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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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3,030 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,030
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 294
Gots: 146 | 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 Brent


2.95/5  rDev -30.8%

I feel rather bad giving this beer a less-than-excellent rating, as it is the first thing I've had from Founders that was not top-notch. Hops flavor was a bit off - herbal hovering on grassy, with a flatly bitter finish. Perhaps the hops variety just isn't hitting the spot for me, but I found myself uninterested in going for a second bottle. Gave it a second try on the chance that the one particular bottle was a bit off, but the same. A sub-par beer for me.

10-19-2009 21:47:06 | More by Brent
Photo of kegger22


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured a clear yellow/amber with a modest head that quickly reduced to a collar. The aroma was hop citrus. The taste was citrus, but not in a heavy handed way. The malt was barely noticeable at first, but as the ale warmed, it came through. There was a slight needle aftertaste. The feel was medium bodied with reasonable carbonation. Drinkability was good. A very good beer, but based on price, this was a bit of a miss for Founders. Alpha King was far superior.

10-19-2009 01:07:29 | More by kegger22
Photo of b3barron


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

Sooo glad I found a four pack of this. This is one release I look forward to as much, if not more, than any other.

A - Golden straw colored and slightly hazy. Small off white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Lots of grapefruit, a little bit of pine, and sweet malt.

T - Grapefruit dominates, perhaps a little lemon too. Bitterness lingers throughout. If you don't like hops you will hate this beer. From the moment it hits your mouth it is coated in slick, resiny hops. So fresh and juicy.

M - Pretty full-bodied for the style which I don't always care for but with hops this delicious it is one of the things that seperates this beer from others.

D - I could drink a ton but alas this is the last of the four pack and I'm not sure if I will get the chance to quaff any more.

This stuff is liquid crack. I wish I had a case but am extremely happy to have landed a four pack. Hopheads should seek this one out.

10-19-2009 00:59:47 | More by b3barron
Photo of Redwood21


4/5  rDev -6.1%

A: the head lowers quickly but then sticks around so i cant knock it too bad. the amber color is a bit light but i don't dislike it

S: no distinct aroma whatsoever but a touch of citrus hops but very faint. its not offensive but still not a selling point.

T: its a pretty solid apa, on the lighter side, but still stronger in abv. the taste is classic with light butter hops with some citrus that has a bitter backbone that fades slowly.

this is a good beer, nothing that'll knock your socks off but still a really good beer.

10-19-2009 00:53:32 | More by Redwood21
Photo of rapidsequence


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12 oz bottle from a 4 pack.

Appearance: Very slightly hazy golden orange. I poured it hard and got about two fingers of head. Most faded fast, but there was a thin cap all the way down. Just incredible lacing.

Smell: Very grassy, grapefruit, and pine. Smells green. A lot like weed.

Taste: Delicious wet hop freshness. Juicy grapefruit, pine, and weed. Its definitely bitter, but finishes pretty clean and dry, with a little biscuity malt in the finish. Its a ridiculously good pale ale. Almost not fair to just call it an APA.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation makes for a crisp and refreshing feel. A little bit oily in the finish.

Drinkability: Its deliciously hoppy but not overly bitter. It drinks very easily. On the high end of the ABV scale for the style, but that will in no way stop you from drinking the four pack yourself during a game or something. One of the most expensive APAs though at around $10 a 4-pack.

10-18-2009 23:28:26 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of hosehead83


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Pale golden in color, with a half-inch sticky head of foam
Aroma-Big, piney hops
Taste-Full-on big, fresh hops-subtle citrus, and a long, bittering finish
Overall, big fresh hop flavor and aroma-Another winner from Founder's

10-18-2009 23:16:45 | More by hosehead83
Photo of dfillius


4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of white head with good retention. Crystal clear straw gold liquid. Very good looking.
S: Dank grapefruit rind and cannabis with Man Candy tropical fruit in the obscured center. Nice maltiness to it.
T: Nice strong bitterness which lets the malt show through nevertheless. Very strongly wet hopped pale. A tad perfumey, but not a negative. Pine and slight ethanol in final swallow. The best pale ale I've tasted from Founders yet and maybe the best period (not sure whether I'd say KBS is better).
M: Bitter and a little puckering. Dry
D: Very high. Gimme another and 1 more 4 pack.

10-18-2009 22:13:16 | More by dfillius
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

bottle poured into a pint glass

a: light golden/copper color, white head with slight retention. Little to no lacing

s: citrus and pine

t: citrus and pine hop dominate. light malt round out the taste. not nessicarily bitter, well balanced beer with big hop flavor

m&d: slightly slick and oily. light to medium bodied. Plenty of carbonation. Finishes dry. Very drinkable ABV, may not really be a session beer due to the dryness.

10-18-2009 11:22:57 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of stoutfiend27

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz bottle poured into a nonic

a-light copper color...little white head that fell quickly..nice lacing...

s-citrus and grapefruit...subtle malt...grass and a little pine

t-grapefruit and grass...sturdy malt backbone to fill in the middle..then a rush of hops at the end...finishes dry

m-a little thin for me but acceptable...oily and resiny..nice carb

d-could drink this all night..the abv is decent and not overpowering and the taste really doesnt work too hard on the palate..

overall a nice harvest ale..good seasonal transition beer...

10-18-2009 00:14:28 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.85/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A pale gold in color, head was bubbly like frogs eggs in a pond. Nice lacing.

Aroma is of floral hops predominately and a whiff of malt sweetness.

Big time hop oil flavor, piney and pungent. Herbal and very earthy hop profile, light crytal malt balances everything out. Some citrus touches are also noted. A hop-forward APA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering herbal/bitter finish.

Overall this is a very hoppy pale ale that I quite enjoyed. American pale ales are becoming more like IPA's and I like that. Good stuff from Founders yet again.

10-17-2009 18:43:40 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of shanecb


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

A - Nice gold color, with a white head that did not stay for too long. No lacing on the glass, and the carbonation was minimal, but the actual color is very impressive.

S - All kinds of citrus hop here, with some pine hop aroma backing it up. Some fruity hints such as grapefruit, and a hint of red grapes. Some bitterness to it, also.

T - Oh wow. Big time citrus and pine hops hit you right away, with a little creaminess just right at the beginning. There's also a little fruitiness too it. It's bitter, but not overly bitter at all. The aftertaste is almost completely pine hops. Very strong, powerful, and good taste.

M - Surprisingly creamy and substantial. Feels very nice in the mouth. The bitter flavor gives a little bit of a feeling of carbonation.

D - The drinkability is pretty good for one or two. I'm not sure I could see having more than that in one session, however.

10-17-2009 00:13:57 | More by shanecb
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%

Appearance: Hazy yellow/orange/amber with a nice head

Smell: Sweet grapefruit, sweet wet hops, pine. Lots of citrus elements.

Taste: Sweet, juicy hops. Not quite enough though. No noticeable/overboard bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Good, but a bit thin. Carbonation seems a bit off.

Drinkability: Good, could burn through several of these... if there wasn't any two hearted to be had.

10-16-2009 23:23:56 | More by craytonic
Photo of jera1350


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a golden yellow color. Lighter in color than expected. Thin white layer of foam. Small amount of lace on the side of the glass.

Huge hoppy nose. Massive citrus and pine. More piney than citrus. Bitter to the nose.

As expected, the hops dominate. Fresh bitter and piney hops. As someone else mentioned, there's a bit of a funk that resembles marijuana. Flavor is reminscent of putting a fresh hop in your mouth. Big and in your face. Sweet and a subtle buttery malt adds some backing and balance as well.

Smooth, medium bodied. Pretty resiny feeling. Semi-dry on the finish.

The funky high powered hop flavor really shows what a fresh/wet hop beer should taste like. This is one worth seeking out if you have not yet tried it.

10-16-2009 22:22:40 | More by jera1350
Photo of HitokiriNate85


4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

A - Really light gold with yellow on the sides. Really creamy, thick white head. Carbonation looks fairly light.

S - Wow. First off, it's worth noting that the aroma is flat out intense. Pine, grapefruit, and floral notes. This is a hop showcase. Mouth watering. Just leaps out of the glass.

T - Same as the nose, but there's just a bit of malt there to add something to the mix. Loads of pine and grapefruit with flower/floral bitterness and the slightest(I mean slightest) trace of pale malt. There's no way to really express just how flavorful the fresh hops are here.

MF - Medium carbonation with a light body. Not particularly oily or sticky, surprisingly, but it does a good job of lending points to drinkability.

D - I don't think I can this anything but a 5. I mean...the fresh hops are just so bright and intense. I only have one bottle. What a shame. This is awesome. It's classified as an APA on here. Why?

10-16-2009 03:05:04 | More by HitokiriNate85
Photo of Mistofminn


4/5  rDev -6.1%

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. I didn't know Minnesota got this brew.

Pours a slightly orange straw yellow. About a half a finger of off white head with decent retention. Does leave some nice lacing.

The nose is...whoa...cannabis?!?!? Are you kidding me? Honestly I get a whiff of pot. Earthy and piney hops mix together with floral hops with just the right consistency to give a bit wet whiff of fresh cannabis.

The taste is, surprise surprise, fresh hops. Floral and piney/resiny hops mix together and give off a sort of cannabis taste. Just plain odd...I've never tasted this before in a beer. It's a strange flavor (and smell) but it works well I guess.

Mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated at first, but if let sit for 30 minutes or so it gets better. Light in body with a small lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is good.

Another solid offering from Founders. Admittedly I think this should be called "Cannabis Ale" rather than Harvest, but to each their own.

10-15-2009 03:35:24 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of Tom8Analise


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Pours a nice shade of a goldish color and leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass but not too much, just right...which adds up to a medium bodied head...

S - Smells of fruits and hops...has a sweet honey scent as well as pine...smells a lot like a Ballast Point - Sculpin IPA (Grapefruit, Pine, Hops, etc...)

T - Has a very similar taste to the Sculpin IPA as well...a lot of grapefruit flavoring with hints of pine (and I'm guessing it is the common juniper berry)...

M - Feels good...not the best but not the worst...nice and smooth but still a little too much carbonation...

D - Probably would only be able to have 1 or 2...not a big fan of a high percentage of carbonation but would recommend it to an IPA fan during the warm summer months...not a good beer to enjoy by the fire while there's snow on the ground...definitely meant for warm summer nights and cookouts...


Tom and Analise!

10-15-2009 03:28:18 | More by Tom8Analise
Photo of russpowell


4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

2nd review, I guess the server crash ate my other one...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. superior lacing & very good head retention as well

S: Lemons, biscuitty malt & grapefruit, plus some leafy hops once warm. I remember my 1st review having much better aroma, but got call em as I see em, this might one of those beers that is fantastic fresh, but suffers over time, not sure???

T: Follows the nose, plus a touch of flinty dryness up front. Grapefruit & buscuitty malt dance as this warms, plus some floral hops as well. Finishes crisp, citrussy & with a dryness that demands you get another one out of the fridge

MF: Medium bodied, fairly soft carbonation & superior balance

Through the roof drinkability. As long as I can get this & the frehness is there, this a must purchase every time I cross the Mizzou State line! If not the best fresh hop beer I've had it is in the top 3...

10-15-2009 01:48:55 | More by russpowell
Photo of morimech


3.2/5  rDev -24.9%

Pours a pale golden to yellow/straw color with a large white head that has good retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. The lack of depth in color was shocking for an APA, but the head and lacing that comes from the hops saved the score. Has a highly hopped aroma of grapefruit, flowers, and pine needles. That is about it from the aroma. The flavor is likewise one dimensional. This beer has one focus and that is to show off the hops. But can't we have some malt flavor? Bitter and astringent. A little hard to drink. The body is too light for so much hops and bitterness. Carbonation is ok. Not the easiest drinking beer unless you are a hophead. I understand what the brewer is doing here but I do not care that much for the effort.

10-14-2009 21:58:29 | More by morimech
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.58/5  rDev -16%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark-golden beer, ever-so-slight haze. Off-white-yellow head, frothy & light; sustained nicely, at lowest as a thin, consistent layer.

S-Earthy-pepper-herbal hoppiness, slightly planty.

T-Herbal-resiny hops with a grass aspect to it. Bitterness is assertive, adequately out-showing the bready-sweet malt base.

M-Moderate body, lighter side actually. Carbonation is an easy, medium-light level.

D-Pretty drinkable, but the distinct hop flavors may dissuade some imbibers.

10-14-2009 17:14:28 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured into pint like glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that settles fairly quickly and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a somewhat hazed dull golden hued orange.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops with a nice citrus blend. A lot like an American IPA, but I can definitely tell the hops are fresh. Light caramel malts.

Taste: The hops are fresh, piney, and pack a lot of floral flavor to them. I really enjoy them. The caramel blends really nicely with the grapefruit citrus like other IPAs, but the fresh hops really blend everything together.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bitter, but fairly smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a fairly decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a floral/sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a really nice beer. I am starting to really enjoy the fresh hop beers and this one is no exception. I will be drinking this one again!

10-14-2009 03:05:46 | More by mothman
Photo of projectflam86


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A- Pours a bright golden/copper color with a thick fluffy white foam head. Some nice lacing is left behind.

S- Huge citrus hop bomb right from the start. Pine needles and some floral hops are present as well.

T- Sharp hoppy bitterness initially with ruby red grapefruit and pine resin flavoring the attack. A light alcohol sting in the finish. Usually APAs are a tad more balanced than this one. Pretty hoppy if you ask me, which I usually prefer anyway.

M- Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Crisp and snappy.

D- Really drinkable with tons of hoppy bitterness. If these were only a bit cheaper they would easily become a regular in my fridge.

10-14-2009 02:49:52 | More by projectflam86
Photo of BeerNuggets


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

A- very nice orange color with a very little head and minimal lace

S- Hints of Orange and Hops, but not overpowering. A bit mild.

T - Very Carbonated and tingly with strong notes of tangerine/orange to start out and then quickly fades to a bit lemony.

M- a bit oily, but not bitter. a very good feel.

D- I think it is very drinkable. I just picked up a fresh bottle today, so maybe another 7 days and it will taste even better.

This beer is very good and is a great way to celebrate the harvest. It has a perfect balance of Malt and Hops.

10-14-2009 01:23:15 | More by BeerNuggets
Photo of claminat420


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

A- poured a transparent straw color. 1.5 finger head with medium lacing.

S- a nice hop scent.slightly grapefruity.

T- a nice well rounded american pale ale. a watery hop brew with the lightest malt presence but just enough to get the job done.

M- light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- if they only came in a 6 pack :(

Overall- this is a good brew. i have to be an ass tho and give them nothing higher than a b+ for the fact of the four pack. they need to come out in 6er's!!

10-13-2009 04:09:54 | More by claminat420
Photo of pourmeup

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.1%

A- served into a nonic pint, light gold in color, very clear, retains a thin white head, small bits of lacing stay on the glass
S- very bright green smell, a fresh cut grass smell almost, very fresh hop smell
T- hops are premium here, you can definitely taste the wet hops, such a fresh heavy malt, very floral taste with a clean finish
M- a little thinner than what i had hoped but overall still quite good
D- very drinkable, i could have many of these throughout an evening
(reviewed by Daniel)

10-12-2009 04:16:21 | More by pourmeup
Photo of adamette


2.9/5  rDev -31.9%

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single for $3.49 at North Coast Wine & Beer in Cleveland on W. 117th Street two days ago into my Murphy's Irish Red pint glass. Kind of expensive if you ask me for a domestic, albeit craft, single, no? No observed "best by" date on the label.

A Very clear yellow body under a one cm creamy white head. Less than average since this style should have a nice, darker orange color in my opinion. 2.5

S Floral hops dominate. This smells like an IPA. I was a bit surprised to smell this so prominently since the label mentions that it is 70 IBU's. This is not my favorite smell in a beer but I will say that there is a distinct flowery hops (as opposed to the overbearing overripe grapefruit of other hops-centric beers). 3.5

T The hops are front and center but the mid taste was thankfully without the most severe of the hops. The same cannot be said for the first taste sensation and then a long aftertaste of bitter (but flowery) hops. I think this beer is overly hopped. 2.5

M Moderate with the stinging flowery hops and barley adding some body. 3.5

D This is supposed to be a session beer and it is just average for me due to the hop level in it. 3.0

Notes: Well after so much good news from fellow BA's about this Harvest Ale I was motivated to try it when I saw it in the cooler. Had I known that it was pretty much an IPA I might have left it there. I am going to Founders Brewing Company next week in Grand Rapids, MI and so now I know that I do not need to order this one.

10-12-2009 02:32:30 | More by adamette
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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