Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 966
Hads: 3,878
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 3.81%
Wants: 375
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 dasenebler
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Founders Harvest Ale
12oz. packaged 10/4/12

Pours a chill-hazed pale orange. Small head, not much retention. Decent lacing. (3.5)

Aroma is pungent and hoppy, yet soft. A bit muddled, perhaps not as fresh as it was intended to be drunk. Grass, earth, citrus, touch of tropical fruit and also some dankness. (4)

Flavor is really hoppy. Rindy citrus interacts with plenty of bitterness. Orangey and piney, along with some juicy fruitiness. This is a well-executed beer for showcasing fresh hops. Malts are pale, light and simply supporting here, which helps create a dry and refreshing IPA. Mouthfeel is resinous and slick, but darn-near flat. Halfway through the drink there's hardly any carb left. (4.5, 2)

I'm really digging this beer, but why is it so under-carbonated? Drinkability and flavor are excellent, though the aroma and overall hop character would come through much more if there were some decent carbonation. More bubbles would make this beer an absolute knock-out IPA. (4) (997 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.95/5  rDev -6%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Slightly hazy, bright yellow body with a small white head

S - Nice big hoppy aroma. Mostly citrus hoppy goodness with a hint of tropical notes and maybe some pine.

T - Follows the aroma closely. Nice citrusy hop flavors with a solid malt backbone. Finishes with a nice mix of pine and a smooth malty taste

M - medium bodied, fairly high carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable, enjoyable brew. Reminds me more of a IPA than an APA. Worth drinking for sure but I wouldn't go nuts trying to get it. (558 characters)

Photo of muskabeatz
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden, orange with a small head. Dissapates quickly but leaves good lacing behind.

S- Floral and citrus hop aromas, with some fruity undertones.

T- Very crisp, unrestrained hop flavor, with a hint of fruityness blended with the citrus and pine. Fades to an almost woody aftertaste with only a hint of malt at the beginning.

M- Medium body with lively carbonation. Thins out a bit on the finish.

D- I find founders to make some of the most drinkable brews around, and this one makes this one surely makes the cut. However, I don't think this one's quite good enough to become one of my favorites... (605 characters)

Photo of soughtbygod
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a light slightly clouded amber with a white two finger head

the smell is not that awesome all i get is a little oat slight hop maybe some banana

taste is almost like a wheat IPA, i have heard this compared to wet and i think wet smashes this beer by far for the hop lover it definitely has a good hop after taste, but the forward hop presence is not available

mouthfeel is up there with the best of them so smooth and creamy really surprised for an IPA

it a good beer. (488 characters)

Photo of surlytheduff
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear crisp golden/orange, with a short white head and plenty of bubbles racing upwards.

Really focused grapefruit citrus scent. Very fresh smelling.

The grapefruit carried over into the taste. Nice hop presence, but certainly not too pronounced.

Felt crisp and nicely carbonated. Medium bodied, and went down very smoothly. Could definitely see a four pack of these go down probably too quickly in a single sitting. (427 characters)

Photo of muttyd
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange/straw body with a thin white head that slowly fades away into a faint ring. Earthy, grapefruit/piney hops dominate the aroma. Some caramel/citrusy sweetness. Caramel malts and spicy hop flavor both well balanced. Slightly oily, astringent, and bitter. Excellent representation of the style - big bold flavors, yet still very drinkable. (342 characters)

Photo of dgugliuzza
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very fresh...bottled on 9/22/11

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip

Golden yellow in appearance with one inch thick snow white head. Smooth and fluffy. Very few bubbles. Great head retention.

Smells of fresh piney hops. Leafy and sweet up front followed by resin bitterness. Hint of lemongrass. Finishes with a nice malt backbone.

Piney and resiny hops saturate the palate. Sticky sweet in the middle. Crisp bitter finish. Fantastic wet hop profile. The freshness really shines through.

Light to medium mouthfeel that goes down smooth. Just enough carbonation. Easy to quaff.

This is an outstanding example of a wet hopped ale. It's piney, resiny and really fresh. There is just enough malt to balance out the hops, but don't be fooled, the hops are the main attraction. Some citrusy tones would have really put this beer over the top. As it stands it is well worth seeking out. (886 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. A big, foamy white head with great retenion is present. Aroma is of fresh citrus and floral hops and a faint biscuity malt in the background.

Loads of sharp citrusy hops. There is some lemon, a bit of grapefruit, and fresh orange pulp. There is a bit of toasted malt in there as well. Not much.

Mouthfeel is ok. This beer was way over cabonated at first though it seemed to fade to an acceptable level. Pretty solid APA, but Ive had better. (479 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby. The beer is an oranged straw color with a 3 finger white head over top that is maintained by a massive stream of bubbles in the brew. The clarity on this one is moderate at best. The aroma is full of dank citrusy hop that are tempered by an orange fruityness and a spicy pepperyness. The caramel is towards the back in this one and the green quality is not apparent. The flavor is a little less hoppy than expected. The first flavor to hit is a vegetative citrus hop with an earthy bite to it. The orange and light caramel come through in the finish. This one just feels a little wanting to me, which is in stark contrast to the tap version I had last year. Moutfeel is moderate with a very light carbonation. Overall, this one is very drinkable with pretty good flavor. The mouthfeel is a little light on carbonation making it just a little less active than I was hoping. I know it is too early for this one to be on the down slope, but it just feels like it is not all it is meant to be. Don't get me wrong, it is good, but nothing like the tap version from last year or the previous harvest ale from another company I just sampled. (1,148 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes on 2013 version (7.6% ABV), one month from bottling, on which review scores are based:

Slight haze, more of an amber color. Head is about two fingers high and leaves a very nice crown of lace. Aroma is grassy and "grapefruity" overall, without much in the way of tropical citrus notes. Fresh and floral, but not all that vibrant. This is a significant regression from my experience with last year's version, and the aroma can be described as nothing more than "nice."

Flavor remains predominantly dry and hop-focused, though it does seem like the malt backbone is more robust. It treads in a neutral ground between puckering bitterness, malty sweetness, and fruity/estery. It's simultaneously well-balanced and a bit lacking in character. Mouthfeel remains excellent. I'm finding it hard to score this review -- Harvest Ale 2013 is still a very good IPA, but it's falling well short of my recollection of previous years. I recommend picking up a 4-pack, but don't pick up any more (as I did) without trying it first.

Notes on 2012 version (6.5% ABV) from 11/19/2012:
Slightly hazy, straw colored. Kind of an uninspiring head with only splotchy lacing. Fortunately, things only get better. Wonderfully fresh hop aromas of citrus and resiny pine. Swirl the glass, take a whiff, and grapefruit rind becomes more apparent. One of the most aromatic IPAs I've had. Sharp bitterness greets the tongue, leading to a pithiness and dryness on the finish. 70 IBUs sounds about right. The malt body is well in the background, light and cracker-like. Bitter citrus rind and some resin are at the forefront. Mouthfeel hits all the right notes with respect to carbonation and hop oils. Having tried this, my enthusiasm for Sierra Nevada Celebration is admittedly dulled a bit - Founders Harvest truly showcases the beauty of fresh, wet hops. (1,835 characters)

Photo of ChiPool
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10/4/12; Consumed & reviewed on 10/24/12.

S: Juicy, citrus hop aroma. Doesn't knock me out, but is present.

A: Lighter than I expected. Transparent, strawberry blonde color with not a ton of
head. The head that is here dissapates quickly.

T: Well above average; Juicy hop presence with lingering bitterness. The 70 IBUs are
well represented. A slight grainy malt presence detected as the last sip lingers.

M: Pretty thin; moderate amount of carbonation.

O: Pretty solid: glad that I tried it. Like drinking Double Trouble Light...Single Trouble?
Closest comparison: Revolution Anti Hero IPA, or really fresh Gumballhead. (640 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a pale copper, cloudy, with a massive, off-white, big-bubbled rocky head.

Nose is still a bit green, resiny, citrus on top. Some pale malt peeking through from underneath.

Taste starts with a solid, biscuity, lightly sweet pale malt foundation underneath, with some nice leafy, resiny pine on top. Dry; hop note seems just a bit acidic. Finish is lightly bitter, with an exhale that carries both the biscuity malt and the green, though now slightly faded, hop note with it. Well balanced, though at this point, this one is probably past its prime. Nonetheless, still very drinkable, and a solid effort several months after its release. Would beat many a fresh APA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit oily. (750 characters)

Photo of mattgreger
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours with a bit of a hazy, golden color with a about a 1 inch off white head, that doesn't really last, but does leave a small ring of foam that laces slow down the glass as you take each sip.

The aroma consist of a bunch of different items. The front of this brew is a citris hops, piney, grass smell that just fills the nose. There is a bit of a maltiness at the close that wholesome biscut like smell.

The flavor of this brew is very much like the aromas that it give off. The front of this beer has the citris hop flavors, especially some grapefruit and some other citrisy flavors are present. There is also that piney/grassy flavor that give its a nice dry flavor as wel. The finish is great, and hearty with the malts that give it a nice biscut kind of flavor.

This brew is medium bodied. The hop oils give this brew a nice finish as it coats your mouth. This is a perfect example of a wet-hopped brew. The hops make this brew amazing.

This is a very drinkable brew. The 6.5% ABV might shy a few away, but for those hop heads out there, this is a great brew and session beer for many. Another great brew by Founders. (1,137 characters)

Photo of biglobo8971
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pub glass. Poured kind of lazily, no head, with very little lacing. Poured a pale yellow with just a tinge of orange. Smell is of hops with a slight sweetness to it. The taste is very pleasant, nice and hop forward, with a slight citrus sweetness to it. Easy to drink, very easy, one of the more impressive qualities of this beer.
Overall, a very solid offering. Trying to compare it to Surly Wet due to a recent thread, but both beers stand apart on their own merit. will enjoy this beer several times in the next couple of days. (556 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 9/30/2014 and served in a tulip pint. Pours a translucent gold with a loose, 1/8th inch, bright white head that quickly dissipates into a froth towards the edges. Nose expresses grapefruit, floral notes and a hint of spice. Taste consistent with nose; however, hops presence is a bit subdued. There's also a pleasant malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with an even, lightly crisp carbonation and minimal acidity. Overall, a decent wet hop beer, but I was expecting more. (515 characters)

Photo of gmcfarre
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy light orange color with a huge, billowing head that becomes very rocky with time. Lacing is terrific. Something I expect from Duvel, not necessarily a wet-hopped pale ale.

S - Not quite as overwhelming as many fresh-hopped ales, but the scent is still pleasant and refreshing. Grapefruit and citrus are dominant, with a touch of pine flavor. Mild sweetness.

T - Starts with a touch of chewy sweetness that is quickly enveloped by the fruity & bitter hop flavor. As with smell, grapefruit and pine come to mind, with perhaps a hint of bubblegum. Great bitter finish that doesn't overpower.

M - Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Good bitter & dry finish that doesn't cloy too heavily.

D - Terrific flavor and a moderate alcohol means a pleasant drinking experience. Certainly worth picking up. (874 characters)

Photo of Jmoore50
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is golden with a half finger white head. The color is almost yellow, but the clarity is very good. Leaves a light spider lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is of sugary grapefruit hops.

The taste is of light fruity hops paired with a bit of ABV. There is almost no malt characteristic in this at all and could probably do with having a bit more backbone.

Nice oily mouthfeel with perfect carbonation.

The drinkability is good, not very heavy on the mouthfeel and hoppy enough to be very enjoyable. This is very good and would be a good one to have a little fresher. This was bottled in August, so a bit fresher would do it some justice.

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Photo of MrOH
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: thick white head that recedes fairly quickly, golden straw color, nice lacing

Smell: slight funk, followed by grassy lemon, orange, and grapefruit

Taste: grassy, orange, biscuit, touch of funk, nice firm bitterness that holds it all together and sticks with it, but is never overpowering

Mouthfeel: nice effervesence, medium bodied, slightly sticky tactile feel is scrubbed away by firm bitterness

Drink: yes please

Great except for the funk. I'm guessing they use Simcoe/Summit? Maybe Michigan grown "C" hops have that character as well. Other than that, a beer that if it was cheaper and more readily available, I'd drink the fuck out of it. (660 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy and golden orange in color with a an even, soapy sticky layer on top.

S - Biscuity light caramel malt, pine, spicy orange rind and lemons with delicate pineapple aroma. Overall, the aroma is a little faded.

T - Sweet, light biscuity malt up front, light fruit rinds: pineapple, orange, lemon peel, and sweet grapefruit. The hops dominate this beer from start to end and finishes with a lingering coating of bitter fruit rind that's a little peppery. Eventually, there's a floral character that surfaces.

M - Medium body with enough carbonation to prickle the tongue before turning to a creamy finish.

O - Very enjoyable, still drinking well, and I'm kicking myself for being lazy and not pursuing this beer closer to its release. (751 characters)

Photo of hoody711
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thought this was new but apparently not. Found on my search for Broo Doo.

A - from the bottle. Pours light orange/yellow into a tulip. The head is meager - 1 fingerbreadth, settles quickly. Not exactly clear but nothing floating around in there. Lacing is nice - not huge, but good.

S - some nice sweet fruitiness. Bready maltiness in there as well. Somewhat underwhelming, but my expectations were probably way too high.

T - fantastically balanced. Hop bombiness that doesn't scorch off your tongue but packs plenty of punch. It knows its place though, and lets the malt have a say as well. There's some resin in there too.

M - way too easy to drink. Silky smooth and carbonated just right. Crisp and refreshing for a heavier beer. A little chewy at the end if you decide not to swallow (not recommended).

O - it's good. Founders, being who they are, set my expectations way too high. A really solid beer, but I can't put it in the 95-96 range that it has on BA. Definitely worth a shot. (993 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a brilliant gold with less than a finger of white head. Massive piney hop aroma, almost too "green". Some bready malt in the aroma as it warms. Big hop profile in the flavor. Bursting with hop presence. More pine along with citrus. A bit vegetal however. Very drying hop finish. Lighter side of medium bodied. If you are looking for a blast of fresh hop flavor, this is your beer. (424 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10/3/13

A: Pours an apricot orange colored body. Appears very heavily carbonated. Bright white, dense, pillowy head. The retention is awesome and sticky lacing clings to the glass well.

S: Piney hops dominate the initial waft. Citrus peel bitterness. Oranges. Grapefruit. A small hint of mango.

T: Sweet lemons and oranges initially, followed by strong, dank, pine. Sharp bitter bite in the finish - I was actually surprised the IBUs wasn't higher.

M: Oily. Medium Body. High carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Another stellar offering from Founders. In my top five of all the "wet-hop" brews I've tried. (620 characters)

Photo of Pellinore1
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bottle pours a slightly hazy orange into a pint glass, leaving about a finger of white head. This fades, leaving a little lacing.

The aroma is all hops. Citrus and floral notes are most present.

The flavor begins with fruity, floral hops, and just a touch of malt sweetness. As these fade to the back, a clinging, hoppy bitterness is left on the tongue.

This is a fairly smooth, light to medium-bodied beer.

The first was certainly enjoyable, but I wouldn't be following it up with another right away. It isn't quite balanced enough for me to think of it as an especially drinkable beer. (595 characters)

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