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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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3,018 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,018
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 286
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 jera1350


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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?

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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...

Serving type: bottle

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


3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

Serving type: bottle

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


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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!!

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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)

Serving type: bottle

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


2.9/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 02:32:30 | More by adamette
Photo of zeff80


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, thin, white head of foam. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled strongly of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Some burnt toast notes, too.

T - Great roasted malt flavor with sweet citrus and grapefruit. The bitter hop bite was stronger than most pale ales.

M - It was crisp and very sharp on the tongue. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - Quite possibly the best pale ale that I've ever had. I regret only grabbing one 4 pack. I hope more shows up!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 00:51:52 | More by zeff80
Photo of khumbard


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

Bottled on date:: 9/23/09, poured into Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear copper color, small fluffy white head that diminished into a small ring for the remainder of the drink. This looks like a tasty beer.

S - Wow. This smells great. Strong citrus and floral hops. This definitely has something distinct about the smell that I haven't found before. Love it.

T - Taste doesn't disappoint. A lot of piney citrus up front and a good bitterness on the back end. Not over the top, pretty well balanced.

M/D - Pretty light mouthfeel, very enjoyable. I could drink this all day. I agree with some of the previous reviews saying this does not really fit in the APA category. It is closer to an IPA. There needs to be a fresh/wet hop category. I will definitely buy again soon while it's fresh. This is one meant to be drank fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 23:50:35 | More by khumbard
Photo of Jayli


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a beautiful, pristine clear lighter copper color with a one finger of sudsy white head. Head recedes moderatly, and leaves nice susy spotty lacing on the glass

S: Nose is sharp with grapefruit citrus hops, piney grassy hops and a touch of the ganga... just saying...

T: Taste is a strong piney, grassy (ganga) up front. touch of honey and the slightest bready flavoring in the middle that makes this beer belnd so well, finish has a touch of floral hop bite that finishes the beer on an amazingly blended note.

M: Lighter side of medium body, mild carbonation, nice slick, oily feel on the tongue.

D: Oh this one you can sit with for a long time. Great taste, great feel, not filling, and is blended well.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 22:35:36 | More by Jayli
Photo of alovesupreme


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

Pours a light orange color with a sticky head. Clear body with lacing all over the glass.
Smells of citrus and marijuana. Peppermint is also present.
Actually taste's like marijuana as well. Citrus and mint once again fill out the flavor profile with a pleasant malt finish.
Nice full body with great carbonation.
A great beer from a great brewery. Make sure to get drink this as fresh as possible. This my friends is fresh hop juice.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 05:52:26 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of ltjska04


3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Founders is one of my favorite breweries and when I saw this in the store I couldn't pass it up. I was pumped to find out that it was bottled only 12 days ago.

This guy pours a clear golden color with a soapy thin head. The smell is pretty much what I expected... wet hops. I get more of a vegetative smell than most APAs. I don't know how else to describe the taste other than "wet". I didn't think wet-hopping would make much of a difference but you can taste it. Unfortunately, I was expecting a bigger, bolder hop flavor for how fresh this beer is. Carbonation is also a bit higher than I'd like for this style. Overall this is a pretty drinkable and interesting ale but not one of Founders' best.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 02:20:24 | More by ltjska04
Photo of jjanega08


4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a slightly hazy yellow color a little darker than your typical macro lager. The head is a small one. That rises to just a few millimeters high and falls pretty fast to a thin layer on top of the beer. A pretty good amount of sticky lacing however.
S= like wet resiny hops. Lots and lots of grapefruit and citrus. One of the most citrus beers I've ever smelled. Smells pretty green as well you can definitally tell fresh hops were used.
T= really really grassy citrus pine. Just like the smell. Really quite citrusy like the smell not like a grapefruit citrus as much however more of a bitter orange peel sort of taste. The taste of green chlorophill hoppy greatness comes through a little on the end. The finish is not bitter at all its actually sort of sweet citrus taste. The green grassy chlorophill taste rounds the super bitterness out really nicely making it super tollerable. Really great wet harvest beer. Most obvious wet harvest beer as well.
M= crispy sweet and delicious. A little sticky but very good.
D= I'm going to rate this one as a wet hop ale not an APA like it says I think harvest ales should have their own category. Really delicious and obviously a wet hopped beer. Perfect for what it is almost. A little increase in tyhe appearance and this would be awesome.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 01:59:45 | More by jjanega08
Photo of BeerSox


3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear pale golden hue with a thin off-white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing.

Very sharp and fruity hops, with a good amount of grapefruit and pineapple.

The hops seem to disappear from the flavor, very surprising considering the aroma. The hops are more tea-like, sitting on top of a sweet bread-like malt base. Full bodied, low carbonation.

I've got 3 more of these. I was hoping for something better and if one of the others deliver that I'll update this review.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 01:15:44 | More by BeerSox
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

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

Damn I love harvest beers

A: A golden yellow with a big head that was two inches thick from a hard pour. It dissapated rather quickly and left some nice webbing across the top of the glass. Mild carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Very fresh, citrus hops, mostly pineapple. A slight smell of malty goodness can be detected as well.

T: Nice fruitiness with a hint of earth. A bit of caramel sweetness followed by a good bitter finish

M: Very smooth and creamy. Nothing harsh or overly bitter.

D: A very refreshing beer and easy to go through a four pack of in no problem. My biggest problem with the beer is that I did not buy more than one four pack. I guess I will just have to go back tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 00:13:24 | More by mikey711
Photo of dukedevil0


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack from Binny's in Des Plaines, IL.

A: Pours a yellowish-golden color with a finger of white head that settles down to a film while lacing the glass a little.

S: Smells like citrus, grapefruit, nice fresh earthy hops. Not super complex here, but a very pleasant scent just not very intense.

T: Tastes like very smooth EARTHY hops, grapefruit and citrus, but not super dank (hey it's just a Pale Ale!) a slight pale malt comes in towards the middle before being overtaken by some smooth heavy bitterness in the finish.

M: A little thinner than my preference for hoppy beers, but definitely a full bodied sessionable pale ale mouthfeel. Super smooth going down!

D: Highly drinkable! It's got a lot of good, fresh, earthy, hoppy flavor, but not so dank that it hurts the sessionability. Definitely something I wish was available year round as this is one of the better regular pale ales that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 00:05:51 | More by dukedevil0
Photo of pmccallum86


4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden hazy color with a small head that dissapates quickly.

The smell of this beer is great, earthy grass notes with floral hop aromas.

Great tasting APA, maybe the best out there. Tons of fresh hop flavor. Floral hop taste with hop flavor that lingers on the tongue forever. This beer is actually hoppier than many DIPAs. Some malt present in there but make no mistake this beer is all about the hops.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a medium body and crisp finish, very nice.

Very drinkable beer, almost too drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 22:42:06 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of gatornation


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

pours a blond mostly clear color with a nice full fresh head bottled on 92309..the smell is huge in this one i poured it and right away smelled pine and grapefruit and hop resins..the taste was awesome good it was fresh hops and pine just filling the taste buds with a grapefruit and pine resins the malt backbone in this one was a little light but still very tasty..it reminds me of a double trouble light version..really though this one is great it is a hop lovers ale not to be missed comes in a 4-pak @ 6.1% abv you can put these away and will..my advice buy 2.. 4-paks wont be around very long..highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 19:50:56 | More by gatornation
Photo of washburnkid

New York

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber hues with a nice, fluffy white head with good retention and lacing. Aromas are heavy grapefruit hops. Fresh off the vine aromas...yum! Aromas are really strong with grapefruit. The citrus is massive and really fresh, like the hops were thrown in ten minutes before I drank it. Bitterness is huge and there is a good deal of pine, too. Medium mouth and high carbonation, carb being a Founders issue if you ask me. Easy to drink and lots of residuals.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 01:15:38 | More by washburnkid
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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