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Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale
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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 MbpBugeye
3.16/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Psudo clear gold, only moderate haze. Big white head doesnt have much life expectancy. Droopy lace is formed for only about one ring.

S- A very buttery malt base, it has notes of buttered popcorn and bread crust. A leafy hop presence floats over top.

T- More butteriness, its getting kinda strange now. Bread crust and buttered dough form the base. Floral, lemony and leafy hops lend some bitterness to the finish.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.19/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a mostly clear orange color with a 1/4 in cheap that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing. It's a nice looking beer.

S - I do have a cold so I will be gentle here. The aroma is not great for an IPA. Very bready and malty. Minimal hop aroma to speak of. Yeah, that's me being gentle. I don't care for the smell.

T - Nice! Thank god taste doesn't follow aroma. Nice grapefruit flavor with a flavor that I can't put my finger on. Kind of bready, but still has that typical fresh hop flavor.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation. The finish is fairly dry.

O - This is a nice beer, but I must say its up against some stiff competition. Beers like Celebration, chasing freshies and other wet hop IPAs make this one seem ordinary. It's good, not great.

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Photo of CandaceLai
3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Light straw color, pretty clear in appearance - bitter aftertaste, carbonated. Not my favorite beer.

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Photo of scream
3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

While decent there is nothing here that excites me. Just an average beer that does not justify it's status as a being sold in four packs. Probably would not buy again

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Photo of zdk9
3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy pale orange, almost yellow. A half finger of crisp head top the beer.

S- All hops. The first whiff is of sweet citrus, faintly- tangerine, grapefruit. Then there come some fresh grassiness, and subdued straw scents.

T- Fresh cut grass, and lemon are the prominent hops flavors on this one. There is perhaps the smallest hint of carmel but that all the malt I can get. The taste is weaker than I wish for, and the balance isn't quite right.

M- Rather bitter, as if there's not enough malt to balance out the hops, but also somewhat syrupy and still effervescent. The alcohol on this one is not that well hidden, as I can feel the heat even at 7%.

D- This is my first wet-hopped ale and it didn't quite meet my expectations. The hops are prominent and good, but I feel like the recipe might need some tweaking to improve the strength of the taste and the heat of the alcohol.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from KeefD. Thanks Keith!

A: Pours a hazy orange-amber color topped with an off-white head. Retention is moderate and there is some intricate ivy lacing down the sides.

S: Damn, this is like sniffing orange juice. Lots of orange pulp that gradually blossoms into grapefruit and tropical aromas. But primarily orange.

T: Tastes like orange up front, with a stronger variety than sensed in the nose. Grapefruit, apricot, pineapple in the mid-taste. There's a small trickling of biscuit malt that is nearly hidden by a strong grassy flavor. The finish is a moderate rubbery ethanol flavor that reminds me of a badly dry-hopped homebrew (no offense to my homebrewing friends).

M: Medium-bodied, high carbonation. Pretty cleansing, but it can't erase that rubbery astringency that closes each sip.

D: Starts off great -- really great -- but finishes badly. I'm mixed about this one.

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Photo of morimech
3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden to yellow/straw color with a large white head that has good retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. The lack of depth in color was shocking for an APA, but the head and lacing that comes from the hops saved the score. Has a highly hopped aroma of grapefruit, flowers, and pine needles. That is about it from the aroma. The flavor is likewise one dimensional. This beer has one focus and that is to show off the hops. But can't we have some malt flavor? Bitter and astringent. A little hard to drink. The body is too light for so much hops and bitterness. Carbonation is ok. Not the easiest drinking beer unless you are a hophead. I understand what the brewer is doing here but I do not care that much for the effort.

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Photo of sullytriman
3.24/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of Auracom
3.24/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. single purchased from MSCM. 6 oz. served in a C&B tulip on November 9th, 2012.

A - Very clear,straw-golden color. Thin, one finger white head with quick reduction. Moderate lacing.

S - This gets close to the target. Sticky hop resin. Dank. Herbal. Slight fruit juices. Touch of caramel malts. Quite inviting.

T - Mellow. Boring even. Wet hop bitterness, fresh grass, and bready carbonation. The back half of the palate is severely underwhelming in overall flavor.

M - Light medium body, low carbonation, lightly dry finish.

D - Smells better than it tastes. It's just too... polite. It's reasonably accessible, but I'm not sure it shows me anything I haven't seen before. Disappointment here.

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Photo of PprBurke
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acostuhhh
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of MooseBoose
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of jacwomyn
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of 1424IpA
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of frankthetank86
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of FlyersPhan
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 4,541 ratings
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