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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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3,032 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,032
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 298
Gots: 147 | 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 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
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr


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
Photo of martymoat


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
Photo of joe1510


3.78/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

11-17-2007 02:47:32 | More by joe1510
Photo of Vancer


3.03/5  rDev -28.9%

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.

11-15-2007 14:37:29 | More by Vancer
Photo of DIM


3.88/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

11-15-2007 13:41:16 | More by DIM
Photo of BMoney575


3.75/5  rDev -12%

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.

11-14-2007 23:47:19 | More by BMoney575
Photo of GbVDave


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

11-14-2007 02:10:57 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Bierguy5


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

11-12-2007 16:22:28 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of DavidEddie


3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

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!

11-11-2007 02:17:18 | More by DavidEddie
Photo of kmpitz2


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

11-10-2007 02:42:23 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

(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.

11-09-2007 17:58:09 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of wingman14


4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

11-09-2007 02:12:44 | More by wingman14
Photo of aforbes10


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

11-07-2007 13:48:32 | More by aforbes10
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

12oz stubby bottle pours into my glass a quite hazy yellow orange with a couple inches of creamy, cragly white head that leaves sticky lacing on the side. Aromas of citric, tropical hop resins jump out of the glass. Peach and grapefruit mingle with some pine and green herbaceous notes. Sweet, light caramel in the background. Wow, the fresh green hop cone aroma brings a smile to my face! Somewhat floral even.

First sip brings a sweet, lightly toasted caramel malt that flows into a flow of fresh hops. Citric, slighty tropical with a big green, herbal push. The resins come through along with a perfumy, floral quality. Flows down with a bit of bitterness, but it's fairly mellow probably due to the fresh wet hops. Finish with a bit of lingering sweetness and green hop cone resin. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess and solid carbonation. A sturdy pale ale that brings a wealth of flavor while at the same time being quite drinkable and refreshing. This is a darn tasty wet hopped brew and I'm glad to see this in bottles. Get on it and try this one while you can. Another solid brew from Founders.

11-07-2007 03:26:57 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of enfield249


3.6/5  rDev -15.5%

A - Cloudy apricot in color, poured with 1 fingers worth of head. A slight ring of head remains.

S - Lots of citrus hops coming off. First smell reminded me of Breckenridge 471 double IPA in smell.

T - Lots of bitterness, almost to IPA level. Some of the citrus, but on the back of the drink.

M - Full, lots of carbonation, leaves a coating of bitterness.

D - Very good APA. Great smell, and if I can smell it, it's got to be strong. I could have 3 of these a week.

11-07-2007 02:32:34 | More by enfield249
Photo of david131


3.75/5  rDev -12%

A- Beautifully cloudy, slightly orange- but mostly straw color. The head retention is pretty good, but it is thin and there is some good lacing. Exactly how I would picture a fresh hop beer.

S- Very fruity and flowery with a hint of pine. Just a bit of funk at the tail end. Upon second inspection, orange rind is very prevalent.

T- Not a whole lot going on here for 7% (so it says on the bottle). It is hoppy, but it not overwhelming. A very appealing hop flavor.

M- Creamy for sure, but still a tad thin.

D- This is a pretty good fresh hop beer. I actually enjoy how simple this is.

11-06-2007 04:36:15 | More by david131
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

2008 Batch

Pours a nice beautiful golden yellow and a nice cloudy body. The head on this sucker stays around forever. Die you bastard! DIE!

Again the smell is just amazing! Very hoppy and floral. I really enjoy it!!!

The taste this year is hoppy and a little wheaty! Its not as hoppy as I remember but its smell is great! MMMM. Its good!


2007 Batch
Alright, first off this brew is amazing. Its like putting your face into a vat of hops and smelling. Endo story...Alright onto the review

This brew is the most fragrant brew i've encountered in a while. It's a beautiful blend of smell and taste. The taste if full of hops, hops, and hops. It has a brillant citrus hop notes.

Overall this brew is smelly in a good way (thanks bassmantin). It's hops in liquid form. Get it!!!!

11-06-2007 04:34:39 | More by iconoklaztor
Photo of zdk9


3.18/5  rDev -25.4%

A- Pours a hazy pale orange, almost yellow. A half finger of crisp head top the beer.

S- All hops. The first whiff is of sweet citrus, faintly- tangerine, grapefruit. Then there come some fresh grassiness, and subdued straw scents.

T- Fresh cut grass, and lemon are the prominent hops flavors on this one. There is perhaps the smallest hint of carmel but that all the malt I can get. The taste is weaker than I wish for, and the balance isn't quite right.

M- Rather bitter, as if there's not enough malt to balance out the hops, but also somewhat syrupy and still effervescent. The alcohol on this one is not that well hidden, as I can feel the heat even at 7%.

D- This is my first wet-hopped ale and it didn't quite meet my expectations. The hops are prominent and good, but I feel like the recipe might need some tweaking to improve the strength of the taste and the heat of the alcohol.

11-05-2007 01:11:25 | More by zdk9
Photo of mcallister


3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

A very light hazy shad of yellow and seems to be unfiltered. Pours with a whispy carbonated half inch head that fades somewhat quickly and leaves a thin sticky layer of lacing behind.

Great nose on this beer. Fresh in your face citrusy hop aromas. Grapefruit and orange with a lemon zest type feel. Hints of tangerine and peach as well. Very lively with acidic tones and a hint of cereal grain.

A modestly light bitterness on the finish and mid palate and lacking the big citrus profile the nose suggested. More cereal grainy, toffee flavors come through than hop. A bit green with more stone fruit than citrus. Nectarine with zippy acicdity and carbonation. Finish is suprisingly lengthy. A beer that goes down very easy and has a real honesty too it that really makes this drinkable.

11-04-2007 19:29:37 | More by mcallister
Photo of pwoods


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint. Dating looks to be about August.

A: Pours a straw yellow. A few shades darker than a bud and has a glow to it. 2-3 fingers of pearl white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Dominated by powerful hops. The grassy and juicy hop punch is very attractive and the massive fresh and funky hops oils are great.

T/M: Very strong, fresh grassy and earthy hops. Some more of the citrus juicy. Grainy malt character is nearly completely hidden by the hop kick. Seems a bit out of control but just right, lol. Mouthfeel is light and inviting after a hard day doing yard work... especially with a subdued drying finish.

D: Easily drinkable and very tasty.

11-04-2007 18:42:05 | More by pwoods
Photo of emerge077


3.68/5  rDev -13.6%

Nice golden orange tone, some suspended sediment. Initial three fingers of compact foam, good lacing and a collar of foam stays over time. Aroma is a bit on the cereal grain side, barley malt with some herbal hops, mildly sweet and floral. Not as citrusy as would be expected from a wet hopped pale ale.

Sessionable is my first thought, wish I had picked up a six of this. Comparable to Alpha King, just not as aromatic or juicy. Certainly hoppy, but mild on the bitterness scale, more floral than anything. Very smooth feeling and ultimately session-worthy.

2010: Lacks the fresh hop punch that distinguishes harvest ales. Not one i'd scramble to find, but would drink it if available.

11-04-2007 03:21:03 | More by emerge077
Photo of alexgash


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Hazy, apricot-orange body with golden edges and a thick, creamy, glass-crawling beige head. Huge fresh hop nose. Pungent, resinous, oily, and herbal. Some citrus and pine in there too. Pineapple and caramel cookie malt aroma in the background. light toasted malt and herbal hop bitterness up front. Becomes more citrusy and soon explodes into juicy pineapple, powdered sugar malt sweetness, and, of course, resinous hop goodness. Good balance of numbing fresh hop bitterness and sugary malt in the long finish. Medium-bodied with a creamy feel. Very even and smooth carbonation. Delicious and I'm really glad to see this bottled!

11-02-2007 23:13:59 | More by alexgash
Photo of scott


4.18/5  rDev -1.9%


Semi-aggresive pour yields a murky copper, rich with sediment. Still standing, with very minor carbonation, this had an initial whipped cream head that resolves itself to scads of lacing.
Highly floral nose, exuding notes of grapefuit blossom and piney grass.
So pleasureable with the first sip, it's hard to believe this is a pale due to the hop intensity. The malt then kicks in and puts the hop in it's place with a baseball bat. A great mix of sweet & bitter, this is very refreshing, although a bit hot in the finish.
Too bad this is a hard-to-find one-off, because this is from one of my favorite brewers that I reserve lots of fridge space for. Well done.
Run out and grab one while you can. If you can.

11-02-2007 21:28:29 | More by scott
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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