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

12 oz bottle, bottled on 10/04/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear golden color with a finger of white head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Lots of juicy citrus, a bit of pine and sweet caramel malt.

T- Loads of hops, some citrus and pine, malts are slightly sugary with some caramel. Moderate floral bitterness on the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, crisp and dry finish.

O- A very nice IPA, very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/01/15. First time distributed to the west coast.
Look: Not much head and amber.
Smell: Some tropical notes. I expect more for being wet hopped. Maybe since it's a month old.
Taste: The hops are still there, mostly piney.
Feel: Slightly more carbonated than I like and I enjoy the bitter the bite at the end.
Overall: This falls under classic IPA. Good but nothing that really would wow me. It would be a good go to IPA but the price doesn't justify at 4pk/$15.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally located a bottle of this at the local beer joint. I've been excited to try this one out for a while now...

Nice label with a big, fresh hop on the front with no visible freshness date.

A: Pours a light and cloudy straw color with a fizzy white, 1/2 inch head.

S: No suprises here - a moderate amount of fresh hoppiness on the nose. The hops smell of pine, possible mintiness (?) and trailing in the back are mildly toasted malts.

T: Much like the nose but more intense. Suprisingly, not as bitter as I was expecting. I thought this would be heavy and daunting, but it was actually more light-hearted and refreshing...

M/D: Nice, medium-bodied and highly drinkable. Ample carbonation and dryness, bringing you back for more! Well done, Founders folks! Great example for it's fresh hop style.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a brilliantly clear brassy golden color. Two inches of white head settles after a bit. Lacing is spotty and patchy.

S: Spicy, herbal, and leafy hop scents. Earthy. Freshly cut grass and broken pine needles. Fresh mint. Fleshy tropical and citrus fruits. Lemon rind, white grapefruit, orange pulp. Hints of mango. Malt base of dough and biscuit.

T: Hop oils coat the mouth from the start. Pine resin, pine needles. Citrus rind. Lemon and grapefruit. Floral. Very earthy and leafy. Hints of tobacco, tea leaves, and garden herbs. Modest bitterness. Slightly catty, Hints of toasted hemp seed. Doughy malt base starts out slightly honeyed and sweet, then dries out and shifts to cracker tastes. Finishes dry with oily hop tastes and crackery malt.

M: Medium bodied. Firm malt texture. Modest carbonation. Very smooth and silky. Good.

O: The freshly picked hops are what this beer is all about, and they taste great. Nice, controlled bitterness, lots of depth and flavor in the hop profile. Very fresh tasting. One of the better Wet Hop beers on the market.

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

Man do I love harvest beers! While this one is good, I wouldn't say it is the top one out there, but as usual, Founders can be relied upon. Pours golden with a decent head that settles to a ring. Aromas of apricot, orange marmalade, and a slight herbalness. Taste is similar, but with more subdued apricots, slightly more herbal, and with a bubblegum finish. Soft mouthfeel and super easy to drink. Delicious!

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Photo of kegger22
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear yellow/amber with a modest head that quickly reduced to a collar. The aroma was hop citrus. The taste was citrus, but not in a heavy handed way. The malt was barely noticeable at first, but as the ale warmed, it came through. There was a slight needle aftertaste. The feel was medium bodied with reasonable carbonation. Drinkability was good. A very good beer, but based on price, this was a bit of a miss for Founders. Alpha King was far superior.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled on 10/02. Consumed on 10/30.

A - Golden orange with moderate carbonation. Gentle pour yielded less than a finger of white head. Clear/no cloudiness or sediment. Light irregular lacing.

S - Very nice. Crisp, easily identifiable scent. Pink grapefruit with a hint of orange. Reminded me of a Double Trouble.

T - Pink grapefruit, orange, and mango with a mildly bitter grapefruit/onion finish. Barely discernible malt backbone, but quite appropriate for the style. Drawback is I get the dreaded onion taste in the finish, and it lingers on the tongue. I love the initial flavor, but not a fan of the finish.

M - Very nice. Carbonation perfect for this type of beer. Nice tingle on tongue and throughout mouth. Crisp and refreshing.

O - Great beer, except for the onion in the finish, which ruins it to a certain extent for me. I really appreciate the orange, mango, grapefruit mix though. Its worth a try.

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

Picked this up on a recent trip to Grand Rapids.

Pours a pale golden color that is extremely fizzy. A fresh soapy citrus smell: lemon, lime and orange. A crisp and refreshing flavor of citrus and hops. Again, something clean and soapy comes to mind (Pinesol Lemon?). Very clean, light and sessionable with drinkability to the max.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Beautiful golden color with a luscious, foamy ~1/2" head. Leaves a little spotty lacing, head recedes to 1/8" but retains well.
Delicious juicy fruit in the nose, some mango and passion fruit, a little orange, light pine. I get some kind of fruit candy note too, like a pineapple Jolly Rancher or something.
Pine hits me up front on the taste, followed by bitter orange and just a brief flash of sweet tropical fruit, I want to call it passion fruit again. Finishes with a dry grassiness, and the orange and tropical fruit comes back a little in the aftertaste. Well balanced up front with the bitterness mostly taking over in the aftertaste.
The texture is fine but a little bit thin.
Easy drinking and smooth but just a little bitter for me to want to drink too many.
Delicious and juicy, a nice wet hop ale.

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Photo of jchow79
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a mild orange and when poured into a snifter is a beautiful sight. Not a great deal of head and what head there was disappeared quickly.

The aroma is fantastic. I've never been to a hop farm but I imagine this is what it would smell like. Herbaceous character with hints of pine and citrus.

This is an interesting offering - I get some sweet action on the tip of the tongue but finishes bitterly. I love it!

Overall this is a great beer. Very nice!

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

Not a bad wet hopper. It pours a nice golden color with a steady stream of carbanation bubbles making their way to the top. The head was nice and fluffy. It was a little toothy when I took my first sip but the overall feel of the beer was toothy as well. It's a heavy hitter that has a nice full body for an IPA.

The wetness of the hops didn't come through as much in this brew as some of the other wet hopped beers I've had this year. It's fresh for sure and enjoyable but I wouldn't consider it to be amongst the most "green" tasting beers I've had this fall. Citrus notes dominate but the finish is all hops. I actually wanted a bit more bitterness out of this beer, which is rare for me. I'm usually a bit more skewed towards a fine balance of flavors than an overpowering hop bitter punch to the throat. I wanted that here though and just didn't get it.

It's a fine beer and one I'm happy to have three more of. I'll probably drink them all tonight and sleep through my alarm in the morning.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Light amber with half a finger of white head. This quickly settled to a dusting. There was a good amount of lacing.

S) Aroma of fresh pine. There is sweetness that hints at honey and light tropical fruit.

T) Pleasantly piney, with light fruit cocktail, and a little citrus zest. You can pickup a little alcohol. The finish has a nice bitterness to it.

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice bite from the fresh hops, yet very smooth going down. Nice aftertaste too...

O) Another solid seasonal from Founders. Glad to recommend this beer...

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Photo of ksimons
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear orangish golden color with visible carbonation bubbles and two to three fingers worth of white head

S-some citrus and some pine with a light caramel sweetness

T-taste is more bitter than the smell would suggest, somewhat spicy with pine and citrus hops. Caramel malt backbone.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall very drinkable but you still get a good amount of hop bitterness

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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 boilermakerbrew
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep golden color. Small, one finger head that retains some down to a lingering froth on the top, but laces very well. Clarity is high, with only the color of the brew impeding light through it.

S- Big hops pine scents right off the bat. Not a whole lot else mixed in with the hops. Almost all pine scent with some mixed in floral and other plant-like scents.

T- Just like the scent, except a little subdued. Hops are the dominant flavor profile, but they are not as strong as in the scent. Very light malt base underneath the hops adds a little balance, but hops are the emphasis. Hops aren't overpowering, and let you taste the rest of the beer.

M- Very light, high carbonation levels. Might be a touch watery. Easy to drink for a hop heavy beer. Light in the stomach.

Overall, not mind blowing, but better than the 3 Floyds Broo Doo, which is the only other wet hop ale I've had. Decent balance of hops bitterness and underlying malt, but it could be better.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Fresh full of
Strength like a
Confident woman,
Smells wonderful,
Slender body,
But could totally kick your ass.

A: Brilliantly clear yellow color with medium-high carbonation and soap-bubbly head that dissipates very slowly (3/3)
S: Juicy pineapple and floral aromas with a light boozeyness (10/12)
T: There’s something almost smoky about the malt character, but a fresh bitterness balances out that malt and then some. Pretty solidly acrid bitter hang, but there’s a lot more to the after taste than just bitterness. (16/20)
M: Very mouth-watering upfront, but dries out the tongue substantially on the finish. Pretty light bodied, but packs a punch with the alcohol. (5/5)
O: A remarkably refreshing beer for its strength, but I with there were something more to balance that hang. No question this is a good beer, and I’ve gotta give props to a wet-hopped anything, but I’ve definitely had more interesting flavor profiles before. (7/10)


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

Bottled on 9/22/11... Fresh enough I guess.

Big bright golden orange body. Nice sticky white head tops it all off.

Lots of lupulin goodness on the nose. Grapefruit and citrusy goodness. Some pine resin in there as well. Light hint of biscuity malt in the back ground.

Mmmm first sip bring about lots of hoppy deliciousness. Fruity with a bit of piney bite but not aggressively bitter. Malt stands up with some grain character but certainly not too much.

Mouthfeel is medium body with a crisp semi-dry finish. Overall, a delicious freshly hopped ale. Founders does it again.

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Photo of Tripphop
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good clarity, nice straw color, lacking head. Aromas of pine needles and grain. Good balance and mouthfeel, crisp dry finish. Flavor is intense, fresh piney hops and a solid malt backbone. Bright citrus fruits linger on the palate. Refreshing, solid fresh hop beer.

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Photo of dd43
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Always a treat when this shows up at the package store each fall. Why do people wait for pumpkin beers when the real harvest is of the fucking hops that make our beer taste like... beer? I mean, really.

Brilliant clarity, golden orange in color, head is moderate and recedes rather quickly.

Hop aromas in your face. Nice citrus notes, a little peach, some ripe melon, everything works together along with some pine resin in the flavor. Consumed fresh it really has a nice pungency to it.

Fairly well carbonated, definitely not a tactile beer on the lips or the tongue. Finishes pretty dry, with a really pleasant level of bitterness. This beer is highly drinkable.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: hazy light golden pale, frothy white head which settles in slowly

S: very light vegetal aroma from the wet hops, mixed with light citrus and hints of bread

T: not super bitter, lightly sweet and creamy, malt provides a good chunk of the flavor

F: super smooth, not too bitter, clean finish

O: very nice wet hop ale, most I have had are overly vegetal, this one balances that out by leading with a sweet malty backbone

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Photo of claminat420
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a transparent straw color. 1.5 finger head with medium lacing.

S- a nice hop scent.slightly grapefruity.

T- a nice well rounded american pale ale. a watery hop brew with the lightest malt presence but just enough to get the job done.

M- light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- if they only came in a 6 pack :(

Overall- this is a good brew. i have to be an ass tho and give them nothing higher than a b+ for the fact of the four pack. they need to come out in 6er's!!

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

Bottled: something, something, 11. Founder's has shitty dating now that they've switched to yellow, but I'm pretty certain this is pretty fresh.

A: pours golden yellow with a little under a finger of white foam which falls to a large central cap and a surrounding ring. Excellent clarity. Spotty lace.
S: Yeah, this is fresh. pine, citrus, bubble gum, sweet and dry malts. Simple, elegant.
T: Good and hoppy with resiny, piny, fruity hops. A little further leaning on the resin aspect, this beer is like Devil Dancer light with a good amount more sweetness from the malts. Nice.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carb and a noninvasive finish.
O: Scary sessionable. I could drink this quickly and would, sadly, be done too soon only left to stumble my sweet ass to bed early. As usual, Founders rarely fails to impress. Solid beer.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4



ABV: 7.6%


POUR: Golden/orange pour with a medium white head.

AROMA: Grapefruit, orange, lemon, and pine.

TASTE: Lots of citrus fruit, a bit of sweetness and then the hops take over. rating: 99

Beeradvocate rating: 95

Overall: A

My recommendation: Fresh Hop beers are meant to be drank fresh. If you’re an IPA fan this is a must have and you have to get it soon! Terrific brew!

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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 Jake1605
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a 12 ounce snifter that was rinsed before pouring.

2010 version bottle, 6.5% ABV 70 IBU's.

Appearance: Bright yellow, light in color. Although the 1 finger head went away quickly, it leaves a decent lining on the side of the glass. Average carbonation.

Smell: Citrusy, piney, floral hops. Strong grapefruit smell, maybe some pineapple & orange. Sweet & fruity smell.

Taste: Reminds me of a lot of IPA/DIPA's I have tried. Very complex brew, strong citrusy & grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth & creamy with a dry finish.

Drinkability: This would make a great session beer for a hop head, and could be Double Trouble's little brother.

I got a chance to try this side by side last week with the tap & firkin. This is the perfect beer to drink from a firkin, it was absolutely amazing. If you get a chance to try it from firkin, don't miss out. The tap wasn't nearly as good as the firkin or bottle.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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