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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,448
Reviews:
1,102
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.26%
 
 
Wants:
425
Gots:
576
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 4,448 |  Reviews: 1,102
Photo of zeff80
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, thin, white head of foam. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled strongly of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Some burnt toast notes, too.

T - Great roasted malt flavor with sweet citrus and grapefruit. The bitter hop bite was stronger than most pale ales.

M - It was crisp and very sharp on the tongue. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - Quite possibly the best pale ale that I've ever had. I regret only grabbing one 4 pack. I hope more shows up!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to womencantsail.

Glowing orange with a dense white cap. The head settles slowly, receding to a collar with tons of sticky lacing.

Nice dank citrusy hop nose. Very fresh, grapefruity and floral; not much of the grassiness I get in a lot of wet hop beers. Light bready malts reside in the background.

The palate is citrusy, grapefruity, quite floral and a bit lemony. Light in body, very crisp and dry with a nice punchy finish. This is a stellar fresh hop ale.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5%

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 10/4/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange zest, floral, herbal, light pine, grass, bread, and light lemon zest. Fantastic aromas with great hop complexity and balance. Taste of huge pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, herbal, grass, pine, bread, and light lemon zest. Good amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pineapple, grass, floral, herbal, bread, pine, and light lemon on the finish for a good bit. Excellent complexity of hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance as well. Zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a sticky, crisp, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is very nice. Overall this is an outstanding wet hopped IPA! Great hop flavor complexity and balance; extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. Highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint like glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that settles fairly quickly and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a somewhat hazed dull golden hued orange.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops with a nice citrus blend. A lot like an American IPA, but I can definitely tell the hops are fresh. Light caramel malts.

Taste: The hops are fresh, piney, and pack a lot of floral flavor to them. I really enjoy them. The caramel blends really nicely with the grapefruit citrus like other IPAs, but the fresh hops really blend everything together.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bitter, but fairly smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a fairly decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a floral/sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a really nice beer. I am starting to really enjoy the fresh hop beers and this one is no exception. I will be drinking this one again!

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Photo of Boone757
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Founders Brewing Co. "Harvest Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 10/03/16" and sampled on 12/06/16
$4.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Hazy golden body beneath a thick head of rocky white that holds quite well and leaves very nice lacing behind.

Aroma: Fresh and bright but not bold. Lively. Somewhat floral, but really more like an entire garden with aromas of grass and other green plants as well. Delicately piney and earthy. Fruity with apple, berry, and apricot. Soothing.

Flavor: Perhaps not surprisingly very similar to the aroma. The malt brings in a note of gently sugary sweetness, grain, and delicate golden caramel and soft toast. The berry character remains and makes me think of Mosaic, Simcoe, and a little bit of Amarillo (although I don't know what's in there). It's not overly grassy or expressive of chlorophyll as some fresh hop ales can be; nor does the alcohol show until you've reached the bottom of your glass. It's bitterness brings it to a dry conclusion but the fruitiness lingers with a little bit of pine. Really nicely rounded, and superbly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium full in body with a smooth, fine-bubbled standard carbonation that lends a delicate caress.

Overall: I initially balked at the price after having realized what I'd paid for it ($4.49), and I thought how could it be worth that much? (I now understand I kind of got ripped off as some retailers were selling it for as low as $11/4-pack). After half a glass I was contented with it though as it was so pleasant and enjoyable. Compellingly drinkable and absolutely worth seeking out, I'll be waiting for the next release in October 2017!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Corsendonk chalice on Xmas Eve.

Not a great looking ale, this beer pours with rather small head, despite a vigorous pour, and looks a bit thin. The head is durable, however, and the glass ends up nicely decorated with sticky lacing.
The aroma is strongly hoppy, with fruity, floral, spruce and herbal hop elements. Likewise the flavor is a complex mix of hoppy elements with only a faint malt base. The malt is certainly in here, however, because the flavor is only moderately bitter, even in the finish. The flavor is better, and less piney, than the aroma. A sessionable yet strong IPA.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange with a good white head.

S: Lots of citrus hops--very fresh.

T: Same as the nose with a lot of hops and quite a nice malt backbone.

M: Medium body with an all-around very good feel.

D: Heavily drinkable. This is an absolutely fantastic offering.

EDIT: This beer is still drinking well well after the harvest season. It's not nearly as hoppy, but there's still something utterly delicious about it--sort of a sweet bready flavor.

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this thing accidentally in the store the other day. Has to be very fresh as I usually check Founders and haven't seen it before. It seems to be getting good reviews too, so let's see how it is. Poured into my great old oversized DFH snifter.

A: Pours with a light but decent lookin head, but it doesn't stay long. Before you know it you're staring at the top of the beer. It has a semi hazy golden yellow honey colored look. It does have some nice light slipping through.

N: Starts right off with musty fresh noble hops. Some pine and citrus, but lots of fresh hop aroma. Some light malts are there, but I think that's more of my mind thinking it, or perhaps I get some light sweet honey, perhaps. But lots of the spicey piny hops that do have a nice fresh aroma. Some grapefruit and tropical fruit round off the hop aromas.

T: Taste is actually a little strange. It has a strong earthy spicey hop taste and juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit tastes, but it also has a weird musty taste that I got on the nose but its more prominent on the taste. Not too pleasant either. A light sweet malt taste. More fresh hop oils and resin taste really sticks out, and that musty taste fades quickly after a few sips.

M: Semi thick, slight spicey hops, and decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter and getting drier and drier by the minute. The strong bitter and spicey hop bite really stick around for about 30 seconds as well. Since it never seems to go away, it makes it a little difficult to drink as it seems to build up more and more. Everytime I swallow the bitterness is refreshed in my mouth, even when I don't take a sip.

Final thoughts: Pretty decent for a fresh hop IPA, lots of earthy spicey citrus pine hops and hop oils and resin tastes. Pretty bitter on the finish. The strange musty taste, the long lingering bitterness, and the fact that it seems like it's missing something, seem to take away from it a little. I really do feel like it's missing some specific hop variety, or some malt offset that it could use. I can enjoy this though, just very slowly.

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Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great to finally try this beer,poured into a standard pint glass a hazed light golden with a frothy one finger white head.Awesome aromas of you guessed it fresh citric and and piney hop with a touch of sweetish biscuit.Fresh hops jump on the palate,fresh grapefruit and lemon pith with underlying pine needle,a firm slightly sweet malt base is there as well keeping everything in tune.Man I love this brew its fresh hop taste is awesome,my fridge beer for the time being.

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Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a strong citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA worth pounding for a whole evening.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with some golden yellow highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that slowly reduces to medium sized thick patch, a thin film covering the rest of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass - showing some very nice retention properties. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops that is very pleasant and enjoyable.

T: Light amounts of maltiness upfront but the majority of the flavors in this beer come from the hops - first there are moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit but then there is a light to moderate amount of pine/resin hop flavors in the finish. Light amounts of bitterness which linger.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp with a light amount of lingering slickness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with really nice hop aromas and flavors but still well balanced between the malts and hops so it is not overly bitter. The smell is very enticing and this beer does not disappoint. Definitely one of my favorite of the fresh hop IPAs available in the fall. Easy to drink and just about sessionable.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a finger width of white head that left good lacing. Smells of fresh piney hops and citrus. Slight underpining of malt as it warms.

Taste is lip smacking fresh hop bitterness, pine, and citrus. As it warms, a mellow caramel backbone emerges under all the hops. Finishes with a splash of sweetness and then lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice tingling carbonation that compliments it's bitterness.

I was worried that the hop freshness may have started to die out in this one allready but was pleasantly surprised to see them holding up quite well. It's not quite up there with some of the other top Harvest Ales but is quite servicable and drinkable for the style.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish yellow with a half-inch thick white head which lingers and leaves spotty lace. Aromas of citrus fruits and pine. Flavor follows the nose with citrus hops and piney bitterness.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier shaped pint glass. It poured a crystal clear amber color with a moderate frothy head covering the top.

The aroma has a nice fresh hoppiness to. Some bright lemony citrus along with more of a bitter grapefruit and pine flavors come through in it. It has just a bit of an earthy spice to it as well.

The taste also has a very nice fresh hoppiness to it. It feels very balanced between the citrus and the bitter flavors which give it a pretty smooth taste. There really isn't a better descriptor for the flavor besides fresh hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very smooth and drinkable beer overall. The fresh hops really come out and have a nice bright flavor to them. Very nice beer overall and a very good fresh hop ale.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of vfgccp
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barcade, founders tap night. Huge thank you to the patron who bought the round.

A - Nice opaque orange wheat. White head had nice retention and poor lace.

S - Outrageous nose. Bright white peach, touch of pine, and orange zest.

T - Awesome bright citrus and stone fruit profile. Orange, pear, peach. Honeydew melon. Touch of cilantro. White sugar. Bay leaf.

M - Great medium-full body. Smooth, with great drinkability.

O - Unbelievably fresh, which is exactly what you want in a wet hop IPA.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 4,448 ratings.
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