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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,042 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,042
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 304
Gots: 148 | 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:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: granger10 on 10-24-2004)
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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottle shared by Darrell...again. Thanks man!

Served in a Russian River "TION" glass.

The beer is orange and mostly clear, with a small white head that leaves sparse lacing in it's wake. The aroma is of dank hops, with fresh citrus, herbal, and floral notes. Wonderful, though lacking strength. The taste...wow. Fabulous. So fresh. Glass almost gone already. Oops, got a little too excited there. Fresh hops, not much malt...superb. Founders Harvest Ale showcases hops brilliantly with this autumn release. A must try.

Huhzubendah, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A pale gold in color, head was bubbly like frogs eggs in a pond. Nice lacing.

Aroma is of floral hops predominately and a whiff of malt sweetness.

Big time hop oil flavor, piney and pungent. Herbal and very earthy hop profile, light crytal malt balances everything out. Some citrus touches are also noted. A hop-forward APA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering herbal/bitter finish.

Overall this is a very hoppy pale ale that I quite enjoyed. American pale ales are becoming more like IPA's and I like that. Good stuff from Founders yet again.

Stinkypuss, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Gonzoillini, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

mdaschaf, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

brandoman63, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%

12oz bottle courtesy of a very generous trader - tpd975! ABV listed as 7%. To spite the fact that harvest season begins in late September and I open this in late May, I feel it's only appropriate for the (maybe presumptuous) celebration of the planting of our garden.

I was remarking at the vibrancy of a pale yellow colour when, in no time, a stream of thick, brown sediment would rush its way out of the bottom and into the safety of a still rising three fingers worth of head. That sediment shaded in the body with a glossy orange. The foam left clunky webs of lacing as I worked my way down.

The hop profile is not at all as expected and is, in all honesty, far too modest. Curiously, it doesn't feature the citrus or exotic fruit profile of the West coast wet-hopped ales and neither does it have the pine or resin one might anticipate from a pale ale finished with a ton of freshly picked hop flowers. It is, by no means, not a powerhouse hop bomb. What it does have working for it, however, are faint but pleasant notes of maple, lemon, and straw.

The alcohol didn't need much warming to sneak its way into the mouthfeel, which happens every few sips. The malts have a sweet toastiness to them. The hops carry a slight tang and leave a lasting bitterness on the palate - reminding you with every sip this is wet-hopped.

Wet-hopping is curiously most evident in the flavour. The taste carries a lot of tang with it and is almost spicy at times. Notes of grapefruit are lost behind the grassy, green-tea like taste. While it's entirely possible I am confused, I swear I'm tasting a Belgian strain of yeast that may be responsible (more so than the hops) for a lot of the (subtle) grassy and tangy flavours I taste.

While Founders Harvest Ale grew immensely on me near its end it is all considered an average offering - especially for this brewery! I was at first a little disappointed by the fact that this isn't a hop-gloating, palate-violating hop bomb. I soon asked myself 'Why?'. It's not hard to appreciate this offering as being a well balanced, soft-spoken pale ale. Indeed, while the hops weren't in-your-face huge, they still made for a distinctive character. This was pleasant.

biegaman, May 27, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

On tap at TDR today.

The beer pours an amber gold with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing some wet earth, light herbaceousness, and orange citrus. The beer is impressively hoppy and bitter on the palate, with a fairly dry and hop driven finish. The flavor profile in this beer is nicely balanced, with the hoppy bitterness dominating. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a long, flavor filled, bitter finish. Drinkability in this beer was quite good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

One of the better wet hop beers every year. Very easy to take and quite delicious.

John_M, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +4%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled September ninth 2011.

A two finger head off the pour and tight Styrofoam appearance. Body is a brassy fourteen carat gold and polished glowing hues. Some occasional rising carbonation. Real nice body color.

Ah fresh chewy hop love on the nose. Citrus and green grass dense and airy, faint sense of sweet pine needles. Smells great.

Taste is chewy hop bent and minor lemon like malt. Finish is a bitter tolerable dense pine and some lemon/one citrus. Very tolerable, malt sweetness comes into play after many sips. Texture is real solid nothing mind blowing though.

Overall a great fresh hop ale either on tap or out of the bottle. More lemon and pine than orange it seems it out of the bottle.

smakawhat, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

plaid75, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -6.1%

tdm168, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Kelp, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Viggo
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

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!

Viggo, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of sendbeer
5/5  rDev +17.4%

sendbeer, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier shaped pint glass. It poured a crystal clear amber color with a moderate frothy head covering the top.

The aroma has a nice fresh hoppiness to. Some bright lemony citrus along with more of a bitter grapefruit and pine flavors come through in it. It has just a bit of an earthy spice to it as well.

The taste also has a very nice fresh hoppiness to it. It feels very balanced between the citrus and the bitter flavors which give it a pretty smooth taste. There really isn't a better descriptor for the flavor besides fresh hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very smooth and drinkable beer overall. The fresh hops really come out and have a nice bright flavor to them. Very nice beer overall and a very good fresh hop ale.

billab914, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%

12 oz bottle served in a Corsendonk chalice on Xmas Eve.

Not a great looking ale, this beer pours with rather small head, despite a vigorous pour, and looks a bit thin. The head is durable, however, and the glass ends up nicely decorated with sticky lacing.
The aroma is strongly hoppy, with fruity, floral, spruce and herbal hop elements. Likewise the flavor is a complex mix of hoppy elements with only a faint malt base. The malt is certainly in here, however, because the flavor is only moderately bitter, even in the finish. The flavor is better, and less piney, than the aroma. A sessionable yet strong IPA.

chinchill, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%

Hazy golden body. Lemon yellow highlights. A huge whipped head of white froth. Sticky lace is left in abundant qualities. Sweet, fragrant, flowery and citrusy aroma. Very nice and very reminiscent of Two Hearted Ale. Tasting this really takes me back. This is the closest experience I've had tasting a hoppy beer to the first time I sampled Two Hearted Ale in my basement bar 12 years ago with ZAP and Senior Shit. I'm just gonna take a guess that the hops for this bad boy are Centennial. It has that sourdough like malt and yeast contribution as the base. A little funky in that way.T he hops splash accents of orange marmalade, tangerine and grapefruit. The bitterness is not overboard, even though the bottle claims 70 IBUs. Carbonation is a bit overboard. Almost like some secondary reaction occurred that was not intended. But luckily it didn't impart any noticeable off flavors. This is pretty good. Solid. Nothing more though. And even though it reminds me of the first time I had Two Hearted, this is not Two Hearted.

Bighuge, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%

A very light yellow appearance, great carbonation, doesn't lend itself to a lot of lacing. Great aroma, tons of what I would guess are Amarillos, maybe even some nelsons (not really) its so funky. Amarillo and simcoe.

Amazing hop mouthfeel, a great balance and depth to the bitterness, really allows the hops to standout. I drank this Christmas week, so I'm guessing this beer is a minimum of 2 months old, more likely, about 3. Sturdy, doesn't get bogged down with a little bit of age on it, very nice. Big on the citrusness, might not be any caramel malt to this, very light body but still excellent pairing of hops to a restrained bitterness.

For having 70 ibus, this is so smooth. A must try for any self professed hop head.

EDIT: Have had fresher bottles, this is amazing stuff, easily the most underrated beer in the Founder's portfolio.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Zaphog
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Zaphog, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

PEIhop, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Bottle from the brewery, 12oz into a tulip. Bottled on date is smudged.

Filtered lighter orange, white head of a finger or two. Good lace and a decent bit of retention. Nose has some sweet malt with some piney/herbal hops right up front. Some citrus and grass. Taste has a sweet sugary, biscuity malt before more bitter citrus, pine and grassy bitterness. Juicy and good fruit notes. Lighter medium feel which is nice for the ABV, medium carbonation. Bitterness is moderate. A tasty, and relatively light harvest ale - very nice.

liamt07, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

rolltide8425, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

glid02, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -6.1%

ShanePB, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Date is rubbed off, but I know it is from this year since it is yellow ink.

A - Pours a golden-yellow with a one finger cream-colored head. Good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Pine, citrus - lemons.

T - Light pine with some nice light citrus and some sharp lemons.

D - Slight bitterness, good carbonation and a lighter body.

O - Refreshing, nice sharp lemon, but not overly harsh.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 17, 2011
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,042 ratings.