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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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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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Reviews: 967 | Hads: 3,882
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man do I love harvest beers! While this one is good, I wouldn't say it is the top one out there, but as usual, Founders can be relied upon. Pours golden with a decent head that settles to a ring. Aromas of apricot, orange marmalade, and a slight herbalness. Taste is similar, but with more subdued apricots, slightly more herbal, and with a bubblegum finish. Soft mouthfeel and super easy to drink. Delicious! (409 characters)

Photo of AndoBrew
2.81/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*did not like would not buy*

app: looks like a thick kinda cloudy hefe. yellow orange ish, looks odd.

smell: smells yummy, nice balanced hop aroma. neat mix of fruits and citrus.

taste: odd unbalanced unblended. some banana flavor, not much depth.

mf: to thick and to spritzy all at once. but ok.

drinkable??: yes it is. i just dont like it.

not bad for an over hopped usa ale. (383 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden straw yellow with a medium had and very little lacing.

S: Tons of pine and fresh florida grapefruit. It's hops all the way.

T: Nice fresh earthy green hops that come at you sort of bitter like grapefruit rind. It is bitter in the middle and finishes kind of sparkling with a tinge of pine sweetness.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

D: An easy drinker.

Overall: Not the best IPA in the world, but one that is an easy drinker nonetheless. My brother picked this one up for me as an extra little gift when purchasing the wonderful seasonal midwest brews. I'm happy he sent it as I enjoyed it, it will help me get thru the winter when there seems to be a lack of good IPA's here in Florida. (706 characters)

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

This beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy orange coloration. The head is a fluffy white color. The head has good retention.

Smell: The aroma of the beer leads with orange/ lemon citrus. Oily pine tones play on the bready maltyness.

Taste: The flavor of the beer leads with pine oilyness. This combines very well with sweet citrus. The finish of the beer brings a flash of sweetness but finishes dry.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer presents with a medium body. The hops are fairly oily in a good way. The beer is an easy drinker. I would easily reccomend this beer to hop lovers. (628 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007:
this was a nice cloudy gold with a tinge of orange. creamy white head and lacing. nose was floral, along with lemony citrus, fresh bread, pine and honey. taste was sweet doughy malts with a prominent but smooth and lingering hop bitterness quickly taking over. crisp citric bite and a dry finish. light to medium in body with a spritzy, prickly mouthfeel. fresh and clean overall and you can have a few of these.
2008:
revisited this and was pleasantly surprised. huge, dense, rocky head that persists. golden yellow in color. the use of the paler malts in this really allows it to show off the fresh hops. wonderful aromas of honeyed, bready, flowery citrus, with the lemony and orangey citrus standing out. frothy in the mouth- just a bit of bready malts and a wonderfully smooth hop bitterness; balanced towards the latter. very well carbonated which gives it a crisp, lively mouthfeel, leaving me to want to drink this way faster than i should. very drinkable, i'd have someone unfamiliar with ipa's give this a shot. (1,027 characters)

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

Poured into a pint glass.

First off let me say that this is an excellent beer. It is everything a pale ale should be - balanced, hoppy, malty, and citrusy. Cloudy pale yellow in appearance with an aroma that is dominated by pine and citrus. There is definitely some floral notes in the aromoa as well. The taste is tart & bitter with a very clean, dry finish. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonated perfectly. I could drink this stuff constantly. This gives Two Hearted Ale a run for its money. Highly recommended. (510 characters)

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

I picked up a 4-pack of this from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor before the holidays and have enjoyed one each week since. Now that I'm finishing the last one I'll review it.

This beer is exceptionally good by all measures I employ. First off, it appears to be an unfiltered pale straw colored beer with a thin but lasting lacy foam. The aroma is dominated by hops (sweet and a little pine resiny) with a noticeable malty backbone. The flavor is sweet and citrusy, balnaced by pale malts, with a satisfying bite of bitterness in the after-taste. Easily this is my favorite fresh hop ale I've tried.

A very solid offering from Founders, one of my favorite American breweries. (670 characters)

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

A - Pours a cloudy dark yellow with hints of gold. Got about a half inch of head. Retention was good. Lacing was good.

S - Primary aroma is citrus hops. That is followed by a combonation of citrus hops and citrus hops. The smell is also close to that of opening up a bag of fresh hops. In the background there is also a honey aroma.

T - There is an abundant citrus hop flavor balanced with a good bitterness. The malt base is a little thin giving the hops a big upper hand in the flavor (it is an APA so I can't fault it in the respect). There is a nice touch of alcohol in the distant background of the flavor profile.

M - This one is medium bodied with pretty good carbonation. Finishes really bitter and dry.

D - This is a good beer that is very drinkable. The big flavor assaults the taste buds so my limit would be one per sitting. (842 characters)

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

Thanks to the one and only tpd975 for this brew.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a murky burnt straw with a one finger white head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of almost nothing. Stickiness is pretty minimal, a bit here and there, but not much. Smell is very light and refreshing. Sweet citrus hops with a big white bread scent. Very light evergreen aroma with a bit of wet sawdust in the nose as well. Musty pine up front with some sour grapefruit flavors too. Pale malt and wheat tastes emerge midway on the tongue. Aftertaste is subtle and floral with some grassy notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a somewhat distracting carbonation. A fairly solid beer, but there are definitely better wet hop ales out there. (747 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's a very hazy, golden color with a thick two finger head. Head stuck around for quite a while and left a pretty good coat of lace.

Smell: Loads of citrus sweetness (grapefruit, some pineapple, orange and mango) are first noticeable. Hops are certainly strong and distinctive. Not your garden variety hop aroma. Very, very slight malty notes.

Taste: It's pretty straight forward in that it's citrusy sweet and very hoppy. Wet hops certainly provide a bitter taste, but it's very distinctive and unique. A little malt is noticeable, but I wouldn't say it's well balanced. Slightly yeasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, carbonation is excellent, and very, very smooth. Extremely drinkable. 6.1% is perfect for this beer and adds to its drinkability. Overall, this is excellent. (816 characters)

Photo of rudylaw
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, was this a nice surprise! Pick of the month at my local Binny's.

Citrus all around... like walking into a department store and getting sprayed with cologne and perfumes that smell the same. The head has a nice yellow color.

It's a very crisp, sharp tasting beer. Hoppy and you can taste every malt. Lemons and grapefruits abound!

It may not be the perfect session beer, but it tries to be. I really enjoyed this and will save some for the warmer months. (461 characters)

Photo of wheelinshirt
2.85/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up this stubby little 12 oz bottle from Capone's in Norristown. Seemed a little late for a wet hop beer, but i needed a hop fix so i picked this one up over bomber of great divide's wet hop, maybe should have gone the other way.

Hazy gold color with about a finger and a half of creamy, just off-white head that actually didn't last that long and left only some lacing. Little disappointing.

Smell is basically just a fresh hop. Not a lot of complexity here, but it does smell good. Wish there was a hint (just a hint) of malt, but the citrus and resiny hop smell is nice.

Taste is pretty bitter, lots of hops. Not really any malt to balance it out. As it warms up some more the hop taste seems to fade, or maybe it is just my palate adjusting--haven't had this much hops in a while. Mouthfeel is pretty poor, actually. Very thing and the slick, oily feel of it keeps it from tasting crisp. Would it have killed them to throw in a bit of caramel malt or something in there?

Drinkability is limited due to the thin body that simply cannot support the bitterness and the lack of malt presence to balance out the hop flavors. Not too bad, I guess, but i wish i had been drinking sierra nevada harvest ale instead. (1,221 characters)

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a finger width of white head that left good lacing. Smells of fresh piney hops and citrus. Slight underpining of malt as it warms.

Taste is lip smacking fresh hop bitterness, pine, and citrus. As it warms, a mellow caramel backbone emerges under all the hops. Finishes with a splash of sweetness and then lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice tingling carbonation that compliments it's bitterness.

I was worried that the hop freshness may have started to die out in this one allready but was pleasantly surprised to see them holding up quite well. It's not quite up there with some of the other top Harvest Ales but is quite servicable and drinkable for the style. (747 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, deep yellow body with a lush, foamy (and lasting) white head.

Smell: Soapy, citric-smelling hop aroma with notes of tropical citrus fruits.

Taste: You don't get more than a pinch of malts before the hops kick in with tropical fruity flavors and bittersweet ruby red grapefruit juice. Moderate bitterness with a citric sting that lasts into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A decent beer, just notr my favorite of the harvest ales. (524 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, yet sunshiney yellow amber hue. Very hazey, but exploding with carbonation. Very thick foam of hea and sticky lacing. Just awesome. The aroma is exploding with a sunshines burst of fresh hops that hnt at pine and a flowerfield right nxt to a grapefruit grove. The taste starts of quickly with some rye like mals, but then swifty moves to the hops. Lots of citrusy ad grassy uv rays hitting the tongue. Complex biterness that slowly fades away. Very good APA, but better for indulgence than sessions. (515 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice thick head. Retention is good, Head sticks around for a while. Cloudy yellow color.

Smell is of fresh hops. Perfumy and citrusy.

Taste is of faint pale malts and fresh hops. Simple, but damn good.

Mouthfeel is full and crisp. The carbonation is spot on.

This beer is really damn easy to drink. (322 characters)

Photo of Slynger
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this bottle at Archer Liquors before it started showing up in other liquor stores. Drank it in October but am just writing it up now.

Dirty blonde/straw in color with a slight haze and a small amount of white head.
The nose is impressive. Floral and citrus hops bombard upfront with a mild grassy earthiness below.
Tastes of lemon and grapefruit along with the grassy earth. Hop bitterness shows up nicely with a very mild spiciness in the end.
This beer screams out of freshness to me. The fresh wet hops rule and I am glad I drank it when i did. Really need to get some more. Great beer. (596 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Pale straw gold in colour. Topped by one finger of dense white foam. Thin lines of carbonation.

A big aroma of pine & grapefruit. Almost certainly centennial hops.

A slight biscuit flavour, muted fruitiness, and plenty of American hop notes round it off at the end. Medium bodied, somewhat slick (from the fresh hop oils?) and moderately carbonated. (389 characters)

Photo of DIPA
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Very bright but hazy orange. Unfiltered. Would think it is hop trub but appears more like coagulated proteins.

s: Big citrus hop aroma. Foreshadows the expected aroma exactly.

t: As expected very fruity upfront that is very crisp which is followed very quickly by a nice bitter bite but not lingering.

m: Very light, refreshing and clean.

d: Could easily go through a 4 pack on a summers day. Just wished the hops could stick around to see the sun. (455 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very bright, somewhat hazy yellow color. Odd for a pale ale it is such a bright yellow but it works. Deep grassy aroma. Full malty flavor with a great bitter blast. Slight citrusy flavor. Damn nice body. Very full-somewhat sweet in the finish. This is one of those beers I find myself wanting to gulp. Between the body and flavor I cant get enough. Damn enjoyable. (364 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick yellow/orange color with a light fluffy head leaving some light lacing.

Smell was semi sweet and citrusy, a touch of orange peel and grass clippings.

Taste was very balanced with a sweet buiscuity malt body and some nice semi sweet and lightly bitter fresh hop flavors with hints of mint, orange, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily with a nice bit of carbonation.

Easy to drink, enjoyable and balanced pale ale. (438 characters)

Photo of tombrew
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As a big fan of this brewery's beers, I didn't even know this one existed until I was perusing the Friar Tucks beer store. I picked up a 4 pak, that was extremely over priced. I poured into my Sam Adams special glass. First thought was, my it is a bit on the cloudy, chewy side. I either attribute this to being bottle conditioned or due to the hop fragments from "wet hopping". Great APA aroma, the usual citrus notes. I noticed that there was hardly any head to it, so I was anticipating a thin mouth feel. First sip was good and reminiscent of most APA's, nothing outstanding, but still very drinkable. Nice bitterness backed up by a decent malt bill, almost biscuity. Very light in color so if there is any crystal malt, its definitely on the low end of the Lovibond scale. A very drinkable beer but I think I prefer their Centennial IPA. (842 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with lots of floaters. Minimal head and no lacing. Smell is fresh hops, very floral and citrusy and even fills in with some piney notes for good measure. Taste is typical pale ale malty and biscuit flavors with a little more hops than normal. Taste is a little bit of a let down after the strong smell. Mouthfeel is a little oily. A nice beer from a quality brewer. (378 characters)

Photo of
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. Thanks to Alexgash for the opportunity!

Hazy, dark yellow fluid. Very small head, what little exists appears to be off-white in color. Beer is very still. Bit of legs, no lacing.

Very hoppy aroma, pine & citrus (lemon). Some grapefruit as it warms a bit.

Taste is more bitter than sweet, with pine and citrus taking center stage. Crackery middle. Touch of sweetness as it warms up. Spicy finish.

Medium in body. Low carbonation. Dry.

Overall, like the flavor, but carbonation needed to be picked up a bit. I have a second bottle to try, and I will see if that is any different. Not bad, but plenty of other nice, hoppy ales out there. (653 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with Sephiroth, split with my roommate as the final beer of the night

Poured into my Flying Dog imperial pint glass with a golden pale yellow color, 3/4 inch foamy white head that held its own for a while, some lacing and impressive retention

The wet hops provided a great smell, the hoppiness was floral and had citrus notes as well, also some piney aromas like an IPA would have

Taste was also very good because of those fresh hops, straw-like and very chewy, leaves a nice dry finish for a pale ale, some tangerine and grapefruit, the citrus really came out towards the end when the beer reached room temperature, nice fruity hop profile and fresh taste overall

Lots of carbonation and a nice body for an APA, taste kept coming after every sip, good mouthfeel

Could drink another few bottles because it is very light but the taste could get a little old after a while which is what I have noticed with a lot of freshly hopped beers, ABV is also pretty low

Another great beer from Founders, wish they would distribute in California, recommended if it is still on the shelves (1,118 characters)

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94 out of 100 based on 967 ratings.