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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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3,047 Ratings

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a decent frothy khaki head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of crisp citrus hops in front of sweet malts. The taste is nice smooth crisp citrus hops just in front of sweet caramel malts. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing with decent carbonation. This is a great wet hop beer, one I'd certainly have again.

atsprings, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass...Bottled 3/28/10

A: pours a slightly hazy straw gold color with a 1 finger head of tight white foam with some big bubbles in there as well. head has excellent retention and leaves a thin layer of foam on the way down.

S: a blend of tropical fruit scented hops, citrus hops, lemon meringue pie,and some dusty grassiness

T: resinous and sweet up front, with a honey and cracker flavored malt base followed by the vicious hop assault that is very bitter grass flavors with some pine sap and lemon peel. not as fruity as the aroma

M: very dusty and resinous with a smooth and rounded out medium-full body. finishes slick and very dry

Overall, A well done wet hopped APA though not my favorite. Maybe some of the more delicate hop freshness was lost to the age of this one. I would definitely buy this again if it were within a month or two of bottling.

OlRasputin989, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of jchow79
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a mild orange and when poured into a snifter is a beautiful sight. Not a great deal of head and what head there was disappeared quickly.

The aroma is fantastic. I've never been to a hop farm but I imagine this is what it would smell like. Herbaceous character with hints of pine and citrus.

This is an interesting offering - I get some sweet action on the tip of the tongue but finishes bitterly. I love it!

Overall this is a great beer. Very nice!

jchow79, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Pellinore1
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bottle pours a slightly hazy orange into a pint glass, leaving about a finger of white head. This fades, leaving a little lacing.

The aroma is all hops. Citrus and floral notes are most present.

The flavor begins with fruity, floral hops, and just a touch of malt sweetness. As these fade to the back, a clinging, hoppy bitterness is left on the tongue.

This is a fairly smooth, light to medium-bodied beer.

The first was certainly enjoyable, but I wouldn't be following it up with another right away. It isn't quite balanced enough for me to think of it as an especially drinkable beer.

Pellinore1, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one pours a nice golden yellow, that also has a hint of orange to it. It has a small white head that left good lacing on the glass.

S - The smell is that of earthy hops. There are also notes of pine, grass, citrus, and also some fruitiness.

T - The hops are right up front. There is a bit of sweetness and fruit notes, but the hops are the star of this beer. The finish is hoppy, and has a peppery bite to it as well. The hops stick to mouth and fade slowly.

M - This has a medium body with medium carbonation. The finish is dry, and also has a sticky quality to it.

D - I think this is a good APA. At first I thought this may have been an IPA. It goes down very easy and is refreshing. I would try this on again for sure.

JizackFH, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of boralyl
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass it produces a small 1/2 inch white head that fades fairly quickly leaving light lacing. The beer is slightly hazy with a light orange-gold hue.

S - Big citrus/flowery hops combined with a light malt sweetness.

M - Medium in body and carbonation.

T - Malt sweetness up front followed by a nice citrus kick. A little more malt body comes in right before some flowery hops and a nice bitter finish.

A very nice Harvest Ale. I know it can't be fresh, unless Founders made another batch, but this was the first time I saw it on shelves in my area so I picked up a 4-pack. Would love to try it fresh next year to see what flavors may have faded.

boralyl, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of volklshred
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A-Very light and transparent blond color.

S- Floral and citrus hop nose.

T-Most of the hop flavor has left the beer, however, it still tastes delicious.

M-Not much as far as mouth feel. Very light carbonation with a malty and wet finish.

D-Due to the beer's age, this beer is extremely drinkable, even a bit watery.

Due to the late date of consumption, most of the profiles of this beer have left. With that said, this beer still tastes really solid, something that would be nice on a hot summer day.

volklshred, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of muttyd
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange/straw body with a thin white head that slowly fades away into a faint ring. Earthy, grapefruit/piney hops dominate the aroma. Some caramel/citrusy sweetness. Caramel malts and spicy hop flavor both well balanced. Slightly oily, astringent, and bitter. Excellent representation of the style - big bold flavors, yet still very drinkable.

muttyd, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of in780
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Generous extra from my brother-in-law...thanks! 12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Here we go:

A - bright gold with a two-fingered white head, with nice lacing.

S - none-too-subtle hops, brief alcohol aroma

T - Just like the smell, hops with alcohol (more heat than I would have expected from the 6.5% abv). More piney than citrus.

M - Rich and smooth, the highlight for me of this beer.

D - Hops are a little too overwhelming, needs more balance for me to want to drink another one.

If you like hops, this is perfect for you.

in780, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.1/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden/yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Lots of spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Fresh cut grass, big grapefruit aromas, some citrus, and a strong bitterness. Not much sweetness for balance in the nose.
T: Big grapefruit and citrus flavors. A large lingering bitterness, and nothing in the form of sweetness or anything else for balance.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A bit on the thin side, and not as dry as I was expecting. A small amount of heat from the alcohol. Mostly the strong bitterness makes this harder than I would like to drink.

Not a bad beer by any means. Hop heads will really love this. Not for me though. Just to much bitterness and nothing else for balance. There are plenty other great Founders products that I will return to before this.

champ103, Nov 27, 2010
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 bfields4
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow slightly hazy. Nice lacy head.

Wet-Hops dominate the aroma. Nice citrus, lemon zest, and pine. There's a nice spicy bill to boot.

A very well balanced beer. The hop presence hits the citrus hop resiny flavors very well. A bit oily, but very in-place for a wet hop beer. Sweet biscuty malts are just enough to round off this bad boy.

A touch on the lighter side. A nice fall APA with good IPA flavor just not quite as big. Founder's has crafted a keeper in my book.

bfields4, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Only had a couple of Harvest ales, this and the Estate ale From Serria Nevada.

A - The initial pour produced a nice light orange/amber color with very little head. My suspicion may be this was last years version which angers me since I overpaid for it.

S - Smells of very faint hops and malts with a bit of earthy goodness. Man it even smells old!

T - MMM clean and crisp! The taste of the hops is only slightly bitter next to the malts which seems earthy and strong. The yeast tone is low so even aged this beer drinks great. Balanced.

M - Very light but full of body.

D - As I always state for good brews I will have to seek out fresher but can't imagine the flavors would be much better. Even old it was a nice brew but not worth 4.25 for the single. 4 pack for 10 bucks sounds about right. Good beer.

DrDemento456, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden blond color with a slight white head. Retention is not great.

S: Very nice hop scent. Quite floral with a little citrus. Centennial in particular is evident. There's also quite a bit of pale malt and some caramel malt.

T: Floral and grassy hops are the headliners followed by some light citrus flavors. Sharp biscuit flavors keep things balanced. Finish is long and moderately bitter with hops fading into a pretty distinctive pale malt.

M: On the lighter side for both body and carbonation. Feel is smooth, but for me, a few more bubbles might pull more from the hops.

Thought this was good, but well behind Sierra Nevada for my favorite Fresh Hop/Harvest Ale. Founders uses just a little softer, fruitier hop combination that is very nice, but loses a little steam for me towards the end of the glass.

GeezLynn, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of soze47
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 12 oz. single of this at the store. I'm drinking on 11/24, which puts the age at between 1 and 2 months according to the Founder's release schedule.

Appearance: Nice bit of head forms on top of a clear, bubbly, and yellow gold body. Very slight lacing that ends of disappearing by the time I'm done drinking.

Aroma: Very earthy in both the malt and hop bills. Hops are herbal and grassy with a slight piney touch too. They are what really shine through, but the malt does contribute a nice grainy scent too.

Taste: Very well balanced. The hops provide most of the flavor, but the malt is definitely playing a role too. Big notes of herbal hop flavor, not bitterness, lead off. Once the initial hop burst fades, a very nice and slightly toasted bread quality balances the flavor out before a more piney, but not overwhelming, hop bitterness takes effect in the linger.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is light-bodied and very gulpable. The carbonation keeps things light on the palette and contributes to not just the flavor profile, but also to how easy to drink this beer is.

Overall: Easily one of the best fresh-hopped beers I've tried. We are not going for IPA standards of hoppiness, which helps accentuate the more subtle and delicate flavors fresh hop brews can deliver. Many fresh hop IPAs feel like a mouth full of grass or meadow. This one, because it goes for a more subtle tone of a pale ale, creates a fantastic brew.

soze47, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of kenito799
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, IPA tasting.

Medium golden honey color, clear, almost no head.

Tangy deliciously aromatic fresh passion fruit, ginger, apricot on the nose.

Teh mouthfeel is fizzy and light almost like a lager, and the intense nose does not carry through to an intensity on the palate that one might expect. Instead the flavor up front is tobacco and green hops, a touch sweet with a bitter midpalate rather than a long bitter finish. The light touch on the palate, however, makes this brew very drinkable and refreshing. Very well done.

kenito799, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cam for this bottle, which I probably would've been too lazy to go out and buy myself. Bottle date is 9-28-10. (Also added notes from a 4-pack of the 2011, one month old.)

Pours a mostly translucent light orange, light sediment is seen floating. A very nice sudsy white head retains easily at about a half-finger and leaves good lacing.

Nice foresty hop scents of the pine and floral variety. Light caramel malt some citrus comes out more as it warms.

Grassy and piny hops follow the nose pretty closely, spicy hops pretty noticeable as well. Some notes of citrus, grapefruit and peach as well. There is some caramel/toasty malt but it mostly stays out of the way letting hops dominate, although they are not overpowering to the palate. Nice variety of hops.

Has a smooth, slightly oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is about mid-level/high. Although this is definitely hop-forward it still remains extremely balanced-seeming and drinkable.

A very good autumn IPA, a nice plethora of fresh hop flavor with a good malt backbone to it. The price is a real bummer though.

Chico1985, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of jlandis
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with 1 finger white head. The nose is full of bright citrus and tropical fruits. It smells so fresh and ripe I just want to bite right in. A nice subtle bitterness rounds a fantastic fruit basket flavor of tangerine, ripe grapefruit, and citrus rind. There is also a malty sweetness that backs up all of those fresh hops. The body is nice and creamy with a subtle bitterness.

This is a great harvest beer and I'm glad I was able to pick up a bottle while it was still fresh. I love this time of year, especially for the wet hop beers. Nice bright flavor and smooth finish. I'll be sure to pick up more next year.

jlandis, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of a 12 oz bottle courtesy my bro-in-law.
A: Very clear pale golden, with a nice white fluffy head.
S: Bready (abbey/yeasty), a very welcoming mild centennial/grapefruit hops which seems much more aromatic than sticky punch-you-in-the-face. Almost like a spicy ginger orange juice, with a nice subdued pine character.
T: Subdued bitterness, although with a cleansing, long-lasting hops profile that is full and sweet, with a bready yeasty malt backbone that soothes out the beer. Great job on this one.
M: Slightly thicker (think barleywine), but with the typical cleansing slow carbonation Founders represents. Well done.
D: Really good. I wish I had another bottle.

ne0m00re, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Cloudy yellow/orange with a small head from a conservative pour. Bubbles were constantly rising to the top. A nice looking pale ale. It reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale, one of my regular pale ales.

Being a cigar and pipe smoker I rarely get as much aroma from a beer than non-smokers or other reviewers I read, but that was not a problem with Harvest Ale. Strong aromas of grapefruit and piney hops nearly knocked me over (in a good way). Any pale malts were way in the background. WOW! The taste is remarkable; bitter-sweet grapefruit leads the way with a delicious bitter finish that lasts until the next sip. A spectacular ale obviously brewed to highlight the fresh hops, but does not taste unbalanced at all like so many hop forward ales do.

The great balance is reflected in its luscious mouthfeel. The drinkability is very good. It could be easy to guzzle this one down but be patient. Respect the 6.5% ABV and let the brew warm. The best attributes of Founders' Harvest Ale can be more fully appreciated at temperatures quite a few degrees higher than my refrigerator's.

Founders is one of my favorite brewers already and I still haven't had some of their highest rated brews like Breakfast Stout. Kudos to the Michiganders!

airheadmtrcycle, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Arenbeer
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter thanks to mgoblue5743

A- Pours a real nice golden yellow with a thin bright white head that creates a nice top layer.

S- Really nice strong pine and earthy hops with some definite citrus and fruity notes but not to much to hide the hops.

T- Wow! Really strong bitter hops up front that goes down smooth with a nice pale malt flavor. Definitely pine and grassy flavors that kill the tastebuds with a definitely orange citrus on this tip of the tongue.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and really nice strong bitter dryness that makes you want more and more!

Overall this is a really awesome pale ale! I thought this was an IPA when I was drinking it. It's more hop oriented than fruity which i really love in these types of brews. Not a big fan of overpowering citrus and tropical fruits so this really hits the spot for me. Just straight brutal grassy hops!


Arenbeer, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of mdcrouser
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glowing gold, with just a hint of orange, settling under a light white head that rings the glass with thick lace. The rings build like floors of a building.

Big hoppy nose, with fresh oranges, and a bit of cut grass.

Sweet and hoppy, playing less off the flavors of the nose and adding new ones like grapefruit and pine, with a sharp pepper bite to close. The hoppiness slowly fades from the tongue, lingering for minutes afterwards.

Dry and a little sticky in the mouth, somewhat cloying.

Not my favorite of the highly-hopped APA's of late - don't get me wrong, it's good. Just not what I prefer in an APA.

mdcrouser, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of beerphan
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask @piperspub in Pittsburgh-> 20oz pint

Arrives a hazed orange with a tight white head. Sheets.of lace that don.t fade wow.

Nose: Hoppy. Freshly cut oranges. Herbal and grassy.

Slight body as expected from cask. Some sweet caramel up front before the fresh hoppy goodness creeps in. Lots of citrus hop flavors, orange, mango, fresh pineapple. Flavors seems to mimic the intenseness of hop pellets, but that can't be. Seems to be an extremely freshed hopped beer and i have no complaints.

Great beer. Thanks to Pipers Pub for serving it and tweeting it.

beerphan, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a gold amber look with a nice white head.

S- Smell of hops and citrus notes.

T- Taste of hops and citrus notes follow by a ending of malt.

M- semi dry and hop bite presence follow by malty aftertaste with citrus notes.

D- Very good wet-hop beer. I like the ones more of the Pale ale then leaning towards IPA. Everybody and there grandmothers pump out IPA. It doesn't always have to be that style and can still be hoppy.


SamuelJackson45, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased this at Oak Tree Buy Rite in S. Plainfield, NJ. Into a pint glass, it poured a cloudy golden hue with one finger of white; good retention and lacing, and very little visible carbonation. Smelled of bitter herbs, grassy menthol, grapefruit peel, and slightly apple. The taste was initially bitter herbs, followed by apple maltiness and grapefruit, and then finishing off on a dry bitter peel note which lingered. As it warmed to room temperature, I detected more grapefruit in the finish as well. Smooth, creamy medium body. Excellent session pale ale, that is as well balanced as it is flavorful.

donniecuffs, Nov 20, 2010
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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