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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,041 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,041
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 304
Gots: 147 | 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 deereless
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

A: Thinnest layer of tightly packed foam, golden yellow - 4.00, S: Full fresh/green hop aroma, smells like a pine forest - 4.25, T: Sharp but not an extreme hop bit, pale malt backing, somewhat dry - 4.00, M: 3.50, D: Another success from Founders, this beer has just enough hop bite to border on the IPA line, full flavored and wonderfully done with the fresh hops - 4.50

deereless, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of peterittenhouse
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

All I can say is "wow!"

A= Pours a hazy orange hue

S=Hoppy, piney,citrus aroma

T=This is the ultimate American Pale Ale. Great balance,totally fits the bill for the style. I could drink this all friggin night! This should be the standard for APA's!!

M- Creamy,spicy,hoppy...great mouthfeel

D- WOW. Really glad that I found this.

Happy New Year!!!

peterittenhouse, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.43/5  rDev +4%

Single, twelve ounce bottle...
Appearance: Hazy, off-colored yellow hue, massive head, slight carbonation, hefty lacing...
Smell: Drenched, wet hops...
Taste: Citrus, pine, lemon zest, more hops, well-balanced stuff...
This beer certainly straddles the fence between an APA and wet-hopped IPA...
Crisp, hoppy mouthfeel...
Perilously drinkable...
Good beer to pair with food...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of chilidog
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Picked up a four-pk. at the brewery.
It poured a nice looking hazy,peach colored straw. The head was white, full and pillow like. Lace was ablr to stick abit. Carbonation and body were spot on to add to the drinkability.

The aroma blew me away as soon as i took off the cap. A wiff of sweet pink grapefruit hits the nose. Very nice.

The taste wraps itself around the citric mainstay. Hops acsent the flavors while malts balance the taste well.

The mouthfeel is soft and easy although a slight hop peppery finish is had.

Drinkability, very nice. While this is a hop lovers brew its more the flavor than the punch that makes this Harvest a pleaser indeed.

chilidog, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

Found at Bottle King in Hillsdale, NJ. No freshness date on the label, but this just arrived very recently. Served in an imperial pint glass at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Even before popping the cap, there is noticable sediment whirring at the bottom of the bottle. Something about a wet-hopped ale just seems to peak the senses, knowing that there is no substitute for freshness. *Pop* goes the bottlecap, and the result is mystical and surreal.

First, the head immediately rockets upwards, creating a massive four finger monster of a crown. The brilliant, bright gold beer starts off clear, then after swirling the remaining 2 oz. the hazy, liquid hop drapery begins. There are actually chunks of hops resting at the bottom of the glass... Outstanding.

Smell- Bold, raw hops all over the place... it's green even on the nose. Fortunately, there *is* a sweet, distinctive malt presence to offset the hops. Wow.

Taste- Stick your mouth directly into the boil kettle after administering a dry hopping... then chew said hops. Burps are coming rapidly and aggressively now. The aggressive bitterness takes hold, then defers to malt for balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- It's a bit rugged in the mouth, with the carbonation ripping through the palate... however, considering the depth of flavor and bitterness here, it's appropriate. The sheer pleasure of enjoying a beer *this* fresh with regard to its hopping is enough of a treat, but this one really hits the mark in all categories.

yelterdow, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
4.43/5  rDev +4%

12 oz. bottle into a beer mug.

Founders Harvest pours a clouded, yellow-straw hue with hints of peach and honey. The foam shot up quickly, nearly catching me off guard, like a 4th of July charcoal snake on steroids--and tinted a light beige color. To be honest, this looked more like a hefeweizen than a Pale, and the massive foam was a distraction, as it took a full five minutes to pour.

On the other hand, the aroma was a "wet" dream for hop-lovers; I nearly took a bite out of the foam, it smelled so good. Raw, leafy hop cones provided that signature wet-hop smell, while juicy grapefruit and pineapple from the yeast & hops added a mouth-watering sweetness to the mix.

The taste started out gentle, with a typical crystal malt presence and a hint of biscuit. Quickly, a lip-smacking alpha acid presence from the hops rode from the middle to throughout the finish, delivering a nice bitterness that seemed more in the ballpark of an IPA than a regular Pale Ale. A bit of fruity sweetness was detected as well, similar to the aroma. Mouthfeel was excellent, equal parts resinous and crisp, perfectly carbonated, and refreshing. A bit thick for a Pale, but that's okay with me. Overall, an impressive brew that lives up to the Founders repertoire, and one I hope to encounter down the road.

wagenvolks, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

A bottle from Capone's after hearing good things about this year's release.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with some darker, more syrupy hues of amber. Two fingers + of foamy white head has excellent retention and yields some nice lacing stick. Smells fresh; citrus, pine resin, floral hops, caramel, grainy malt, and honey. Tastes of citrus fruits like grapefruit and pineapple, along with some lemon and even a touch of pear mixing with honey, grains, and saltine crackers in the backbone. Finishes with a spicy hop kick along with pine. Medium in body with fabulous carbonation for the style. A great balance of sweet and bitter with some saltiness thrown in to keep the tongue active. Creamy yet crisp with some good lip smacking action, and really fresh tasting. After having a bottle of last year's batch last year around this time I thought it was more of a British style IPA, but this year I'm really impressed with it. Very easy to drink, tastes excellent, and could definitely be sessioned. Great stuff.

HopDerek, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. Very light in color almost looks like a wheat. Thick, rocky mountain, bone white head rose above the glass, but maintained shape and did not spill over. Very cool looking. Spider web lacing finds its way across the glass. Very active carbonation.

Smell is of fresh citrus, pine, spruce, flowers, and lightly toasted malt for a subtle sweetness. Very fresh and bold, simple.

A very balanced flavor profile. Lemon peel and biscuits up front with a rush of grapefruit, pear, and pineapple. Bitter finish with fruity esters. There is a lingering spicy finish too.

Creamy, with a sticky hop coating. Medium bodied, but finishes real light and refreshing. With all of the bubbles, I thought the carbonation might be awry, but it wasn't an issue.

Fresh and natural. Light, but heavy at the same time make this guy very easy to drink.

ColForbinBC, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

Picked up a single at Abe's for $2.65. Pours a clear gold with a fluffy white head and lacing. Mmm. Smells like I just stuck my nose in a bag of hops. The flavor still allows a little bread crust malts through to provide balance. Otherwise, there's a nearly overwhelming pine and grapefruit taste. Frankly it could be more complex, like some of the great harvest ales out there, but this is still a tasty ale and finishes with a black pepper-tasting bitterness. Certainly on the drinkable side of wet-hopped beers.

tempest, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of wardough
4.43/5  rDev +4%

I love this beer!
Served at 55 degrees.
A: Poured into a pint glass. WTF! Beer is flowing all over the place. This one is a gusher (just like the other 3).
S: Beautiful, beautiful hops. Love it. Slight caramel.
T: Smooth, sweet, then a nice dry hoppy finish.
M: Perfect for the style
D: High in my book. I could drink these all day. Not too much hops to overpower me.
This one is a winner!!!

wardough, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured from the twist off 12oz bottle into a beveled pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours very hazy and with a huge pillowy head that rises over four fingers to the top of the glass. The fluff on this head is near Belgian in style. Rocky and refusing to let up. Lacing is ample and clings on the sides of the glass well. It looks a lot like a hefeweizen, but I already have a good feeling about this beer.

Smell- Grapefruit, pines and olives, Klamata olives. There is salt or something in this beer giving a very olive scented smell, and it is not unpleasant. No way, this is like no other American pale I have ever smelled, giving it a very distinguishable aroma that I love just breathing in. Malts are present but not so prominent, and those piny fruity hop notes are just delicious. I can't wait for the tasting.

Taste- A bit of hard metallic water, but the smoothness and light bitterness of these hops really make this beer worth drinking. A light briny saltiness that is strange, but again that brings out the uniqueness that I was mentioning on the smell. I really feel that there is some wheat content in the malts that is giving a light fruitiness that doesn't seem like hops here, although the wet hops are very prominent. Yeast is quite thick as well.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, metallic, bitter, salty, prickling, medium full bodied, and medium high in carbonation.

Drinkability- This is amazingly smooth despite it's strange faults. I could drink this all day long, and given a day at the bar, likely would. I need to head up to MI for a beer tour sometime soon in my life.

blakesell, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Dalem
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Sunrise orange in color and a very, very unfiltered haze in it's look. Inch thick whipped cream looking head that fades just slightly and leaving all kinds of lace all through the glass. The scent is a BAM! of very bright grapefruit placed smack dab in the middle of a pine forest. It's bursts right out of the bottle and wafts all through the room while pouring. After it settles down a little bit it takes on a more some fresh baked bread nuances. Very floral and flavorful aroma.
The smell is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to flavorful. Quite lush in it's taste. A sweet citrus burst of crisp & clean lemony tartness wakens the first. As it coats the mouth in a full but not too thick way notes of pear, spices and warm malts make their presence known but none of them pushing their way to the front screaming "Here I am" but complimenting each other in the all kinds of magic complexities that Founders has mastered. The finish is balance of fruit juicy nectar's, class A hop bitters and a spicy malt warmth. Very drinkable all the way through.

Dalem, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Hazy light golden color with a cloudy hue. Massive fluffy and pillowy head about an inch thick. Lacing was there too. Looks to me like its a quality brew.

S- Wow! Straight up citrus hops right here. This was as fresh smelling as possible. I cannot overstate the power of the hops in this one- smelled like someone squeezed a lemon and a lime over some super fresh hops.

T- Incredible. Zesty, fresh, earthy, ctrusy. Lemons, limes, grapefruits, apples, grass...not too bitter, not too sweet. Natural, fresh, and damn tasty.

M- Medium bodied. Sticky. Smooth going down. Pleasant carbonation.

D- Easy drinking beer right here. So flavorful and fresh. Naturally sweet and zesty. I really loved this one.

DavidSeanNJ, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Nice gold hue. Thick white head with excellent retention. Slightly hazy. Sticky lacing. A good looking beer.

S: Plenty of malt in this one. Good grapefruit hop aroma. Some fruitiness. Early, organic, leafy.

T: A mouth popping juicy hop flavor grapefruit and earthy. A full bitterness. Malt base plays in the background. Malt provides good balance to the hop/bitter character.

MF: Full. Lightly carbonated. Just a touch dry.

D, notes. This beer is very drinkable. Bitterness is not harsh or overpowering. Nice fresh hop character with some good earthiness.

Nipitato, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of ZAP
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%

A-Too much head....that is a problem in this instance...half the glass is beer...half foam...probably more foam...not good...(2.0 originally)..upgraded to 4.0 as the 2009 version is perfectly carbonated and looks wonderful with a bright peach appearance..

S-Great aroma of citrus fruits...grapefruits....mandarin oranges...tangerines...

T-It says this has 70 IBU's and I don't question that but this is a good example of a well hopped beer that is juicy and flavorful...really not much raw bitterness....just some great juicy citrus fruit flavors (same as in the aroma).toasted malts..

M-Not particularly big in body...but for an APA it is right on...would work body wise for an IPA too probably but not a DIPA...

D-Very enjoyable except for the way it poured(in 08)....love the use of hops in this one... (09 notes) ..tough to find an APA much better than this..

ZAP, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

Pours hazed/clouded golden with a thick fluffy white head that descends to a lasting cover. Some patches of lacing stick.

The smell is citric - esp. lemon - and floral.

The taste is floral and lemony, so lemony that there is a tartness to it. Some grapefruit is there, too, though with just a touch of bitterness. A grainy/caramelish sweetness lies underneath. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

The body is light-to-medium with airy carbonation. The airy could even be considered almost fizzy. I'm thinking that this one was overcarbonated. Possibly a production issue - possibly the way it was meant to be. Not dissatisfied, but not too thrilled with the feel on this one.

A lemony citric brew with a firm malt backbone. Not bad at all - though the feel puts a bit of a dent in the drinkability for me.

jwc215, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of schinebd
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%

I liked this beer so much that I had to make it my first review

A- A nice light copper, with limited transparency

S - Before I even stuck my nose in the glass, I could smell the hops, which caught me off guard. In a good way.

T- Wow. Just wow. Great showcasing of the complexity of the hop here. The limited malt presence takes its proper place (in the back) lets the hops dominate. Pine dissolves to an incredible grapefruit aftertaste that last for a very long time after the last sip. Yeah, the are some malts there to give some balance, but who cares? If you're drinking this beer for malty flavor, you're probably better suited drinking something else.

M - Crisp feel, very carbonated, and dry finish makes me want to drink more.

D- I want more of these. 6.1% ABV? I could almost power hour with this. Almost. I polished mine off far too quickly. Why oh why did I only buy a single 12. oz bottle??

I think there is something to be said for a beer that stays within traditional concepts of what a beer is, but manages to be both unique, and incredible tasty. That is, this won't blow anyone's mind about what a beer can be (like a person trying their first DIPA), but it is still as enjoyable and complex as any "extreme" beer. Hence why I gave it such a high rating.

schinebd, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of xpimptastikx
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%

Thanks to Zapata for the trade.

Pours a light straw color with a billowing off white cloud of head. Smells like of floral hops, like grass and pine. Taste is similar to smel; pine up front, but quickly followed by the malt. Nothing really sticks in the taste, but incredibly drinkable.

xpimptastikx, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Picked this up at Bruisin Ales in Asheville.

Pours a very hazy lemon yellow color with a two-finger white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells of floral hops up front, but as it warms a bit piney and citrus aromas come out more. There's also a bit of sticky caramel malt aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Citrus hop flavors and sticky sweet malt flavors are biggest, but there's also a very subtle underlying sourness. The malts come out more as the beer warms, and there's a nice bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. Even with the huge head it's still a tad overcarbonated, but it's still pretty smooth.

Drinkability is good. I finished this off pretty quickly and could go for another.

Overall this was a pretty unique beer, certainly not what I was expecting. The very slight tartness went surprisingly well with the other flavors, and the hop presence balanced out the sweet malt nicely. Worth a shot.

glid02, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%

A - Massive mountainy full white head... Golden straw color... Highly translucent... Tons of chaotic dancing carbonation... Sediment, I'm assuming hops, sinks to the bottom of the glass (a first for me in a Pale Ale)... Incredible rings of lace coat the glass throughout the session...

S - Fresh and inviting... Sweet citrus... Limes, oranges, and grapefruit... Piney hops... Fairly simple and straight forward... Potent... Intoxicating...

T - Biscuit... Hops... Malt... Flour... Hints of spice... Fairly well balanced, but uninspired and slightly disappointing given the appearance and scent...

M - Beer struggles to break thru the massive head... Thin... Smooth... Refreshing...

D - Fresh and enjoyable... Very easy to enjoy... Sessionable even at 6.1% ABV... Looks great, but above average in all other respects... Not a classic, but definatley a brew I'd enjoy in the

philbe311, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Bubslang
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

on tap at Founders Harvest Ale Fest: Appearance is a hazy golden color with a medium sized off-white head with soe nice lacing. Wonderful fresh hop aroma that's mostly citrus with some floral otes. taste is mostly grapefruit,orange zest, and lemon with a nicely balanced malt sweetness. A very drinkable and refreshing beer

Bubslang, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured a slightly hazy pale copper hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was very good lacing and retention.

The smell featured a juicy citrus hop, with some grassy notes.

The taste consisted of an upfront citrusy hop with some pine and grassy notes. There was a light biscuity malt presence as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the creamier side of the style.

Overall a very tasty APA.

plaid75, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%

Founders Harvest Ale is a nice mild pale ale. If you're into this style, chances are you like crisp, hoppy beers. This beer is up to the task in terms of hoppiness, but doesn't pop you in the mouth if you're not into hops running the show.

A - Pours a cloudy gold. White, thin, foamy head.

S - Hoppy, mild, sweet, a seductive glimpse at good things to come.

T - Crisp, but not inducing that sort of sharp tingle on the tip of your tongue. Citrusy, piney, sort of clean, if that makes any sense.

M - A good amount of carbonation, definitely not thin, but not that creamy or thick either. Not terribly memorable in terms of the feel all up in ya mouf.

D - Bud Light ain't got nothin on this. It's got a bite - I mean it's focusing on hops, why wouldn't it, but doesn't taste like Pine-Sol (Pine-Sol Heaven, son.).

HeyItsChili, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of tarelki
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Since i discovered Founders' Harvest it became my favorite pale. It already teases with a smell of freshly mowed grass while you're still opening the bottle and pouring the beer. Nice lacing. Not terribly bitter or has a terribly long finish but flavorful enough to keep your interest though the whole glass.

tarelki, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of meatyard
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

Appears as a hazy yellow with a large, fluffy white head that leaves spotty lacing.
The smell is a very pleasant grapefruit and pineapple with a hint of bread at the end of a long inhale.
The taste is not so strongly hops related as the smell. More pronounced than in the smell is the malt sweetness. Light bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium/thin with continued carbonation.
A very drinkable beer of which you could easily enjoy several.

12/31/08 Edit: Just had this on tap and it was even better. If reviewing this as on tap I'd raise both the taste & mouthfeel much higher. A really "sweet" beer on tap.

meatyard, Nov 30, 2008
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,041 ratings.