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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,177 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,177
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 324
Gots: 191 | 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 hckyfn9999
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of OStrungT
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy white head that fades very slowly, leaving a massive lacing.

This beer smells of citrus hops. Very nice. Some floral hop aroma is present also, with a little grass.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Citrusy and grassy. Very good. Some floral flavor is present. It tastes great.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a grassy, citrus aftertaste. Carbonation is great.

This beer would make a great session beer. Low enough alcohol, and a great flavor.

Overall: Thanks to TheodorHerzl for this great beer. I like it a lot. It is probably the best Harvest Ale I have had this year.

OStrungT, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of deereless
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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