Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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3,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,872
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 370
Gots: 339 | FT: 6
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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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. BOTTLED 09/30/2014.

Appearance: Pours a golden body with a thin white head.

Smell: Light juicy hop and strong pilsner malt aroma.

Taste: Spicy hop flavor. Firm crisp bitterness. Sweet pilsner malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, sharp bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting a much juicier, tropical/citrus hop bomb. Bitterness is high, but body is light and crisp. Non of the classic ale fruitiness. If you told me this was a continental pilsner, I would have believed you.

Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great to finally try this beer,poured into a standard pint glass a hazed light golden with a frothy one finger white head.Awesome aromas of you guessed it fresh citric and and piney hop with a touch of sweetish biscuit.Fresh hops jump on the palate,fresh grapefruit and lemon pith with underlying pine needle,a firm slightly sweet malt base is there as well keeping everything in tune.Man I love this brew its fresh hop taste is awesome,my fridge beer for the time being.

Photo of tectactoe
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice, golden-yellow color with a bit of haze. Small, white head that floats thinly across the top of the beer and leaves pretty good lacing along the side of the glass. The smell is hoppy as hell, but noticeably different from dry-hopped beers. This hop smell is more "pure" - more floral, weedy, and nature-esque. Slight citrus notes are present in the background.

The taste is spot on - fresh, wet, floral hops, heavy on the weeds. As I kept drinking, I kept thinking of a freshly cut lawn with morning dew all over it. The taste and smell of these hops are just so fresh, it's really something special. It's like taking a hop and just sucking on it. Some warmth in the background and just a touch of spice to keep things interesting. Lots of carbonation and a medium body with some slight stickiness.

This was my first wet-hopped beer and I was pleasantly surprised. The difference between dry and wet hops is quite noticeable. Both similar, yet very different tastes. I enjoyed how fresh and pure this beer tasted - definitely a treat. I would like to get my hands on some more of this beer.

Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pale golden with an inch of white head.

S- Wonderful nose. Flowery fresh hops, slightly sweet with a piney balance.

T- Similar to the nose. Clean citrus and floral hops, mandarin orange. Not overly complex but very tasty.

M- Medium bodied and(the only downside) somewhat filmy.

D- Easy to drink, well made APA.

Photo of blackearth
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a bright gold body with a white head. Aroma is dominated by piney and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Great hop flavor throughout which seems to "build" after the finish, much like the heat of a chili pepper. Very good drinkability.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle pours into my glass a quite hazy yellow orange with a couple inches of creamy, cragly white head that leaves sticky lacing on the side. Aromas of citric, tropical hop resins jump out of the glass. Peach and grapefruit mingle with some pine and green herbaceous notes. Sweet, light caramel in the background. Wow, the fresh green hop cone aroma brings a smile to my face! Somewhat floral even.

First sip brings a sweet, lightly toasted caramel malt that flows into a flow of fresh hops. Citric, slighty tropical with a big green, herbal push. The resins come through along with a perfumy, floral quality. Flows down with a bit of bitterness, but it's fairly mellow probably due to the fresh wet hops. Finish with a bit of lingering sweetness and green hop cone resin. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess and solid carbonation. A sturdy pale ale that brings a wealth of flavor while at the same time being quite drinkable and refreshing. This is a darn tasty wet hopped brew and I'm glad to see this in bottles. Get on it and try this one while you can. Another solid brew from Founders.

Photo of nickadams2
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Founders.

A_Pours a golden amber with a thin bone white head. Not much lacing.

S_Piney,citrus hop profile.

T_Same as nose. Huge amount of piny hopsGrapefruit and honey. Touch of pale malt.

M_Thin but sticky and syrupy. Will make you lick your lips.

D_Lots of flavor and low ABV. Very drinkable.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I can see what the hype is about. An excellent beer.

In a pint glass it is a hazy orange-gold color. There is a medium-sized white head that leaves a little bit of lace.

Strong citrus aroma, very redolent. A bit of sweet caramel.

The taste perfectly mimics the aroma. A lot of citrus, mostly grapefruit, but also lemon and tangerine. A nice bready background.

Beautiful mouthfeel. Hoppy but not excessively so. Great balance.

Love it. Want to make this 4 pack last.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A pretty golden/straw with a white head and lace.

S - The nose is very fruity. There are hints of berries and pineapple. Underneath the fruitiness, there is also a really nice earthiness/floral aroma that rounds it out.

T - The fruitiness of berries and grapefruit continue in the taste. The bitterness closes out the sip and it is a nice counterpart to the initial sweetness. The bitterness is not overpowering and it does not linger very long, so every sip starts all over again.

M - This is a nice light bodied beer with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - The mild bitterness and sweet fruitiness make this beer pleasant to drink. The lighter body and lowish abv also make it a solid beer that I would enjoy drinking on any occasion.

Photo of warnerry
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/22/11

A - Pours clear golden brown with one finger of white head. Head doesn't last long but leaves some nice lacing.

S - Big aroma of resinous pine hops up front, also quite grassy and some pineapple. Eventually some biscuit malts come through as well. Nice aroma.

T - Similar to smell there is a big pine hops taste up front, accompanied by some grass and some florals. Biscuit malt appears midway, while the hops continue throughout the taste, leading to a nice bitter finish.

M -- Medium oily mouthfeel. Finish is somewhat dry and bitter.

O - A very good wet hopped IPA. Hop component is substantial but not overwhelming. I look forward to a 4 pack of this each year.

Photo of barhoc11
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

SO Juicy and fresh, this is one of the best wet-hopped beers I have ever had. Hard to get but well worth it, try some, you will love it.

Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

Bright golden glow in the light, faint hop haze. Bubbly lacing certainly suffices and then some. Blond tobacco, hemp seed oil, soft pint, cilantro and mint show the hops in an epic proportion for the aroma. Hey malt, how hay doing? Thanks for the bready and biscuity flavors but now you can move aside for what I really want. Fresh hop flavor, thanks. Stodgy oily hop chaos grips the taste buds. Bitterness is not scathing but pricks the tongue enough times to be noticed. Flash of shortbread from the malt but then a whole lot of hop flavor pushes in. Hoppy semi-dry finish.

Great example for someone to try a fresh hopped ale, balanced and drinkable. Complex yet easy to quaff back.

Photo of CandaceLai
3.2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Light straw color, pretty clear in appearance - bitter aftertaste, carbonated. Not my favorite beer.

Photo of merlin48
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle pours a hazed, honey amber body with a small offwhite head. Scattered patchy lace is left on the glass.

Aroma is citrusy hops, lots of grapefruit that is accented by tropical mango and some orange. Melted swirls of caramel underneath.

Lively carbonation enhances a dry medium body.

Taste features a crisp citrusy and leafy hop bitterness. Grapefruit dominates, without any significant tropical fruit sweetness. Toasted caramel notes are in the background, but offer a nice enough balance. Finishes with a lingering dryness.

No flaws. A top tier American IPA.

Photo of Billolick
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info that I can find.

Medium dull golden amber. Loose quality looking head, with better then respectable amounts of nice, fine lace.

Fresh hop nose, with resins, and citrusl

Solid pale with the familiar Founders density and crunch.

Spicy, citric, smokey lime, and quite a bit of smokey bitternness.

Quality all the way

Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- Picked up a 4 pack as soon as this came to STL

A- Pours a nice golden hue, decent head

S- Smells super fresh, full of grassy hops and citrus

T- huge hop flavor upfront, Wow! Finish is light not bitter as expected.

M- Smooth texture, goes down really easy.

O- A great wet hop beer from Founders, at 6% it is easily sessionable, but the hops will destroy your palate quickly!

Photo of bsp77
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Mostly clear light orange-yellow with moderate white head which leaves nice lacing lines. Much lighter beer than I expected.

Smell: Exceedingly strong grapefruit smell, with some other citrus notes (and perhaps pine) buried beneath. The smell is quite simply hops personified, and is by far the freshest beer I have ever smelled.

Taste: Exceedingly citrusy with grapefruit, orange and lemon all present. Slightly sweet toasted malts are attempting to come forward and only halfway succeeding. The bitterness is persistent and remains long after each sip. While fantastic, almost too much grapefruit for me; needs a titch more balance. What am I saying, screw balance.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light body but somewhat oily from the hops, mouth suckingly dry.

Drinkability: Despite the bitterness, the fantastic juicy hop profile and dryness will not let me stop drinking. It also helps that I smell such fantastic hops every time I lift the glass.

The 2013 version was upped from 6.5% to 7.6%. Bigger is not always better. Bad change in my opinion. Still very good, but definitely not as good. If it remains this way next year, I will have to re-review and lower my score.

Photo of deebo
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a bottle of this at the local liquor store, first time I've gotten my hands on this one. Bottled on 10/4.

A-Light golden in color, it looks oily (canola), completely transparent. Lots of lively small bubbles. Not much head, but what is there is white and sticky.

S-Smells like a wet hop beer-quite a bit like the casked citra wet hop brew I had at Town Hall Tap earlier today. Juicy citra hops jump out. Aromas of tropical and citrus (orange, grapefruit) fruits. A nice malt backbone is also obvious. I like the aroma a lot.

T-Upfront the hops are fruity but do quickly give way to a more piney/resiny bite. The significant taste and mouthfeel of malt help clean up the taste rather quickly with only a moderate amount of a bitter finish.

M-More of a malt backbone than some of it's peers. The mouthfeel is also amped up and really works well to create the closest thing to a balanced wet hopped beer that I've had.

O-Yep this is a good one. I like that they've thrown some malt in here. Really helps the drinkability. Most fresh hop beers don't have the drinkability that this brew possesses.

Photo of mjtiernan
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to erikkoppin for this bottle!

12oz bottle poured into a NB Globe

Bottled end of September

A: Golden and hazy. Nice pillow of foam on top that slowly dissipates to the center of the glass leaving a nice ring around the outside.

S: Fresh dank buds. Sweet citrus and pine. Heaven.

T: Starts with a biscuity malt and then you get pretty heavy into pine and grapefruit territory. Pretty much exactly what I would want out of a Fresh Hop ale.

M: Right on. Hop acidity and carbonation tingles your tongue and the residual foam creates a nice softness.

O: This is pretty much what I want from a Fresh Hop ale. Somewhat sad that it wasn’t nearly as fresh as it could have been, but most definitely enjoyable.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Fresh herbal nose with a hint of melon. On tap pours brilliant gold with a ½” white foam cap. Very creamy palate with melon leading to a drying hop finish with a touch of astringency. Medium body and fine soft carbonation.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this in an extra from a trade. thanks jpmclaug!

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a notched pint glass. bottled on 9/28/10.

pours out a clear golden orange color. one finger of creamy white head. great retention, lots of sticky lace. tons of rushing bubbles.

big resins and hop oils right off the first whiff. skunk, piney, and grapefruit citrus hops. hints of tropical fruits detectable. hardly any malts noticeable, just a slight breadiness.

lots of bright grapefruit citrus and sharp bitterness. resins attacking the palate, lots of lingering bitterness. some tropical fruits and pine noticeable as well. just a very slight bit of bready malt, very hop forward. just a touch of alcohol heat as it warms.

medium bodied, hops takeover your palate. bright, slightly prickly carbonation.

drinks great, i wish this was readily available to me, because i drank my one and only bottle way too fast. im very glad i got to try this.

Photo of DaSolomon
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up along with devil dancer when I got my CBS. Pours with relatively small head into a stella glass. The smell dances on the nose, full of floral and hops. Smooth drinkability with hops hitting towards the end. Overall a great beer, worth picking up for any beer lover.

Photo of MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled on 9/22/11.

Appearance: Bright and slightly cloudy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Good four fingers of white head with very good retention. Lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango, and lemon. Also some pine floral hops. Decent presence of bready malts. Light hints of honey. Very hoppy and tropical.

Taste: A bit surprising. Not quite as bitter as the nose leads on, but still very good. Starts with a pretty strong presence of bready malts and then the hops come. Lots of citrus including notes of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango, and lemon. Also some pine resin and hints of honey add to the sweetness. The citrus hop presence is strong but really smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, slightly oily and very smooth.

Overall: A very good IPA that is very forward on citrus hops but light on the overall bitterness.

Photo of kingjames1
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive, warm apricot, hazy with "floaties," and a thick white, fluffy head. Very nice. The smell is very appealing - grapefruit, orangeblossom, and pine resin. Taste is delicious. I think this may be somewhat aged, as the hop profile seems a bit muted. The citrus is light and tingley, with a sweet, syrupy honey swimming beneath. It is complex, balanced, and immensely enjoyable. This is a great pale ale.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip; golden, slightly off-clear, with a moderate white head that fades into a cap of foam after a bit, with lovely lacing.
Smell is juicy fresh dank hops, not very fruity or piney, just...hops. Almost more like a pale ale than an IPA.
Taste is crackery malt underneath hops; herbal bitterness preceded by some tame citrus flavors and subdued pine.
Mouthfeel is wet and thin.
Overall, I may have gotten a slightly old bottle, considering this was a wet hop IPA and it tastes like a pale ale. But it's still delicious and refreshing.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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