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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

967 Reviews
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Reviews: 967
Hads: 3,882
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 380
Gots: 341 | 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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Reviews: 967 | Hads: 3,882
Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Demitriustown
Pours cloudy orange with a bright white medium sized head. Smell is sweet orange and caramelly malt with a lively citrusy and fresh hop character. Taste is a bit of a muted, dull, malt with a citrusy orange like hop character. Mouthfeel was about average, and neither thin nor thick. Pleasant and mild hop flavor and bitterness overall. Nice, but I'm unable to tell that this is a fresh hop beer, and don't get that spicy, tingly hop flavor I get in some others. Still, a quality beer that I really enjoyed and am glad I got to try. Thanks for the awesome bonus, Andrew! (603 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby bottle with a cool looking up close drawing of a heart shaped hop bud. Off to the left and right of the bumpy heart shaped hop bud is where you'll find all the mandatory US information. It's on the small neck label where you can find the IBU level (70) and the ABV % (6.5%).

As soon as I poured this beer into my Bell's pint glass, up rises like a cloud of smoke one fluffy 2 inch pure white head of foam. This cotton white head of foam had great retention that left behind small blots of lace and a 1/4 of an inch milky white film. Under this white film was a hazy and bright lemon meringue yellow colored beer. This beer was so damn hazy that I couldn't even see the shadows of my fingers on the other end of the glass. It's one of those beers that you have to see to believe.

The hops in the aroma had that wet tea leaf aroma to them. The hops weren't all that bitter or sweet. Backing up the wet hops was a splash of lemon peel and the scent of sweet grapefruit. There was no sign of the malt backbone in the aroma. Did it need the malt backbone? It could have helped.

This beer started off crispy with a touch of lemon and then the hops kicked in. These hops were mildly hoppy and of the citrus variety. This hoppy taste didn't last all that long and then the hops gave way to the sweet grapefruit. I hate to say it, but that was it for the taste. There was no sign of the malts in the taste either. Did the taste need the malts? Like the aroma, it could have helped.

This was a medium bodied APA with crispy carbonation and a mild hoppy aftertaste of citrus hops and a gentle touch of lemon peel.

Because this beer had "Founders" on the label, I had high hopes for this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but a little more hops would do this beer justice. (1,791 characters)

Photo of Harnkus
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Brewed a few weeks ago, so fresh.

Poured into a snifter. Gold gold. Good head. Nice retention. High clarity. Beer is cold and looks warm.

Nice bright hop notes of citrus with a good bit of malt sweetness poking through. Many would call out "tropical" and "mango", but I'll call it what it is. Grapefruit and pine.

For 7.6% this drinks rather rough. By no means the sort you can gulp in refreshment. Neverthless the flavors are not well wrapped, and by that I mean there isn't a great sense of harmony between the wet hops and the nice malt sweetness. They seem to be isolated. Alcohol is not well hidden in my opinion.

Good beer. Doesn't hold a candle to its lower ABV version (6.5% or 6.7%...can't recall) from a few years back. Like Green Flash, Founders seems too erect over high ABVs. There was no reason to turn up the dial on this. I guess they felt it justified the higher price point.

Still, at 10.99 a four pack, and while I don't love it, I'll happily finish them off this week. (993 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear, pretty light-colored golden with 2 fingers of dense, white head.

S-Smells of dank grapefruit and pine notes with a bit of pineapple and some light sweet malt.

T-Grapefruit and pine notes with a tiny bit of light malt notes.

M-Dry and light bodied with moderate, prickly carbonation with a light feel.

D-I like my IPA's with a bit more body to them. This one definitely showcases the hops but I feel that it loses the complexity as the malt is barely there. (477 characters)

Photo of colt45n
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy tangerine orange that is nice and deep. Has a light beige bubble head with a little lacing.

Smells strongly of citrus hops, almost as if oranges were placed directly into the beer. Delicious!

Pleasantly filled with citrus hops that are in the forefront and hang on for the ride on through the aftertaste.

Medium body with light carbonation but is very smooth.

Quite drinkable. It was nice to experience an autumn beer with some good hops. (457 characters)

Photo of Dubbercody
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received in trade, thanks to crazynelson.

White fluffy giant head, golden yellow color that gives of scents of grass, citrus and sweetness. Taste is both hoppy and refreshing. Enjoyable, always interesting fresh hop beers. Always makes me think of how lucky I am to live in fresh hop land. (298 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a fairly clear straw yellow color. There was a small white head and it left some lacing. The aroma is a bit milder. Some malts, citrus and earthy hops, and slightly musty. The taste is good. Nice malt body. Somewhat tart/bitter flavor. Some pine and lemon hops. Nice. (304 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like orange zest and sweet honey.
T: It tasted like sweet honey malt and bitter citrus zest, with a little waxy hops. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent IPA, but the scent and taste weren't delicious and the body was a little weak. Very clean finish, so very easy to drink. Nice session beer, but not otherwise impressive. (469 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of pale golden coloring. It holds a two finger head of massive, cakey white bubbles. This shows excellent retention, leaving sticky, spidery lacing down the sides of the glass. Carbonation appears moderate, and while no sediment is noted, light constellations of haze swirl about the glass. The aroma hits hard with fat grapefruit and floral hops. Sweetness comes from fruit of pineapple and lightly toasted pale malts. There is a metallic twinge, with creamy lactics and phenolic plastics once warmed. The booze seeps out late, along with a deepening of the hops to a resiny, earthy bitterness. Our first impression is that while the beginning is a bit muted, the finish is robust with pucker. From the nose you would also expect a much sweeter drink. As we sip, phenolic plastics and bright resiny hops start things off. These are fleeting when sipped quickly, but flourish to a greenstick, resiny bitterness of earthen hops and minerals when held in the mouth to linger. The middle peaks with washed pale malts, and a thin wheatiness, with bite from alcohol and more of those phenols. The hops come in full through the end, with raw, herbal, earthy, piney, resiny, bittering bite and pucker. There is light bready toast to blend, but this is minimal. The aftertaste breathes of herbal hops, oily resin, mineral, metallic yeast, peppery booze, and muddy pale malts. The body is airy and medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. There is lightness to the slurp, smack, cream, and froth, and the feel is thin on the sip. The mouth is left cooled, with little coating. There is an eventual astringent dryness, with significant pucker from the bitterness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. There was such a floral blend of hops, with earth and citrus, while sweetness and light malts came in to cut and balance. This left the drinker feeling light and airy, and excited to sip. This was, however, disappointing. The flavoring was relatively one-dimensional, with huge, raw bitterness from start to finish. While this gave nice robustness to the palate, it really washed away many of the other balancing aromatics. The feel was equally as thin, and felt a little cheap off the lip, taking away further from the experience. (2,323 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a solid darkish gold. Head is bright-white with minimal retention. Drops to a small collar and spotty cap. Some splotches of lacing. Slight carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit. Zest and rind with a mild pithy finish. Big and juicy tangerine/grapefruit. Vaguely sweet with some floral edges,. Malts run light and slightly bready. A bit dank with some mint thrown on top. Some biscuity notes as well. Nice fresh hop aromas take the forefront.

Taste: Juicy fleshy fruit. Tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Nice fresh hop flavors. Some oily bitterness coupled with pine and some weed. A bit of fruity sweetness. Malts carry some pale malt sweetness with some biscuit and dough thrown in the mix. Hops are a bit leafy with a slight bitterness. Hop dominate with a big juicy fresh hop smack.

Mouthfeel: Minimal to moderate carbonation on a medium body. Relatively clean with a slick feel upfront.

Overall: Try not to lose the crop.

A solid fresh hop beer. Lacks a little in the overall drinkability department and misses a bit on the malts, but the hops are mighty tasty. Definitely worth picking up a 4-pack/year at minimum. (1,176 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of bret27. Pours golden with an orange tinge and a wet, frothy, white head. Aroma is bright and tropical, with very mild cattiness (Simcoe?), oranges, and herbs. Flavor really isn't as hoppy as the aroma, some citrus notes but not much else. There is still a medium bitterness that lingers awhile. Body is light but not thin, carbonation is soft, finish is dry. (377 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Massive mountainy full white head... Golden straw color... Highly translucent... Tons of chaotic dancing carbonation... Sediment, I'm assuming hops, sinks to the bottom of the glass (a first for me in a Pale Ale)... Incredible rings of lace coat the glass throughout the session...

S - Fresh and inviting... Sweet citrus... Limes, oranges, and grapefruit... Piney hops... Fairly simple and straight forward... Potent... Intoxicating...

T - Biscuit... Hops... Malt... Flour... Hints of spice... Fairly well balanced, but uninspired and slightly disappointing given the appearance and scent...

M - Beer struggles to break thru the massive head... Thin... Smooth... Refreshing...

D - Fresh and enjoyable... Very easy to enjoy... Sessionable even at 6.1% ABV... Looks great, but above average in all other respects... Not a classic, but definatley a brew I'd enjoy in the (879 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/2/13.

Appearance: Golden honey with a bit of haze. Off-white cap of suds.

Aroma: Bread with bright citrus.

Taste: Starts with a rush of earthy bitterness that's not quite as harsh as the 70 IBUs would imply. I expected the hop character to be very juicy and citrusy but it's much more earthy with some pine. The malt undertone throughout each sip is toasty and balances well with the hops. The finish is a little weak/watery and the aftertaste is mostly gritty hop bitterness. I'd call this one a little lacking in flavor for 7.6% ABV even though there is some alcohol on the back end.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body and never feels thick or heavy. Average carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: So not the best wet-hop beer out there but worth a try fresh. Unfortunately the citrus in the aroma didn't manifest in the flavor. It's hard to knock a beer when it doesn't have any noticeable flaws but this one just didn't do it for me. At least it was reasonably priced. Would I drink it again? Maybe. (1,028 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours crystal clear and golden into my DFH glass. Nice chunks of bright white sticky lacing hang on here and there for a nice spider web appearence. Really nice carbonation.

S- Nice and citrusy! Fresh orange segments and pink grapefruit peel. It has a subtle buttery biscuit graininess and a hint of sweetness lying underneath. A touch of basil, mint and freshly fallen pine needles. Nothing over the top, nicely put together.

T- Nice pink grapefruit/tangerine citrus bite. Some subtle sweetness and lightly toasted whole grain breadiness. Picking up some pine as it warms. This has plenty of citrus, but it really plays well with the light malts letting them in to add just a hint of sweetness. Notes of lemon, basil, white pepper and mint along with all that tangy citrus in the finish.

M- Dry and crisp with a nice bitter citrus finish that lets in more sweetness than overbearing, mouthstripping hops.

O- I think "Decent" best describes this brew. Very well done and subtle. Absolutely nothing wrong with it, but it's not really a beer to brag about having. Still wishing we had a 1/4 point rating system for reviews. This is probably more of a 3.85 than a 3.5. (1,175 characters)

Photo of klewis
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label lists ABV at 6.5%

A: Pours a murky golden with a huge Duvel-like head. Lots of sustain and lacing.

S: Lots of nice citrusy hops aromas with a subtle not-so-nice solventy Pine-Sol aroma. Overall, decent.

T: A strong grapefruit taste, as if juice were added. Over-the-top hop flavor with plenty of bitterness to boot.

M: Medium-bodied with a fairly aggressive carbonation. Super dry and leaves the mouth feeling parched.

D: Subtlety is not what this beer is about when it comes to hops. It's not bad, but to my palate, some more balance would benefit this beer greatly. (578 characters)

Photo of cvfish
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden color that retained ok and left some lace

S - Bitter citrus, pine needles

T - Slight malty, tons of hoppy bitterness, with some citrus and pine flavors

M - Light carbonation, moderate body

D - This was a good beer, didn't quite balance out for my extreme tastes, but still a good beer (323 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Corsendonk chalice on Xmas Eve.

Not a great looking ale, this beer pours with rather small head, despite a vigorous pour, and looks a bit thin. The head is durable, however, and the glass ends up nicely decorated with sticky lacing.
The aroma is strongly hoppy, with fruity, floral, spruce and herbal hop elements. Likewise the flavor is a complex mix of hoppy elements with only a faint malt base. The malt is certainly in here, however, because the flavor is only moderately bitter, even in the finish. The flavor is better, and less piney, than the aroma. A sessionable yet strong IPA. (616 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear pale golden hue with a thin off-white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing.

Very sharp and fruity hops, with a good amount of grapefruit and pineapple.

The hops seem to disappear from the flavor, very surprising considering the aroma. The hops are more tea-like, sitting on top of a sweet bread-like malt base. Full bodied, low carbonation.

I've got 3 more of these. I was hoping for something better and if one of the others deliver that I'll update this review. (517 characters)

Photo of
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. Thanks to Alexgash for the opportunity!

Hazy, dark yellow fluid. Very small head, what little exists appears to be off-white in color. Beer is very still. Bit of legs, no lacing.

Very hoppy aroma, pine & citrus (lemon). Some grapefruit as it warms a bit.

Taste is more bitter than sweet, with pine and citrus taking center stage. Crackery middle. Touch of sweetness as it warms up. Spicy finish.

Medium in body. Low carbonation. Dry.

Overall, like the flavor, but carbonation needed to be picked up a bit. I have a second bottle to try, and I will see if that is any different. Not bad, but plenty of other nice, hoppy ales out there. (653 characters)

Photo of otto251068
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westmalle goblet.

Appearance: A very hard pour delivers on a fingers worth of a khaki colored head. It doesn't last long however, a ring of dense foam remains around the glass, with a sparse, paper thin, spotty layer of foam in the middle. The beer itself is a nice gold color which lets a lot of light through. No sediment, very clean.

Smell: Major hop aroma. A hint of marijuana? A fresh cut grassy smell, kind of an "outdoors" aroma. More and more hops. The smell has a citrusy bite to it.

Taste: Bitterness. The bitterness comes from the overwhelming hop presence and some grapefruit as well. There is also quite a bit of pine. There is a touch of malt in the middle for a little balance. As the beer warms a little more sweetness comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. The beer seems a little "sticky" and "syrupy." I do enjoy the level of carbonation.

Overall: Just too much hops for me to enjoy more than one of these in a night. The hops do fade as the drink warms. That being said, I did enjoy the one I drank. (1,079 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a wide flute

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with three fingers of white foam. Retention and lacing are superb.

S: Lots of fresh hops - I get peach, citrus, and grapefruit. A hint of pine, but this aroma is dominated by fruity hops. I get some bready malts and a hint of caramel sweetness behind the hops, but the aroma is much more hop forward than malt forward, as expected for the style.

T: Hops are also most dominant in the flavor - I get peach and grapefruit again, but now there is also a decent amount of pine hop flavor as well. The hop bitterness is moderate to high for the style, but certainly not over the top. Malt flavor is bready and a tad stronger than the aroma would let on, but I don't get much sweetness at all.

M: Medium bodied with inadequate carbonation. Given the appearance of this beer, I'm surprised by how flat it tastes.

O: The aroma of this beer is tremendous - tons of fresh hops. However, the flavor doesn't quite pack the same punch as I was expecting from the aroma. Also, the lack of carbonation is distracting. (1,075 characters)

Photo of Jammies
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a pale orangish yellow with a very thin layer of foam that settles and then lingers in the center of the glass

S-extremely citrusy with minimal hints of a grassy odor

T-very hoppy and bitter. The tongue goes a little dry as the beer rolls down the throat.

M-watery. the bitterness is a bit overwhelming and actually puckers my mouth.

O-I would recommend a glass of water to accompany this one because of the bitter hops. Pretty good beer, I would buy again. (469 characters)

Photo of nhindian
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As the Fall seasons winds down, what better way to watch the leaves change and temperature cool with a fresh, Harvest ale.

A - True to the brewery's description, Harvest pours a pale gold, with light orange highlights. Builds a rather flat 2 fingered head that lasts as a little cap for almost the whole beer. Absolutely insane amounts of carbonation rising from the glass. A pretty moderate amount of lacing.

S - Smell is actually a bit more mild than I would've expected. Heavy notes of citrus with the pine and hops taking a backseat. The fruits really dominate the nose and next comes a flowery lightness, then pine. Relatively smooth blended and refreshing.

T - However, the taste is completely reversed. This beer really does have a bitter profile. Bitter in front, bitter in back. In between, though, is where this beer shines. Lemon, grapefruit, orange, and freshly cut grass welcome the mouth after the initial bitterness, but not content with the early exit, the bitterness comes back with a vengeance soon after. It's a shame, really, as the fruit and floral are the best part of this beer, but are too short-lived to make a big impact.

M - Mouthfeel is pleasant. The head actually lends a creamy characteristic which is welcome and unusual in the style, but helps contrast with the bitterness. Heavily carbonated throughout.

D - Drinkability is moderate. I am left wondering how great this beer would be if the bitterness were turned down a bit, because as of now, the bitterness really detracts from the beer's drinkability. Alcohol is hidden well, and the flavors are spot on. (1,595 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this offering from Founders is a golden tone with a bright white head. It has a nose of lemon, pine and some subdued hops. While the taste has some spices such as sage and cloves. The citrus hops are also present, with more lemon and some grapefruit. MF is medium with a lower carbonation level. All in all, a pretty good beer, but not one of my favorites from these guys out of Michigan. (406 characters)

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark-golden beer, ever-so-slight haze. Off-white-yellow head, frothy & light; sustained nicely, at lowest as a thin, consistent layer.

S-Earthy-pepper-herbal hoppiness, slightly planty.

T-Herbal-resiny hops with a grass aspect to it. Bitterness is assertive, adequately out-showing the bready-sweet malt base.

M-Moderate body, lighter side actually. Carbonation is an easy, medium-light level.

D-Pretty drinkable, but the distinct hop flavors may dissuade some imbibers. (517 characters)

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 967 ratings.