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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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1,042 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,042
Hads: 4,181
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 18.53%
Wants: 391
Gots: 431 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: granger10 on 10-24-2004

70 IBU
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Reviews: 1,042 | Hads: 4,181
Photo of IPAdams
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a clear, pale gold with a two inch foamy head that lingers for a while and leaves nice lacing. Good visible carbonation.

Smell- As soon as you open the bottle, the hops become apparent. Strong but pleasant smell of pine, grapefruit and lemon zest. Also some fruitiness a bit of fresh cut grass.

Taste- A good balance of bitterness, grapefruit and again I get a bit of grass and mustiness. Pale malt flavors are present in the background.

Mouthfeel- body and carbonation are good for the style. Fairly dry on the finish.

Overall- Enjoyed everything except the taste. Not sure if it was a bad bottle but it had a good deal of mustiness that I didn't care for, everything else was good for the style.

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Photo of anonymoose
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a hazy orange color. The aroma is citrus and sweet malt, similar to Jai Alai. The taste a bit different with high bitterness and big pine flavor.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More subtle hop aroma than anticipated, with vegetative flavours from wet-hopping = tastes green. The finish isn't as robust as I'd hoped, more bitter than flavourful, but the taste is very well balanced - nice sweetness and hoppiness.

Not the hop-marvel I expected from a brewery as accomplished as Founders, but I'll look forward to trying this variety again in 2011.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours with very little to almost no head. The beer itself is a pale to medium yellow color. It has fairly low apparent carbonation.

The nose here is fairly malty sweetness with a bit of fairly gentle fruity hoppiness that merges with the fairly high alc. level to remind me of peaches. It seems pretty clear this beer is heavey on aromatic hops and light on bittering hops.

The taste is pretty sweet dry maltiness up front, despite the maltiness this beer is moderately dry. This sweetness fades quickly to light and fruity hops. There is some moderate hop bitterness on the very end of the taste, but it is very secondary compared to the malt and fruity hops.

Good beer, not sure I would buy it again at the price. Also, the malt body is a bit over powering for my taste.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of a very generous trader - tpd975! ABV listed as 7%. To spite the fact that harvest season begins in late September and I open this in late May, I feel it's only appropriate for the (maybe presumptuous) celebration of the planting of our garden.

I was remarking at the vibrancy of a pale yellow colour when, in no time, a stream of thick, brown sediment would rush its way out of the bottom and into the safety of a still rising three fingers worth of head. That sediment shaded in the body with a glossy orange. The foam left clunky webs of lacing as I worked my way down.

The hop profile is not at all as expected and is, in all honesty, far too modest. Curiously, it doesn't feature the citrus or exotic fruit profile of the West coast wet-hopped ales and neither does it have the pine or resin one might anticipate from a pale ale finished with a ton of freshly picked hop flowers. It is, by no means, not a powerhouse hop bomb. What it does have working for it, however, are faint but pleasant notes of maple, lemon, and straw.

The alcohol didn't need much warming to sneak its way into the mouthfeel, which happens every few sips. The malts have a sweet toastiness to them. The hops carry a slight tang and leave a lasting bitterness on the palate - reminding you with every sip this is wet-hopped.

Wet-hopping is curiously most evident in the flavour. The taste carries a lot of tang with it and is almost spicy at times. Notes of grapefruit are lost behind the grassy, green-tea like taste. While it's entirely possible I am confused, I swear I'm tasting a Belgian strain of yeast that may be responsible (more so than the hops) for a lot of the (subtle) grassy and tangy flavours I taste.

While Founders Harvest Ale grew immensely on me near its end it is all considered an average offering - especially for this brewery! I was at first a little disappointed by the fact that this isn't a hop-gloating, palate-violating hop bomb. I soon asked myself 'Why?'. It's not hard to appreciate this offering as being a well balanced, soft-spoken pale ale. Indeed, while the hops weren't in-your-face huge, they still made for a distinctive character. This was pleasant.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice simple label, bottled 9/22/11...Big thanks to John S. for hooking me up with this!

Appearance: Poured into my Black Sheep imperial pint glass, this pours an attractive straw gold with tons of almost too small to see sediment in suspension...capped by an attractive, relatively creamy ivory head that shows good retention.

Smell: One of the juiciest, most vibrant hop noses I've encountered before. A mixture of juicy grapefruit and something earthier/grassier. Nothing really in the way of pine; intense, though not quite aggressive.

Taste: Lots of juicy citrus bitterness up front with light hints of a sugary pale and lightly-toasty malt background. Again no pine flavors, this is mostly herbally and citrus-like. The bitterness (70IBUs) comes through loud and clear. With the extremely clean flavors and lighter-than-typical body, it's quite refreshing and falls just short of aggressive.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected, but it really works here

Conclusion: Clean, seriously hoppy, tasty IPA from Founders. Is it worth 10-plus for a 4pk? Meh.

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Photo of vw73182
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out with about a two finger head that quickly disappears with nice lacing

smell is dominated by hop resin

Nice carbonation with a nice hop bite. I was expecting a little more feel and taste of resin then what was present

overall decent beer

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Photo of tmm313
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Semi-hazy, light amber, color. Poured a 1 finger, quickly dissipating, head. OK lacing.
S- Grapefruit, pine, green wood, lemon, with a touch of caramel.
T- Orange and light lemon up front, followed by a rush of nice caramel, bitter grapefruit, pine, citrus rind and sweet orange on the finish. Nice.
M- On the light side with crisp carbonation. Oily and drying.
O- This was a nice IPA. It was definitely on the lighter side, with delicate aromas, tastes and mouth-feel. Really refreshing. It seems sessionable, but could catch up with you quickly, if you had too many.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger tan head that has decent retention, and leaves some some spotty lacing. Body is a hazy gold.

Smell - grassy and floral hops fill the nose, faint hint of toasty malt biscuits.

Taste - floral, grassy, and piney hops wash over the tongue, with pine resin becoming stronger in the middle, but finishing with more grassy and floral hops, and there is no real presence of malt backbone on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, with much hop oil slickness, and somewhat semi-dry from the hops.

Drinkability - this is good ale, and is a nice showcase of fresh hops, although I'd like something a little more malt-centric eventually, and thus a change of taste after two or so.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The smell is sweet pine and citrus hops. Alcohol starts to come through. The taste is strongly bitter with some grapefruit. Feels a bit oily with a dry aftertaste. Price is too high. nb

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Photo of DavidEddie
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color. A nice thick head settles quickly to some sticky lacing around the edges on my pint glass. Smells of citrus orange and grapefruit hops. Taste of some light pine, juicy grapefruit and balanced with some sweet malt. Some green leaf appeared as it warmed. Not complex, kind of simple in flavor. But never the less, very delicious. Mouth feel is light and has a nice carbonated fizz to it. Overall drinkability is very good. I like this one. Has enough going on to enjoy many through out the night. Recommended!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders- Harvest Ale

A- Bright orange/ yellow, very cloudy and chunky, a big frothy white head, and heavy lacing.
S- Big strong fresh green hops, just picked.
T- Oily almost unripe flavored hops. Pine and spruce flavored.
M- Oily and green leafy. Slighty herbal with a malty finish.

Overall- Let this 1 warm up a bit. The flavor really popped near the end of the glass. Definitely recommended for a hop lover like myself.

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Photo of Zorro
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through limesmut and Good/Bad/Ugly BIF.

Clear golden colored ale with a large white head, lighter than I would have expected.

Smell is sweet and malty with a good strong hop scent. Slightly spicy and herbal to the nose.

Taste starts out malty and a little sweet with a decent herbal and spicy hop flavor. Mildly bitter but not too much this is mostly a fresh hop beer and not a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not bad but not world class either. Nice fresh hop beer but not any better than the Sierra Nevada version.

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Photo of cameraman
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is poured a bright orange to yellow color with hints of amber along the sides of the glass. A quarter inch white colored head, thinning out to a light layer on top. A grassy and pine fragrance strikes the nose, with the feint scent of citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemon. A strong malt flavor, with a hearty bread flavor then halfway across the palate, a hop bitterness brining the flavors of grapefruit, grass, and pine dominate the taste. A slightly thin feel at the front, then gradually gains weight to become more of a medium bodied feel. This beer is drinkable, for a hophead, a strong bright color, an intense aroma, with palate abusing hop flavors. The textures inconsistency does bring the beer down.

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Photo of ltjska04
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Founders is one of my favorite breweries and when I saw this in the store I couldn't pass it up. I was pumped to find out that it was bottled only 12 days ago.

This guy pours a clear golden color with a soapy thin head. The smell is pretty much what I expected... wet hops. I get more of a vegetative smell than most APAs. I don't know how else to describe the taste other than "wet". I didn't think wet-hopping would make much of a difference but you can taste it. Unfortunately, I was expecting a bigger, bolder hop flavor for how fresh this beer is. Carbonation is also a bit higher than I'd like for this style. Overall this is a pretty drinkable and interesting ale but not one of Founders' best.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
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 david131
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautifully cloudy, slightly orange- but mostly straw color. The head retention is pretty good, but it is thin and there is some good lacing. Exactly how I would picture a fresh hop beer.

S- Very fruity and flowery with a hint of pine. Just a bit of funk at the tail end. Upon second inspection, orange rind is very prevalent.

T- Not a whole lot going on here for 7% (so it says on the bottle). It is hoppy, but it not overwhelming. A very appealing hop flavor.

M- Creamy for sure, but still a tad thin.

D- This is a pretty good fresh hop beer. I actually enjoy how simple this is.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt at Dobby's for saving me a few of these.

A: bright golden color, sticky white head with huge lacing and good retention

S: plenty of bitterness from the fresh hops, lots of pine and citrus which sit atop a bold caramel malt profile. A touch of booze on the finish.

T: The front features resinous pine needles and caramel malts. The finish is rather bitter and somewhat dry. This brew is very hop forward and leaves a nice flowery hop taste in the mouth. This isn't my favorite hop profile, but it is tasty.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

D: not a bad brew but I would have to say that I enjoy Centennial to this. Definitely worth trying. This bottle is about a month old, next year I will try getting it immediately after release to see if the hops give off different flavors/aromas.

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Photo of juhl31
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-i enjoy that it is lighter in color as compared to the darker IPA's you see now. more of a yellow without the orange or brown hue. the head was white and not very tall or long lasting

-the smell is very subtle, not one that you can smell by just pouring it. there is a little bit of citrus and a shade of pine

-there is a very light taste and not overpowering. again, a bit of citrus, but also some spicy, peppery taste as well. there is also some sweetness throughout the pour down the throat

-almost no carb bite involved and the body seems a lot lighter than it should be as well

-this is quite a sessionable IPA. there isn't a strong bitter finish and the flavor or body isn't too overpowering, making it a very drinkable and refreshing IPA

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Photo of hawks10
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - Bottled September 28th, 2010 - Poured into an imperial pint glass...

Pours a clear golden amber with two fingers of frothy white head. Lots of lacing is left behind...

Having just had a Broo Doo harvest ale, this beers aroma pales in comparison...muted aromas of juicy fruity hops and not much else...

Taste exceeds the aroma but still can't quite live up to the Broo Doo, maybe it was unfair to drink this right after a Broo Doo, but I can't help but be a bit let down...Fruity and juicy hops provide tons of flavor right off the bat. Beer becomes dry with piny bitterness lingering well past your previous sip. Floral and a bit soapy, with more earthy bitterness than expected...this beer is definitely tasty...

Medium bodied with good a good resinous hop feel. Lingering bitter aftertaste...

Pretty good, but at $12 a 4 pack the price is a bit steep...would rather have 64oz of Daisy Cutter for $9, than 48oz of this for $12 any day of the week...

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Cleveland Park Wine & Liquors Inc.., unknown bottling date, poured into my FFF Teku, drank 11/20-1/13 over an hour.

A: 2/3 - yellow-orange coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), initial frothy white head dissipates into 1/2 finger glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs

S: 7/12 - admixture of fresh fruit and grassy/resiny notes, some caramel in the background, aroma certainly becomes more intense as beer warms

T: 15/20 - on the anterior tongue, there is a mild tropical fruit-like bitterness - think more mango and papaya; it the middle of the mouth, there's a mild-to-moderate caramel sweetness arises and continues throughout the remainder of the sip; 7+% ABV is barely detectable; finishes dry with minimal lingering sweetness; no gross flaws detectable

M: 3/5 - some hop oils coating the tongue, little alcohol presence in the mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation

O: 8/10 - I'm not crazy about harvest ales in general but this one is maybe the best of 2013; Foundererers, I'll see you in June 2014 143.

TOTAL = 35/50

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Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a golden yellow with a bit of orange in there with a white one finger head.

The aroma has a bit of grapefruit and citrus with tons of pine and leafy green. Deep in there, there's some onion there as well. There's almost a gentle hint of smoke or meat from that deep dank onion character hidden in there.

The flavor follows with a tinge of grapefruit and mostly lemon peel in the front. There's a biscuity malt that carries the beer through palate with a wonderful clean and substantial malt body. The finish just hits with lots of green leafy hops, pine, a bit of that onion. The fruit notes and lemon linger throughout as this beer is decently bitter.

This is a great food pairing beer or session/hang out beer. The hops don't come out to shine and define themselves, but it still is really nice drinking and hoppy.

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Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A clouded straw-colored body gives rise to a huge and sticky off-white head.
This brings a lot of floured sourdough in the nose for something boasting fresh hops. Given time it gathers a domineering persona of pine needles, mint leaves, sea salt, and grass.
It enters the mouth with a steady shortbread maltiness that gathers towards white grapes over time (but never gets there). Hops add a variety of pepper, mint, and evergreen. But for what it is, they never truly assert themselves, even though this is one of the most compulsively drinkable hop combinations I've come across. It's mostly salty, and thus assures rapid drinking. The malt never supports a body that can support the hops.
From a rating standpoint, it's dry and hoppy and drinkable, and virtually uninteresting aside from that.
The mouthfeel is equally peppered with CO2. It's a bit rasping and abrasive. And never settles down.
This is a very decent APA, but it is that and nothing more (and quite salty as such). Don't let your hopes run higher than that.
I feel like I'm overrating it...I like it. But it's a far cry from stuff like Great Divide's Fresh Hop Harvest Ale.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this time of the year. With harvest ales, folowed quickly by Winter Warmers, just all sorts of yummy goodness in beer. Into the Tyranena Pint...

A - Light, cloudy body with a nice head that leaves a thin line after a while.

S - Sweet, citrus hops, but not quite as interesting as other Harvest Ales. Enjoyable, still.

T - Sweet and tart in the entry, with lots of citrus, melon and light malt. Ends up with quite a bit of bitterness. Yum, but not very complex...

M - Very crisp, good body, what one expects from a session ale.

D - Good pale, but not the most exciting Harvest Ale I've tasted. The hops seemed to lack some of the different fruit/aromatics that I was looking for.Still very good though.

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Photo of strykzone
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is unique. Beer is a cloudy dirty gold color with a BIG head of light soapy bubbles that becomes a soapy lacing. There are stringy things visible in the glass when held up to light.

Aroma is tart hop with grapefruit and pine. There is also some unexpected sweet orange notes. Very nice!

Flavor is full of tart hop. It is very citrusy with grapefruit and lemon. Some grass and sweetness. Mildly bitter from the hops.

This is a truly refreshing hop based ale that offers some unique flavor combinations. It is a pleasant mix of tart and sweet with plenty of citrus. Caramel isn't noted but the beer draws sweetness form fruit flavors. Enjoyable!

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,042 ratings.