Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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93
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Reviews: 966
Hads: 3,876
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.86%
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 hoody711
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thought this was new but apparently not. Found on my search for Broo Doo.

A - from the bottle. Pours light orange/yellow into a tulip. The head is meager - 1 fingerbreadth, settles quickly. Not exactly clear but nothing floating around in there. Lacing is nice - not huge, but good.

S - some nice sweet fruitiness. Bready maltiness in there as well. Somewhat underwhelming, but my expectations were probably way too high.

T - fantastically balanced. Hop bombiness that doesn't scorch off your tongue but packs plenty of punch. It knows its place though, and lets the malt have a say as well. There's some resin in there too.

M - way too easy to drink. Silky smooth and carbonated just right. Crisp and refreshing for a heavier beer. A little chewy at the end if you decide not to swallow (not recommended).

O - it's good. Founders, being who they are, set my expectations way too high. A really solid beer, but I can't put it in the 95-96 range that it has on BA. Definitely worth a shot. (993 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355ml) bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Bottled 10/03/13
Served in a pint glass

The liquid poured a completely clear, medium amber color and was topped by a frothy, two-plus finger tall, off-white crown. Sheets of sudsy lacing coated the glass and stuck around long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was amazingly hoppy. Fruity and pleasantly sweet. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Mango, pineapple and passion fruit came through strongest. Dank, weed-like notes were also quite noticeable. Some orange peel appeared as well.

The flavor profile was drastically different from the aroma. Like the nose, it too was super hoppy and bright. In this case, however, the hops were incredibly dry and bitter, and much more one-dimensional. Intense notes of grapefruit pith completely overwhelmed the palate. The finish was super piney and bitter. The oily, resinous hops were relentless and gave my tongue a real lashing.

The mouthfeel was quite thin for the style. This felt a lot more like a thinner-bodied pale ale than a typical IPA. The liquid was slightly creamy and contained a fine, mellow effervescence.

I often find that most breweries who produce a wet hopped beer feel the need to make it so hop-centric that the bitterness becomes more a focus than the actual hop flavor. Founders Harvest Ale is unfortunately no exception to this. If they could perhaps dial up the malts and create more balance and body in the beer, this could be fantastic. (1,509 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a slight haze and plenty of bubbles coming to the top. A massive head of soft white foam that fell slowly to a layer on top and left scads of lacing. The nose is pretty and floral. Bright sweet fruit peel, orange and pineapple with a touch of malt sweetness. Taste is sweet, clean and crisp. Biscuit malt makes this tasty and full flavored. The hops are mighty and splendid. The body of the beer is silken and with a good balance this beer flows very smoothly. It has a touch of alcohol on the palate but it is not unpleasant . There is a bit of grapefruit and subtle pine with a firm bitter that is quite complimentary. Slick mouthfeel with a touch of oil. The resin doesn't kick out too strong and this leaves a bit sticky with a sweetness that almost seems forgotten after a big malt character that was surprisingly soft.

I loved this and thought it had just the right malt presence for a tremendous hop character that even showed off the herbal aspects of the hops as gently as possible alongside a terrific amount of fruit. (1,048 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/2/13.

Appearance: Golden honey with a bit of haze. Off-white cap of suds.

Aroma: Bread with bright citrus.

Taste: Starts with a rush of earthy bitterness that's not quite as harsh as the 70 IBUs would imply. I expected the hop character to be very juicy and citrusy but it's much more earthy with some pine. The malt undertone throughout each sip is toasty and balances well with the hops. The finish is a little weak/watery and the aftertaste is mostly gritty hop bitterness. I'd call this one a little lacking in flavor for 7.6% ABV even though there is some alcohol on the back end.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body and never feels thick or heavy. Average carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: So not the best wet-hop beer out there but worth a try fresh. Unfortunately the citrus in the aroma didn't manifest in the flavor. It's hard to knock a beer when it doesn't have any noticeable flaws but this one just didn't do it for me. At least it was reasonably priced. Would I drink it again? Maybe. (1,028 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottle into a FW tulip. 10/2/13 bottling date

Pours a crisp golden color with a slight half inch white head. Light aroma...fruity and hoppy and malty too..."crisp" fits the smell as well as the pour honestly. The taste is very juicy and of course hoppy...the freshness is real apparent here. Slight sweet fruit flavor as well, very easy drinking. Lighter side of medium bodied with mild carbonation. Drinkability is extremely high and is this beers best asset.

Overall a damn good wet hop ale. Recommended to be drank asap! (525 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From a 4 pack bottled 10/2, so around three weeks old.

Pours a honey orange, clear, finger of head. Good lacing.

Smell is light citrus, hop resin, leafy greens, grapefruit, citrus peel, a wee bit of a musty smell (interesting). Tangerine, not much malt.

Taste is very interesting, green grassy hops, really bitter grapefruit, huge underlying bready malt, nice orange, and musty melon.

Mouthfeel is where this beer excels IMO, it is slick, prickly, wet and I can not stress that enough... Most IPAs dry you out which is fine and I enjoy it, but this beer just does not at all, it is medium full bodied.

Really love the Mouthfeel on this beer, For me the flavor and smell is to close to a dry hopped IPA.... I do not get the super fresh smell I expect from my wet hop beers. Still a great beer though. Give it a shot! (823 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured in snifter
A- pours clear orangish yellow, single goner bubbly white head
S- plenty of pine, tropical fruit, wet hops, earthy,
T- very balanced hop profile, tropical fruit, strawberry, wet hops, slightly bitter finish.
M- great
O- a great harvest ale, a benchmark for the style, and yes you can taste the wet hop difference, very piney, sticky resin, bright tropical fruits, citrus, drinks very smooth (416 characters)

Photo of DavidBart
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's not easy to find Founders Harvest Ale. It seems as though if you blink around October it's all gone. Founders being my favorite brewery now, I kept an eye out for this one. It took a little research and a few dead ends, but I finally got some, and man was it worth it.

Rich, deep flavor. Nothing's jumping out, but everyone is playing together in harmony. Not too hoppy, but definitely "wet". 7.6 is definitely on the board, but it's so well disguised and it's super pleasant. You could down several of these and wonder which bus hit you!? ...I like this bus. (566 characters)

Photo of BA_Berto
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founders harvest ale
Appearance: golden orange color, light carbonation visible, few finger head.
Smell: floral hops, bitter citrus peel/ grapefruit. Subtle pine.
Taste: bitter..citrus, hops. Similar to smell, but finishes clean and no bitterness.
Mouthfeel: light carbonation, and has nice viscosity for an imperial IPA.
Overall: This was my first Harvest Ale, and was quite enjoyable! I look forward to having some more through out the season! (445 characters)

Photo of schepelz
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 10/03/13. Very excited to try Harvest Ale for the first time, I've heard nothing but good things.

A - Poured to a beautiful one finger white head. Yellowish/Amber/almost peach color. Nice lacing on sides of snifter

S - Bright citrusy smell, almost a grapefruit aroma. Strong hops but a very clean smell. Found as the beer warmed up a bit, the hops became a more prominent scent

T - As others have stated, the taste really does seem to follow the smell. Strong hops throughout. Starts very citrusy for me with grapefruit/orange. A VERY subtly sweetness that balances out the citrus taste making for a very smooth/clean drink

M - Perfect carbonation for this IPA. Medium body. No strong bitterness at the end. Ends feeling smooth/wet/oily

O - Well, this ended up being one of my first wet-hopped beers and it did not disappoint. Overall a very well balanced IPA. Would've preferred it to be a bit more hoppy, but that's just my personal preference. Will definitely be enjoying again in the near future, assuming I can find it again in my area (1,091 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12oz bottle into tulip glass, few finger white, creamy head that settled nicely and left some good lacing. Color is golden yellow

Aroma is outstanding - it's almost like I'm smelling a real hop in my hand. dank resinous aroma that I love! Some grapefruit in there too

Taste follows up on the aroma, lots of resinous hop flavor , slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel - nice carbonation, meduium body, sticky mouthfeel

Overall - I thoroughly enjoy this beer, one of my top IPAs. I wish they could Harvest fresh hops all year long! I was lucky enough to score the last 4 pack in a local liquor store. (604 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. bottled 10/2/13

A - Light peach yellow with a tinge of haze and 2 finger white head. Great retention and plenty of lacing.

S - Scents of citrus, orange, pineapple, floral, and light pine. It is a very nice hoppy aroma. Light malts of cracker and bread.

T - Fresh hop flavors dance on the tongue. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, floral hops, and light pine bitter. A balance of sweet malt, cracker, and bread gives way to a subtle bitter pine finish.

M - Light bodied and oily with carbonation fitting the style.

O - A truly enjoyable fresh hopped IPA that Founders has brewed. I look for it every fall. (643 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours golden amber, with a 1 finger white head. The aroma on this brew is huge and tropical. Pineapple and mango dominate early, with orange and grapefruit coming out slowly. There's also some brown sugar and hints of pine. I can't understate the tropical aroma here, very bold.

The taste is a smooth, even IPA experience. A lot of pine up front in the taste, the sweeter tropical notes hit about middle of the mouth with pineapple and mango. The finish has lot more going on, more on the malty side, brown sugar, apricot, honeysuckle, and more of that pine. Put it all to together and it tastes like autumn in your mouth. Even more so then a pumpkin ale.

This has one of the best feels of any IPA I've had. It's light bodied with a completely hidden ABV. Barely drying to keep you drinking. Founders always makes quality stuff, but this is several steps above quality. Price point is slightly high, but not out of this world. I will be getting more of this. (997 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottled 10/2/13 excellent! It ways in at 7.6% now. Pours a yellow orange, with a beautiful sticky one inch white head, not a ton of lace, but attractive stuff that does stick behind. Smell is very floral, mango, tangerine, hints of Marijuana, and pine. Taste is bigger than the nose would have expect, just delicious fresh hops, floral and tropical in the start and some dank marijuana and grapefruit in the finish. Body is large for a single IPA, almost an extra IPA to me, perfect amount of life, not really dry, and so dang drinkable. Going to drink many of these in the next month. (612 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found two four paks at the craft beer outlet and immediately grabbed one.
Bottled on 2 Oct. 13. Thats fresh!
Upon opening I was greeted with a wonderful hop aroma. It was bold and juicy with smells of tropical fruits and citrus.
The color was a light amber or even golden amber either way it looks too light for the style.
The head that formed was bright whte and small and never seem to raise to expectations.
Lingering around was a very thin collar bead. There was one loan carbonation stream, that's it. Definitely not up to style.
To me the flavor was a long the lines of dank and muddled at first sipping, but as it warmed subtle hints of tropical fruits came through.
Though the hops were dank and muddled, they were fresh wet and juicy.
In the background the malts carried itself very well with a sweet biscuit taste.
The taste is nicely balance with each component complimenting each other.
Finishes sweet and bitter.
Anytime you can get beer this fresh (less then two weeks old) is a good thing and it had a chance to mature. Sadly even in this crowded field that is the American IPA style this beer doesn't stand out as it should. (1,141 characters)

Photo of shredder83
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a light amber with two inches of white head that has good retention. As the head dissipates a slight ring is left behind.

S- not as strong as I expected, subtle. Pine jumps out first with citrus and floral hop notes behind it. A sticky but light sweetness asking with typical founders ipa yeast in the background.

T- a little different than the smell, I taste citrus first but then the resiny pine notes come forward. Light but noticeable malt presence balances the hops pretty well along with that founders yeast profile. Bitter but not overly bitter.

M- light on the carbonation, but just right for an ipa. Sticky resin coats the tongue after a few sips. Medium mouthfell that sits well.

O- A very well done wet hop ipa, not too bitter and not a huge malt presence makes for a pretty good balance. Hops are the star here for sure but no lingering bitterness despite the sticky hop resins. A great brew, I'm glad I got ahold of a four pack and I'd definitely grab more given the chance this fall. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw golden in color with a good white frothy head that has good retention.

Smell has some great hop aromas, fresh tropical fruit hop aromas are forward followed by a some herbal and light vegetal aromas. Malt is light and grainy and does well to showcase the hops. More fresh hop aromas come out as it warms.

Taste is great. Awesome rich herbal hop flavors are forward and followed by a light tropical fruit hop very mild bitterness. Lots of hop oils and resin let the hop flavors last well after it has been swallowed without the big hop bitterness typical with such a hop forward beer.

Mouthfeel is awesome also. Carbonation is mild and the light grain keeps it soft. Lots of hop oils and resin give this a huge sticky feel with a relatively mild bitterness. This gives it a medium body but keeps it highly drinkable. (831 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 10/02/2013 printed on the bottleneck. About two weeks old, and about as fresh as I could ask for! Excited to have this seasonal from Founders, a beer from them I've never tried before.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a light orange colored body with nice clarity and two fingers of fluffy cloudy off-white head. Nice fat rings of lace as the head recedes. Looks good.

S - Smell is of big oily pine resins, pine sap, grapefruit zest, lime zest, some rye & cracked pepper, and a bready malt backbone. Smells fresh and inviting.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp carbonation, lively oily pine hop bitterness, freshly cut grapefruit, oranges, and bready caramel malt to balance things out. Faint cracked pepper and rye are noticeable on the finish. Excellent.

M - Feel is fresh, clean, and bitter. Resinous pine & grapefruit zest clinging to the palate.

Overall, probably the best IPA I've tried from Founders yet, way ahead of their year-round Founders Centennial Ale offering. An excellent seasonal from Founders, and highly recommended, although for the price I paid, $11.99, this should have definitely been a six pack instead of four.

Founders Harvest Ale ---4/5. (1,228 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazed golden, two finger thick white head that has good retention and lacing.

S - Citrus, with mango and grapefruit, and pine hops. Hints of honey, caramel sweetness.

T - Nice hop flavors again with the grapefruit lingering through the aftertaste. Caramel, bready malts provide a balancing sweetness.

M - Medium body, spot on carbonation makes a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Finish is mostly dry, but leaves some hop oils behind. Touch of booze.

D - I first had this when it was considered a APA, with a considerably lower abv. Seems like such a more refined brew since then, with such clean hops and a balanced sweetness. (626 characters)

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

a - pours a golden straw yellow. Cloudy with a chance of white lace....nice retention and stick after every drink.

s - dank and resninous hops, floral, fresh, perfume.

t - lip smacking juicy fresh hops, oily, dank, resnious, piney, some malts, wet mouthfeel.

o - really nice and fresh IPA. (293 characters)

Photo of carmike813
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looking forward to this brew... I love wet hopped ales, so fresh

Appearance - this ale is awesome, great golden hue with carbonation that flows right up the middle forming a constant head, poured at a 2 inch head with great lacing - the perfect beer to look at

Smell - not getting the overall hops in the aroma that I would expect from the head that formed, but still picking up some of the cotta notes

Taste- so well balanced with citrus blended with a malt bill - zero alcohol hint at almost 8%

This beer is outstanding and one that will be enjoyed a lot more. (567 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely copper with a quickly dissipating thin white head. Nose of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine with some bready malt notes. Outstanding aroma. Bitterness throughout the palate. Grapefruit and pine are nicely balanced by a sweet malt. Finishes dry and lemony. Very smooth. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a well crafted wet hopped brew very much worth seeking out. (398 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A Modest half finger head with mixed bubbles formed when poured into a founders tulip glass. The beer is a matte finish looking, murkey copper to marigold color very gradiant looking.

S: Grassy orange aroma come out when poured into the glass. When swirled, im getting a bright grapefruit and citrusy hop aroma. Only a slight bready malt nose comes through the interesting hop profile of this beer.

T: Orange marmalade with over rippened grapefruit hop bitterness is firm from the get go. A very smooth, round hop flavor in this beer as apposed to some realy harsh hop bombs this one is very interesting. There is some pine that comes through in the middle along with the malty toasty flavors. The aftertaste is all orange grapefruit and lightly lemon.

M: Moderate carbonation and body. A stickey resieny mouth feel is left after a few sips.

O: I love me some wet hopped beers, only available for a short time so I get em while i can. Founder's has a winner hear. (971 characters)

Photo of jhawth
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orange with a finger head that quickly dissipates to a foamy cap. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, slightly fresh-cut-grassy hop aroma.

Taste: Juicy and fruity hop notes up front with mild accompanying bitterness, then subtle toasted malt notes. Really well balanced, nicely put together.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied, very smooth.

Overall: Very easy to drink, very nicely put together IPA. Tastes very fresh, for lack of a better description. (513 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep orange in body with white bubbly head that stays on top. Aroma of oranges and cream, grass, pineapple, and pine. Flavors of big citrus, grass, pine, mint, and a whitewash of booze with sour rind aftertaste. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The booze is a bit much and holds the beer back. (299 characters)

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