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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 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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Harvest Ale has a fairly thin, slightly off-white head, a clear, burnished gold appearance, and low level lacing. The aroma is of citrus hop oil, and the flavor is of sweet, white bread, citrus hops, not-too-heavy bitterness, and biscuit. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Founders Harvest Ale finishes dry and drinkable.


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Photo of isitsavage
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Light orange/yellow. Very minimal white head, not even half a finger with a pretty hard pour, fades to a this wisp with minimal lacing.

Smell is wonderful, easily the best part about this beer. Fresh cut grass, cat piss, tart grape juice, and grapefruit, very complex nose. First time I've ever picked out cat piss in a beer and it really is not a bad thing at all.

Very prickly almost tongue numbing carbonation in the mouth, medium mouthfeel, this is good.

Big fruity, citrus flavor. Kind of toasty? Not overly bitter. Very "clean" flavors, very drinkable. Definitely some citrus bite, grapefruit, a good bit of tartness. Having kind of a hard time picking up anything more, but I like it.

Overall this is exceptional and interesting like all of Founders' beers. A lot to take in here and a very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of cmf
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz to becker. Clear golden pour with moderate head. Lots of effervescence. Strong, fresh, citrus and hops aroma. Bitter and sweet with a foamy feel. Almost like a cider. Overall a good fresh IPA.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/02/13, so about a month old. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light straw color, decent clarity and a smattering of off-white head.

S: A light orange creamsicle aroma, pale malt, light sweetness.

T: Citrus hops (tangerine, white grape and white grapefruit), followed by moderate pale malt and just a touch of bitterness.

M: Light body and medium-ish carbonation. I guess it’s self-evident that a lighter body works well for a wet hopped IPA.

O: The low level of bitterness makes this extremely drinkable. The hops have faded a bit unfortunately, but they’re still noticeable and the malt remains in check.

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Photo of younger35
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FINALLY found this down in Bloomington at Friar Tucks. Been searching Chicago up and down to find this little bastard. I'm visiting my mom right now so glass wear is a little sparse. The only liquid holder she has actually made of GLASS was a generic mug.

Appearance- Wowsa's! Pours a beautiful light hazy yellow with a HUGE creamy 3 finger + head even with an extremely gentle pour. A huge cap and collar remains the entire beer from the beautiful Champaign like bubbles that permeate throughout leaving oodles of sticky lacing.
Smell- A very fresh and clean hoppiness that is somewhere between floral and citrus. Lilac and tulip greet my nostrils first followed by a crisp citrus smell that is full of grapefruit and pineapple. Lightly bready sweetness in there somewhere but doesn't play a significant role.
Taste- Fruity and juicy with not as bit of a bitter bite as I was expecting. Grapefruit and orange pith along with some peach and mango give this a remarkably fruity start. Lightly piney at times as well with a raw herbal aspect. The malt must be doing something in this beer to keep all these hops in check but it's almost undetectable. Just sort of an unrefined grain sweetness (maize?) that cuts the bitterness. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness that is undeniably fruity.
Mouthfeel- Very crisp and carbonated with a medium to light body and a rough creaminess.
Drinkability- This is definitely one of juiciest brews I've ever tried. It's not overly fruity per se, but it is juicy. Can't really explain it I guess. Fantastic Wet-Hopped brew that is #2 on my list of Harvest Ales right behind Broodoo. Glad that I finally found this and can't wait to polish off the other 3!

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Photo of blaheath
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with lemon and pine aromas. Light bodied with minimal bitterness/carbonation/malt. Flavors of lemon, pine, soap, and grass all come from the hops but are also very light and floral. Dry finish.

A very drinkable harvest ale from Founders

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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass.

A: Small white head that fizzes out pretty quickly. There is a slight haze in the light yellowy orange body. Lacing is decent.

S: Average malt presence of bread and grain. The hops are heavy and have noticeable Centennial qualities. Very floral, piney, grassy and delicious. There are light yeast notes, very leafy, kind of soapy.

T: The hop flavor is extremely clean with a heavy bitterness being more of a mid-palate sensation. Lightly sweet. The 6.5% ABV comes across more than expected, and could even be described as slightly boozy.

M: Fairly full mouthfeel given the style. The texture is thick and oily slick. Lively and fizzy, this brew is nicely carbonated and prepares the palate for the long lingering, bitter finish.

D: While not one of Founders best offerings, the Harvest Ale is still a damn good brew and it is certainly very drinkable. The hop forward aroma and flavor, plus hop:malt ratio in this brew could make a strong case for IPA consideration.

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Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I just opened the last bottle I had from 2009.

It poured a smooth straw yellow. There was almost no head and the head that remained laced the rim of the glass. It was very translucent and not very cloudy. It smelled like an IPA more than a PA. Very hoppy and floral aromas were present from the get go. The mouthfeel was lackluster, probably because this bottle had plenty of time to sit. It was very drinkable and tasty. It drinks very well and smoothly. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pour is hazy orangish color with a few fingers of head, leaves some lacing.

hops and malts on the nose, getting some citrus notes and a nice floral scent that is complimented by sweeter malts. taste is pretty much the same - and they did a nice job striking the right balance on this one. medium body and carbonation, really like the way this one feels on the tongue.

overall this beer is both interesting and refreshing, really glad I picked up a 4 pack!

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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprise, surprise. Another great IPA from Michigan. California are you paying attention? This one caught me by surprise with how great it was. My first wet hopped IPA. Poured from a bottle into a stamddard pint glass. Generous head that quickly fades but leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nose is just a bit piney compared to other IPA's I've had. Maybe it's th wet hopped style. Very clear compared to other IPA's as well. Taste is fantastic. It's delicious. This is so good it's almost sessionable. Wow! I think this is better than Founders Centenntial IPA. I love this beer!

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Photo of timmy2b
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass. Very small amount of head. It is a golden, hazy almost amber color. Has a nice citrus smell, but nothing over the top. The flavor is good. Some Orange, Citrus up front. It does have a bitter finish which lingers a little bit. This is not a heavy beer, its fairly medium for mouthfeel. Overall I feel this has a good balance of the citrus and bitterness,although I was not expecting the bitter to last as long after each sip, still a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of cetherid
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass


Appearance is a straw yellow color with about 2 fingers of big fluffy white head.


a solid harvest ale smell. Nice aroma of hops from floral, citrus and pine with a nice light malt smell. I'm sure if the bottle was fresher the aroma would be much more intense.


Same as nose. Light hops up front then the sweetness from the malts hit. Bitterness lingers slightly. Again, I would imagine having this bottle 2 months ago would give some more hop qualities to the taste. Still an awesome tasting harvest ale.


about medium bodied. Good carbonation to the beer. Feels good on the tongue and goes down nice a smooth leaving just a subtle bitterness left on the tongue.


This would probably be my first choice in a highly drinkable harvest ale. However the availability is very limited and it's a little pricey. Can't really give this over a 4. Such a sessionable beer though that is awesome on tap. Was the first beer I ever tried at Founders this fall.

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Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a decent frothy khaki head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of crisp citrus hops in front of sweet malts. The taste is nice smooth crisp citrus hops just in front of sweet caramel malts. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing with decent carbonation. This is a great wet hop beer, one I'd certainly have again.

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Photo of busterthecat
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this after looking for a 4pk a couple weeks ago. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Bottled- 9/22/11.

A- Pours a golden brass from the bottle and sits only a shade darker in glass, which a light orange tint. About a 1/2 inch crisp white head forms from the pour and then settles out to leave a decent capping and ring. Light lacing.

S- Sweet tropical notes dominate the aroma. Its definitely in the softer sweeter fruiter side of IPA aroma. Smells like a fruit stand in summer. Good, but kinda light in strength.

T- Lives up the aroma and closely follows it. Pineapple, sweet tangerine, perhaps light mango. A mild bitterness of pine builds up and lingers in the finish. The hops are forward, yet quite restrained. The malts are subtle and lend a kiss of caramel body and spice.

M- A very solid bodied IPA. The feel starts out very mild, wet and smooth and transitions to have more of a bitter bite in the finish, which leads it more of a drying feel. Not a palate wrecker at all. Feel is enjoyable.

O- A very nicely done IPA. On the sweet side of the hop profile, yet not cloying or sweet in the feel. Smooth, mild, calm and tasty sum this beer up. Another solid offering from Founders. Very easy to drink, too easy.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to thabigmp for this one.

A: Light straw yellow in color with a slight haze. One finger white head with good retention and awesome lacing.

S: Big resinous citrus hops. Grapefruit and pineapple dominate, with slight mango and tangerine notes. Very light caramel background.

T: Sweet caramel upfront. Huge citrus grapefruit flavors. Light pineapple. Not real bitter in the middle. Much more bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium light bodied. Higher carbonation. Slick and oily from the wet hop. Dry finish.

O: A great beer. A touch much on the grapefruit. Could've mellowed it a bit with pineapple or a touch more caramel malts, but that's hardly a downfall.

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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well...after entrusting Founders Brewery as my all-time standby, instant classic, always unique brew--this was a bit of a let down. All in all a decent brew though, and a lot more interesting than most pale ales out there.

I enjoyed that classic hop taste that Founders always delivers--and its pine and sweetness emulated that of their double and triple IPA. The aftertaste, however, seemed far more mellow and less complex and interesting. Lemon and other citrus was very heavy up front--but soon faded into nothing. In my mind, this was a decent IPA--rather than an exceptional pale ale.

Well...worth a try.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light straw with a big, fluffy white head that takes its time going down.

S- Big, pungent hop smell with tons of citrusy, piney, leafy, minty, resiny, and whatever else -y aromas. I think the focus of this beer might be on the hops, although I don't want to jump to conclusions.

T- There's more hoppy goodness in the flavor with lots of pine and a hint of mint, but the flavor's not overwhelming. Some biscuity malt even has a chance to come through. The bitterness is fairly mild. Oh, and the hop burps off of this are awesome!

M- Medium-bodied with a decent level of carbonation.

D- Pretty good. The abv's not too bad, but it's not a session beer for me. I'd have a couple in a sitting, though.

This is a great fresh hop ale. It's a good choice if you want the hop character of an IPA without the bitterness. Actually, thanks to the wet hopping, the hop character in this beer is better than in most IPAs. This is my first Founders beer (we don't get them here in VA), and it definitely makes me want to try more of their stuff. Anyway, a solid beer, and one that I'd recommend to any hop enthusiast.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at MiKro in Hamden into a pint glass. Comes out pure amber color, clear, with a nice white head. Smell is sweet and has nice hoppy kick to it. Flavor is very similar, nice restrained malt notes lend some sweetness, big wave of fruity hops in the middle. Finish is long and bitter. Lovely harvest ale, a bit too heavy in the stomach but overall I would have another.

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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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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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