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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,042
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 304
Gots: 148 | FT: 4
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 meatyard
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours out sparkling pale gold color, great carbonation with a substantial, foamy and clumpy white head that is very dense with extra slow retention. Looks great.

The nose is dominated by the fresh-fruity wet hops, deep and sweet aroma with a slight herbal edge. a light malt scent hits right at the end.

The flavor is classic for a wet-hop, big, fresh fruity flavor's of light strawberry, pineapple with an herbal, earthy-bitter ending, good depth and complexity with a light malt balance.

The feel is right on, crisp, clean, slight bite from the carboantion and smooth ending.

highly enjoyable.

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of kkipple
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 12oz single at Hops & Vines in Asheville. Says 6.5% on the bottle, I imagine this is fluid.
Cracked in advance of an impending party. Hops take the edge off.

First off, Harvest Ale has an absurd amount of head for this kind of beer. It's tight and rocky, and with the staying power and craters in the 3 finger tall white delight, it brings Duvel to mind. (yes, I went there). The ale is a dirty lemon-pee yellow with some fizzy, fast moving bubbles. As this is bottle conditioned, it comes with a bonus (?) of thick sediment in the dregs of the bottle. Altogether strange for the style.

The smell is strangely wonderful. Aggressive, resiny, wet hops take center stage and hang on way longer than they should. The initial rush is green and leafy and altogether delicious; yes, this is a bit simple, but it works in this beers favor. Past the citrus greenness there is a touch of pale malt but it's barely worth mentioning. As it warms there is... I kid you not... a touch of oregano.

Alas, the smell portends such great things that the beer - when the head finally falls enough to get it to my lips - is pretty unremarkable. This is an easy drinking pale ale that's been hopped beyond reason, the result is a bitter, sour-lemon finishing hop bomb. I suppose anytime you pack (the advertised) 70 IBU's into a 6% ale you're asking for unbalanced, but I can't help but wish the malt had more room to shine here.

Mouthfeel is thin, but you wouldn't know it from the fluffy and crisp carbonation. It's all a bit dry and sticky, the finish is totally wet hops, grapefruit and (thankfully reserved) pine resin, a touch of booze and lemon sour. Not the finest finish, where is my malt?!

I could have another of these, but three would be pushing it. My big complaint: this is a little manic and unbalanced. Good for a quick hop fix; not a go-to beer.

Like all beers Founders makes, this is still recommended.

kkipple, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of GJ40
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle in a DFH pint glass.

A - A very light straw colored ale with good clarity. The white head is huge (too much in fact) even with the gentlest pour. Nice lacing.

S - A very floral and fruity aroma. Some spice as well.

T - Heavy on the hops and light on the malt (which as a concept is perfectly fine with me). The hops are mostly floral and grassy with very little citrus or bitterness. I thought the flavor was pretty good but I found it too dry.

M - Way too much carbonation for my taste. A bit on the thin side too.

D - With the exception of the carbonation, I found it enjoyable. I had high hopes for this one but I didn't think it was worthwhile; especially at $10 / 4 pack. I could get a Stone or Lagunitas IPAs for less.

GJ40, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 batch
12oz to tulip glass, pours a nicely carbonated foamy pale golden peach, white head with fine bubble lacing hangs around then fades, looks great!

smells of sweet smooth hoppiness, malts are caramely but lean towards more biscuit, mmm

taste is smooth, foamy, bitter hops pop, bitter but lighter than expected, extremely flavorful, delicious herbal plant freshness, sweet citrus, slight alcohol astringency, excellent balance, very nice

mouthfeel is lingering bitterness from hop resins, delicious hop blend, amazing head, very very drinkable and balanced

yum

drxandy, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of SmithwicksNut
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a really big three finger head with a hazy gold color.

S: the wet hop aroma was very strong.

T: A strong hop taste with earthy overtones. A full flavored beer

M: Medium carbonation with some alcohol coming through.

D: an enjoyable beer but I prefer the Centennial and Pale Ale more.

SmithwicksNut, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Aroma dominated by hops but with a nice touch of malt. Flavor dominated initially by intensely bitter hops up front well balanced by a nice maltiness. Crisp and very drinkable.

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Smuttynose shaker glass. Appears a slightly cloudy bright yellow color with a good two fingers of fluffy white foam. Aroma and taste is packed with hop notes such as citrus(grapefruit, bitter lemon) grass, caramel malt, pine and alcohol. Delicious! Medium in both body and carbonation. IMO, the tastiest harvest ale I've had and one I look forward to each release.

ClockworkOrange, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of gmcfarre
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy light orange color with a huge, billowing head that becomes very rocky with time. Lacing is terrific. Something I expect from Duvel, not necessarily a wet-hopped pale ale.

S - Not quite as overwhelming as many fresh-hopped ales, but the scent is still pleasant and refreshing. Grapefruit and citrus are dominant, with a touch of pine flavor. Mild sweetness.

T - Starts with a touch of chewy sweetness that is quickly enveloped by the fruity & bitter hop flavor. As with smell, grapefruit and pine come to mind, with perhaps a hint of bubblegum. Great bitter finish that doesn't overpower.

M - Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Good bitter & dry finish that doesn't cloy too heavily.

D - Terrific flavor and a moderate alcohol means a pleasant drinking experience. Certainly worth picking up.

gmcfarre, Nov 25, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12-ounce stubby bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a hazy golden amber body with a bit of fine sediment and a huge, milk-white, four-finger plus-sized head that briefly breaches the rim of the glass, forcing me into a quick series of foam-saving sips. The tower of whipped-creamy foam stands tall and defiant of deflation and leaves gobs of 3-D foam on the glass.

The smell is loaded with hops; grassy, sweet citrus, floral, and dank all have a place to play atop a fine, light malty backbone.

The taste is citrusy and sweet with a splash of grapefruit and a slosh of lime-infused orange juice. A bit of sticky grassy resin gums things up very nicely, and a crisp toasted maltiness keeps things mellowed to a degree. Things get hoppier, though; even as I type about the oppressed malty goodness of this brew, I get yet another hop-note, and this time it's cat pee, which works just fine in this application. A dry, bitter, pithy twist of grapefruit rind lingers in the aftertaste.

On the full side of medium-bodied, Founder's Harvest is one of my favorites of the style I've tried to date. Truly citrusy and nicely carbonated, the drink is as quaffable an APA/AIPA (or whatever) as I've come across. Truly excellent.

cvstrickland, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Greensboro, NC. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: The popping of the cap releases a huge amount of hiss, and no wonder - the head on this one's HUGE and has amazing staying power. The carbonation is off the scale - super fast, bubbly, incredibly fine, zipping up to the foamy, sticky, HUGE head. I didn't hesitate overpouring, because I knew that even if the head exceeded the lip of the glass, it would hold itself together no problem. The body itself is hazy, sort of a pale orange, and the appearances only weakness. Overall, very nice.

Aroma: Huge citrus, very pure-smelling, almost like orange juice in places. Mint-like notes emerge as things warm, as do other leafy, herbal hop notes.

Taste: A very balanced and drinkable wet hopped ale. A healthy dose of biscuity, cracker-like sweetness with flourishes of honey and a moderate to moderate-plus amount of smooth bitterness form the foundation of this one, but this one's of course all about the hop oils. A pretty flavorful combination of lighter citrus notes, herbal, leafy notes, and a few rougher, more pine-like overtones comprise the majority of the flavors in this one, and it's a pretty solid flavor, if I do say so.

Mouthfeel: The body itself is medium to maybe even a little thin. Incredibly high carbonation makes for a huge, pillowy, puffy mouth and doesn't come through as prickly or rough - very even and smooth. Smoothness is also probably enhanced by the metric ton of hop oils in this one - very slick.

Drinkability: Another solid brew from Founders, and a really good wet-hopped ale - quite a way to celebrate the harvest. Alcohol's undetectable and only 6.5%, definitely enhancing drinkability. The stickiness is great, the mouthfeel soft and smooth, and the combination of hop oils - though lighter than many harvest ales (the SN is coming to mind) - is very pleasant and enjoyable. Pick up a four-pack of this one next season (as I imagine the hop glory is already starting to fade fast this season).

CrellMoset, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of strykzone
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is unique. Beer is a cloudy dirty gold color with a BIG head of light soapy bubbles that becomes a soapy lacing. There are stringy things visible in the glass when held up to light.

Aroma is tart hop with grapefruit and pine. There is also some unexpected sweet orange notes. Very nice!

Flavor is full of tart hop. It is very citrusy with grapefruit and lemon. Some grass and sweetness. Mildly bitter from the hops.

This is a truly refreshing hop based ale that offers some unique flavor combinations. It is a pleasant mix of tart and sweet with plenty of citrus. Caramel isn't noted but the beer draws sweetness form fruit flavors. Enjoyable!

strykzone, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of grub
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jay23 sent me one of these as an extra in a recent trade. thanks jay!

12oz bottle. sampled nov 22/08.

pours hazy golden with a big fluffy white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. big fresh hoppy aroma. pine and grapefruit. touch of orange and tangerine. floral too. touch of caramel. white bread and biscuit. touch of alcohol.

taste is good. grapefruit. orange peel. tangerine. white bread. biscuit. touch of wheat too. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. bit of caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. just over medium carbonation level seems a bit too much for the style.

drinkability is good. nice balance. big hoppy flavour aroma. if the carbonation was dropped a little this one would be great, but even as is it's pretty darn good.

grub, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this bottle.

Pours a cloudy yellowish amber, pineapple juice colour, thick white head forms, great retention and drops a ton of lace chunks on the glass, very solid layer sticks around. Smell is great, very fresh and hoppy, a ton of pine and grapefruit, floral, pineapple, grainy, caramel, apricots, orange peel, very resiny and fresh. Taste is similar, pineapple and caramel, alcohol, pine, thick sugary malts, wheat, some floral, grapefruit finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very fresh tasting, very hoppy nose, resiny, pretty damn nice. Good thing I have one at home! Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Bung
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold pour, good sized white head. Rather bubbly looking. Smell of grass, grain, hop pine. Mouthfeel is nice and not overly carbonated. Solid citrus, pine, with some malt and biscuit that makes this a pleasant surprise. Very solid, crisp and refreshing. Where was this when I finished mowing the lawn this summer? I think this would be better as a Spring release named something else.

Bung, Nov 22, 2008
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3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Bright straw/hay yellow, with some golden highlights. A bit hazy. Huge head - at least two fingers of pillowy white foam. Terrific sticky lacing all over the glass.

S - Piney, and citrus hops up front. Lots of lemon and grapefruit, some cotton candy. Followed by some grassiness.

T - Much like the smell - pine, grapefruit, lemon, grass. Some light malts to balance. Juicy. Good, but not as complex as I would like.

M - Light to medium body. Smooth and crisp. Moderate carbonation and a longer finish.

D - High drinkability. Great flavor and smell, decent balance, crisp and fresh.

I love Founders, but I think I only like this beer. Still, it's quite nice and I'll plan on getting more next year.

MacDomer, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge amount of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: Mainly smelled of hops, mild malt and some citrus.

T: Hoppier than you would expect from any type of pale ale. Also had some malt and grapefruit. Not as complex as I would've liked, but still tasty.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, well-made beer, though not my favorite Founders. Still, a refreshing, lively brew.

avalon07, Nov 19, 2008
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3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from Capone's (Norristown, PA). Pours clear golden, capped with a large, frothy white head. Crisp grapefruit hop aroma, with some grassy notes, and a minimal amount of malt in the background. Flavor begins with caramel malt for an instant, then grapefruity and earthy hops hit the palate. The hops are not overly aggressive, and stick around for a lengthy finish. Decent example of the style.

krkearney, Nov 18, 2008
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Buyrite in South Plainfield.

Appearance: Pours a hazed pale straw yellow with an extremely dense whipped 3 finger foam head. Lots of retention and lacing too.

Smell: Sweet pineapple, some grapefruit hops, and an herbal leaf quality. Not amazing but very nice.

Taste: Much like the nose. Restrained fresh hop goodness along with lemon zest and a tiny amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a good amount of carbonation. A bit thin in my opinion. Good drinkability but I think several in a night might give me some heartburn.

This offering was really good and is another solid contribution to the beer scene made by Founders. It didn't wow me though.

koopa, Nov 16, 2008
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3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A clouded straw-colored body gives rise to a huge and sticky off-white head.
This brings a lot of floured sourdough in the nose for something boasting fresh hops. Given time it gathers a domineering persona of pine needles, mint leaves, sea salt, and grass.
It enters the mouth with a steady shortbread maltiness that gathers towards white grapes over time (but never gets there). Hops add a variety of pepper, mint, and evergreen. But for what it is, they never truly assert themselves, even though this is one of the most compulsively drinkable hop combinations I've come across. It's mostly salty, and thus assures rapid drinking. The malt never supports a body that can support the hops.
From a rating standpoint, it's dry and hoppy and drinkable, and virtually uninteresting aside from that.
The mouthfeel is equally peppered with CO2. It's a bit rasping and abrasive. And never settles down.
This is a very decent APA, but it is that and nothing more (and quite salty as such). Don't let your hopes run higher than that.
I feel like I'm overrating it...I like it. But it's a far cry from stuff like Great Divide's Fresh Hop Harvest Ale.

cokes, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a 3" head that slowly fades. Nice lacings forms on the glass.

Smell: pine, grapfruit, and a light fruity sweetness comes through.

Taste: nicely balanaced beer here. Some fruit sweetness, caramel, green grapes, mild pine, some grapefruit slices, and a fresh hop flavor puts a smile on your face.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is refreshing despite the aboundance of hop bitterness.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one down quickly. Sessionable pale ale.

Gavage, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of younger35
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FINALLY found this down in Bloomington at Friar Tucks. Been searching Chicago up and down to find this little bastard. I'm visiting my mom right now so glass wear is a little sparse. The only liquid holder she has actually made of GLASS was a generic mug.

Appearance- Wowsa's! Pours a beautiful light hazy yellow with a HUGE creamy 3 finger + head even with an extremely gentle pour. A huge cap and collar remains the entire beer from the beautiful Champaign like bubbles that permeate throughout leaving oodles of sticky lacing.
Smell- A very fresh and clean hoppiness that is somewhere between floral and citrus. Lilac and tulip greet my nostrils first followed by a crisp citrus smell that is full of grapefruit and pineapple. Lightly bready sweetness in there somewhere but doesn't play a significant role.
Taste- Fruity and juicy with not as bit of a bitter bite as I was expecting. Grapefruit and orange pith along with some peach and mango give this a remarkably fruity start. Lightly piney at times as well with a raw herbal aspect. The malt must be doing something in this beer to keep all these hops in check but it's almost undetectable. Just sort of an unrefined grain sweetness (maize?) that cuts the bitterness. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness that is undeniably fruity.
Mouthfeel- Very crisp and carbonated with a medium to light body and a rough creaminess.
Drinkability- This is definitely one of juiciest brews I've ever tried. It's not overly fruity per se, but it is juicy. Can't really explain it I guess. Fantastic Wet-Hopped brew that is #2 on my list of Harvest Ales right behind Broodoo. Glad that I finally found this and can't wait to polish off the other 3!

younger35, Nov 15, 2008
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4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow

looks almost like a cloudy pilsner with a HUGE cappuccino-like foamy head of 2 to 3 inches even with a conservative pour. My first bottle was poured more aggressively and I had to wait 15 minutes for my glass of foam to dissipate. There is a lot of carbonation here but they seem to have a handle on it somehow. Just popping the top off the bottle the beer seems like it is going to rise right up and out like a snake

smells of hops, malt, and some grassy notes

Sharp, vibrant, resinous pine and citrus flavor with a bite at the end - just outstanding - if it would be possible to successfully make a cannabis brew this is what I imagine the result would be

the carbonation contributes to a refreshing effervescent mouthfeel

Drinkability, heh - I bought a 4-pack of this yesterday, drank 2 last night, and cannot control myself from going to the store to get some more - this brew is a tremendous achievement, Founders have really set the bar high for Wet Hopped styles with this one

If you like IPA or aggressively hopped styles you must sample this Ale if you can get your hands on it - highly recommended!

eddiebo, Nov 15, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It poured a hazy, light gold with heavy carbonation speed up to the pillowy white head. The head was easily 3 fingers with even a careful pour and left fluffy sticky spots on the glass.

S- The aroma was decidedly on the hop end of the spectrum. It had a nice, earthy tone. The malts were, in no way, hidden. There was a nice sweet backbone to this beer.

T- Again, the hops were in the forefront of the flavor. They were earthy and slightly piney with a shot of grapefruit to boot. The sweet and slightly bready malts help to pull the taste back to some balance.

M- It was a little strong on the carbonation. There was a nice hoppy bite along with a softer, cleaner feel than I'd first expect.

D- This is a real nice drinker. I could easily have more than one at a time. It's strong hop flavor would also make it a nice one to cap off a multiple beer tasting. I'd definitely drink it again.

GRPunk, Nov 13, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a tremendous wet hopped beer! This should be the standard. A diificult effort while working with fresh wet hops, Founders has again achieved greatness. This beer is more like a fresh resiny tea of hops than anything else I've tasted. This is a notch better than the Great Divide.

moesizlacks, Nov 13, 2008
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,042 ratings.