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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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95
world-class

3,047 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,047
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 313
Gots: 149 | FT: 4
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)
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Bottled just over a week ago. Who doesn't love seriously fresh IPAs? This one pours a mostly clear golden auburn topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises pine, sharp grapefruit, sharp cantaloupe, buttery caramel, and peach. The taste seems to focus heavily on the pine aspects, sharpening them even further than in the smell. The fruit isn't nearly as distinct, and the caramel has gone from buttery to spicy. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid IPA, but the pine character comes off a bit much for me, especially considering the fruity tones imparted by the smell. Still pretty tasty, though...

TMoney2591, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to womencantsail.

Glowing orange with a dense white cap. The head settles slowly, receding to a collar with tons of sticky lacing.

Nice dank citrusy hop nose. Very fresh, grapefruity and floral; not much of the grassiness I get in a lot of wet hop beers. Light bready malts reside in the background.

The palate is citrusy, grapefruity, quite floral and a bit lemony. Light in body, very crisp and dry with a nice punchy finish. This is a stellar fresh hop ale.

largadeer, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden orange tone, some suspended sediment. Initial three fingers of compact foam, good lacing and a collar of foam stays over time. Aroma is a bit on the cereal grain side, barley malt with some herbal hops, mildly sweet and floral. Not as citrusy as would be expected from a wet hopped pale ale.

Sessionable is my first thought, wish I had picked up a six of this. Comparable to Alpha King, just not as aromatic or juicy. Certainly hoppy, but mild on the bitterness scale, more floral than anything. Very smooth feeling and ultimately session-worthy.

2010: Lacks the fresh hop punch that distinguishes harvest ales. Not one i'd scramble to find, but would drink it if available.

emerge077, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, thin, white head of foam. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled strongly of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Some burnt toast notes, too.

T - Great roasted malt flavor with sweet citrus and grapefruit. The bitter hop bite was stronger than most pale ales.

M - It was crisp and very sharp on the tongue. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - Quite possibly the best pale ale that I've ever had. I regret only grabbing one 4 pack. I hope more shows up!

zeff80, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -12%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -6.1%

SocalKicks, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears a bright golden copper slight hazed hue with a light white head forming thick atop the glowing orange body. Lacing is fine and even down the sides of my chalice.

Aroma has a solid vegetable affair going on with green onion and fresh resinous citric hops, a semi sweet lightly toasted cracker malt profile not much sweetness going on.

Flavor is more of the same with the green onion flavor hitting pretty hard on the palate. A resinous semi sugary sweetness wrapped with green onion and a mild garlic flavor hit hard. I can't see drinking this one in number, that vegetable hop freshness found here is much different than other fresh hopped ales out on the market.

Mouthfeel is oily with hop resins a bit hot with a mild alcohol burn, this beer really isn't really my idea of fresh hopped ale. A sweet sugar malt base with that green onion tone throws the party off carbonation was mild and smooth, but overall the finish from the onion stays on your breathe.

Drinkability overall is pretty weak, not worth the 5.99 I paid for at Fathead's this past weekend but I've been wanting to try it. I don't think I could drink a four pack of this stuff.

Update for 2011 exponentially better than the last batch...this beer was drank at the Sharp Edge for around 7 bucks a bottle and suprisingly totally worth every penny.

Pours a super pale golden hazed color with a bright white head forming thick, I was shocked at how light this beer poured. The nose was full of pungent fresh wet hops esepcially citrus/herbal/grassy tones, of course there is a light pale biscuit malt feature addeded in the nose as well. Pretty damn good bitterness balanced with enough pale biscuit malts just to take the edge of it, but as a whole it's a dank super hoppy harvest ale from our friends at Founders...damn I'm going to get some 12.99 4 packs at Giant Eagle this coming week a damn tasty fine beer that should be drank in number meant to be enjoyed with friends. I was buying this for a friend not familiar with the hops and he kept calling it the "weed" beer, by the way he was loving it. Mouthfeel was bitter dry clean finish, with ample carbonation and the drinkability factor was inasane for something so hoppy. I could have drank this one all night as my only Harvest Ale at the Sharp Edge where two different Founders beers were flowing on tap. I had two pints of Founders Centennial but I really liked the Harvest ale.

WVbeergeek, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

nickfl, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

Bright golden glow in the light, faint hop haze. Bubbly lacing certainly suffices and then some. Blond tobacco, hemp seed oil, soft pint, cilantro and mint show the hops in an epic proportion for the aroma. Hey malt, how hay doing? Thanks for the bready and biscuity flavors but now you can move aside for what I really want. Fresh hop flavor, thanks. Stodgy oily hop chaos grips the taste buds. Bitterness is not scathing but pricks the tongue enough times to be noticed. Flash of shortbread from the malt but then a whole lot of hop flavor pushes in. Hoppy semi-dry finish.

Great example for someone to try a fresh hopped ale, balanced and drinkable. Complex yet easy to quaff back.

Jason, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a strong citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA worth pounding for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a quite foggy orange gold with a thinner light creme head. Nose is pungent pine and salty hops. Flavor is quite salty and intense. Not precisely the "wet-hopped" characters I would expect, but really: how wet can the hops be upon delivery to Michigan? Not hatin', just sayin'. On the powerfully salty hops with minor pine tones there seems like some obliterated lemon tang as well. Feel is smooth and slightly thick on liquid and the carbonation is middle of the road. This is super hoppy and I can dig it. But the label says "wet-hopped ale" and I would have never guessed so in a blind taste test.

RblWthACoz, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a finger width of white head that left good lacing. Smells of fresh piney hops and citrus. Slight underpining of malt as it warms.

Taste is lip smacking fresh hop bitterness, pine, and citrus. As it warms, a mellow caramel backbone emerges under all the hops. Finishes with a splash of sweetness and then lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice tingling carbonation that compliments it's bitterness.

I was worried that the hop freshness may have started to die out in this one allready but was pleasantly surprised to see them holding up quite well. It's not quite up there with some of the other top Harvest Ales but is quite servicable and drinkable for the style.

Kegatron, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2nd review, I guess the server crash ate my other one...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. superior lacing & very good head retention as well

S: Lemons, biscuitty malt & grapefruit, plus some leafy hops once warm. I remember my 1st review having much better aroma, but got call em as I see em, this might one of those beers that is fantastic fresh, but suffers over time, not sure???

T: Follows the nose, plus a touch of flinty dryness up front. Grapefruit & buscuitty malt dance as this warms, plus some floral hops as well. Finishes crisp, citrussy & with a dryness that demands you get another one out of the fridge

MF: Medium bodied, fairly soft carbonation & superior balance

Through the roof drinkability. As long as I can get this & the frehness is there, this a must purchase every time I cross the Mizzou State line! If not the best fresh hop beer I've had it is in the top 3...

russpowell, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Re-visiting this beer with the 2009 edition. The 2008 was one of my first reviews, so it was overdue for an update.

A - Mostly transparent pale golden body, with 2.5 fingers of creamy off-white head that takes a while to dissipate. Lots of glass-coating lacing and a solid cap. Love the foam, but the color isn't very interesting.

S - Delicious smell filled with hoppiness and citrus notes, grapefruit predominantly, as well as pine, and a solid doughy malt backbone. Very refreshing!

T - Very similar to the smell - hoppy and loaded with citrus, sugar cookie, and caramel. Mellows finish, with only a little bit of bitterness

M - Medium body. Crisp and refreshing, with a decent amount of carbonation. Some residual resins and a nice dry finish.

D - Very drinkable - I can't taste the 6.5% of alcohol at all. I could totally imagine kicking back a 4-pack on an autumn afternoon.

One of my favorite harvest brews!

MasterSki, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review taken from notes, thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this growler. Enjoyed from a willybecker.

An amber shade in the color with golden general hue with lots of fast moving bubbles inside. There is a thick creamy cap of white that retains very well. Tight bead and streamers of lace adorn this. A full on hop aroma with lots of orange and floral notes with mild pine accents the aroma has subtle hints of pineapple in the lush hop nose with clementine and hints of light pepper in the background -totally hop dominated. The feel is juicy with highly carbonated acidic quality and slightly oily body with a moderate acidity level overall. Gentle malt in the backing with a spicy dry finish and hardly any alcohol in the feel.

This harvest beer is wonderfully juicy with bitter flavor up front setting you up for a strong peppery orange rind combo and some tea-like herbal taste riding along. The flavor has a subtle tinge of mango and pine pokes through in places with a mild toastiness from the malt that only emerges momentarily til a light apricot mellow earhty flavor and fruit accent comes in. There is a slight touch of lemon oil with citrus juiciness, but the vegetal element of the hops is minor as it finishes. Overall -the best Harvest or wet hop whatever the style. the hop taste is so refreshing and only a mild amount of vegetal is introduced with very vibrant hops and enough balance to satisfy fans of the style without going toward 'hop assault'. This has that resiny hop tangy flavor after the swallow telling you it is a seriously hop forward beer.

Slatetank, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a Duvel tulip...because it was clean.

Hazy and orange, sizeable off-white head.

Huge citrus=y aromatics, plenty of grapefruit in this...pure, unadorned, raw and up-in-your-face hops, hops, hops, hops...I like it!

Bigger blast on the tongue, fierce and fresh, juicy, and just bitter enough, but never quite too much. Hop flavor remains on the palate seemingly forever. I like that, too.

Crisp and refeshing, hop head-style. My kind of session beer, even at 7%. I could drink a case of you and still be on my feet.

Full body, full flavor, slightly out of balance, but that's what the style is, and that's what I desire. Wish I had more of this!

Much thanks to the pimpp!

feloniousmonk, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this thing accidentally in the store the other day. Has to be very fresh as I usually check Founders and haven't seen it before. It seems to be getting good reviews too, so let's see how it is. Poured into my great old oversized DFH snifter.

A: Pours with a light but decent lookin head, but it doesn't stay long. Before you know it you're staring at the top of the beer. It has a semi hazy golden yellow honey colored look. It does have some nice light slipping through.

N: Starts right off with musty fresh noble hops. Some pine and citrus, but lots of fresh hop aroma. Some light malts are there, but I think that's more of my mind thinking it, or perhaps I get some light sweet honey, perhaps. But lots of the spicey piny hops that do have a nice fresh aroma. Some grapefruit and tropical fruit round off the hop aromas.

T: Taste is actually a little strange. It has a strong earthy spicey hop taste and juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit tastes, but it also has a weird musty taste that I got on the nose but its more prominent on the taste. Not too pleasant either. A light sweet malt taste. More fresh hop oils and resin taste really sticks out, and that musty taste fades quickly after a few sips.

M: Semi thick, slight spicey hops, and decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter and getting drier and drier by the minute. The strong bitter and spicey hop bite really stick around for about 30 seconds as well. Since it never seems to go away, it makes it a little difficult to drink as it seems to build up more and more. Everytime I swallow the bitterness is refreshed in my mouth, even when I don't take a sip.

Final thoughts: Pretty decent for a fresh hop IPA, lots of earthy spicey citrus pine hops and hop oils and resin tastes. Pretty bitter on the finish. The strange musty taste, the long lingering bitterness, and the fact that it seems like it's missing something, seem to take away from it a little. I really do feel like it's missing some specific hop variety, or some malt offset that it could use. I can enjoy this though, just very slowly.

jlindros, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is yellow and pretty hazy with a nice white head that falls away leaving the glass coated with lacing. Carbonation moderate. Looks fine.

Aroma is strong hoppiness with lots of citrus hops in there. Nice.

Beer is medium in bodied and moderately bitter in the back. Its sweet and has great pine and citrus hop character in the midpalate, its a very nice beer. The finish isn't dry its well balanced and turns out to be a great APA. I really like this beer.

drabmuh, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +17.4%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -6.1%

mendvicdog, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 10/04/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in DC. Served in a stange type glass.

a - Pours a transparent orange amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, tropical fruits, oranges, fruity malts, and floral notes. Smells of super fresh hops, really amazing.

t - Tastes of piney hops, tropical fruits, and oranges and citrus hops. Again, a lot of hops and nice, but a slight step down from the nose. Light bitterness.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. Light bitterness in the mouthfeel.

o - Overall another awsome beer from Founders; I'm really surprised I've never gotten around to having this one. Tons of hops and has that great fresh wet hop smell, and very easy to drink; could definitely have had a few of them. Would love to have again.

mdfb79, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

jwc215, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive cream-white head that receds very slowly. The liquid is dark straw yellow in color. Cloudy

Strong, fresh piney hop aroma, very much like an IPA.

This is more hoppy than many IPA's. The malt is solid but quickly overwhelmed with grapefruit flavored bitterness. Good body.

This is a get-me-another bitter APA.

smcolw, Nov 01, 2008
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,047 ratings.