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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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a light amber with two inches of white head that has good retention. As the head dissipates a slight ring is left behind.

S- not as strong as I expected, subtle. Pine jumps out first with citrus and floral hop notes behind it. A sticky but light sweetness asking with typical founders ipa yeast in the background.

T- a little different than the smell, I taste citrus first but then the resiny pine notes come forward. Light but noticeable malt presence balances the hops pretty well along with that founders yeast profile. Bitter but not overly bitter.

M- light on the carbonation, but just right for an ipa. Sticky resin coats the tongue after a few sips. Medium mouthfell that sits well.

O- A very well done wet hop ipa, not too bitter and not a huge malt presence makes for a pretty good balance. Hops are the star here for sure but no lingering bitterness despite the sticky hop resins. A great brew, I'm glad I got ahold of a four pack and I'd definitely grab more given the chance this fall.

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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw golden in color with a good white frothy head that has good retention.

Smell has some great hop aromas, fresh tropical fruit hop aromas are forward followed by a some herbal and light vegetal aromas. Malt is light and grainy and does well to showcase the hops. More fresh hop aromas come out as it warms.

Taste is great. Awesome rich herbal hop flavors are forward and followed by a light tropical fruit hop very mild bitterness. Lots of hop oils and resin let the hop flavors last well after it has been swallowed without the big hop bitterness typical with such a hop forward beer.

Mouthfeel is awesome also. Carbonation is mild and the light grain keeps it soft. Lots of hop oils and resin give this a huge sticky feel with a relatively mild bitterness. This gives it a medium body but keeps it highly drinkable.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 10/02/2013 printed on the bottleneck. About two weeks old, and about as fresh as I could ask for! Excited to have this seasonal from Founders, a beer from them I've never tried before.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a light orange colored body with nice clarity and two fingers of fluffy cloudy off-white head. Nice fat rings of lace as the head recedes. Looks good.

S - Smell is of big oily pine resins, pine sap, grapefruit zest, lime zest, some rye & cracked pepper, and a bready malt backbone. Smells fresh and inviting.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp carbonation, lively oily pine hop bitterness, freshly cut grapefruit, oranges, and bready caramel malt to balance things out. Faint cracked pepper and rye are noticeable on the finish. Excellent.

M - Feel is fresh, clean, and bitter. Resinous pine & grapefruit zest clinging to the palate.

Overall, probably the best IPA I've tried from Founders yet, way ahead of their year-round Founders Centennial Ale offering. An excellent seasonal from Founders, and highly recommended, although for the price I paid, $11.99, this should have definitely been a six pack instead of four.

Founders Harvest Ale ---4/5.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazed golden, two finger thick white head that has good retention and lacing.

S - Citrus, with mango and grapefruit, and pine hops. Hints of honey, caramel sweetness.

T - Nice hop flavors again with the grapefruit lingering through the aftertaste. Caramel, bready malts provide a balancing sweetness.

M - Medium body, spot on carbonation makes a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Finish is mostly dry, but leaves some hop oils behind. Touch of booze.

D - I first had this when it was considered a APA, with a considerably lower abv. Seems like such a more refined brew since then, with such clean hops and a balanced sweetness.

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3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a golden straw yellow. Cloudy with a chance of white lace....nice retention and stick after every drink.

s - dank and resninous hops, floral, fresh, perfume.

t - lip smacking juicy fresh hops, oily, dank, resnious, piney, some malts, wet mouthfeel.

o - really nice and fresh IPA.

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