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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,042
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 304
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 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.

orbitalr0x, Nov 07, 2007
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.

enfield249, Nov 07, 2007
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.

david131, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of iconoklaztor
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!

Cheers!

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!!!!

iconoklaztor, Nov 06, 2007
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.

zdk9, Nov 05, 2007
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.

mcallister, Nov 04, 2007
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.

pwoods, Nov 04, 2007
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.

emerge077, Nov 04, 2007
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!

alexgash, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of scott
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

V.07

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.

scott, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of kirok1999
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a weak, Budweiser looking blonde with a slim white head that leaves some lacing but not much.
Smell is all hops, grassy, floral and some citrus.
Taste is all hops again. I feel like I'm laying in the back yard on a hot summer day smelling the grass. Funky earthy hops blast through, wet and musky.
Mouth is a little thin but not too bad.
A nice quenching brew that fits better in the summer on a nice hot day. Easy to drink, smooth and tasty.

kirok1999, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of SupaCelt
4.43/5  rDev +4%

Found this on the shelf tonight in a generic white 4 pack at my liquor store of choice. Wet hopped ale. The beer is a copper haze with a thin white head following the pour. Lace positive as I drink.

The nose is just dreamy. Fat, wet, juicy, fruity funky. It has been some time since I've smelled something as delightful as this. Heaps of hop character ping off this stuff. Grass, lemon grass, pine, grapefruit. Quite the fragrant one is this. Excellent hop showcase. The smell makes me want to plunge in.

The taste is every bit as glorious as the nose here. It is always a treat when the thing tastes like it smells. That demonstrates a balance I'd say. The hops jive well with the malt foundation. Pale ale is a fitting classification as this beer's dryness is held in check despite the fact that it is substantially hopped. Controlled chaos. Just a very well balanced concoction that is a pleasure at every nip. Tons of citrus and nothing abrasive. Buffered with precision. Mouthfeel is exactly right. Pleasingly plump but not heavy.

I am glad I snagged this beer. I could easily find myself marveling at the entire grouping of bottles in one sitting, however tonight I am going to exercise restraint and save some for future enjoyment. Try this one. A powerful hops experience without any rough edges.

SupaCelt, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of CortexBomb
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%

aka: Founders version of the wet hop beer.

Pour was angry, cloudy orange. Nice head on top, slow fader at that. Smell was mainly hoppy citrus notes hard to pull much more out of it.

Flavour, well, the alure of this is the fresh hops, and they were definitely on display. This isn't AIPA style hoppy, but it definitely had plenty of citrus flavours present throughout along with a touch of spice. There were some subdued malt aspects to the flavour, and as I said, this wasn't a complete hop bomb, but that was certainly the focus of the flavour, good stuff, but not overly remarkable for a wet hop beer.

Mouthfeel, about what one would expect, decent tingles from the hops, but not a lot more than that. Drinkability, well, I'll never accuse a beer like this of being hard to drink.

Overall: A decent seasonal special by Founders, but not one of my favourites.

CortexBomb, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of Magpie14
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance: great color of golden and orange hues with sprinkle of cloudiness. Sudsy head slowly diminished and left a ring of foam hugging glass all the way down.

Smell: very hoppy smell with sutle sweetness....hints of caramel, fruit, and a touch of toasted malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel: taste is great. Strong hop flavor stays throughout the whole glass and coats your tounge. Some caramel and fruity overtones go along with the hops and make this a very rewarding beer. Overall very smooth ....the raw spiced hop flavor makes for a clean and fresh finish.
Another great quality beer from founders!

for hop lovers this beer is a go. A seasonal brew and worth getting a hold of if you can. Great beer, very fresh and rewarding to say the least

Magpie14, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of CraftAle
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

On tap at brewpub. Wonderful grapefruit and grass smell and taste. Light brown in color. Lighter and sharper than IPA, with thinner body. This they should bottle! $3.50/pint or $5 including glass is reasonable. Limited time release and not available in bottles.

CraftAle, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Just released to the public for the first time yesterday. I had a couple of these among a few other beers at the HarvestFest party last night. I wasnt sure what style of beer it was supposed to be and was not able to talk much to anyone working there as the place was jam-packed. Fresh from the tap it had a nice copper color and good head retention. It tasted like a somewhat mild version of a pale ale. Brewed with the freshest hops (less than 24hrs off the vine), and you can taste it. A clean, fresh hoppy taste throughout. Maybe a little dry in the finish. I noticed a few citrus flavors, but nothing overpowering. It was somewhat difficult to really pull much of an aroma out of the glass, but I'll blame most of that on the atmosphere. The mouthfeel was maybe a little on the light side, but not watery by any means. Drinkability was great, I could have stayed and downed these all night if only my wallet was a little thicker. I'd like to try this one again soon. I wonder if they're bottling it or if its only available on tap?

jasonpeckins32, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of granger10
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

I had quite a few of these last night at Founder's Harvest Party where they brought out this new beer. I would say it lies somewhere between the Centenial and the Dry Hopped in terms of hoppiness. But the hops here take a really nice dimension and the malts seem to sit back. The malt base is honeyish but not really sweet at all but slightly toasty. It's just there to prevent the hops from being too much. The hop flavor is strong from the beginning and lasts throughout the finish. There is some bitterness but moreso hoppiness with flavors of grapefruit, orange rinds, and estery notes. I don't think this was dry hopped but I could be wrong. Goes down very easily, the body is on the lighter side, but to me is the ultimate session beer.

granger10, Oct 24, 2004
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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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