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 kbwalters
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Bottled on 9/30/14 consumed on 10/24/14.
Look = 4.5 Pours a clear straw color with gold highlights and 2 fingers of crisp white head that fades to a cap. Great retention and above average lace.
Aroma = 4.5 Fresh hops everywhere. Strong aroma of citrus, orange and floral hopes - very nice.
Taste = 4.0 citrus and orange upfront with just a hint of sweet malt balance on the finish. A significant bitter bite at the end that lingers into the aftertaste.
Feel = 4.25 Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.
Drinkability = 4.0 Nice easy drinking IPA.
Overall = 4.2375 Great wet hopped IPA - terrific appearance and aroma, solid taste and feel. (715 characters)

Photo of bassboneman
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L= light straw color, very thin head, pretty clear in appearance
S= not picking up much from my tulip glass - but I have a cold :o(
T=very light bodied beer with a pronounced bite. Pleasantly bitter finish.
F= lively carbonation
O= My buddy told me to get this one - cause he thought it was outstanding. Sadly, my taste is similar but not quite as impressed as he...
This is a great beer nonetheless! (400 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ashley’s, poured into half pint. Slightly hazy golden color with thick white head that clings nicely. Really fresh smell - hop oils, fresh grass/hay, citrus. Flavors are briefly bready, but quickly yield to bitter citrus, grass, and pine. Medium bodied with higher carbonation and an oily but dry finish. Really enjoyed this. (337 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear orange golden color with a two finger off white head

Smell: This beer is a great example of what i describe as dank. The fresh wet hops put off an aroma of floral dank goodness with light fruity notes and subtle toasted pale malts. A superb and complex smelling beer

Taste: That fresh wet hop taste is simply amazing. My mouth is immediately coated with the dank character accompanied by citrus fruit and a undertone of pale malts

Mouthfeel: Medium body; its dank and resinous and coats the mouth. Both the bitterness and carbonation is moderate

Overall: This is my favorite IPA i have had from Founders; even better than Double Trouble. The fresh hop character to it is what makes it stand out and the citrus and malt notes round it out superbly. This is one of if not my favorite wet hop ale iv had. I just love that dank quality to it. Its spot on in this style as far as availability goes. Also, at 7.6% abv, this is in that perfect grey area between IPA and IIPA. That being said, i feel this bottle was past its prime with a very subtle malt skunkiness. I can only imagine how much better it is super fresh. When fresh i see myself easily scoring it 4.75. Its that good. Do yourself a favor and seek this out! (1,237 characters)

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a brilliant clear golden body with one finger white fluffy head. Decent amount of lacing, head did dissipate to next to nothing in a short time.

S - nose is a wave of fresh hops, lots of citrus, floral, and tea. Ample malt wafts through adding a crisp cereal character. The aroma exudes freshness, delicious fresh hop water.

T - very hop forward and fresh. Lots of citrus and some pine, slight earthiness. It isn't just one sided though, the malt is more then adequate to balance out the hops, crisp cereal, biscuit and some sweetness. Finish is bitter enough to balance but not overly brash.

M - carbonation is smooth and the mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, finishes a little sweet.

O - overall a great beer, has the unmistakeable wet hop flavor, very smooth and well balanced. I think the execution is great and it is a perfect example of a fresh wet hopped ale. I get excited every year for Sierra Nevada's fresh/wet hop offerings, and its good to enjoy another brewer's iteration. (1,001 characters)

Photo of BobJude
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found a four pack tucked away at my local bottle shop. 9/30/2014 bottled date. Overall a very good IPA - probably would have been even better fresher. (152 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft in a bar glass at Cask & Vine in Derry, NH.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, floral, herbal, toasted, bready, and pale malts.

Taste: Juicy hop flavor, tingly bitterness, biscuity, and caramel. Nice balance of hops and malts and they roll till the end of the sip. Beer is gone and I want more.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, mild tingly bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: (615 characters)

Photo of kcguitar
5/5  rDev +19%

The best wet-hopped beer I have had and I have tried everything I can get my hands on.

Bursting with flavor! It will make your mouth sing alleluia while your brain takes a bath in dumbfounded glory. Oh sure, I could go into the mouthfeel, the various flavors etc. and try to sound like a real aficionado but that would be so far less appealing that just saying fan-freaking-tabulous! You will experience nirvana while trying to figure out if you can ever drink another beer again that doesn't pale in comparison. (513 characters)

Photo of PeterParker
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a translucent copper with one finger of head. Medium lacing throughout.

So juicy and dank on the nose. Mango, pineapple, pine, orange, and bitterness are all present in the aroma.

Juicier and more dank than the nose. Great hop bite equally bitter and flavorful. All characteristics in the nose are here in the taste.

Medium body with a slick feel and a bitter and salty-ish aftertaste that lingers.

Awesome IPA. Toss up between this and Double Trouble as to the best Founder's IPA but awe-inspiring all the same. (526 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at the Buy-Rite in Jersey City a few weeks back, grabbing the last two that I could find on the shelf. Some people think that IPA's are a dime a dozen and not worth seeking once you've had the top ones on the list. Thankfully, this beer proves that IPA's have a unique flavor profile of their own, as I've never had one that was as balanced as this. From start to finish, this was a winner that I don't want to finish off quite yet!

The pour to this was nice, but certainly surprising, as it had a blonde hue and white head that made me think that this was an Imperial Pilsner. The aroma reminded me of the Troegs Nugget Nectar but this was certainly not an American Amber. The hops were here but the bread and biscuit in the mouthfeel gave this a wonderful malt base. Tropical papaya and mango came in on top of it, with a pine and earth feel to the hops. Oily, slick, and earthy, this was so enjoyable without having the "burn" or metallic twinge that so many IPA's are known for.

The booze was here too but only could be felt once I finished this off and noticed the warming. It couldn't be tasted and was overshadowed by the earthy pine that lingered in the aftertaste. The slight dry-hopped bitterness combined with the balance and soft crystalline sweetness all combined for an amazing mouthfeel that made this irresistible. I loved this beer and am upset that I only have one bottle of this. Founders has a stud of a brew here in a category filled with other heavyweights. If you want to introduce someone to an IPA and what one is capable of, start here. If you love beer, you may want to finish here - balanced beers don't get much better than this. (1,676 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No label information. Founders Harvest Ale is brewed in the style of a Wet-Hopped Harvest IPA. Available as a fall release beer in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft. Reviewed alongside a 2013 bottle (1 year aged) for comparison.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Founders' snifter glass. Served above 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a golden white color over a mildly hazy golden amber body with thin haziness in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is light and clingy. 4.25

(Smell) Juicy grapefruit and citrus along with the earthy, bittering rinds of all tropical citrus fruits blended in. The bitterness is surprisingly low allowing the hops to generate a lot of aroma without the burden of a bold bitterness. The malt aroma is very simple and mild, pale malt with a touch of biscuity crystal sweetness for body, taking a back seat to the wet hop aromas. Aromatically pleasing all around. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Fantastic juicy wet hop notes of well-rounded citrus, grapefruit and floral notes with an ideal level of bitterness, well in-tune with the soft, clean pale malt body. Very accessible for a harvest ale, highly drinkable. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, chewy, modestly dry. Carbonation generates a silky, smooth frothiness for a soft, mildly frothy mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters to note. 4

(Overall) This is a phenomenal Harvest Ale that truly wins in balance and simplicity. Neither the bitterness nor the malt profile approach over-the-top presence and the showcase of hop flavors hits the mark on just what we expect out of quality wet hops. Founders Harvest Ale should be considered amongst the top of their beers and easily a hot contender for one of the best American Harvest Ales available for the fall season. I'd also recommend this beer as a great introductory harvest ale to the hop-phobic individual looking for something simple and unique as a great introduction to harvest ale styles. 4.25

Founders Brewing Company's
Harvest Ale
4.18/5.00

Vertical Reviews:

2013 (1 Year aged): A slightly creamier, foamier head over a considerably more hazy body, golden amber color. Retains equally as well with less lacing over the fresh batch. The aroma dips south sharply from the fresh batch, very grainy, gaining funk and musty old hop aromas. Alongside a fresh batch, 1-year-old harvest ale is not nearly as easy to drink, with trace peppery and herbal hop aromas remaining alongside a muddied hop profile, and while the malt profile is simple enough to not decay to a dreadful state, the graininess certainly shows, hampering drinkability significantly. Texture is slick, oily and lightly dry, carbonation is a bit more crisp in this vintage although pleasantly smooth still. Alcohol presence is moderate-high and off characters outside of a Harvest Ale past its prime are minimal to none. I suspect that the simplicity and hop-led profile of this ale amongst other more malt-driven Harvest ales keeps it from being a good aging candidate. I don't recommend cellaring this beer at all and suggest drinking all of it as fresh as possible.

Recommended Vintage: Drink Fresh! (You'll regret otherwise!) (3,301 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.82/5  rDev -9%

Appearance - 4.5/5
Pours a clear golden-orange, with about 1-2 fingers of slightly off-white head. Lots of large carbonation bubbles can be seen rising up the beer. The head stays around for a long time. Very nice.

Smell - 3.8/5
Fresh, pine-citrus hops. The citrus seems more dominant than the pine, which I like. Smells like it has a bit of spiciness to it (though it's just the strong, fairly bitter hops).

Taste - 4/5
The pine-citrus hop flavor from the smell dominates. It's fairly bitter (70 IBU). There are additional citrus flavors in the taste, and also a slight resinous/syrupy character. I am not a big hop fan, but this is quite drinkable for me, which is a plus.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Quite smooth. Crisp, with a medium-intensity carbonation kick near the end of the sip. Medium bodied.

Overall - 3.75/5
Not being a fan of hoppy beers, I tried to be fair to the style, and given that, I found this to be a quite nice IPA. The hoppiness is definitely present, but not overpowering.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20% (1,069 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden body with a small off white head and moderate lacing. Citrusy hop aromas and faint malt presence fill the nose. Taste is a big wave of citrusy hop flavor dominated by grapefruit and barely any malt presence to keep the hops in check. Medium body and lower carbonation combined with a bitter hop finish and dry ending make this very drinkable. Overall this is one of the better wet hop IPAs but a touch of balance to keep that bitterness in check could have elevated this one more. (497 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

2014 vintage.
12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Golden-yellow with a 1/2 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Papaya, dank greens, grapefruit, pine sap, pineapple, and honey.

Taste
Dank greens, pine sap, and hints of pineapple. Grapefruit zest, orange zest, and onion. Light backbone of caramelized sugar and notes of honey.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, oily, and semi-dry with a moderate bitterness.

Overall
Dank and zesty. Juicy and bitter. Always one of the finer Wet Hop Ales.

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Poured into a pint glass. 2012.

Appearance
Gold with a short head. Moderate carbonation and excellent clarity.

Nose
Pineapple, papaya, mango, candied orange, tangerine, lemon and caramel.

Taste
Pineapple, pine sap and pine needles. Tangerine, lemon juice, papaya, candy-coated navel orange and grapefruit pith. There's a light caramel maltiness in the background along with some candy sugar. Some bitter rinds and resinous florals on the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, juicy and bitter.

Overall
Tasty tropical fruits and resinous pine. Lots of pine! A great Fresh Hop Ale all around. (1,153 characters)

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 arizcards
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a four-pack at TW in early November for $11.99. Bottled on 9/30/14.

Beer poured a light gold with a near perfect white head that is still lingering.

Nose is catty city, fresh hops are very prevalent.

Taste is fresh grapefruit rind with some floral hops laid over a nice light toast malt backbone.

Feel is light and prickly, surprisingly refreshing for a bigger beer.

Overall this is a well put together fresh hop ale that I was surprised to find on the shelf. Glad I had the opportunity to try. Jump on this if you like IPA's. (544 characters)

Photo of STIII
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

I was wondering what I'd be drinking this fall and I have found it! This is another outstanding brew from Founders, I just wish they made more of it. (150 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

Really great grapefruit aroma and taste. Some pine and grass mixed in there too. Pretty crisp, clean and has a slight hop bitterness as well. Not at all what I was expecting but much better! Glad I had the opportunity to crack one open; well done! (251 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 9/30/2014 and served in a tulip pint. Pours a translucent gold with a loose, 1/8th inch, bright white head that quickly dissipates into a froth towards the edges. Nose expresses grapefruit, floral notes and a hint of spice. Taste consistent with nose; however, hops presence is a bit subdued. There's also a pleasant malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with an even, lightly crisp carbonation and minimal acidity. Overall, a decent wet hop beer, but I was expecting more. (515 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pint pour: Clear golden body with small fast bubbles. Head is thin and white, bit lacing is stuck and it looks great.
Smells like tropical juicy hops, with sweet pineapple and citrus.
Tastes juicy up front with the sweet hops, then pilsner-like malts are tasted, followed then by a somewhat dry bitterness. It's like a west coast ipa and a pilsner in taste. Different-good.
Smooth creamy sipping as if I were feeling a pils, light-medium body, lighter carbonation and with the right zesty bite and sweetness overall. This is tasty.
Harvest is a fine ale that hop cravers should greatly enjoy. (597 characters)

Photo of VRH
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a golden straw colour with a nice white frothy head. The aroma is dank and piney, with hints of fresh mint; very nice. The palate is light to medium bodied with a pleasant fresh hop oily sensation. The flavour is tart with subtle citrus fruit, lemon zest, strong resinous pine, grass, fresh bitter herbs, and white pepper that gives a long bitter finish mingled with subtle malt. This is a very refreshing and distinctively robust wet hop ale. (449 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Unique, dry yet semi sweet pineapple & citrus esters. Hop flavors exude like fine cultivated green sensi. Ethereal , effervescent, enticing.

Different from other IPA in its mouthfeel and flavor profile. I await it's release each year, and the 2014 version holds true to form. (278 characters)

Photo of evanforbeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle date 9/30/14
Pours a beautifully clean light strawberry blonde with clean white head

Nose: clean floral pedals, citrus peel, and tropical fruits, with slight bubble gumy note in there, a bit of fresh hop resin in the background. Really nice

Taste: juicy hop bouquet of tropical fruits/passion fruit, vibrant florals, and orangey citrus. Some bready malt drenched with zesty pine and hop resin and a touch of lime t the end. Reminds me a bit of Sucks.

Feel: juicy, fresh, bitey, drinkable, snappy

They sure get a lot of flavor outta then hops, though I wouldnt necessarily say that its overwhelming wet-hopped in it's profile (as far as that wet/fresh "green" resinous/oily character goes), would be hard to distinguish from non-wet/fresh hopped beers. However, this is still a delicious IPA in its own right that I would seek after (842 characters)

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

Date: 11/10/14
Location: DeCiccos Harrison
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Light gold in color with a solid inch+ fluffy white carbonation. Good carbonation cling. This beer allows in a lot of light and is very easy to see through.
Aroma: The grapefruit comes at you before you even put the glass to your nose. Grapefruit rind strikes in a way that can be achieved through wet hopping. Light pale and caramel malts give the beer a nice balance if caramel and biscuit.
Taste: Even more fruit strikes in the flavoring as pineapple and tangerine push their way forward. With the grapefruit there is a nice flavor of the rinds of all three. The malts are biscuity, but not buttery, and similar to bread crusts.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with fantastic creaminess that I expect to find in an east coast IPA. Medium high carbonation that contains some very large and fluffy light bubbling. Medium resinous bitterness starts slightly after the carbonation feel and lasts well into the finish.

Notes: Bottled 9/30/14 (1,033 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Whoa... super bright yellow! Nice bubbly white head coming up and fizzling away quickly. Lacing is prominent.

Sharp pine and zest in the aroma.

Very sharp, crisp hop taste right up front. Lemon rind and orange peel come next. Then a sort of wet hay taste (like a farmhouse ale). What's really nice about this beer is the zesty notes. It's got kind of a spice to it.

Crisp and light mouth, with the addition of resinous hop oils.

Awesome beer! The aroma is like a bouquet of pininess, while the taste is well-balanced and crispy. (536 characters)

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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