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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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967 Reviews

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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 Preismj
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a light colored brew, slightly yellow. Paler than I expected. moderate white head. Little lacing. smell is all hops, but a very dank aroma. Musty and earthy. Very nice. Taste is super bitter up front, but it is like something popped in my mouth and is all just juices. leaves my mouth soaked with bitter hop juice and grassy floral notes. moderate fizz, a bit lighter in body than I anticipated. Huge flavor and super bitter. Doesn't leave you dry. I could see this being a great beer to have quite a few of. (508 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this; last time I had it was a 10/2/2013 bottle consumed on 11/25/2013 (courtesy of cavedave). This bottle is just 3 weeks old, so worth a redo.

12oz bottle (bottled 9/30/2014) into a tulip (thanks again LambicPentameter!). Pours a nice honey straw color, crystal clear w/ a frothy white head, decent lace.

Aroma is juicy grapefruit and orange, two of my favorite aromas for a fresh-hop beer. Detectably sweet with a hint of alcohol on the nose.

Taste is a mix of citrus and pineapple (is pineapple a citrus fruit?). Maybe a touch of mango or papaya in there too. Bready pale malt. Sweet, with a noticeable booziness that distracts a bit from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, almost full-bodied. Satisfying. Goes down easy.

Overall a solid offering from Founders, but I did find that the bigger malt bill and higher ABV was competing with the hops a bit. (871 characters)

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

Poured into pint like glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that settles fairly quickly and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a somewhat hazed dull golden hued orange.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops with a nice citrus blend. A lot like an American IPA, but I can definitely tell the hops are fresh. Light caramel malts.

Taste: The hops are fresh, piney, and pack a lot of floral flavor to them. I really enjoy them. The caramel blends really nicely with the grapefruit citrus like other IPAs, but the fresh hops really blend everything together.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bitter, but fairly smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a fairly decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a floral/sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a really nice beer. I am starting to really enjoy the fresh hop beers and this one is no exception. I will be drinking this one again! (854 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint, bottled dated 10/04/2012.

Appearance: A slight hazy gold color with heavy bubbles on the body. Head is somewhat thick considering after two sips it still holds up with an initial settling of maybe a finger's length coming off white.

Smell: Light floral scent, comes and goes...I honestly don't feel much on this beer when it comes to what i am smelling. Not bad but I want just a little more.

Taste: Bitter for most, to me it's an almost perfect blend of what IPA's should be. It is light but then again it's not supposed to be an Imperial. You feel floral, and bitterness coming off very fresh which I absolutely lust. You have a piney-ness to this brew that is very unique and honestly it feels like an honor alone just to have it. Hop lovers will lust.

Mouth: Medium and awfully tasty, it feels almost like a thirst quencher and for that alone it's at minimum a four. You feel almost like a tree bark type of feel when you gulp it but don't be scared it's true hops that you are indulging in.
Overall: For what it is, I definitely wouldnt take it for granted, it delivers! It's robust not too much and offers a little bit of everything. (1,166 characters)

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So this batch is now about one month old.. It took me a while to finally get my hands on this. Other states like Mass and Vermont had it before Connecticut did. However, I am just happy to try it.

Harvest Ale has a similar hop build to Double Trouble. It shares some similarities for sure. The hops in here are really a great example of what a wet hopped beer should taste and smell like.

This beer smells way better than it tastes. Such a good smell! Those wet hops!
Not too too bitter, but still bitter. It really just has an oily taste to it that wasn't too pleasant in my opinion.

I have now had Port Brewings wet hopped harvest ale (high tide) and Surly Wet.
This beer is on the same level as High Tide, but is definitely a step down from Surly. (756 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ashley’s, poured into half pint. Slightly hazy golden color with thick white head that clings nicely. Really fresh smell - hop oils, fresh grass/hay, citrus. Flavors are briefly bready, but quickly yield to bitter citrus, grass, and pine. Medium bodied with higher carbonation and an oily but dry finish. Really enjoyed this. (337 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 BrewUSA
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Harvest Ale
Look 7/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20
Overall 83/100

Nice wet Hopped Ale, I'm a super big Founders fan, They could probably piss in a bottle and I would drink it. That said (coupled with fellow reviews) i was left with a little to be desired. However, I would still buy two more four packs next year. Wouldn't make an extra effort to seek it out as I would with others

EDIT: Ohio gets this late, so my review should reflect that this 'fresh hop' beer isnt so fresh~ (521 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of a generous trader poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden straw color with a big puffy white two finger head. Retention was very good and lacing was decent.

S: Smell is a very light citrus hop aroma with lemon and oranges in addition to a hint of sweet bready malts in the background.

T: Taste had a bit more pine hops than the smell though they are very subtle and balanced well with the sweet malts. The finish is mainly lemon zest with little bitterness at all.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy but light and very crisp with moderate carbonation.

D: This a very light, crisp drinkable APA and a great beer for a hot summer in Georgia. Recommended. (675 characters)

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A pretty golden/straw with a white head and lace.

S - The nose is very fruity. There are hints of berries and pineapple. Underneath the fruitiness, there is also a really nice earthiness/floral aroma that rounds it out.

T - The fruitiness of berries and grapefruit continue in the taste. The bitterness closes out the sip and it is a nice counterpart to the initial sweetness. The bitterness is not overpowering and it does not linger very long, so every sip starts all over again.

M - This is a nice light bodied beer with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - The mild bitterness and sweet fruitiness make this beer pleasant to drink. The lighter body and lowish abv also make it a solid beer that I would enjoy drinking on any occasion. (746 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Crystal clear golden body without much of a head. Some lace and a ring around the beer, but not a lot. Nice color.

Smell - Pine first, then malt, then citrus as the other flavors fade away. Interesting mix. Not overwhelming, but nice.

Taste - Similar complexity to the taste. Nothing overwhelming, but a nice transition from pine to citrus before a sweet malt in the middle. A good dose of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very easy drinking. I had to resist putting this whole thing away before I got to the computer to review it.

Overall - Really nice on all fronts, if not stand-out on any. I agree that it's one of the best fresh hop IPAs out there. (748 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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a cloudy hazy golden color ale with a huge white foamy head with perfect retention and no lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops with some interesting floral notes. Taste is a mix between some floral hops notes with a bitter and citrus finish with some malt presence. Full body with limited filtration and good carbonation. Another fine ale from a brewer who consistently amaze me. (417 characters)

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

a: huge off-white head over an otherwise uninteresting hazy golden beer, light meringue consistency and long retention

s: excellent hop aroma but with little malt to back it up, still, great stuff...juicy, fresh and dripping tropicals, sweet-sour sauce, passionfruit and red grapefruit, big kiwi, bubblegum

m: mouth-filling carbonation and on the low side of the high range, lighter in body but not thin

t: pulpy tropical hop flavors over a barely discernible pale malt base, juices of sweet and tart tropical fruits like passionfruit, orange and grapefruit, kiwi (not tropical, yes), moderate bitterness, mild pale barley sweetness drying completely in the finish

d: no problem, very nice beer

scooped a single from Grapes & Hops in Fayetteville, NC (755 characters)

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

Saw this last year and thought it was a high price, at the time I actually thought it was. A year later I have come to realize the high prices of craft beer and purchased a four pack. Bottled 09/28/10.

A- Yellow orange, very clear with a nice frothy off-white head. Head retention is nice and I can see huge webs of lacing forming off the head already. A good amount of spotty lace randomly on the glass.

S- Hops forward. I get a lot of citrus and tropical fruit notes along with a good dose of pine and earthy notes. Slight yeast and malt in the background.

T- Flavorful but different from the aroma. Hops dominate lending a lot of pine, floral, citrus zest, grapefruit and earthy flavors. Malt breaks in just a tiny bit with caramel. Slight yeast bread notes in the finish.

MF- Very light but a nice creaminess makes up for it. The carbonation is in the low-moderate range and feels nice. A strong bitterness and even some warmth are sensations left on the palate in the finish.

DB- A very hoppy APA (whooda thunk it). To me it is comparable to the Centennial IPA but brings a better hop flavor to the table. Solid, drinks smoothly and easily. (1,150 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy, light orange yellow with a frothy white head.

Citrus aroma of oranges and lemons along with a touch of sweet malts and earthiness.

The taste is malty, with a big citrus bite of lemon zest and orange. A hint of bitterness in the finish.

Light bodied, crisp and dry, and sharply carbonated.

A nice APA from Founders. Sit down and have a few. (375 characters)

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

Picked up a 4 pack of this today. Bottled on 9/22/11. Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A- Pours golden yellow in color. Pretty clear all the way through with bit of haze. White head on top recedes rather quickly, but leaves good amounts of lace on the glass.

S- Great burst of juicy hop aroma comes right out at the front. Pine hop aroma mainly. Slight fruity, floral hops maybe towards the end.

T- Great hoppy beer. Hops throughout the drink. Pine, grassy hops jump out the most. Still get a bit of fruit somewhere, but just like the start, ends with nice bittering hops.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily, slick in the mouth.

O- Very good wet hopped beer. Maybe not the best I've had, but a very good beer. Can't wait to get into the rest of the 4 pack. Easily would drink this again! (804 characters)

Photo of rpardon7
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice yellow orange with a rocky white head that disapted quicly and left a small ring of bubbles that was fed by the carbonation. Smell is of citrus hops orange and lemon with a hint of pine. Taste is bitter up front with the hops orange and pine biting away and then it mellows out to a nice malty backbone but finishes hoppy and dry. Mouthfeel is soft and lively very well balanced and brings the hop frangrance forward. Drinkability was nice a good fall beer with plenty of hops but well balanced. (509 characters)

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

Poured into a tulip glass 12/19/2010.

A: Pours a light orange with two finger head. Lacing consistent around entire glass and sustained throughout entire consumption.

S: Fresh hops, slight citrus and pine.

T: Very good, not as hoppy as I would have hop(p)ed. Citrus is present, but not overpowering - neither are the hops.

M: Slight carbonation, not a major bite. Very little after taste.

D: Relatively smooth and easy to drink, does not feel like a 70 IBU beer!

Comments: Drink it fresh! Not a bad beer at all, and I'm not surprised as Founders and quality go hand in hand. Would love to try this extremely fresh and on tap!!! (636 characters)

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

Thank you Jim (RatedZ) for sending me two of these… Had both of them in the same night, wife really enjoyed this so I had to share.

A – Bright clear yellow/gold color, nice thick white head develops and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S – Super fresh smell, nice warm grapefruit and other not as dominating citrus notes. Some nice floral aspects also, and it just keeps growing and growing. Also can’t forget about the malt, which is sweet, but doesn’t take away from the rest of the nose, which is very hoppy.

T – Citrus hops, but not so bitter as unbearable more balanced throughout. The floral hops just add an additional layer of complexity, but as a positive. The malt makes a nice little addition, similar to finding a toy at the bottom of the cereal box.

M – Very crisp and refreshing, wish hop season was a little earlier in the year because this would be a fantastic spring beer. Carbonation was perfect, couldn’t have asked for it to be more spot on.

O – Like I said above, wish hop harvest was earlier in the year, this would be a fantastic spring beer, its so crisp and refreshing. (1,124 characters)

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, nearly a finger of bright white head with nice retention, bubbly, hazy bright golden straw coloring, nice bubbling.

s- nice aromatic hops, earthy, grapefruit.

t- nicely balanced between the grapefruit and biscuit, i'm getting that dry hopped sense, but this is a wet hopped brew, it's enjoyable none the less.

m- medium bodied.

d- really nice, goes down so easily, very refreshing. yet another great offering from founders! (457 characters)

Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this new craze of wet hopped beer. All of the big players are getting in on it and Founders stepped up to the plate.

The nose was fantastic and it spilled into the first portion of the taste. I was a tiny bit let down as the mouthfeel faded a little faster than I was hoping. For the wet hopped beers, I really think you can get away with a little higher ABV than this and really knock the palette with the hops. I think they would have benefited from some more early additions.

I kept taking deep breaths as I drank this beer to really enjoy the nose. Overall, I was pleased, but probably will drink some of the other wet beers I enjoy a bit more.

A side note - I refuse to rate appearance so every beer gets the same score as overall. Smell and taste are the only things that truly matter when rating a beer. (820 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this bottle.

Pours a cloudy yellowish amber, pineapple juice colour, thick white head forms, great retention and drops a ton of lace chunks on the glass, very solid layer sticks around. Smell is great, very fresh and hoppy, a ton of pine and grapefruit, floral, pineapple, grainy, caramel, apricots, orange peel, very resiny and fresh. Taste is similar, pineapple and caramel, alcohol, pine, thick sugary malts, wheat, some floral, grapefruit finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very fresh tasting, very hoppy nose, resiny, pretty damn nice. Good thing I have one at home! Thanks Russ! (677 characters)

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

Thanks go out to gregc for this brew
Bottle poured into a standard pint glass produced two fingers worth of white head on top of a clear golden colored body.

Aromas of fresh hops run wild on this brew great pine and citrus smell filled my nose. The flavor is lighter than the nose suggests a good APA for sure. Easy drinking light and crisp on the tongue. With the flavors of light pine and sweet malts keeping this APA on track flavor wise. Good drinkability I could kick back a few of these with little effort. (514 characters)

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

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. I didn't know Minnesota got this brew.

Pours a slightly orange straw yellow. About a half a finger of off white head with decent retention. Does leave some nice lacing.

The nose is...whoa...cannabis?!?!? Are you kidding me? Honestly I get a whiff of pot. Earthy and piney hops mix together with floral hops with just the right consistency to give a bit wet whiff of fresh cannabis.

The taste is, surprise surprise, fresh hops. Floral and piney/resiny hops mix together and give off a sort of cannabis taste. Just plain odd...I've never tasted this before in a beer. It's a strange flavor (and smell) but it works well I guess.

Mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated at first, but if let sit for 30 minutes or so it gets better. Light in body with a small lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is good.

Another solid offering from Founders. Admittedly I think this should be called "Cannabis Ale" rather than Harvest, but to each their own. (977 characters)

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