Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale
BA SCORE
94.2%
Liked This Beer
4.25 w/ 4,451 ratings
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
Ranking:
#748
Reviews:
1,102
Ratings:
4,451
Liked:
4,193
Avg:
4.25/5
pDev:
8.94%
Alströms:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
426
Gots:
576
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,451 |  Reviews: 1,102
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Photo of joe1510
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Stubby
$8.00 4-Pack
Founder's Taproom Fridge

7%abv

Founder's Harvest Ale poured a straw golden with good amount of sediment after my inability to properly pour. A two finger fluffy white head formed on the pour and fell rather slowly to a skimming. As the head fell it left some random lacing down the sides and generous spider webbing after each sip.

The malts coming through on the smell are of the palest varieties. Biscuity and very lightly toasted white bread. Hops are the star and show themselves as such. Grassy/earthy hops are dominant but there's a nice, although subtle, sweetened grapefruit that combine for a very appealing aroma.

Flavor goes hand in hand with the nose. The palest of malts combine with those earthy/grassy hops to make a well balanced harvest ale. The dampness (grassiness) is a little more pronounced on the tongue. For some reason this bottle seems a little more earthy than others sampled in the last few weeks.

Medium bodied with modeate carbonation. The carbonation kick starts the tongue a little as the hops leave a mild bitterness on the swallow.

Good easy drinking harvest that's both refreshing and enjoyable. Easy to enjoy a few of these in a sitting.

Another good brew from Founders. I've had quite a few of these this year and for some reason they're either hit or miss. They don't miss by much but they miss the mark of the better bottles. After my next few bottles I will update review if need be.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ the bridge

pour was a darkish golden yellow with hints of light copper and orange. a bit of brightness through out. light head.

light citrus and pine with more emphasis on the citrus. pale malty body.

lots of pine up front and through out. mild citrus and grapefruit hidden. light malty body. a bit more harsh than the bottle.

moderate carbonation. decent body, fairly full.

i prefer the bottle to this all the way. the bottle seems to have more grapefruit and citrus in general. this was more pine. good, but the bottle is better.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/22/12

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange - small, off-white head, leaves some hints of a cap and some spots of lacing

Smell: Citrusy and wet - orange, tangerine, and grapefruit flesh - some soggy pine needles - spearmint gum - damp and leafy, as a wet-hopped beer should be - floral, and lightly earthy - some pale malts, grainy sweetness, undercooked biscuits in the background

Taste: Mmm... hop cones... loads of citrusy and leafy hops - orange and grapefruit flesh and juice with some citrus zest - lightly juicy, but mostly just wet tasting - leafy, very floral - lightly earthy, but mostly clean - some mint - moderately bitter - nice malt backbone, with some pale malts and a light, bready sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, low carbonation, wet

Overall: Yeah, it's wet

This is a solid wet-hopped beer. It screams "wet-hopped" so loudly that I wish, for the first time, that this could be its own style on BA. As an American IPA, it's very good, but not spectacular. I will need to review this slightly fresher next year.

Updated: 12/29/14

I had a 4-pack of fresher bottles this year. And this is better than I remember. Review and scores adjusted slightly.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into spiegelau glass bottled on 10/3

A: Big soapy pillowy white head that has nice legs. Body is a light amber gold in color with great clarity.

S: huge amounts of pine and resin. Very vine like smell.

T: Huge amounts of bitterness very resiny and piney. Almost floral and spicy as well this is like chewing on a hop.

M: Medium bodied decent carbonation, fairly clean beer.

O: This is a nice beer, but it isn't a wow beer. There are better fresh, wet, or harvest beers out there. Although this is one of the more aggressive in its bitterness. Unless you love wet hop beers probably be better to pass on this one. If you like Born Yesterday avoid this one completely.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Hop_God
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of CraftFan5
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second of an awesome trade with Captin!

Honestly, I didn't check the freshness date. Whatever, the beer was terrific so I assume it was pretty fresh!

A golden tan color, somewhat hazy with a one finger head and a beautiful sheen of fine lacing on the glass.

It's got an overall hoppyish to lightly piney aroma, with a spicy, fruity background of sweet citrus, spearmint, and light malts. Overall smells great!

Tastes sweet, with a lightly malty background behind the moderate pine-hoppy front and spicy, peppery core make for a very well balanced, yet bold APA. Just a smidge of florals and spices round out what's a very complex and tasty brew.

It's got a pretty thick and rich mouthfeel, medium bodied, medium bittersweet aftertaste, lingering but lightly piney flavors persist. Very nice indeed.

My first Founder's. Drinks great. I'm a big fan of the APA style and this one would be a regular for me if I could get it every day. I want more!

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.84/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a beautiful, pristine clear lighter copper color with a one finger of sudsy white head. Head recedes moderatly, and leaves nice susy spotty lacing on the glass

S: Nose is sharp with grapefruit citrus hops, piney grassy hops and a touch of the ganga... just saying...

T: Taste is a strong piney, grassy (ganga) up front. touch of honey and the slightest bready flavoring in the middle that makes this beer belnd so well, finish has a touch of floral hop bite that finishes the beer on an amazingly blended note.

M: Lighter side of medium body, mild carbonation, nice slick, oily feel on the tongue.

D: Oh this one you can sit with for a long time. Great taste, great feel, not filling, and is blended well.

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