Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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3,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,872
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 368
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 Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of HosP
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

Photo of rpardon7
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of circlenine
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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!!!

Photo of MrTopher
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of HeartofMiami
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Grass, pine, very light citrus notes and boozy, malt sweetness. No bitterness. Nice

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Mistofminn
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of jorg2619
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jorg2619 for getting me this beer

I poured this wet hop ale into a Troegs pint glass.

This is a clean pale beer with a thin lacy head that lingers nicely. This Harvest ale is as Aromatic as I expected. I did pick up lots of onion and some grapefruit hints. My first taste was awesome bitter that opened up on my tongue an assault of onion and grapefruit flavors of varying intensity. I like the soft dry finish, and I just had the necessary hop burp for this to be a good hoppy beer. This beer is smooth and very drinkable which is good for I have a liter growler of it to finish.

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

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a big off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of hops citrus notes and then more hops

T - This is like drinking an IPA just hops on top of hops

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a pretty good beer I think I've drank IPAs with less hops than this beer but thats not really a bad thing worth trying sometime

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish orang with one finger head that left lace patches. A spicy, zesty, wet floral hop aroma with a good amount of caramel and bread malt as well. The balance on this beer is amazing b/c at times it's almost sticky sweet, then there is a bready fullness, almost chewey beer, and then it has this sharp, cutting hoppiness of grassy and wet hops. Really comes together and there's a crisp finish on the backend that is pleasing.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a two finger head of a white color. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer heaviest of a citrus smell being a mix of citrus hop and a bit of sweet orange. Along with these aromas are notes of other hops with some pine and herbal smells present. Some light sweeter caramel smells as well as a bit of a bready smell are there as well giving an overall nice balanced IPA smell.

Taste – The taste begins with some tropical fruit tastes as well as a bit of a bready taste. The tropical fruits are largely of tangerine and mango but also have hints of pineapple within. Along with the bready and fruit are some hop flavors of a citrus nature. As the taste advances some grassy and herbal flavors come to the tongue. A moderately strong pine flavor later joins the tongue more toward the middle to the end giving a nice little resinous bite to the beer. While a sweeter caramel taste develops more toward the middle of the taste, it, as well as some of the fruit dwindle a bit toward the end. With some earthy hops coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, and combined with the rest of the tastes of the brew, one is left with a somewhat crackery, lightly sweetened and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on average side as well. For the drinkability and the style both were quite appropriate, creating a rather easy drinking but flavorful IPA.

Overall – A good hop blended IPA. Rather tasty overall.

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 kbutler1
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh Founders, you did it again!
This is one hoppy smelling beer. Pours a clear amber/yellow/orange color with a nice white head. Smells of hops. Taste like hops. Must be hoppy! And yes, it is hoppy. Semi good lacing. I don't really pick up a whole lot of malt in this one. Fairly one sided but I expected that from this. Light to medium mouthfeel.

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

A very pale wet-hopped IPA. Bottled 9/22/11 at 10:22a.

Pours super pale, collecting in a pale copper/orange with a small oily head that recedes to an ever-retained film. My obligatory wet-hopped comment: tobacco, I get it in every one, it's a nice association, got sharp bite. Big grapefruit here, cleaner than a lot with a slight BO flavor. Dry malt character with sharp prickly carbonation makes this a quite enjoyable wet-hopped IPA. Enjoy thoroughly.

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

Pours golden yellow with plenty of suspended white yeast. Head is large and thick, leaving decent lacing.

Aroma is full of citrus and to a lesser extent, floral spicy hop.

Taste is More balanced than expected. Generous orange and tangerine flavors stand out. Bitterness is comparatively mild. Grainy caramel malt adds depth and sweetness. Finish holds a resinous quality along with slight herbal spice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

A well made APA. Flavor profile is very unified and lacking in any harsh hop bitterness. Mild and easy to drink.

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

Bottle purchased at Buyrite in South Plainfield.

Appearance: Pours a hazed pale straw yellow with an extremely dense whipped 3 finger foam head. Lots of retention and lacing too.

Smell: Sweet pineapple, some grapefruit hops, and an herbal leaf quality. Not amazing but very nice.

Taste: Much like the nose. Restrained fresh hop goodness along with lemon zest and a tiny amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a good amount of carbonation. A bit thin in my opinion. Good drinkability but I think several in a night might give me some heartburn.

This offering was really good and is another solid contribution to the beer scene made by Founders. It didn't wow me though.

Photo of jnn4v
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very light orange color. Translucent, with no sediment or haze. Very small amount of foamy off-white head.

S: Apricot, mango, candied grapefruit, orange zest and other delicious citrus and tropical fruit hops. Smells a tad bit coppery and very sweet as well.

T: Not terribly bitter or overpowering in hop flavor. Very sessionable IPA. It's fairly clean tasting, without too sweet of a solid malt base either. I don't taste a lot of the specific flavors that were identified in the scent, unfortunately.

M: Moderate amount of carbonation, bordering on above-average carbonation levels. Medium viscosity - so it's less dense than Centennial but more dense than Red Rye IPA.

O: Not bad at all. Much more hop flavor than most wet hop beers. Blows away the seasonal Sierra Nevada offerings.

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

2008 batch
12oz to tulip glass, pours a nicely carbonated foamy pale golden peach, white head with fine bubble lacing hangs around then fades, looks great!

smells of sweet smooth hoppiness, malts are caramely but lean towards more biscuit, mmm

taste is smooth, foamy, bitter hops pop, bitter but lighter than expected, extremely flavorful, delicious herbal plant freshness, sweet citrus, slight alcohol astringency, excellent balance, very nice

mouthfeel is lingering bitterness from hop resins, delicious hop blend, amazing head, very very drinkable and balanced


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

Pours a hazy golden amber color with less than a full finger fluffy white head that resists fading. A good amount of lacing present. The smell is really nice a great balance of roasty malt and fresh hopped pine and citrus. So far neither the appearance nor the smell is what i would expect from a APA...but as Jessica Simpson would say "but i woneit". Highly carbonated, the mouth feel is tangy and bright. Full flavored, the taste is bright and citrusy as well. A real nice drinker. Thanks, Pops!! While it waivers from style...Its a real celebration!!!

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 Kvltbm
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first wet hopped ale!

12 oz bottle to snifter.

A: Pale, golden yellow, straw-like color. About a finger of eggshell colored head that faded fairly quickly, leaving a ring of white bubbles around the edges of the glass. Solid lacing.

S: Lots of citrus, especially grapefruit and orange. Tropical fruit sweetness, and some slight resiny pine at the back of the nose. A touch of toasty caramel malt, too.

T: Sweet citrus - a lot of orange, some pineapplely sweetness, a bit of pine towards the finish. A lot of hop flavors, but not much bitterness. Toasty, bready malt at the finish.

M: Light carbonation. The body felt a little thin to me at first, but it seemed to even out as it warmed up. Very smooth.

O: Not blown away or anything, but a very solid, very drinkable IPA.

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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