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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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3,042 Ratings

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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 MuenchenerKindl
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

letsgopens, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BradLikesBrew, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WeisGuy, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

franksnbeans, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

RustyDiamond, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

NJpadreFan, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Blakaeris, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

dirtylou, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of benito
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

benito, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

ultralarry2006, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of martymoat
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

martymoat, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!!

jjayjaye, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of joe1510
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Stubby
$8.00 4-Pack
Founder's Taproom Fridge


Founder's Harvest Ale poured a straw golden with good amount of sediment after my inability to properly pour. A two finger fluffy white head formed on the pour and fell rather slowly to a skimming. As the head fell it left some random lacing down the sides and generous spider webbing after each sip.

The malts coming through on the smell are of the palest varieties. Biscuity and very lightly toasted white bread. Hops are the star and show themselves as such. Grassy/earthy hops are dominant but there's a nice, although subtle, sweetened grapefruit that combine for a very appealing aroma.

Flavor goes hand in hand with the nose. The palest of malts combine with those earthy/grassy hops to make a well balanced harvest ale. The dampness (grassiness) is a little more pronounced on the tongue. For some reason this bottle seems a little more earthy than others sampled in the last few weeks.

Medium bodied with modeate carbonation. The carbonation kick starts the tongue a little as the hops leave a mild bitterness on the swallow.

Good easy drinking harvest that's both refreshing and enjoyable. Easy to enjoy a few of these in a sitting.

Another good brew from Founders. I've had quite a few of these this year and for some reason they're either hit or miss. They don't miss by much but they miss the mark of the better bottles. After my next few bottles I will update review if need be.

joe1510, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.03/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A new offering from Founders, and I must say it’s very disappointing. Not one of their better efforts.

Poured great – Semi-hazy orangy yellow with this massive ivory head, plenty of lace sticking to the glass sides.

Aroma was first off-note; a perfumy citrus wafted upwards, which progressed into the quaff, along with some grass and soapy notes.

Medium bodied and a bit of a slick finish. 7% alcohol per the nice looking label.

Doesn’t hold a candle next to a Sierra Nevada Harvest ale.

Vancer, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of DIM
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: A hazey pale yellow. Pours with a miniscule white head that fades fast.

s: Pretty one dimensional, but it's a very good dimension. A very fresh biting hops are all I could smell.

t: A very nice fresh and sticky hop dominates the weak malt backbone. Extra bitter grapefruit comes to mind.

m: Is resiny a word? If it is that's the best word I can come up with. Sticky and thick. Leaves the gums with a pleasant prickling sensation.

d: While this was enjoyable, I doubt I'll buy anymore. Certainly worth trying and I'm glad I did. This is only the second wet-hopped beer I've tried and SN's Harvest Ale is far superior.

DIM, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-14-07

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with thousands of little yeasty floaters. Gross.

Smell is all fresh hops, very sweet and very grassy.

Taste is surprisingly malty, with a good hop kick near the end. Quite fruity, with lots of sticky hop resins and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is superb, huge thickness and creaminess adds to the hops.

Drinkability is good, very well balanced malt and hops.

Overall, a very good APA, at a very good double IPA price.

BMoney575, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Founders during the 2007 Harvest Fest 10/13/07. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Cloudy, hazy, and bright gold in color. Light tan tinted head, with a lot of lace.

S: Incredible fresh hop aroma. You can smell the pungeant hops at arms length! Also detected tropical fruit and toasted malt as well.

T: Fresh, juicy, oily hops. Big time pineapple and mango. Lovely toasted malt flavor for balance. Fresh baked bread in the finish.

M: Juick, oily, and quite sticky. Hop flavors last for ages!

D: This should be illegal.

GbVDave, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. 7% ABV. Pours a cloudy golden color, with a bit of sediment in it. Fluffy white head, with a few bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Very nice head retention. Nice patches of lace.

Piney hops jump out in front first. A little bit of a spicy aroma as well. Hints of citrus in the background.

Resiny and juicy hops are the showcase here. Piney and grapefruit flavors. Pale malt base lets the hops to shine well.

Good body, carbonation keeps things fairly clean. Bitterness lingers for a while. Well done.

Bierguy5, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of DavidEddie
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color. A nice thick head settles quickly to some sticky lacing around the edges on my pint glass. Smells of citrus orange and grapefruit hops. Taste of some light pine, juicy grapefruit and balanced with some sweet malt. Some green leaf appeared as it warmed. Not complex, kind of simple in flavor. But never the less, very delicious. Mouth feel is light and has a nice carbonated fizz to it. Overall drinkability is very good. I like this one. Has enough going on to enjoy many through out the night. Recommended!

DavidEddie, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby. The beer is an oranged straw color with a 3 finger white head over top that is maintained by a massive stream of bubbles in the brew. The clarity on this one is moderate at best. The aroma is full of dank citrusy hop that are tempered by an orange fruityness and a spicy pepperyness. The caramel is towards the back in this one and the green quality is not apparent. The flavor is a little less hoppy than expected. The first flavor to hit is a vegetative citrus hop with an earthy bite to it. The orange and light caramel come through in the finish. This one just feels a little wanting to me, which is in stark contrast to the tap version I had last year. Moutfeel is moderate with a very light carbonation. Overall, this one is very drinkable with pretty good flavor. The mouthfeel is a little light on carbonation making it just a little less active than I was hoping. I know it is too early for this one to be on the down slope, but it just feels like it is not all it is meant to be. Don't get me wrong, it is good, but nothing like the tap version from last year or the previous harvest ale from another company I just sampled.

kmpitz2, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a pale hazy yellow body with a slight yellowish hue to the white bubbly head. The head soon fades to a ring with a splotchy film and is supported by a gentle carbonation of big bubbles.

S- This beer has a light smell of cinnamon bark in the earthy green hops nose. There is a slight different quality like hops water or hops tea that adds a nice subtle smell to the hops.

T- This beer has a soft pale malt note that is blended with a smooth green hop flavor. There are notes of pine needles and fresh pine in the hops and that leads to a nice resin flavor that lingers after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a soft heat at the finish.

D- This beer is a nice IPA. It is not a huge hop monster but it has nice flavor with a unique flavor to the hops. This is a nice session beer.

rhoadsrage, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of wingman14
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy orangish yellow with a decent white head. The smell is amazing, the hop aroma jumps out. It is very rich and floral, very distinct as if the hops are still floating in the glass. The taste follows suit, very rich with the hops without the bitter bite seen in heavily hopped beers. This could be from this beer being wet hopped. It is also somewhat sweet, with a hoppy aftertaste that lingers. The mouthfeel is smooth, good balance in the characteristics. This beer is easy to drink, the hops aren't overpowering, but this is for the hopheads. This is one of my favorite pale ales. Enjoy.

wingman14, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan at South Bend City Wide Liquors for letting me know this had come in (along with Backwoods Bastard...mmmm). Pours straw to orange colored with little suspended sediment throughout and a tiny bubble head that settles to a thin film. I love it. Smells citrusy and delicious. Almost smells like a ripening fruit. Flavor is great. I'm not really as much as a hophead as I used to be, primarily because of how one-dimensional some of the big hoppy beers can be when they're not made well, but beers like this remind me why I was a hophead...and why, when well used, hops are so important to a beer. Here, they are the main feature and donate a strong, mediumly-bittered grapefruit and grass flavor on top of a slightly creamy malt body. Its a great tasting beer...subtle in its attack, but extremely well-constructed.

aforbes10, Nov 07, 2007
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,042 ratings.