Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Harvest AleHarvest Ale
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Harvest AleHarvest 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 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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Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of larryarms847
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous sun yellow orange with tons of carbonation that quickly recedes.

Huge citrus and tropical notes, mango, orange, pine, spice, and resin.

Orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine, and hop resins.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, bitter, crisp, dry finish.

Overall, I was expecting a little more, but a great fresh hop brew nonetheless.

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Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Dogleg
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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 mikeg67
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is full and crisp. Citrusy hops dominate the flavor with bready malt and tropical fruit provide good balance. Finish is long and hoppy. Excellent brew.

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Photo of bump8628
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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 JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of jegross2
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, poured in Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Hazy, golden yellow with a thin layer of soapy head that sticks around. Has a very attractive glow to it. Translucent, not transparent.

Smell: Very crisp, floral and lemon-citrus flavors. Some orange peel too.

Taste: The carbonation on this beer is perfect, making the citrus-bitterness of the beer really pop. Strong grapefruit-like flavor, with a sweet malt middle. Has a nice piney-hop finish that dissipates about 15 seconds after swallow. None of the flavors are too overwhelming, and overall the bitter-malt balance is near perfect.

Mouthfeel: Very good carbonation. Medium-thin bodied, but not watery. Incredibly drinkable.

Overall: An excellent example of a wet-hopped IPA

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mntlover
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with touches of orange mixed in. Head is only about thumb sized off white and it falls quickly but leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma is not over powering but very nice almost soft hops, light herbal minty notes on a tropical fruit base not so much the big citrus hops but lighter and very pleasant. Malt base is light more bready with a touch of honey then caramel.

Taste is just like the nose basically, light tropical fruits on a bread malt base. Hops move to a more herbal then a minty like finish with some light lingering bitterness. Very pleasant and hop forward with out being over powering, lots of hops flavors say medium bitterness. This is one smooth and easy drinking IPA. Good flavors with out the need to scrap your tongue in between drinks.

Mouthfeel is light side also carbonation is on the lighter side which I enjoy.

Overall really digging this brew, hard to believe its 7.6% as it drinks as easy as the All Day IPA while being much more enjoyable. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter. Bottled on 10/4/12

A- pours a nearly transparent shade of yellow with a one finger pure white head. Looks pretty damn solid IMO, very clean

S- ridiculously heavy citrus aroma from the wet hops. Oh man, it's awesomely pungent

T- slight bitterness, plenty of juicy citrus. I kind of expected more, but still really good

M- on the thick side. Almost syrupy

O- damn good wet hop. Founders delivers, as usual

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mpayne5
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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