Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

4,445 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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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head perched atop the clear amber liquid; some streaky lacing appears as the liquid descends

Smell: Floral and citrusy, with grapefruit dominant

Taste: Juicy citrus flavors, up front, with grapefruit and pineapple tones; a hint of caramel appears underneath but this beer is all about the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: What more can be said - this is one of the finest IPAs out there

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Poured a clearish orang with one finger head that left lace patches. A spicy, zesty, wet floral hop aroma with a good amount of caramel and bread malt as well. The balance on this beer is amazing b/c at times it's almost sticky sweet, then there is a bready fullness, almost chewey beer, and then it has this sharp, cutting hoppiness of grassy and wet hops. Really comes together and there's a crisp finish on the backend that is pleasing.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 10/2/13 poured into a tulip glass
A: Pale orange color with a one-finger head
S: Nice pine, citrus and tropical fruit. Very fresh
M: Very fresh, with flavors that match the nose
M: Medium-bodied, a touch oily, crisp
O: Tasty & well-made

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. Not much head to speak of. Pretty lacing as it goes down.

Nose boasts citrus, pine and pineapple. I wonder if they change the hops each year.

Very nice upfront bitterness without becoming harsh. Biscuit and straw from the malts. But the hops really shine. Some slick oily resin characters without a vegetal note. Mint and piney hop bitterness.

Really a beautifully made beer. It's everything I hoped for. So easy to drink. I see where jay ashmore could say there are some shortbread cookies here. Dry but with the oils this has a fairly big mouthfeel. Delicious.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an outstanding example of the style this is... perhaps the best malt backbone of any IPA out there and, by that, I mean one that stands right up to the massive wet hopping but is happy to let the lupulus shine...

Easily my favorite harvest ale... shines brighter than all the rest with a beautiful hop profile that is both juicy and pungent in its nature...

World class

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a nice lingering off white head. The nose is of hops, mostly grapefruit then followed by pine. Exceptionally well balanced and complex flavor, with the focus being on hop flavor rather than bitterness against a solid malt backbone. Hop grapefruit flavor is the most prevalent. Light medium body, well carbonated. Nice crisp finish with a lingering grapefruit flavor against a slight bitterness. The best IPA I have had to date. A wet hopping masterpiece.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 4,445 ratings.
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