Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,872
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 369
Gots: 339 | FT: 6
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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 IPADAN
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had one of these at Union Jacks Manatawny through recomendation from the bartender. First impression after only one sip was, WOW, what a refreshing beer! The look is yellow/orange with tiny sediments (I guess from the wet hops?)floating all through out. I enjoyed stairing at my glass watching the little floaties. Great fresh hop taste, with little malt in the background. 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 piney notes. Goes down very easily, the body is on the lighter side, but to me is the ultimate session beer. I really wish this was available in the summer. Would be ultimate summer beer. Hop harvest time needs to change. ha.

I liked it so much I went and grabbed a case of it for myself.

Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Demitriustown
Pours cloudy orange with a bright white medium sized head. Smell is sweet orange and caramelly malt with a lively citrusy and fresh hop character. Taste is a bit of a muted, dull, malt with a citrusy orange like hop character. Mouthfeel was about average, and neither thin nor thick. Pleasant and mild hop flavor and bitterness overall. Nice, but I'm unable to tell that this is a fresh hop beer, and don't get that spicy, tingly hop flavor I get in some others. Still, a quality beer that I really enjoyed and am glad I got to try. Thanks for the awesome bonus, Andrew!

Photo of BlindPig
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours with a huge off white head on a cloudy darker golden body.
S- Huge pine and fruit hops, grass in there too. Sweet caramel malts, but hops don't smell to much like wet hops.
T- Fruity with light pine. Fruits come through surprisingly strong with a little grass behind them. Has a big sweet caramel body. Little spice and black pepper from the hops. Still not getting to much of a wet hop taste. Pineapple and pear almost.
M- Full body with medium carbonation.
D- Not a huge fan of the type of hop they used to get all the fruits out of it. Still a good beer but seems like they could make something close to this year-round.

Photo of marcpal
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottled poured into pint glass- Monks in Philly.

A: Golden color with a big veil of foam on top and in the lacing. The haze of this beer was not typical for style with the yeasty type grains floating in the beer.

S: Citrus hops with the floral aroma. For a harvest ale, tremendously hoppy and grapefruits and lemon were dominant.

T: Citrus hops and earthy malts/hops match up beautifully with the malts. The hops are powerful and kick your butt a bitt but this is one delicious beer that taste so clean and fresh. Literally taste the juiciness of the hops.

M: Moderate carbonation that leaves the hoppy oil slick on the palate.

D: Tremendously drinkable, with all the flavor of a double but the abv that callows you to go through many with no worries. Earthiness and grassiness from the wet hops make this a true treat.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to hoppymeal for this one.

Pours from a 12oz fatboy bottle into a pint glass a very hazy golden color followed and topped by a white head. This one had a little fizz to it so the head was quite large; it took up probably half of the glass. However, it subsided at an expeditious pace and I was able to empty the rest of the contents into the glass without a problem.

Aroma was purely hoppy. Not overwhleming but plenty of citrus hops in this one. Smells very balanced with a touch of malt to back the hops.

Completely balanced taste as well. Perfect amount of bitterness with plenty of hop flavor.

This was a very nice one. I drank this so fast I barely had time to review it. This is one fine tasting and perfectly drinkable beer! Mouthfeel and carbonation were very nice. Long, smooth, hop flavored finish.

Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy verydark gold with a nice, retentive head.

Smells wonderful, like gumballhead only stronger. Bright green, sticky hops stand out as fresh as if they were on the friggin vine. No malt balance, but none is needed. It's like you're smelling flowers.

Tastes nearly as fresh as it smells. Giant, green, fresh hops. Not overwhelming, not syrupy. Just lots and lots of tasty, perfectly balanced hops.

Goes down far too smooth, but that's par for the course with Founders.

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

Pours a light golden color with a nice inch of head. Smell is nice "green" hops. Plenty of the citrusy and some piney hops. Taste is much the same, but this beer is incredibly balanced and a real smooth drinker. Refreshing and an easy drinker. This is a good beer.

Photo of nflmvp
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an imperial pint with care, but even with my cautious pour left about 2 ounces in the bottle and still an ample amount of sediment in my glass. My bad. :-( I think I *could* have rated it's appearance slightly higher, but now we'll never know since I waited until my last bottle to rate it.

Smell is outrageously inviting. Succulent, lush, fresh, sweet grapefruit grabs you by the nose hairs and pull you, face first, into the glass. I could leave my nose in the glass all night, without a sip, and I might very well be satisfied with the would probably a lot like my unsatisfied pre-pubescent years, except that the difference today is that I would KNOW what I'm missing. So I drank it.

The taste is like and explosion of summer. Crisp and refreshing. The grapefruit follows though from the nose to the palate and dominates.

Mouthfeel is moderate and juicy. It's like drinking a fruit nector in how it coats your mouth but yet it's not thick.

Drinkability is WAY too high. Except for the fact that by it's very nature, this beer will never be an early summer beer, I could see sitting out on the boat, sipping this throughout the afternoon, and getting into a LOT of trouble. I'm sure the fish would be twice their original size, in my versions of the tales...

Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden orange with a very small head and quite a bit of visible carbonation.

S- Smell is sweet malt, piney hops, hints of citrusey grapefruit.

T- Taste is very non abrasive, starts off sweet and malty, has a sharp middle and ends with a slight hop bitterness. The malt overrides the hops in this one but you are left with a nice hop finish.

M- Medium viscosity, ample carbonation, crisp.

D- This could be an easy session beer. This is the second beer i've had from founders and the second one I enjoyed.

Photo of Deuane
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Yellowish-orange with a bit of haziness. Strong bubbles form a lovely medium white head. Heavy lacing throughout.

S-Very hoppy with mostly citrus and some floral notes. One of the "hoppiest" and not grassy / hay smelling harvest ales I have had.

T-Citrus hop bomb quickly overwhelm any idea of malt. Lots and lots of fresh hop flavour...but isnt that what it is supposed to be like? This is not for the hop timid.

M-Medium bodied with great carbonation. This is a very nice beer to drink. most favorite harvest beer of 2007 (so far). As said...more "hoppy" than others....not so grassy...I like this variation more.

Photo of agbarr
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sold in a four-pack for $8.99. Pours and looks like a white beer (Hoeggarden) with a orange hue. Smells like a freshly peeled tangerine.

Taste is fantastic. It actually does taste like "wet hops". Light citrusy flavor is simple with hop bitterness. I could drink 12 of these. The taste does not give away its 7% ABV tastes like it would be 5% at most. A great refreshing pale ale for those that do not want a bitter hop bomb.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a Duvel tulip...because it was clean.

Hazy and orange, sizeable off-white head.

Huge citrus=y aromatics, plenty of grapefruit in this...pure, unadorned, raw and up-in-your-face hops, hops, hops, hops...I like it!

Bigger blast on the tongue, fierce and fresh, juicy, and just bitter enough, but never quite too much. Hop flavor remains on the palate seemingly forever. I like that, too.

Crisp and refeshing, hop head-style. My kind of session beer, even at 7%. I could drink a case of you and still be on my feet.

Full body, full flavor, slightly out of balance, but that's what the style is, and that's what I desire. Wish I had more of this!

Much thanks to the pimpp!

Photo of Mitchster
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.59 for a single 12oz bottle at Merchants. 7.0%ABV per the bottle. Pours out to a cloudy peach, requiring a firm pour to arouse a soapy meager head with average retention and good lacing. Carbonation is mild. The aroma is hop bliss..skunky funky piney resinous mango drenched hops (Centennial and Amarillo?). Mouthfeel is solid, creamy and juicy wiht a medium-dense body. The aroma is reflected in the can easily taste all the great nuances in here mentioned above...skunkweed, grapefruit, mango, pine resin, fresh hop oil...and despite this, it's only moderately bitter, making it a real drinker. The malts hold the hops in check and offer great balance. A suggestion of burnt rubber in the aftertaste. Cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors. Alcohol is barely noticeable in taste.

Another wonderful brew from the magicians at Founder's who can do no wrong, IMO. A great IPA/hop harvest ale, besting many other stabs at the genre.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev -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!

Photo of AndoBrew
2.81/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of nlmartin
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.
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.

Photo of montageman
4.57/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of csmiley
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of rudylaw
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of wheelinshirt
2.85/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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