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 K-Dog
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color. Great hoppy aroma. So refreshing. It seems like founders made more of this this year which is a good thing. Always look forward to this each fall. The best of the best when it comes wet hopped ales. Well done

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Photo of muttyd
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange/straw body with a thin white head that slowly fades away into a faint ring. Earthy, grapefruit/piney hops dominate the aroma. Some caramel/citrusy sweetness. Caramel malts and spicy hop flavor both well balanced. Slightly oily, astringent, and bitter. Excellent representation of the style - big bold flavors, yet still very drinkable.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Warriorsoul for this gem! Poured inot a tulip. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a fluffy white head. Little lacing. Smell is the winner!! Extremely pungent aroma of stinky weed. Some citrus in there as well. It is absolutely killer! Wonderful bitter flavor. Lots of grapefruit, some lemon, and some pine. Just wonderful. Perfect beer for a hophead like me. Absolutely lovin this beer fresh!

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Photo of thorkelson
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Poured into a snifter - Great straw color with a medium white head - not as hazy as I expect from a fresh hop beer but it is mass produced so I understand
S - Boom! very fragrant. Love it! It's less citrusy than other fresh hops i've smelled (especially this year's Deschute's which is insanely lemony) - regardless, it has a nice earthy hop smell with hints of pine and a bit of grapefruit
T - earthy, dry, small amount of grapefruit
F - a little drier and less resiny than I like with a fresh hop beer - probably the hops involved. Perfectly carbonated, however.

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

Picked up a 4 pack of this today. Bottled on 9/22/11. Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A- Pours golden yellow in color. Pretty clear all the way through with bit of haze. White head on top recedes rather quickly, but leaves good amounts of lace on the glass.

S- Great burst of juicy hop aroma comes right out at the front. Pine hop aroma mainly. Slight fruity, floral hops maybe towards the end.

T- Great hoppy beer. Hops throughout the drink. Pine, grassy hops jump out the most. Still get a bit of fruit somewhere, but just like the start, ends with nice bittering hops.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily, slick in the mouth.

O- Very good wet hopped beer. Maybe not the best I've had, but a very good beer. Can't wait to get into the rest of the 4 pack. Easily would drink this again!

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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 gmcfarre
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy light orange color with a huge, billowing head that becomes very rocky with time. Lacing is terrific. Something I expect from Duvel, not necessarily a wet-hopped pale ale.

S - Not quite as overwhelming as many fresh-hopped ales, but the scent is still pleasant and refreshing. Grapefruit and citrus are dominant, with a touch of pine flavor. Mild sweetness.

T - Starts with a touch of chewy sweetness that is quickly enveloped by the fruity & bitter hop flavor. As with smell, grapefruit and pine come to mind, with perhaps a hint of bubblegum. Great bitter finish that doesn't overpower.

M - Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Good bitter & dry finish that doesn't cloy too heavily.

D - Terrific flavor and a moderate alcohol means a pleasant drinking experience. Certainly worth picking up.

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

2009 version

The beer is poured a golden colour with a nice off white head. The beer has a great head retention with rather large bubbles. The nose on the beer is fantastic. It's filled with spicy resiny hops. A hint of grapefruit or citrus in the background. Almost no malt character at all.

The flavours in the beer come right out against your tongue. Tons and tons of spicy hops and a nice creamy caramel flavour in the backbone. I can almost feel the resin on my teeth while I'm drinking this. Quite tasty.

Good medium mothfeel, and I could probably drink a bunch of these. I love this spicy character.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden color with an orangish tint. Great head that sticks to the glass
S: Sweet citrusy fruity flavor that borders on a mango or papaya. Nice twinge of bitterness from the hops.
T: Great subtle flavor of citrusy fruits like pineapple and mango while combining a nice bitter aftertaste of hoppiness. Very clean and refreshing.
D/M: Very well crafted beer with good carbonation that sits well on the tongue. Everything blends together to make this a very enjoyable beer.

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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 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 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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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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