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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Reviews: 1,099 | Ratings: 4,440
Photo of NateDyk47
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 4 pack of bottles. Drank from snifters.

Look: medium golden color with half a finger white head, light lacing
Smell: citrus hops with a hint of pine
Taste: bitter hops upfront overtaken by a mild tangerine aftertaste, hint of malt
Feel: medium bodied with light carbonation, very crisp & refreshing

Overall: great IPA by Founders. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, golden orange with a thin, creamy, off white head.
A wonderful citrus hop smell with tangerine.
Wonderful balance of hop and malt. Candied citrus fruits. Resin bitterness sticks to tounge. Refreshing finish.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into Nonic Pint
Bottled 10/03/16 about 3 weeks ago
L- clear, dark gold, inch-thick foamy head, leaves lacing
S- pine, citrus, pineapple as well
T- feels like i'm biting into a fresh pine tree, sweet lightly toasted caramel malt, with a bitter piney finish with hints of the aforementioned pineapple
F- light/medium bodied, crisp carbo
O- a extremely solid IPA, well balanced, really enjoy the freshness especially from a National Brewer. Well Done.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.12/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold-copper with a large frothy head dying to a thin blanket leaving a lot of lace.

Smell is really toasty cracker, popcorn and lime with a lightly astringent afterscent.

Taste is orange, lime, Smarties, cracker, and biscuit. Tangy but bitter.

Frothy and medium soft at first, finishing very dry and chewy.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of floral and pine notes along with citrus.

Tastes of the oily hops with a good malt backbone. Hops lead off with pine resin and floral notes along with some citrus zest. This gives way to sweet malts with caramel and syrupy sweetness. Not particularly bitter. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good wet hop ale that showcases the hop oil.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 4-pack ($13.99). Back of bottle dated 10/03/2016.

Pale yellow, clear elixir poured into SA glass. Two-finger, bright white foam, crags of lacing.

A complex mix of citrus, pine, earth, spice with a subtle malt biscuit.

The taste follows with a the earth, pine coming to the fore front, mingling with a nice grass/mint flavor. The malt is still there, lingering like a detective that had been watching around the corner and now followed to make his arrest.

Light-medium body, a bit of an acidic twang.

Descent wet hopped ale, better than last year but not near the standards set by previous editions. Pricey.

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Photo of weakascheese
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good beer... a great beer. Really tasty. Another IPA that has me wondering why the abv is so high... 7.6%...really? You're a shade or two away from entering double territory. And I'm wondering if that's necessary.

Harvest... wet hops... why is the malt character so prevalent? It's sweet. It's doughy, bready.... cake? Don't get me wrong, it's delicious, but I guess I was expecting the juicy, bursting citrus hop precence the bottle describes. Uhhh... where?

Hmmm.... it may seem I'm taking a dukey on this beer. I don't mean to. Sometimes I'm a slave to style and description. Knowing Founders I shouldn't have been, i.e. Pale Joe (a pale ale guys? really?) Hey I love that beer too!

What I'm trying to say is that it's a really great beer with the grain bill leading the charge and some... some... citrusy hop character that leads to a surprisingly dry finish.

If you see it... pick it up... enjoy it. It's freakin' good. However, the words on the bottle are seemingly meaningless.

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

On tap poured into snifter

Clear copper liquid , solid one finger white foam cap , good lacings

Aroma is of stone fruits, apricots, peaches

Sweet malt base , hop spice

Really Good beer

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottled on 10/03/16

Pours slightly hazy amber gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh peaches, apricot, nectarine, papaya, orange, guava, grapefruit, passionfruit, some berries, toasted caramel malt, with floral earthy herbal grass and dank pine. Tastes like peaches, nectarine, apricot, papaya, orange, grapefruit, berries, guava, passionfruit, toasted caramel malt, with floral earthy herbal grass and dank pine. Feels medium bodied, smooth and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great wet-hopped harvest ale.

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Photo of azurel
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exactly what a harvest ale should taste like... Aroma of fresh hops....underlying dankness. Taste is of freshed picked hops supported by hop bitterness.

I assume they used pellets for bitterness and the fresh for flavor and aroma which is forefont and on point.

The malt body/sweetness doesn't appear at all, its all hop dankness.....light spicyness on the finish.

Mouth feel is full, moderate/high carbonation.

Couple weeks ago I picked about 2 lbs of fresh hops....That smell was captivating....

This Founders release really brings that smell and taste.... Another Excellent job by Founders.

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Photo of Feldpausch
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding 2016 batch, best wet hopped IPA of the year right here. Founders delivers again, if you see it near you, don't just buy one 4-pack, best advice I can give you!!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drops a yellow color with great clarity especially for a wet hopped ale. Nice 1/2" white head. Drops lots of aroma hops. Seems to hit those new American varieties of hops, simcoe, amarillo.

Wow, just a really almost perfect experience. Imparts tons of hop flavor without going into excessive bitterness territory. The malt bill seems out of the way and neutral, golden promise type of lightly toasted malt to keep this from ever seeming heavy or bogged down in caramel or toffee.

I wish stuff like this was year round and fresh, would be awesome. Definitely a first tier world class harvest ale and ipa, they put it in a great format at a great price too.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.68/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle to goblet. Aroma is pine, hops, citrus. Look is pale yellow, small white head, fades. Taste is a bit soapy, with some pine, some citrus. Ok...well...starts off ok, but it wears thin on you.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with one finger of foamy white head. Head retains for a few minutes and leaves behind plentiful lacing.

S: Aromas of citrus and tropical fruits initially, orange peel, grapefruit, papaya, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, and mango all come to mind. You also find some nice cracker like malts, hemp, and caramel as well as pine from the hops. Subtle but incredibly pleasant and inviting aromas.

T: The flavors open with some sweet malt, caramel, orange, and honey initially, then the hops really come out with dank pine, and tropical fruits. Has a subtle sweetness to it that mixes well with the bitter pine notes, very well balanced and delicious.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth on the palate with a slick bitter finish.

O: This is a fantastic IPA. One of my favorite seasonal brews it boasts great drinkability and is absolutely delicious. Overall this brew is well balanced and truly shows off the wet-hopped aspect very well. I would gladly recommend this brew (and have many times before) to anyone looking for a great wet-hop IPA, as this is easily one of the best out there in my opinion.

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Photo of zshaft
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer looks nice. smells ok. tastes great. like a double trouble light for me. nice blend of citrus w some floral hops that sweeten at the end w light malt. very nice beer.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Admittedly, this score isn't fair. Bottked 10/02/2015 & drank 2/2/2016. Four months old. The beer is good though. Don't get me wrong. Just lemony and malty as expected for a beer at this age. It's obvious that this was an A beer fresh. Sadly, I didn't get to try it as such.

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Photo of Samp01
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale hazy golden yellow with a small quickly fading white head. Aroma is citrus pine hops a bit of biscuit malt. Taste same as aroma, has some orange grapefruit notes as well. Palate is a medium body, fairly smooth with mils carbonation. Finishes with a citrus, orange grapefruity sweetness and hops bitterness. Leaves a citrus grapefruit aftertaste. Overall a good drinking and flavorful brew.

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

2015. Good, Not great. As always, founders has good look and feel for style. i just feel that this harvest wet hopped ale is lacking in hops. Its a good brew, but I'd probably just settle for centennial ipa.

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Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, earthy malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, earthy malt, alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, a good appearance and blend, with decent aroma and body.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pour is hazy orangish color with a few fingers of head, leaves some lacing.

hops and malts on the nose, getting some citrus notes and a nice floral scent that is complimented by sweeter malts. taste is pretty much the same - and they did a nice job striking the right balance on this one. medium body and carbonation, really like the way this one feels on the tongue.

overall this beer is both interesting and refreshing, really glad I picked up a 4 pack!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date of 09/30/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden orange in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention, then breaks down to a mostly barren surface with a thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing outside a random spot here or there.

Smell - Aroma hits on orange character with strong caramel and a touch of toasted malt.

Taste - Follows the nose. Near equal notes of orange hop character and caramel malt with a toasty undertone. Finish is slightly bitter, with a faint note of orange pith bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair, slightly bitey carbonation. Slick and lightly creamy texture helps to give this a super smooth delivery before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Hmm, reminds me a bit of Two-Hearted, with stronger flavor. I'm always a fan of the orange/caramel pairing, and they do wonderfully here. Will buy again next year, hopefully with a fresher sample.

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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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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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