Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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93
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Reviews: 966
Hads: 3,876
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.86%
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 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 BradtheGreat7
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken a week ago. It's been a few years since I've even seen this. Not only is it somewhat hard getting ahold here as its been a Ghost here at home for the last few years.

12 oz stubby stout style Founders bottle with a very Founders like label that's just beautiful. Beautiful shade of blue and yellow with the cartoon photo of hops perfectly placed. Very well done artwork. Simple and to the point. Poured into a standard Founders brand American pint glass.

A - yellow golden color that's has a touch of haze(if that's what you call it). Very beautiful color. Brilliant alpine white colored head doesn't have a ridiculous mass on the pour but still has some size to it. It forms a nice ring of lace leaving near ipa worthy stick all the way down.

S - gushing fruity aroma of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple all fresh. Pine hop notes follow in very nicely making a resinous hop fest in your nose. The malt is faint but the GREAT fruitiness in this aroma balances well in its place.

T - grapefruit and a kick of pineapple get this fantastic profile started followed by fresh orange and a punch of pine. Hop profile is super fresh and just leaves the palate feeling gushed with fruit freshness. Semi sweet malt does come in from the back but instantly gets pushed back to the smack of resinous pine hop finish. Overall very good. Citrus and pine resin. fresh hop character. Semi sweet malt. Wet hop finish.

M - very nice texture and extremely flavorful ipa. I found it to be very smooth for an ipa even without much malt character. Finish is gushing with hops and citrusy fruits as well as pine resin. A very tasty mouthfeel with a very good texture and thickness.

O - okay, I don't remember this being so hard to find a few years back.. So if you see this grab it! its that good.. But still, if you can get this when its released, do it! One of the best Fall time Harvest ales ever created and remains a brilliant all-star in Founders' star studded yearly lineup. This is an ipa a brewery should be proud of and clearly after tasting it you'll see why. Top notch Harvest IPA. (2,094 characters)

Photo of BeernDrum
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was at a beer tasting and was talking about IPAs. A guy recommend I try this as a must. We searched the extensive cooler and inside the walk-in cooler behind the displays of beer was an open case with two 4 packs in it. I took it home. I poured in a stAndard pint Nice color with a generous white head. A nice citrus smell came to my nose. I took a taste. Awesome! A nice full bodied, hoppy, smooth bitter beer. Thank you stranger from the beer tasting. Go out and buy now!! (476 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I can see what the hype is about. An excellent beer.

In a pint glass it is a hazy orange-gold color. There is a medium-sized white head that leaves a little bit of lace.

Strong citrus aroma, very redolent. A bit of sweet caramel.

The taste perfectly mimics the aroma. A lot of citrus, mostly grapefruit, but also lemon and tangerine. A nice bready background.

Beautiful mouthfeel. Hoppy but not excessively so. Great balance.

Love it. Want to make this 4 pack last. (470 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oh wet hopped beers how I love you. Harvest pours a crisp golden/orangish amber. Who knows, maybe we could get dinosaur DNA out of it. Small white head dissipates pretty quickly.

Juicy and fresh aroma. There's the caramel bubble gum behind it setting up a foundation on which the vegetal hops can rest. Some citrus, and a hint of perfum-y floral hops in there as well.

This is a very tasty beer. Juicy but not as juicy as I had hoped, tropical fruits, citrus, and then kind of a bready malt bottom.
Decent medium body, slightly round, good carbonation level. I love a good wet hopped beer (or dry hopped, or not hopped, or... well I just really love good beer), and this is a pretty good one. Given Founders pedigree and the style, I was hoping for a bit more, though. That's like saying Peyton Manning 'only' had 250 and two touchdowns, though. Ultimately the bottom line is this is a very good beer. Just because I was hoping for phenomenal should not take away from the truth of that. (991 characters)

Photo of Smooth-Hoperator
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Nothing special. This looks like a light beer with heavy carbonation and a thin, slightly foamy white head.

S - This beer has a very bright smell, clearly an IPA. I get smells of citrus, most notably orange, lemon and grapefruit.

T - Wow. A very strong flavor that is also very smooth. This is an awesome IPA. Not very bitter upfront but has a very delicious citrusy hop profile that fades into a slight citrusy bitterness but this beer never looses it's smoothness. This is a very drinkable IPA.

M - Perfect for the style. The head is slightly foamy and this beer has just a little chewiness to go with the heavy carbonation.

O - Solid IPA all around and one of the smoothest IPAs I've had in a long time. Great Job Founders! Grab a 4-pack if you can and give it a try. (780 characters)

Photo of aleckpa
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled October 5, 6, or 7 (Date smudged)

Served in a Bell's Tulip Glass.

A- Gold, Orange color and hazy. Beautiful looking beer. Can see the carbonation bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. I didn't pour this aggressively so there is a small head. Sticks to the side of the glass.

S- I smell orange, grapefruit, citrus, and hops. It smells really great.

T- Floral and fruity, and citrusy. There is some hop bitterness.

M- Medium body, carbonation

O- This is an excellent beer. I wish I could have tried this a little fresher, but after about a month, it still tastes fresh. It's crisp and a great IPA. I would drink this year round if I had the opportunity. (675 characters)

Photo of zimm421
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Appears a beautiful, crystal clear, golden-orange color, with about one finger of white head. The head leaves a bit of lacing, and has decent staying power.

The nose has lots of citrus, some pine, and smells heavenly. There's a touch of sweetness here, but the focus is definitely on the hops. The taste is very similar, with huge citrus flavor. Lots of grapefruit, and the pine also sneaks through here, but is not the focus. To me, the malt is barely detectable, and very neutral. In the first few sips, I thought I noticed some alcohol burn, but towards the end of the beer, I couldn't find it again.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, and slightly sticky on the back-end. Not quite as dry as I was hoping, but acceptable. Overall, this is a wonderful wet-hopped beer. I look forward to this sub-style each year, and this is one of the favorites. (924 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip; golden, slightly off-clear, with a moderate white head that fades into a cap of foam after a bit, with lovely lacing.
Smell is juicy fresh dank hops, not very fruity or piney, just...hops. Almost more like a pale ale than an IPA.
Taste is crackery malt underneath hops; herbal bitterness preceded by some tame citrus flavors and subdued pine.
Mouthfeel is wet and thin.
Overall, I may have gotten a slightly old bottle, considering this was a wet hop IPA and it tastes like a pale ale. But it's still delicious and refreshing. (549 characters)

Photo of brewskis
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light golden orange color with a finger length rocky head. Dissipates slowly into a thick, soapy lacing. Smells of grapefruit, lots of floral notes, pine, dank, sweet carmel undertones as well. Taste starts with the grapefruit, some pine, along with quite a bit of bitterness. Then in the middle, the malt mellows out the bitterness. Get a lightly toasted flavor as well as a good amount of carmel sweetness. Then on the back end that sweetness blends nicely with the fruit flavors that have lingered throughout. Get a bubblegum flavor, along with some grapefruit, floral, and pine, and dank. Bitterness lingers, but is mellow. Nice carbonation that makes the beer crisp, refreshing, and easy to drink. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Well done wet hopped IPA. (778 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA/Harvest Ale poured a murky golden color with small beads of carbonation flowing throughout. The head was a thick foam that united into a single unit an had a bright white coloring.

The scent is absolutely alive with juicy citrus that made my mouth water. Huge notes of orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerines and pineapple meet a subtle earthy, marshy, floral hop character. Outside of Zombie Dust I don't think I've smelled better.

The flavors are nicely citrus with a more floral and piney hop blend. I catch the grapefruit, some lemon and even banana but a real earthy, leafy floral hop flavor take over. The malt is a little sweet and stubborn but never really takes over. It seems to sit quietly in the core happy to prop up the hop flavors.

The feel is a rather thin, and slick at times. There was some fizzy effervescence on the tongue but it seemed watery none the less. (888 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Harvest Ale
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Look 7/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20
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Overall 83/100

Nice wet Hopped Ale, I'm a super big Founders fan, They could probably piss in a bottle and I would drink it. That said (coupled with fellow reviews) i was left with a little to be desired. However, I would still buy two more four packs next year. Wouldn't make an extra effort to seek it out as I would with others

EDIT: Ohio gets this late, so my review should reflect that this 'fresh hop' beer isnt so fresh~ (521 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Pours a very pale orange with a relatively thin head that fades to a film within several minutes. Leaves some lace at the top, but not really on the way down. Still good looking after the pour, though.

Smell is glorious sticky hops. Citrus, oranges, slightly herbal, grassiness. Some notable caramel malts on the nose as well, somewhat surprisingly.

Taste starts out with some nice juicy orange flavor, then there's some grassiness, with some underlying earthiness. As foreshadowed by the nose, the malts are noticeable in the taste as well, and get more and more so as it warms. There's also some subtle underlying blue-cheesy dankness to it - mostly on the finish - that also gets more and more prevalent as it warms. It's a nice flavor, and well-incorporated. Overall, there's a relatively large shift from start to finish. At the beginning it's mostly citrusy and grassy, and then becomes caramelly and resiny by the end.

Overall, it's a really great wet-hopped ale. There are a lot of different hop flavors in there, and it's fun to compare each sip to the last and feel it changing. It's really great, but I think it would have been perfect with a little less alcohol, and maybe just a little "smaller." (1,248 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear light amber, billowing white head. settles to a thin layer,a few thin rings on the glass. smell: grapefruit, floral, nectarines, light biscuit. taste: sweet orange citrus, peach, leafy, honey, acidic. drying but slightly sticky finish. very nice. early oct bottling (297 characters)

Photo of BikeChef
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I look forward to getting my hands on this beer every year. Unfortunately, this really doesn't live up to the greatness of past years. It truly deserved the hype. The fresh hop presence is subdued this time around. It's pleasant, but this is a very expensive beer in my parts. I'd take the far less costly fresh hop SN Celebration this year (it's excellent) over Founders even if Founders were the same price! Disappointed. (423 characters)

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this beer into a Dogfish Head tulip reveals a beautiful golden orange color with wonderful clarity. A snow white head settles into a white ring leaving minimal lacing. Intense aromas of grapefruit, pine resin, pineapple, and, well, wet hops fill your nose. Layers of hops coat the palate followed by a massive amount of citrus and a light touch of yeast. Great acidity makes your mouth water for more followed by the quintessential hop bitterness. A classic IPA that I wish was made year round, but you have to remember it's made with the first hops of the season. This is something to look forward to each year. (620 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge, dense, white head. A nice, bright grapefruit aroma; I can smell the resin, haha. As the head settles the aroma becomes very orange-like. This just smells wonderful. Turbid, gold-straw color. Starts with hoppy pine sap, a nice bitterness. Peaks into a poignant, high citrus rind bitterness with a lot of greenness. This ramp up is a nice, noticeable step. Then the citrus rind lingers, taking on a touch more of the pine characteristic.

This is really nice. I like the greenness of the hops in this. Not too bitter, either. Very well done. (553 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Feeling lucky. I stumbled upon when searching out a new place. Bottled on date of 10/2.
Nice aroma. Complex and unique. Nice fruit, but also nice soft spice. A little bit of fresh cannabis and a touch of soap.
White head with good stamina and sticky lacing. Gold and mostly clear.
Nice soft feel. Lighter body, yet bigger feel with both the clean malt and shot of alcohol warmth.
Flavors are not as bold as I would have anticipated. A soft bite (more of a loving nibble) of bitterness that really hangs on for a very extended finish. Soft pale malt that is a little doughy, but also a little grainy. Hops are a little green, grassy and herbal, but really lacking and fruitiness that I would expect.
I bet this one is not considered one of the better years for this Harvest Ale. This is okay, but nothing like the exceptional beer that has been advertised in previous years. (875 characters)

Photo of dougfur
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice straw color, pretty clear and a very modest head. The smell is classic citrus hops, not too strong, but noticeable and nice. The taste follows suit. It tastes exactly how a good, solid American IPA should taste. It won't knock any socks off, but it's very good and you'd enjoy this any time. Reminds me of Sculpin. (327 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a clear golden color with a sudsy white head that retains nicely long after the pour, some patches of lace sticking

S- very clean hops bill, picking up some fresh mint, piney, a touch of citrus

T- lots of fruity flavors up front, some floral and leafy hops kick in mid-palate, there's just a touch of sweet bready malt underlying, the finish is dry with a blast of fresh mint that lingers long after

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly creamy finish

O- one of the cleanest and freshest tasting IPAs out there, loving the minty notes and so easy to drink, even at 7.6% (618 characters)

Photo of Clibb
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: clear honey straw color with nice rocky 2.5 finger head

S: Burst of fresh hops a little mustiness

T: Getting definite sweet bready character with some nice grapefruity pith. Bitterness is not over the top. Have that funkyness come through like in the nose, not barnyard or brett but like musty armpit in a good way.

M: could use a little more carbonation IMO, slightly drying.

O: for the hype I heard about this beer i was expecting like a dry(wet) hop blast in the face but it's not. A bit underwhelming but still a nice clean refreshing brew. (551 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/02/13, so about a month old. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light straw color, decent clarity and a smattering of off-white head.

S: A light orange creamsicle aroma, pale malt, light sweetness.

T: Citrus hops (tangerine, white grape and white grapefruit), followed by moderate pale malt and just a touch of bitterness.

M: Light body and medium-ish carbonation. I guess it’s self-evident that a lighter body works well for a wet hopped IPA.

O: The low level of bitterness makes this extremely drinkable. The hops have faded a bit unfortunately, but they’re still noticeable and the malt remains in check. (617 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw orange color with a one finger white head in the snifter. Some lacing throughout. Fresh hop aroma with pine, citrus and fresh cut grass. A little musty as well. The taste is similar but with a very modest, well balanced bitterness. It is tremendously smooth, sippable and leaves very little hoppy mustiness. It finishes crisp, and not overly bitter. (355 characters)

Photo of PieOhMy
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip

A Golden and transparent. Half inch or so of white foam. Lingers for a bit but not too long. A rich lacing does remain.

S Floral and fruity. Fresh like after a spring rain. Hops. Lemons. Very nice.

T Greasy hops. Pine resin. Bitter fruit peel - lemons and grapefruit. Some sweet malt. Big bitter aftertaste.

M Nice and oily and smooth. Finishes very clean and refreshing.

O One of my favorites of the style. Near perfect. It is so clean and fresh and bitter yet has some balance. Oh, so good. (516 characters)

Photo of iabeerbaron
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

REVIEW

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 7.6%

PURCHASED AT: Hy-Vee Marion, IA

POUR: Golden/orange pour with a medium white head.

AROMA: Grapefruit, orange, lemon, and pine.

TASTE: Lots of citrus fruit, a bit of sweetness and then the hops take over.

Ratebeer.com rating: 99

Beeradvocate rating: 95

Overall: A

My recommendation: Fresh Hop beers are meant to be drank fresh. If you’re an IPA fan this is a must have and you have to get it soon! Terrific brew! (451 characters)

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