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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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Reviews: 1,091 | Ratings: 4,395
Photo of TooGood
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow with excellent head and lacing. Smell is slight citrus and pine, taste is similar. Best thing about this beer is the creamy mouth feel, delicious.

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Photo of anonymoose
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a hazy orange color. The aroma is citrus and sweet malt, similar to Jai Alai. The taste a bit different with high bitterness and big pine flavor.

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Photo of Bodi
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got the last 2 bottles available at "crafted drafts" in Columbus, oh. I'm a fan, beers head wasn't 2 fingers as advertised, perhaps because I got bottles later than most, still tasted super fresh and retained a ton of flavor to last drop, pine noticeable and perfect mix of bitter and enjoyable, founders doesn't disappoint with this ipa!

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Photo of Apellonious
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle created on 10/1/15 poured into an IPA glass.

A - Two finger, creamy head that retains well. Crystal clear gold, with active carbonation visible.

S - Fresh hops indeed. Heavy pine, grass.

T - Front end pine, citrus, and some light toasted grain/malt presence.

M - Carbonation medium low, slightly creamy, bitterness is a factor.

O - A very tasty wet hop IPA, and I am glad to come across some this year before it disappeared.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz snifter at THG.

A: Pours a clear golden with a thin and fuzzy white head that faded to a lasting collar. Sheets of lace were left down the glass.
S: Fresh hop-forward nose of citrus, mild pine, and earthy hops.
T: I get flavors of melon and citrus up front followed by slight caramel and biscuit malt notes in the finish. The finish is slightly toasted and sticky, with a mild almost candy-like sweetness. Melons and golden fruit linger in the aftertaste. I get faint hints of light bubble gum, mint and herbal hops as well.
M: Medium body, lingering sweetness, low smooth and creamy carbonation, clean mouthfeel with a lingering stickiness. Lasting bitterness and minty green flavors.
O: Clean and flavorful. A bit sweet, and not a huge nose, but definitely delicious and easy to drink.

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Photo of mschrei
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/30. Pale gold, strong lasting head and carbonation. Super juicy, slight citrus, slight bitterness. Refreshing and tasting. One of the better fresh hop beers from this year.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First wet hopped beer of the season, and I loved it. Smell is fantastic - fruity, hoppy, light malt. Hops shine but don't overpower, isn't bitter or overly piney. Great harvest ale.

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Photo of MNAle
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale straw-amber, moderate carbonation. 2 fingers slightly off-white creamy head. Fades slowly, clingy lacing. Aroma hits when the glass is still 6 inches away. Wonderful aroma. Citrus & fruit. Substantial mouth feel for the style. Mild initial taste with no bittering evident. Juicy/fruity in the middle. Nicely bitter and clean finish, but not nearly the bitterness you would expect for the 70 IBU rating. This is a very good fresh hop ale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

awesome beer, it really is, had it in line with a bunch of other really tasty wet hop beers. been looking to try this one for a long time, so nice to finally get the chance in minnesota, but in some ways it didnt live up to the hype i built around it in my head. its just another good wet hop beer, nothing memorable about it for me. i like all the body, it gives the hops resins and all something to cling on to, and it seems to last a lot longer than a lot of these do, meaning i taste it for days, but it isnt sweet, and it keeps evolving. the hops though dont seem that distinct or that pungent, aside from being wet of course and retaining all that makes them holy. none of the red pepper thing either, that has been seemingly real common this year. i get notes of pear and pine, fruity and spicy at the same time, rich in a way, but still scary drinkable for what it is. it doesnt scream fall to me though, maybe some rye malt or something would give it more depth, maybe a kiss of red malt might give it that vibe. i like it a whole lot, but its not as good as i thought it would be, not that it blends into the crowd or anything, but in some ways i would rather drink a centennial ipa or something from these guys, it doesnt stand out the way i expected it to, despite its wonderfully high quality.

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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 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 hopflyer
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/30/15

Pours light straw colored yellow. Very light coloring and lively carbonation. Almost look like a light lager. Clean and clear.

Nose is grassy and herbal. Almost has a coriander spice undertone.

Tastes is similar to the nose with its grassy hop profile. Little in the way of citrus but it's there. I don't like to use this term but it's certainly "earthy." It does have some citrus notes but they are not in your face. They rather blend nicely with the herbal. A little sweetness in the finish with sugar cookie and sugar wafer likeness. Not much in the way of bitterness but maybe a touch of it as it warms some, if you give it a chance to warm at all. It goes down very easily.

Body is very much in the light side and medium carbonation makes this a really crisp and clean beer.

It's a very well made beer and hits the fresh hop style well. But nothing really jumps out here for me. The feel makes it drinkable to say the least, but it's that more so than the taste and flavor that makes you reach for another sip. A bit pricey too. I might spring for another 4 pack but don't think this is something I'd go ape shit getting a case of like some may do for this seasonal release.

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Photo of BlushingMonk
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour golden with a full thick head that fades quickly. Smells of tangerine and grapefruit. Tastes of citrus rind and sweetness with a lingering bitter hop finish. Round and oily mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Reminds me a lot of Bell's Two Hearted but with more citrus. It's a good beer that I'd enjoy to have again, but as others have said, the price seems high.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 12 oz bottle on October 17, 2015. Bottled on 9/30/15. Look is hazy gold with a white two finger head and some lingering lacing. Smell is juicy citrus, pine resin and bread malts. Taste is juicy hops, fresh citrus and toasted malts. Feel is medium in body and smooth in the finish.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively large head, with dissipates quickly. A hazy golden color, with very few rising bubbles. A majestic look.

Heavy smells of sweet citrus, especially tangerines come to mind.

An immediate hops flavor, with dominates the early-game of the flavor. As the beer lingers in my mouth, the sweet citrus flavor from the smell makes an appearance. Also noted a distinct malt present in the after-taste. Carbonation is low, with a surprisingly dry feel. Definitely has a stingy sort-of aspect to it.

Bought as a four-pack for $13. Which seemed on the steeper end for what it is. Still very enjoyable though.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The smell is sweet pine and citrus hops. Alcohol starts to come through. The taste is strongly bitter with some grapefruit. Feels a bit oily with a dry aftertaste. Price is too high. nb

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Photo of AJacob81
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in my trusty All Day IPA faux-mason.

A - golden, with a foamy eggshell head of more than a finger w serious staying power. Decent legs w spotty lacing.

S - Musty, briny, but green and dank. Notes of unburnt potpourri, fresh hay, and feet. Subtle citric notes keep things pleasant.

T - closely adheres to the nose. Pine needles, unripe mango, and Gorgonzola show up on the back end. Finishes fairly dry and cactus-like.

M - viscous and oily, but enough fizz to keep things interesting.

This deserves its reputation, and at a decent price point, but there are slightly better wet-hopped ales out there.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear light golden with a finger of clingy white head. Wow, the smell is great - all pine and resin. Taste is similar, with piney hop bitter and some mild malt balance, followed by clean, dry finish. Very good, though not sure about world class.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle into a nonic pint. Appearance: Golden yellow with a thin white head. Slight lacing present of the sides of the glass. Aroma: Hops and citrus notes come through on the first sniff. Malty backbone is detected as well. Taste: Interesting...pine first and then it progresses into an aggressive hop taste which dominate to the back end. Aftertaste: Continuing with the taste qualities. Big bold hops linger at the back. Finishes on the clean side without being overly bitter despite the dominant hop notes. Overall. Good brew. Interesting progression on the taste. Very good. 4.18 out of 5.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Very clear, light amber with a thin white foamy head
S: Floral, light sweetness, clean pine, fresh cut grass, hint of grapefruit
T: Floral, clean, balanced bitterness, light pine, grass, very light toasted malt
M: So light but not watery, with some hop oil texture
O: Best batch since they upped the abv. It still goes down so smooth though with completely hidden alcohol. I can down this like a perfectly balanced bitter juice.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one really lets the hops shine through. A light biscuit/cracker like malt profile, with a bouquet of hop flavors. Piney, fruity, dry, and bitter. Just an ever so slight presence of booze behind it all, if you don't drink it fairly fresh.

All in all, it was a good brew. It falls off quickly though. Can't say I would make this one a priority, but it is worth a visit if you can.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

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Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into IPA glass. The color is a golden yellow with a two finger bright white head and lacing. A most attractive pour. It smelled of hops, bready malt, and citrus. The taste is dry, bitter, hoppy, with tangy grapefruit and pine. This ale is nicely carbonated and refreshing to drink. The 7.6% ABV seems just right: it's a substantial ale but not boozy. Overall, it is a very pleasant and enjoyable Fall ale, although I'm not buying into all the hype over it.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good ipa but not great. I've heard good things about this and it's been very limited until this year here in Stl. Underwhelmed but still good.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I head into this with very fond memories of previous releases.

Appearance is perfectly clear yellow gold. So appetizing!
Smell? Aroma? I can't find much of a bouquet here. Did they forget to (wet) dry hop this thing?
Taste delivers big time though. Such a pleasant fruit to bitter transition with a lingering dank pine dryness that I savor until I can't resist another sip. That's the stuff. Malt isn't strong, but it's enough to support the hops.
Mouthfeel and carb are very good. Tingly yet slick with hop oil.
Overall, just delicious. I've never found a wet hop beer I like as much. Maybe Sierra estate, but the hops don't go as well there.

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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is my first time having founders harvest ale, and I was honestly a little underwhelmed. light malts and a tasty hop profile make this a delicious beer, but it seemed a bit muted. the flavors that were there tasted great, I just wished it had been a little "bigger" tasting.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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