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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 WhiteHillsStore
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a golden yellow with a thin fizzy head. The smell is pure hop with a lot of grapefruit coming through. The taste is bitter with some sweetness. The main concern is obviously for the hops and it creates a well balanced stage to show them off. A really well executed and tasting IPA.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Had this poured out of the bottle into a pint glass, my third Founders review. The color is goldish-orange, lighter than I would have expected for such a well hopped beer. The aroma and flavor are both strong plenty of pine and grapefruit, but less heavy than a lot of the genre. The taste gets you as soon as it enters your mouth really excellent.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Clear golden yellow with a barely a one finger head produced.

Aroma- Dank citrus and pine.

Taste- First sip reveals a big punch of bitterness from citrus flavors leaning towards lemon. Towards the finish the bitterness mellows out from toasted grain flavors, but a little bit of pine keeps the bitterness lingering for a bit. One of those beers at 70 ibus that packs more bitterness than many 100 ibus mainly due to the bone dry finish and citrus/pine combo.

Mouthfeel- Very bitter, dry, medium bodied, but fairly easy drinking overall.

Overall- My first wet hop ale and it was very good. Very dank with citrus/pine dominating the flavor at first, but balanced nicely by toasted malts. A little too dry and citrus forward for my liking, but it more than satisfies my recent hop cravings.

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Photo of are_doubleyou
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a golden orange color, a bit lighter than I would like for an IPA, but it is extremely clear and well carbonated. The head is light and quickly turns into a very thin lace.

S: Great floral and earthy hop notes are the most forward. There are also subtle hints of bready malt, citrus and pine resin.

T: The hop presence is immediate. Very floral and spicy up front. Some hints of grapefruit and pine come in the body along with some light malt notes to balance things up. The finish is a blend of floral and pine notes that lingers lightly on the palate. Very good and different from the emphasis on citrus I've been tasting a lot of recently.

F: It feels light and tangy on the tongue. Good carbonation with a crisp and dry finish.

O: Overall this is an excellent wet hop ale. Not quite my favorite and it might disappoint some people looking for a more citrusy American IPA, but it balances its bold hop flavors very well and I really enjoy the change up. Definitely worth the 4 pack in my opinion.

This beer was poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Blind Pig mug and enjoyed at apx 50F.

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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 cjgiant
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 9/30/2014:
Pours pale yellow to golden, with a large amount if fluffy head. The fluffiness lasts, the surface continues to hold the white stuff throughout the drink. Lacing is prevalent. Nose is wonderful, fresh green mown grass, floral notes, some tropical fruit notes, hint of citrus. The fruit notes are muted and there is an earthiness to the scents.

Taste is fairly well balanced. The opening tastes are on the sweet side, biscuity, and quit crisp and clean in feel. An earthy-to-grassy bitterness cuts this to begin the full-on IPA stage. The hops take over, more floral to me than fruity, but it's easier to describe fruits: canteloupe, maybe papaya. The finish is hard for me to distinguish between grass or light pine. Body begins light, as stated, but fills in nicely without becoming heavy. The feel is just a hint on the dry side, the correct side of balanced to be on for an IPA. Carbonation is present but takes a back seat to flavors.

A very well constructed IPA. The malts actual do come into play early, despite a lighter color to the beer, but the hops do really provide the profile if this beer, just not a huge "in-your-face" profile.

Revisit, 2015 - tasted 10/20 on bottled 9/30:
Rated individual components, original straight rating 4.4
Love the pale yellow golden color, decent head.
Nose shows some onion that I've grown to like less
The taste is a bit more grassy to herbal, with some oniony notes, but not more than I can handle and not killing the beer.
Guessing my rating will drop...

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really love this beer, especially the taste. Hate the fact that it's seasonal, too. This is my favorite beer by Founders, and I implore them to offer it year-round. Perhaps that would take from the mystique. Today marks the 41st anniversary of Hall and Oates' Abandoned Luncheonette. No, I'm not in my upper 60's like they are; in fact, my mother is subdued in age to the group I'm most glad she introduced me to while growing up. What does all this mean? I have no idea. All I know is that this beer surpasses Founders' Centennial and All Day. For that alone, it should be on rotation. For reasons undefined, it's not. I take one sip and I hear Daryl crooning: She's gooooone, oh why, I better learn how to face it, she's gone. Yes, she is, but she was damn good while she lasted.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours with very little to almost no head. The beer itself is a pale to medium yellow color. It has fairly low apparent carbonation.

The nose here is fairly malty sweetness with a bit of fairly gentle fruity hoppiness that merges with the fairly high alc. level to remind me of peaches. It seems pretty clear this beer is heavey on aromatic hops and light on bittering hops.

The taste is pretty sweet dry maltiness up front, despite the maltiness this beer is moderately dry. This sweetness fades quickly to light and fruity hops. There is some moderate hop bitterness on the very end of the taste, but it is very secondary compared to the malt and fruity hops.

Good beer, not sure I would buy it again at the price. Also, the malt body is a bit over powering for my taste.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Fresh full of
Strength like a
Confident woman,
Smells wonderful,
Slender body,
But could totally kick your ass.

A: Brilliantly clear yellow color with medium-high carbonation and soap-bubbly head that dissipates very slowly (3/3)
S: Juicy pineapple and floral aromas with a light boozeyness (10/12)
T: There’s something almost smoky about the malt character, but a fresh bitterness balances out that malt and then some. Pretty solidly acrid bitter hang, but there’s a lot more to the after taste than just bitterness. (16/20)
M: Very mouth-watering upfront, but dries out the tongue substantially on the finish. Pretty light bodied, but packs a punch with the alcohol. (5/5)
O: A remarkably refreshing beer for its strength, but I with there were something more to balance that hang. No question this is a good beer, and I’ve gotta give props to a wet-hopped anything, but I’ve definitely had more interesting flavor profiles before. (7/10)


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Photo of Rutager
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thank you to kalvarez for including this in a most excellent box recently!

Appearance. Pours a pretty darn clear yellow gold with a finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Juicy tropical fruits, some fresh grass and sweet citrus, some lighter malts and a faint hint of green onion.

Taste. Big green leafy hops, tropical and citrus fruit, a lasting bitter, grassy, citrus rind finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, Below medium carbonation.

Overall. Big juicy oily leafy green hops here. Sure to satisfy that hop craving.

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Photo of hoagzzz
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Worked hard to land a $76 case. Def more expensive and harder to find than last year! Great nose and likewise on the pour. Super grapefruit juicy hop taste. Overall like it but not absolute top tier for me. Thinking of throttling back on the brew scene til hopslam, sucks 12 ouncers et al hit in January.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: vibrant white grape-like and melon hop aromas up front. Soft peach and citrusy character abounds. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Slightly hazy pale amber pour with a moderate white head that retains well.

Flavor: More white grape and peach character up front. Firm earthy hop bitterness as a base. No malt aroma to speak of. Finish is bone dry with a powdery and lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium high carbonation. Slightly oily due to the hop resins.

Overall impression: A very dry, very bright American IPA. While bitter and a mouthful of hops, the light body and low malt character make this immensely drinkable. Another winner from Founders.

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Photo of brenty0man
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

This beer is a real treat, with an incredibly hop forward rush of flavors. I can smell a lot of tropical fruit on the nose. It has a soapy bubbly mouthfeel. I find that the finish lingers for some time, with a simultaneous presence of toasted malt and bitter reminiscence of the dank wet hop flavor. This beer has a cloudy, colloidal golden wheat color.

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Photo of pecokid
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Beautiful golden yellow colour. Fine lacing and head in a snifter from draft at Al's of Hampden. Weird medicinal taste mid palate. Aroma light and floral. Body very light. At 7.6% this beer lacks a malty backbone and takes the concepts of hop forward to a place I do not like, sorry. I did not even finish the glass.

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Photo of HoppyDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured; golden body; small rim of head, light hoppiness with a tad bit of spice, malty, with an easy bitter aftertaste.
Excellent beer, a must try. I will now enjoy the rest of my beer, in peace.

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Photo of Jnashed
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle.

A) light golden color, clear. Mod head and retention.

S). Citrus and floral. Still. Catch the Backend malt breadlines

T) wonderful. So drinkable. Crisp, clean hop finish also. Perfect bitterness to back the firm malt background. Again as Founders does, it's balanced. Love it

M) full, and crisp with moderate carbonation. Medium body

Overall, just a wonderful beer for those who love IPA but really love the subtlety of a balanced fresh hop one. Amazing, wish it could be more than an October thing.

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Photo of ksimons
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear orangish golden color with visible carbonation bubbles and two to three fingers worth of white head

S-some citrus and some pine with a light caramel sweetness

T-taste is more bitter than the smell would suggest, somewhat spicy with pine and citrus hops. Caramel malt backbone.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall very drinkable but you still get a good amount of hop bitterness

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

The beer pours a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a light amber that borders on gold. The beer is clear and, therefore, obviously filtered. The smell has a strong tropical citrus and pine notes with a slightly bready note at the end that makes the smell rather sweet. The taste is similar to the smell. The taste starts off with a citrus and slightly piney hop taste with a slight malt sweetness at the end and in the aftertaste. The beer has a very hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a while. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a bit of carbonation. The beer also has a slightly sticky afterfeel. Overall, a fantastic beer and one worth getting again. The only regret is that it's not more widely available.

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Photo of Jeff_whitman
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Extremely hard to find as i checked at numerous places all october. I luckily scored the only case one beer place received this year. Bottled 10/1/14. Smells great and unique. Wonderful color and nice thick creamy head. From the first sip you can tell this is the real deal......beautiful whole fresh hops. Tastes of raw raw hops, fruity sweet, and canibus. Each sip lingers and leaves you craving for more. Forget pliny. Get yourself a harvest ale. Cheers and thank you founders for this work of art!

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Photo of surfcaster
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Remember that 7 up commercial with "crisp and clean with no caffeine?"

This is the 7up of IPAs

Unbelievable bright, super crisp--drinks like a 5% beer (wish it was) with a super juicy hop presence that is all citrus and so easy to drink. A little higher in ETOH than many others of the wet hop style but you would never know it.


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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

When I opened the bottle, I would swear that I had a Zombie dust in my hands. The smell was awesome. The flavor was not quite Zombie, but was still very enjoyable. Nice job founders...

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. BOTTLED 09/30/2014.

Appearance: Pours a golden body with a thin white head.

Smell: Light juicy hop and strong pilsner malt aroma.

Taste: Spicy hop flavor. Firm crisp bitterness. Sweet pilsner malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, sharp bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting a much juicier, tropical/citrus hop bomb. Bitterness is high, but body is light and crisp. Non of the classic ale fruitiness. If you told me this was a continental pilsner, I would have believed you.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, this really is worth the hype. Some places are just allowing customers to purchase one bottle of this, that is obscene. This comes in a four pack, that is how its is meant to be marketed, sell it that way. Don't try to take advantage of customers on this or any other beer.

Aroma: Hops, nice aromatic floral hops. It has a bit of onion going on, but I enjoy IPA's that have that in its profile.

Taste: So smooth, hops, balance well. This beer is amazing really, I may have to purchase more if my store still has some. It has a fairly high abv., not crazy high, but bordering on the DIPA range, but its crisp, and refreshing. Nice balance of hops and malts. One of the better beers I have had this season.

Overall: If you can find this, buy it, don't get ran over by stores that are trying to burn you by charging more per single to get more profit. Luckily, I have some honest guys I deal with. Its not that rare. Just limited. Go out and find yourself some!

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Photo of draheim
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this; last time I had it was a 10/2/2013 bottle consumed on 11/25/2013 (courtesy of cavedave). This bottle is just 3 weeks old, so worth a redo.

12oz bottle (bottled 9/30/2014) into a tulip (thanks again LambicPentameter!). Pours a nice honey straw color, crystal clear w/ a frothy white head, decent lace.

Aroma is juicy grapefruit and orange, two of my favorite aromas for a fresh-hop beer. Detectably sweet with a hint of alcohol on the nose.

Taste is a mix of citrus and pineapple (is pineapple a citrus fruit?). Maybe a touch of mango or papaya in there too. Bready pale malt. Sweet, with a noticeable booziness that distracts a bit from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, almost full-bodied. Satisfying. Goes down easy.

Overall a solid offering from Founders, but I did find that the bigger malt bill and higher ABV was competing with the hops a bit.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden yellow, clear, with a short white head, and a touch of lacing.

S - Pine, lemon, and floral notes. A bit of dankness, too. Hops all the way.

T - Following the nose, coupled with fresh cut grass, and a spicy, punchy sweetness from the beer's malt backbone. The close is a sharp turn to bitterness, grapefruit pith with juicy highlights, that fades slowly.

M - Oily, with drying. Given the hard bitter element in the close, the build could have been far worse.

O - This is an excellent IPA, with a unique hop flavor profile. Bright and full, with a strong bitter end, the wet hop comes through in the green notes, floral elements, and subtle spiciness.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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