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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 967
Hads: 3,882
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 380
Gots: 341 | 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:
Beer added by: granger10 on 10-24-2004

70 IBU
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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprise, surprise. Another great IPA from Michigan. California are you paying attention? This one caught me by surprise with how great it was. My first wet hopped IPA. Poured from a bottle into a stamddard pint glass. Generous head that quickly fades but leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nose is just a bit piney compared to other IPA's I've had. Maybe it's th wet hopped style. Very clear compared to other IPA's as well. Taste is fantastic. It's delicious. This is so good it's almost sessionable. Wow! I think this is better than Founders Centenntial IPA. I love this beer! (577 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Out of the bottle and into the Teku.

Wow. This is unique... Bottled 10-2-13 (3 months later) and Raul could only imagine this baby fresh. Just so clean and slightly crisp like Rooney Mara biting into an apple. Just clean and pure (the opposite of the Kardashian's)

Yep!! (273 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear, brilliant gold with with awesome head retention and lacing.

Aroma is very piny and earthy with just a touch of citrus coming through.

Lots of Earthiness in the taste with bread and light pine. Bitterness is on the high side leading to a crisp and drying finish.

Overall, really an awesome beer that brilliantly showcases what a hop harvest beer should be. One beer I really wish was available to me locally. (458 characters)

Photo of krustster
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant gold color, mostly clear but a little hazy. Fluffy white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing after it falls. Nearly a half hour into this review, I looked again and found that the lacing was still where I left it, and the small head (cap?) that remained after the first minute or two is also still present.

Smell is heavy on the pine/floral notes compared to the citrus fruits, very clean and crisp. I'm still fairly stuffy so I can't give too much info on this, but it does smell very good.

Taste is, again, clean and crisp, very little sweetness but high in the grapefruit/pine character. The first time I had this I didn't care for it too much, but today I'm appreciating it quite a bit more. Very "resinous" and refreshing. The bitterness is strong but not overpowering at all. It just kind of sticks around to seal in the flavor after each sip, which I love. Compared to Red's Rye and Double Trouble, this one is a lot stronger in hop flavors (as opposed to malts), not as balanced but also they obviously hit what they were going for here. I'm still new to IPAs, hated them for a long time and finally saw the light recently, so my vocabulary is a bit limited. I like it a lot though. Very strong flavors, very refreshing even if it lacks the complexity of some.

Palate: carbonation is fairly high, which feels appropriate for an IPA with the bitterness and pine/resin characteristics of this one. Helps with the "crisp" taste that I keep talking about. The beer itself is somewhat oily, light to medium body, feels just right. Again I don't have the vocabulary for this but it's very appealing.

Overall I'm impressed once again by a Founders beer. This is a style I used to abhor (bad opinions or bad experience, I can't say for sure) but Founders is the brewery that finally won me over. Harvest Ale is in almost the exact style that I used to hate--high bitterness, floral/pine taste--but they've done it in a uniquely delicious and refreshing way that has changed the way I see beer once again. (2,023 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: beautiful, light yellow-gold... slight-moderate haze... ~1/4" white head once poured, smatters of lace... cap stays till the bottom

S: pineapple, mild pine... light-moderate solventy alcohol... perhaps some honey-ish malt... overall more subdued than I'd expected

T: bright, explosive burst of resiny hop flowers.... little bit of that pineapple and some a very soft wash of zesty-peppery (pepper, as in fresh chili) bitter hop in the finish, long into the aftertaste.... the 70 IBU is well blended and balanced into its composition.... wonderfully clean and invigorating overall.... not beat-you-over-the-head hoppy... more fruity complexity (lemon zest) unfolds with rising temp and subsequent sips.... not the least bit sweet

M: as light-bodied as a pilsner and super clean.... the perception of bitterness and its taste-bud-scraping effect increases somewhat exponentially

O: pretty damn fantastic.... simple and effective... I hate to say it could use a bit more depth in hop variety and malt biscosity (amount of biscuit flavor).... there are other beers out there that will fulfill that need.... I did down this unusually quick (1,141 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with touches of orange mixed in. Head is only about thumb sized off white and it falls quickly but leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma is not over powering but very nice almost soft hops, light herbal minty notes on a tropical fruit base not so much the big citrus hops but lighter and very pleasant. Malt base is light more bready with a touch of honey then caramel.

Taste is just like the nose basically, light tropical fruits on a bread malt base. Hops move to a more herbal then a minty like finish with some light lingering bitterness. Very pleasant and hop forward with out being over powering, lots of hops flavors say medium bitterness. This is one smooth and easy drinking IPA. Good flavors with out the need to scrap your tongue in between drinks.

Mouthfeel is light side also carbonation is on the lighter side which I enjoy.

Overall really digging this brew, hard to believe its 7.6% as it drinks as easy as the All Day IPA while being much more enjoyable. Wonderful beer. (1,003 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden orange, with a two finger white head, lots of carbonation, decent head retention.
S- Smell is pleasing mix of hops. Herbal, a bit of grass, a bit of fruit, and some of what my neighbors used to smoke...
T- Same as the aromas, grass and herb are big up front, with some underlying tropical fruit flavors. Enough malt to merit mentioning, but definitely hop forward. Really fresh tasting.
M- Bitterness is noticable on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit more assertive than I would like. Body is medium-full for what I characterize as single IPA.
O- A good beer. Definitely worth a beer drinker looking for. (613 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass
A-pours a golden hazy color with a one finger head
S-orange and lemon citrus and hints of vanilla
T-same as smell with wet hops and resin
M-mouthfeel is wet and slick with medium body and medium low carbonation
O-great IPA with wet hops (265 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at House of 1000 Beers 11-23-13
served in a tulip glass.

A - Bright clear gold with two fingers of dense white head, thick lacing.
S - Big juicy orange, very bright and grassy, lots of floral notes.
T - Peach, pineapple, orange juice, pine, fresh cut grass, tons of floral notes mid way, good biscuit malt base.
M - Clean and lightly creamy.
O - Delicious fresh hopped beer, definitely my favorite fresh hopped beer of all time.

500th review! (455 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill, in NJ. 11/15

Pours pale dirty gold with a ring of white foam. Pine grassy nose. Light malt, tasty, with an interspersed bitter. Even balanced flavor. Breadys, grains. Little citrus. Very nice - simple yet refined, and full of flavor. (273 characters)

Photo of tmm313
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Semi-hazy, light amber, color. Poured a 1 finger, quickly dissipating, head. OK lacing.
S- Grapefruit, pine, green wood, lemon, with a touch of caramel.
T- Orange and light lemon up front, followed by a rush of nice caramel, bitter grapefruit, pine, citrus rind and sweet orange on the finish. Nice.
M- On the light side with crisp carbonation. Oily and drying.
O- This was a nice IPA. It was definitely on the lighter side, with delicate aromas, tastes and mouth-feel. Really refreshing. It seems sessionable, but could catch up with you quickly, if you had too many. (575 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with smallish one finger off white head that disappeared fairly quickly. Some minimal spotty lacing.

S: Citrusy hops mostly grapefruit. Some earthy funk mixed with pine.

T: Juicy citrus flavors and big hops. Slightly bitter as expected, but crazy easy to drink. Alcohol is very well hidden, and beer is overall very well balanced. Just enough malt backbone to offset some of the hops.

M: Nice and light. I might have preferred just a bit more carbonation, and head retention.

O: Fantastic brew. One of the better IPA's that I've enjoyed lately. Really wish this one was available year round. (666 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light copper with a finger of head that does not linger very long. The nose is a bright bouquet of citrus fruits, especially grapefruit. The grapefruit notes carry over into the flavor profile, which is bitter, but not overly so. The finish is dry and hoppy.

Thsi light bodied offering is not quite what I'd expect in a fall seasonal, but it is certainly very, very tasty. (389 characters)

Photo of jdhowe
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of MMBrew.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with 1 finger of straw colored head dissipating to a mottled film and ring. Minimal lacing is left down the side of the glass. Continuous sparse bubbling of carbonation from the base of the glass.

S: Fresh earthy hop aromas, mostly grapefruit, but also pine and a slight dankness, and malt sweetness predominate. Malts smell slightly bready, like a pale ale.

T/M: A slight prickliness and malt sweetness lead into an array of hop characteristics -- citrus and pine mostly. Malt sweetness is slightly bready, but slightly heavier than that of a pale ale. Finish is clean and refreshing, with earthy and pine hop character and a lingering mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a perfect level of carbonation.

O: A really nice, refreshing, fresh, hoppy ale. This falls somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA for me, with an abundance of hops. The mouthfeel is great -- this is a very drinkable beer. Very little alcohol is detectable. Honestly, I'd like to compare this to Zombie Dust with a slightly heavier malt profile. (1,094 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden yellow, clear with a 1 finger head.
Aroma is grassy, citrus, wet hay, lemon, bready.
Flavor is all the same as aroma, massive lemon, grass, pine, perfectly bitter.
Mouthfeel is great, flavor doesn't linger.
Well balanced clean ale with all r qualities I enjoy. (284 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Cleveland Park Wine & Liquors Inc.., unknown bottling date, poured into my FFF Teku, drank 11/20-1/13 over an hour.

A: 2/3 - yellow-orange coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), initial frothy white head dissipates into 1/2 finger glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs

S: 7/12 - admixture of fresh fruit and grassy/resiny notes, some caramel in the background, aroma certainly becomes more intense as beer warms

T: 15/20 - on the anterior tongue, there is a mild tropical fruit-like bitterness - think more mango and papaya; it the middle of the mouth, there's a mild-to-moderate caramel sweetness arises and continues throughout the remainder of the sip; 7+% ABV is barely detectable; finishes dry with minimal lingering sweetness; no gross flaws detectable

M: 3/5 - some hop oils coating the tongue, little alcohol presence in the mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation

O: 8/10 - I'm not crazy about harvest ales in general but this one is maybe the best of 2013; Foundererers, I'll see you in June 2014 143.

TOTAL = 35/50 (1,070 characters)

Photo of RacerX5k
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Liquid gold. I could do this review in one word, juicyfruit. Yesterday's 2 bottles were superb, and I'm glad I have 2 more. Beautiful golden color, nice wet hop aroma, distinct simcoe, and beautifully malted. What really stands out is the fresh hop citrus flavors that explode on the palate, balance the key here. Really perfect juicyfruit mix, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit finish. Very smooth and easy drinking, though the second does get a little sugary sweet in the finish. Amazing, last year I passed on this because I really didnt care for it the year before. This is my third four pak, the beer is even better now than one month ago as the fresh, green piney notes have dimmed, leaving the citrus to shine. One of this years best. (736 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head perched atop the clear amber liquid; some streaky lacing appears as the liquid descends

Smell: Floral and citrusy, with grapefruit dominant

Taste: Juicy citrus flavors, up front, with grapefruit and pineapple tones; a hint of caramel appears underneath but this beer is all about the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: What more can be said - this is one of the finest IPAs out there (453 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish orang with one finger head that left lace patches. A spicy, zesty, wet floral hop aroma with a good amount of caramel and bread malt as well. The balance on this beer is amazing b/c at times it's almost sticky sweet, then there is a bready fullness, almost chewey beer, and then it has this sharp, cutting hoppiness of grassy and wet hops. Really comes together and there's a crisp finish on the backend that is pleasing. (439 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 10/2/13 poured into a tulip glass
A: Pale orange color with a one-finger head
S: Nice pine, citrus and tropical fruit. Very fresh
M: Very fresh, with flavors that match the nose
M: Medium-bodied, a touch oily, crisp
O: Tasty & well-made (254 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. Not much head to speak of. Pretty lacing as it goes down.

Nose boasts citrus, pine and pineapple. I wonder if they change the hops each year.

Very nice upfront bitterness without becoming harsh. Biscuit and straw from the malts. But the hops really shine. Some slick oily resin characters without a vegetal note. Mint and piney hop bitterness.

Really a beautifully made beer. It's everything I hoped for. So easy to drink. I see where jay ashmore could say there are some shortbread cookies here. Dry but with the oils this has a fairly big mouthfeel. Delicious. (603 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an outstanding example of the style this is... perhaps the best malt backbone of any IPA out there and, by that, I mean one that stands right up to the massive wet hopping but is happy to let the lupulus shine...

Easily my favorite harvest ale... shines brighter than all the rest with a beautiful hop profile that is both juicy and pungent in its nature...

World class (377 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a nice lingering off white head. The nose is of hops, mostly grapefruit then followed by pine. Exceptionally well balanced and complex flavor, with the focus being on hop flavor rather than bitterness against a solid malt backbone. Hop grapefruit flavor is the most prevalent. Light medium body, well carbonated. Nice crisp finish with a lingering grapefruit flavor against a slight bitterness. The best IPA I have had to date. A wet hopping masterpiece. (472 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle stamped with a bottling date of 10/3/2013. Poured into the IPA-specific Spiegelau glass from SN/DFH.

Appearance - Pours a jewel-like rich amber hue with highlights of yellow sun and darker shadows of golden-orange. Created by the laser etching on the bottom of the glass, a steady stream of carbonation bubbles rises up to a rocky two finger head. Head immediately starts to dissipate, but slowly, revealing a web of bursting bubbles, and sticky but sparse lacing. The color is bone white.

Smell - Fresh cut grass, light pine resin, honeysuckle and orange peel shavings all come through, but are not to be outdone by a healthy graham cracker-like base from the grain bill. It's not quite as intoxicatingly aromatic as some fresh-hop ales I've sampled, but it has that distinct forward pungency.

Taste - White grapefruit, citrus zest, bitter garden greens and even some hints of seared brussels sprouts and other pleasant vegetal qualities. Some earthy notes are also present, like peat moss, as well as the continued presence of malts, this time taking on a toasted sourdough characteristic. Lingering mild bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Luscious, medium-bodied mouthfeel, with carbonation on the high side of moderate. Juicy in feel, in spite of the flavor profiles being more herbal/earthy in nature. Very drinkable.

Overall, a wonderfully tasty beer, but not one I'm sure quite lives up to the comparatively increased effort it takes to get this one compared to say, Red's Rye, FBS, Founders Porter, etc. I'm actually pretty excited to see how my perception of the beer changes, if at all, as I work my way through the rest of the 4-pack. (1,689 characters)

4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've drank many, many craft brews but this is my first time reviewing one. Finding a new favorite beer gives me the same feeling as finding a great new golf course. Without diving into a bunch of minute specifics and details the overall big picture is that Founders Harvest Ale is a great beer. And after drinking it I felt like I just had a great experience. Very fresh tasting. Unique. Everything I want in a beer is present and nothing is overdone.
I have been frustrated frequently by not being able to find certain beers, so after initially buying a 4-pack I went back to the store and bought their remaining three 4-packs.
Thank you Founders. Keep up the good work! (671 characters)

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 967 ratings.