Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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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4,445
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Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.26%
 
 
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Photo of Damian
3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355ml) bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Bottled 10/03/13
Served in a pint glass

The liquid poured a completely clear, medium amber color and was topped by a frothy, two-plus finger tall, off-white crown. Sheets of sudsy lacing coated the glass and stuck around long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was amazingly hoppy. Fruity and pleasantly sweet. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Mango, pineapple and passion fruit came through strongest. Dank, weed-like notes were also quite noticeable. Some orange peel appeared as well.

The flavor profile was drastically different from the aroma. Like the nose, it too was super hoppy and bright. In this case, however, the hops were incredibly dry and bitter, and much more one-dimensional. Intense notes of grapefruit pith completely overwhelmed the palate. The finish was super piney and bitter. The oily, resinous hops were relentless and gave my tongue a real lashing.

The mouthfeel was quite thin for the style. This felt a lot more like a thinner-bodied pale ale than a typical IPA. The liquid was slightly creamy and contained a fine, mellow effervescence.

I often find that most breweries who produce a wet hopped beer feel the need to make it so hop-centric that the bitterness becomes more a focus than the actual hop flavor. Founders Harvest Ale is unfortunately no exception to this. If they could perhaps dial up the malts and create more balance and body in the beer, this could be fantastic.

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Photo of GJ40
3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle in a DFH pint glass.

A - A very light straw colored ale with good clarity. The white head is huge (too much in fact) even with the gentlest pour. Nice lacing.

S - A very floral and fruity aroma. Some spice as well.

T - Heavy on the hops and light on the malt (which as a concept is perfectly fine with me). The hops are mostly floral and grassy with very little citrus or bitterness. I thought the flavor was pretty good but I found it too dry.

M - Way too much carbonation for my taste. A bit on the thin side too.

D - With the exception of the carbonation, I found it enjoyable. I had high hopes for this one but I didn't think it was worthwhile; especially at $10 / 4 pack. I could get a Stone or Lagunitas IPAs for less.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass bottle. Black branded pry-off crown cap. Generally appealing label art.

Bottled 09/30/15. 7.60% ABV. 70 IBUs.

Served cold into a pilsner glass. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

HEAD: 2.5cm wide. White colour. Average thickness and frothiness. Not real creamy or robust. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

BODY: Clear copper of average vibrance. Clean and clear, obviously filtered. I see no yeast or sediment.

Appears adequately carbonated. Not unique or special. Has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Has a fresh floral hop profile over a pale malt base. Pleasant hints of pine and hop oil. Not resinous, juicy, or overtly fruity.

Though the aroma as a whole is muted and reticent, it suggests a balanced beer with some nice elements.

No yeast character, booze, or off-notes are/is visible.

TASTE: Follows the aroma, with more pale malt sweetness than anticipated. It's not caramalt-heavy, luckily, but it is too forward in terms of malts, casting the hop profile in shadow. Hop notes include floral, lightly piney, slighty resinous, and vaguely fruity.

Somewhat imbalanced, and not quite dialed in. Not gestalt, but it's cohesive enough - albeit rough around the edges. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

I do like it, but there's ample room for improved intricacy, subtlety, and nuance.

TEXTURE: Slightly oily. Overcarbonated. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and of average heft and weight on the palate. Not too sticky or syrupy. Not chewy.

This texture complements the flavour profile decently, and fits the style. But it doesn't accentuate specific notes or elevate the beer as a whole.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Well executed for the most part.

OVERALL: It's a nice IPA for what it is, but like many Founders beers, it falls short of the best beers in the style from across the country. Though it fails to compete even with down-the-interstate neighbors Bells Brewing's offerings in the style, it's well worth trying once. I'll enjoy finishing it, but it won't impress discerning drinkers. Drinkable, and it hides its ABV well. Certainly above average.

High C+ (3.25)

***
Notes from Fall 2014. Served on-draught at a bar in Austin, TX:

APPEARANCE: Head is 3 fingers in height and white in colour. Soft and supple. Boasts nice froth, creaminess, and thickness. Even light lacing adheres to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good (~8-9 minutes).

BODY: Clear copper-gold of good vibrance. No yeast or sediment can be seen within. Translucent. Transparent.

Appears well-carbonated. A good looking IPA.

AROMA: Fresh citrus, juicy fruity hops, orange citrus, floral hops, zest, faint grapefruit. Fresh. Pale malts lend balancing sweetness.

Light and pleasant. Quite appealing for a fresh hop IPA. Aromatic intensity is mild.

I detect no overt yeast aromatics, off-notes, or booze.

TASTE: Fresh floral and citrusy notes. Citrus zest. Light-as-a-cloud pale malts give this its gentle backbone. A hint of honey. Faint nectary hop flavour.

Balanced and enjoyable, if a bit low in flavour intensity. Flavour duration is average. Good depth of flavour.

Very drinkable. Simple but effective. Boasts a cohesive build. Its balance is the highlight of it for me; the hop bitterness is well tamed by the mellow pale malt sweetness.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, delightfully light-bodied, refreshing as hell, soft, supple, perfectly carbonated. Great mouthfeel for an IPA.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Complements the taste rather well, with the light body accentuating the gentle pale malt backbone.

OVERALL: Damn easy to drink for a 7.60% ABV brew. Another very good ale from Founders.

B / GOOD

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Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Demitriustown
Pours cloudy orange with a bright white medium sized head. Smell is sweet orange and caramelly malt with a lively citrusy and fresh hop character. Taste is a bit of a muted, dull, malt with a citrusy orange like hop character. Mouthfeel was about average, and neither thin nor thick. Pleasant and mild hop flavor and bitterness overall. Nice, but I'm unable to tell that this is a fresh hop beer, and don't get that spicy, tingly hop flavor I get in some others. Still, a quality beer that I really enjoyed and am glad I got to try. Thanks for the awesome bonus, Andrew!

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Photo of AltBock
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby bottle with a cool looking up close drawing of a heart shaped hop bud. Off to the left and right of the bumpy heart shaped hop bud is where you'll find all the mandatory US information. It's on the small neck label where you can find the IBU level (70) and the ABV % (6.5%).

As soon as I poured this beer into my Bell's pint glass, up rises like a cloud of smoke one fluffy 2 inch pure white head of foam. This cotton white head of foam had great retention that left behind small blots of lace and a 1/4 of an inch milky white film. Under this white film was a hazy and bright lemon meringue yellow colored beer. This beer was so damn hazy that I couldn't even see the shadows of my fingers on the other end of the glass. It's one of those beers that you have to see to believe.

The hops in the aroma had that wet tea leaf aroma to them. The hops weren't all that bitter or sweet. Backing up the wet hops was a splash of lemon peel and the scent of sweet grapefruit. There was no sign of the malt backbone in the aroma. Did it need the malt backbone? It could have helped.

This beer started off crispy with a touch of lemon and then the hops kicked in. These hops were mildly hoppy and of the citrus variety. This hoppy taste didn't last all that long and then the hops gave way to the sweet grapefruit. I hate to say it, but that was it for the taste. There was no sign of the malts in the taste either. Did the taste need the malts? Like the aroma, it could have helped.

This was a medium bodied APA with crispy carbonation and a mild hoppy aftertaste of citrus hops and a gentle touch of lemon peel.

Because this beer had "Founders" on the label, I had high hopes for this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but a little more hops would do this beer justice.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 4,445 ratings.
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