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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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3,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,197
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 325
Gots: 199 | FT: 7
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 3FaveryRogue
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was told my local had only received 1 case of this. Even served me a thimble before I bought it. APA? I'll dig it.

[L] Pours a clear, pale gold. White head atop, that dies to a film.

[S] For a pale ale, the nose on this is amazing. Juicy citrus, tropicals, grass, ripe fruit, and pale malt. A wet hop ale that leans more toward IPA, here. Can't say I could expect anything more for this style.

[T] Mouth starts off with herbal/earthiness, that leads into a sweet, malty middle with dank/candy hops, and finishes potent with a good bit of pine and rind. I enjoy hoppy pales. This is no exception.

[F] Well carbonated, and thin to mild-bodied. Great hoppy linger, which seems to seep into the palate.

[D] At the price, a four pack would be an indulgence. Yet, I could see myself giving in, and consuming them all.

Almost like a lighter-bodied, wet-hopped and earthier, Alpha king. Side by side, I may have trouble choosing a winner. If you can get ahold of a fresh bottle of this, it is a must-try/revisit.

3FaveryRogue, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders Harvest Ale in 12oz bottle. Picked up at Gary's Wine and Marketplace, Bernardsville location. Poured into shaker. Golden color with large white head. Strong fresh hop smell. Taste is hoppy but balanced with malt. Nice bitterness. Good drinkablity and mouthfeel for 6.5abv. Very good offering from Founders.

acurtis, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of dedrinker
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light golden color with a white head.

Aromas of citrus peels and oils and some light herbals.

Flavor is much the same with some medicinal alcoholic hoppy notes that are not too intense. I like medicine.

Medium body and finishes like a summer camp memory.

dedrinker, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Gmann
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a short tight creamy head that settles into a solid ring. The aroma is of grapefruit hops; fairly fresh and juicy. The aroma is not as strong as I hoped but its nice. The flavor is all juicy hops with grapefruit being the main flavor though some light pine pops through. The hop profile focuses on the flavor not the bitter, which I enjoy. The malt is fairly light and takes a way backseat to the hops. The malt seems quite light for the style but it works. The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation, finishes slightly bitter. This is a very yummy pale ale. Nice hop profile with a light malt makes this extremely drinkable. This beer showcases what hops can taste like without bashing the tastebuds. I could easily kill the 4 pack in a short amount of time.

Gmann, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Bay01
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours more of an orange than typical copper or caramel color. Almost no head and no carbonation visible. Smells of grapefruit with some pine in the background, not huge floral notes coming out. Taste is fruity, grapefruit, mango, papaya; almost no bitterness with small malt presence noticable. Very tasty and drinkable beer, not one of the greatest but definitely good to very good.

Bay01, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of pzrhsau
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden color with an orangish tint. Great head that sticks to the glass
S: Sweet citrusy fruity flavor that borders on a mango or papaya. Nice twinge of bitterness from the hops.
T: Great subtle flavor of citrusy fruits like pineapple and mango while combining a nice bitter aftertaste of hoppiness. Very clean and refreshing.
D/M: Very well crafted beer with good carbonation that sits well on the tongue. Everything blends together to make this a very enjoyable beer.

pzrhsau, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of beergod1
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden orange with thick white head. Aroma is fresh hops, big dose of citrus with some pine. Flavor is fresh dry hops, pine, grapefruit, orange, lemon and a touch of malt. Finishes bitter and crisp. Moderately bitter with a nice dry finish. If you like hops, seek this one out.

beergod1, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Psudo clear gold, only moderate haze. Big white head doesnt have much life expectancy. Droopy lace is formed for only about one ring.

S- A very buttery malt base, it has notes of buttered popcorn and bread crust. A leafy hop presence floats over top.

T- More butteriness, its getting kinda strange now. Bread crust and buttered dough form the base. Floral, lemony and leafy hops lend some bitterness to the finish.

MbpBugeye, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of trbergman
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pale orangeish goldenrod with about two fingers of sticky, airy foam. Head dissipates fast but leaves behind thick rings of lace.

S - Lush orange, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Huge aromas and very inviting.

T - Sweet malt backing with notes of fruit and toffee underlies a massive, delicious hop presence. Tropical fruits blend perfectly with lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Bitterness is assertive but not brash. Very good balance, with a finish a smidge drier than the start. Excellent.

M - Light-medium body with perky carbonation and a smooth, almost creamy texture.

D - It's a shame this only comes around once year, because it certainly merits a regular spot in the fridge. A must try for hopheads as well as the more casual APA drinker.

trbergman, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased from Warehouse Beverage and poured into a snifter. Enjoyed just 2 days after it reached Ohio.

Looks great in the glass. Gold and clear (not cloudy) with orange and tangerine tones. Also some soapy head and a touch of spotty lace left behind. I notice some actve carbonation as well. Good start, but I've seen slightly better head retention and lace.

Holy citrus hops. This smells great! Orange, pineapple, mango and a touch of pine. Just a kiss of sweetness from the malt and ever so slight toasty biscuit. Very green, very expressive, and very appealing.

The taste continues the journey in a positive direction. There's a touch of sweetness in the malt but the fresh hops are the stars of the show. Citrus and a touch of pine - fresh oranges, grapefruits and lemons. Nice medium bitterness and huge taste. Just a touch on the simple side, otherwise perfect.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with nice carb that straddles crisp and creamy. Just a touch too prickly. Also, the flavor drops off at the very end with some mild bitterness and slight watery absence of malt wallowing on. I love this beer every year, but it is a touch on the simple side. That's OK, actually perfect for a harvest ale. But it can't compare to Ballast Point Scuplin, even on a bad day.

jampics2, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of awalk1227
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed 10/11/10 A disclaimer: I'm partial to hops and fresh ones at that, so there's no doubt my review on all Harvest/Wet/Fresh hop beers will be biased based on my own likings.

A: Poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Yellow straw, brilliant and clear. Finger of white head that sticks to all sides of my glass. Mmm, fresh hops.

S: Peach, mango, apricots, and sugar coated grapefruit. Really, the smell reminds me of eating a grapefruit halve sprinkled with a heavy coating of table sugar. Can't wait to stick my serrated-tipped spoon into this one. (I apologize for the innuendo)

T: Huge hops and grapefruit. Oranges. No alcoholic bite on the finish.

F: For such a small malt presence, there has to be one here, because the mouth feel is creamy enough in the beginning. I really enjoy PAs/IPAs that feel this way. Creamy up front, just the right bitterness on the finish. A full experience for the mouth.

D: This is the fruitiest PA I've had yet, no doubt to the recently-harvested hops. I wish it wasn't sold in a 4 pack, considering I'll be trading half of it away. I could have easily had two more without destroying my palate.

awalk1227, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of hawks10
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - Bottled September 28th, 2010 - Poured into an imperial pint glass...

Pours a clear golden amber with two fingers of frothy white head. Lots of lacing is left behind...

Having just had a Broo Doo harvest ale, this beers aroma pales in comparison...muted aromas of juicy fruity hops and not much else...

Taste exceeds the aroma but still can't quite live up to the Broo Doo, maybe it was unfair to drink this right after a Broo Doo, but I can't help but be a bit let down...Fruity and juicy hops provide tons of flavor right off the bat. Beer becomes dry with piny bitterness lingering well past your previous sip. Floral and a bit soapy, with more earthy bitterness than expected...this beer is definitely tasty...

Medium bodied with good a good resinous hop feel. Lingering bitter aftertaste...

Pretty good, but at $12 a 4 pack the price is a bit steep...would rather have 64oz of Daisy Cutter for $9, than 48oz of this for $12 any day of the week...

hawks10, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of MrOH
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: thick white head that recedes fairly quickly, golden straw color, nice lacing

Smell: slight funk, followed by grassy lemon, orange, and grapefruit

Taste: grassy, orange, biscuit, touch of funk, nice firm bitterness that holds it all together and sticks with it, but is never overpowering

Mouthfeel: nice effervesence, medium bodied, slightly sticky tactile feel is scrubbed away by firm bitterness

Drink: yes please

Great except for the funk. I'm guessing they use Simcoe/Summit? Maybe Michigan grown "C" hops have that character as well. Other than that, a beer that if it was cheaper and more readily available, I'd drink the fuck out of it.

MrOH, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of beerhan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Never have I ever had such a tasty harvest ale. I always brewers making very undrinkable or heavy brews but this is up there.

Pours a nice amber color with an inch and a half head that slowly dissipates. Smells like fall after a nice rain soaking all the leaves. Tastes like flowers. I have eaten flowers and this is what they taste like. This is damn tasty and very drinkable. Very overpriced though, 11.99 a four pack...could easily be 8.99 a six pack like founders year round brews but it was quite good.

beerhan, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of mgoblue5743
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very average beer coming out of Founders Brewery. I have generally found this brewery to be of excellent quality.

This is a so-so seasonal brew. I wouldn't go out of my way or trade for it, but it's not bad. There are a few other Octoberfest style beers that I like better this year (Weyerbacher, Victory).

mgoblue5743, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of stimulus
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle (bought as a 4-pack) poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head, leaving light lacing along the glass.
S: Fragrant Hoppiness, but not really much else.
T: Very hoppy, but well balanced with the malts. I must admit that the wet-hopping of this beer contrasts sharply with the dry hopping of the Pale Ale, and it works.
M: Crisp, light bodied, and well carbonated.
D: Very good for a wet-hop harvest ale, competes with Sierra Nevada's offerings in my book as the best I have tried.

stimulus, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottled Sept 29, 2010, enjoying this one less than two weeks old...very excited to crack this bad boy open!

Pours golden with a hint of amber and noticeable bits of haze, two finger white head that leaves a ring of drippy lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is all sorts of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, some pineapple, a touch of tropical fruits, not much malt, pretty much all hops. Good strength.

As impressive as the aroma is, the flavor is even better and is a punch to the mouth of super-fresh juicy hops, just amazing. There is a touch of malt to attempt to balance, moderate bitterness...real smooth drinker. Finishes nice and dry.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Wow, fantastic, amazing, incredible. Lovin' the wet hopped stuff coming out this time of year and having a super-fresh bottle makes it all the better. Founders continues to impress.

I see this is listed as an APA here...thought it was an IPA...either way it is phenomenal for whichever category.

elgiacomo, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of sitarist
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold color with an orange hue...one finger of head falls to a skim coat that leaves wisps of lacing.

Smells very, very nice! Citrus (apricot, grapefruit, lemon), papaya, corn chips, it is floral, with hints of musk...reminds me of a stripper I once knew. It is the most aromatic pale ale(apa) that Ive come across.

The fruity aromatics carry right over into the flavors...apricot, !grapefruit!, and papaya lead the way to a mild floral, herbal, peppery finish. It has a nice malt base but hops are the focus.

Its lighter in body but coats the tongue nicely...the body, carbonation, flavors and bitterness are all in check.

This is by far the best APA that Ive had, but price for me is a factor in drinkability! 11.99 for a 4/pk is rough for an APA...This must be an Imperial American Pale Ale!


sitarist, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Anthony1
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear, simple pale yellow gold color with a substantial capping of thick white foam lapping at the top but shifting away moderately quickly to a curtain of lace with some broken spotting. Nice aroma of freshly picked hops right off the vine. Quite green and dense with bittering citric floral pollen thats got a rounded lemony/white grapefruit sense to its nature. Taste is a bit more muted and paled down making for some excellent drinking as its rounded off muted maltyness of semi toasty biscuityness and paled doughyness compacts nicely nuder the crunchy citrus tones of the hops. Good balance as it allows just the right kind of grip to its bite in bitterness levels and flavors. The finish has a uniquely dirty, earthen edge as it adds that fresh off the vine out of the garden impression with its floral nuances. Feel is medium bodied with a clean round center capped with a earthy, floral bitterness of citrus as it ends

Anthony1, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of livewire78
2.7/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a boring yellow. This doesn't look like anything special or out of the ordinary. Average at BEST.

Smells again, average. Citrus and pine. Neither seems interesting though. Nothing going on in the Wow department here.

Ok now I'm just plain bored. The citrus and pine are there, sure, but they just kind of sit there. They don't have any depth to the flavors. The bitterness is way overdone for my taste and it seems to be bitter for the sake of being bitter and no other reason.

Feels good especially for a pale. Resinous and nicely carbonated.

If the carbonation level is my favorite thing about a beer then I'm not gonna get it again. I don't get how it's rated so high. I was really looking forward to this but I guess I'll have to say it,"The emperor has no clothes."

livewire78, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I just opened the last bottle I had from 2009.

It poured a smooth straw yellow. There was almost no head and the head that remained laced the rim of the glass. It was very translucent and not very cloudy. It smelled like an IPA more than a PA. Very hoppy and floral aromas were present from the get go. The mouthfeel was lackluster, probably because this bottle had plenty of time to sit. It was very drinkable and tasty. It drinks very well and smoothly. I'd recommend it.

aasher, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This, like most Founders products, is a first rate brew, one you should never refuse, and one to seek out.

It looks light in the glass, like the malts were very light. It is strong in the hoppy side, both finishing and in the brew. Maybe slightly boozy for the potency.

I sometimes get picky where you get to this, one of my favorite styles, but this one makes the cut.

schoolboy, May 23, 2010
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy yellow with a bubbly white head that becomes sticky down the sides.

Has a wonderful citrus smell, grapefruit and lime. Very appealing.

This beer has a spiciness to it, topped by hops, slight pine and citrus. The hops taste is outstanding, not too bitter. A full-bodied but not overwhelming beer. It finishes very smooth, leaving you wanting another sip.

The balance of this beer makes it very drinkable; unfortunately, at $12 a four pack, it is not priced as a drinkable beer! Grab it when you can and save it for those occasions when you want that extra-tasty beer.

TheHoppiest, May 21, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.
S. Citrus hops with orange peel and mild pine.
T. Flavor profile similar to the smell with a very mild malt background. A bit spicy as well.
M. Medium body with a subtle dose of carbonation.
D. Goes down quick and easy. I could use another one of these.

BeerAndBourbon, May 18, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank this from a imperial pint glass.
A- pours hazy gold in color. A 1 finger head that has decent retention. Gobs of lacing left.

A- lots of citrus. Orange and grapefruit mainly. Hops are present. There is a hint of some malts coming from out in the distance.

T- orange, grapefruit, and perhaps a mellow peach or some kind of melon. The hop and malt profiles are blended nicely. Not as hoppy as I was expecting, however, there is a tad bit of bitterness present. I don't detect any real alcohol presence.

M- medium to light in body. It finished very crisp.

D- I could drink A TON of these. To bad I only have one. I gave this a 5 for good reason.


urwithdave, May 06, 2010
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,197 ratings.