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 pwoods
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint. Dating looks to be about August.

A: Pours a straw yellow. A few shades darker than a bud and has a glow to it. 2-3 fingers of pearl white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Dominated by powerful hops. The grassy and juicy hop punch is very attractive and the massive fresh and funky hops oils are great.

T/M: Very strong, fresh grassy and earthy hops. Some more of the citrus juicy. Grainy malt character is nearly completely hidden by the hop kick. Seems a bit out of control but just right, lol. Mouthfeel is light and inviting after a hard day doing yard work... especially with a subdued drying finish.

D: Easily drinkable and very tasty.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out sparkling pale gold color, great carbonation with a substantial, foamy and clumpy white head that is very dense with extra slow retention. Looks great.

The nose is dominated by the fresh-fruity wet hops, deep and sweet aroma with a slight herbal edge. a light malt scent hits right at the end.

The flavor is classic for a wet-hop, big, fresh fruity flavor's of light strawberry, pineapple with an herbal, earthy-bitter ending, good depth and complexity with a light malt balance.

The feel is right on, crisp, clean, slight bite from the carboantion and smooth ending.

highly enjoyable.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with a sticky head. Clear body with lacing all over the glass.
Smells of citrus and marijuana. Peppermint is also present.
Actually taste's like marijuana as well. Citrus and mint once again fill out the flavor profile with a pleasant malt finish.
Nice full body with great carbonation.
A great beer from a great brewery. Make sure to get drink this as fresh as possible. This my friends is fresh hop juice.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous sun yellow orange with tons of carbonation that quickly recedes.

Huge citrus and tropical notes, mango, orange, pine, spice, and resin.

Orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine, and hop resins.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, bitter, crisp, dry finish.

Overall, I was expecting a little more, but a great fresh hop brew nonetheless.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good body that finished well. Great aroma, too. Overall taste is solid. Not a seasonal worth going out of one's way to get ahold of, but it's a very good IPA.

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Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A nice and very welcomed extra from a recent trade. Beer is a hazy golden yellow with half a finger of white head consisting of tight small bubbles. Head dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing to a small collar of bubbles and a spotty film on the surface. Lots of carbonation initially after the pour, but it settles down quickly to only a few small bubbles floating up every now and then.

Nose isn't as strong in aromas as I was expecting. There is some decent complexity though, light orange and peach, and some light floral notes, good caramel and grainy malt sweetness.

Much better flavor on the tongue though, more tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, as well as the orange and peach from the nose. Then some citrus and floral hop bitterness before the light caramel malt. Finish is dry with lingering light tropical fruit and floral hops.

Light body beer with some light carbonation. Decently refreshing and easy to drink beer though.

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Photo of Raime
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden hue with a one finger white head that sticks around. With a nice large finish gulp, it leaves nice lacing.

S - slight pine, wet cascade hops, slight citrus, slight lemon peel. Small amounts of grapefruit.

T - Big, centennial hop pine up front, small amounts of orange, lemeon zest, wheat bread.

M -Medium bodies with medium to heavy carbonation. Fits the beer well and the beer leaves a spicy juicyness as it sits.

O - Overall, this was a solid IPA, though nothing spectacular. I'd have it again though.

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Photo of volklshred
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A-Very light and transparent blond color.

S- Floral and citrus hop nose.

T-Most of the hop flavor has left the beer, however, it still tastes delicious.

M-Not much as far as mouth feel. Very light carbonation with a malty and wet finish.

D-Due to the beer's age, this beer is extremely drinkable, even a bit watery.

Due to the late date of consumption, most of the profiles of this beer have left. With that said, this beer still tastes really solid, something that would be nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Resuin
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottling date is a little hard to read but is definitely in October, so this is likely just a couple weeks old.

Appearance: Pours a translucent gold/amber and leaves a finger of white head.

Smell: Dank hops, light pine, light malts, bread. A dash of citrus. Surprisingly mild aroma, but definitely pleasant. Wish I could get a bit more from this one.

Taste: Surprisingly (to me) matches the smell pretty well. Rather subdued but pleasant. Hops are out front but balanced well by malts. Mild pine, light citrus, mango. Finishes a bit hoppier with some pine and citrus.

Mouth-feel: Pretty well carbonated (medium to high) with a light to medium body. I like the body for this style of IPA.

Overall: Very well balanced and pleasant. The flavors are a bit more subdued than I was expecting, but it is well crafted with nothing negative in sight. For a bigger IPA, this is very refreshing and crisp. I could drink plenty of this one.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 4-pack ($13.99). Back of bottle dated 10/03/2016.

Pale yellow, clear elixir poured into SA glass. Two-finger, bright white foam, crags of lacing.

A complex mix of citrus, pine, earth, spice with a subtle malt biscuit.

The taste follows with a the earth, pine coming to the fore front, mingling with a nice grass/mint flavor. The malt is still there, lingering like a detective that had been watching around the corner and now followed to make his arrest.

Light-medium body, a bit of an acidic twang.

Descent wet hopped ale, better than last year but not near the standards set by previous editions. Pricey.

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

A: Pours golden yellow with minimal head.

S: Delicious hoppiness with a grassy/earthy smell. A bit of citrus.

T: Great balance of bitterness to citrus. Slight notes of pine like others have mentioned. Very tasty.

M: Rather light, very easy to drink.

O: Overall, quite a delicious IPA. This is actually my first wet-hopped beer, and I'd have to say it tastes quite fresh. I would definitely call this one a go-to.

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

A - Nice 2 fingers of head, and light, slightly hazy color.
S - Bold, floral, citrusy aromas.
T - Very hoppy (a bit too much for my taste), yet well balanced flavors. You notice the alcohol and carbonation afterward.
M - Somewhat light mouth.
O - A well-done IPA, although it's overly hopped for my taste. I prefer a more subtle hop flavor as in Two-Hearted, yet I recognize it's a nice rep for the style. Glad I tried it but a bit too hoppy for my desire.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter. Bottled on 10/4/12

A- pours a nearly transparent shade of yellow with a one finger pure white head. Looks pretty damn solid IMO, very clean

S- ridiculously heavy citrus aroma from the wet hops. Oh man, it's awesomely pungent

T- slight bitterness, plenty of juicy citrus. I kind of expected more, but still really good

M- on the thick side. Almost syrupy

O- damn good wet hop. Founders delivers, as usual

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

Jay23 sent me one of these as an extra in a recent trade. thanks jay!

12oz bottle. sampled nov 22/08.

pours hazy golden with a big fluffy white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. big fresh hoppy aroma. pine and grapefruit. touch of orange and tangerine. floral too. touch of caramel. white bread and biscuit. touch of alcohol.

taste is good. grapefruit. orange peel. tangerine. white bread. biscuit. touch of wheat too. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. bit of caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. just over medium carbonation level seems a bit too much for the style.

drinkability is good. nice balance. big hoppy flavour aroma. if the carbonation was dropped a little this one would be great, but even as is it's pretty darn good.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pour a rich gold. The aromas are subtle but enticing - a little citrus, a little pine, something almost liek sweet corn as well. The flavor leads with a citrus flavor, rounding out to pine and mango. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and rich. The balance here is so well done is is difficult to pick out individual flavors, there is just an overall impression of pure hop oil flavor.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found two four paks at the craft beer outlet and immediately grabbed one.
Bottled on 2 Oct. 13. Thats fresh!
Upon opening I was greeted with a wonderful hop aroma. It was bold and juicy with smells of tropical fruits and citrus.
The color was a light amber or even golden amber either way it looks too light for the style.
The head that formed was bright whte and small and never seem to raise to expectations.
Lingering around was a very thin collar bead. There was one loan carbonation stream, that's it. Definitely not up to style.
To me the flavor was a long the lines of dank and muddled at first sipping, but as it warmed subtle hints of tropical fruits came through.
Though the hops were dank and muddled, they were fresh wet and juicy.
In the background the malts carried itself very well with a sweet biscuit taste.
The taste is nicely balance with each component complimenting each other.
Finishes sweet and bitter.
Anytime you can get beer this fresh (less then two weeks old) is a good thing and it had a chance to mature. Sadly even in this crowded field that is the American IPA style this beer doesn't stand out as it should.

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

On tap at Taproom 10/13/12

A-Golden IPA coloring with an average white head and traditional lacing.

S- Fresh, sticky hop smell with a blend of surprising maltiness.

T- Not as much hops as I was expecting. More of a session IPA taste with a little more fresher feel.

M- Lighter bodied, easier drinking ale.

O- Decent IPA, not the best wet hopped ale I've had but then again not the worst. I would say that Harvest Ale doesn't quite live up to the hype.

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Photo of gr0g
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Updated notes for 2015 version (7.6% ABV), one month from bottling, on which review scores are based:

Slight haze, more of an amber color. Head is about two fingers high and leaves a very nice crown of lace. Aroma is grassy and "grapefruity." More subtle notes of ripe, sweet melon and pineapple. Fresh and floral all in all.

Flavor is semi-dry and hop-focused, though the malt backbone is somewhat robust and sweet. Great balance between puckering bitterness, malty sweetness, and fruity/estery flavors. It's simultaneously well-balanced and a bit lacking in character. Mouthfeel is excellent. Great fresh hop IPA, but a bit too malty/sweet.

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

My first wet hopped ale and from one of my favorite breweries, so I'm going into this with high expectations. Pours a slightly cloudy light gold with a medium white head which subsides to a nice lacing. The aroma is strong with citrus fruits: lemon, grapefruit, and slight taste of orange. Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma. Lemon and grapefuit. Big hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma for a pale ale. There is almost no malt flavor in this beer, just a straightforward hop lovers delight. I even let the beer warm up to close to room temperature and still got no malt presence. This beer has the body of a pale ale and the hop presence of an ipa. I prefer my ipas with a little more complexity and malt presence, but this is still a good beer and ideal if you're craving a hop fix.

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Photo of Tom8Analise
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice shade of a goldish color and leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass but not too much, just right...which adds up to a medium bodied head...

S - Smells of fruits and hops...has a sweet honey scent as well as pine...smells a lot like a Ballast Point - Sculpin IPA (Grapefruit, Pine, Hops, etc...)

T - Has a very similar taste to the Sculpin IPA as well...a lot of grapefruit flavoring with hints of pine (and I'm guessing it is the common juniper berry)...

M - Feels good...not the best but not the worst...nice and smooth but still a little too much carbonation...

D - Probably would only be able to have 1 or 2...not a big fan of a high percentage of carbonation but would recommend it to an IPA fan during the warm summer months...not a good beer to enjoy by the fire while there's snow on the ground...definitely meant for warm summer nights and cookouts...


Tom and Analise!

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Photo of hwy61mb
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 12 oz. bottle, bottled on 9/29/2010, was poured into a tulip. This is my second and last bottle from a four pack I picked up in October, I have shared the rest.

This beer is the color of a light honey, with a medium foamy head and some lacing. It smells mostly of hops, with a little sweetness too.

The taste is mostly hops. Besides the hops, there is a taste like grapfruit or some other citrus fruit. The bitterness is quite balanced with the sweetness. This feels light and lively in the mouth, with a fair amount of carbonation. I really like this beer and I'm looking forward to next years batch.

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

Tastes are wet hops, caramel, papaya, malt backbone, popcorn, salt, peppercorn, citrus, citrus peels, blended unripe fruit, rock sugar, earth, cane sugar, dryness, tea, edginess, flower pedals, coconut, and bananas and curds and cumin and spices and light fruit skins.

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

Awesome extra sent from ChiTownPackFan (thanks man) poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bottled 10/4, sampled 10/25 -

A: Chill hazed straw color with orange hues and a small wispy white head with light lacing.

S: Fresh, juicy floral hop presence with lots of orange notes and bright citrus character...a bit of dank pine too, and some floral grapefruit notes.

T: Right in line with the nose, this is a tasty wet hop with lots of juicy, floral citrus notes. Good bitterness and a dry finish. Still juicy and floral, with a touch of biscuit coming through as it warms.

MF: Dry, medium-to-light mouthfeel with lingering flavors.

O: Its a good beer and I'm glad I got to try it. A highlight among other wet hop ales I've tried this fall, this is right up there with WET.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA/Harvest Ale poured a murky golden color with small beads of carbonation flowing throughout. The head was a thick foam that united into a single unit an had a bright white coloring.

The scent is absolutely alive with juicy citrus that made my mouth water. Huge notes of orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerines and pineapple meet a subtle earthy, marshy, floral hop character. Outside of Zombie Dust I don't think I've smelled better.

The flavors are nicely citrus with a more floral and piney hop blend. I catch the grapefruit, some lemon and even banana but a real earthy, leafy floral hop flavor take over. The malt is a little sweet and stubborn but never really takes over. It seems to sit quietly in the core happy to prop up the hop flavors.

The feel is a rather thin, and slick at times. There was some fizzy effervescence on the tongue but it seemed watery none the less.

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