Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 966
Hads: 3,878
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 376
Gots: 340 | FT: 6
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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 biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (2,201 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (1,093 characters)

Photo of vw73182
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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 (252 characters)

Photo of tmm313
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of DavidEddie
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
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! (534 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of cameraman
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of ltjska04
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev -10%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of david131
3.78/5  rDev -10%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.78/5  rDev -10%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of juhl31
3.78/5  rDev -10%
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 (749 characters)

Photo of hawks10
3.78/5  rDev -10%
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... (969 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
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 (1,070 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (1,144 characters)

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of strykzone
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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! (652 characters)

Photo of beveragesampler
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours deep golden in color with one finger head. some lacing. smell is earhy and grapefruit. taste is prominate grapefruit with notes of citrus and a subtitle grassy hint. 6.5% ABV well hiden. Carbonation is just rite. finish is oily as to be expected, also has a medium bitterness lingering for a moment at the end. refreshing. highly limited availability. overall a very pleasant drinking experience.
Cheers!
Jake (415 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed/clouded golden with a thick fluffy white head that descends to a lasting cover. Some patches of lacing stick.

The smell is citric - esp. lemon - and floral.

The taste is floral and lemony, so lemony that there is a tartness to it. Some grapefruit is there, too, though with just a touch of bitterness. A grainy/caramelish sweetness lies underneath. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

The body is light-to-medium with airy carbonation. The airy could even be considered almost fizzy. I'm thinking that this one was overcarbonated. Possibly a production issue - possibly the way it was meant to be. Not dissatisfied, but not too thrilled with the feel on this one.

A lemony citric brew with a firm malt backbone. Not bad at all - though the feel puts a bit of a dent in the drinkability for me. (805 characters)

Photo of garcia2a
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Tom Peters over at Monks.

This tasty pours a hazy golden straw color with a large foamy white head. Some carbonation and a nice amount of sediment that deepened the color to an orange tone. Retention was very good and lacing was decent.

The bouquet has a reasonable amount of citrusy hops with lemons and oranges. There were some toasted malt undertones. The taste has decent hops that are balanced with a grassy-straw bite that finished with light heavy citrus and sweet malts. Nice bitter aftertaste.

The mouth feel is light and crisp. The carbonation really works for this beer, making easy to enjoy, while it does not fill. This will be a refreshing beer on ht days!! While I agree this is a bit tame for Founders, it is still a nice beer. Crisp, well balanced and tasty. (800 characters)

Photo of SaisonFest
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is light straw yellow in color, good in my opinion. lacing, thin cap. happy smiles.
The aroma is grassy and citrusy, and big in the flowery notes.
Flavors are clean, citrus and grapefruit lead the hop charge, beer is clean and crisp on the backend.
Mouthfeel is light, not sticky at all, i love this.

This is a really solid IPA. (335 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Stubby
$8.00 4-Pack
Founder's Taproom Fridge

7%abv

Founder's Harvest Ale poured a straw golden with good amount of sediment after my inability to properly pour. A two finger fluffy white head formed on the pour and fell rather slowly to a skimming. As the head fell it left some random lacing down the sides and generous spider webbing after each sip.

The malts coming through on the smell are of the palest varieties. Biscuity and very lightly toasted white bread. Hops are the star and show themselves as such. Grassy/earthy hops are dominant but there's a nice, although subtle, sweetened grapefruit that combine for a very appealing aroma.

Flavor goes hand in hand with the nose. The palest of malts combine with those earthy/grassy hops to make a well balanced harvest ale. The dampness (grassiness) is a little more pronounced on the tongue. For some reason this bottle seems a little more earthy than others sampled in the last few weeks.

Medium bodied with modeate carbonation. The carbonation kick starts the tongue a little as the hops leave a mild bitterness on the swallow.

Good easy drinking harvest that's both refreshing and enjoyable. Easy to enjoy a few of these in a sitting.

Another good brew from Founders. I've had quite a few of these this year and for some reason they're either hit or miss. They don't miss by much but they miss the mark of the better bottles. After my next few bottles I will update review if need be. (1,456 characters)

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.