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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

967 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 967
Hads: 3,883
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 381
Gots: 342 | 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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Reviews: 967 | Hads: 3,883
Photo of wedge
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orangey-yellow with a huge, thick head that lasts forever and leaves behind patchy lacing. Smells like fresh hops...pure, leafy, green hops. Thick pine-y, citrus pulp-y, pineapple-y, peach-y, resinous dankness all up in my nose. Tastes (obviously) hoppy, though a little less green. Sweet zesty citrus flavor finishing with some cereal grains. Rind-like and pine-needle bitterness. Solid body, not too heavy for what it is.

I like this a lot. Fresh-hoppy to the max. (473 characters)

Photo of kasper
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a real cloudy golden orange with a huge fluffy off-white head that gives way ever so slowly, leaving batches of sticky lacing all around the glass.

S: Really fresh wet hops, somewhat grassy and earthy with hints of what reminds me of green olive brine.

T: This one is a hop monster. All hops here with a good supporting pale malt backbone, but the taste is predominately strong, earthy and perfume-like hops. Not sure I'd call it floral because hop flavor is a bit sharper. Noticeable lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: Highly carbonated, medium bodied, slightly slick and oily but not too heavy.

D: This is a pleasant treat. Kind of like a strong IPA that's a tad shy on the malt flavor, though the malt pronounces itself more as the beer warms. I'm not sure this is a brew you'd want to drink all night, but tasty as a starter. (847 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby brown bottle. poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, light amber yellow and topped with a massive, though still light and fluffy golden white head that bubbles down to settle as a thin ring on top of the beer, still leaves behind some lacing though.

S: Big sweet cuts of fresh pineapple, slight grapefruit and honey and mixed with a healthy dose of bready malt sweetness

T/MF: Very hop forward, slightly acidic, probably the result of the wet hopping (more alpha oils?). Fresh, grassy hops, quite earthy, not as much pineapple that the nose let on, but there is still a nice bit of sweetness in the middle part of this beer. Finishes slightly fruity, slightly earthy and again with bits of honey coating the tongue just a bit. Decently chewy mouthfeel, medium bodied with a slight coating finish.

D: This beer has a lot to offer, very complex, a very different animal than a dry hopped beer, almost like wine, but with more carbonation of course. A beer worth returning to and a beer to covet when fresh, just a tad too acidic to be perfect but an otherwise joy to drink. (1,102 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback glass on 10/21/08. Thanks to Deuane for bringing me back a bottle of this from a recent trip out west.

A - Hazy golden/light orange body with vigorous carbonation and a fluffy white head of froth that stood almost four fingers high. Head retained extremely well and left thick, sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Wonderful bouquet of fresh floral, juicy citrus and sweet perfumy hops. Nice and complex. Malt is sweet with hints of honey and caramel. Some sticky pine notes and a very mild alcohol presence emerges as the liquid warmed up.

T - Sweet and hoppy nectar with juicy pineapple, mango and grapefruit flavors, followed by hints of fresh cut flowers and a mild honey sweetness. Finishes with a hefty shot of sweet malt to balance out the hop bitterness.

M - Light bodied and softly carbonated with a slightly oily texture. Pretty thin mouthfeel overall. Finish is surprisingly short and minimally bitter with an underlying sweetness from the malt.

D - I was expecting more of a one-dimensional brew, but was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of this harvest ale. This has an intriguing blend of aromas and flavors that kept me interested throughout the entire glass. Very unique and nicely done. (1,249 characters)

Photo of waltonc
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy yellow appearance with gigantic white head that ultimately settles down to a thinner foamy layer.

Smell and taste: The most prominent component I get is the grapefruit. Not as much pinesol (but it's still there) compared to some of the stuff on the west coast. Perhaps I've just been densensitized by our west coast brews. Bottom line is that this is really delicious. Although this beer boasts of being wet hopped, it is far from an absurd level of hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and, despite the major head, carbonation feels medium as well.

D: This is a really refreshing drink that I could drink several of and not get bored. (645 characters)

Photo of brewmentor
4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When you look at this beer in the bottle, you will see a light haze. As you pour this ale, you can't help but smell the fresh hoppy aroma. Everything about this beer feels fresh. It is enjoyable on every level of the experience. It leaves a tail that makes you want more. (271 characters)

Photo of klewis
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label lists ABV at 6.5%

A: Pours a murky golden with a huge Duvel-like head. Lots of sustain and lacing.

S: Lots of nice citrusy hops aromas with a subtle not-so-nice solventy Pine-Sol aroma. Overall, decent.

T: A strong grapefruit taste, as if juice were added. Over-the-top hop flavor with plenty of bitterness to boot.

M: Medium-bodied with a fairly aggressive carbonation. Super dry and leaves the mouth feeling parched.

D: Subtlety is not what this beer is about when it comes to hops. It's not bad, but to my palate, some more balance would benefit this beer greatly. (578 characters)

Photo of BierFan
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Hazy bright yellow with a big white head.

Smell: Lots of hops. Grapefruits and lemons.

Taste: Despite the big hop aroma, hops are kind of light in the flavor. Grapefruit is present.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation when drank from the bottle. Significantly lighter carbonation in the glass.

More like an IPA than a pale ale in my opinion, but it's still a damn fine beer. (438 characters)

Photo of Biscuit033
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden-orange with a nice white head and very nice lacing.

S: Grapefruit and pith with a bit of lemon.

T: Grapefruit and caramel with some spicy bacnotes of pepper and ginger.

M: Medium body, creamy, with a hoppy finish.

D: This is a hoppy clean and crisp drinking harvest. (285 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great to finally try this beer,poured into a standard pint glass a hazed light golden with a frothy one finger white head.Awesome aromas of you guessed it fresh citric and and piney hop with a touch of sweetish biscuit.Fresh hops jump on the palate,fresh grapefruit and lemon pith with underlying pine needle,a firm slightly sweet malt base is there as well keeping everything in tune.Man I love this brew its fresh hop taste is awesome,my fridge beer for the time being. (471 characters)

Photo of Mcculler
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours into a pint glass like a Frank Stella experiment in color and line -- a hazy, almost witbier orange at the bottom half, the upper half an ivory white. Head remains huge, with large sudsy bubbles, except at the top, which is a creamy foam for about five minutes. Receeds over ten minutes with action that reminds me of sea foam. Leaves chunky lacing.

Nose. Hops. Big, perfumy, yet also restrained. Grapefruit, pine, lemon. As it warms, sweet bread, yeast, and mineral earthiness.

Taste. A variation on the nose. Modulates to grapefruit, orange, lemon peel, pear, and spicy, tongue numbing pepper and clove. Still restrained. Sweet, clean, and somehow, with all the hops in play, light, as a pale ale should be. Nothing out of place.

Mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Dry with a little hop oil slickness.

Drinkability. Good, though, as a pale ale on the Indian side of the equation, perhaps not as drinkable as one would expect from the style. Still, for all its complexity, refreshing and pleasurable. This is not a chest hair baring use of hops. Mozart , not Beethoven.

This is one of the best American pale ales I've had. Refreshing and delightful. This is masterful craft beer. (1,202 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out really yellow clear with two fingers of white suds and some lacing on the glass.
Smell is really good. Pine trees and evergreen plants circle the nose and attach to the brain.
Taste is hard to describe. I get a bitter black flavor then a piney sweet malt then just a sweet mellow malty APA flavor.
Mouthfeel is so great with layers of flavors to sift through. Bubbly on the tip of the tounge followed by mellow sweetness.
Drinkability would be so darn High if I could get my hands on 50 cases of this stuff! (517 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden yellow into my glass with a good 2 inch foam. It has a nice fresh hop aroma of citrus and pine. Not overhopped, just enough to not be too bitter. The mouthfeel is just a little extra carbonated to give it something extra.

This is a very drinkable beer, and I could easily have more than just a few. (315 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Re-visiting this beer with the 2009 edition. The 2008 was one of my first reviews, so it was overdue for an update.

A - Mostly transparent pale golden body, with 2.5 fingers of creamy off-white head that takes a while to dissipate. Lots of glass-coating lacing and a solid cap. Love the foam, but the color isn't very interesting.

S - Delicious smell filled with hoppiness and citrus notes, grapefruit predominantly, as well as pine, and a solid doughy malt backbone. Very refreshing!

T - Very similar to the smell - hoppy and loaded with citrus, sugar cookie, and caramel. Mellows finish, with only a little bit of bitterness

M - Medium body. Crisp and refreshing, with a decent amount of carbonation. Some residual resins and a nice dry finish.

D - Very drinkable - I can't taste the 6.5% of alcohol at all. I could totally imagine kicking back a 4-pack on an autumn afternoon.

One of my favorite harvest brews! (919 characters)

Photo of giblet
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured beautifully into my glass. pale yellow color with about two inches of frothy head. the smell is incredible with a wonderful full hop aroma. being a hop head i could just sniff it for hours. the flavor was good with full hops through the nose but a little less in the taste than expected. nice dry finish. excellent lacing down the glass.

a nice drinking beer.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet (401 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, 6.5% ABV, into a pint glass.

Appears a slightly hazy golden color with a light orange tint and a three inch thick white head that forms a huge mountain that goes over the rim of the glass. After a few minutes it settles down a bit so I can take a sip. Ends up leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is just bursting with fresh hop aroma. Lots of orange and grapefruit type citrus tones with a bit of pine and floralness to it as well. Beneath the hop explosion lies a nice sweet caramel malt backing.

Taste is just as good as the aroma. Huge citrus hops at first followed by a little dose of sweet caramel malts, with a bit of pine coming in later. Some of the signature grassy wet hop flavor as well makes this delectable. The finish hoppy finish that lingers just makes you want to drink more.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a good level of carbonation to make it have the perfect amount of crispness while keeping it relatively smooth.

This is one of the best wet-hopped IPAs that I've ever tasted. If only hops could be harvested and made into wet hop ales all year long. (1,110 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at Capones Fresh Hop event into a standard pint glass.

A: A medium to light yellow orange color with a mininal off white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Citrus hops on the nose with spicy orange, lemon and a hint of grapefruit. No detectable malt on the nose.

T: Follow the nose. Massive amounts of citrus hops with a bit of pine and grass coupled with some light malt sweetness. This beer is all hops and it is magnificant. Long lingering bitterness makes it last forever.

M: Medium as it is on the lighter side (as hard as that is to beleive) with the massive hops. Bitterness lingers, but mouthfeel is not overly oily. No alcohol traces at all.

D: Uber high. Wow, these are good and go down oh so well.

Overall this may be the best fresh hop beer I have ever had. It reminds me almost of the Two Hearted by Bells which is a huge compliment in both appearance and nose. Wow, such a great, great beer. I wish they made this all year long. My opinion of Founders just keeps getting better and better. (1,018 characters)

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very gentle pour produces a massive head that took a good five minutes to settle down before I could pour the rest of the beer into my pint glass. This golden yellow beer left sheets of lacing on the walls of my glass as well with staying power for the entire beer. The nose on this beer is hop oils all the way with varying scents of citrus and pine, and I also get more and more earthy undertones as the beer warmed. The flavor profile starts with a big rush of citrus flavor with bitter pine coming in quite quickly and just a touch of pale malt to balance out the hop flavors. The mouthfeel is slick and oily with medium carbonation with no alcohol present on the mouthfeel. The drinkability is very good on this beer and I probably could have killed my only four pack of this last night, but I am at least going to try to make them last through this month. (863 characters)

Photo of jdoncbus
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color. Gigantic fluffy head that sounded like a bowl of Rice Krispies for about 10 seconds; lots of lacing. The carbonation sits heavy in the head but consists of random bubbles elsewhere.

Massive aroma of piney, citrus hops mixed with mild, sugary malt. Notes of butterscotch, cilantro, and spicy bread.

Silky on the tongue that leads to a firm crisp feel. A blanket of hops converge into a sour-pine flavor that adds grapefruit, lemon, butter rum and rounds out with a boozy, moderate bitterness. The mouth is left somewhat numb with a film that lingers; brown sugar malt also in the after taste.

A very solid beer all-around and a hop lovers delight. Founders is one of my favorite breweries where I have yet to sample a poor offerig. Pick up one of these four packs and I hope to see more of this in the future. (841 characters)

Photo of roan22
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this wet-hop ale at Capone's. It is 70 IBUs and 6.5%

It is a very light orangey yellow color, appeared fresh and carbonated appropriately. Minimal lacing and head. A medium body.

Very nice aromatic hop aroma, very citrusy. Taste is hops blast of citrus and pine resin, also mintyness present at the end. Finishes somewhat clean but I detect a nice mild lasting bitterness present.

Balanced very well, smooth and extremely drinkable, this harvest ale from Founders went down very well, IMO it blows their Centennial IPA out of the water. Cheers. (561 characters)

Photo of rodrjf
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a pint during the 5th Annual Harvest Celebration at Founders yesterday. The first one I had was on tap.
A: Opaque orangey glow with a nice full head.
S: Very strong citrus and hops aroma, not over powering.
T: Lots of hop flavor but not overpowering, good balance with the malt and citrus.
M: Mild, not an overpowering carbonation
D: good very enjoyable

CASK:
It was gravity dispensed b/c the hand pull was not working properly. Same as tap but I felt it was a lot smoother, I think I was a little on the warm side which helped in tasting all the different flavors. I enjoyed it much more from the cask than tap. (627 characters)

Photo of Roeters
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few pints of the 2008 Harvest from the cask listed first then '08 Harvest from the tap.

Cask: was poured directly from the keg, was not pulled through the hand pump.
A: Hazy golden with a orange hue, very little to no head.

S: strong hop aroma

T: beer is built around the hop letting it shine through. Lots of hop not overly bitter, just lots of flavor,

M: very mild body, very smooth

D: I couldn't stop drinking it

On-tap
A: Hazy golden with an inch of head good lacing

S: mild hop aroma

T: not as much hop flavor as the cask but still well developed and earthy

M: mild body, smooth with goo carbonation

D: couldn't stop (642 characters)

Photo of KC8LTL
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on "Handpull" at the brewery. Looked like it was gravity dispensed to me instead of handpull, but whatever.

Light golden and hazy with a creamy head. Served it bit on the cool side for a cask beer in my opinion.

Smell was up-front citrus hops. Since I came to the brewery for the beer and wanted the hops, this was a nice invitation.

Taste was, well, citrus and piney hops. The whole point of this beer it to feature the hops, and feature it it does. The malt is just enough to keep the hops from overrunning it so you can enjoy more hops.

The Mouthfeel was good, but to be honest, I expected the handpull to make it a bit smoother.

The Drinkability was quite good. I had just one of them (hey, they had 19 beers on tap!) but it was a good way to start the night. It gave me a hop fix, but didn't burn me out. (818 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, hazy honey color with solid carbonation rising to 1 1/2-finger head with decent staying power and moderate honeycomb lacing.

First wave is copious grapefruit - natural grapefruit - from overabundant floral hops. Boiled, woody malt emerges in mellow fashion with warmth.

This one's all about the big,wet floral hops. Some grass comes 'round, too. Slighty earthy yet clean malt backbone keeps it together.

Good tingle on the palate. Hop bitterness is tangy and a little earthy. Finish has a little zing to it.

This drinks quite well with decent balance...for a truck rolling @ 70 IBUs, that is... (606 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with one finger of light fluffy head and lots of carbonation.

Scent of hops dominate, strong oily delicious hops, sharp piny hops with a subtle citrus scent bringing the intense hop aroma to a balance slightly.

Taste of piny oily hops, with streaks of malts running through the mouth and enough of a citrus flavor to keep it all in line. Intense hops are wonderful and complimented very well.

Mouthfeel is light, but the sharp bitterness is the main attraction here, I love it.

Founders has crafted an excellent Pale Ale and I am very happy to have been able to try this one and I will certainly purchase it again. If this were available year round I would always have it in my fridge. Most definitely recommended. (739 characters)

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