Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale
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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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Reviews:
1,066
Ratings:
4,302
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
18.53%
 
 
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Photo of olmatty
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a deep golden with a creamy, low, white head and a touch of lacing.

Smell- Fresh, bitter and herbaceous hop oils with some malts riding deep behind.

Taste- Resiny lupulin oils, malts are pretty well swamped by hops. Hops are vegetal, grapefruit rind, herbaceous and there is lots of sticky bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Palate filling bittenress, moderate to low carbonation.

Drinkability- Very tasty, but huge hop presence makes multiple bottle unlikely. Love the freshness.

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Photo of merlin48
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle pours a hazed, honey amber body with a small offwhite head. Scattered patchy lace is left on the glass.

Aroma is citrusy hops, lots of grapefruit that is accented by tropical mango and some orange. Melted swirls of caramel underneath.

Lively carbonation enhances a dry medium body.

Taste features a crisp citrusy and leafy hop bitterness. Grapefruit dominates, without any significant tropical fruit sweetness. Toasted caramel notes are in the background, but offer a nice enough balance. Finishes with a lingering dryness.

No flaws. A top tier American IPA.

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Photo of BigMike
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 120z bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

The bottle states this one is 70 ibu's and 6.5%abv.

Pours a light tangerine color with some haze. Some yellowish type highlights in the light. This one is topped off with a little less then half a finger of head that is white and thin.

Smell is fresh and clean. A lot of fruit and even a candy like sweetness in the nose. Pineapple, mango and kiwi dominate the nose. Smells delicious. Time to dive in.

Taste pretty much mimics the nose. Lots of fruit and a light pineapple juice flavor going on here. This is a really tasty ale. There isn't a ton of hop bitterness but just enough on the finish to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and smooth. Just enough carbonation makes this one extremely easy to drink.

Like i said previously. This one is very high on the drinkability scale. Light fruity crisp and refreshing. I could definitely session this one. Founders is in the upper tier of breweries in the world. I knew this would be another great brew from them and i wasn't disappointed.

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

12 ounce bottle courtesy of fisherman4. Pours a golden yellow with a thick white one finger head. Tight lacing. Nose- strong tropical fruits (pineapple, mango). Taste- more citrus hops blasting from the forefront. Leads to a chewy grapefruit middle and drying back end. Malts are only along for the ride on this one. More of a west coast style malt dryness to this so lighter bodied that really delivers the hops. Crisp refreshing carbonation that helps push through the hop resin. Tasty stuff

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

This was a clearly well-balanced beer. Too often when we get hopped beers, it becomes a hop bomb, and I am of the persuasion that interesting beers are interesting, but quaffable beers are paragon. The familiar grassy, floral smell of hops is present in the nose, but the taste was not dominated completely by hops. They were there, of course, but played well with the malt too and neither bashed you over the head. That's what I appreciated about this beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (non-twist cap, woo)

Pours a translucent, honey golden color with a fluffy white head of small bubbles with not much retention or lacing. Nose is potent punch of grapefruit and grassy hops, slightly sweet, not much else. Very nice, excellent for an APA, though not very complex. Thick bodied with strong carbonation in the dry finish. Flavor throughout is heavy on oily grapefruit hops and earthy/grassy notes, with minimal presence of malt backbone. This is pretty great for an APA, about as much hops and flavor as you could hope for and finishes with a lingering bitter pungent citrus flavor. Overall, the flavor is a little too sweet for more to rate this higher, but this is one of my favorite harvest ales I've had this season.

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Photo of Maction
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy gold with a bit of amber in the center. The is big and fluffy and leaves tenacious rings of lace down the side of the glass.

S: Dank weeds, like dandelion & cannibus and some sweetness lurking in the background.

T: Sweet lemon, tea, a hint of brine, bitter and dry finish.

M: Medium heft, a little coating, then medium dry.

D: This is yummy, the fresher the better, makes me wish I had a kegerator so I could drink a few of these every night.

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Photo of hardy008
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color with a one finger white head and nice lacing. The smell has citrus hops, with the aromas of grapefruit and oranges. There is also a decent amount of caramel malt.

The taste also has grapefruit, oranges, and a nice caramel malt backbone. Nice combination of sweetness and bitterness.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, with a bittersweet aftertaste. A very easy beer to drink. As usually is the case, this is another great beer from Founders.

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Photo of blackearth
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a bright gold body with a white head. Aroma is dominated by piney and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Great hop flavor throughout which seems to "build" after the finish, much like the heat of a chili pepper. Very good drinkability.

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

Glad to see this again this year, had it for the first time last year and loved it.

Pours a hazy golden color with little head and slight lacing. Smell is amazing for a hop lover like me, very floral and grapefruity on the nose. Taste is very hoppy and yet balanced with some malt sweetness...to me the nose and taste match.

This is the best APA I have ever had, simply love it. Drinkability is at the top for me, I could drink this all the time if I could afford and find it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another bottle courtesy of the great trader russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a hazy bright light gold colour. The head of foam is small but there's decent lacing.

The smell...well..it's a wet hopped ale so can you guess? ;^) Big bold aromas of grapefruit and grass that grow stronger the more whiffs I take. An American Pale Ale, I think, that has few rivals when it comes to the hops in the smell. And...I'm just in the mood.

First sip and the hops are working wonders on my palate. Again, I'll have to reference my just in the mood remark. Here, I think, the grass and some pine dominate with the citrus grapefruit playing the 3rd "stooge", much like Shemp, but they are all playing their parts brilliantly. Oh and the malt? Whilst I didn't/couldn't detect any in the smell, there *is* a very light sweetness here showing and perhaps, prevents this beer from going over the edge in bitterness. I thank Founders for doing that.

It has a lightish body with medium carbonation and the hops give me a nice slickness on the tongue.

Drinkability? Get out of here! 6.5%abv and seriously, I could stay with this brew all.night.long! It is that satisfying to me. I put it in the upper echelon of American Pale Ales.

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Photo of manahansf
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale gold color topped with a thin lacy white head. Very fragrant and fills the nose with sweet juicy hop aromas. The flavor is very similar and the light body is filled with sweet juicy flavors from the wet hops. Light refreshing body with mild carbonation levels. The full hop flavor mellows and finishes with sweet hints of the hop bitterness.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color, full fluffy white head, good retention, lacing and oily residue after the sip. Smell is of grassy, floral and piney hops with a nice citrus and cereal grain presence throughout. Taste follows scent with a delicious combination of fresh grassy, floral, piney and citrus hops. Very nice grainy background with some asprin like tastes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly oily, slight grainyness to it. Very good, non extreeme beer from founders. Not quite as good as the Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest, which i find to be slightly more earthy, but better then the Sierra Wet Hop Harvest.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bought at Capones in Norristown. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Finger tall white head above a golden/amber color. Streaming carbonation lets the foam hang on for a little while, but it slowly recedes to a thin layer. Leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Floral hoppy aroma. Oily citrus, grapefruit and grassy aromas are most prevalent. Really a nice smelling beer, wish more had this aroma.

Taste: Bitterness up front gives way to a semi-oily grapefruit and lemon flavor that is very good. Bitterness returns in the middle and lasts through the finish with lingering grapefruit flavors on the tongue. Has some piney and grassy notes, but they're not very prevalent and only appear once the beer warms. Enough malt backbone to balance the bitterness, but the hops dominate.

Mouthfeel: Lingering bitterness with a bit of an oily feel after the finish. Medium carbonation that hits you just about everywhere. I'd say medium body, but certainly not challenging or filling.

Drinkability: Super beer. ABV is hidden well, maybe just a hint at the end once its warmer. A sixer wouldn't be an issue for me.

Despite my love for hops, I usually ignore a lot of harvest ales in favor of pumpkin ales. Glad I didn't overlook this one this year.

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Photo of Walken
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders: Harvest Ale (Bottled: 09/23/09) (Tasted: 11/18/09)
12 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color, slightly hazy. Bubbles rush up to the top of the glass though the head forms very slowly and fades quickly into a two millimeter cap of soapy bubbles.
Odor: Subdued, but very pleasant nose of tropical fruit with some waxy, grassy, somewhat piny hints in the background.
Consistency: On the high end of light bodied, though it definitely feels as if there's a bit of meat to this one, the hop oils and carbonation lend a luscious, smooth feel to this beer.
Flavor: Faint, lightly toasted malt flavor and dextrin sweetness in the background, juicy hop flavor in front, perception of bitterness is low and clean. Flavors that come to mind are orange, grapefruit and pine. Bitterness rears up a bit as the hops ride into the finish.

I like this beer quite a bit. It's nice to taste a hop focused APA that isn't dashing headlong into IPA territory.

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

Poured from a brown bottle into a pub glass. Forming a inch of froth, receding to leave quite the thick froth filled collar and thin cap.
A nice hazy unfiltered look to this. Its not completely hazed over though, so I'm guessing this is dry hop haze. Still it looks nice, I like it this way.
Very 2-row like in color with a little cara in there for a darker yellow.

Aroma is a sensational citric sweetness filled with oranges and mild pine bitters, some resin like aroma in there too. Overall very fresh smelling.

Mouthfeel has a hop oil heaviness to it, somewhat slick with medium carbonation.
Taste is out of this world fro hop freshness. Plenty of orange citric sweetness, mild pine with a bit of grapefruit rind tartness.
Cereal grains in the backround with some aspirin hop flavors. Bready too, with a bit of biscuits and caramel. So maybe cara 10L and 2-row? I dont know, but its simple, and delicious and I really enjoyed it.

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

From Bruisin' Ales. Pours dark golden, with significant white head. Hoppy aroma, tad above average mouthfeel. Very drinkable tasty, though significant IBU, still some balance. Hop lead citrus lemon mint. Very good representative of an IPA, and one I would trust even to novices.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from Founders--a pale gold color with fleeting head and lacing. Smell is largely floral and citrus hops... not too strong, but delicious. Taste follows the nose, with a nice bitter punch up front. Good stuff here. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for me, but nice dry finish with it. A good sessionable beer here.

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Photo of eternaljester81
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a somewhat hazy, slightly amber blond. A less than aggressive pour yields around a half-inch head of bright white, which settles to a wispy cloud. Lacing is minimal, but what's there is sticky.

S - Floral hops all the way, with some grapefruit/lemon/bitter citrus notes. There's also some hints of alcohol in the back-end.

T - Bitter hops up front, nearly balanced with light malt. However, as should be expected, the hops are boss. As with the nose, there's also the hint of lemon zest, and grapefruit. Despite some alcohol in the scent, the 6.5% abv is surprisingly well hidden in the taste. The aftertaste is little on the bitter side, but still decently clean.

M - Not thick, but also not watery. Slightly oily from the big hop presence.

D - At 6.5%, this is dangerously drinkable. The hops, while assertive, are not overbearing. However, for the price and availability, this may be a beer to covet, rather than quaff.

All around another excellent beer from Founders. It's just a shame this beer has such limited availability.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent head. Smell is full of hops, sticky and thick. Taste is just the same, very hoppy and sweet. So much hop flavor in this one. Not an overbearing bitterness to such a hoppy taste. Very surprising and a great beer. One of the best beers I've had with such a strong presence of hops.

Cheers,
Jordan.

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Photo of JohnL9013
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, a really well-constructed beer from Founder's.

A: Pours the typical pale cloudy IPA orange, a little less glow and a little more straw colored. Weak head that dissipates quickly, but good lacing.

S: Wow, a huge hop nose with a strong citrus character. It's very different from a dry-hopped ale's smell.

T: Definitely a huge hop flavor with a distinct grapefruit and citrus flavor. What a huge difference between this and a dry-hopped beer. This is like the Fresca of beers... except strong and delicious and IPA-ey.

M: Too carbonated. Doesn't settle well in the mouth.

D: Relatively drinkable... kind of sessionable, I'd imagine.

This beer's definitely worth trying. The problems that it has with mouthfeel are easily compensated for by its excellent flavor and smell.

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Photo of farrago
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head crests at about one finger, bleached white and mostly large to very large bubbles which helps it dissipate swiftly, moderate stickiness to the lacing. More dark yellow in color than light orange amber, has a gauziness which traps light inside despite the overall lighter hue. The hops-driven nose is more peat moss and forest floor scrub than grassy, more relaxed and less stiff than expected, orange peel, very light honey, more so pineapple, nectarine bite with softer apricot tones, pine oil, the malts very much in the background. Medium-bodied, here the pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus leaps out at you. Resiny pine, more of the forest scrub, has a yeasty side that just manages to carve out a niche. Starts off dry and ends much drier, even as it adheres to your mouth walls it prickles and falls away. Again, little malt balance, a smooth residue at best. Comes across like it serves two masters, one make a big impression, the other stay true to your roots. Very good but not benchmark.

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Photo of BeachRez
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received bottle from Hooliganlife!

Poured into a pint glass.

A- The color was a golden/orange color with a really crisp head.

S- I think this is the key to this beer. Just a very clean, citrisy smell. I just smelled fresh. Nice hop aroma. Not overly sweet at all.

The Taste and Mouthfeel are the same on this. Real nice bitterness that I think is balanced by the sweetness of the hops and malt. Very easy to drink and just GOOD.

Not something I can drink a lot of as it kills my palate, but very good for a one beer with a chicken dinner.

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Photo of mbudner
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Golden with a slight orange hue. 1-finger head that receded quickly leaving a decent lacing. Pretty plain looking.

S- Hop profile is that of citrus with a slight piney-ness, maybe some floral notes.

T- Bitterness from hops comes through without all of the flavors listed in the aroma. Not as complex as the aroma led on, but not bad by any means. I also get some freshly mown grass as it warms a little. Also, slight biscuity malt in the finish.

M- Sort of "sticky" on the palate and down the throat from the hop oils/resins with a lingering bitterness.

D- While this wasn't the most impressive APA, it was damn good and extremely drinkable. I could put several of these back quickly.

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Photo of eljefe21
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden off yellow color. Thick body produces a single-finger head with some direct pouring. Some watery, lightly bubbled lacing.

S: An incredible citrus-pine smell leaps from the glass. Hop smell to get a hop head's mouth watering.

T: Bitter, sticky hop burn hits the tongue and dries out at the finish. Not much of a malt balance, but with a hop taste like this, who needs balance.

M: Body is medium with a hoppy oily feel. Finish is dry and quenching.

D: I could drink several of these every night of the year. Alas with this being a seasonal brew that's not an option. Find myself buying this again and again knowing I won't be able to get this soon. Hoppy and big enough for cooler weather, crisp and dry enough for warm weather.

Served: in a faceted mug.

Review from notes taken on: 11/9/09.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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