Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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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

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#1,388
Reviews:
1,129
Ratings:
4,581
pDev:
8.94%
 
 
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Ratings: 4,581 |  Reviews: 1,129
Photo of mpayne5
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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 chefduff2
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of hardy008
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color with a one finger white head and nice lacing. The smell has citrus hops, with the aromas of grapefruit and oranges. There is also a decent amount of caramel malt.

The taste also has grapefruit, oranges, and a nice caramel malt backbone. Nice combination of sweetness and bitterness.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, with a bittersweet aftertaste. A very easy beer to drink. As usually is the case, this is another great beer from Founders.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a light orange with a one-finger foamy white head. Head disipates quickly leaving some nice lacing.

S - Lots of tropical fruits - mango, pineapple,orange. A floral hoppiness is also present.

T - Follows the smell. Starts very citrusy with a good amount of sweetness. The hopes really come through a produce a nice bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky and oily.

O - Very well balanced IPA. Another excellent seasonal from Founder's. Highly recommended.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass. Very small amount of head. It is a golden, hazy almost amber color. Has a nice citrus smell, but nothing over the top. The flavor is good. Some Orange, Citrus up front. It does have a bitter finish which lingers a little bit. This is not a heavy beer, its fairly medium for mouthfeel. Overall I feel this has a good balance of the citrus and bitterness,although I was not expecting the bitter to last as long after each sip, still a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of valkyre65
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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 johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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 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 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 seanchai
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ralerwen
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 4,581 ratings