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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 boralyl
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass it produces a small 1/2 inch white head that fades fairly quickly leaving light lacing. The beer is slightly hazy with a light orange-gold hue.

S - Big citrus/flowery hops combined with a light malt sweetness.

M - Medium in body and carbonation.

T - Malt sweetness up front followed by a nice citrus kick. A little more malt body comes in right before some flowery hops and a nice bitter finish.

A very nice Harvest Ale. I know it can't be fresh, unless Founders made another batch, but this was the first time I saw it on shelves in my area so I picked up a 4-pack. Would love to try it fresh next year to see what flavors may have faded.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Oaktree in NJ. Had never had any of the founder's stuff before so I went for a well rounded package.

A. I wish I could post a picture because this literally poured a 5 finger head. It left some foamy lacing along the side of my snifter. The color was a golden pink, fairly hazy and glowing.

S. Tons of grapefruit and wet hops. My nose is catching a fair amount of simco, but there's wetness that produces a white grape like scent with some acidity.

T. Incredibly sharp hop kick immediately after splashing the palate that bites the tongue. Tons of carbonation, and a champagne like taste to follow the hop kick. Tons of wet white grapes blended with some pungent grapefruit, with some acidity.
Great malt backbone

Couldn't drink another one for a couple days, but a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Bottled on 9/30/14 consumed on 10/24/14.
Look = 4.5 Pours a clear straw color with gold highlights and 2 fingers of crisp white head that fades to a cap. Great retention and above average lace.
Aroma = 4.5 Fresh hops everywhere. Strong aroma of citrus, orange and floral hopes - very nice.
Taste = 4.0 citrus and orange upfront with just a hint of sweet malt balance on the finish. A significant bitter bite at the end that lingers into the aftertaste.
Feel = 4.25 Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.
Drinkability = 4.0 Nice easy drinking IPA.
Overall = 4.2375 Great wet hopped IPA - terrific appearance and aroma, solid taste and feel.

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

This brew pours dark straw/light amber, very slightly hazy, and leaves an incredible fluffy head. Not overcarbonated, not flat, just right.

smells slightly hoppy, sweet and citriusy. Very pleasnt, nothing bad, nothing overpowering.

Taste is somewhat dry and hoppy. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is quite good, creamy and plenty of it.

I'll have another...

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Photo of stimulus
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle (bought as a 4-pack) poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head, leaving light lacing along the glass.
S: Fragrant Hoppiness, but not really much else.
T: Very hoppy, but well balanced with the malts. I must admit that the wet-hopping of this beer contrasts sharply with the dry hopping of the Pale Ale, and it works.
M: Crisp, light bodied, and well carbonated.
D: Very good for a wet-hop harvest ale, competes with Sierra Nevada's offerings in my book as the best I have tried.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden-orange with a nice white head and very nice lacing.

S: Grapefruit and pith with a bit of lemon.

T: Grapefruit and caramel with some spicy bacnotes of pepper and ginger.

M: Medium body, creamy, with a hoppy finish.

D: This is a hoppy clean and crisp drinking harvest.

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Photo of veinless
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange, mainly yellow color with a healthy inch of frothy head that laces very well. Beautiful.

Smell is of CLEAN hops with grapefruit and orange popping out. Not much malt at all on the nose, with a weedy, oily finish as well.

Taste is definitely hops-centric, and in a great way. Bitter and citrusy, it is all you would expect from a "harvest" ale. Malts offer not much, and a tiny bit of sweetness if anything.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery and fizzy, probably the downside of the beer. Leaves a sticky dry feeling afterwards. Drinkability excellent due to the clean taste and dry finish. Overall a fantastic beer in every way but mouthfeel.

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Photo of hardysf
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015. Good, Not great. As always, founders has good look and feel for style. i just feel that this harvest wet hopped ale is lacking in hops. Its a good brew, but I'd probably just settle for centennial ipa.

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

Pours a hazy golden tangarine with a finger of soapy white head that dies to a ring. Very big citrus hops in the nose. Earthy, grassy and a little pinapple like sweet malt smell. Taste starts of big hops but quickly becomes mild and balanced with a nice balance and refreshing finish. Crisp and refreshing in the mouth and a session beer for sure. Im impressed.

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an exceptional freshly hopped beer. It has that immense smell of that wet hop deep resinous freshly cut grass with very juicy smells with some sweet and maybe some mint smells from the hops as well. It smells how the Sierra Nevada Wet Hop Ale smells too. It has that same taste but it has that Founders taste. Which if you had their IPA's you can definitely tell its them making the beer.

It has a crisp taste with that herbal bite in the beginning a sweet honey like malt in the middle and ending with the grapefruit sharp wet resinous herbal piney hop taste that you get in the smell. What an excellent beer. All wet hopped beers have this certain smell and taste to them that I can't quite put my finger on and can only best explain it as take the regular taste of high alpha hops and make it fresher and add a wet taste to it. That's seriously the best way I can describe it. You can tell the difference between dry hopped ales and wet hopped ales.

I like this beer better than their Centennial IPA and has a more distinct hop taste than their Double Trouble IPA. Definitely not as bitter but this one definitely packs some hop bitterness on the tongue which is why they ended up calling an IPA intead of an APA. I know it can't be year round because its a Harvest Ale but they should definitely put this in 6 packs especially it being a pretty sessionable beer at 6.5 %.

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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 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 albertjr21
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/4/12 and poured into a snifter on 12/16/12, brew pours a clear and pale washed out yellow gold under a white head. An alluring nectar sweet hop forward aroma gently lifts into the nose with hints of lemon rind and pine. Lush hops glide through in the mouth feel with nonabrasive but dominating bitterness. Smooth flowing, incredibly well balanced IPA packed with all that hop goodness. An instant classic in my book. Can't help but think how great this would go with spicy Tex-Mex fajita tacos...

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Photo of screamking
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours golden amber, with a 1 finger white head. The aroma on this brew is huge and tropical. Pineapple and mango dominate early, with orange and grapefruit coming out slowly. There's also some brown sugar and hints of pine. I can't understate the tropical aroma here, very bold.

The taste is a smooth, even IPA experience. A lot of pine up front in the taste, the sweeter tropical notes hit about middle of the mouth with pineapple and mango. The finish has lot more going on, more on the malty side, brown sugar, apricot, honeysuckle, and more of that pine. Put it all to together and it tastes like autumn in your mouth. Even more so then a pumpkin ale.

This has one of the best feels of any IPA I've had. It's light bodied with a completely hidden ABV. Barely drying to keep you drinking. Founders always makes quality stuff, but this is several steps above quality. Price point is slightly high, but not out of this world. I will be getting more of this.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stem glass. Bottled on 9/30/15.

Comes a pale golden orange with lots of streaming bubbles with a finger of off white head that leaves lacing.
I'm not getting too much on the nose. Zesty orange and grapefruit, pineapple, and pine.
The taste is orange, grapefruit, mango, a bit of pineapple, biscuits, and pine. Lingering piney aftertaste.
Nice, medium, well-carbonated mouthfeel. The aroma was underwhelming but the taste is still quite nice.

A very good harvest ale that I remember loving last year and it's still pretty good this year, though less fresh than I would prefer. I would recommend it and I would consider one of Founders' best hoppy offerings.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= Dark Golden Yellow nice head that sticks around for a while and leaves some really nice lacing.

S= Smells like a "hop bomb" lots of citrus hops in this one kind of like a Dipa.

T= Really nice smillar to the nose with citrus/floral hops kind of reminds me a weaker devil dancer really like it.

M= Delicious hop bitterness, sweet malt balance. Nicely done.

D= Really like this one it is one of my favorites by Founders. Goes down really nice looks like I have to make another trip to Mich.

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Photo of hawks10
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - Bottled September 28th, 2010 - Poured into an imperial pint glass...

Pours a clear golden amber with two fingers of frothy white head. Lots of lacing is left behind...

Having just had a Broo Doo harvest ale, this beers aroma pales in comparison...muted aromas of juicy fruity hops and not much else...

Taste exceeds the aroma but still can't quite live up to the Broo Doo, maybe it was unfair to drink this right after a Broo Doo, but I can't help but be a bit let down...Fruity and juicy hops provide tons of flavor right off the bat. Beer becomes dry with piny bitterness lingering well past your previous sip. Floral and a bit soapy, with more earthy bitterness than expected...this beer is definitely tasty...

Medium bodied with good a good resinous hop feel. Lingering bitter aftertaste...

Pretty good, but at $12 a 4 pack the price is a bit steep...would rather have 64oz of Daisy Cutter for $9, than 48oz of this for $12 any day of the week...

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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 DaverCS
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather clear orange color with 1/2 a finger of head.

Aroma is predominately of grapefruit and light citrus. Some nice orange and tangerine notes. A light touch of pine.

Taste is very pleasant. Nice shot of bitterness up front, with just enough malt to keep it in line, but not enough to erase the hop character. This one is nice and citrusy with a bigger emphasis on the pine notes than was on the nose. The beer boasts a moderate amount of carbonation that pairs appropriately for the style. Bitterness does linger for a bit after the sip.

Overall, this a well crafted beer. The hops are allowed to shine. The flavor isn't all that complex, but that isn't the point really. It's just a perfect example of how fresh hops can influence a beer. I see this pairing well with some jerk chicken. It gets a 88/100.

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Photo of Hophead101
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

drank on 11.21.08 from a 12 oz bottle into goblet beer glass.

to start off - really impressed with this beer. not that Founders makes that many bad beer, I guess I just didn't know what to expect.

great pour into the glass, light yellowish copper - a bit lighter than I would have expected. awesome frothy off white head which seemed to last forever and had great lacing to boot clinging all around the glass. very nice oily super citrus hop smell, very wet. orange and lost of grapefruit aroma none of which is overpowering.

the first thing I think of is that it tastes fresh. very good hoppy flavor which follows the aroma, lots of citrus and grapefruit. nice and crisp but very well balanced. full mouth flavor good carbonation level light body.

a very tasty beer. I will definitely be drinking this one again.

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Photo of DavidBart
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's not easy to find Founders Harvest Ale. It seems as though if you blink around October it's all gone. Founders being my favorite brewery now, I kept an eye out for this one. It took a little research and a few dead ends, but I finally got some, and man was it worth it.

Rich, deep flavor. Nothing's jumping out, but everyone is playing together in harmony. Not too hoppy, but definitely "wet". 7.6 is definitely on the board, but it's so well disguised and it's super pleasant. You could down several of these and wonder which bus hit you!? ...I like this bus.

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

Poured into La Fin du Monde tulip. Bottled 09/28/2010.

Appearance: Pours an awesome hazy, bright orange color. Almost tang-like. Thin head, that retains for a surprisingly low time. Great lacing on the glass as well.

Smell: The smell is not overwhelmingly hoppy, but pleasant, slight sweetness, and mild hop.

Taste: The taste is great sticky (not in a bad way) hops, grapefruit, with a nice sweet balance.

Mouthfeel: The mouth is lively. Great feel, as the bitterness and sweetness work very well together.

Drink and Overall: Overall, I really like this beer. When in search of some flavor, without alot of weight, this would be a good choice. One of the better IPA's for every day drinking I have had in a while. Would put it up there with Bells Two Hearted and Founders Centennial.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The clarity and color of this beer seems to strike something in my soul. I mean... theres nothing really special about it. A amber pumpkin color. A tinge of red. Golden like a bold apple juice....

S: Floral but not as sharp as a usual IPA. A more earthy note is present.

T: The hops are better controlled than other IPAs I've had. Wet, earthy flavor, good finish that has a bit of sweetness to it.

M: Carbonation is good. Some decent flavor development.

Overall not a bad showing but not as epic as the usual founders beer. Nothing wrong with it and it is drinkable but also tastey and bold.

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Photo of emyers
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy pale gold with a fluffy 2 finger white head. Good head retention and leaves a very nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Vibrant hoppy aroma featuring grapefruit, tangerine, and pine. A hint of caramel malt sneaks in to round it out, but this is all about the hops, and the hops are spot on - fresh, juicy, and delicious.

Taste: Similar to the smell and bursting with citrus and piney hops. The malt comes through a little more with caramel and biscuit notes, which is just enough to balance the hops without getting in the way at all. Moderate bitterness on the finish and no alcohol is apparent.

Mouthfeel: Light, dry, and crisp on the palate with a moderate carbonation level. Leaves you craving another sip.

Overall: Flat out phenomenal IPA. I feel this gets overlooked sometimes amidst the heavy hitters in Founders' portfolio. Don't make that mistake.

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

(A) Very clear orange yellow. Not much of a head on is. Looks like nectar

(S) Hops abound. The excellent aroma of hops, grapefruit and a sweetness like honey and caramel malts.

(T) There is a really nice bitterness and overall presence of hops, but its really smooth and not just gagging you with hops. There is a bit of honey and citrus flavors that are buried in there.

(M) Oily, medium to light body. Pretty well balanced. Not a lot of carbonation though.

(O) As a fresh, wet-hopped IPA, this one is one of the best. I do really like it and for my own sake and opinion I put this one up against my love for Surly Wet. I think I still prefer the Wet (will do a bit more of a comparison when the Wet comes out) but this is a solid beer and one that I really dig.

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