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

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Photo of Jammies
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a pale orangish yellow with a very thin layer of foam that settles and then lingers in the center of the glass

S-extremely citrusy with minimal hints of a grassy odor

T-very hoppy and bitter. The tongue goes a little dry as the beer rolls down the throat.

M-watery. the bitterness is a bit overwhelming and actually puckers my mouth.

O-I would recommend a glass of water to accompany this one because of the bitter hops. Pretty good beer, I would buy again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Though the aromatic hop profile of this is a tad weak next to something like Born Yesterday or even Sensi Harvest, this still has a decent character in general. There are the usual citrusy and piny tones, yet there are also notes of grass and even tropical fruit. Caramel-laden malts plays a significant role of balancing this beer. My main niggle is simple - even at just a month old, the hops seem almost too mild. Tasting it, it follows the nose quite well. The hoppiness of the flavor seems piny, grassy, and earthy, yet there are twinges of citrus lying around. Toasty malt sweetness helps finish this beer off. This one is fairly balanced for a wet hop IPA, yet it remains fairly crisp and dry to finish. I get this beer - it's a wet hop IPA for those who don't want their heads blown off with millions of hop cones. My problem is that I (whether fairly or not) expected a hop bomb.

3.57/5: Solid as hell, just not a top-tier wet hop IPA

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Photo of nhindian
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As the Fall seasons winds down, what better way to watch the leaves change and temperature cool with a fresh, Harvest ale.

A - True to the brewery's description, Harvest pours a pale gold, with light orange highlights. Builds a rather flat 2 fingered head that lasts as a little cap for almost the whole beer. Absolutely insane amounts of carbonation rising from the glass. A pretty moderate amount of lacing.

S - Smell is actually a bit more mild than I would've expected. Heavy notes of citrus with the pine and hops taking a backseat. The fruits really dominate the nose and next comes a flowery lightness, then pine. Relatively smooth blended and refreshing.

T - However, the taste is completely reversed. This beer really does have a bitter profile. Bitter in front, bitter in back. In between, though, is where this beer shines. Lemon, grapefruit, orange, and freshly cut grass welcome the mouth after the initial bitterness, but not content with the early exit, the bitterness comes back with a vengeance soon after. It's a shame, really, as the fruit and floral are the best part of this beer, but are too short-lived to make a big impact.

M - Mouthfeel is pleasant. The head actually lends a creamy characteristic which is welcome and unusual in the style, but helps contrast with the bitterness. Heavily carbonated throughout.

D - Drinkability is moderate. I am left wondering how great this beer would be if the bitterness were turned down a bit, because as of now, the bitterness really detracts from the beer's drinkability. Alcohol is hidden well, and the flavors are spot on.

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Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this offering from Founders is a golden tone with a bright white head. It has a nose of lemon, pine and some subdued hops. While the taste has some spices such as sage and cloves. The citrus hops are also present, with more lemon and some grapefruit. MF is medium with a lower carbonation level. All in all, a pretty good beer, but not one of my favorites from these guys out of Michigan.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark-golden beer, ever-so-slight haze. Off-white-yellow head, frothy & light; sustained nicely, at lowest as a thin, consistent layer.

S-Earthy-pepper-herbal hoppiness, slightly planty.

T-Herbal-resiny hops with a grass aspect to it. Bitterness is assertive, adequately out-showing the bready-sweet malt base.

M-Moderate body, lighter side actually. Carbonation is an easy, medium-light level.

D-Pretty drinkable, but the distinct hop flavors may dissuade some imbibers.

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Photo of acurtis
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders Harvest Ale in 12oz bottle. Picked up at Gary's Wine and Marketplace, Bernardsville location. Poured into shaker. Golden color with large white head. Strong fresh hop smell. Taste is hoppy but balanced with malt. Nice bitterness. Good drinkablity and mouthfeel for 6.5abv. Very good offering from Founders.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recieved as an extra. I always welcome some Founders beer. Bottled on 5, no....9/23/09. Pretty fresh.

Pours an incredibly pale gold with some haze. Hop haze? White, fluffy head at first dies down to an eventual weak cap. Good lacing.

Aroma is piney, leafy, and most of all, citrusy. Slight fruity, melon aroma as well. The hop aromas are good, but are pretty restrained for a fresh hop ale. It smells fresh, but not super-wet-hop fresh.

The taste is focused on bitterness and hop flavors. It's got a solid, mouth coating bitterness with a slightly astringent, tea leaf flavor on the finish. Light, bright fruity hop flavors are there in the center, but are trumped by the bitter finish.

The body on this beer is moderatley carbonated, with a dry, bitter finish. Even though this is billed as a pale ale, its a sipper. Very bitter and with a solid body, this is a one or two pour deal.

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Photo of Overlord
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly yellowish gold with a hint of orange. No real head to it, just some light wisps of white foam and edging on the glass.

Smells of fresh cut grass, some seriously bitter, bitter grapefruit and tangerine husks, and ... hmm... no sweetness, really.

Taste is really, really bitter. Yipes. An almost soapy, earthy grapefruit rind concoction with a bunch of palate wrecking hop bitter. Could use more balance, either fruit, or malt sweetness, or something other than this citrus rind bitterness.

Don't get me wrong, not a bad beer, but too one-note. Also, too flat.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - About a two finger head, almost white. Slight yellow tinge to the head. Body is clear and yellow/orange straw in color. Some lacing.

S - Has a typical but very nice IPA scent to it. Sweet hops that makes for a good beer.

T - Moderately harsh hops. Very simple but good. Has a little lime rind flavor as well.

M - Really what you would expect out of this beer. Stong carbonation with moderate body.

O - A good beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of enfield249
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy apricot in color, poured with 1 fingers worth of head. A slight ring of head remains.

S - Lots of citrus hops coming off. First smell reminded me of Breckenridge 471 double IPA in smell.

T - Lots of bitterness, almost to IPA level. Some of the citrus, but on the back of the drink.

M - Full, lots of carbonation, leaves a coating of bitterness.

D - Very good APA. Great smell, and if I can smell it, it's got to be strong. I could have 3 of these a week.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

aka: Founders version of the wet hop beer.

Pour was angry, cloudy orange. Nice head on top, slow fader at that. Smell was mainly hoppy citrus notes hard to pull much more out of it.

Flavour, well, the alure of this is the fresh hops, and they were definitely on display. This isn't AIPA style hoppy, but it definitely had plenty of citrus flavours present throughout along with a touch of spice. There were some subdued malt aspects to the flavour, and as I said, this wasn't a complete hop bomb, but that was certainly the focus of the flavour, good stuff, but not overly remarkable for a wet hop beer.

Mouthfeel, about what one would expect, decent tingles from the hops, but not a lot more than that. Drinkability, well, I'll never accuse a beer like this of being hard to drink.

Overall: A decent seasonal special by Founders, but not one of my favourites.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founders Hop Harvest pours a clear, golden yellow with a small frothy white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is more subdued than I thought it would be. Notes of orange citrus, light fruit and some bready malt are all detected.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is slick on the palate with mild carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between biscuit malt and citrus hops. Some orange citrus and lemon rind are followed by a touch of light fruit and sweet bready malt. It finishes slightly grassy and mildly bitter. Once gone the grassy bitterness lingers on the palate.

This is a very easy to drink beer, but not as hoppy as I hoped it would be.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours with a huge off white head on a cloudy darker golden body.
S- Huge pine and fruit hops, grass in there too. Sweet caramel malts, but hops don't smell to much like wet hops.
T- Fruity with light pine. Fruits come through surprisingly strong with a little grass behind them. Has a big sweet caramel body. Little spice and black pepper from the hops. Still not getting to much of a wet hop taste. Pineapple and pear almost.
M- Full body with medium carbonation.
D- Not a huge fan of the type of hop they used to get all the fruits out of it. Still a good beer but seems like they could make something close to this year-round.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Pale straw gold in colour. Topped by one finger of dense white foam. Thin lines of carbonation.

A big aroma of pine & grapefruit. Almost certainly centennial hops.

A slight biscuit flavour, muted fruitiness, and plenty of American hop notes round it off at the end. Medium bodied, somewhat slick (from the fresh hop oils?) and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of in780
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Generous extra from my brother-in-law...thanks! 12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Here we go:

A - bright gold with a two-fingered white head, with nice lacing.

S - none-too-subtle hops, brief alcohol aroma

T - Just like the smell, hops with alcohol (more heat than I would have expected from the 6.5% abv). More piney than citrus.

M - Rich and smooth, the highlight for me of this beer.

D - Hops are a little too overwhelming, needs more balance for me to want to drink another one.

If you like hops, this is perfect for you.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a massive 3-inch fluffy, pot-marked head that settles fairly quickly.
Aroma has lots of straw, hay and green hop notes with a bit of pine in the background.
Flavor of grassy meadow is what I can come up with, just short of sweet, malty notes, little bit musty almost in a way until it is crushed by a relentless gritty bittering.
Mouthfeel is incredibly bitter. This one has lip puckering, metallic notes to it. Really ramps up the bitterness, almost too extreme, doesn't let any malt or citrus notes shine through at all.
Drinkability is somehwat compromised by the never ending resiny bitterness, has almost a tinny aftertaste in it for me.
Wanted to really enjoy just couldn't get into this one, wondering if I drink too late.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.50] Very transparent straw colored beer. The beer forms a 1/2 finger of white head. The head has some linger to it. The bottle lists the ABV(7.6%) and there is a born on date of (09/30/15).

S: [3.75] Grassy and piney.

T: [3.50] Starts with a resinous pine flavor. Leads into some nice malt sweetness in the middle.

M: [3.50] The mouthfeel is very dry, like a dry wine. The finish is relatively short continuing the dry theme.

O: [3.75] This is a decent beer but nothing stands out. The flavor is solid and drinkable but I expected more. More, bitter, more citrus, more pine - more something. That goes for the nose and the taste. I have had beers with 2% less ABV and more flavor and complexity. This is still a decent beer - it is just not knocking my socks off.

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden orange tone, some suspended sediment. Initial three fingers of compact foam, good lacing and a collar of foam stays over time. Aroma is a bit on the cereal grain side, barley malt with some herbal hops, mildly sweet and floral. Not as citrusy as would be expected from a wet hopped pale ale.

Sessionable is my first thought, wish I had picked up a six of this. Comparable to Alpha King, just not as aromatic or juicy. Certainly hoppy, but mild on the bitterness scale, more floral than anything. Very smooth feeling and ultimately session-worthy.

2010: Lacks the fresh hop punch that distinguishes harvest ales. Not one i'd scramble to find, but would drink it if available.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy yellow color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly diminished with fair lacing. Solid balanced tart citrus hoppy and yeasty aroma. Light to medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium smooth sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden body. Lemon yellow highlights. A huge whipped head of white froth. Sticky lace is left in abundant qualities. Sweet, fragrant, flowery and citrusy aroma. Very nice and very reminiscent of Two Hearted Ale. Tasting this really takes me back. This is the closest experience I've had tasting a hoppy beer to the first time I sampled Two Hearted Ale in my basement bar 12 years ago with ZAP and Senior Shit. I'm just gonna take a guess that the hops for this bad boy are Centennial. It has that sourdough like malt and yeast contribution as the base. A little funky in that way.T he hops splash accents of orange marmalade, tangerine and grapefruit. The bitterness is not overboard, even though the bottle claims 70 IBUs. Carbonation is a bit overboard. Almost like some secondary reaction occurred that was not intended. But luckily it didn't impart any noticeable off flavors. This is pretty good. Solid. Nothing more though. And even though it reminds me of the first time I had Two Hearted, this is not Two Hearted.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass...Bottled 3/28/10

A: pours a slightly hazy straw gold color with a 1 finger head of tight white foam with some big bubbles in there as well. head has excellent retention and leaves a thin layer of foam on the way down.

S: a blend of tropical fruit scented hops, citrus hops, lemon meringue pie,and some dusty grassiness

T: resinous and sweet up front, with a honey and cracker flavored malt base followed by the vicious hop assault that is very bitter grass flavors with some pine sap and lemon peel. not as fruity as the aroma

M: very dusty and resinous with a smooth and rounded out medium-full body. finishes slick and very dry

Overall, A well done wet hopped APA though not my favorite. Maybe some of the more delicate hop freshness was lost to the age of this one. I would definitely buy this again if it were within a month or two of bottling.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-14-07

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with thousands of little yeasty floaters. Gross.

Smell is all fresh hops, very sweet and very grassy.

Taste is surprisingly malty, with a good hop kick near the end. Quite fruity, with lots of sticky hop resins and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is superb, huge thickness and creaminess adds to the hops.

Drinkability is good, very well balanced malt and hops.

Overall, a very good APA, at a very good double IPA price.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with lots of floaters. Minimal head and no lacing. Smell is fresh hops, very floral and citrusy and even fills in with some piney notes for good measure. Taste is typical pale ale malty and biscuit flavors with a little more hops than normal. Taste is a little bit of a let down after the strong smell. Mouthfeel is a little oily. A nice beer from a quality brewer.

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Photo of krkearney
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from Capone's (Norristown, PA). Pours clear golden, capped with a large, frothy white head. Crisp grapefruit hop aroma, with some grassy notes, and a minimal amount of malt in the background. Flavor begins with caramel malt for an instant, then grapefruity and earthy hops hit the palate. The hops are not overly aggressive, and stick around for a lengthy finish. Decent example of the style.

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Photo of mobius387
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a snifter

appearance: pours a crisp honey golden color, fairly opaque. little to no head, very smooth looking

aroma: just some light pineapple and maybe some soft malty tones. theres not much to the smell of this beer

palate: feels cool in the mouth with the typical hopiness expected. middle bodied brew, not very light but not very heavy.

taste: citra hops comes in strongest, light malty after taste. nothing shouts out tho, just a balanced ipa

overall: i was a little underwhelmed on this one. a seasonal by founders carrys some clout with it, but this wasnt quite as good as others by founders. it drinks very easily and it has enough hop to it to make it an overall good beer. just dont get as excited for this one as backwoods bastard, KBS, etc. dont get me wrong tho, its worth a pick up if you love founders beer

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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