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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,042 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,042
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 304
Gots: 148 | 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 armock
4/5  rDev -6.1%

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a big off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of hops citrus notes and then more hops

T - This is like drinking an IPA just hops on top of hops

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a pretty good beer I think I've drank IPAs with less hops than this beer but thats not really a bad thing worth trying sometime

armock, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of jeremyd365
4.43/5  rDev +4%

Had this one chilling in the fridge for a couple few months now--wish I would have had it sooner so I could have bought more while it was around! Poured a very bubble pale golden with a thick white head that stayed pretty frothy awhile. It's got a strong hoppy scent. Whooo, it's got the feel of a pale but the punch of an IPA. A solid hop smack with plenty of citrus notes in it as well. It finishes delightfully dry with plenty of hop bitterness. Definitely a drinkable beer. Another fantastic brew from founders--highly recommend!

jeremyd365, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of Shumista
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

I picked up a 4 pack of this in November I think, drank one and shared two and put one in the fridge to review later and I'm finally getting around to it.

A- Founder's Harvest Ale pours a hazy yellow color with a small amount of white head.
S- Fresh very citrusy hops not a whole lot else.
T- I remember the first time I had this beer thinking that it tasted like "fresh squeezed hop juice". Unfortunately it was better fresh and after a few months in the fridge it has gained more of an acidic taste. I'm still giving it a 4 though because I remember how good it was fresh.
M- Light to medium bodied, high carbonation and crisp.
D- Very highly drinkable, it's too bad it only comes in 4 packs.

Shumista, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Picked this up on a recent trip to Grand Rapids.

Pours a pale golden color that is extremely fizzy. A fresh soapy citrus smell: lemon, lime and orange. A crisp and refreshing flavor of citrus and hops. Again, something clean and soapy comes to mind (Pinesol Lemon?). Very clean, light and sessionable with drinkability to the max.

webmanspidey, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a very pale yellow with crazy amounts of head that stands very firm. Good lacing.

Nose is citrusy (lemon mainly) with a bit of straw.

Bite is quite tart with a big hoppy finish. This one is dominated by the hops from beginning to end.

Very good.

beer2day, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of beerorRIP
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

pop open a bottle (quite a bit of carbonation pop) and pour to a regular pint glass. Actually takes a bit of time to get it all in the glass, since there's crazy head rushing to the top. Straw yellow and clear for the first half of the pour, with steady streams of bubbles rising fast to form that billowy, puffy head. gets a bit hazy when the rest of the bottle goes in. from the color at first, you'd think you'd poured a macro-lager. sticky lace hangs around in a some clumps, while a good finger worth of head hangs throughout the enjoyment.

that smell tells you it's no macro! grassy hops in there but not overpowering... maybe just a tiny hint of... nah, i mostly get citrus here. NIce!

tastes a bit grassy and obviously hoppy. a dry effect is there, but just a bit of malt as well in the form of sweetness. no caramels or the like to be found, the hops are the focus, but not over-the-top.

the bubbly carbonation helps bite the tongue in this one, which helps being the body isn't much at all. makes for a nice easy drinker that goes down too easy!

drinkability is good if you like grassy, hoppy beer. and with a ~6% abv i'd say that sessionable for me. it would be easy to have the whole 4 pack at once, but the price will keep me from doing that...

beerorRIP, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Dubbercody
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Bottle received in trade, thanks to crazynelson.

White fluffy giant head, golden yellow color that gives of scents of grass, citrus and sweetness. Taste is both hoppy and refreshing. Enjoyable, always interesting fresh hop beers. Always makes me think of how lucky I am to live in fresh hop land.

Dubbercody, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a pale copper, cloudy, with a massive, off-white, big-bubbled rocky head.

Nose is still a bit green, resiny, citrus on top. Some pale malt peeking through from underneath.

Taste starts with a solid, biscuity, lightly sweet pale malt foundation underneath, with some nice leafy, resiny pine on top. Dry; hop note seems just a bit acidic. Finish is lightly bitter, with an exhale that carries both the biscuity malt and the green, though now slightly faded, hop note with it. Well balanced, though at this point, this one is probably past its prime. Nonetheless, still very drinkable, and a solid effort several months after its release. Would beat many a fresh APA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit oily.

JohnQVegas, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of CRJMellor
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%

Pours with a massive 3-inch fluffy, pot-marked head that settles fairly quickly.
Aroma has lots of straw, hay and green hop notes with a bit of pine in the background.
Flavor of grassy meadow is what I can come up with, just short of sweet, malty notes, little bit musty almost in a way until it is crushed by a relentless gritty bittering.
Mouthfeel is incredibly bitter. This one has lip puckering, metallic notes to it. Really ramps up the bitterness, almost too extreme, doesn't let any malt or citrus notes shine through at all.
Drinkability is somehwat compromised by the never ending resiny bitterness, has almost a tinny aftertaste in it for me.
Wanted to really enjoy just couldn't get into this one, wondering if I drink too late.

CRJMellor, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of karengarys
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

This brew pours dark straw/light amber, very slightly hazy, and leaves an incredible fluffy head. Not overcarbonated, not flat, just right.

smells slightly hoppy, sweet and citriusy. Very pleasnt, nothing bad, nothing overpowering.

Taste is somewhat dry and hoppy. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is quite good, creamy and plenty of it.

I'll have another...

karengarys, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance - a hazy lemony yellow pour with four to five fingers of off-white foam churning up right away. Wow, lots of foam here and it's not backing off either. Streamers coming up from all over beneath the surface. At long last, enough carbonation escapes to let the head settle. It leaves chunks and pillows of lacy crust on the glass.

Aroma - pine and grapefruit, very business-like.

Taste - biscuity grain, sturdy but not overstated. The hops are herbal, minty, and plenty bitter. They develop and take over the profile, growing a little medicinal briefly, but then backing off quickly to just a dry, grassy, herbal finish. A fine showcase of the different hop flavors.

Mouthfeel - properly smooth, and quite crisp as you might expect. A solid body, well done.

Drinkability - a good authentic example of an American IPA. It's tasty and it kept my interest throughout. Good session choice.

brewdlyhooked13, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of SteveO1231
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Received a 12 oz. stubby bottle in a trade.

After twisting off the cap the brew pours a hazy, pale golden yellow, with a retarded amount of white foam and excellent lacing.

Aroma is very pleasant and chalk full of piny, pungent, and plenty of citrus hoppiness. A touch of fresh baked honey oat bread and a tiny bit of canned pineapple and peach. A little bit of peppery /musty /yeasty aroma reminiscent of a saison.

Light bodied with a fluffy texture and slick mouthfeel.

The brew has a light honey/canned fruit syrup sweetness up front but this is quickly washed away by fresh juicy hop flavor grapefruit/piney hop flavors that fade to a peppery/spicy hop finish that is quite drying and needs another sip. A bit of a yeasty aftertaste.

I love wet hopped beers!

Cheers!

SteveO1231, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%

Big thanks to Drunkmonk for this extra.
Poured a lighter golden color.with a huge white head, lots and lots of carbonation. Nose of citrus orange and grapefruit hops. Taste of some light pine, juicy grapefruit and balanced with some sweet malt. Pretty simple in taste. Pretty good brew overall and worth a shot!

barleywinefiend, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

Golden body with excellent clarity and steady carbonation streams, topped by four fingers of snow white rocky froth, stretched in all directions.

Vibrant aroma of juicy grapefruit and orange, a great big citrus circus still fresh at the end of January.

Taste is juicy sweet with tons of citrus right from the start. Bitterness rises steadily to a sharp bite at the swallow. Juicy sweet and bitter linger together long into the aftertaste.

Firm mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

A terrific fresh hop ale that I'll be picking up another case of next fall. You should too.

RonfromJersey, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden color that retained ok and left some lace

S - Bitter citrus, pine needles

T - Slight malty, tons of hoppy bitterness, with some citrus and pine flavors

M - Light carbonation, moderate body

D - This was a good beer, didn't quite balance out for my extreme tastes, but still a good beer

cvfish, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. A big, foamy white head with great retenion is present. Aroma is of fresh citrus and floral hops and a faint biscuity malt in the background.

Loads of sharp citrusy hops. There is some lemon, a bit of grapefruit, and fresh orange pulp. There is a bit of toasted malt in there as well. Not much.

Mouthfeel is ok. This beer was way over cabonated at first though it seemed to fade to an acceptable level. Pretty solid APA, but Ive had better.

hckyfn9999, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of kingjames1
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours an attractive, warm apricot, hazy with "floaties," and a thick white, fluffy head. Very nice. The smell is very appealing - grapefruit, orangeblossom, and pine resin. Taste is delicious. I think this may be somewhat aged, as the hop profile seems a bit muted. The citrus is light and tingley, with a sweet, syrupy honey swimming beneath. It is complex, balanced, and immensely enjoyable. This is a great pale ale.

kingjames1, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of nick76
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

The aroma is hoppy with citrus, pine, and herbs. The malt is also there to balance it out. The appearance is hazy gold/orange with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma. Its simple but good. The palate is average for the style. Overall its a wonderful beer.

nick76, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

Wow A cloudy bright golden color with a huge fluffy offwhite head that lasts forever,lots of sheeting and sticky lace,lively carbonation.Aroma of hops,pine,lemon,lime rind,and a sweetness that changes from faint honey to old fashioned rock candy.I knew this beer existed but never knew or read much about it,so I had no expectations,other than Founders usually is VERY GOOD. This stuff blew me away. WoW a sort of a grainy ultra light toast,with a fat piny/citrus taste,a faint note of honey,very faint,crisp lively mouthfeel leaves your lips a little sticky. Super Ultra Good, The Bomb !

WakeandBake, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

A- Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze to it. Tons of white foamy head with a ton of lacing to it.

S- Tons of piney and citrusy hops everywhere.

T- Well, at first wasn't quite what to think but this one grew on me a lot. Tons of hops, grapefruit, floral and piney and that's about it.

M- Medium to full in body and a little low on the carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink and also very solid.

nrbw23, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

A - Golden yellow with foamy, espresso like white head. Chunky lace.

S - Very strong hop aroma with notes of grapefruit and other citrus. Bready malt aroma as well, lingering in the background.

T - Bready pale malts initially before quickly being overcome by very bitter hops. Lots of citrus fruit and somewhat astringent. A ridiculously well hopped pale ale.

M/D - Medium bodied and incredible oiliness. Crisp and easy drinking.

ckeegan04, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured this from a bottle into a snifter. Holy head, I was amazed at the amount of off-white head that formed and how long it took me to actually pour the beer. The head finally dissipates to a full lacing. It is a translucent gold color.

I love the smell of hops and something about this beer didn't quite deliver. The usual suspects of citrus, pine, and grassy notes are there just not as potent as expected.

The taste delivers the fresh hop taste of citrus and pine. It definitely hits the tongue with a kick and a pleasant aftertaste of wet hops lingers witha sticky component. There is no lack of carbonation.

Overall, this is a easily drinkable beer but I agree with some of the previous reviews that it may be a bit much to try and have more than 1 in an evening. I will enjoy it again.

SykDoc, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Atlas1
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

My first BA review of 2009. What better way than to kick things off with a Founders ale?

Poured into a barrel pint glass. Clear golden straw color with lots of carbonation. The head on this beer is HUGE, with mounds of clumpy white foam that shift and settle like dissolving cotton balls. Great amount of white, sticky lace. The nose is quite pleasant. Big and hoppy, it smacks of pine. Some faint citrus as well, but definitely mostly big, sweet, sugary pine. Taste is piney hops as well, but with more lemon than the nose. Tangy and grassy, with some resin. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with a nice dry finish.

An interesting pale ale for sure, but I really like this. Totally refreshing and easy to drink, but still satisfies the hop-head's need for bold bitterness. I would love to have year-round access to a beer like this. A nice, clean cut, American pale ale. One the ladies can feel safe about taking home to their mothers.

Atlas1, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Picked this one up at Oaktree in NJ. Had never had any of the founder's stuff before so I went for a well rounded package.

A. I wish I could post a picture because this literally poured a 5 finger head. It left some foamy lacing along the side of my snifter. The color was a golden pink, fairly hazy and glowing.

S. Tons of grapefruit and wet hops. My nose is catching a fair amount of simco, but there's wetness that produces a white grape like scent with some acidity.

T. Incredibly sharp hop kick immediately after splashing the palate that bites the tongue. Tons of carbonation, and a champagne like taste to follow the hop kick. Tons of wet white grapes blended with some pungent grapefruit, with some acidity.
Great malt backbone

Couldn't drink another one for a couple days, but a very refreshing beer.

CoolJosh, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of slowhead
4.43/5  rDev +4%

Sampled in November

A-Cloudy, straw body with nice head retention. Looks similar to a hefe.

S-Spicy, pine aroma with loads of citrus. Some nice fruity esters in the back as well.

T-Initially malty sweet, but is quickly deterred by a big pine/citrus hop flavor. Moderately bitter , with just enough IBU's to balance the malt. Finishes round and smooth.

M-No alcohol; medium carbonation, and medium body.

D-This one of my favorite fresh hop beers. I like this one a little warm (closer to 60degf). Either way it drinks great. Tons of flavor, without being overwhelming.

slowhead, Jan 05, 2009
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,042 ratings.