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 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 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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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light straw color with a two finger fluffy white head. Aroma is great, with citrus, tropical fruits, grass, and hops. Taste follows with citrus, grass, a bit of earth, and a nice bready, malty background. Mouthfeel is medium and smoothly drinkabke. Overall, a very nice fresh hop ale, and ipa, being on par with others I've tried, and another horse in the large, impressive stable of founders.

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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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Photo of salvo
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours orange-red, crystal clear with a hint of head and a huge staining slop of hops resin lacing the glass.

Nose is a wonderland of tropical fruits: pineapple yields to papaya and unripe guava, ending with paw-paw or chermoya fruit. Pine too. All crystal clear, with no muddiness or dullness. I couldn't find even a hint of malt in the smell.

Taste is, well, wow, it rips through the palate and then dries leaving long, slow biting bitterness. Tea astringency and resins, some tannins, and overall warming. Finishes long and the bitterness unfurls, drying the mouth, but it doesn't burn or sting like some of the crazier hop bombs. No real discernable malt to balance, but it's not unbalanced either. Clearly something is there: just not discernibly as sweetness or as malt body.

I stlll wish I hadn't missed the keg at Black Sparrow. Thanks to the beer guy at Whole Foods in Indianapolis for bestowing the four pack he had on a latecomer to the Founders Harvest Ale party.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a pale hazy orange color with a foamy ring of a mushroom cap of white. Once the head dies off, light stringy-ness slides into the beer.
The smell has a lot of grapefruit and citrus rind up front showing a fair amount of sweetness and zestiness. Light pine slides in for the balance.
The taste had the bitterness come in to blend with the sweetness of the hops and allowing a gentle malt in the background.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a great slickness from those fresh hop oils. Everything plays real nice on my tongue.
Overall, what a great seasonal AIPA that Founders puts out. I'll make sure I'll grab one next year.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

First off let me say that this is an excellent beer. It is everything a pale ale should be - balanced, hoppy, malty, and citrusy. Cloudy pale yellow in appearance with an aroma that is dominated by pine and citrus. There is definitely some floral notes in the aromoa as well. The taste is tart & bitter with a very clean, dry finish. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonated perfectly. I could drink this stuff constantly. This gives Two Hearted Ale a run for its money. Highly recommended.

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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 dpnelson1978
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.99 / ea.

A: Bright amber to orange body topped with one finger of loose white head that quickly dissipates leaving light foamy lace and a thin bubbly cover. Really expected more lacing and cover out of this one.

S: Strong citrus aroma over a subdued caramel backbone. Simple, but nicely balanced aroma.

T: Citrus up front, caramel malt in the middle and slight bitterness at the end. Again, simple but balanced, and very enjoyable from beginning to end. Noticeable aftertaste, but pleasant.

M: Light body with heavy carbonation. Strong carbonic bite, and distinct bitter tightening of the tongue.

D: Very sessionable selection. Great flavor, light, crisp body, and extremely versatile. Casual beer drinkers may find this on a bit too hopped up for an APA, but the citrus character should make the transition fairly easy.

O: Nice beer. Pretty standard fare for Founders.

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Photo of fank2788
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bright clear gold in the glass with a creamy pure white head of fine bubbles, color is a bit light for an IPA. Fresh clean citrus hops are in the forefront of the smell with a bit of pale malt in the base. Well there is no doubting that this is an IPA as the taste is all hops. The west coast citrusy hops dominate upfront and all the way to the finish with lemon, orange and grapefruit flavors combined on top of enough malt to provide balance. The mouthfeel is right for an IPA with good body and carbonation, the hops provide great tingly liveliness and a puckeringly dry finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA, wet hop character provides assertive bitterness and the clean hop flavors are just great, I'm definitely pleased.

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

served in flute, head is not impressive, short to none and quick, but color is very nice, a deep golden tone, and it has a little haze.

Has a wonderful fresh barnyard aroma, like hay, very earthy like mushrooms, a little cheesy and some body odors, but in a good way.

Flavor blossoms in the mouth, juicy and quenching with a little resiny feel, but not over bitter.

very drinkable and full of character.

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Photo of BirdFlu
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is surprisingly light in color - yellowish orange.. a nice head but it settles quickly. Looks like a pilsner or such. Aroma is very fruity, grapefruit, lemon, and lots of hop. Flavor is also very fruity hop.. quite sweet but not in a iipa malty way, all sweetness from citrus flavor. This is really the first wet-hopped ipa i've had that sort of shows me what the real difference is between a wet or dry-hopped ipa (not that i've had tons of wet hop beers, that is). So its quite delicious. A nice light mouth (not watery) with crisp carbonation adds and increases the drinkability. I could down a ton of this stuff, especially say at a party or such. Perhaps it would be better-suited to summertime, though I suppose thats not possible.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The smell is sweet pine and citrus hops. Alcohol starts to come through. The taste is strongly bitter with some grapefruit. Feels a bit oily with a dry aftertaste. Price is too high. nb

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 10/01 into a pint glass
L: Light golden color with a finger of head. Looks almost like a Pilsner
S: Crisp hop aroma with lots of citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon, lemon zest)
T: Follows the nose with citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon) along with floral hop flavors. Following the hops is nice crackery malt and medium bitterness.
F: Medium body. Very crisp drinking beer.
Overall this one of the better wet hopped beers I've had. It has a nice citrus flavor balanced by toasted malt.

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Photo of enfield249
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy apricot in color, poured with 1 fingers worth of head. A slight ring of head remains.

S - Lots of citrus hops coming off. First smell reminded me of Breckenridge 471 double IPA in smell.

T - Lots of bitterness, almost to IPA level. Some of the citrus, but on the back of the drink.

M - Full, lots of carbonation, leaves a coating of bitterness.

D - Very good APA. Great smell, and if I can smell it, it's got to be strong. I could have 3 of these a week.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy honey-yellow into my Lees Harvest Ale glass - appropriate. Head sits at about one inch and then fades so i can take a sip and then get the rest of the bottle in there.

Aromas are fresh and grassy with hints of citrus and slight sweetness. A bit of raw hops and yeast linger on the nose. What is with the yeast?

Taste hits with some carbonation and then a smooth sweetness. Quickly chases a very herbal / grassy tone to usher in a very dry and hoppy slide to the finish, where it remains dry and really leaves you wanting more. Still some yeast presence carried from the nose...

This one is quite nice. Mouthfeel is a bit odd and this is not a typical APA but quite a treat. Thanks to jaustin for this...

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Photo of jnn4v
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very light orange color. Translucent, with no sediment or haze. Very small amount of foamy off-white head.

S: Apricot, mango, candied grapefruit, orange zest and other delicious citrus and tropical fruit hops. Smells a tad bit coppery and very sweet as well.

T: Not terribly bitter or overpowering in hop flavor. Very sessionable IPA. It's fairly clean tasting, without too sweet of a solid malt base either. I don't taste a lot of the specific flavors that were identified in the scent, unfortunately.

M: Moderate amount of carbonation, bordering on above-average carbonation levels. Medium viscosity - so it's less dense than Centennial but more dense than Red Rye IPA.

O: Not bad at all. Much more hop flavor than most wet hop beers. Blows away the seasonal Sierra Nevada offerings.

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Photo of juhl31
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-i enjoy that it is lighter in color as compared to the darker IPA's you see now. more of a yellow without the orange or brown hue. the head was white and not very tall or long lasting

-the smell is very subtle, not one that you can smell by just pouring it. there is a little bit of citrus and a shade of pine

-there is a very light taste and not overpowering. again, a bit of citrus, but also some spicy, peppery taste as well. there is also some sweetness throughout the pour down the throat

-almost no carb bite involved and the body seems a lot lighter than it should be as well

-this is quite a sessionable IPA. there isn't a strong bitter finish and the flavor or body isn't too overpowering, making it a very drinkable and refreshing IPA

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with a sticky head. Clear body with lacing all over the glass.
Smells of citrus and marijuana. Peppermint is also present.
Actually taste's like marijuana as well. Citrus and mint once again fill out the flavor profile with a pleasant malt finish.
Nice full body with great carbonation.
A great beer from a great brewery. Make sure to get drink this as fresh as possible. This my friends is fresh hop juice.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received in trade, thanks to crazynelson.

White fluffy giant head, golden yellow color that gives of scents of grass, citrus and sweetness. Taste is both hoppy and refreshing. Enjoyable, always interesting fresh hop beers. Always makes me think of how lucky I am to live in fresh hop land.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. BOTTLED 09/30/2014.

Appearance: Pours a golden body with a thin white head.

Smell: Light juicy hop and strong pilsner malt aroma.

Taste: Spicy hop flavor. Firm crisp bitterness. Sweet pilsner malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, sharp bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting a much juicier, tropical/citrus hop bomb. Bitterness is high, but body is light and crisp. Non of the classic ale fruitiness. If you told me this was a continental pilsner, I would have believed you.

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

Thanks mikereaser for the opportunity.

Pours a clear light lemony gold. A frothy white head builds up. Rather high, which takes a couple of pours to actually fill the cup. No lace.

Aroma is lemony citrus, pine, bright. A very faint honey sweetness. Very refreshing.

Flavor is lightly honeyed bread. More citrus and pine, a good amount of bitterness though it doesn't linger overmuch. A hint of grass.

Medium light body, a good amount of carbonation but nothing prickly.

Light pale ale with great hop aroma. Very refreshing.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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