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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Ratings: 4,563 |  Reviews: 1,126
Photo of TheBrewo
3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of pale golden coloring. It holds a two finger head of massive, cakey white bubbles. This shows excellent retention, leaving sticky, spidery lacing down the sides of the glass. Carbonation appears moderate, and while no sediment is noted, light constellations of haze swirl about the glass. The aroma hits hard with fat grapefruit and floral hops. Sweetness comes from fruit of pineapple and lightly toasted pale malts. There is a metallic twinge, with creamy lactics and phenolic plastics once warmed. The booze seeps out late, along with a deepening of the hops to a resiny, earthy bitterness. Our first impression is that while the beginning is a bit muted, the finish is robust with pucker. From the nose you would also expect a much sweeter drink. As we sip, phenolic plastics and bright resiny hops start things off. These are fleeting when sipped quickly, but flourish to a greenstick, resiny bitterness of earthen hops and minerals when held in the mouth to linger. The middle peaks with washed pale malts, and a thin wheatiness, with bite from alcohol and more of those phenols. The hops come in full through the end, with raw, herbal, earthy, piney, resiny, bittering bite and pucker. There is light bready toast to blend, but this is minimal. The aftertaste breathes of herbal hops, oily resin, mineral, metallic yeast, peppery booze, and muddy pale malts. The body is airy and medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. There is lightness to the slurp, smack, cream, and froth, and the feel is thin on the sip. The mouth is left cooled, with little coating. There is an eventual astringent dryness, with significant pucker from the bitterness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. There was such a floral blend of hops, with earth and citrus, while sweetness and light malts came in to cut and balance. This left the drinker feeling light and airy, and excited to sip. This was, however, disappointing. The flavoring was relatively one-dimensional, with huge, raw bitterness from start to finish. While this gave nice robustness to the palate, it really washed away many of the other balancing aromatics. The feel was equally as thin, and felt a little cheap off the lip, taking away further from the experience.

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Photo of Farnswurth
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Demitriustown
Pours cloudy orange with a bright white medium sized head. Smell is sweet orange and caramelly malt with a lively citrusy and fresh hop character. Taste is a bit of a muted, dull, malt with a citrusy orange like hop character. Mouthfeel was about average, and neither thin nor thick. Pleasant and mild hop flavor and bitterness overall. Nice, but I'm unable to tell that this is a fresh hop beer, and don't get that spicy, tingly hop flavor I get in some others. Still, a quality beer that I really enjoyed and am glad I got to try. Thanks for the awesome bonus, Andrew!

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Photo of RavenForBeer
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Bierguy5
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. 7% ABV. Pours a cloudy golden color, with a bit of sediment in it. Fluffy white head, with a few bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Very nice head retention. Nice patches of lace.

Piney hops jump out in front first. A little bit of a spicy aroma as well. Hints of citrus in the background.

Resiny and juicy hops are the showcase here. Piney and grapefruit flavors. Pale malt base lets the hops to shine well.

Good body, carbonation keeps things fairly clean. Bitterness lingers for a while. Well done.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold in color, one finger of white head

Terrific blend of citrus/tropical hops like melon, kiwi, touch of strawberry, grapefruit.

Hop flavors hit up front...mainly pineapple, tangerine and mix with a sense of fresh hop oils. malt takes a back seat but provides a touch of dry spicy grain. Slight pine bitterness on the finish.

Crisp, astringent feeling. Refreshing.

Beautiful tropical ipa. Aroma reminds me of lagunitas sucks crossed with Double Trouble.

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Photo of jplopez21
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mikeburd1128
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Phigg1102
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of kevindp9
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3/5  rDev -29.4%

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 ldhughes3
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of bashiba
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick yellow/orange color with a light fluffy head leaving some light lacing.

Smell was semi sweet and citrusy, a touch of orange peel and grass clippings.

Taste was very balanced with a sweet buiscuity malt body and some nice semi sweet and lightly bitter fresh hop flavors with hints of mint, orange, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily with a nice bit of carbonation.

Easy to drink, enjoyable and balanced pale ale.

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Photo of stephensinner
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Paccamacca
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of dataylor21
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of thufflife
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of tedho21
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Greensboro, NC. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: The popping of the cap releases a huge amount of hiss, and no wonder - the head on this one's HUGE and has amazing staying power. The carbonation is off the scale - super fast, bubbly, incredibly fine, zipping up to the foamy, sticky, HUGE head. I didn't hesitate overpouring, because I knew that even if the head exceeded the lip of the glass, it would hold itself together no problem. The body itself is hazy, sort of a pale orange, and the appearances only weakness. Overall, very nice.

Aroma: Huge citrus, very pure-smelling, almost like orange juice in places. Mint-like notes emerge as things warm, as do other leafy, herbal hop notes.

Taste: A very balanced and drinkable wet hopped ale. A healthy dose of biscuity, cracker-like sweetness with flourishes of honey and a moderate to moderate-plus amount of smooth bitterness form the foundation of this one, but this one's of course all about the hop oils. A pretty flavorful combination of lighter citrus notes, herbal, leafy notes, and a few rougher, more pine-like overtones comprise the majority of the flavors in this one, and it's a pretty solid flavor, if I do say so.

Mouthfeel: The body itself is medium to maybe even a little thin. Incredibly high carbonation makes for a huge, pillowy, puffy mouth and doesn't come through as prickly or rough - very even and smooth. Smoothness is also probably enhanced by the metric ton of hop oils in this one - very slick.

Drinkability: Another solid brew from Founders, and a really good wet-hopped ale - quite a way to celebrate the harvest. Alcohol's undetectable and only 6.5%, definitely enhancing drinkability. The stickiness is great, the mouthfeel soft and smooth, and the combination of hop oils - though lighter than many harvest ales (the SN is coming to mind) - is very pleasant and enjoyable. Pick up a four-pack of this one next season (as I imagine the hop glory is already starting to fade fast this season).

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Photo of randylangford
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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