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 CMW
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow with an inch of white head. Definitely surprised by the extra little haze.

S - Super citrusy with sour grapefruit all over the place.

T - I'm really into this beer. Grapefruit flavors mixed with some additional citrus nodes. Very little malt, all hops, but still does not taste out of balance.

M - Thin but very refreshing.

D - I could drink these all night. While I don't consider myself a hophead, these could change that real fast.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Polished tangerine with honey hued highlights and a fine yeasty haziness. The top third of the Founders pint glass is filled with an attractive crown of bubbly foam that is aged ivory in color. Cheese grater-like lace is impressively extensive and looks like it will stick around for the duration.

Despite being roughly four months of age, the nose on this wet-hopped American pale ale is still pretty aromatic. Sunshine bright citrus juicy top notes are perfectly complemented by a mid-range fruit peel muskiness. Assuming only a single hop was used (which is often the case in beer of this sort), I'll go with Cascade.

Harvest Ale is good beer that still has more than a little lupulin life left in it. There is no question that it was more aggressive back in August, but hopheads will still find enough flavor and bitterness for it to be worth their while. Another month and... don't wait that long. Drink whatever bottles are in your possession... right... now!

The malt component is slightly toasted and doesn't impinge too awful much on the (still pretty) fresh hop flavor. Citrus fruit rules the day, on the order of lemon, orange and white grapefruit. Simple, straightforward and hopilicious. What's not to like?

A gorgeous array of lace earns the appearance score an increase. The mouthfeel is fine for the style. It has just the right amount of heft and contains bubbles that stay in the background, yet tickle the tongue to a minor degree.

It's a shame that I wasn't able to experience Harvest Ale immediately after bottling. That said, it has held up remarkably well and is pleasing me to no end this morning. Hoppy beer is a fine way to start the day, spend the day and end the day. Good job Founders.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is golden with a half finger white head. The color is almost yellow, but the clarity is very good. Leaves a light spider lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is of sugary grapefruit hops.

The taste is of light fruity hops paired with a bit of ABV. There is almost no malt characteristic in this at all and could probably do with having a bit more backbone.

Nice oily mouthfeel with perfect carbonation.

The drinkability is good, not very heavy on the mouthfeel and hoppy enough to be very enjoyable. This is very good and would be a good one to have a little fresher. This was bottled in August, so a bit fresher would do it some justice.


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Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottles poured into Founder's pint glasses. My dad who loves his coors remembered this beer from last year and wanted one, who am I to say no?

Bright gold with minimal new copper making it's way into the mix. A nicely formed cap blossoms after only a few ounces leave the bottle, eventually forming a nicely figured one inch off white creamy head, it dies though, only to a small cap that leaves slightly window covering lace. Beautiful beer here.

For a pale ale, this beer has a nice juicy citrus bursting scent that is grapefruit up front. It's hard to get around the grapefruit, it's right there the whole time. A big floral quality comes up as well. Some pale malt comes out with bisquits. The hops shine for a wet hopped beer.

Speaking of Im not a wet hop kind of guy, it just doesen't tickle my fancy like others but I respect it. This beer is an exception, at least in the bottle. I had this on tap and the bottle is far superior IMO. With the tap version I got a big floral taste from the hops where I find the bottles to be more grapefruit citrus forward. Along with the grapefruit blast just enough malt balances this out making this well rounded. Some small mango with papaya and some bread towards the end.

This just feels right. I don't have a bad thing to say about the feel. Im loving the new non twist off caps founder's, keeping it fresh. Medium bodied with a sharp but short bite of carb that comes and goes in between the citrus. This is a souped up pale ale and im in for the ride.

I could and would drink a four pack of this a day, it's my favorite wet hopped beer and one of my favorite pale's, but that's just nitpicking, Founder's Harvest is Damn good beer, go get some. Cant wait till next year's release.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle as part of two massive Secret Santa boxes from Gcurlow. Thanks Grant!

Founders harvest Ale has a very clear, light golden body with a small, thin white head. Not a lot of retention or lacing left behind.

There are a ton of hops in the nose of this one; the fresh, wet hops are still grassy and noticeable, and there is a good bit of bitterness and grapefruit aroma too. Some light malt pokes its head through also.

Founders Harvest has a lot of hops in the flavor too, but overall it is a pretty balanced beer. Lots of grapefruit with just a touch of grassy hops that intensify toward the finish. The malt profile adds some light, crackery sweetness that serves to balance but not overpower the hops.

Mouthfeel is light and fairly effervescent.

This one went down smoothly and quickly, another great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of capra12
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12/16/09 with the pops served out of a pint glass, special thanks to speedwayjim for the bottle, always a great trader and friend.

Appearnce: slightly cloudy and roasted wheat color with 2 fingers of head.

Smell: fresh piney, and hints of grapefruit and light malts.

Taste:opens with a nice simcoe hop as a dark malty backbone emerges in the middle. Right as the finish approaches a clean bittering hop profile comes in leaving a slightly clean and bitter after taste. TASTY
In the middle there is a hint of fresh sweet fruit sourness that comes in and out of the flavor profile.
Mouthfeel: moderately carbonated, and smooth with a light body. The carbonation mellows out as this warms up. Very clean.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and recommend this to a hop lover where the flavor profile is nicely balanced where the hoppy bitter finish really is a nice change.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint. 70 IBUs, 6.5% ABV, bottled on 09/24/09, "wet-hopped ale".

Thanks to Sweemzander for this delicious brewski!

A - The Harvest Ale is a lightly hazy golden straw yellow with a small, one-finger head. Off-white and densly packed with low retention and little lacing. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

S - Lots of fresh hops on the nose with a touch of pine to the grapefruit citrus and fruity mango nose. Sweet pale malts in the background but hops dominate the nose.

T - The wet hops still taste fresh and have a lot of grapefruit citrus with a fruit-punch flavor. Pale malts in the background but it's really one-dimensional to the hops overall. That's not to say its bad by any means.

M - Medium-light bodied with a crisp, refreshing carbonation spritz and a dry, lightly citrusy-bitterness. Despite the low malt presence, it really balances out that 70 IBUs in the end.

D - The flavor is good and the smell brings a lot of fruit to the nose. Even the non-hop-loving girlfriend likes this one! A solid brew worth buying a four-pack or two of. A good brew all around I wish I had more of!

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Photo of illidurit
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of bret27. Pours golden with an orange tinge and a wet, frothy, white head. Aroma is bright and tropical, with very mild cattiness (Simcoe?), oranges, and herbs. Flavor really isn't as hoppy as the aroma, some citrus notes but not much else. There is still a medium bitterness that lingers awhile. Body is light but not thin, carbonation is soft, finish is dry.

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Photo of olmatty
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a deep golden with a creamy, low, white head and a touch of lacing.

Smell- Fresh, bitter and herbaceous hop oils with some malts riding deep behind.

Taste- Resiny lupulin oils, malts are pretty well swamped by hops. Hops are vegetal, grapefruit rind, herbaceous and there is lots of sticky bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Palate filling bittenress, moderate to low carbonation.

Drinkability- Very tasty, but huge hop presence makes multiple bottle unlikely. Love the freshness.

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Photo of merlin48
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle pours a hazed, honey amber body with a small offwhite head. Scattered patchy lace is left on the glass.

Aroma is citrusy hops, lots of grapefruit that is accented by tropical mango and some orange. Melted swirls of caramel underneath.

Lively carbonation enhances a dry medium body.

Taste features a crisp citrusy and leafy hop bitterness. Grapefruit dominates, without any significant tropical fruit sweetness. Toasted caramel notes are in the background, but offer a nice enough balance. Finishes with a lingering dryness.

No flaws. A top tier American IPA.

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Photo of BigMike
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 120z bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

The bottle states this one is 70 ibu's and 6.5%abv.

Pours a light tangerine color with some haze. Some yellowish type highlights in the light. This one is topped off with a little less then half a finger of head that is white and thin.

Smell is fresh and clean. A lot of fruit and even a candy like sweetness in the nose. Pineapple, mango and kiwi dominate the nose. Smells delicious. Time to dive in.

Taste pretty much mimics the nose. Lots of fruit and a light pineapple juice flavor going on here. This is a really tasty ale. There isn't a ton of hop bitterness but just enough on the finish to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and smooth. Just enough carbonation makes this one extremely easy to drink.

Like i said previously. This one is very high on the drinkability scale. Light fruity crisp and refreshing. I could definitely session this one. Founders is in the upper tier of breweries in the world. I knew this would be another great brew from them and i wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle courtesy of fisherman4. Pours a golden yellow with a thick white one finger head. Tight lacing. Nose- strong tropical fruits (pineapple, mango). Taste- more citrus hops blasting from the forefront. Leads to a chewy grapefruit middle and drying back end. Malts are only along for the ride on this one. More of a west coast style malt dryness to this so lighter bodied that really delivers the hops. Crisp refreshing carbonation that helps push through the hop resin. Tasty stuff

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Photo of nanchen
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a clearly well-balanced beer. Too often when we get hopped beers, it becomes a hop bomb, and I am of the persuasion that interesting beers are interesting, but quaffable beers are paragon. The familiar grassy, floral smell of hops is present in the nose, but the taste was not dominated completely by hops. They were there, of course, but played well with the malt too and neither bashed you over the head. That's what I appreciated about this beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (non-twist cap, woo)

Pours a translucent, honey golden color with a fluffy white head of small bubbles with not much retention or lacing. Nose is potent punch of grapefruit and grassy hops, slightly sweet, not much else. Very nice, excellent for an APA, though not very complex. Thick bodied with strong carbonation in the dry finish. Flavor throughout is heavy on oily grapefruit hops and earthy/grassy notes, with minimal presence of malt backbone. This is pretty great for an APA, about as much hops and flavor as you could hope for and finishes with a lingering bitter pungent citrus flavor. Overall, the flavor is a little too sweet for more to rate this higher, but this is one of my favorite harvest ales I've had this season.

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Photo of Maction
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy gold with a bit of amber in the center. The is big and fluffy and leaves tenacious rings of lace down the side of the glass.

S: Dank weeds, like dandelion & cannibus and some sweetness lurking in the background.

T: Sweet lemon, tea, a hint of brine, bitter and dry finish.

M: Medium heft, a little coating, then medium dry.

D: This is yummy, the fresher the better, makes me wish I had a kegerator so I could drink a few of these every night.

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Photo of hardy008
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color with a one finger white head and nice lacing. The smell has citrus hops, with the aromas of grapefruit and oranges. There is also a decent amount of caramel malt.

The taste also has grapefruit, oranges, and a nice caramel malt backbone. Nice combination of sweetness and bitterness.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, with a bittersweet aftertaste. A very easy beer to drink. As usually is the case, this is another great beer from Founders.

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Photo of blackearth
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a bright gold body with a white head. Aroma is dominated by piney and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Great hop flavor throughout which seems to "build" after the finish, much like the heat of a chili pepper. Very good drinkability.

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Photo of unionturf
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glad to see this again this year, had it for the first time last year and loved it.

Pours a hazy golden color with little head and slight lacing. Smell is amazing for a hop lover like me, very floral and grapefruity on the nose. Taste is very hoppy and yet balanced with some malt me the nose and taste match.

This is the best APA I have ever had, simply love it. Drinkability is at the top for me, I could drink this all the time if I could afford and find it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another bottle courtesy of the great trader russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a hazy bright light gold colour. The head of foam is small but there's decent lacing.

The's a wet hopped ale so can you guess? ;^) Big bold aromas of grapefruit and grass that grow stronger the more whiffs I take. An American Pale Ale, I think, that has few rivals when it comes to the hops in the smell. And...I'm just in the mood.

First sip and the hops are working wonders on my palate. Again, I'll have to reference my just in the mood remark. Here, I think, the grass and some pine dominate with the citrus grapefruit playing the 3rd "stooge", much like Shemp, but they are all playing their parts brilliantly. Oh and the malt? Whilst I didn't/couldn't detect any in the smell, there *is* a very light sweetness here showing and perhaps, prevents this beer from going over the edge in bitterness. I thank Founders for doing that.

It has a lightish body with medium carbonation and the hops give me a nice slickness on the tongue.

Drinkability? Get out of here! 6.5%abv and seriously, I could stay with this brew all.night.long! It is that satisfying to me. I put it in the upper echelon of American Pale Ales.

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Photo of manahansf
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale gold color topped with a thin lacy white head. Very fragrant and fills the nose with sweet juicy hop aromas. The flavor is very similar and the light body is filled with sweet juicy flavors from the wet hops. Light refreshing body with mild carbonation levels. The full hop flavor mellows and finishes with sweet hints of the hop bitterness.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color, full fluffy white head, good retention, lacing and oily residue after the sip. Smell is of grassy, floral and piney hops with a nice citrus and cereal grain presence throughout. Taste follows scent with a delicious combination of fresh grassy, floral, piney and citrus hops. Very nice grainy background with some asprin like tastes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly oily, slight grainyness to it. Very good, non extreeme beer from founders. Not quite as good as the Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest, which i find to be slightly more earthy, but better then the Sierra Wet Hop Harvest.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bought at Capones in Norristown. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Finger tall white head above a golden/amber color. Streaming carbonation lets the foam hang on for a little while, but it slowly recedes to a thin layer. Leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Floral hoppy aroma. Oily citrus, grapefruit and grassy aromas are most prevalent. Really a nice smelling beer, wish more had this aroma.

Taste: Bitterness up front gives way to a semi-oily grapefruit and lemon flavor that is very good. Bitterness returns in the middle and lasts through the finish with lingering grapefruit flavors on the tongue. Has some piney and grassy notes, but they're not very prevalent and only appear once the beer warms. Enough malt backbone to balance the bitterness, but the hops dominate.

Mouthfeel: Lingering bitterness with a bit of an oily feel after the finish. Medium carbonation that hits you just about everywhere. I'd say medium body, but certainly not challenging or filling.

Drinkability: Super beer. ABV is hidden well, maybe just a hint at the end once its warmer. A sixer wouldn't be an issue for me.

Despite my love for hops, I usually ignore a lot of harvest ales in favor of pumpkin ales. Glad I didn't overlook this one this year.

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Photo of Walken
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders: Harvest Ale (Bottled: 09/23/09) (Tasted: 11/18/09)
12 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color, slightly hazy. Bubbles rush up to the top of the glass though the head forms very slowly and fades quickly into a two millimeter cap of soapy bubbles.
Odor: Subdued, but very pleasant nose of tropical fruit with some waxy, grassy, somewhat piny hints in the background.
Consistency: On the high end of light bodied, though it definitely feels as if there's a bit of meat to this one, the hop oils and carbonation lend a luscious, smooth feel to this beer.
Flavor: Faint, lightly toasted malt flavor and dextrin sweetness in the background, juicy hop flavor in front, perception of bitterness is low and clean. Flavors that come to mind are orange, grapefruit and pine. Bitterness rears up a bit as the hops ride into the finish.

I like this beer quite a bit. It's nice to taste a hop focused APA that isn't dashing headlong into IPA territory.

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Photo of Buebie
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a pub glass. Forming a inch of froth, receding to leave quite the thick froth filled collar and thin cap.
A nice hazy unfiltered look to this. Its not completely hazed over though, so I'm guessing this is dry hop haze. Still it looks nice, I like it this way.
Very 2-row like in color with a little cara in there for a darker yellow.

Aroma is a sensational citric sweetness filled with oranges and mild pine bitters, some resin like aroma in there too. Overall very fresh smelling.

Mouthfeel has a hop oil heaviness to it, somewhat slick with medium carbonation.
Taste is out of this world fro hop freshness. Plenty of orange citric sweetness, mild pine with a bit of grapefruit rind tartness.
Cereal grains in the backround with some aspirin hop flavors. Bready too, with a bit of biscuits and caramel. So maybe cara 10L and 2-row? I dont know, but its simple, and delicious and I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Bruisin' Ales. Pours dark golden, with significant white head. Hoppy aroma, tad above average mouthfeel. Very drinkable tasty, though significant IBU, still some balance. Hop lead citrus lemon mint. Very good representative of an IPA, and one I would trust even to novices.

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