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

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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 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'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.


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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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Photo of Arbitrator
3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from KeefD. Thanks Keith!

A: Pours a hazy orange-amber color topped with an off-white head. Retention is moderate and there is some intricate ivy lacing down the sides.

S: Damn, this is like sniffing orange juice. Lots of orange pulp that gradually blossoms into grapefruit and tropical aromas. But primarily orange.

T: Tastes like orange up front, with a stronger variety than sensed in the nose. Grapefruit, apricot, pineapple in the mid-taste. There's a small trickling of biscuit malt that is nearly hidden by a strong grassy flavor. The finish is a moderate rubbery ethanol flavor that reminds me of a badly dry-hopped homebrew (no offense to my homebrewing friends).

M: Medium-bodied, high carbonation. Pretty cleansing, but it can't erase that rubbery astringency that closes each sip.

D: Starts off great -- really great -- but finishes badly. I'm mixed about this one.

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Photo of brow1901
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this about a month ago, but the review got lost with site issues. I liked it alot so when I found another 4 pack I picked it up, hopefully the hops haven't diminished yet.

A- Nothing overly impressive in appearance, pale straw gold. Bright white head with very little retention, and some lacing.

S- Nice, great hop scent. A good amount of fruity esters, mostly citrus (lemon, grapefruit). Some spicy pine smells, its all very fresh smelling, no earthy notes.

T- Bright up front hops, not in your face tongue smack hops. But rather a smooth crisp clean fresh hop flavor. I can't tell that this beer is a month old probably too early to see diminishments.

M- Fresh, light carbonation. Medium bodided.

D- Very drinkable, almost like a session if it had lower abv. But thats just my opinion, I love these fresh hop beers. And this is a great one, one of the best imo.

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

Appears a bright golden copper slight hazed hue with a light white head forming thick atop the glowing orange body. Lacing is fine and even down the sides of my chalice.

Aroma has a solid vegetable affair going on with green onion and fresh resinous citric hops, a semi sweet lightly toasted cracker malt profile not much sweetness going on.

Flavor is more of the same with the green onion flavor hitting pretty hard on the palate. A resinous semi sugary sweetness wrapped with green onion and a mild garlic flavor hit hard. I can't see drinking this one in number, that vegetable hop freshness found here is much different than other fresh hopped ales out on the market.

Mouthfeel is oily with hop resins a bit hot with a mild alcohol burn, this beer really isn't really my idea of fresh hopped ale. A sweet sugar malt base with that green onion tone throws the party off carbonation was mild and smooth, but overall the finish from the onion stays on your breathe.

Drinkability overall is pretty weak, not worth the 5.99 I paid for at Fathead's this past weekend but I've been wanting to try it. I don't think I could drink a four pack of this stuff.

Update for 2011 exponentially better than the last batch...this beer was drank at the Sharp Edge for around 7 bucks a bottle and suprisingly totally worth every penny.

Pours a super pale golden hazed color with a bright white head forming thick, I was shocked at how light this beer poured. The nose was full of pungent fresh wet hops esepcially citrus/herbal/grassy tones, of course there is a light pale biscuit malt feature addeded in the nose as well. Pretty damn good bitterness balanced with enough pale biscuit malts just to take the edge of it, but as a whole it's a dank super hoppy harvest ale from our friends at Founders...damn I'm going to get some 12.99 4 packs at Giant Eagle this coming week a damn tasty fine beer that should be drank in number meant to be enjoyed with friends. I was buying this for a friend not familiar with the hops and he kept calling it the "weed" beer, by the way he was loving it. Mouthfeel was bitter dry clean finish, with ample carbonation and the drinkability factor was inasane for something so hoppy. I could have drank this one all night as my only Harvest Ale at the Sharp Edge where two different Founders beers were flowing on tap. I had two pints of Founders Centennial but I really liked the Harvest ale.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light yellow with orange undertones. Solid white head at about an inch. Strong lace.

S: Grassy, citrusy hops. Very floral and pleasant. Faint honey sweetness.

T: Beautiful hop flavors with tangerine, orange, lemon rind and a hint of grassiness. Nice balancing sweetness from the maltsm. Finishes with a grassy bitterness.

M: light bodied amd crisp. Finishes a bit sticky.

D: A very flavorful APA with loads of citrus hops. Grassy, but not too much like some harvest ales. Quite drinkable. This is my second 4 pack, I liked it so much.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- pours into my Ommegang glass a yellow/ almost amber color with small bubbles rising to the surface of the glass,
s- very strong smell of hops overwhelms the smell here,
t- hops dominates this one, very good taste pine/ cirtus tasting hops,
d- its drinkable, wouldn't have more then a few at one time because of the hop oil taste on this one,

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Photo of Martin2D
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fbm115 for sharing this one.

A - Pale yellow, streams of carbonation with a tiny head.

S - Hops with actually discernible roastiness from the malts.

T - Malt backbone is slightly roasty and the hop bouquet is very interesting. Very hoppy, citrus, slight pine, but very balanced against the malt.

M - Medium-high carbonation and light in body.

D - Very drinkable. Balanced, refreshing, great beer.

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Photo of Natural510
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color with minimal head but nice lacing.
Very fruity to the nose; orange, lemon, melon with a hint of pine from the hops.
Immediate blast of fruit in the mouth; orange, grapefruit, melon, white grape. The fruit is coupled with an astringent forest leafiness, green tea and a slight buttery finish.
Smooth, dry in the mouth.
Very tasty offering, very drinkable. If these characteristics are common to wet-hop ales, I'll be seeking these out regularly in the autumn.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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