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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
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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 finewinemike
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Arenbeer- thanks buddy!
Pours a very deep gold for an IPA, and reminds me of Belgian strong pale ales I've had in the past in color. Nose is crazy citrus, with a nice yeasty malty background. Flavor follows suit, with some sweet citrus and toffee and malt flavor. I could literally drink this beer all day if it came to Maryland. Great example of a wet hop IPA. (374 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 HURTemHIZZY
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wouldn't consider this an APA, but if that's what it is then it's the best APA i've ever had.

Pours a pale yellow with a 2 and a half finger near white head with decent retention and a solid amount of lace left behind. Smell is incredible. Reminds me of Alpine Nelson and Sculpin with the amount of tropical fruits that are in the nose. Pineapple, orange, mango, lemon, it's all in there. Delicious hop bill in the aroma.

Flavor is excellent as well. Tropical fruits, lemon orange, and a bit of a bready base. Pale malt, a tiny bit of caramel/biscuity flavors. Delicious brew, and the hop bill is unmatched compared to other APAs. (635 characters)

Photo of wingman14
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy orangish yellow with a decent white head. The smell is amazing, the hop aroma jumps out. It is very rich and floral, very distinct as if the hops are still floating in the glass. The taste follows suit, very rich with the hops without the bitter bite seen in heavily hopped beers. This could be from this beer being wet hopped. It is also somewhat sweet, with a hoppy aftertaste that lingers. The mouthfeel is smooth, good balance in the characteristics. This beer is easy to drink, the hops aren't overpowering, but this is for the hopheads. This is one of my favorite pale ales. Enjoy. (605 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Warriorsoul for this gem! Poured inot a tulip. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a fluffy white head. Little lacing. Smell is the winner!! Extremely pungent aroma of stinky weed. Some citrus in there as well. It is absolutely killer! Wonderful bitter flavor. Lots of grapefruit, some lemon, and some pine. Just wonderful. Perfect beer for a hophead like me. Absolutely lovin this beer fresh! (402 characters)

Photo of suspect
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Snifter. Bottle date (yay) 10/04/12 - a little over a month.

A: Crystal clear, golden color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger thick pure white head. Lacing is present but not ultra consistant.

S: Like sticking my face into a barrel of hops. It's extraordinarily delectable. If I could be the mayor of Hopville, I would live in a hop cone house that smelled like this beer. And I would never grow tired of it.

T: The hop oils are the dominant flavors, most certainly but the malt backbone is nicely present as well. All in all this is an excellent IPA and one of the better wet-hopped ales I've had.

M: Big bodied, creamy finish. Perfectly carbonated.

O: A wonderful beer and a top 5-er for IPA lovers. Wet-hopped ales are such happy-sad beers for me because I love them so much but I hate that they only last a month or two. (880 characters)

Photo of GameFreac
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't find a 4-pack of this anywhere but found a bottle at the Cigar Bar in Cartersville, GA for $2.50 during happy hour. It's almost 2 months old but I'll give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color and looks filtered. You can definitely see throughout it. A finger of a white head.

Smell: Smells amazing. Sweet hops and tropical fruits. Mango, pineapple. Awesome.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose with more tropical fruits and some pine. So good.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel.

Overall: In my top 3 IPAs ever now. Amazing. Definitely going to buy a case next year. (585 characters)

Photo of carmike813
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looking forward to this brew... I love wet hopped ales, so fresh

Appearance - this ale is awesome, great golden hue with carbonation that flows right up the middle forming a constant head, poured at a 2 inch head with great lacing - the perfect beer to look at

Smell - not getting the overall hops in the aroma that I would expect from the head that formed, but still picking up some of the cotta notes

Taste- so well balanced with citrus blended with a malt bill - zero alcohol hint at almost 8%

This beer is outstanding and one that will be enjoyed a lot more. (567 characters)

Photo of 3FaveryRogue
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was told my local had only received 1 case of this. Even served me a thimble before I bought it. APA? I'll dig it.

[L] Pours a clear, pale gold. White head atop, that dies to a film.

[S] For a pale ale, the nose on this is amazing. Juicy citrus, tropicals, grass, ripe fruit, and pale malt. A wet hop ale that leans more toward IPA, here. Can't say I could expect anything more for this style.

[T] Mouth starts off with herbal/earthiness, that leads into a sweet, malty middle with dank/candy hops, and finishes potent with a good bit of pine and rind. I enjoy hoppy pales. This is no exception.

[F] Well carbonated, and thin to mild-bodied. Great hoppy linger, which seems to seep into the palate.

[D] At the price, a four pack would be an indulgence. Yet, I could see myself giving in, and consuming them all.

Almost like a lighter-bodied, wet-hopped and earthier, Alpha king. Side by side, I may have trouble choosing a winner. If you can get ahold of a fresh bottle of this, it is a must-try/revisit. (1,010 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: cloudy golden straw color with half finger of bright white head that quickly disapates and leaves minimal lacing.

s: amazing! reminds me of citrus bubblegum. big floral hops and a fair amount of sweetness to this one.

t: more of those floral hops with a nicely hidden malt presence. tons of citrus flavor and grain.

m: a little thin, crisp, the flavors stick to your cheeks.

o: one of the best beers founders makes. (422 characters)

Photo of 1fastz28
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

packaged uniquely, just a plain white 4 pack with a sticker stuck on it. it looks good, has a huge white frothy head, its like a pure white cloud of awesomeness. color of the beer is a pale golden color. the smell is awesome, just wonderful piney hops are most dominate with sweetness also dominate. taste is really good, just a wonderful blend of hops and some light sweet maltiness. mouthfeel is great. just a really good beer, i'm fairly confident that founders can do no wrong. (481 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
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 taste...one 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. (957 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottled 10/2/13 excellent! It ways in at 7.6% now. Pours a yellow orange, with a beautiful sticky one inch white head, not a ton of lace, but attractive stuff that does stick behind. Smell is very floral, mango, tangerine, hints of Marijuana, and pine. Taste is bigger than the nose would have expect, just delicious fresh hops, floral and tropical in the start and some dank marijuana and grapefruit in the finish. Body is large for a single IPA, almost an extra IPA to me, perfect amount of life, not really dry, and so dang drinkable. Going to drink many of these in the next month. (612 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 MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled on 9/22/11.

Appearance: Bright and slightly cloudy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Good four fingers of white head with very good retention. Lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango, and lemon. Also some pine floral hops. Decent presence of bready malts. Light hints of honey. Very hoppy and tropical.

Taste: A bit surprising. Not quite as bitter as the nose leads on, but still very good. Starts with a pretty strong presence of bready malts and then the hops come. Lots of citrus including notes of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango, and lemon. Also some pine resin and hints of honey add to the sweetness. The citrus hop presence is strong but really smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, slightly oily and very smooth.

Overall: A very good IPA that is very forward on citrus hops but light on the overall bitterness. (1,033 characters)

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

I picked up a four pack of Founders Harvest Ale last week for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. This is the only seasonal from Founders that I haven't tried, it seems like whenever I saw this beer it was always pretty old so I made sure to grab a four pack when I heard it had hit the shelves, I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time, so lets see how it goes. Bottled 10/4/12. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label has a nice drawing of some hop cones letting you know that this beer is all about the hops, I like it, it's simple yet well done. It poured a nice golden yellow color that took on a nice amber hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice rings of sticky lacing. This is a very good looking beer, the color is on point and the head and lacing were very nice, I have no complaints at all this beer is a looker.

S- The aroma of this beer is utterly dominated by the wet hops and they impart a range of different aromas there's some grassy and piney aromas followed by a nice dank weed like aroma, but it's the tropical fruit that's the highlight with some nice grapefruit, mango, and pineapple aromas. There's also a light grainy and cracker like malt aroma that sticks out just enough to know it's there. The aroma was pretty much perfect, this is the fruitiest and freshest hop aroma that I have ever encountered, it smells like a glass of tropical fruit juice, one of the best aromas i have ever encountered.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a nice resiny and slightly piney hops flavors that's followed by just a slight bit of malts that impart a slightly sweet, grainy, and cracker like flavor. After that comes loads of juicy tasting citrus fruits, all those citrus fruits that I got in the aroma show up in the taste but are slightly lighter with no one fruit overpowering each other, it makes for a taste that is similar to some tropical fruit juice. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with a nice fruity and slightly resiny aftertaste. This is a great tasting beer that's full of lots of fresh hop flavors that dominate the taste of this beer, it's got everything I look for in a wet hopped beer, no complaints at all.

M- Pretty smooth, slightly creamy, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer and a very good example of a wet hopped beer, it's all about the fresh hops as it should be and the hops speak for themselves , you can tell that Founders used some high quality hops while brewing this beer. This beer had good drinkability, if I was really in the mood for hops I could see drinking two of these, they were pretty smooth and not overly bitter with more then enough flavor to hold my attention, I wish I could drink this all year round. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was spectacular, it had that dank and resinous hops aspect combined with a great bouquet of tropical fruits that seemed to steal the show, one of the best aromas I have ever encountered. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, after drinking a few of these I can't think of one single thing I didn't like or would change, this beer is great just the way it is. I would for sure buy this beer again, it's a little pricey, but it's worth every penny, if this was available year round it would be a regular in my fridge, I highly recommend this beer to anyone who likes hoppy beers, I don't think fresh hopped beers can get much better then this one, it's for sure worth seeking out. All in all I was very impressed with this beer, it really delivered that huge punch of fresh hopped flavor and aroma that made this beer very enjoyable. Founders Harvest Ale, is now my favorite wet hopped beer, it's so damn good it's now my favorite hoppy beer from Founders, they really did an awesome job with this beer, it blew my mind with just how tasty this beer was, great job guys, with beers like this it's no wonder that Founder's is one of the best Brewery in the country, I highly recommend this one. (4,316 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders Brewing branded shaker pint glass

Pours translucent golden with slight amber accents. The bright white one and a half finger head has excellent retention and abundant spider web-like lacing present along the side of glass. Adundant aroma of pineapple, citrus blossoms, and resin. Opens with citrus, sweet and juicy pineapple joined slightly sweet biscuity malt, finishes semi-dry with just the right amount of grapefruit rind bite. Medium-bodied, sticky, and oily mouthfeel with a perfect level of gentle carbonation. In my opinion, the most exceptionally well balanced wet hop IPA I've had the pleasure of enjoying. An annual must-have. (675 characters)

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

Purchased this at Oak Tree Buy Rite in S. Plainfield, NJ. Into a pint glass, it poured a cloudy golden hue with one finger of white; good retention and lacing, and very little visible carbonation. Smelled of bitter herbs, grassy menthol, grapefruit peel, and slightly apple. The taste was initially bitter herbs, followed by apple maltiness and grapefruit, and then finishing off on a dry bitter peel note which lingered. As it warmed to room temperature, I detected more grapefruit in the finish as well. Smooth, creamy medium body. Excellent session pale ale, that is as well balanced as it is flavorful. (606 characters)

Photo of paultierney1
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a Thomas Creek pint glass. Michigan meets South Carolina.

Not a bad looking ale. This beer pours just fine.

The head is durable and the glass ends up nicely decorated with sticky lacing.

The aroma is strongly hoppy, with fruity, floral, spruce and herbal hop elements. (The previous reviewer really nailed this part.)

The flavor is a complex mix of fantastic hoppy elements. The malt is there to back up the bitterness. One of my favorites. I will buy this one anytime I find it.

The flavor is better than the aroma. Or vice versa. Another solid IPA from Founders. Thank you vely much. (615 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 jm1229
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 9/22/11 opened on 10/4/11 and poured into a Founders pint glass. Served at 55 degrees.

A- Light orange/golden. Pour yielded about 1 inch of foamy white head that sticks to the side of the glass pretty well. It doesn't look like the head will disappear anytime soon. Looks great.

S- Just delicious. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange. Smells like a hop bomb. I just got really excited.

T- At first the citrus is almost no where to be found and there's simply a light bread taste, but then it all changes. The tropical citrus jumps right out, but it's in no way overpowering. Sweet and juicy. The aftertaste is just a little bit bitter.

M- Light/medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O- As of lately, I've been drinking anything Founders that I could find. As of yet, this is the best non stout Founders has to offer to me. All the characteristics of a hop bomb but not tiresome with quantity. I've always said that Alpine Nelson and Kern River Just Outstanding are the 2 best examples of single IPAs that I've ever had, but I'm throwing this on that list alongside the other two. It's fresh, tasty, and making me wish I bought more than 2 bottles. Amazing beer. (1,184 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pale orangeish goldenrod with about two fingers of sticky, airy foam. Head dissipates fast but leaves behind thick rings of lace.

S - Lush orange, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Huge aromas and very inviting.

T - Sweet malt backing with notes of fruit and toffee underlies a massive, delicious hop presence. Tropical fruits blend perfectly with lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Bitterness is assertive but not brash. Very good balance, with a finish a smidge drier than the start. Excellent.

M - Light-medium body with perky carbonation and a smooth, almost creamy texture.

D - It's a shame this only comes around once year, because it certainly merits a regular spot in the fridge. A must try for hopheads as well as the more casual APA drinker. (789 characters)

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

Glad to see this again this year, had it for the first time last year and loved it.

Pours a hazy golden color with little head and slight lacing. Smell is amazing for a hop lover like me, very floral and grapefruity on the nose. Taste is very hoppy and yet balanced with some malt sweetness...to me the nose and taste match.

This is the best APA I have ever had, simply love it. Drinkability is at the top for me, I could drink this all the time if I could afford and find it. (479 characters)

Photo of HarrySTruman
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber, kind of clear, had a half finger head. Lacing is strong, stayed on the glass for a while.

Citrus and floral smells. Resin and citurs tastes. Very delicious flavor, unique in the IPA world. drinks smooth. Really a great all around beer that I wish was available year round and in 6 packs. (301 characters)

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

Golden body with excellent clarity and steady carbonation streams, topped by four fingers of snow white rocky froth, stretched in all directions.

Vibrant aroma of juicy grapefruit and orange, a great big citrus circus still fresh at the end of January.

Taste is juicy sweet with tons of citrus right from the start. Bitterness rises steadily to a sharp bite at the swallow. Juicy sweet and bitter linger together long into the aftertaste.

Firm mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

A terrific fresh hop ale that I'll be picking up another case of next fall. You should too. (574 characters)

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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