Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Harvest AleHarvest 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:
Wet-hopped ale made with 100% fresh Michigan-grown hops. The result is a bright, aromatic IPA with fresh pine, melon and citrus notes.

70 IBU

Added by granger10 on 10-24-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,405
Reviews:
1,132
Ratings:
4,588
pDev:
8.94%
 
 
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Ratings: 4,588 |  Reviews: 1,132
Photo of DerekMorgan
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Harrison8
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy orange-straw with three fingers of white head. Head foams up quickly after a slow start. Good retention and lacing. Citrus, dank, and pine hops form a sticky, hoppy aroma with a sprinkling of black pepper. Flavor profile is similar, with citrus, and pine hops, and a black pepper taste throughout. Mouth feel is smooth, and holding at a medium thickness. Overall, a well rounded IPA. Hops are at the forefront, but easily managed and balanced. The pepper notes are a pleasant change for an IPA.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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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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Photo of drtth
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The clear dark golden yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 3/4" ivory head that recedes slowly but visibly leaving a ring and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates patches and legs of lacing, most of which slide back down the side of the glass.

The aromas include some pine resin and grapefruit zest backed up by just a bit of caramel malt.

The flavors have lots of nice grapefruit and pine resin bitterness with just a touch of sweetness from the malt to soften things a bit and add to the complexity. But this one is definitely all about the wet hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and only slightly prickly from the light but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the pine resin and grapefruit begin to slowly fade both allowing that touch of sweetness to reappear before it too disappears leaving only a gentle, slowly fading bitterness.

A well made beer that captures nicely the character of a wet hopped IPA with some added complexity of a bit of malt sweetness showing here and there.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of robgage
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of bgold86
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 JasonR1975
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Maillard
4.5/5  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 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 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 rdoggg
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 12oz bottle (bottled 9/30/15)...
Pours a golden-straw color. Reasonable head retention and lacing.
Great tropical aroma! Taste follows nose with some citrus notes that complement well.
Crisp, perfectly carbonated. Excellent finish.
Overall, a hop-forward yet well-balanced version of style.
Only consume this wet-hopped masterpiece fresh for best experience!

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Photo of IpeeA
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of bump8628
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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 teromous
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the back label: "BOTTLED ON 09.20.17 0901 2"

Appearance: The body is brilliantly clear with a nice shade of light gold. The head looks fantastic; it's large and white with a fluffy texture. The head has great retention and it never seems to go down. It's picture perfect.

Aroma: The beer has this big aroma of what smells mostly like mango with a mix of tangerine and grapefruit. It has a very enticing aroma.

Taste: The beer has a very similar flavor to the aroma where mango seems to be the dominant flavor with some grapefruit. Added to the mix is a nice pine flavor bite and a bit of grain flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has good bitterness and carbonation with an off-dry finish. In the middle and towards the end it feels a touch thin.

Overall: It's a good beer with some excellent flavors and aromas. There isn't much to say for a beer that speaks for itself. I would recommend it and it's a good beer to pick up this time of year. I would drink it again.

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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 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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Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 4,588 ratings