Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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3,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,872
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 369
Gots: 339 | 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 57md
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light copper with a finger of head that does not linger very long. The nose is a bright bouquet of citrus fruits, especially grapefruit. The grapefruit notes carry over into the flavor profile, which is bitter, but not overly so. The finish is dry and hoppy.

Thsi light bodied offering is not quite what I'd expect in a fall seasonal, but it is certainly very, very tasty.

Photo of jdhowe
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of MMBrew.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with 1 finger of straw colored head dissipating to a mottled film and ring. Minimal lacing is left down the side of the glass. Continuous sparse bubbling of carbonation from the base of the glass.

S: Fresh earthy hop aromas, mostly grapefruit, but also pine and a slight dankness, and malt sweetness predominate. Malts smell slightly bready, like a pale ale.

T/M: A slight prickliness and malt sweetness lead into an array of hop characteristics -- citrus and pine mostly. Malt sweetness is slightly bready, but slightly heavier than that of a pale ale. Finish is clean and refreshing, with earthy and pine hop character and a lingering mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a perfect level of carbonation.

O: A really nice, refreshing, fresh, hoppy ale. This falls somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA for me, with an abundance of hops. The mouthfeel is great -- this is a very drinkable beer. Very little alcohol is detectable. Honestly, I'd like to compare this to Zombie Dust with a slightly heavier malt profile.

Photo of zookerman182
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden yellow, clear with a 1 finger head.
Aroma is grassy, citrus, wet hay, lemon, bready.
Flavor is all the same as aroma, massive lemon, grass, pine, perfectly bitter.
Mouthfeel is great, flavor doesn't linger.
Well balanced clean ale with all r qualities I enjoy.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Photo of RacerX5k
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Liquid gold. I could do this review in one word, juicyfruit. Yesterday's 2 bottles were superb, and I'm glad I have 2 more. Beautiful golden color, nice wet hop aroma, distinct simcoe, and beautifully malted. What really stands out is the fresh hop citrus flavors that explode on the palate, balance the key here. Really perfect juicyfruit mix, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit finish. Very smooth and easy drinking, though the second does get a little sugary sweet in the finish. Amazing, last year I passed on this because I really didnt care for it the year before. This is my third four pak, the beer is even better now than one month ago as the fresh, green piney notes have dimmed, leaving the citrus to shine. One of this years best.

Photo of brentk56
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head perched atop the clear amber liquid; some streaky lacing appears as the liquid descends

Smell: Floral and citrusy, with grapefruit dominant

Taste: Juicy citrus flavors, up front, with grapefruit and pineapple tones; a hint of caramel appears underneath but this beer is all about the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: What more can be said - this is one of the finest IPAs out there

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish orang with one finger head that left lace patches. A spicy, zesty, wet floral hop aroma with a good amount of caramel and bread malt as well. The balance on this beer is amazing b/c at times it's almost sticky sweet, then there is a bready fullness, almost chewey beer, and then it has this sharp, cutting hoppiness of grassy and wet hops. Really comes together and there's a crisp finish on the backend that is pleasing.

Photo of ONUMello
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 10/2/13 poured into a tulip glass
A: Pale orange color with a one-finger head
S: Nice pine, citrus and tropical fruit. Very fresh
M: Very fresh, with flavors that match the nose
M: Medium-bodied, a touch oily, crisp
O: Tasty & well-made

Photo of stewart124
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. Not much head to speak of. Pretty lacing as it goes down.

Nose boasts citrus, pine and pineapple. I wonder if they change the hops each year.

Very nice upfront bitterness without becoming harsh. Biscuit and straw from the malts. But the hops really shine. Some slick oily resin characters without a vegetal note. Mint and piney hop bitterness.

Really a beautifully made beer. It's everything I hoped for. So easy to drink. I see where jay ashmore could say there are some shortbread cookies here. Dry but with the oils this has a fairly big mouthfeel. Delicious.

Photo of Tilley4
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an outstanding example of the style this is... perhaps the best malt backbone of any IPA out there and, by that, I mean one that stands right up to the massive wet hopping but is happy to let the lupulus shine...

Easily my favorite harvest ale... shines brighter than all the rest with a beautiful hop profile that is both juicy and pungent in its nature...

World class

Photo of tillmac62
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a nice lingering off white head. The nose is of hops, mostly grapefruit then followed by pine. Exceptionally well balanced and complex flavor, with the focus being on hop flavor rather than bitterness against a solid malt backbone. Hop grapefruit flavor is the most prevalent. Light medium body, well carbonated. Nice crisp finish with a lingering grapefruit flavor against a slight bitterness. The best IPA I have had to date. A wet hopping masterpiece.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle stamped with a bottling date of 10/3/2013. Poured into the IPA-specific Spiegelau glass from SN/DFH.

Appearance - Pours a jewel-like rich amber hue with highlights of yellow sun and darker shadows of golden-orange. Created by the laser etching on the bottom of the glass, a steady stream of carbonation bubbles rises up to a rocky two finger head. Head immediately starts to dissipate, but slowly, revealing a web of bursting bubbles, and sticky but sparse lacing. The color is bone white.

Smell - Fresh cut grass, light pine resin, honeysuckle and orange peel shavings all come through, but are not to be outdone by a healthy graham cracker-like base from the grain bill. It's not quite as intoxicatingly aromatic as some fresh-hop ales I've sampled, but it has that distinct forward pungency.

Taste - White grapefruit, citrus zest, bitter garden greens and even some hints of seared brussels sprouts and other pleasant vegetal qualities. Some earthy notes are also present, like peat moss, as well as the continued presence of malts, this time taking on a toasted sourdough characteristic. Lingering mild bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Luscious, medium-bodied mouthfeel, with carbonation on the high side of moderate. Juicy in feel, in spite of the flavor profiles being more herbal/earthy in nature. Very drinkable.

Overall, a wonderfully tasty beer, but not one I'm sure quite lives up to the comparatively increased effort it takes to get this one compared to say, Red's Rye, FBS, Founders Porter, etc. I'm actually pretty excited to see how my perception of the beer changes, if at all, as I work my way through the rest of the 4-pack.

4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've drank many, many craft brews but this is my first time reviewing one. Finding a new favorite beer gives me the same feeling as finding a great new golf course. Without diving into a bunch of minute specifics and details the overall big picture is that Founders Harvest Ale is a great beer. And after drinking it I felt like I just had a great experience. Very fresh tasting. Unique. Everything I want in a beer is present and nothing is overdone.
I have been frustrated frequently by not being able to find certain beers, so after initially buying a 4-pack I went back to the store and bought their remaining three 4-packs.
Thank you Founders. Keep up the good work!

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a solid darkish gold. Head is bright-white with minimal retention. Drops to a small collar and spotty cap. Some splotches of lacing. Slight carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit. Zest and rind with a mild pithy finish. Big and juicy tangerine/grapefruit. Vaguely sweet with some floral edges,. Malts run light and slightly bready. A bit dank with some mint thrown on top. Some biscuity notes as well. Nice fresh hop aromas take the forefront.

Taste: Juicy fleshy fruit. Tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Nice fresh hop flavors. Some oily bitterness coupled with pine and some weed. A bit of fruity sweetness. Malts carry some pale malt sweetness with some biscuit and dough thrown in the mix. Hops are a bit leafy with a slight bitterness. Hop dominate with a big juicy fresh hop smack.

Mouthfeel: Minimal to moderate carbonation on a medium body. Relatively clean with a slick feel upfront.

Overall: Try not to lose the crop.

A solid fresh hop beer. Lacks a little in the overall drinkability department and misses a bit on the malts, but the hops are mighty tasty. Definitely worth picking up a 4-pack/year at minimum.

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of BeernDrum
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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!!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of kemoarps
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Smooth-Hoperator
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of aleckpa
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of zimm421
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of brewskis
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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