Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale
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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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Ratings: 4,451 |  Reviews: 1,102
Photo of JasonR1975
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Omnium
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at House of 1000 Beers 11-23-13
served in a tulip glass.

A - Bright clear gold with two fingers of dense white head, thick lacing.
S - Big juicy orange, very bright and grassy, lots of floral notes.
T - Peach, pineapple, orange juice, pine, fresh cut grass, tons of floral notes mid way, good biscuit malt base.
M - Clean and lightly creamy.
O - Delicious fresh hopped beer, definitely my favorite fresh hopped beer of all time.

500th review!

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Photo of CPAles
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Smuttynose shaker glass. Appears a slightly cloudy bright yellow color with a good two fingers of fluffy white foam. Aroma and taste is packed with hop notes such as citrus(grapefruit, bitter lemon) grass, caramel malt, pine and alcohol. Delicious! Medium in both body and carbonation. IMO, the tastiest harvest ale I've had and one I look forward to each release.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from KeefD. Thanks Keith!

A: Pours a hazy orange-amber color topped with an off-white head. Retention is moderate and there is some intricate ivy lacing down the sides.

S: Damn, this is like sniffing orange juice. Lots of orange pulp that gradually blossoms into grapefruit and tropical aromas. But primarily orange.

T: Tastes like orange up front, with a stronger variety than sensed in the nose. Grapefruit, apricot, pineapple in the mid-taste. There's a small trickling of biscuit malt that is nearly hidden by a strong grassy flavor. The finish is a moderate rubbery ethanol flavor that reminds me of a badly dry-hopped homebrew (no offense to my homebrewing friends).

M: Medium-bodied, high carbonation. Pretty cleansing, but it can't erase that rubbery astringency that closes each sip.

D: Starts off great -- really great -- but finishes badly. I'm mixed about this one.

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Photo of Nat1975
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robgage
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of knicks19947
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of portia99
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a pale gold with a hint of orange. Crystal clear with a thin white head that doesn't hang around long enough to be appreciated. Fades quickly to a thin collar.

S - Tons of fresh hops - mostly resiny pine aromas. Touches of fresh pineapple and a hint of grapefruit too. Malt is hidden in this one - just about all hops...really nice hop aroma though. Can't wait to taste.

T - Very prominant hop flavors - pine, citrus, pineapple, orange, some spicyness. Some bready malt, little bit of sweetness. Quite bitter too, in a good way.

M - Thin to medium body. Total mouthfilling bitterness that lasts way past the swallow. Ample carbonation - very fine bubbles - smooth and creamy with a nice touch of prickliness.

D - Pretty drinkable pale ale...really good. Plenty of hop flavor, manageable 6.5% alcohol, smooth body. Very good - could easily be happy staying with this one for a night and finishing off the 4pk.

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Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of polloenfuego
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Evan
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Dogleg
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice head, straw-colored
S: great, good malt and hops, earthy
T: really good balance, malt and good fresh hop finish
M: great, well-balanced and good malt for an American Pale Ale
D: very drinkable for an American Pale Ale, I usually don't like overly hopped beers and this one is an exception

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Photo of hosehead83
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Pale golden in color, with a half-inch sticky head of foam
Aroma-Big, piney hops
Taste-Full-on big, fresh hops-subtle citrus, and a long, bittering finish
Overall, big fresh hop flavor and aroma-Another winner from Founder's

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to get the last four pack of this after going to two Binny’s near me. Glad I was able to snag one.

Appearance – Pours a clear golden color into a tulip. About a finger of white head is achieved with a moderate pour that leaves nice chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Oh wow, lots of hoppy pine is immediately apparent. Resin, slight floral notes, and some citrus round out the aromas. Very little if any malt/caramel backbone.

Taste – Honestly, quite piney! I really enjoy this flavor profile. Resiny and piney followed by the floral hops. There is a overall bitterness during the sip that starts at the beginning and lasts the entire way through. While I smelled some citrus in the aroma, there is very little in the taste, though I do get some grapefruit bitterness. A very interesting IPA to say the least.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes dry and bitter.

Overall – I’m really digging this beer. A unique IPA flavor profile for sure. I am glad I was able to pick up a four pack of this.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Probably my last fresh hop ale of the season, and really looking forward to it. Bottled 4 October 2012, nice and fresh. Tasted 23 October 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours clear golden yellow, bright and glowing. One finger of spongy white head, okay retention, fantastic lacing. Looks pretty darn good.

Smell is outstanding, and in the top tier of IPAs I've encountered. Huge juicy citrus and tropical fruit, more like oranges and pineapple, with grapefruit and pine on the back end. Wow. There are a few IPAs that I find just stunning, and this is one of them.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, and incredibly refreshing. Crisp, dry, and light on the palate in a way that few IPAs are. Really interesting, and really nice.

Taste is good, but it's hard to measure up to that smell. Mildly bitter, primarily pine here, a bit astringent. Finishes dry, bitter, and moderately persistent. Not bad, but after those amazing aromatic hops it's a bit of a let-down.

An excellent IPA, and probably the best fresh/wet hop one I've had. IMO, Surly Wet is the only one that even holds a candle to it in that regard.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jayhunter357
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94.2% out of 100 with 4,451 ratings
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