Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 966
Hads: 3,878
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 375
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 blackcompg
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours 2 fingers of off-white eggshell foam, body is a lightly hazed bright golden yellow, keeping a solid eggshell cap and foam rings after each quaff.

Smell - Wonderful fresh hops, lightly candied citrus, tropical, papaya, pineapple and light pine - and nice floral aromas, smells fantastic. A great nose that will mesmerize, and grab you long before you lift the glass for a quaff...

Taste - This beer is very floral forward and very juicy, hops are mostly floral and beginning semi-sweet with a bitter and lightly dry aspirin like finish, also light citrus rinds with lots of pith, tropical flavors are light and slightly sweet in the back and then transform into dry fruitskins and peach pit bitterness and dryness. Finishes clean and dry with dried fruit pits, but leave bright bursts of tropical fruits in the mouth corners.

Mouthfeel - This is about a medium mouthfeel, mostly from the boldness of flavors vs. a weighted feel, carb is medium and smooth at first but still provides some palate scrub and some really nice bright sharp edges along the sides of the tongue. Just begs the next sip.

Overall - This beer is all about complexity and balance. There's really alot going on here, and it's all very very good - hops are mostly floral, with plenty of citrus and tropical without being overly sweet. The flavors are so bold and organic, it's hard not to want to gulp this beer, as it's just so deliciously juicy and yet dry mid-palate... find and drink this fresh, a must try. (1,503 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, 6.5% ABV, into a pint glass.

Appears a slightly hazy golden color with a light orange tint and a three inch thick white head that forms a huge mountain that goes over the rim of the glass. After a few minutes it settles down a bit so I can take a sip. Ends up leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is just bursting with fresh hop aroma. Lots of orange and grapefruit type citrus tones with a bit of pine and floralness to it as well. Beneath the hop explosion lies a nice sweet caramel malt backing.

Taste is just as good as the aroma. Huge citrus hops at first followed by a little dose of sweet caramel malts, with a bit of pine coming in later. Some of the signature grassy wet hop flavor as well makes this delectable. The finish hoppy finish that lingers just makes you want to drink more.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a good level of carbonation to make it have the perfect amount of crispness while keeping it relatively smooth.

This is one of the best wet-hopped IPAs that I've ever tasted. If only hops could be harvested and made into wet hop ales all year long. (1,110 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/04/12; Consumed 10/12/12

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with a fingers worth of sticky white head

S: Loads of citrusy hops jump out as the bottle is opened. Also get a light crackery maltiness, but this is a hop bomb

T: Again, dominated by fresh, juicy, citrusy hops. A light spiciness from the alcohol and crackery malts, but again, this is a hop bomb

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly oily

O: This is a nice juicy hop bomb full of citrus goodness. Not too bitter, so the hops show off their full flavor and not just their bittering ability. Very hard to find, so definitely pick it up if you can find it (645 characters)

Photo of rodrjf
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a pint during the 5th Annual Harvest Celebration at Founders yesterday. The first one I had was on tap.
A: Opaque orangey glow with a nice full head.
S: Very strong citrus and hops aroma, not over powering.
T: Lots of hop flavor but not overpowering, good balance with the malt and citrus.
M: Mild, not an overpowering carbonation
D: good very enjoyable

It was gravity dispensed b/c the hand pull was not working properly. Same as tap but I felt it was a lot smoother, I think I was a little on the warm side which helped in tasting all the different flavors. I enjoyed it much more from the cask than tap. (627 characters)

Photo of CraftAle
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at brewpub. Wonderful grapefruit and grass smell and taste. Light brown in color. Lighter and sharper than IPA, with thinner body. This they should bottle! $3.50/pint or $5 including glass is reasonable. Limited time release and not available in bottles. (261 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/04/2012, poured into a perfect pint glass. About a finger of white head disappears within a couple of minutes, leaves some lacing on the glass, not much. Color is a nice blend of light golden orange, some haze to it, but relatively clear; holds light well. Aroma at first introduces mild grapefruit and floral notes, but balances out with more a more mellow earthiness to it. I also get a bit of malt character. Taste is superb. It's like a much more hoppy All Day IPA, with added ABV. Mild hop flavors, sweetness, and well, no dry finish. Small amount of malt in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is very pleasant, even refreshing, with balanced carbonation and smoothness. Overall I really like this, but what Founders don't I enjoy. I guess this in the bottom half of Founders for me, but still great. I had it on tap at a tasting back in March or so and thought it was just OK. This is much better. I tend to enjoy Founders more in a bottle. I'll look for more of this, only grabbed two bottles last time. Cheers. (1,024 characters)

Photo of gdfan47
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

picked this up after trying weyerbacher's harverst

dug it.

very nice , little lighter and west coasty compared to other harvest i have had, 70 ibu's and you can really taste and smell the hops on the bouquet

its just a solid beer

another great beer from founders
theses guys rock, i def would check it out

only one vice , and thats with the bottle... its a screw off top... cmon founders lets go pop off.. (410 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from Capone's after hearing good things about this year's release.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with some darker, more syrupy hues of amber. Two fingers + of foamy white head has excellent retention and yields some nice lacing stick. Smells fresh; citrus, pine resin, floral hops, caramel, grainy malt, and honey. Tastes of citrus fruits like grapefruit and pineapple, along with some lemon and even a touch of pear mixing with honey, grains, and saltine crackers in the backbone. Finishes with a spicy hop kick along with pine. Medium in body with fabulous carbonation for the style. A great balance of sweet and bitter with some saltiness thrown in to keep the tongue active. Creamy yet crisp with some good lip smacking action, and really fresh tasting. After having a bottle of last year's batch last year around this time I thought it was more of a British style IPA, but this year I'm really impressed with it. Very easy to drink, tastes excellent, and could definitely be sessioned. Great stuff. (1,025 characters)

Photo of slentz
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/22. This one was elusive in the philly area so thanks to Dave for it in our recent trade. Bottle to tulip at about 50 degrees.

A: Strong pour down the center of the glass leads to a really nice two finger head comprised of very small tight bubbles. Head slowly recedes to a thin ring that stays around a while really nice lacing. The beer is a nice golden straw colored hue, slightly hazy. Looks really nice 4.5

S: Smell is super nice and reminds me of Double Trouble, perhaps they used the same yeast. The hops smell delicious, very citrusy and up front in the nose, tons of grapefruit, a bit of lemon, and somewhat grassy. Awesome smell 4.5

T: Taste is good lots of citrus as in the nose, nice bitterness, lots of piney flavors emerge as it warms. This bottle is a little older though. Would have loved to try this one super fresh. Still a damn fine beer. 4.5

M: Mouthfeel is nice leaving a nice slick feeling on the teeth from the fresh hops. 4.0

O: Overall I am really enjoying this. Just wish I got to try it super fresh. All in all a damn fine offering from Founders. 4.5 (1,093 characters)

Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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! (380 characters)

Photo of deebo
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of mjtiernan
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours golden amber, with a 1 finger white head. The aroma on this brew is huge and tropical. Pineapple and mango dominate early, with orange and grapefruit coming out slowly. There's also some brown sugar and hints of pine. I can't understate the tropical aroma here, very bold.

The taste is a smooth, even IPA experience. A lot of pine up front in the taste, the sweeter tropical notes hit about middle of the mouth with pineapple and mango. The finish has lot more going on, more on the malty side, brown sugar, apricot, honeysuckle, and more of that pine. Put it all to together and it tastes like autumn in your mouth. Even more so then a pumpkin ale.

This has one of the best feels of any IPA I've had. It's light bodied with a completely hidden ABV. Barely drying to keep you drinking. Founders always makes quality stuff, but this is several steps above quality. Price point is slightly high, but not out of this world. I will be getting more of this. (997 characters)

Photo of AmberMan22
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split a 4 pack with a buddy recently.

Pours a gleaming saffron color (maybe a little more orangey), with a 2 finger head that explodes with the scent of sweet hops. Lacing makes a wonderful spider web all the way down the glass.

Smell is better than most IPAs in my opinion, just because I like the wet-hopped idea. Say whatever you want, I just think it's more palatable.

The taste is wonderful too. Since the guy I'm splitting this with is the real hophead and I'm more of a beginner to this category, I'm glad that he likes it as well. As mentioned before, I enjoy the lower bitterness while still maintaining the great hoppy flavor. (639 characters)

Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent light golden appearance. Sticky lacing with good retention. Produces a couple finger's worth of head that quickly subside to a frothy ring and light film.

S - All hops in the smell. Hop aromas are dominated by pine and resin. Very simple and fresh aroma.

T - The palate is also dominated by the wet hop profile. The pine is counteracted by a faint hint of subtly sweet malt which works great. Lots of resin and floral notes in the finish, surprising how the bitter pine fades so nicely into the floral finish. Very simple yet tasty palate.

M - Great mouthfeel. Medium carbonation makes for a very smooth and easy drinking beer that still holds its weight. The body falls somewhere in between light and medium bodied.

O - Another solid performer from Founders. Picked up a 4-pack of this and will definitely look for another when I'm back in the US next. Too bad you can't store it, I'd love to hoard a bunch of this for summer. (947 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Founders during the 2007 Harvest Fest 10/13/07. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Cloudy, hazy, and bright gold in color. Light tan tinted head, with a lot of lace.

S: Incredible fresh hop aroma. You can smell the pungeant hops at arms length! Also detected tropical fruit and toasted malt as well.

T: Fresh, juicy, oily hops. Big time pineapple and mango. Lovely toasted malt flavor for balance. Fresh baked bread in the finish.

M: Juick, oily, and quite sticky. Hop flavors last for ages!

D: This should be illegal. (554 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange with a good white head.

S: Lots of citrus hops--very fresh.

T: Same as the nose with a lot of hops and quite a nice malt backbone.

M: Medium body with an all-around very good feel.

D: Heavily drinkable. This is an absolutely fantastic offering.

EDIT: This beer is still drinking well well after the harvest season. It's not nearly as hoppy, but there's still something utterly delicious about it--sort of a sweet bready flavor. (443 characters)

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with lefthandedrighty. Poured a cloudy blond with a white head that quickly disappeared...nice thump when popping the cap. Like most wet hop beers, this one had a fresh, grassy, spicy aroma. Quite the chewy hop nose with a spicy mouthfeel. Citrusy hop finish.

Of all the 'wet hop' beers from this season, I enjoyed this the most. Very easy drinking. (370 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering pours up a hazy gold with a thin white head and a small amount of lacing. The smell is a fairly strong floral aroma, very pleasant. Taste is a hint of sweet oranges upfront giving way to grapefruit and citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is quite nice with a decent amount of carbonation. Yet another excellent offering from Founders. (336 characters)

Photo of cnally
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, the simple and complex joys of a wet hopped ale. You never quite know what you are going to get with these.

Pours a golden yellow body and a puffy off-white head that clings incessantly.

Quite simply, the finest aroma I have ever encountered in a beer. The perfect representation of citrusy hops. This is a grapefruit/orange bomb and still maintains some decent lingering grainy background to balance well.

The citrusy hops dominate the taste at the front of the attack, hitting that aggressive acidic bitterness right up front. What is remarkable is the balance in the finish where it turns to a sweetly caramel malt, and the finish, while retaining a good portion of those hop oils, has multiple components pulling through.

The mouthfeel is just fine, even keeled, well carbonated and not too over done. Frothy and thicker for the style.

Genuine hop juice here. An outstanding effort to capture the essence of hops, while having enough malt backbone to stand on its own. Bravo. (988 characters)

Photo of myatomicpolygon
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pours into an imperial pint glass a golden orange straw color with a finger of head that quickly dissipates and leaves a good bit of lacing

Smell- I really like the smell of this one. The hops come through with notes of citrus, pine, and floral sweet goodness

Taste- the wet hops comes through in the taste...can really get the distinct citrus, floral, and grassy notes from the hops...and the bitterness comes through immediately and stays through the finish but is well balanced with a light bodied malt bill

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied with good carbonation

Drinkability- I could drink these all night long...and tomorrow night too

Overall- Another great release from Founders. I'm a big fan of the wet hopped ales and look forward to this release every fall. (785 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into chalice, creates three finger clear head

Light orange body with moderate carbonation

Taste: pine, grapefruit, herbs, medicinal, oak

Smell: wet grain, grass, pine, alcohol

Mouthfeel: perfect!

Overall, this is a winner of a beer. Grab a four pack while they still are crafting one of their greats.

I'll grab another sometime soon. (353 characters)

Photo of MikeL8755
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. marked 9/22/2011 poured into a pint glass.

A-Light hazy Orange, has a head of off white about 1.5 inches.

S-At first i had a lot of pine, with i little bit of grass. As it continues i start to get more citrus

T/MF- Spot on for me, more citrus than on the nose, i also get a little bit of apricot balanced against a soft layer of foam, Which then fades to a smooth bitter finish.

O-I think it is one of the best wet hopped ales i have had, def up there. have three left want to share with friends but just don't know if i could part with any of them. (568 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice head, straw-colored
S: great, good malt and hops, earthy
T: really good balance, malt and good fresh hop finish
M: great, well-balanced and good malt for an American Pale Ale
D: very drinkable for an American Pale Ale, I usually don't like overly hopped beers and this one is an exception (296 characters)

Photo of klaybie
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a four pack with a friend. Sadly it's gone already...

A: Pale golden with a three finger head. Great lacing down the glass.

S: Resinous and piny, everything I'd expect from a wet hop ale.

T: Wow! Piny and resinous, great citrus flavors, could be hoppier though IMO

M: Medium bodied, great mouthfeel.

O: Great beer, I can see why this sold out so quickly. (365 characters)

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