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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 SawDog505
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottled 10/2/13 excellent! It ways in at 7.6% now. Pours a yellow orange, with a beautiful sticky one inch white head, not a ton of lace, but attractive stuff that does stick behind. Smell is very floral, mango, tangerine, hints of Marijuana, and pine. Taste is bigger than the nose would have expect, just delicious fresh hops, floral and tropical in the start and some dank marijuana and grapefruit in the finish. Body is large for a single IPA, almost an extra IPA to me, perfect amount of life, not really dry, and so dang drinkable. Going to drink many of these in the next month.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an outstanding example of the style this is... perhaps the best malt backbone of any IPA out there and, by that, I mean one that stands right up to the massive wet hopping but is happy to let the lupulus shine...

Easily my favorite harvest ale... shines brighter than all the rest with a beautiful hop profile that is both juicy and pungent in its nature...

World class

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a light orange almost dark yellow with a thick white head.

has a very pleasing sweet fruity pine aroma. not too much of any one smell but a great balance.

taste is softly sweet with a nice bitter pine finish. sweet like pineapple but not overly sweet. great balance to it.

goes down very easy, would not expect this to be 7.6%.

one thing i would say about this beer is balance. not overly bitter, sweet, or piney. it has a fantastic balance of everything i like about IPAs. wish this wasn't $15.99 a 4 pack but its a great beer.

enjoying this again in 2016. bottled 10/3/16 and drinking on 10/23/16

this is really damn good, the fresh hops come thru nicely. worth getting every year

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Photo of MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled on 9/22/11.

Appearance: Bright and slightly cloudy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Good four fingers of white head with very good retention. Lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango, and lemon. Also some pine floral hops. Decent presence of bready malts. Light hints of honey. Very hoppy and tropical.

Taste: A bit surprising. Not quite as bitter as the nose leads on, but still very good. Starts with a pretty strong presence of bready malts and then the hops come. Lots of citrus including notes of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango, and lemon. Also some pine resin and hints of honey add to the sweetness. The citrus hop presence is strong but really smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, slightly oily and very smooth.

Overall: A very good IPA that is very forward on citrus hops but light on the overall bitterness.

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

I picked up a four pack of Founders Harvest Ale last week for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. This is the only seasonal from Founders that I haven't tried, it seems like whenever I saw this beer it was always pretty old so I made sure to grab a four pack when I heard it had hit the shelves, I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time, so lets see how it goes. Bottled 10/4/12. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label has a nice drawing of some hop cones letting you know that this beer is all about the hops, I like it, it's simple yet well done. It poured a nice golden yellow color that took on a nice amber hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice rings of sticky lacing. This is a very good looking beer, the color is on point and the head and lacing were very nice, I have no complaints at all this beer is a looker.

S- The aroma of this beer is utterly dominated by the wet hops and they impart a range of different aromas there's some grassy and piney aromas followed by a nice dank weed like aroma, but it's the tropical fruit that's the highlight with some nice grapefruit, mango, and pineapple aromas. There's also a light grainy and cracker like malt aroma that sticks out just enough to know it's there. The aroma was pretty much perfect, this is the fruitiest and freshest hop aroma that I have ever encountered, it smells like a glass of tropical fruit juice, one of the best aromas i have ever encountered.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a nice resiny and slightly piney hops flavors that's followed by just a slight bit of malts that impart a slightly sweet, grainy, and cracker like flavor. After that comes loads of juicy tasting citrus fruits, all those citrus fruits that I got in the aroma show up in the taste but are slightly lighter with no one fruit overpowering each other, it makes for a taste that is similar to some tropical fruit juice. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with a nice fruity and slightly resiny aftertaste. This is a great tasting beer that's full of lots of fresh hop flavors that dominate the taste of this beer, it's got everything I look for in a wet hopped beer, no complaints at all.

M- Pretty smooth, slightly creamy, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer and a very good example of a wet hopped beer, it's all about the fresh hops as it should be and the hops speak for themselves , you can tell that Founders used some high quality hops while brewing this beer. This beer had good drinkability, if I was really in the mood for hops I could see drinking two of these, they were pretty smooth and not overly bitter with more then enough flavor to hold my attention, I wish I could drink this all year round. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was spectacular, it had that dank and resinous hops aspect combined with a great bouquet of tropical fruits that seemed to steal the show, one of the best aromas I have ever encountered. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, after drinking a few of these I can't think of one single thing I didn't like or would change, this beer is great just the way it is. I would for sure buy this beer again, it's a little pricey, but it's worth every penny, if this was available year round it would be a regular in my fridge, I highly recommend this beer to anyone who likes hoppy beers, I don't think fresh hopped beers can get much better then this one, it's for sure worth seeking out. All in all I was very impressed with this beer, it really delivered that huge punch of fresh hopped flavor and aroma that made this beer very enjoyable. Founders Harvest Ale, is now my favorite wet hopped beer, it's so damn good it's now my favorite hoppy beer from Founders, they really did an awesome job with this beer, it blew my mind with just how tasty this beer was, great job guys, with beers like this it's no wonder that Founder's is one of the best Brewery in the country, I highly recommend this one.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders Brewing branded shaker pint glass

Pours translucent golden with slight amber accents. The bright white one and a half finger head has excellent retention and abundant spider web-like lacing present along the side of glass. Adundant aroma of pineapple, citrus blossoms, and resin. Opens with citrus, sweet and juicy pineapple joined slightly sweet biscuity malt, finishes semi-dry with just the right amount of grapefruit rind bite. Medium-bodied, sticky, and oily mouthfeel with a perfect level of gentle carbonation. In my opinion, the most exceptionally well balanced wet hop IPA I've had the pleasure of enjoying. An annual must-have.

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

Purchased this at Oak Tree Buy Rite in S. Plainfield, NJ. Into a pint glass, it poured a cloudy golden hue with one finger of white; good retention and lacing, and very little visible carbonation. Smelled of bitter herbs, grassy menthol, grapefruit peel, and slightly apple. The taste was initially bitter herbs, followed by apple maltiness and grapefruit, and then finishing off on a dry bitter peel note which lingered. As it warmed to room temperature, I detected more grapefruit in the finish as well. Smooth, creamy medium body. Excellent session pale ale, that is as well balanced as it is flavorful.

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Photo of paultierney1
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a Thomas Creek pint glass. Michigan meets South Carolina.

Not a bad looking ale. This beer pours just fine.

The head is durable and the glass ends up nicely decorated with sticky lacing.

The aroma is strongly hoppy, with fruity, floral, spruce and herbal hop elements. (The previous reviewer really nailed this part.)

The flavor is a complex mix of fantastic hoppy elements. The malt is there to back up the bitterness. One of my favorites. I will buy this one anytime I find it.

The flavor is better than the aroma. Or vice versa. Another solid IPA from Founders. Thank you vely much.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottled on 10/03/16

Pours slightly hazy amber gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh peaches, apricot, nectarine, papaya, orange, guava, grapefruit, passionfruit, some berries, toasted caramel malt, with floral earthy herbal grass and dank pine. Tastes like peaches, nectarine, apricot, papaya, orange, grapefruit, berries, guava, passionfruit, toasted caramel malt, with floral earthy herbal grass and dank pine. Feels medium bodied, smooth and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great wet-hopped harvest ale.

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Photo of brentk56
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head perched atop the clear amber liquid; some streaky lacing appears as the liquid descends

Smell: Floral and citrusy, with grapefruit dominant

Taste: Juicy citrus flavors, up front, with grapefruit and pineapple tones; a hint of caramel appears underneath but this beer is all about the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: What more can be said - this is one of the finest IPAs out there

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Photo of jm1229
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 9/22/11 opened on 10/4/11 and poured into a Founders pint glass. Served at 55 degrees.

A- Light orange/golden. Pour yielded about 1 inch of foamy white head that sticks to the side of the glass pretty well. It doesn't look like the head will disappear anytime soon. Looks great.

S- Just delicious. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange. Smells like a hop bomb. I just got really excited.

T- At first the citrus is almost no where to be found and there's simply a light bread taste, but then it all changes. The tropical citrus jumps right out, but it's in no way overpowering. Sweet and juicy. The aftertaste is just a little bit bitter.

M- Light/medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O- As of lately, I've been drinking anything Founders that I could find. As of yet, this is the best non stout Founders has to offer to me. All the characteristics of a hop bomb but not tiresome with quantity. I've always said that Alpine Nelson and Kern River Just Outstanding are the 2 best examples of single IPAs that I've ever had, but I'm throwing this on that list alongside the other two. It's fresh, tasty, and making me wish I bought more than 2 bottles. Amazing beer.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pale orangeish goldenrod with about two fingers of sticky, airy foam. Head dissipates fast but leaves behind thick rings of lace.

S - Lush orange, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Huge aromas and very inviting.

T - Sweet malt backing with notes of fruit and toffee underlies a massive, delicious hop presence. Tropical fruits blend perfectly with lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Bitterness is assertive but not brash. Very good balance, with a finish a smidge drier than the start. Excellent.

M - Light-medium body with perky carbonation and a smooth, almost creamy texture.

D - It's a shame this only comes around once year, because it certainly merits a regular spot in the fridge. A must try for hopheads as well as the more casual APA drinker.

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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 HarrySTruman
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber, kind of clear, had a half finger head. Lacing is strong, stayed on the glass for a while.

Citrus and floral smells. Resin and citurs tastes. Very delicious flavor, unique in the IPA world. drinks smooth. Really a great all around beer that I wish was available year round and in 6 packs.

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

Golden body with excellent clarity and steady carbonation streams, topped by four fingers of snow white rocky froth, stretched in all directions.

Vibrant aroma of juicy grapefruit and orange, a great big citrus circus still fresh at the end of January.

Taste is juicy sweet with tons of citrus right from the start. Bitterness rises steadily to a sharp bite at the swallow. Juicy sweet and bitter linger together long into the aftertaste.

Firm mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

A terrific fresh hop ale that I'll be picking up another case of next fall. You should too.

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

So here it is, Founders harvest ale.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a 20oz snifter. Slight head of white color, less than half a finger thick. Decent lacing, slight bubble spree rising through the glass. Excellent golden amber color.

Smell : Devilish weeds, with grassy and earthy hops. very herb like. Striking and subtle. Excellent use of aroma. No malt presence whatsoever.

Taste: Good amount of bitterness upfront. Definitely feels like more than 70 IBUs. All fresh, american hops of strong beta and less alpha acids. Falls on the palate and disappears quickly. Extremely oily and vapor like presence. No amount of sweetness, whatsoever. Has a huge effect inside the stomach, just within 2 ounces of it going in. Love it.

Mouth feel: Hits the palate and evaporates. Medium to medium light body feel. Moderate carbonation.

For the style : 4.25
Personal bias: 4.5

I love this IPA, overwhelmed me, when i was expecting just another fresh hop IPA.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

First off let me say that this is an excellent beer. It is everything a pale ale should be - balanced, hoppy, malty, and citrusy. Cloudy pale yellow in appearance with an aroma that is dominated by pine and citrus. There is definitely some floral notes in the aromoa as well. The taste is tart & bitter with a very clean, dry finish. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonated perfectly. I could drink this stuff constantly. This gives Two Hearted Ale a run for its money. Highly recommended.

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Photo of russpowell
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2nd review, I guess the server crash ate my other one...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. superior lacing & very good head retention as well

S: Lemons, biscuitty malt & grapefruit, plus some leafy hops once warm. I remember my 1st review having much better aroma, but got call em as I see em, this might one of those beers that is fantastic fresh, but suffers over time, not sure???

T: Follows the nose, plus a touch of flinty dryness up front. Grapefruit & buscuitty malt dance as this warms, plus some floral hops as well. Finishes crisp, citrussy & with a dryness that demands you get another one out of the fridge

MF: Medium bodied, fairly soft carbonation & superior balance

Through the roof drinkability. As long as I can get this & the frehness is there, this a must purchase every time I cross the Mizzou State line! If not the best fresh hop beer I've had it is in the top 3...

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Photo of Jnashed
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle.

A) light golden color, clear. Mod head and retention.

S). Citrus and floral. Still. Catch the Backend malt breadlines

T) wonderful. So drinkable. Crisp, clean hop finish also. Perfect bitterness to back the firm malt background. Again as Founders does, it's balanced. Love it

M) full, and crisp with moderate carbonation. Medium body

Overall, just a wonderful beer for those who love IPA but really love the subtlety of a balanced fresh hop one. Amazing, wish it could be more than an October thing.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Hazy light golden color with a cloudy hue. Massive fluffy and pillowy head about an inch thick. Lacing was there too. Looks to me like its a quality brew.

S- Wow! Straight up citrus hops right here. This was as fresh smelling as possible. I cannot overstate the power of the hops in this one- smelled like someone squeezed a lemon and a lime over some super fresh hops.

T- Incredible. Zesty, fresh, earthy, ctrusy. Lemons, limes, grapefruits, apples, grass...not too bitter, not too sweet. Natural, fresh, and damn tasty.

M- Medium bodied. Sticky. Smooth going down. Pleasant carbonation.

D- Easy drinking beer right here. So flavorful and fresh. Naturally sweet and zesty. I really loved this one.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First wet hopped beer of the season, and I loved it. Smell is fantastic - fruity, hoppy, light malt. Hops shine but don't overpower, isn't bitter or overly piney. Great harvest ale.

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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 roan22
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this wet-hop ale at Capone's. It is 70 IBUs and 6.5%

It is a very light orangey yellow color, appeared fresh and carbonated appropriately. Minimal lacing and head. A medium body.

Very nice aromatic hop aroma, very citrusy. Taste is hops blast of citrus and pine resin, also mintyness present at the end. Finishes somewhat clean but I detect a nice mild lasting bitterness present.

Balanced very well, smooth and extremely drinkable, this harvest ale from Founders went down very well, IMO it blows their Centennial IPA out of the water. Cheers.

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Photo of bnes09
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow-orange in color. Frothy white head towers over the brew and sticks to the glass.

Beautiful bouquet of citrus fruits in the aroma, namely apricot and tangerine. Robust, almost sensual hop aromas lure me in.

Hops dominate from the start. Bright and lively citrusy, orange, apricot, pine and mango hop flavor. Good malt character with a smooth, bready tone to balance the hops.

Medium bodied brew with lots of bubbles. Satisfying dry finish.

Excellent brew. Very lively and hoppy. Unlike any other fall seasonal I have tried.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 4-pack of this from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor before the holidays and have enjoyed one each week since. Now that I'm finishing the last one I'll review it.

This beer is exceptionally good by all measures I employ. First off, it appears to be an unfiltered pale straw colored beer with a thin but lasting lacy foam. The aroma is dominated by hops (sweet and a little pine resiny) with a noticeable malty backbone. The flavor is sweet and citrusy, balnaced by pale malts, with a satisfying bite of bitterness in the after-taste. Easily this is my favorite fresh hop ale I've tried.

A very solid offering from Founders, one of my favorite American breweries.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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