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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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3,028 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,028
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 292
Gots: 145 | 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 scruffwhor


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a cloudy, yet sunshiney yellow amber hue. Very hazey, but exploding with carbonation. Very thick foam of hea and sticky lacing. Just awesome. The aroma is exploding with a sunshines burst of fresh hops that hnt at pine and a flowerfield right nxt to a grapefruit grove. The taste starts of quickly with some rye like mals, but then swifty moves to the hops. Lots of citrusy ad grassy uv rays hitting the tongue. Complex biterness that slowly fades away. Very good APA, but better for indulgence than sessions.

12-25-2007 08:19:05 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: Pours a nice thick head. Retention is good, Head sticks around for a while. Cloudy yellow color.

Smell is of fresh hops. Perfumy and citrusy.

Taste is of faint pale malts and fresh hops. Simple, but damn good.

Mouthfeel is full and crisp. The carbonation is spot on.

This beer is really damn easy to drink.

12-25-2007 06:14:36 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of Slynger


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Found this bottle at Archer Liquors before it started showing up in other liquor stores. Drank it in October but am just writing it up now.

Dirty blonde/straw in color with a slight haze and a small amount of white head.
The nose is impressive. Floral and citrus hops bombard upfront with a mild grassy earthiness below.
Tastes of lemon and grapefruit along with the grassy earth. Hop bitterness shows up nicely with a very mild spiciness in the end.
This beer screams out of freshness to me. The fresh wet hops rule and I am glad I drank it when i did. Really need to get some more. Great beer.

12-21-2007 20:47:55 | More by Slynger
Photo of xgrigorix


3.63/5  rDev -14.8%

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Pale straw gold in colour. Topped by one finger of dense white foam. Thin lines of carbonation.

A big aroma of pine & grapefruit. Almost certainly centennial hops.

A slight biscuit flavour, muted fruitiness, and plenty of American hop notes round it off at the end. Medium bodied, somewhat slick (from the fresh hop oils?) and moderately carbonated.

12-21-2007 02:58:49 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of DIPA


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

a: Very bright but hazy orange. Unfiltered. Would think it is hop trub but appears more like coagulated proteins.

s: Big citrus hop aroma. Foreshadows the expected aroma exactly.

t: As expected very fruity upfront that is very crisp which is followed very quickly by a nice bitter bite but not lingering.

m: Very light, refreshing and clean.

d: Could easily go through a 4 pack on a summers day. Just wished the hops could stick around to see the sun.

12-21-2007 02:32:08 | More by DIPA
Photo of lackenhauser


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Very bright, somewhat hazy yellow color. Odd for a pale ale it is such a bright yellow but it works. Deep grassy aroma. Full malty flavor with a great bitter blast. Slight citrusy flavor. Damn nice body. Very full-somewhat sweet in the finish. This is one of those beers I find myself wanting to gulp. Between the body and flavor I cant get enough. Damn enjoyable.

12-20-2007 22:23:22 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of bashiba


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured a thick yellow/orange color with a light fluffy head leaving some light lacing.

Smell was semi sweet and citrusy, a touch of orange peel and grass clippings.

Taste was very balanced with a sweet buiscuity malt body and some nice semi sweet and lightly bitter fresh hop flavors with hints of mint, orange, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily with a nice bit of carbonation.

Easy to drink, enjoyable and balanced pale ale.

12-20-2007 04:46:30 | More by bashiba
Photo of tombrew


3.7/5  rDev -13.1%

As a big fan of this brewery's beers, I didn't even know this one existed until I was perusing the Friar Tucks beer store. I picked up a 4 pak, that was extremely over priced. I poured into my Sam Adams special glass. First thought was, my it is a bit on the cloudy, chewy side. I either attribute this to being bottle conditioned or due to the hop fragments from "wet hopping". Great APA aroma, the usual citrus notes. I noticed that there was hardly any head to it, so I was anticipating a thin mouth feel. First sip was good and reminiscent of most APA's, nothing outstanding, but still very drinkable. Nice bitterness backed up by a decent malt bill, almost biscuity. Very light in color so if there is any crystal malt, its definitely on the low end of the Lovibond scale. A very drinkable beer but I think I prefer their Centennial IPA.

12-14-2007 23:23:16 | More by tombrew
Photo of beermanbrian


3.68/5  rDev -13.6%

Golden color with lots of floaters. Minimal head and no lacing. Smell is fresh hops, very floral and citrusy and even fills in with some piney notes for good measure. Taste is typical pale ale malty and biscuit flavors with a little more hops than normal. Taste is a little bit of a let down after the strong smell. Mouthfeel is a little oily. A nice beer from a quality brewer.

12-12-2007 01:44:11 | More by beermanbrian
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3.53/5  rDev -17.1%

12oz. bottle. Thanks to Alexgash for the opportunity!

Hazy, dark yellow fluid. Very small head, what little exists appears to be off-white in color. Beer is very still. Bit of legs, no lacing.

Very hoppy aroma, pine & citrus (lemon). Some grapefruit as it warms a bit.

Taste is more bitter than sweet, with pine and citrus taking center stage. Crackery middle. Touch of sweetness as it warms up. Spicy finish.

Medium in body. Low carbonation. Dry.

Overall, like the flavor, but carbonation needed to be picked up a bit. I have a second bottle to try, and I will see if that is any different. Not bad, but plenty of other nice, hoppy ales out there.

12-10-2007 18:13:28 | More by
Photo of Floydster


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with Sephiroth, split with my roommate as the final beer of the night

Poured into my Flying Dog imperial pint glass with a golden pale yellow color, 3/4 inch foamy white head that held its own for a while, some lacing and impressive retention

The wet hops provided a great smell, the hoppiness was floral and had citrus notes as well, also some piney aromas like an IPA would have

Taste was also very good because of those fresh hops, straw-like and very chewy, leaves a nice dry finish for a pale ale, some tangerine and grapefruit, the citrus really came out towards the end when the beer reached room temperature, nice fruity hop profile and fresh taste overall

Lots of carbonation and a nice body for an APA, taste kept coming after every sip, good mouthfeel

Could drink another few bottles because it is very light but the taste could get a little old after a while which is what I have noticed with a lot of freshly hopped beers, ABV is also pretty low

Another great beer from Founders, wish they would distribute in California, recommended if it is still on the shelves

12-10-2007 07:26:29 | More by Floydster
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle most generously furnished by Hoppymeal, to a pint glass. The liquid is a light shinny gold with curiously fine carbonation, The head is most interesting, a big 2 fingers of tight white foam, extremely creamy looking that lasts quite a long time and leaves incredible amounts of lace.

The smell is great, very hoppy in the nose, mostly citrus with some floral notes.

The taste follows well, citrus hopps quickly over take a biscuit like malt, leaving oranges, lemon, sweet cherries, cranberries and a spritz of lime in its wake. This is a very good brew, not over the top buy a huge winner with in it's style.

The mouthfeel is good, nothing out of the ordinary, slightly less then a medium body, and great carbonation...except it is so fresh it makes my teeth squeak, like fresh cheese curds.

The drinkability of this brew is evidence that this brewery is world class.

Many, many many thanks to Hoppymeal and his conspiratorial trader, for giving me a taste of this brew.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

12-09-2007 05:51:09 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of letsgopens


3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

This APA pours a cloudy deep gold with a rocky off white head that leaves some nice spotty lace.

The aroma is of big, floral hops. The wet hopping method makes for a smoother and less dry hop flavor and aroma. Citrus and pine as well. Really appetizing.

Initially a bit of sharp pine and lots of hops. Citrus: lemon and a bit of grapefruit. The flavor mellows and becomes more dim and malty as the beer warms.

Heavier texture and not as crisp as expected. Juicy and somewhat gelatinous in texture. Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Different and well done. I haven't been terribly fond of many of the recent wet hopped beers, but I enjoyed this one very much.

12-05-2007 22:54:19 | More by letsgopens
Photo of BradLikesBrew


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Thanks to dertbert for this trade.

12 oz brown bottle has no freshness info.
The label says 7% abv (as opposed to the 6.2% listed on BA).

a: Pours cloudy light amber bordering on orange with white head and big patches of lacing.

s: Maybe a hint of malt, but the nose is primarily hops.
The hops have a nice fruity aroma: grapefruit, apricot, and orange.

t: Not the most complex flavor, but very tasty.
Sweet and just a tad bitter, the flavor is mostly of grapefruit and apricot.

m: Very smooth, nice carbonation, medium body.

d: Easy to drink, a good showcase of hop flavor and aroma that still maintains a low level of bitterness and a high level of sessionability.
Would be a good introduction to hops for those that fear them.
What a great time of year for beer, all these wet hopped ale, plus winter seasonals, and gift packs, tough choices at the liquor store these days.

12-05-2007 22:16:00 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Label says 7% abv

a - pours a hazy bright amber color, one-finger white head with little retention but nice lacing, lots of suspended sediment

s - huge grapefruit aroma with some orange as well, dominated by the citrus, hints of pine in there, not much by way of maltiness or alcohol

t - big bitter grapefruit flavor up front, body is a bit sweet from the citrus, finish is bitter up front with lots of pine and evolves into a bready graininess that last for awhile

m - medium-bodied, quite a bit of carbonation, fairly dry on the finish

d - pretty drinkable, the finish isn't overly drying of the palate, I could definitely enjoy several of these in a sitting

Very nice wet hopped pale ale. Actually reminds me a bit of the Sierra Nevada Harvest fresh hop ale. Well worth seeking a bottle of this out.

12-02-2007 00:17:53 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of franksnbeans


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a hazy golden tangarine with a finger of soapy white head that dies to a ring. Very big citrus hops in the nose. Earthy, grassy and a little pinapple like sweet malt smell. Taste starts of big hops but quickly becomes mild and balanced with a nice balance and refreshing finish. Crisp and refreshing in the mouth and a session beer for sure. Im impressed.

12-01-2007 00:46:55 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of RustyDiamond


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

Received in a trade with lefthandedrighty. Poured a cloudy blond with a white head that quickly disappeared...nice thump when popping the cap. Like most wet hop beers, this one had a fresh, grassy, spicy aroma. Quite the chewy hop nose with a spicy mouthfeel. Citrusy hop finish.

Of all the 'wet hop' beers from this season, I enjoyed this the most. Very easy drinking.

11-30-2007 22:46:12 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%

Founders- Harvest Ale

A- Bright orange/ yellow, very cloudy and chunky, a big frothy white head, and heavy lacing.
S- Big strong fresh green hops, just picked.
T- Oily almost unripe flavored hops. Pine and spruce flavored.
M- Oily and green leafy. Slighty herbal with a malty finish.

Overall- Let this 1 warm up a bit. The flavor really popped near the end of the glass. Definitely recommended for a hop lover like myself.

11-30-2007 21:28:20 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Blakaeris


4/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours golden yellow with plenty of suspended white yeast. Head is large and thick, leaving decent lacing.

Aroma is full of citrus and to a lesser extent, floral spicy hop.

Taste is More balanced than expected. Generous orange and tangerine flavors stand out. Bitterness is comparatively mild. Grainy caramel malt adds depth and sweetness. Finish holds a resinous quality along with slight herbal spice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

A well made APA. Flavor profile is very unified and lacking in any harsh hop bitterness. Mild and easy to drink.

11-27-2007 18:49:53 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of dirtylou


3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

12oz bottle, scooped a 4 pack at star since they were out of the backwoods bastard

appearance: pours into a great dane imperial pint glass, hazy apricot body with lots of yeast sediment present, beige frothy head with a nice lace - interesting

smell: lots and lots of hops on the nose, light citrus, lemon, bubblegum, clove

taste: it's a good apa but its actually pretty tame...the citrus hops are actually very smooth and non-abrasive, not really bitter at all, orange and lemonpeel are the higlights, clove and other light spicing

mouthfeel: quite smooth for the style, pulpy

drinkability: good

11-26-2007 00:32:16 | More by dirtylou
Photo of benito


3.85/5  rDev -9.6%

Count on Founders to make a wet-hopped pale ale that borders on "imperial" strength--the bottle claims seven percent! I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt style-wise and drink this as a double pale ale.

Harvest Ale is light orange in color with a lacing, long-lasting head. Typical fresh-hop aromas dominate: wild flowers, pine resin, and citrus fruits--like a more general "hop smell" than what you expect from dried varieties. The taste too is a showcase for fresh-hop flavors: it starts with a large burst of fruit, pine, and bitters that gives way to heavy, flowery flavor and finished with a light alcohol tinge. The hops are the centerpiece of every aspect of this brew, and there's just enough malt presence to give this appropriate backbone. In terms of drinkability, count on this to be spot on for a "double;" it doesn't have the refreshing lick of a normal APA.

What stands out here is the overall impression from this brew: the length of flavors across the tongue, and the long, biting aftertaste are impressive. It's a strong showcase for the beauties of the hop. This is a significant, fall brew...perfect to whet the appetite before Thanksgiving dinner.

11-22-2007 21:35:33 | More by benito
Photo of ultralarry2006


3.73/5  rDev -12.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger tan head that has decent retention, and leaves some some spotty lacing. Body is a hazy gold.

Smell - grassy and floral hops fill the nose, faint hint of toasty malt biscuits.

Taste - floral, grassy, and piney hops wash over the tongue, with pine resin becoming stronger in the middle, but finishing with more grassy and floral hops, and there is no real presence of malt backbone on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, with much hop oil slickness, and somewhat semi-dry from the hops.

Drinkability - this is good ale, and is a nice showcase of fresh hops, although I'd like something a little more malt-centric eventually, and thus a change of taste after two or so.

11-19-2007 16:25:07 | More by ultralarry2006
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3.83/5  rDev -10.1%

I love this time of the year. With harvest ales, folowed quickly by Winter Warmers, just all sorts of yummy goodness in beer. Into the Tyranena Pint...

A - Light, cloudy body with a nice head that leaves a thin line after a while.

S - Sweet, citrus hops, but not quite as interesting as other Harvest Ales. Enjoyable, still.

T - Sweet and tart in the entry, with lots of citrus, melon and light malt. Ends up with quite a bit of bitterness. Yum, but not very complex...

M - Very crisp, good body, what one expects from a session ale.

D - Good pale, but not the most exciting Harvest Ale I've tasted. The hops seemed to lack some of the different fruit/aromatics that I was looking for.Still very good though.

11-19-2007 01:05:12 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

S- Large citrus hop aroma in the nose and also a good amount of piny aroma's and malt sweetness

A-Hazy golden hue with good head on the pour that dies away quickly to a dusting.

T-Sweet malt notes upfront leading into a burst of hop flavor, not as bitter as i would think it to be actually very tame , but a huge hop presence in the middle and throught the finish

This beer is the reason that their is a hop shortage. Yet it is balanced very well with the malt

11-18-2007 00:45:08 | More by martymoat
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a hazy golden amber color with less than a full finger fluffy white head that resists fading. A good amount of lacing present. The smell is really nice a great balance of roasty malt and fresh hopped pine and citrus. So far neither the appearance nor the smell is what i would expect from a APA...but as Jessica Simpson would say "but i woneit". Highly carbonated, the mouth feel is tangy and bright. Full flavored, the taste is bright and citrusy as well. A real nice drinker. Thanks, Pops!! While it waivers from style...Its a real celebration!!!

11-17-2007 23:34:21 | More by jjayjaye
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