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 jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed/clouded golden with a thick fluffy white head that descends to a lasting cover. Some patches of lacing stick.

The smell is citric - esp. lemon - and floral.

The taste is floral and lemony, so lemony that there is a tartness to it. Some grapefruit is there, too, though with just a touch of bitterness. A grainy/caramelish sweetness lies underneath. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

The body is light-to-medium with airy carbonation. The airy could even be considered almost fizzy. I'm thinking that this one was overcarbonated. Possibly a production issue - possibly the way it was meant to be. Not dissatisfied, but not too thrilled with the feel on this one.

A lemony citric brew with a firm malt backbone. Not bad at all - though the feel puts a bit of a dent in the drinkability for me. (805 characters)

Photo of schinebd
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I liked this beer so much that I had to make it my first review

A- A nice light copper, with limited transparency

S - Before I even stuck my nose in the glass, I could smell the hops, which caught me off guard. In a good way.

T- Wow. Just wow. Great showcasing of the complexity of the hop here. The limited malt presence takes its proper place (in the back) lets the hops dominate. Pine dissolves to an incredible grapefruit aftertaste that last for a very long time after the last sip. Yeah, the are some malts there to give some balance, but who cares? If you're drinking this beer for malty flavor, you're probably better suited drinking something else.

M - Crisp feel, very carbonated, and dry finish makes me want to drink more.

D- I want more of these. 6.1% ABV? I could almost power hour with this. Almost. I polished mine off far too quickly. Why oh why did I only buy a single 12. oz bottle??

I think there is something to be said for a beer that stays within traditional concepts of what a beer is, but manages to be both unique, and incredible tasty. That is, this won't blow anyone's mind about what a beer can be (like a person trying their first DIPA), but it is still as enjoyable and complex as any "extreme" beer. Hence why I gave it such a high rating. (1,279 characters)

Photo of xpimptastikx
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Zapata for the trade.

Pours a light straw color with a billowing off white cloud of head. Smells like of floral hops, like grass and pine. Taste is similar to smel; pine up front, but quickly followed by the malt. Nothing really sticks in the taste, but incredibly drinkable. (286 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Bruisin Ales in Asheville.

Pours a very hazy lemon yellow color with a two-finger white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells of floral hops up front, but as it warms a bit piney and citrus aromas come out more. There's also a bit of sticky caramel malt aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Citrus hop flavors and sticky sweet malt flavors are biggest, but there's also a very subtle underlying sourness. The malts come out more as the beer warms, and there's a nice bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. Even with the huge head it's still a tad overcarbonated, but it's still pretty smooth.

Drinkability is good. I finished this off pretty quickly and could go for another.

Overall this was a pretty unique beer, certainly not what I was expecting. The very slight tartness went surprisingly well with the other flavors, and the hop presence balanced out the sweet malt nicely. Worth a shot. (1,023 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Massive mountainy full white head... Golden straw color... Highly translucent... Tons of chaotic dancing carbonation... Sediment, I'm assuming hops, sinks to the bottom of the glass (a first for me in a Pale Ale)... Incredible rings of lace coat the glass throughout the session...

S - Fresh and inviting... Sweet citrus... Limes, oranges, and grapefruit... Piney hops... Fairly simple and straight forward... Potent... Intoxicating...

T - Biscuit... Hops... Malt... Flour... Hints of spice... Fairly well balanced, but uninspired and slightly disappointing given the appearance and scent...

M - Beer struggles to break thru the massive head... Thin... Smooth... Refreshing...

D - Fresh and enjoyable... Very easy to enjoy... Sessionable even at 6.1% ABV... Looks great, but above average in all other respects... Not a classic, but definatley a brew I'd enjoy in the (879 characters)

Photo of Bubslang
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on tap at Founders Harvest Ale Fest: Appearance is a hazy golden color with a medium sized off-white head with soe nice lacing. Wonderful fresh hop aroma that's mostly citrus with some floral otes. taste is mostly grapefruit,orange zest, and lemon with a nicely balanced malt sweetness. A very drinkable and refreshing beer (323 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy pale copper hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was very good lacing and retention.

The smell featured a juicy citrus hop, with some grassy notes.

The taste consisted of an upfront citrusy hop with some pine and grassy notes. There was a light biscuity malt presence as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the creamier side of the style.

Overall a very tasty APA. (396 characters)

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Harvest Ale is a nice mild pale ale. If you're into this style, chances are you like crisp, hoppy beers. This beer is up to the task in terms of hoppiness, but doesn't pop you in the mouth if you're not into hops running the show.

A - Pours a cloudy gold. White, thin, foamy head.

S - Hoppy, mild, sweet, a seductive glimpse at good things to come.

T - Crisp, but not inducing that sort of sharp tingle on the tip of your tongue. Citrusy, piney, sort of clean, if that makes any sense.

M - A good amount of carbonation, definitely not thin, but not that creamy or thick either. Not terribly memorable in terms of the feel all up in ya mouf.

D - Bud Light ain't got nothin on this. It's got a bite - I mean it's focusing on hops, why wouldn't it, but doesn't taste like Pine-Sol (Pine-Sol Heaven, son.). (817 characters)

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

Since i discovered Founders' Harvest it became my favorite pale. It already teases with a smell of freshly mowed grass while you're still opening the bottle and pouring the beer. Nice lacing. Not terribly bitter or has a terribly long finish but flavorful enough to keep your interest though the whole glass. (308 characters)

Photo of meatyard
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears as a hazy yellow with a large, fluffy white head that leaves spotty lacing.
The smell is a very pleasant grapefruit and pineapple with a hint of bread at the end of a long inhale.
The taste is not so strongly hops related as the smell. More pronounced than in the smell is the malt sweetness. Light bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium/thin with continued carbonation.
A very drinkable beer of which you could easily enjoy several.

12/31/08 Edit: Just had this on tap and it was even better. If reviewing this as on tap I'd raise both the taste & mouthfeel much higher. A really "sweet" beer on tap. (614 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out sparkling pale gold color, great carbonation with a substantial, foamy and clumpy white head that is very dense with extra slow retention. Looks great.

The nose is dominated by the fresh-fruity wet hops, deep and sweet aroma with a slight herbal edge. a light malt scent hits right at the end.

The flavor is classic for a wet-hop, big, fresh fruity flavor's of light strawberry, pineapple with an herbal, earthy-bitter ending, good depth and complexity with a light malt balance.

The feel is right on, crisp, clean, slight bite from the carboantion and smooth ending.

highly enjoyable. (605 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 12oz single at Hops & Vines in Asheville. Says 6.5% on the bottle, I imagine this is fluid.
Cracked in advance of an impending party. Hops take the edge off.

First off, Harvest Ale has an absurd amount of head for this kind of beer. It's tight and rocky, and with the staying power and craters in the 3 finger tall white delight, it brings Duvel to mind. (yes, I went there). The ale is a dirty lemon-pee yellow with some fizzy, fast moving bubbles. As this is bottle conditioned, it comes with a bonus (?) of thick sediment in the dregs of the bottle. Altogether strange for the style.

The smell is strangely wonderful. Aggressive, resiny, wet hops take center stage and hang on way longer than they should. The initial rush is green and leafy and altogether delicious; yes, this is a bit simple, but it works in this beers favor. Past the citrus greenness there is a touch of pale malt but it's barely worth mentioning. As it warms there is... I kid you not... a touch of oregano.

Alas, the smell portends such great things that the beer - when the head finally falls enough to get it to my lips - is pretty unremarkable. This is an easy drinking pale ale that's been hopped beyond reason, the result is a bitter, sour-lemon finishing hop bomb. I suppose anytime you pack (the advertised) 70 IBU's into a 6% ale you're asking for unbalanced, but I can't help but wish the malt had more room to shine here.

Mouthfeel is thin, but you wouldn't know it from the fluffy and crisp carbonation. It's all a bit dry and sticky, the finish is totally wet hops, grapefruit and (thankfully reserved) pine resin, a touch of booze and lemon sour. Not the finest finish, where is my malt?!

I could have another of these, but three would be pushing it. My big complaint: this is a little manic and unbalanced. Good for a quick hop fix; not a go-to beer.

Like all beers Founders makes, this is still recommended. (1,914 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle in a DFH pint glass.

A - A very light straw colored ale with good clarity. The white head is huge (too much in fact) even with the gentlest pour. Nice lacing.

S - A very floral and fruity aroma. Some spice as well.

T - Heavy on the hops and light on the malt (which as a concept is perfectly fine with me). The hops are mostly floral and grassy with very little citrus or bitterness. I thought the flavor was pretty good but I found it too dry.

M - Way too much carbonation for my taste. A bit on the thin side too.

D - With the exception of the carbonation, I found it enjoyable. I had high hopes for this one but I didn't think it was worthwhile; especially at $10 / 4 pack. I could get a Stone or Lagunitas IPAs for less. (757 characters)

Photo of drxandy
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 batch
12oz to tulip glass, pours a nicely carbonated foamy pale golden peach, white head with fine bubble lacing hangs around then fades, looks great!

smells of sweet smooth hoppiness, malts are caramely but lean towards more biscuit, mmm

taste is smooth, foamy, bitter hops pop, bitter but lighter than expected, extremely flavorful, delicious herbal plant freshness, sweet citrus, slight alcohol astringency, excellent balance, very nice

mouthfeel is lingering bitterness from hop resins, delicious hop blend, amazing head, very very drinkable and balanced

yum (571 characters)

Photo of SmithwicksNut
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a really big three finger head with a hazy gold color.

S: the wet hop aroma was very strong.

T: A strong hop taste with earthy overtones. A full flavored beer

M: Medium carbonation with some alcohol coming through.

D: an enjoyable beer but I prefer the Centennial and Pale Ale more. (297 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Aroma dominated by hops but with a nice touch of malt. Flavor dominated initially by intensely bitter hops up front well balanced by a nice maltiness. Crisp and very drinkable. (250 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Smuttynose shaker glass. Appears a slightly cloudy bright yellow color with a good two fingers of fluffy white foam. Aroma and taste is packed with hop notes such as citrus(grapefruit, bitter lemon) grass, caramel malt, pine and alcohol. Delicious! Medium in both body and carbonation. IMO, the tastiest harvest ale I've had and one I look forward to each release. (399 characters)

Photo of gmcfarre
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy light orange color with a huge, billowing head that becomes very rocky with time. Lacing is terrific. Something I expect from Duvel, not necessarily a wet-hopped pale ale.

S - Not quite as overwhelming as many fresh-hopped ales, but the scent is still pleasant and refreshing. Grapefruit and citrus are dominant, with a touch of pine flavor. Mild sweetness.

T - Starts with a touch of chewy sweetness that is quickly enveloped by the fruity & bitter hop flavor. As with smell, grapefruit and pine come to mind, with perhaps a hint of bubblegum. Great bitter finish that doesn't overpower.

M - Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Good bitter & dry finish that doesn't cloy too heavily.

D - Terrific flavor and a moderate alcohol means a pleasant drinking experience. Certainly worth picking up. (874 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12-ounce stubby bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a hazy golden amber body with a bit of fine sediment and a huge, milk-white, four-finger plus-sized head that briefly breaches the rim of the glass, forcing me into a quick series of foam-saving sips. The tower of whipped-creamy foam stands tall and defiant of deflation and leaves gobs of 3-D foam on the glass.

The smell is loaded with hops; grassy, sweet citrus, floral, and dank all have a place to play atop a fine, light malty backbone.

The taste is citrusy and sweet with a splash of grapefruit and a slosh of lime-infused orange juice. A bit of sticky grassy resin gums things up very nicely, and a crisp toasted maltiness keeps things mellowed to a degree. Things get hoppier, though; even as I type about the oppressed malty goodness of this brew, I get yet another hop-note, and this time it's cat pee, which works just fine in this application. A dry, bitter, pithy twist of grapefruit rind lingers in the aftertaste.

On the full side of medium-bodied, Founder's Harvest is one of my favorites of the style I've tried to date. Truly citrusy and nicely carbonated, the drink is as quaffable an APA/AIPA (or whatever) as I've come across. Truly excellent. (1,232 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Greensboro, NC. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: The popping of the cap releases a huge amount of hiss, and no wonder - the head on this one's HUGE and has amazing staying power. The carbonation is off the scale - super fast, bubbly, incredibly fine, zipping up to the foamy, sticky, HUGE head. I didn't hesitate overpouring, because I knew that even if the head exceeded the lip of the glass, it would hold itself together no problem. The body itself is hazy, sort of a pale orange, and the appearances only weakness. Overall, very nice.

Aroma: Huge citrus, very pure-smelling, almost like orange juice in places. Mint-like notes emerge as things warm, as do other leafy, herbal hop notes.

Taste: A very balanced and drinkable wet hopped ale. A healthy dose of biscuity, cracker-like sweetness with flourishes of honey and a moderate to moderate-plus amount of smooth bitterness form the foundation of this one, but this one's of course all about the hop oils. A pretty flavorful combination of lighter citrus notes, herbal, leafy notes, and a few rougher, more pine-like overtones comprise the majority of the flavors in this one, and it's a pretty solid flavor, if I do say so.

Mouthfeel: The body itself is medium to maybe even a little thin. Incredibly high carbonation makes for a huge, pillowy, puffy mouth and doesn't come through as prickly or rough - very even and smooth. Smoothness is also probably enhanced by the metric ton of hop oils in this one - very slick.

Drinkability: Another solid brew from Founders, and a really good wet-hopped ale - quite a way to celebrate the harvest. Alcohol's undetectable and only 6.5%, definitely enhancing drinkability. The stickiness is great, the mouthfeel soft and smooth, and the combination of hop oils - though lighter than many harvest ales (the SN is coming to mind) - is very pleasant and enjoyable. Pick up a four-pack of this one next season (as I imagine the hop glory is already starting to fade fast this season). (2,012 characters)

Photo of strykzone
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is unique. Beer is a cloudy dirty gold color with a BIG head of light soapy bubbles that becomes a soapy lacing. There are stringy things visible in the glass when held up to light.

Aroma is tart hop with grapefruit and pine. There is also some unexpected sweet orange notes. Very nice!

Flavor is full of tart hop. It is very citrusy with grapefruit and lemon. Some grass and sweetness. Mildly bitter from the hops.

This is a truly refreshing hop based ale that offers some unique flavor combinations. It is a pleasant mix of tart and sweet with plenty of citrus. Caramel isn't noted but the beer draws sweetness form fruit flavors. Enjoyable! (652 characters)

Photo of grub
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jay23 sent me one of these as an extra in a recent trade. thanks jay!

12oz bottle. sampled nov 22/08.

pours hazy golden with a big fluffy white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. big fresh hoppy aroma. pine and grapefruit. touch of orange and tangerine. floral too. touch of caramel. white bread and biscuit. touch of alcohol.

taste is good. grapefruit. orange peel. tangerine. white bread. biscuit. touch of wheat too. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. bit of caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. just over medium carbonation level seems a bit too much for the style.

drinkability is good. nice balance. big hoppy flavour aroma. if the carbonation was dropped a little this one would be great, but even as is it's pretty darn good. (797 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this bottle.

Pours a cloudy yellowish amber, pineapple juice colour, thick white head forms, great retention and drops a ton of lace chunks on the glass, very solid layer sticks around. Smell is great, very fresh and hoppy, a ton of pine and grapefruit, floral, pineapple, grainy, caramel, apricots, orange peel, very resiny and fresh. Taste is similar, pineapple and caramel, alcohol, pine, thick sugary malts, wheat, some floral, grapefruit finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very fresh tasting, very hoppy nose, resiny, pretty damn nice. Good thing I have one at home! Thanks Russ! (677 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold pour, good sized white head. Rather bubbly looking. Smell of grass, grain, hop pine. Mouthfeel is nice and not overly carbonated. Solid citrus, pine, with some malt and biscuit that makes this a pleasant surprise. Very solid, crisp and refreshing. Where was this when I finished mowing the lawn this summer? I think this would be better as a Spring release named something else. (390 characters)

Photo of MacDomer
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Bright straw/hay yellow, with some golden highlights. A bit hazy. Huge head - at least two fingers of pillowy white foam. Terrific sticky lacing all over the glass.

S - Piney, and citrus hops up front. Lots of lemon and grapefruit, some cotton candy. Followed by some grassiness.

T - Much like the smell - pine, grapefruit, lemon, grass. Some light malts to balance. Juicy. Good, but not as complex as I would like.

M - Light to medium body. Smooth and crisp. Moderate carbonation and a longer finish.

D - High drinkability. Great flavor and smell, decent balance, crisp and fresh.

I love Founders, but I think I only like this beer. Still, it's quite nice and I'll plan on getting more next year. (743 characters)

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