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 BeerAndBourbon
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.
S. Citrus hops with orange peel and mild pine.
T. Flavor profile similar to the smell with a very mild malt background. A bit spicy as well.
M. Medium body with a subtle dose of carbonation.
D. Goes down quick and easy. I could use another one of these.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank this from a imperial pint glass.
A- pours hazy gold in color. A 1 finger head that has decent retention. Gobs of lacing left.

A- lots of citrus. Orange and grapefruit mainly. Hops are present. There is a hint of some malts coming from out in the distance.

T- orange, grapefruit, and perhaps a mellow peach or some kind of melon. The hop and malt profiles are blended nicely. Not as hoppy as I was expecting, however, there is a tad bit of bitterness present. I don't detect any real alcohol presence.

M- medium to light in body. It finished very crisp.

D- I could drink A TON of these. To bad I only have one. I gave this a 5 for good reason.


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Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, nearly a finger of bright white head with nice retention, bubbly, hazy bright golden straw coloring, nice bubbling.

s- nice aromatic hops, earthy, grapefruit.

t- nicely balanced between the grapefruit and biscuit, i'm getting that dry hopped sense, but this is a wet hopped brew, it's enjoyable none the less.

m- medium bodied.

d- really nice, goes down so easily, very refreshing. yet another great offering from founders!

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

The color is a hazy blonde. Head was only a short lived 1/4" that dissolves into a white ring around the glass, leaving a flat appearance.

There's a strong presence of grapefruit and a little mango in the smell. Very much a citrus hop profile.

The flavor is almost exclusively grapefruit and leaves a bitter perfume-like aftertaste. It's a very bitter beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, slightly dry. Carbonation is low and flat.

Drinkability is good, not great. Alcohol is not detectable, but the unbalanced bitterness does detract drinkability slightly.

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light gold in color with a smallish creamy white head. There is a slight chill haze.

S: Very aromatic: Predominantly grapefruit and other citrus with some fresh pine and a touch of maltiness.

T: Grapefruit. Pronounced bitterness. A odd light malt attempts to work its way through but is overpowered. A bit out of balance.

M: On the lighter side with decent carbonation. Sufficiently bitter.

D: A decent beer, but, from my opinion it is a bit out of balance. It has a great nose and appreciable bitterness, but lacks the malt backbone to support and the hop flavor itself is subdued.

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Was able to pick up a fresh bottle this year and it makes a huge difference.

A: Dull yellow gold in color. Clear. Forms a tight 1/2" of white head that leaves nice rings of lacing on the way down. Good retention.

S: Very, very aromatic. Could smell this one as soon as I popped the top. Pine and grapefruit.

T: Pine, grapefruit. A moderate bitterness with a bit of a grainy malt backbone. Dry. Fresh tasting. Very nice

M: On the lighter side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Appreciable bitterness.

D: Very good and quite enjoyable. I wonder how I came across this beer so late last year as it is already nearly impossible to find this one already this year. Regardless, freshness is the key with this one as it is a much more impressive beer.

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Photo of gpioski
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- OK, the pour looks great. Poured into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy, straw colored. Crazy aggressive carbonation. Perfect, 1 finger head that looks foamy and creamy. Really makes a good presentation.

S- Aroma has a sweet smell- like fresh grapefruit and pineapple. Strong hops with a hint of malt. Mostly citrus with a bit of cane sugar.

T- Flavor was actually different than aroma profile. Suprising. Hoppy with fruity flavors as expected, but more subtle than the aroma let on. Was both sweet and bitter at the same time, as strange as that sounds. Not as bitter as expected with 70 IBUs.

M- Decent mouthfeel. Not quite as creamy as it looked. Also, not overly carbonated, even though it looked it.

D- Very drinkable. 6.5% ABV was pretty average and the beer itself was refreshing.

Another good mark for Founders! Highly recommended.

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Photo of evansrdbrew
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on: 2/13/10

70 IBU's 6.5% ABV
12 oz. in pint glass
Wet-hopped ale

A= hazy orange-blossom honey color with a 1/4" head which receeded quickly to leave a nice heavy halo reaching up the glass.

S= Citrusy orange hop aroma with slight notes of pine. Fresh and inviting aroma.

T= Crisp hop flavors fo pine and citrus. Fantastic hop punch and lingering bitterness. Malt serves as nothing more than a backbone for the incredible hop flavors in this awesome beer.

MF= Refreshing on the tongue. Nice hop oiliness, and a numbing effect coat the entire mouth. Wonderful!

D= Great. You can drink these till the cows come hop that is if you can handle your booze.

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

If there's a flaw in this beer, and I don't think there is, it's that it's a touch too sweet. It has a powerful, fruity, hop aroma. It has pineapple and citrus hop flavors, with enough of a malty backbone to make it work. It has a bitter finish with enough lingering fruit to balance it. I think this beer relies on fresh, tropical hop flavors that are very fashionable right now. I don't think it does anything to make anything new out of those flavors, and so I think this is a very good beer, but not a great beer.

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Photo of hurricanelars
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Pale golden brew with a 1/2 inch white head. Head slowly dissipates into a thin layer and then into a ring.

S - Very piny with citrus notes and some grassy aromas. Very hop forward in its profile with some nitcable sweetness.

T - This is exactly what I want in a fresh hopped beer. The hops are well balanced very prominent. If only this were available year round.

M - Very smooth with a crisp finish. As the hops finish their trip around the mouth, the malts finish their business and complement each other very well.

D - I think I could drink this all night every night. It has a crisp profile is very well balanced. The crisp hop profile is everything I hope for in a harvest ale.

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Photo of Hophead101
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

drank on 11.21.08 from a 12 oz bottle into goblet beer glass.

to start off - really impressed with this beer. not that Founders makes that many bad beer, I guess I just didn't know what to expect.

great pour into the glass, light yellowish copper - a bit lighter than I would have expected. awesome frothy off white head which seemed to last forever and had great lacing to boot clinging all around the glass. very nice oily super citrus hop smell, very wet. orange and lost of grapefruit aroma none of which is overpowering.

the first thing I think of is that it tastes fresh. very good hoppy flavor which follows the aroma, lots of citrus and grapefruit. nice and crisp but very well balanced. full mouth flavor good carbonation level light body.

a very tasty beer. I will definitely be drinking this one again.

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Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light yellow color with less than a finger of white head. Fair retension and spotty lacing on the glass. Wow the nose is a large amount of herbal hops. Also picking up on some grass and citrus notes followed a bit by pine in the aroma as well. Nose is all about the hops, and rightfully so. Taste is a very pleasant balance of hop bitterness upfront tasting like grass and herbs, light malt sweetness throughout the body and alcohol warmth in the finish. Moderate to high amount of carb and body that is light. This is really one tasty pale and very drinkable.

I think I just found my new favorite pale ale.

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

Short bottle poured into DT snifter. Served 45-50 F.
A: Pours golden brown with a very large sticky bubbly head. Large lace left around snifter.
S: Bright bitter sweet hops, melons, grapefruit, and a little bit of honey.
T: Sweet malts are followed by fruity hops. Hops are resiny and covers alcohol.
M: Not too carbonated. Slightly syrupy and very warming.
D: Hop profile is very wide and is matched by malts. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split a 4 pack with a buddy recently.

Pours a gleaming saffron color (maybe a little more orangey), with a 2 finger head that explodes with the scent of sweet hops. Lacing makes a wonderful spider web all the way down the glass.

Smell is better than most IPAs in my opinion, just because I like the wet-hopped idea. Say whatever you want, I just think it's more palatable.

The taste is wonderful too. Since the guy I'm splitting this with is the real hophead and I'm more of a beginner to this category, I'm glad that he likes it as well. As mentioned before, I enjoy the lower bitterness while still maintaining the great hoppy flavor.

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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass.

A: Small white head that fizzes out pretty quickly. There is a slight haze in the light yellowy orange body. Lacing is decent.

S: Average malt presence of bread and grain. The hops are heavy and have noticeable Centennial qualities. Very floral, piney, grassy and delicious. There are light yeast notes, very leafy, kind of soapy.

T: The hop flavor is extremely clean with a heavy bitterness being more of a mid-palate sensation. Lightly sweet. The 6.5% ABV comes across more than expected, and could even be described as slightly boozy.

M: Fairly full mouthfeel given the style. The texture is thick and oily slick. Lively and fizzy, this brew is nicely carbonated and prepares the palate for the long lingering, bitter finish.

D: While not one of Founders best offerings, the Harvest Ale is still a damn good brew and it is certainly very drinkable. The hop forward aroma and flavor, plus hop:malt ratio in this brew could make a strong case for IPA consideration.

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Photo of caskstrength
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A few 2009 4-packs.

Pour is what you would expect. Straw yellow. Clear with no haze. White head.

Smells are citrusy piney goodness. Some earthiness too. Getting excited here.

Taste: Juicy hops, earthy and fresh; wonderfully so. Raw and pungent, but not overwhelming or biting, just sitting there comfortably. I would also use crisp, bright, quenching as descriptors. I was not expecting this level of greatness.

Very easy drinking. ABV in a good range if you want to drink a few and still function.
After one, I want another, and another.
Really a pleasure to drink this, very refreshing.

I will be stocking up on this beer every fall from now on. Makes me want to move to Grand Rapids, MI, so I can have this as fresh as possible whenever released.

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Photo of abrand
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with bottled on date of 9.24.09 poured into the pint glass.

Pours a brilliant golden straw color with a nice 2 finger head. Some carbonation is visible as well as sticky lacing. Smells of hops, orange peels, lemons and musky dough. Taste is dry and bitter. Not much of the complexity that is noticeable in the aroma is present in the quaff. Mouthfeel is spot on with the carbonation and the crispness of the APA. A very solid brew from the brewers of founders, I would prefer to drink this in the fall months but great nonetheless.

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Photo of rgb2807
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a golden, yellow color with very little head

S- this thing smells amazing, very sweet aroma

T- pretty nice taste, a little bitter for a pale ale, i would say this falls between ipa and pale ale, though its not hoppy enough for an ipa though probably more hoppy than your average pale ale. The wet hops have a different taste, hints of orange come through but they are hints and not as present and powerful as one might expect from the smell. Very interesting taste, very nice.

M- nice and smooth

D- could drink a lot of these, though for the price I paid, I certainly won't be

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Photo of dudemuskie
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a 4 pack while down in Terre Haute, Indiana for work. Went out for a late night walk and stumbled upon the "Bourbon and Canal" liquor store...what a GOLD MINE! Outstanding beer selection and definitely worth the stop if you are ever in The 'Haute!

Appearance- Slightly hazy, very deep golden straw color with a huge effervescent, rocky, eggshell white head that towers up and lingers. Very effervescent! Long lingering head with sticky lacing all they way down the glass. Small slurry of yeasty sediment left in bottle.

Aroma- Fresh hop punch in the olfactory bulbs!! Slightly piney, orange fruit deep in the middle, light grapefruit notes with a subtle hint of warm malt and faint caramel if you try extra hard to sniff them out. Slightly grassy. Very sticky and resinous hop aroma. Quite inviting and almost theraputic aroma.

Flavor- Surprisingly light and quite delicate in flavor, though rich with complex hop notes similar to aroma. Effervescence scrubs most of the starting flavors out but hops quickly gain control of the situation. Slight malt sweetness quickly diminishes to grassy, herbal, resinous fresh hop flavor! A kiss of caramel brings a bigger, dry, almost puckery finish full of fresh hops in the mouth. Long grassy/herbal finish with undertones of soft caramel and fresh warm bread. Some alcohol notable, but just right to warm and cut the hops a touch.

Mouthfeel- Sticky, resinous, almost oily/slick mouthfeel but not overwhelming because CO2 washes/scrubs away the heaviness with each sip. Light to medium body, lonnngggg hoppy finish, high bitterness, very hop centered. High CO2.

Overall- One hell of an ode to the almighty hop! Tastes as fresh as a ripe hop fresh off the vine! Drinkability is relatively high considering the rediculous amounts of hops in this one, maybe 2-3 pints would be tops.

Hop flavors and aromas mellow out pretty good with time on this one, so drink it fresh if you really want a hop wallup. Soaked a bottle up on 10/14/2009 and then another on 1/11/2010 for comparison. Becomes slightly more balanced with time as malt flavors are unveiled with the diminishing hop intensity. Still one heck of an herbal/grassy fresh hop flavor though 3 months later! Great wet hop brew, definitely need to try this!

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Photo of cameraman
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is poured a bright orange to yellow color with hints of amber along the sides of the glass. A quarter inch white colored head, thinning out to a light layer on top. A grassy and pine fragrance strikes the nose, with the feint scent of citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemon. A strong malt flavor, with a hearty bread flavor then halfway across the palate, a hop bitterness brining the flavors of grapefruit, grass, and pine dominate the taste. A slightly thin feel at the front, then gradually gains weight to become more of a medium bodied feel. This beer is drinkable, for a hophead, a strong bright color, an intense aroma, with palate abusing hop flavors. The textures inconsistency does bring the beer down.

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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh Founders, you did it again!
This is one hoppy smelling beer. Pours a clear amber/yellow/orange color with a nice white head. Smells of hops. Taste like hops. Must be hoppy! And yes, it is hoppy. Semi good lacing. I don't really pick up a whole lot of malt in this one. Fairly one sided but I expected that from this. Light to medium mouthfeel.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a near-radioactive yellow color with a half finger of foam that dissipates quickly but leaves copious lacing.

Smells fantastic, huuuge hop aroma. Mostly citrus, grapefruit aromas.

Taste is kinda vegetal, leafy, a raw flavor that isn't entirely good. The bitterness seems lower than the 70 IBU stated on the bottle. There is a moderate amount of sweetness behind it, but it takes a backseat to the raw hop flavor.

Overall, this beer is very good, but I wonder if hops are dried before using them in beer for a reason. I love hoppy beers, but this one comes across a little too green to get top marks.

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Photo of nickd717
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle via trade. Believe this came from boothbeer, but don't shoot me if I'm wrong.

Pours a cloudy bright golden color with a one-finger white head that leaves a little foam on top and good lacing.

Aroma is fresh and citrusy with orange, lemon, sweet malt, and even a little funk.

Flavor is citric with orange, lemon, and peach, with sweet malt and a little bretty tartness that works well. Not terribly hoppy, but you get some bitterness on the finish.

Body is medium-light and palate is extremely crisp.

Drinkability is ridiculous. This is a beer you could have many of with no problem at all.

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

Revisit Edit:
Brilliant clarity. The meld of sugary hops with candied malts is stunning. Hands down, this is the best fresh harvest ale I have ever had. @ 70 IBUs, you just a hint of bitterness. This is one of my favorite smelling beers.

I missed this one last year. i will NEVER let that happen again. you want a fresh beer? this bad boy is the freshest, juiciest (can i say juiciest?) harvest out there right now. i snatch up these four packs like its going out of style now. if i had to find a flaw it would be that the appearance is very light. it smells of intense citrus, resin, and it is sticky. this is the beer that got my roommate off macros. he hasn't looked back. i feel like a proud dad.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy yellow color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly diminished with fair lacing. Solid balanced tart citrus hoppy and yeasty aroma. Light to medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium smooth sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an orange color with golden hues. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into decent lacing. This is a sharp looking beer. The aroma is as green as I've ever experienced. I think I can accurately describe it as smelling as if there are hop cones still submerged in the beer. And I'm actually surprised that there aren't. The malt bill is reminiscent of that of Founder's Centennial IPA, and Pale Ale, and that is alright by me. The taste is akin to the aroma. The leafy, grassy, hoppy character is very sharp, while the malt profile is nice and soft. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a great beer. If only someone could invent a hop that could be harvested year round so beers like this could be brewed year round. As is this will be one of my most looked forward to beers of the fall.

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