp seed oil?

Grapefruity and swillable. Had it next to Centennial and it's what wet hopped is meant to be....piney and citrusy yet light somehow.

Tastes damn good...and it stands out among other IPAs consumed in the same session.

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Photo of pkalix
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden yellow with a little bit of foam on top. just noticed the bottled on date is October 2, 2013. we're almost into april now so I guess I aint gettin' the freshest there is....
smell is bland, muted, but with hops. not much else.
taste is sweet and honey-like up front with (almost) an explosion of fruit and caramel sweetness at the end. wow. biscuit sweet up front, caramel sweet at the end. slightly bitter hop in the middle. this is awesome. and it's old? someone else nailed it saying "lemon, orange and white grapefruit". that is exactly how this one tastes, and he was speaking from an older bottle also. this one is awesome. extremely sessionable and a 7.6% on top of that!! I can drink this on all day!!!!

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured a golden yellow in color with slight orange highlights, a good thin chunky head that left good bead like lacing on the glass. It had a nice earthy leafy aroma upfront on the nose, hints of citrus, underlying grain notes and mild hop character. The hops came through more on the palate alongside some citrus notes, slight bitter flavor, bready grains and a touch of earthiness. The brew was light in body with a fair amount of carbonation and a clean crisp finish.

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

poured into 20oz pint glass from bottle...

a: 1.5 finger head. bright white. little hazy golden ale but i didn't decant.

s: huge hop aroma. grapefruit, lemon, lime. very fresh. light toast malt backbone.

t: fresh hops punching through. tons of hop flavor but not over the top bitterness. malt hangs in there to balance.

m: medium carbonation. dry finish. lingering bitterness.

o: this is a great beer. unfortunately i've held onto this one in my fridge a bit too long as these are best fresh.

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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 Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a two finger head of a white color. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer heaviest of a citrus smell being a mix of citrus hop and a bit of sweet orange. Along with these aromas are notes of other hops with some pine and herbal smells present. Some light sweeter caramel smells as well as a bit of a bready smell are there as well giving an overall nice balanced IPA smell.

Taste – The taste begins with some tropical fruit tastes as well as a bit of a bready taste. The tropical fruits are largely of tangerine and mango but also have hints of pineapple within. Along with the bready and fruit are some hop flavors of a citrus nature. As the taste advances some grassy and herbal flavors come to the tongue. A moderately strong pine flavor later joins the tongue more toward the middle to the end giving a nice little resinous bite to the beer. While a sweeter caramel taste develops more toward the middle of the taste, it, as well as some of the fruit dwindle a bit toward the end. With some earthy hops coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, and combined with the rest of the tastes of the brew, one is left with a somewhat crackery, lightly sweetened and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on average side as well. For the drinkability and the style both were quite appropriate, creating a rather easy drinking but flavorful IPA.

Overall – A good hop blended IPA. Rather tasty overall.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks (yet again) to jdhowe for handing me one of these lately. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. No bottling date, which is strange - Founders usually is very consistent in dating their beers.

Pours a golden-amber color, clear as they can be (save for some minor flecks of sediment), with a good, semi-frothy white head at the top. Head retention could be better, but at the very least there's some good lacing and stickiness that clings to the glass. At their freshest, I've always found wet hop beers to look really good, and to my knowledge, this is the best looking hoppy offering from Founders I've seen yet.

Smells terrific - glad this is indeed a fresher bottle, according to my source. Vivid notes of apricots, honeydew, green melon, orange, and pine gracefully reach the nostrils. A little bit of white pepper and lavender follows, with a cracked barley flavor that is fresh and simultaneously reminds me of wheat and toffee at the finish. Extremely mellow overall, with a laid back vibe that many wet hop beers seem to lack (for better or for worse) - the alcohol is well hidden, and the build is what I'd come to expect in the style. Really, really good.

The flavor is pretty much on par with the aroma, delivering gentle and well expressed citrus and floral notes, with a refreshing, cleansing malty finish. The orange peel and light grapefruit comes in a first, but to me, the intriguing flavors still remain those apricot/melon notes that I mentioned earlier. Some herbal and floral flavors, as expected - lavender and sage come to mind. Finishes with a mild bitterness, but feels wet overall rather than dry, and this accounts greatly within the malt forward finish that is slightly cracker-like and bready. Refreshing as hell, which is not the first thing I'd claim a higher ABV, wet hop beer to be. Still, extremely drinkable, with no faded or minor flaws this time around.

I've never been a big fan of Founders' hop forward offerings, but this is extraordinarily good, and would hold up quite well even months after its bottling date. Granted, it's definitely best while its fresh, but this is perhaps my favorite everyday wet hopped beer if I've ever had one. Not their most complex offering, but it delivers the goods exactly as it should be.

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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 M_C_Hampton
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a nice white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: lively citrus hop aroma, grapefruit, orange

T: absolutely incredible balance of bitter citrus and sweet malt, tangypine resin hop finish

M:medium with higher carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O: an excellent IPA with fantastic flavor and balance

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Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like orange zest and sweet honey.
T: It tasted like sweet honey malt and bitter citrus zest, with a little waxy hops. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent IPA, but the scent and taste weren't delicious and the body was a little weak. Very clean finish, so very easy to drink. Nice session beer, but not otherwise impressive.

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Photo of A2HB
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers from Founders. The wet hops are oily, juicy, citrusy, piney, delicious.

This is last year's batch and it has held up very well over these past three months. The wet hops are still very noticeable although a bit more subdued than the first bottle. I will pretty much be ISO this one every October. Superb

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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 RaulMondesi
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Out of the bottle and into the Teku.

Wow. This is unique... Bottled 10-2-13 (3 months later) and Raul could only imagine this baby fresh. Just so clean and slightly crisp like Rooney Mara biting into an apple. Just clean and pure (the opposite of the Kardashian's)

Yep!!

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Photo of rangerred
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear, brilliant gold with with awesome head retention and lacing.

Aroma is very piny and earthy with just a touch of citrus coming through.

Lots of Earthiness in the taste with bread and light pine. Bitterness is on the high side leading to a crisp and drying finish.

Overall, really an awesome beer that brilliantly showcases what a hop harvest beer should be. One beer I really wish was available to me locally.

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

Brilliant gold color, mostly clear but a little hazy. Fluffy white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing after it falls. Nearly a half hour into this review, I looked again and found that the lacing was still where I left it, and the small head (cap?) that remained after the first minute or two is also still present.

Smell is heavy on the pine/floral notes compared to the citrus fruits, very clean and crisp. I'm still fairly stuffy so I can't give too much info on this, but it does smell very good.

Taste is, again, clean and crisp, very little sweetness but high in the grapefruit/pine character. The first time I had this I didn't care for it too much, but today I'm appreciating it quite a bit more. Very "resinous" and refreshing. The bitterness is strong but not overpowering at all. It just kind of sticks around to seal in the flavor after each sip, which I love. Compared to Red's Rye and Double Trouble, this one is a lot stronger in hop flavors (as opposed to malts), not as balanced but also they obviously hit what they were going for here. I'm still new to IPAs, hated them for a long time and finally saw the light recently, so my vocabulary is a bit limited. I like it a lot though. Very strong flavors, very refreshing even if it lacks the complexity of some.

Palate: carbonation is fairly high, which feels appropriate for an IPA with the bitterness and pine/resin characteristics of this one. Helps with the "crisp" taste that I keep talking about. The beer itself is somewhat oily, light to medium body, feels just right. Again I don't have the vocabulary for this but it's very appealing.

Overall I'm impressed once again by a Founders beer. This is a style I used to abhor (bad opinions or bad experience, I can't say for sure) but Founders is the brewery that finally won me over. Harvest Ale is in almost the exact style that I used to hate--high bitterness, floral/pine taste--but they've done it in a uniquely delicious and refreshing way that has changed the way I see beer once again.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: beautiful, light yellow-gold... slight-moderate haze... ~1/4" white head once poured, smatters of lace... cap stays till the bottom

S: pineapple, mild pine... light-moderate solventy alcohol... perhaps some honey-ish malt... overall more subdued than I'd expected

T: bright, explosive burst of resiny hop flowers.... little bit of that pineapple and some a very soft wash of zesty-peppery (pepper, as in fresh chili) bitter hop in the finish, long into the aftertaste.... the 70 IBU is well blended and balanced into its composition.... wonderfully clean and invigorating overall.... not beat-you-over-the-head hoppy... more fruity complexity (lemon zest) unfolds with rising temp and subsequent sips.... not the least bit sweet

M: as light-bodied as a pilsner and super clean.... the perception of bitterness and its taste-bud-scraping effect increases somewhat exponentially

O: pretty damn fantastic.... simple and effective... I hate to say it could use a bit more depth in hop variety and malt biscosity (amount of biscuit flavor).... there are other beers out there that will fulfill that need.... I did down this unusually quick

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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