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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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2,879 Ratings

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Ratings: 2879
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: granger10 on 10-24-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of andrewjraab


3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a golden straw yellow. Cloudy with a chance of white lace....nice retention and stick after every drink.

s - dank and resninous hops, floral, fresh, perfume.

t - lip smacking juicy fresh hops, oily, dank, resnious, piney, some malts, wet mouthfeel.

o - really nice and fresh IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 03:51:39 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of carmike813


4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looking forward to this brew... I love wet hopped ales, so fresh

Appearance - this ale is awesome, great golden hue with carbonation that flows right up the middle forming a constant head, poured at a 2 inch head with great lacing - the perfect beer to look at

Smell - not getting the overall hops in the aroma that I would expect from the head that formed, but still picking up some of the cotta notes

Taste- so well balanced with citrus blended with a malt bill - zero alcohol hint at almost 8%

This beer is outstanding and one that will be enjoyed a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 03:12:18 | More by carmike813
Photo of JohnG190

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely copper with a quickly dissipating thin white head. Nose of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine with some bready malt notes. Outstanding aroma. Bitterness throughout the palate. Grapefruit and pine are nicely balanced by a sweet malt. Finishes dry and lemony. Very smooth. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a well crafted wet hopped brew very much worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 22:05:42 | More by JohnG190
Photo of guityler83


4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A Modest half finger head with mixed bubbles formed when poured into a founders tulip glass. The beer is a matte finish looking, murkey copper to marigold color very gradiant looking.

S: Grassy orange aroma come out when poured into the glass. When swirled, im getting a bright grapefruit and citrusy hop aroma. Only a slight bready malt nose comes through the interesting hop profile of this beer.

T: Orange marmalade with over rippened grapefruit hop bitterness is firm from the get go. A very smooth, round hop flavor in this beer as apposed to some realy harsh hop bombs this one is very interesting. There is some pine that comes through in the middle along with the malty toasty flavors. The aftertaste is all orange grapefruit and lightly lemon.

M: Moderate carbonation and body. A stickey resieny mouth feel is left after a few sips.

O: I love me some wet hopped beers, only available for a short time so I get em while i can. Founder's has a winner hear.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 02:09:34 | More by guityler83
Photo of jhawth


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

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orange with a finger head that quickly dissipates to a foamy cap. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, slightly fresh-cut-grassy hop aroma.

Taste: Juicy and fruity hop notes up front with mild accompanying bitterness, then subtle toasted malt notes. Really well balanced, nicely put together.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied, very smooth.

Overall: Very easy to drink, very nicely put together IPA. Tastes very fresh, for lack of a better description.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 02:36:36 | More by jhawth
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep orange in body with white bubbly head that stays on top. Aroma of oranges and cream, grass, pineapple, and pine. Flavors of big citrus, grass, pine, mint, and a whitewash of booze with sour rind aftertaste. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The booze is a bit much and holds the beer back.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 23:12:31 | More by JRed
Photo of taylor714914


2.96/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Prefaced with this, I’ve had this before and really enjoyed it, but this years was off.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a HF wine glass. Copper and orange in color with a thin off white head.

Smells of…onion? Or garlic? Very pungent and slightly vegal, but seriously, there is a garlic and onion smell to this.

Taste is a fresh hop bitterness, followed by the sweetness of the malts, but then this pungent onion/garlic flavor just sits down in your palate and doesn’t want to leave. Not digging this flavor at all. Not much of a change as it warms.

Mouthfeel is nice, slightly thick and a tick oily.

Overall, a believe my good friend summed this beer up best. I don’t want to be drinking the burps from a hearty Italian hoagie.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 23:45:01 | More by taylor714914
Photo of paultierney1


4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a Thomas Creek pint glass. Michigan meets South Carolina.

Not a bad looking ale. This beer pours just fine.

The head is durable and the glass ends up nicely decorated with sticky lacing.

The aroma is strongly hoppy, with fruity, floral, spruce and herbal hop elements. (The previous reviewer really nailed this part.)

The flavor is a complex mix of fantastic hoppy elements. The malt is there to back up the bitterness. One of my favorites. I will buy this one anytime I find it.

The flavor is better than the aroma. Or vice versa. Another solid IPA from Founders. Thank you vely much.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 02:04:59 | More by paultierney1
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint, bottled dated 10/04/2012.

Appearance: A slight hazy gold color with heavy bubbles on the body. Head is somewhat thick considering after two sips it still holds up with an initial settling of maybe a finger's length coming off white.

Smell: Light floral scent, comes and goes...I honestly don't feel much on this beer when it comes to what i am smelling. Not bad but I want just a little more.

Taste: Bitter for most, to me it's an almost perfect blend of what IPA's should be. It is light but then again it's not supposed to be an Imperial. You feel floral, and bitterness coming off very fresh which I absolutely lust. You have a piney-ness to this brew that is very unique and honestly it feels like an honor alone just to have it. Hop lovers will lust.

Mouth: Medium and awfully tasty, it feels almost like a thirst quencher and for that alone it's at minimum a four. You feel almost like a tree bark type of feel when you gulp it but don't be scared it's true hops that you are indulging in.
Overall: For what it is, I definitely wouldnt take it for granted, it delivers! It's robust not too much and offers a little bit of everything.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 05:31:59 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of katan


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a very clear light golden color. Strong white head formation, lots of lacing. Formidable head.

S - Strong resinous piney hop nose. Very dry, floral.

T - Starts off lightly citrus, almost all hops from the beginning. Malts just are hidden. Mid-stream is very bitter, more of the dry hopping. Finishes with a hefty resinous flavor.

M - Moderate creamy body, very well balanced carbonation profile. Very sticky oily texture on the tongue.

O/D - A very good wet hopped beer. Really takes a hold of the oils. ABV is managable. A little bit hefty, but good all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 06:31:24 | More by katan
Photo of BMMillsy


4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a trade with a friend back in Michigan. Pours clear bright golden with very little head. Fantastic hop aroma: citrus, honey, pine. Just takes your breath away. All hops on the flavor with a slick mouthfeel, the bitter pine and grapefruit combonation is extremely crisp on the palate. This is beer candy. Nice bitterness. Great fresh hop!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 20:25:37 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 00:43:07 | More by chinchill
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/22/12

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange - small, off-white head, leaves some hints of a cap and some spots of lacing

Smell: Citrusy and wet - orange, tangerine, and grapefruit flesh - some soggy pine needles - spearmint gum - damp and leafy, as a wet-hopped beer should be - floral, and lightly earthy - some pale malts, grainy sweetness, undercooked biscuits in the background

Taste: Mmm... hop cones... loads of citrusy and leafy hops - orange and grapefruit flesh, with some citrus zest - lightly juicy, but mostly just wet tasting - leafy, very floral - lightly earthy, but mostly clean - some mint - moderately bitter - nice malt backbone, with some pale malts and a light, bready sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, could use more carbonation (but maybe I got a weird bottle), wet

Overall: Yeah, it's wet

This is a solid wet-hopped beer. It screams "wet-hopped" so loudly that I wish, for the first time, that this could be its own style on BA. As an American IPA, it's very good, but not spectacular. I will need to review this slightly fresher next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 07:11:47 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of SometimesIfart


4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden hue with a one finger white head that sticks around. With a nice large finish gulp, it leaves nice lacing.

S - slight pine, wet cascade hops, slight citrus, slight lemon peel. Small amounts of grapefruit.

T - Big, centennial hop pine up front, small amounts of orange, lemeon zest, wheat bread.

M -Medium bodies with medium to heavy carbonation. Fits the beer well and the beer leaves a spicy juicyness as it sits.

O - Overall, this was a solid IPA, though nothing spectacular. I'd have it again though.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 06:35:40 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of jzeilinger


3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 22:50:16 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of albertjr21

New York

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/4/12 and poured into a snifter on 12/16/12, brew pours a clear and pale washed out yellow gold under a white head. An alluring nectar sweet hop forward aroma gently lifts into the nose with hints of lemon rind and pine. Lush hops glide through in the mouth feel with nonabrasive but dominating bitterness. Smooth flowing, incredibly well balanced IPA packed with all that hop goodness. An instant classic in my book. Can't help but think how great this would go with spicy Tex-Mex fajita tacos...

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 20:43:27 | More by albertjr21
Photo of LilBilly666


4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect blend of wet hops. Excellent aromas. I have had this one sitting for a few months and it is just as good as when fresh. Love the light mouth feel on this. Nice bite of wet hops with a wonderful aftertaste. You know what I'm talking about. When you rub your tongue over the roof of your mouth because you want more of that flavor!

I like it because it's a nice change of pace from the typical "pale ale" I get in Georgia.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 05:12:39 | More by LilBilly666
Photo of GameFreac


4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't find a 4-pack of this anywhere but found a bottle at the Cigar Bar in Cartersville, GA for $2.50 during happy hour. It's almost 2 months old but I'll give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color and looks filtered. You can definitely see throughout it. A finger of a white head.

Smell: Smells amazing. Sweet hops and tropical fruits. Mango, pineapple. Awesome.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose with more tropical fruits and some pine. So good.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel.

Overall: In my top 3 IPAs ever now. Amazing. Definitely going to buy a case next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 03:11:02 | More by GameFreac
Photo of DovaliHops


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/04/12. Pours an almost-clear golden color with an orange hue. Medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is quite citrusy with very mellow malt profile. Lovely, piney aroma with some nice orange and pineapple scents. Taste is just as it smells. I love how this one lacks in the malt department. Great for not being from the west side. Delicious, well-balanced bitterness with great pine and citrus flavors. Citrus rules here, but there is a hint of tropical hops. Great bitter finish with a bit of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a crisp, refreshing finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a great IPA that I wish I had readily available over here in California (I know it's greedy of me).

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 08:37:45 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with some golden yellow highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that slowly reduces to medium sized thick patch, a thin film covering the rest of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass - showing some very nice retention properties. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops that is very pleasant and enjoyable.

T: Light amounts of maltiness upfront but the majority of the flavors in this beer come from the hops - first there are moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit but then there is a light to moderate amount of pine/resin hop flavors in the finish. Light amounts of bitterness which linger.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp with a light amount of lingering slickness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with really nice hop aromas and flavors but still well balanced between the malts and hops so it is not overly bitter. The smell is very enticing and this beer does not disappoint. Definitely one of my favorite of the fresh hop IPAs available in the fall. Easy to drink and just about sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 01:36:04 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear gold/copper colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit/oranges mixed with some herbal/grassy notes. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with some lingering herbal/hoppy bitter notes.

Overall – Another winner from founders. While I prefer some of their other IPA's, this is still a delicious and well crafted brew. The herbal/grassy notes work well for the holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 00:53:46 | More by spinrsx
Photo of C20Percent


4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a .25 finger's worth of bubbly white head. There is some super tiny sediment in the body. Little bit of bubble action. Looks refreshing. Pretty good presentation.

S: Beer really shines here -- lots of citrus. Think Sculpin, Perpetual -- maybe Headwaters. Sweetness. Some floral notes. But, a very, strong, clean aroma. Also, getting some sweet malts here. Very good.

T: Getting some citrus and sweet malts in the taste. Doesn't quite rise to the level of the aroma. Kind of a letdown. But, it taste clean, it taste refreshing. Good summertime beer. Or, good session beer. Nice bitter finish.

M: Great carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Not strong bite -- easy on the mouth. Medium feel with nice chewiness that brings out the bitterness. Good stuff.

O: Good beer -- the thing is Troegs is doing this with Perpetual IPA at a lower price beer that's available all year long. And, I'd even take a six pack of Sculpin for $17 over a four pack or Harvest for $11. Good beer -- if you haven't tried then do so, but there's similar beer out there with a better value. I'd rather see Founders do an Ocktoberfest or Pumpkin Ale for there Fall seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 18:35:49 | More by C20Percent
Photo of tobelerone


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearly one of the better examples of the fresh hop style. That being said, for me, this beer suffers from the same overly aggressive and super resinous quality that many have; the hops and accompanying oils are so fresh and assertive that they almost outshine the actual flavors and bury them a bit in bitterness.

The look is a lightly hazed dark gold; sizeable white head with strong retention and lace, all around excellent appearance. Awesome aroma as expected; tons of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, orange and lemon. Mild malt detected beneath, but you have to dig in to get at it. This is all about the hops.

The flavor as mentioned above is quite nice but somewhat usurped by the potent resiny quality of the hops, and that’s coming from a certifiable hophead. I taste less of the fruity citrus flavors observed in the aroma, and while there are nice notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange, the tongue is lashed somewhat, obscuring them, and keeping the gentle caramel malt backbone well-hidden. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is long and fairly bitter.

Medium body and carbonation, right on the money for an IPA. The best of the fresh hop beers of the year, I think, but maybe I’m not as crazy about this sub-style anymore as many others seem to be these days.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 03:41:03 | More by tobelerone
Photo of Auracom


3.2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. single purchased from MSCM. 6 oz. served in a C&B tulip on November 9th, 2012.

A - Very clear,straw-golden color. Thin, one finger white head with quick reduction. Moderate lacing.

S - This gets close to the target. Sticky hop resin. Dank. Herbal. Slight fruit juices. Touch of caramel malts. Quite inviting.

T - Mellow. Boring even. Wet hop bitterness, fresh grass, and bready carbonation. The back half of the palate is severely underwhelming in overall flavor.

M - Light medium body, low carbonation, lightly dry finish.

D - Smells better than it tastes. It's just too... polite. It's reasonably accessible, but I'm not sure it shows me anything I haven't seen before. Disappointment here.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 22:23:17 | More by Auracom
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, Rhode Island:

A- Pours a every-so-slightly hazy golden yellow body with a very small white head that reduces quickly and leaves little lacing. Looks adjunct.

S- Freshly cut grass, fresh herbs, citrus, resin. Smells absolutely delicious. A rare 5 for aromas.

T- Fantastic. Grapefruit and citrus notes upfront, ends with a tasty resinous pine flavor.

M- Medium carbonation, slightly thin body. Refreshing.

Another great from Founders. Overall, a tasty and complex harvest ale. One of the best, if not the best autumn beer this year. Scoop some off the shelf if you still can. Can't wait till next year!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 16:46:29 | More by gcamparone
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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