1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,775 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,775
Reviews: 972
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 328
Gots: 310 | FT: 11
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Founders Harvest Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,775 | Reviews: 972 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tectactoe
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice, golden-yellow color with a bit of haze. Small, white head that floats thinly across the top of the beer and leaves pretty good lacing along the side of the glass. The smell is hoppy as hell, but noticeably different from dry-hopped beers. This hop smell is more "pure" - more floral, weedy, and nature-esque. Slight citrus notes are present in the background.

The taste is spot on - fresh, wet, floral hops, heavy on the weeds. As I kept drinking, I kept thinking of a freshly cut lawn with morning dew all over it. The taste and smell of these hops are just so fresh, it's really something special. It's like taking a hop and just sucking on it. Some warmth in the background and just a touch of spice to keep things interesting. Lots of carbonation and a medium body with some slight stickiness.

This was my first wet-hopped beer and I was pleasantly surprised. The difference between dry and wet hops is quite noticeable. Both similar, yet very different tastes. I enjoyed how fresh and pure this beer tasted - definitely a treat. I would like to get my hands on some more of this beer.

Photo of redleg64
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of stpaulsipper07
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of baklo
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam for this fresh bottle! Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Pale straw yellow; translucent. One finger of off-white head.

S - Fresh and pungent hop aroma up front. Grapefruit, pine, orange zest. A fairly prominent sweet caramel malt presence in the background.

T - A big assertive bitterness up front with plenty of pine, grapefruit, tangerine and hints of melon. A fairly big sweet caramel malt backbone provides a decent balance. A dry, bitter finish.

M - Medium body, creamy. Full of resinous hop oils coat the tongue with each sip.

O - A very fresh and vibrant wet hop IPA, but a little too malty for me.

Photo of phingdong
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of eorwar
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Horbar
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with a decent white head that dissipates rather quickly. I can smell the citrus and pine as soon as I pop the top off of this one. Resinous, dank, grapefruit, and apricot aromas atop a sweet sugary base waft into my olfactory system. The flavor is a hint of bready and caramel malt up front before the palette is filled with hoppy goodness. Pine and resinous topped citrus and tropical fruit flavors tip the flavor balance well onto the hop side. Light to moderate hop bitterness. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. I felt this was a touch on the sweet side, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless.

Photo of deebo
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a bottle of this at the local liquor store, first time I've gotten my hands on this one. Bottled on 10/4.

A-Light golden in color, it looks oily (canola), completely transparent. Lots of lively small bubbles. Not much head, but what is there is white and sticky.

S-Smells like a wet hop beer-quite a bit like the casked citra wet hop brew I had at Town Hall Tap earlier today. Juicy citra hops jump out. Aromas of tropical and citrus (orange, grapefruit) fruits. A nice malt backbone is also obvious. I like the aroma a lot.

T-Upfront the hops are fruity but do quickly give way to a more piney/resiny bite. The significant taste and mouthfeel of malt help clean up the taste rather quickly with only a moderate amount of a bitter finish.

M-More of a malt backbone than some of it's peers. The mouthfeel is also amped up and really works well to create the closest thing to a balanced wet hopped beer that I've had.

O-Yep this is a good one. I like that they've thrown some malt in here. Really helps the drinkability. Most fresh hop beers don't have the drinkability that this brew possesses.

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of mzeld
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of brock146
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Golden in color with a semi-foamy white head

S- Citrus hops and sugar

T- Excellent. Fresh hop taste is crisp and smooth followed by a malty sweetness.

M- Medium carbonation. Malt creaminess is also on the medium level.

O- Great wet hop beer. Refreshing and delicious. Very enjoyable. However among the wet hop beers Surly Wet is still my favorite.

Photo of Mick-e-d
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a translucent golden with a 2 finger off-white head. Big trails and small bubbles cover the glass.

S- Caramel, nice citrus, floral hop aromas

T- Sweet caramel, lots of citrus (orange, lemon), grass and nice floral/grassy bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Nice light, crisp creamy feel.

O- Very good wet hop beer. Really enjoyed this beer and hope I can get another 4-pack.

Photo of zenwatts
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of rolandboy
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jaycase
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: light golden hue. translucent. frothy white two finger head

s: tropical /citrusy hops. pineapple, mango, grapefruit. resinous. aroma seems a bit too faint like the aroma volume knob was turned down a notch.

t: citrus hops throughout with a modest bitterness at the end. tiny bit of maltiness lingers in the background.

m: medium body. carbonation seems spot on. a great dense wet feeling - the sensation of drinking something which is double the volume if this makes any sense.

o: very nice offering and balanced so well. Challenging to track down but well worth it. Founders please increase the production of this quality brew.

Photo of beerFool28607
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of olmane
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light pale bronze. About one finger of head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smells of earthy, leafy hops with some grassy notes. Also some tropical notes and resin underneath. Beneath that is a bit a caramelized malts.

The taste is bitter citrus and tropical favors along with the caramel backbone. Aftertaste is like a candied mango.

Mouthfeel finishes sticky and oily. Pretty light on the carbonation.

The is certainly worth seeking out.

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,775 ratings.