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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: 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 tastybeer
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes, now that's a nice looking pour. Very nice golden tangerine color holds a...sassy glow while many tiny little bubbles speed their way from the bottom of my glass up to the big off white fluffy head. Head is giant initially before it turns to a more reasonable half inch layer, leaving lacy lumps behind. Mmmm. Aroma is straight up hopfully delightful. Dank grapefruit, candy orange, pine, and sweet toasty bread. Its generally pungent all around. Taste is great. Not really complex or subtle, rather a welcome pile of yummy hops to the face. I could happily drink these all night for multiple nights in a row. If it wasn't $4 a bottle perhaps I would. Anyways...texture is decent, body is just right at a happy medium, and there's a nice little carbonation and bitterness related tingle left on the tongue after each sip. Very drinkable in my humble opinion.

Deeelightful

tastybeer, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised and sort of impressed at how light the color is. It's a straw yellow, with golden hues, and hazy as all get out. Pours a huge head, but I admit my pour was too fast and reckless. The head settles very, very slowly, and leaves big twisted ribbons of sticky lace on the glass. There is a cloud of something-or-other swirling in slo-mo under the head, and it's incredibly gorgeous, which is making me up the score another half-point. Willyalookatthat?

Aroma is clean, direct and full-on hops. Have to reference recent discoveries which have a similar vibe in the nose: Gumballhead (Three Floyds) and Surlyfest (Surly). But where those are more tingly and springtime fragrant, the aroma on this one is very, very grapefruit. Just wonderful.

Flavor is very much focused on citrus rind hops; a little bit resiny, but a mellow malt presence keeps things on the flowery/citrus side for the duration. This beer illustrates how beautiful bitterness can be, as there's a perfumed side to the flavors, and also an underlying, buttery, candylike sweetness that helps give just enough balance to prevent a one-dimensional flavor. But even if it was one-dimensional, it's a fantastic tasting dimension.

Mouthfeel leans a little on the coarse side, tingly and effervescent. Something smoother and rounder would've been more appealing, but I always say that. As is, it's fine, and it kind of grew on me and seemed to match the hop bite pretty well.

I'm reminded of Surly with this beer, in that it's not a "big beer" by most definitions, but possesses humongous flavor (btw, this bottle says 6.5%). By far my favorite "American pale ale," but I wonder if it should even be compared to those many others? They're obviously going for something a bit more intense here. Nevertheless, Founders has yet to disappoint. I raise my glass in celebration of their distribution having finally reached North Carolina. Cheers!

Metalmonk, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Cresant
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. Bladder infection cloudiness. Hazy yellow gold. Giant frothy head left minimal lacing.

Smell was tropical fruits and fresh baked wheat bread. Detergent.

Taste was nice and grassy. Fresh grains. Mangos and pineapples.

Mouthfeel was zestier than on tap.

Cresant, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of kzoobrew
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with massive fluffy white head. Retention is really pretty good, ok ridiculously good. There is some sticky lacing.

Big piny hop aroma. Very fresh in smell. Citrus hops are noticeable but not as dominate.

Very hop forward brew. Very "green" hop flavor up front. While very hoppy it is not overly bitter. Malt sweetness under all the hop allows for some balance.

Very crisp and clean mouth feel. Carbonation seems spot on for this particular brew.

Unfortunately this one was only picked up as a single. Very enjoyable. Would really like another right about now.

kzoobrew, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a pale golden yellow color with an enormous white head that goes vertical still after passing the rim of the glass. Big nose of fresh fruity hops, lots of piney/citrus juiciness as well as some strawberry and melon notes, very nice. Big hop flavor as well, 70 IBUS packs a very large punch when the freshness of the hops put on display. Its not overly bitter either just lots of clean, grassy hops for you to drool over. Light and crisp medium body, very well carbonation and quaff-able i had 2 before dinner last night and wished i had more in the fridge! I highly recommend for the the hop heads!

ATPete, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of JoeMayo
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice gold with a fluffy white cap of foam.

S- It smells very fresh, floral, green, and juicy. Grapefruit is the dominant hop smell, but pine is also noted.

T- Sweet grapefruit and floral hops are the dominat flavors, but notes of pine, pineapple, and orange are definately present.

M- Very light and crisp. The head is exceptionally soft and velvety.

D- This is a very refreshing brew and is not hard to drink at all in spite of its heavy hop presence

JoeMayo, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to gregc for this brew
Bottle poured into a standard pint glass produced two fingers worth of white head on top of a clear golden colored body.

Aromas of fresh hops run wild on this brew great pine and citrus smell filled my nose. The flavor is lighter than the nose suggests a good APA for sure. Easy drinking light and crisp on the tongue. With the flavors of light pine and sweet malts keeping this APA on track flavor wise. Good drinkability I could kick back a few of these with little effort.

joepais, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of genog
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a very hazy golden color with plenty of frothy white head that almost rolled out the top of the glass. Excellent head retention as I let this one sit around for a few minutes, and it died down very slowly. Aroma is spicy hoppy experience with plenty of fresh grapefruit, and pine. Absolutely perfect smell. Taste is very balanced with a piny spicy backbone. This one is full bodied and a nice sticky mouth feel. This is one of my faves I have had in a long while.

genog, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

picked this up after trying weyerbacher's harverst

dug it.

very nice , little lighter and west coasty compared to other harvest i have had, 70 ibu's and you can really taste and smell the hops on the bouquet

its just a solid beer

another great beer from founders
theses guys rock, i def would check it out

only one vice , and thats with the bottle... its a screw off top... cmon founders lets go pop off..

gdfan47, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of UA8
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy straw color with an overflowing oops head which has ridiculous retention.

S- The nose explodes with scents of citrus hops and candied orange peel.

T- Mirrors the scents on the nose nicely with leading tastes of various citrus notes of lemon and orange. a touch of mid-sweet malts on the mid palate and finishes big and bitter with a grapefruit taste

M- Refreshing and bright but could be a touch more viscous

D- Very tasty something Ill buy again probably wouldn't session cause it would kill my taste buds after any more than two.

UA8, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of NCBeernut
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a HUGE frothy white head with plenty of stick. Body is a golden haze with orangish highlights. Scents of sweet grapefruit dominate the citrusy nose. Sweet caramel notes peek through a bit. Big citric hoppiness and phenols in the taste. Honey-like quality similar to hopslam. mmm juicy leafy hops. Decent carbonation, but a touch too much for my taste. My second taste of Founders (other being breakfast stout), and I am still impressed. The only drawback is that it is somewhat one-dimensional, the hops taking the show.

NCBeernut, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Kind of odd you can't find anything about this beer on Founder's website. Pours a very hazy orange to light amber color with a slight straw colored hue throughout. The head was limited but a bad pour, left some foam around the edge and limited lacing.

The nose is what I describe as organic. Hops come out mostly but some malt notes are there as well. To start, the hops leaves a mix of floral and citrus with a light perfume aroma. Some minor earthy notes as well. The malt comes out a little muddled with some bready and biscuit notes as well. Some hints of wheat and a little bit of pepper on the back end. Some minor yeast notes as well.

The taste is a bit muddled as well. The malt comes out more and balances well against the hops. A more distinct biscuit malt flavor with a touch more spicy notes on the back end. The hops really have that "wet" organic flavor that you can tell it's a fresh hop taste (which I can't always get with fresh hop beers). Some muttled hop notes as with the floral and perfume notes coming out more with a minor citrus and orange taste in the finish. Definitely yeasty but not over the top, clean beyond that.

The body is moderate and very easy to drink. Carbonation is a bit light. Kind of shocked at the ABV, truthfully. Overall a good beer but I would like more distinct flavors and nose. Drinkability is great though.

Oxymoron, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of dancinwillie
2.9/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

$2.39 per bottle at Ottos in Brookfield, WI.

Label reads: 6.5% ABV, and 70 IBU's. I'm don't quite understand wet hopping yet, but I'm going to assume this will have fresher taste somewhat.

The pour got away from me a little bit, as I was a little aggressive, but still, this is an active head! Dense, tight bubbles at the bottom, spacious big ones in the middle, with a thick meringue-like layer on the very top. The beer itself reminds me of a thick ripe peach.

Aroma is muted, but I can faintly detect a pine scent. A little fruity sweetness too, possibly apricot or peach. A decent enough malt presence. The first couple of drinks were very good, but after that, it seems a little one-dimensional.

My favorite thing about this beer has got to be the mouthfeel. I never thought I would say anything like that, but it's true. Creamy and silky, yet the carbonation feels like it's doing a bit of dancing on your tongue.

Overall, I might try this beer again when next it's released, but I won't be paying $2.39 a bottle for it again this year.

dancinwillie, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden body. Lemon yellow highlights. A huge whipped head of white froth. Sticky lace is left in abundant qualities. Sweet, fragrant, flowery and citrusy aroma. Very nice and very reminiscent of Two Hearted Ale. Tasting this really takes me back. This is the closest experience I've had tasting a hoppy beer to the first time I sampled Two Hearted Ale in my basement bar 12 years ago with ZAP and Senior Shit. I'm just gonna take a guess that the hops for this bad boy are Centennial. It has that sourdough like malt and yeast contribution as the base. A little funky in that way.T he hops splash accents of orange marmalade, tangerine and grapefruit. The bitterness is not overboard, even though the bottle claims 70 IBUs. Carbonation is a bit overboard. Almost like some secondary reaction occurred that was not intended. But luckily it didn't impart any noticeable off flavors. This is pretty good. Solid. Nothing more though. And even though it reminds me of the first time I had Two Hearted, this is not Two Hearted.

Bighuge, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of jkrich
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Squatty 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. This ale poured a clear, lager like golden color with a tremendous sustained white, fluffy head. I notice some yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle which would give the ale some cloudiness if poured.

The spicy, citrusy hop aroma explodes from the bottle and maintains this fresh aroma in the glass.

The taste is surprisingly restrained with a slightly sweet, lemon flavor which leaves a refreshing aftertaste. Despite the emphasis on hops this ale has a pleasant bitterness and a mild malt profile.

This one is somewhat light bodied for a heavily hopped ale; something one could easily enjoy on a warm summer afternoon. The tongue is coated with a fruity taste.

At an ABV of 6.5%, this is a dangerously drinkable ale; perhaps that is why it only comes in four packs.

jkrich, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW!! Fresh Hop flavor and aroma. Now that's what I'm talking about!

I hate that saying, but it really applies.

There was a whipped egg white consistency to the head. Light and fluffy with large bubbles and nice retention. The beer was a clear deep golden color until I poured the last ounce.... Then the sediment hung suspended like a cloud in the sky.

The aroma was unreal.. Like rolling a fresh hop between your fingers. Floral, floral, and more floral. Nice grapefruit tones. Really amazing.

The flavor was equally amazing. Really spice to this and a fresh hop flavor. You are greeted with a fresh citrus flavor that gives way to a nice spicy undertone. There is some malt sweetness in the background, but the fresh hops take center stage. And they are like a rock star... A fresh Hop bitterness is what lingers and you can feel the oils.

Mouth feel is fairly light , but quite lively due to the spicy nature of the beer. If you like fresh hops you have to try this beer.

Reagan1984, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive cream-white head that receds very slowly. The liquid is dark straw yellow in color. Cloudy

Strong, fresh piney hop aroma, very much like an IPA.

This is more hoppy than many IPA's. The malt is solid but quickly overwhelmed with grapefruit flavored bitterness. Good body.

This is a get-me-another bitter APA.

smcolw, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of tburkhart
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a 4pack on a recent beer excursion.

Pours a cloudy yellow and the head stuck to the glass like there was no tomorrow and its life depended on it. 1/2 inch of head stayed throughout the entire glass.

Smells like fresh picked glorious hops. Looking at the bottle it doesn't say what kind of hops they used, but they are quite citrusy.

The taste is nicely balanced and not overly hopped. Going purely off of smell you would think it would be a hop bomb, but it's not. Very tasty.

All and all it is a very tasty brew (wouldn't expect anything less from Founder's)

tburkhart, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this brew from tburkhart, Thanks Tim!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy yellow color with a big fluffy white head that didn't quit despite leaving sheets of lacing behind.

S - a citrus hop blast to the nose.

T - incredibly balanced considering the aroma, the citrus hop taste hits hard upfront followed by enough malt to somehow balance it out before it gets too bitter, a terrific tasting brew!

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - extremely tasty and extremely easy to drink.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally located a bottle of this at the local beer joint. I've been excited to try this one out for a while now...

Nice label with a big, fresh hop on the front with no visible freshness date.

A: Pours a light and cloudy straw color with a fizzy white, 1/2 inch head.

S: No suprises here - a moderate amount of fresh hoppiness on the nose. The hops smell of pine, possible mintiness (?) and trailing in the back are mildly toasted malts.

T: Much like the nose but more intense. Suprisingly, not as bitter as I was expecting. I thought this would be heavy and daunting, but it was actually more light-hearted and refreshing...

M/D: Nice, medium-bodied and highly drinkable. Ample carbonation and dryness, bringing you back for more! Well done, Founders folks! Great example for it's fresh hop style.

beachbum1975, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of bound4er
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very attractive hazy dark straw color with a big frothy head and gobs of lacing. This beer looks perfect. It smells of malt and citrusy hops. This beer taste more complex than it smells - lots of orange pith and tropical flavors with a good malt backbone. Lighter bodied which works great with its crisp, easy drinking style. This beer is dangerously drinkable - nice stuff from Founders that I will be buying again.

bound4er, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: huge off-white head over an otherwise uninteresting hazy golden beer, light meringue consistency and long retention

s: excellent hop aroma but with little malt to back it up, still, great stuff...juicy, fresh and dripping tropicals, sweet-sour sauce, passionfruit and red grapefruit, big kiwi, bubblegum

m: mouth-filling carbonation and on the low side of the high range, lighter in body but not thin

t: pulpy tropical hop flavors over a barely discernible pale malt base, juices of sweet and tart tropical fruits like passionfruit, orange and grapefruit, kiwi (not tropical, yes), moderate bitterness, mild pale barley sweetness drying completely in the finish

d: no problem, very nice beer

scooped a single from Grapes & Hops in Fayetteville, NC

blackie, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, 6.5% ABV on label. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy light orange/yellow color with a huge (about 2 1/2 inch) frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops, I smell grapefruit, pineapple and a bit of peach. There's also some pine and grassy hops noticable too. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all citrusy, pine and grassy hops. Both the aroma and taste is good and hoppy, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick/oily with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and very enjoyable to drink. It wouldn't be hard at all to finish a 4 pack of this. Overall I think this is a good brew, I'd definitely pick this up again.

bluejacket74, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw like color with a massive bubbly & frothy white colored head. Looks like a hefe.

Big fresh citrus hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, pineapple, lime zest, fresh squeezed hops. Some piney & sprucy scents as well.

Big hop bitterness up front that mellows into a nice bisquity maltiness, herbal, leafy flavors. Hops are kinda subdued. Very tasty & balanced.

Very crisp, smooth, moderately carbonated, medium bodied.

Fall session brew. Would have no problems with several.

Not my favorite of the style, but a quality, tasty product from Founders.

bbothen, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of vtfan77
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light straw with a big, fluffy white head that takes its time going down.

S- Big, pungent hop smell with tons of citrusy, piney, leafy, minty, resiny, and whatever else -y aromas. I think the focus of this beer might be on the hops, although I don't want to jump to conclusions.

T- There's more hoppy goodness in the flavor with lots of pine and a hint of mint, but the flavor's not overwhelming. Some biscuity malt even has a chance to come through. The bitterness is fairly mild. Oh, and the hop burps off of this are awesome!

M- Medium-bodied with a decent level of carbonation.

D- Pretty good. The abv's not too bad, but it's not a session beer for me. I'd have a couple in a sitting, though.

This is a great fresh hop ale. It's a good choice if you want the hop character of an IPA without the bitterness. Actually, thanks to the wet hopping, the hop character in this beer is better than in most IPAs. This is my first Founders beer (we don't get them here in VA), and it definitely makes me want to try more of their stuff. Anyway, a solid beer, and one that I'd recommend to any hop enthusiast.

vtfan77, Oct 25, 2008
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,042 ratings.