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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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2,996 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,996
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 276
Gots: 147 | 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 dpnelson1978


3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.99 / ea.

A: Bright amber to orange body topped with one finger of loose white head that quickly dissipates leaving light foamy lace and a thin bubbly cover. Really expected more lacing and cover out of this one.

S: Strong citrus aroma over a subdued caramel backbone. Simple, but nicely balanced aroma.

T: Citrus up front, caramel malt in the middle and slight bitterness at the end. Again, simple but balanced, and very enjoyable from beginning to end. Noticeable aftertaste, but pleasant.

M: Light body with heavy carbonation. Strong carbonic bite, and distinct bitter tightening of the tongue.

D: Very sessionable selection. Great flavor, light, crisp body, and extremely versatile. Casual beer drinkers may find this on a bit too hopped up for an APA, but the citrus character should make the transition fairly easy.

O: Nice beer. Pretty standard fare for Founders.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 05:08:55 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of cbutova


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this last year and thought it was a high price, at the time I actually thought it was. A year later I have come to realize the high prices of craft beer and purchased a four pack. Bottled 09/28/10.

A- Yellow orange, very clear with a nice frothy off-white head. Head retention is nice and I can see huge webs of lacing forming off the head already. A good amount of spotty lace randomly on the glass.

S- Hops forward. I get a lot of citrus and tropical fruit notes along with a good dose of pine and earthy notes. Slight yeast and malt in the background.

T- Flavorful but different from the aroma. Hops dominate lending a lot of pine, floral, citrus zest, grapefruit and earthy flavors. Malt breaks in just a tiny bit with caramel. Slight yeast bread notes in the finish.

MF- Very light but a nice creaminess makes up for it. The carbonation is in the low-moderate range and feels nice. A strong bitterness and even some warmth are sensations left on the palate in the finish.

DB- A very hoppy APA (whooda thunk it). To me it is comparable to the Centennial IPA but brings a better hop flavor to the table. Solid, drinks smoothly and easily.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:45:47 | More by cbutova
Photo of nhindian


3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As the Fall seasons winds down, what better way to watch the leaves change and temperature cool with a fresh, Harvest ale.

A - True to the brewery's description, Harvest pours a pale gold, with light orange highlights. Builds a rather flat 2 fingered head that lasts as a little cap for almost the whole beer. Absolutely insane amounts of carbonation rising from the glass. A pretty moderate amount of lacing.

S - Smell is actually a bit more mild than I would've expected. Heavy notes of citrus with the pine and hops taking a backseat. The fruits really dominate the nose and next comes a flowery lightness, then pine. Relatively smooth blended and refreshing.

T - However, the taste is completely reversed. This beer really does have a bitter profile. Bitter in front, bitter in back. In between, though, is where this beer shines. Lemon, grapefruit, orange, and freshly cut grass welcome the mouth after the initial bitterness, but not content with the early exit, the bitterness comes back with a vengeance soon after. It's a shame, really, as the fruit and floral are the best part of this beer, but are too short-lived to make a big impact.

M - Mouthfeel is pleasant. The head actually lends a creamy characteristic which is welcome and unusual in the style, but helps contrast with the bitterness. Heavily carbonated throughout.

D - Drinkability is moderate. I am left wondering how great this beer would be if the bitterness were turned down a bit, because as of now, the bitterness really detracts from the beer's drinkability. Alcohol is hidden well, and the flavors are spot on.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:09:22 | More by nhindian
Photo of Overlord


3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly yellowish gold with a hint of orange. No real head to it, just some light wisps of white foam and edging on the glass.

Smells of fresh cut grass, some seriously bitter, bitter grapefruit and tangerine husks, and ... hmm... no sweetness, really.

Taste is really, really bitter. Yipes. An almost soapy, earthy grapefruit rind concoction with a bunch of palate wrecking hop bitter. Could use more balance, either fruit, or malt sweetness, or something other than this citrus rind bitterness.

Don't get me wrong, not a bad beer, but too one-note. Also, too flat.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 02:32:26 | More by Overlord
Photo of Jake1605


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a 12 ounce snifter that was rinsed before pouring.

2010 version bottle, 6.5% ABV 70 IBU's.

Appearance: Bright yellow, light in color. Although the 1 finger head went away quickly, it leaves a decent lining on the side of the glass. Average carbonation.

Smell: Citrusy, piney, floral hops. Strong grapefruit smell, maybe some pineapple & orange. Sweet & fruity smell.

Taste: Reminds me of a lot of IPA/DIPA's I have tried. Very complex brew, strong citrusy & grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth & creamy with a dry finish.

Drinkability: This would make a great session beer for a hop head, and could be Double Trouble's little brother.

I got a chance to try this side by side last week with the tap & firkin. This is the perfect beer to drink from a firkin, it was absolutely amazing. If you get a chance to try it from firkin, don't miss out. The tap wasn't nearly as good as the firkin or bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 00:52:44 | More by Jake1605
Photo of BuckyFresh


4.43/5  rDev +4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 01:11:04 | More by BuckyFresh
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty light in color, but has a really nice honey/amber sort of hue to it. It's not an unseen of sort of beer, but there are some nice nuances to the color which make it rather pretty looking.

The nose doesn't hold a lot. The hops are kind of small, and otherwise I only really smell some sweet malts. Not the most impressive nose, but it's nice.

It tastes really crisp and clean, with a nice light hop profile that's really well balanced by a light malty character. A very well in-balance beer with a good overall taste. I like this.

The mouthfeel for this beer is very likable, but it's nothing to write home about.

Easy on the palate, not too high in alcohol, no offensive lingering flavors. A rather drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 00:50:54 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of John_M


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 21:31:10 | More by John_M
Photo of LiquidBread219


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= Dark Golden Yellow nice head that sticks around for a while and leaves some really nice lacing.

S= Smells like a "hop bomb" lots of citrus hops in this one kind of like a Dipa.

T= Really nice smillar to the nose with citrus/floral hops kind of reminds me a weaker devil dancer really like it.

M= Delicious hop bitterness, sweet malt balance. Nicely done.

D= Really like this one it is one of my favorites by Founders. Goes down really nice looks like I have to make another trip to Mich.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 21:27:52 | More by LiquidBread219
Photo of otto251068


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westmalle goblet.

Appearance: A very hard pour delivers on a fingers worth of a khaki colored head. It doesn't last long however, a ring of dense foam remains around the glass, with a sparse, paper thin, spotty layer of foam in the middle. The beer itself is a nice gold color which lets a lot of light through. No sediment, very clean.

Smell: Major hop aroma. A hint of marijuana? A fresh cut grassy smell, kind of an "outdoors" aroma. More and more hops. The smell has a citrusy bite to it.

Taste: Bitterness. The bitterness comes from the overwhelming hop presence and some grapefruit as well. There is also quite a bit of pine. There is a touch of malt in the middle for a little balance. As the beer warms a little more sweetness comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. The beer seems a little "sticky" and "syrupy." I do enjoy the level of carbonation.

Overall: Just too much hops for me to enjoy more than one of these in a night. The hops do fade as the drink warms. That being said, I did enjoy the one I drank.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 21:16:49 | More by otto251068
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info that I can find.

Medium dull golden amber. Loose quality looking head, with better then respectable amounts of nice, fine lace.

Fresh hop nose, with resins, and citrusl

Solid pale with the familiar Founders density and crunch.

Spicy, citric, smokey lime, and quite a bit of smokey bitternness.

Quality all the way

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 11:53:39 | More by Billolick
Photo of FanofHefe


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Slightly dark yellow color with nice one finger white head. Head fades quickly leaving some nice lacing.

Hops, hops, hops. This aroma reminds me of stronger DIPAs. I'm a big fan of the hoppy Founder's brews.

Delicious hop bitterness, sweet malt balance. Nicely done.

Easy drinking, with tons of flavor. I'm going back for more of this while it's available.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 02:25:49 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of JayQue


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hop bomb of such strength that it could be considered an DIPA. Pours a slightly cloudy gold color. Medium size white head, less than average retention. Good spotty and rings of lacing.

Smell is great!!!! Intense citrus hoppiness..could almost say the aroma had a hops "bite".

Taste did not disappoint either. Citrus hops/some floral hops predominate. Oiliness in taste and mouthfeel and kind of a tobacco/or hemp thing going on as well. If there is malt balance here, I missed it. This is Devil Dancer's little brother!!!!

Took a few sips before the mouthfeel could be called rich. Definite good fresh hops oiliness and heavy duty hops bite. Crisp, tart, everything a hophead could want.

Drinkability is good. I bought 2 12 oz bottles and shared. If I had a bomber, I probably would have regretted sharing it.

I look forward to having this one next year. Definitely worth a six pack!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 23:02:59 | More by JayQue
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 03:03:52 | More by Jason
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Slightly hazy, bright yellow body with a small white head

S - Nice big hoppy aroma. Mostly citrus hoppy goodness with a hint of tropical notes and maybe some pine.

T - Follows the aroma closely. Nice citrusy hop flavors with a solid malt backbone. Finishes with a nice mix of pine and a smooth malty taste

M - medium bodied, fairly high carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable, enjoyable brew. Reminds me more of a IPA than an APA. Worth drinking for sure but I wouldn't go nuts trying to get it.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 02:17:01 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this in an extra from a trade. thanks jpmclaug!

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a notched pint glass. bottled on 9/28/10.

pours out a clear golden orange color. one finger of creamy white head. great retention, lots of sticky lace. tons of rushing bubbles.

big resins and hop oils right off the first whiff. skunk, piney, and grapefruit citrus hops. hints of tropical fruits detectable. hardly any malts noticeable, just a slight breadiness.

lots of bright grapefruit citrus and sharp bitterness. resins attacking the palate, lots of lingering bitterness. some tropical fruits and pine noticeable as well. just a very slight bit of bready malt, very hop forward. just a touch of alcohol heat as it warms.

medium bodied, hops takeover your palate. bright, slightly prickly carbonation.

drinks great, i wish this was readily available to me, because i drank my one and only bottle way too fast. im very glad i got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 00:12:26 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of StlHopHead77


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear,golden body with a 2 inch,stark white crown that showed moderate retention and revealed good sheets of lacing.

S-The nose is earthy,tart and floral with the smell of dank,fresh hops and bright,ripe citrus taking the lead.

T-Juicy hop notes at first(grapefruit and a mellowed pine presence)with a slight fresh-squeezed fruit juice sweetness and a lasting hop bitterness to finish.

M-Light to medium bodied with a nice resilient oiliness and innate brightness.

D-This is a high quality offering from Founders with good balance and great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 12:51:12 | More by StlHopHead77
Photo of Blanco


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

fairly clear orange color with a pure white foamy head. citrus (maybe grapefruit?) in the nose. taste is smooth with very little bitterness and a mild hop flavor. malt bill is minimal, but the beer is still very balanced. light mouthfeel. very high drinkability. This is a just a well-made balanced beer. nothing extreme about it and a nice change of pace once in a while when you want to go back to beer's "roots."

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 01:40:53 | More by Blanco
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with orange notes and a white head. In the aroma, a small fresh hop and a mellow malt backing. In the taste, dry, pine like, fresh hops that ride the palate all the way through. A small hop bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. The nose was lacking, but but tastes great.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 11:18:26 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Lukafer


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, with two fingers of white head.  Smells are citrus hops at the front, with slight pine hops and malt.  Tastes are citrus hops followed by a slightly sweet malt middle and a hop finish that is abrupt. Very well balanced and drinkable.  

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 04:17:27 | More by Lukafer
Photo of hooliganlife


3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ the bridge

pour was a darkish golden yellow with hints of light copper and orange. a bit of brightness through out. light head.

light citrus and pine with more emphasis on the citrus. pale malty body.

lots of pine up front and through out. mild citrus and grapefruit hidden. light malty body. a bit more harsh than the bottle.

moderate carbonation. decent body, fairly full.

i prefer the bottle to this all the way. the bottle seems to have more grapefruit and citrus in general. this was more pine. good, but the bottle is better.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 01:09:55 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of busternuggz


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Beautiful golden color with a luscious, foamy ~1/2" head. Leaves a little spotty lacing, head recedes to 1/8" but retains well.
Delicious juicy fruit in the nose, some mango and passion fruit, a little orange, light pine. I get some kind of fruit candy note too, like a pineapple Jolly Rancher or something.
Pine hits me up front on the taste, followed by bitter orange and just a brief flash of sweet tropical fruit, I want to call it passion fruit again. Finishes with a dry grassiness, and the orange and tropical fruit comes back a little in the aftertaste. Well balanced up front with the bitterness mostly taking over in the aftertaste.
The texture is fine but a little bit thin.
Easy drinking and smooth but just a little bitter for me to want to drink too many.
Delicious and juicy, a nice wet hop ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 19:13:12 | More by busternuggz
Photo of homebrew311


3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt at Dobby's for saving me a few of these.

A: bright golden color, sticky white head with huge lacing and good retention

S: plenty of bitterness from the fresh hops, lots of pine and citrus which sit atop a bold caramel malt profile. A touch of booze on the finish.

T: The front features resinous pine needles and caramel malts. The finish is rather bitter and somewhat dry. This brew is very hop forward and leaves a nice flowery hop taste in the mouth. This isn't my favorite hop profile, but it is tasty.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

D: not a bad brew but I would have to say that I enjoy Centennial to this. Definitely worth trying. This bottle is about a month old, next year I will try getting it immediately after release to see if the hops give off different flavors/aromas.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 21:34:40 | More by homebrew311
Photo of wisrarebeer


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice head, straw-colored
S: great, good malt and hops, earthy
T: really good balance, malt and good fresh hop finish
M: great, well-balanced and good malt for an American Pale Ale
D: very drinkable for an American Pale Ale, I usually don't like overly hopped beers and this one is an exception

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:06:32 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of rootbeerman


3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours clear pale yellow, with a hint of orange color. thin white head lingers a bit but did fall a couple minutes after pouring.
S: Nice grassy wet hay hops along with a bit of pine. malt is lightly hidden in with the hops.
T: a very different hop flavor, grassy like a pilsner yet just a bit of pine and grapefruit like some IPAs, malt is sweet but does not out shadow the fresh hops.
M: hops make this very crisp, but is not light on the palate.
D: its almost a hybrid of a pilsner and an IPA with the easy of drinking of both.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:37:30 | More by rootbeerman
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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