Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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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:
#823
Reviews:
1,129
Ratings:
4,577
pDev:
8.94%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
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Ratings: 4,577 |  Reviews: 1,129
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: beautiful, light yellow-gold... slight-moderate haze... ~1/4" white head once poured, smatters of lace... cap stays till the bottom

S: pineapple, mild pine... light-moderate solventy alcohol... perhaps some honey-ish malt... overall more subdued than I'd expected

T: bright, explosive burst of resiny hop flowers.... little bit of that pineapple and some a very soft wash of zesty-peppery (pepper, as in fresh chili) bitter hop in the finish, long into the aftertaste.... the 70 IBU is well blended and balanced into its composition.... wonderfully clean and invigorating overall.... not beat-you-over-the-head hoppy... more fruity complexity (lemon zest) unfolds with rising temp and subsequent sips.... not the least bit sweet

M: as light-bodied as a pilsner and super clean.... the perception of bitterness and its taste-bud-scraping effect increases somewhat exponentially

O: pretty damn fantastic.... simple and effective... I hate to say it could use a bit more depth in hop variety and malt biscosity (amount of biscuit flavor).... there are other beers out there that will fulfill that need.... I did down this unusually quick

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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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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 seanchai
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of ralerwen
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy blonde. Head was only a short lived 1/4" that dissolves into a white ring around the glass, leaving a flat appearance.

There's a strong presence of grapefruit and a little mango in the smell. Very much a citrus hop profile.

The flavor is almost exclusively grapefruit and leaves a bitter perfume-like aftertaste. It's a very bitter beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, slightly dry. Carbonation is low and flat.

Drinkability is good, not great. Alcohol is not detectable, but the unbalanced bitterness does detract drinkability 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 my_knew_craft
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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 GOBLIN
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely nothing more I could ask for in an ipa !

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Tyecko
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jkrug5
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into IPA glass. The color is a golden yellow with a two finger bright white head and lacing. A most attractive pour. It smelled of hops, bready malt, and citrus. The taste is dry, bitter, hoppy, with tangy grapefruit and pine. This ale is nicely carbonated and refreshing to drink. The 7.6% ABV seems just right: it's a substantial ale but not boozy. Overall, it is a very pleasant and enjoyable Fall ale, although I'm not buying into all the hype over it.

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Photo of rkarimi
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 kevanb
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, bottled on date is Sept 22, 2011.

It pours a nice light marmalade like orange with a similar marmalade texture in the glass. A mildly aggressive pour leaves little head in the glass but a slight film lingers atop the beer and a nice ring of white film along the rim of the glass. Nice juicy tropical notes burst forward with mangos, pineapples and grapefruits. Bitter resins from the hops are present in the nose with a faint biscuity malt layer, but make no mistake, this is a damn hoppy beer. The flavors are no let down, tropical fruits and citrus rush to the forefront but are compliment by a stronger resinous pine element than in the nose, and almost no malt presence, just a bitter hop rush. The body is great, a bit overcarbonated, but does not detract at all from the quality of the beer. It’s smooth and bold, feels bigger than it really is.

Verdict: An exceptional IPA from Founders. Really want to try this super fresh now but this one is damn good, a great beer for any hop head.

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

Appearance:
Gold in color, one finger of white head

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

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
Crisp, astringent feeling. Refreshing.

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

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.84/5  rDev +13.9%

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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Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 4,577 ratings