Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 966
Hads: 3,878
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 3.81%
Wants: 375
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 dougfur
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice straw color, pretty clear and a very modest head. The smell is classic citrus hops, not too strong, but noticeable and nice. The taste follows suit. It tastes exactly how a good, solid American IPA should taste. It won't knock any socks off, but it's very good and you'd enjoy this any time. Reminds me of Sculpin. (327 characters)

Photo of hoagzzz
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Worked hard to land a $76 case. Def more expensive and harder to find than last year! Great nose and likewise on the pour. Super grapefruit juicy hop taste. Overall like it but not absolute top tier for me. Thinking of throttling back on the brew scene til hopslam, sucks 12 ouncers et al hit in January. (304 characters)

Photo of awalk1227
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed 10/11/10 A disclaimer: I'm partial to hops and fresh ones at that, so there's no doubt my review on all Harvest/Wet/Fresh hop beers will be biased based on my own likings.

A: Poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Yellow straw, brilliant and clear. Finger of white head that sticks to all sides of my glass. Mmm, fresh hops.

S: Peach, mango, apricots, and sugar coated grapefruit. Really, the smell reminds me of eating a grapefruit halve sprinkled with a heavy coating of table sugar. Can't wait to stick my serrated-tipped spoon into this one. (I apologize for the innuendo)

T: Huge hops and grapefruit. Oranges. No alcoholic bite on the finish.

F: For such a small malt presence, there has to be one here, because the mouth feel is creamy enough in the beginning. I really enjoy PAs/IPAs that feel this way. Creamy up front, just the right bitterness on the finish. A full experience for the mouth.

D: This is the fruitiest PA I've had yet, no doubt to the recently-harvested hops. I wish it wasn't sold in a 4 pack, considering I'll be trading half of it away. I could have easily had two more without destroying my palate. (1,138 characters)

Photo of khumbard
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date:: 9/23/09, poured into Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear copper color, small fluffy white head that diminished into a small ring for the remainder of the drink. This looks like a tasty beer.

S - Wow. This smells great. Strong citrus and floral hops. This definitely has something distinct about the smell that I haven't found before. Love it.

T - Taste doesn't disappoint. A lot of piney citrus up front and a good bitterness on the back end. Not over the top, pretty well balanced.

M/D - Pretty light mouthfeel, very enjoyable. I could drink this all day. I agree with some of the previous reviews saying this does not really fit in the APA category. It is closer to an IPA. There needs to be a fresh/wet hop category. I will definitely buy again soon while it's fresh. This is one meant to be drank fresh. (829 characters)

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

Thank you Jim (RatedZ) for sending me two of these… Had both of them in the same night, wife really enjoyed this so I had to share.

A – Bright clear yellow/gold color, nice thick white head develops and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S – Super fresh smell, nice warm grapefruit and other not as dominating citrus notes. Some nice floral aspects also, and it just keeps growing and growing. Also can’t forget about the malt, which is sweet, but doesn’t take away from the rest of the nose, which is very hoppy.

T – Citrus hops, but not so bitter as unbearable more balanced throughout. The floral hops just add an additional layer of complexity, but as a positive. The malt makes a nice little addition, similar to finding a toy at the bottom of the cereal box.

M – Very crisp and refreshing, wish hop season was a little earlier in the year because this would be a fantastic spring beer. Carbonation was perfect, couldn’t have asked for it to be more spot on.

O – Like I said above, wish hop harvest was earlier in the year, this would be a fantastic spring beer, its so crisp and refreshing. (1,124 characters)

Photo of tburkhart
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a 4pack on a recent beer excursion.

Pours a cloudy yellow and the head stuck to the glass like there was no tomorrow and its life depended on it. 1/2 inch of head stayed throughout the entire glass.

Smells like fresh picked glorious hops. Looking at the bottle it doesn't say what kind of hops they used, but they are quite citrusy.

The taste is nicely balanced and not overly hopped. Going purely off of smell you would think it would be a hop bomb, but it's not. Very tasty.

All and all it is a very tasty brew (wouldn't expect anything less from Founder's) (569 characters)

Photo of THORN
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short bottle poured into DT snifter. Served 45-50 F.
A: Pours golden brown with a very large sticky bubbly head. Large lace left around snifter.
S: Bright bitter sweet hops, melons, grapefruit, and a little bit of honey.
T: Sweet malts are followed by fruity hops. Hops are resiny and covers alcohol.
M: Not too carbonated. Slightly syrupy and very warming.
D: Hop profile is very wide and is matched by malts. Very crisp and refreshing. (439 characters)

Photo of organicbrewer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-clear gold. Huge cloudlike head. Nice

S-Tangerine peel. Blood oranges. Very light yeast esters. Really nice.

T- Lots of citrus fruit. Some very light pine. Next to no malt, this is hop juice! Very low bitterness, just flavor hops. Nice!

M-Medium dry. Medium carbonation. No alcohol heat

D-This is a great beer. A bit one dimentional (no malt) but if you like hop flavor without overpowering bitterness, than you'll like this beer. (438 characters)

Photo of freehafe
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled September 2011, poured into pint glass.

A: Pours golden/copper color, 1 finger white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Intense fresh hop smell, citrus, fruity, and pine.

T: Initial taste very fresh hop/and citrus, finishes with bitter hoppy flavor that is not overpowering.

M: Smooth, light, and crisp body, very refreshing.

O: A very good wet hopped beer, balanced and fresh. (389 characters)

Photo of brian44556
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a ST 2xIPA glass. Bottle dated 9/22/11. Been looking forward to try this one for awhile.

Pours a hazy orange with a small white head. Leaves a great lace along the sides of the glass. This one smells amazing. Smells like beautiful, citrusy hops. Nothing else. Just hops, just the way I like it. Taste is has a strong bitterness from the hops, with a light malty backbone. Also tropical notes come out as the beer warms up a bit. This has an extremely crisp finish and is a very, very easy drinker. Overall a great offering from Founders. At 6.5% ABV this one is a very sessionable beer. I wouldn't have a problem drinking two 4 packs in a setting. (675 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 BuckyFresh
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a golden yellow, with an off-white, foamy, one-finger head. Looks like pretty decent carbonation, as I can see groups of bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass below the head. Retention is good and the lacing seems to almost climb up the sides of the glass under its own power.

Smell: I knew immediately that this was going to be a hop-head's delight because I could smell the hops as I cracked the top on this bad boy. Nice floral and citrus hops, with some resiny pine notes and some sweet malt. Pineapple, peach, mango, and orange are in the forefront.

Taste: Delightfully creamy texture and a load of hop bitterness. The fresh hops really add to the intensity it seems; reminds me a bit of the time some friends and I ate hop flowers at a beer festival (only a little toned-down, of course). The malt is there to balance things out, but the hops are the true star of this beer, and rightfully so.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy texture, with a pretty dry finish. Carbonation is adequate.

Drinkability: This beer is really delicious. I would describe the fresh hopped ale as hops in HD. It seems like there was more depth and complexity than you typically get in a "traditionally hopped" beer. I will definitely seek this out again! (1,315 characters)

Photo of Avantyawn
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle dated 9/22/11, so about 6 weeks old , and tastes amazing!

A: Golden orange, small head, little retention, filtered, doesn't look too impressive.

S: Citrus bomb, smells similar to their excellent Double Trouble, freshly squeezed tangerine juice, grape skin, murky sweet malt hints. Fantastic!

T: Sweet and bitter, tropical candy fruits, tastes absolutely sublime. This is EXACTLY the type of IPA I like. I would drink this all day. Tastes much like Dreadnaught but lighter.

M: Puckering bitterness, but well rounded, not TOO extreme. Very zingy but understated carbonation. Awesome.

This is an exceptional beer. The sweetness at the close is poetic. The bitterness subtle yet extremely dry. I can't say enough about this IPA. Buy it at all costs and soon! (775 characters)

Photo of brow1901
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this about a month ago, but the review got lost with site issues. I liked it alot so when I found another 4 pack I picked it up, hopefully the hops haven't diminished yet.

A- Nothing overly impressive in appearance, pale straw gold. Bright white head with very little retention, and some lacing.

S- Nice, great hop scent. A good amount of fruity esters, mostly citrus (lemon, grapefruit). Some spicy pine smells, its all very fresh smelling, no earthy notes.

T- Bright up front hops, not in your face tongue smack hops. But rather a smooth crisp clean fresh hop flavor. I can't tell that this beer is a month old probably too early to see diminishments.

M- Fresh, light carbonation. Medium bodided.

D- Very drinkable, almost like a session if it had lower abv. But thats just my opinion, I love these fresh hop beers. And this is a great one, one of the best imo. (875 characters)

Photo of EnemyWithin
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle in Duvel glass on Oct 21, 2011.

Appearance: 3.5
Golden honey yellow with a 1/2 inch white head that seems to dissipate relatively quickly. A little lighter in color than expected.

Smell: 4.5
Great pungent, dense grapefruit and citrus aroma from hops. It has a thick, sticky nature to the aroma somehow. Also get faint caramel, biscuit notes from the malt. Definitively one of the better smelling IPAs I've had in awhile.

Taste: 3.5
Initially, sweet citrus and light caramel note. This quickly transitions into a piney-dominating flavor of the hops, with note of lemon and faintly grapefruit. Much less citrus taste than expected.

Finishes with a moderate-high lingering bitterness with slight dryness.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Mild-moderate thickness with nice, soft carbonation that gives the beer a mild pleasant creaminess. Overall, on the dry end, with notable astringency from the hops.

Overall: 4
Great smelling beer, but the taste profile is more average to me. Not as much citrus as I anticipated in the flavor, and full disclosure, as I like in IPAs. I'd like to see that same great aroma come through in the flavor of the hops too.
Recommend try. (1,160 characters)

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

Snagged a 4 pack while down in Terre Haute, Indiana for work. Went out for a late night walk and stumbled upon the "Bourbon and Canal" liquor store...what a GOLD MINE! Outstanding beer selection and definitely worth the stop if you are ever in The 'Haute!

Appearance- Slightly hazy, very deep golden straw color with a huge effervescent, rocky, eggshell white head that towers up and lingers. Very effervescent! Long lingering head with sticky lacing all they way down the glass. Small slurry of yeasty sediment left in bottle.

Aroma- Fresh hop punch in the olfactory bulbs!! Slightly piney, orange fruit deep in the middle, light grapefruit notes with a subtle hint of warm malt and faint caramel if you try extra hard to sniff them out. Slightly grassy. Very sticky and resinous hop aroma. Quite inviting and almost theraputic aroma.

Flavor- Surprisingly light and quite delicate in flavor, though rich with complex hop notes similar to aroma. Effervescence scrubs most of the starting flavors out but hops quickly gain control of the situation. Slight malt sweetness quickly diminishes to grassy, herbal, resinous fresh hop flavor! A kiss of caramel brings a bigger, dry, almost puckery finish full of fresh hops in the mouth. Long grassy/herbal finish with undertones of soft caramel and fresh warm bread. Some alcohol notable, but just right to warm and cut the hops a touch.

Mouthfeel- Sticky, resinous, almost oily/slick mouthfeel but not overwhelming because CO2 washes/scrubs away the heaviness with each sip. Light to medium body, lonnngggg hoppy finish, high bitterness, very hop centered. High CO2.

Overall- One hell of an ode to the almighty hop! Tastes as fresh as a ripe hop fresh off the vine! Drinkability is relatively high considering the rediculous amounts of hops in this one, maybe 2-3 pints would be tops.

Hop flavors and aromas mellow out pretty good with time on this one, so drink it fresh if you really want a hop wallup. Soaked a bottle up on 10/14/2009 and then another on 1/11/2010 for comparison. Becomes slightly more balanced with time as malt flavors are unveiled with the diminishing hop intensity. Still one heck of an herbal/grassy fresh hop flavor though 3 months later! Great wet hop brew, definitely need to try this! (2,269 characters)

Photo of Martin2D
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fbm115 for sharing this one.

A - Pale yellow, streams of carbonation with a tiny head.

S - Hops with actually discernible roastiness from the malts.

T - Malt backbone is slightly roasty and the hop bouquet is very interesting. Very hoppy, citrus, slight pine, but very balanced against the malt.

M - Medium-high carbonation and light in body.

D - Very drinkable. Balanced, refreshing, great beer. (411 characters)

Photo of Dalem
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunrise orange in color and a very, very unfiltered haze in it's look. Inch thick whipped cream looking head that fades just slightly and leaving all kinds of lace all through the glass. The scent is a BAM! of very bright grapefruit placed smack dab in the middle of a pine forest. It's bursts right out of the bottle and wafts all through the room while pouring. After it settles down a little bit it takes on a more some fresh baked bread nuances. Very floral and flavorful aroma.
The smell is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to flavorful. Quite lush in it's taste. A sweet citrus burst of crisp & clean lemony tartness wakens the first. As it coats the mouth in a full but not too thick way notes of pear, spices and warm malts make their presence known but none of them pushing their way to the front screaming "Here I am" but complimenting each other in the all kinds of magic complexities that Founders has mastered. The finish is balance of fruit juicy nectar's, class A hop bitters and a spicy malt warmth. Very drinkable all the way through. (1,060 characters)

Photo of rpardon7
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice yellow orange with a rocky white head that disapted quicly and left a small ring of bubbles that was fed by the carbonation. Smell is of citrus hops orange and lemon with a hint of pine. Taste is bitter up front with the hops orange and pine biting away and then it mellows out to a nice malty backbone but finishes hoppy and dry. Mouthfeel is soft and lively very well balanced and brings the hop frangrance forward. Drinkability was nice a good fall beer with plenty of hops but well balanced. (509 characters)

Photo of bierbrauer
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 09/22/11, 10:09; poured into a tulip glass. Moderate 6.5 ABV, high end 70 IBUs.

A: Slightly hazy gold, with a 1" white head that leaves an even ring of lacing.

S: Sharp, resinous pine and juicy fruit, much like the gum.

T: Full, fresh fruit blast, followed by growing hop bitterness that lingers.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation; dry bitterness that is balanced by fruity sweetness.

O: For wet-hop IPA advocates, an ale to look forward to and seek out. Think fresh, green and delicious. (511 characters)

Photo of ltjska04
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Founders is one of my favorite breweries and when I saw this in the store I couldn't pass it up. I was pumped to find out that it was bottled only 12 days ago.

This guy pours a clear golden color with a soapy thin head. The smell is pretty much what I expected... wet hops. I get more of a vegetative smell than most APAs. I don't know how else to describe the taste other than "wet". I didn't think wet-hopping would make much of a difference but you can taste it. Unfortunately, I was expecting a bigger, bolder hop flavor for how fresh this beer is. Carbonation is also a bit higher than I'd like for this style. Overall this is a pretty drinkable and interesting ale but not one of Founders' best. (702 characters)

Photo of batty
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

slightly hazy peach-amber gold. bright white head that drops quick, but leaves a nice dense lace.

smells earthy, hoppy, but mostly just hoppy.. kinda reminds me of composting branches, but in a good way. wet hop.

tastes of a good balance - nice clean sweet malts on front that balance but don't distract from the last 3/4 - wet hop, more hop, ending with some orangey-hop and hoppy spiciness. very clearly wet hopped, and very clearly very good.

couldn't ask for a better mouthfeel for the style.. nice and thick, but not enough to be distracting. enough carbonation for a good feel and slight spritz, but not overwhelming.

just a touch cloying for drinkability in the strict sense, but i'd be happy to take me time for more of these. (738 characters)

Photo of sublimesipping
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having found a new favorite micro, I am smitten. Everything I try from this brewery is simply delicious. this beer represents fall 09 for me. Piney, earty, great aroma of old growth forests, a beer that I want to curl up to the campfire with.
Poured into a tumbler pint, great color, and head retention and aroma to die for. Taste again of pine woods and citrus spioe. Very well balanced with and excelent finish. so easy on the palate. A lingering rememberence like the season, of of the best of its class, my harvest for 2009. Cheers to Founders! (550 characters)

Photo of kingjames1
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive, warm apricot, hazy with "floaties," and a thick white, fluffy head. Very nice. The smell is very appealing - grapefruit, orangeblossom, and pine resin. Taste is delicious. I think this may be somewhat aged, as the hop profile seems a bit muted. The citrus is light and tingley, with a sweet, syrupy honey swimming beneath. It is complex, balanced, and immensely enjoyable. This is a great pale ale. (419 characters)

Photo of soughtbygod
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a light slightly clouded amber with a white two finger head

the smell is not that awesome all i get is a little oat slight hop maybe some banana

taste is almost like a wheat IPA, i have heard this compared to wet and i think wet smashes this beer by far for the hop lover it definitely has a good hop after taste, but the forward hop presence is not available

mouthfeel is up there with the best of them so smooth and creamy really surprised for an IPA

it a good beer. (488 characters)

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