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 organicbrewer
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-clear gold. Huge cloudlike head. Nice

S-Tangerine peel. Blood oranges. Very light yeast esters. Really nice.

T- Lots of citrus fruit. Some very light pine. Next to no malt, this is hop juice! Very low bitterness, just flavor hops. Nice!

M-Medium dry. Medium carbonation. No alcohol heat

D-This is a great beer. A bit one dimentional (no malt) but if you like hop flavor without overpowering bitterness, than you'll like this beer.

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Photo of muskabeatz
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden, orange with a small head. Dissapates quickly but leaves good lacing behind.

S- Floral and citrus hop aromas, with some fruity undertones.

T- Very crisp, unrestrained hop flavor, with a hint of fruityness blended with the citrus and pine. Fades to an almost woody aftertaste with only a hint of malt at the beginning.

M- Medium body with lively carbonation. Thins out a bit on the finish.

D- I find founders to make some of the most drinkable brews around, and this one makes this one surely makes the cut. However, I don't think this one's quite good enough to become one of my favorites...

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having found a new favorite micro, I am smitten. Everything I try from this brewery is simply delicious. this beer represents fall 09 for me. Piney, earty, great aroma of old growth forests, a beer that I want to curl up to the campfire with.
Poured into a tumbler pint, great color, and head retention and aroma to die for. Taste again of pine woods and citrus spioe. Very well balanced with and excelent finish. so easy on the palate. A lingering rememberence like the season, of of the best of its class, my harvest for 2009. Cheers to Founders!

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Photo of Beejay
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing from memory, since the original review was eaten by technology. Overall I thought this beer was very well balanced. Great smell, nice looking, and the hop flavors really came though. Simply a great beer, and one I would seek out again.


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

A: Dark golden body. Massive creamy white head. Good retention slowly fades the head to a nice skim and sticky lacing.

S: Bright grapefruit, lemon and pine. Maybe a bit of fresh grass.

T: Much like the nose, this is a very fresh and inviting combination of citric and pine-like hop bitterness. Crisp and delicious.

M: Smooth. Somewhat thin finish. Otherwise a nice weight on the palate.

D: Top notch. A consistently solid harvest ale from Founders. It is up there among the best in the style.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice clear golden yellow color. Good size 1 1/2 finger eggshell white head. This dies down leaving little patches of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Blasts of citrus and pine hops right off the get go. There is some orange and pineapple tones to this along with a light caramel malt in the backbone of this beer. Smells wonderful and to be honest a balanced beer.

T- Light malt in the front along with hops. Sweet underbody blends perfectly with citrus overtones in the front of the beer. This leads to a lighter bittering in the back end of the beer which is a pleasant surprise.

M- Medium mouthfeel. The carbonation on this is dead on for the beer and to be honest lets the beer dance all over the palate. Hops are left on the palate after the beer has been sip and lingers there wanting you to take another sip right away. Nice clean aftertaste which is light hops and semi-sweet malts.

D- This beer is drinking so easy it's almost hard to put down the glass. I could make this a everyday beer but sadly it's not offered year around.

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

12oz bottle from the fridge. Aprox $4.50 for a single at Marty's in Newton, Mass..Ouch.

Pours clear and golden with a one inch head of dense white with a slow retreat and some decent lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of pungent pine and citrus-laden hops. Tropical fruit and a hint of cut grass.

Medium bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel.

A mildly stinging hop lash starts the palate with loads of resinous pine, citrus pith, and dank hop juice. Light malt is way in the back and the bitterness is firm and smooth.

Finishes with lingering citrus fruit and plenty of stinging bitterness.

What a great drinker. Probably the best wet-hop beer I've had yet.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on 09/23/09 date on neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.80.

A: Brilliant gold with 1-2 finger frothy off-white head with good retention and several lace rings

S: Bursting fresh floral and citrus hops aromas of lemon and orange with a bit of spiciness with a light caramel cookie malt sweetness

T: The malting is superior with a caramel and toffee character followed by hops that hit you over the head with fresh orange and lemon citrus, pine, and floral flavors.

M: Medium-bodied with a little too much carbonation but decent coating quality with floral and orange hops flavored cookie aftertaste.

D: An exceptional brew that misses the not so pleasant grassiness that some harvest ales are overpowered with and instead delivers fresh, sumptuous citrus and floral hops on a delicious substantial caramel and pale malt cookie-like sweetness. Another big winner from Founders.

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Photo of Stigs
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this for awhile. 12oz bottles poured into a DFH signature glass.

A - pour yields very little head, whats there diminishes quickly into a small floating island in the glass. nothing sticking to the sides. color is a strong gold, looks like a lot of active carbonation.

S - yum. strong floral hops, smells pretty dank and sticky. some sweetness as the beer warms up a bit. very nice and somewhat unique.

T - wow, not quite was i was expecting. sweet maltiness hits first, then the hops slowly sneak in. some bitterness, but mostly again sweet and floral hop tastes. alcohol present on the backend, slightly distracting but not unpleasant, surprising for a 6.5%

M - slightly thicker than i was expecting. a good sipping APA/IPA. the stickiness in the back of my throat begs for more.

D - pretty enjoyable, not much else to say besides that. wish i had another 1 or 2, but no more.

notes: Founder's is one of my favorite breweries, and while this doesn't disappoint, it falls just outside my favorite Harvest ales.

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

slightly hazy peach-amber gold. bright white head that drops quick, but leaves a nice dense lace.

smells earthy, hoppy, but mostly just hoppy.. kinda reminds me of composting branches, but in a good way. wet hop.

tastes of a good balance - nice clean sweet malts on front that balance but don't distract from the last 3/4 - wet hop, more hop, ending with some orangey-hop and hoppy spiciness. very clearly wet hopped, and very clearly very good.

couldn't ask for a better mouthfeel for the style.. nice and thick, but not enough to be distracting. enough carbonation for a good feel and slight spritz, but not overwhelming.

just a touch cloying for drinkability in the strict sense, but i'd be happy to take me time for more of these.

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

Picked up a four pack of this at the brewery and just finished the first one:

A: Light honey yellow with hints of ruby, almost amber but not quite. Very clear with an initially tall white head that retains decently. Solid lacing.

S: Fresh hops galore! A wonderful mixture of pine and citrus backed by a sturdy malt sweetness.

T: Slightly bitter and citrusy hop notes up front followed by a sweetness and finishing with a clean, green piney flavor which lingers for a nice long time on the tongue. Very fruity and green, a fantastic capturing of fresh hops.

M: A moderate thickness to be expected from an ale. The carbonation is just enough to dance on and tickle the tongue to give a bit more mouthfeel.

D: I could easily down the next three from the four pack, easily drinkable. Because the pine flavors lingered so strong for so long, I drank mine slowly to get the most flavor I could, which was great.

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

I have had some really stellar Harvest Ales lately, and this one might be the best of the best. Whats unique about the style is that there is a strong hop prescense, similar to an IPA, but it lacks the dry and bitter finish commonly found in said style. Here is my review:

A: Pours a nice golden amber color. Head is pretty minimal and lacing is only okay, but it still looks very appetizing in the glass.

S/T: The aroma is an explosion of tropical fruit. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is quite similar. Grapefruit and pineapple are very forward, along with a slight lemon character. Maybe a slight citrus fruit rind in there as well. Overall, lots of tropical fruits with little to no hop bitterness. Super juicy as well. Actually reminds me a lot of Double Trouble, only lighter. Excellent.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and very smooth. Very juicy and thirst quenching. Very sessionable. Little bitterness.

Between Hoppin Frog, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, and Founders, this has been an excellent Harvest Ale season. Another gem from Founders. Strong hoppyness smoothed out to a nice and juicy mouthfeel. Well worth checking out. Excellent beer.

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

2009 version

The beer is poured a golden colour with a nice off white head. The beer has a great head retention with rather large bubbles. The nose on the beer is fantastic. It's filled with spicy resiny hops. A hint of grapefruit or citrus in the background. Almost no malt character at all.

The flavours in the beer come right out against your tongue. Tons and tons of spicy hops and a nice creamy caramel flavour in the backbone. I can almost feel the resin on my teeth while I'm drinking this. Quite tasty.

Good medium mothfeel, and I could probably drink a bunch of these. I love this spicy character.

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Photo of Burl41
4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into pint glass

Appearance- Clear pale color, not quite golden. Mild head, that lasts but very thin

Smell-Wow a very clear and potent hop profile hits you. Citris and pine up front, you can tell there is a variety in hops used. Smells like a DIPA for sure.

Taste- Great hop flavor, malt is somewhat mild, doesn't have that body that a simliar IPA would have and the bitterness is pulled back but still a great hop pressence.

Mouthfeel-A little weak, more a session beer. Boarding on watery.

Drinkability- Like I said, a session beer for a hop head, great drinkability, and full range of hop flavors to boot.

Would drink again, but it's too bad it's a seasonal. Would not be bad at all to drink on a fall day after some time outside playing football.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

A: Pours a vigorous 4 finger creamy white head with excellent retention. Brew itself is a semi-cloud pale orange yellow with beautiful carbonation. Lacing is amazing considering the light body, with layers clinging to the side of the glass like a ruler.

S: grapefruit, pine, fresh grass, and hops, all with a excellent freshness

T: Starts off exceedingly sweet but changes very quickly to tree bark bitter, middle is calming, warm, and hoppy with flowery esters. Finish is abrupt, slightly tart, with hop bitterness.

M: Very light bodied but with a depth of character. Coarse and carbonated. Finishes quick and wet.

D: Highly drinkable, this is like an IPA with less citrus character. However, taste here is very developed and complex nonetheless.

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Photo of mckajd03
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nose full of grapefruit. Mouth full of pure hop freshness. A sweet maltiness peaks through and lingers on the tongue to take the bite off the hops. A strong but not overwhelming bitterness lingers on the back of the palate, capped with a presence of pine. Light color- almost yellow. Medium body with a good bit of effervescence. Cream of the crop.

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

A warm coppery leaning towards golden color with a fluffy white head. A sturdy sheet of lace sticks to the surface of the beer and glass. Powerful aroma of fresh hops with a nice mix of citrus and pine. The flavors are almost overwhelming in their intensity. The usual IPA flavors of grapefruit and pine are noticeable but there's an unusually strong fruitiness to this one. Hard to pin down really, it seems at times musty and yet also leans towards a tropical melon-like flavor. Very intriguing and different. The feel is pleasant, light and refreshing with a biting dryness on the finish. I could see this as a love it or hate it kind of beer but it has a very unique flavor profile that definitely makes it worth trying. I would definitely be happy to drink another.

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Photo of aaronh
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw body with a thin white head. Aroma is sigh-inducing with great pine, citrus, floral and peppery hop notes. What kind of hops are in this thing? It smells like fresh hops. Ever made hop tea? This aroma reminds me of hop tea. Flavor is very light - not much malt, average bitterness, then fades to a wet grassy note. A bit more sweetness and peppery hops appear after a few sips. Body is solid - carbonation is well balanced and enhances the flavor - the bitterness and the grassiness just linger. Hop burps provide a very pleasant hop flavor as well! Sweet! Drinkability is OK. Sort of like a heavy-bodied, over hopped pils.

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

Pour is surprisingly light in color - yellowish orange.. a nice head but it settles quickly. Looks like a pilsner or such. Aroma is very fruity, grapefruit, lemon, and lots of hop. Flavor is also very fruity hop.. quite sweet but not in a iipa malty way, all sweetness from citrus flavor. This is really the first wet-hopped ipa i've had that sort of shows me what the real difference is between a wet or dry-hopped ipa (not that i've had tons of wet hop beers, that is). So its quite delicious. A nice light mouth (not watery) with crisp carbonation adds and increases the drinkability. I could down a ton of this stuff, especially say at a party or such. Perhaps it would be better-suited to summertime, though I suppose thats not possible.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pale golden with an inch of white head.

S- Wonderful nose. Flowery fresh hops, slightly sweet with a piney balance.

T- Similar to the nose. Clean citrus and floral hops, mandarin orange. Not overly complex but very tasty.

M- Medium bodied and(the only downside) somewhat filmy.

D- Easy to drink, well made APA.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled 9/24/09.

(A)- Pours a clear copper color that produced an ample 2+finger white head with good retention. Its sticking to the sides of the glass as is dissipates.

(S)- Piney wood central! Tons upon tons of creamy pine with a twinge of oaky wood and lemon/lime citrus. A present malt background, but totally subdued by the massive pine. Hints of peaches on the finish.

(T)- Not as hoppy from what the smell was foretelling, but incredibly dry with moderate bitterness. A funky peach and oak thing going on. It finishes light with a hint of honey I think.

(M)- Rather smooth mouthfeel with a good carbonation level. Bitter, yet fruity and creamed wood.

(D)- A solid beer that is easy to enjoy. However, I think that Founders' other Pale Ale/IPAs far exceed what this has to offer. This is simpler; more straightforward, but still a good one at that.

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

A - pours a golden color with half an inch of head.

S - very minor funky smell, perhaps like a ripe grapefruit.

T - Malty and a bit hoppy. There is also a funky almost sour taste that takes away from this a bit.

M - decent and somewhat creme like mouth feel.

D - This is drinkable and I would drink it again, but would not go out of my way to find it.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's tulip.

This beer is a glowing golden orange color and has a finger of creamy looking white head that faded into a thin collared layer.

The nose is full of oily grapefuity citrus hops, pine, some earthy grass, sweet bready malts.

The first sip is a blast of bready malts and grapefruit, pine, hay, grass. The balance between malt and hops is wonderful. It's not as bitter as I thought it would be. Although, now that it's warming the bitterness is getting stronger, but remains in check. The finish is oily bitterness that lasts until the next sip.

The mouthfeel is fast and medium bodied with a medium to low level of carbonation.

Dangerously drinkable. If the abv was higher I would be in trouble. I'm torn between this and Broodoo. I guess I'll have to do a side by side.

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

served in flute, head is not impressive, short to none and quick, but color is very nice, a deep golden tone, and it has a little haze.

Has a wonderful fresh barnyard aroma, like hay, very earthy like mushrooms, a little cheesy and some body odors, but in a good way.

Flavor blossoms in the mouth, juicy and quenching with a little resiny feel, but not over bitter.

very drinkable and full of character.

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Photo of biggred1
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale golden with a fine eggshell head that leaves crusty spiderweb lacing on the glass in big rings. Fresh and fruity dank sticky hops filled my nostrils the minute I cracked this one open like grapefruit and pine sap. The flavor lives up to the nose just fine and is bursting with juicy fresh hops that don't completely overwhelm the flavor but this is a hop bomb for sure. Medium light bodied with mild carbonation. A really fabulous brew when enjoyed fresh.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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