Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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3,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,872
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 370
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 bikencycle
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden color with half an inch of head.

S - very minor funky smell, perhaps like a ripe grapefruit.

T - Malty and a bit hoppy. There is also a funky almost sour taste that takes away from this a bit.

M - decent and somewhat creme like mouth feel.

D - This is drinkable and I would drink it again, but would not go out of my way to find it.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Harvest Ale pours a hazy golden straw color with a mellow off-white head that exhibits decent retention. No real lace down the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light biscuit malt to go along with a pleasantly strong hop bitterness. Mostly a general bitterness, there are notes of grapefruit, mango, and a bit of pine.

Taste: The flavor is a pretty straight forward IPA. Softly sweet pale malts up front, followed by a very full and robust bitterness. Some grapefruit and mango go along with a good amount of pine. Overall, though, the bitterness is very full and deep, and it lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little bit lighter than medium, with a fuller than medium smooth and creamy carbonation. It is a little grainy, with a little bit of hop residue left on my tongue after each sip.

Overall: I thought everything about this was good, but no aspect truly overwhelmed me. It has been a few weeks since the release, so maybe it is a touch better fresh. Still very good, but the flavor was more of a flat bitterness than a strongly flavorful hoppiness.

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

A - This one pours a nice golden yellow, that also has a hint of orange to it. It has a small white head that left good lacing on the glass.

S - The smell is that of earthy hops. There are also notes of pine, grass, citrus, and also some fruitiness.

T - The hops are right up front. There is a bit of sweetness and fruit notes, but the hops are the star of this beer. The finish is hoppy, and has a peppery bite to it as well. The hops stick to mouth and fade slowly.

M - This has a medium body with medium carbonation. The finish is dry, and also has a sticky quality to it.

D - I think this is a good APA. At first I thought this may have been an IPA. It goes down very easy and is refreshing. I would try this on again for sure.

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

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: "Bottled 10/04/12"
Glass: Tulip glass

Beer pours a 1cm head of bone white foam with average retention. Head leaves significant lacing in various patterns along side of glass as it fades to a thin ring around the perimeter. Body is a light copper orange color, slightly hazy, with visible carbonation streaming from the center of the glass.

Aroma of stale sweat (mine at least?), implying dank green hops. This is mixed with a citrus edge (grapefruit), pineapple, black peppercorns, and a bit of old kale. While complex and interesting, I do not necessarily find the peppercorns and kale scents to be particularly appealing: good, but not exceptional.

Taste opens with sweet pale malts tempered by hop bitterness and citrus flavors, most notably grapefruit and its rind. Mid-palate finds continued, amplified hop bitterness alongside thick grapefruit flavors, with lesser orange, pineapple, and spicy pepperiness. Back of palate continues grapefruit bitterness with like fruit flavor and a faint malt backdrop. Aftertaste of heavy, lingering bitterness and grapefruit flavors.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with moderate carbonation that foams the liquid slightly on the palate, creating a generally smooth flowing sip. Finish is dry.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip; golden, slightly off-clear, with a moderate white head that fades into a cap of foam after a bit, with lovely lacing.
Smell is juicy fresh dank hops, not very fruity or piney, just...hops. Almost more like a pale ale than an IPA.
Taste is crackery malt underneath hops; herbal bitterness preceded by some tame citrus flavors and subdued pine.
Mouthfeel is wet and thin.
Overall, I may have gotten a slightly old bottle, considering this was a wet hop IPA and it tastes like a pale ale. But it's still delicious and refreshing.

Photo of pourmeup
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- served into a nonic pint, light gold in color, very clear, retains a thin white head, small bits of lacing stay on the glass
S- very bright green smell, a fresh cut grass smell almost, very fresh hop smell
T- hops are premium here, you can definitely taste the wet hops, such a fresh heavy malt, very floral taste with a clean finish
M- a little thinner than what i had hoped but overall still quite good
D- very drinkable, i could have many of these throughout an evening
(reviewed by Daniel)

Photo of jhawth
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orange with a finger head that quickly dissipates to a foamy cap. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, slightly fresh-cut-grassy hop aroma.

Taste: Juicy and fruity hop notes up front with mild accompanying bitterness, then subtle toasted malt notes. Really well balanced, nicely put together.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied, very smooth.

Overall: Very easy to drink, very nicely put together IPA. Tastes very fresh, for lack of a better description.

Photo of suzukidan81
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - More yellow gold with some orange, with an nice cloud of yeasty beasties. Head was better than my ex-girlfriend used to give. If you pour it violently its more head than you can handle.

S - Citrusy with some green, unripe fruit undertones. Some orange.

T - The hops are definately there, more flavorful hops than oily hop. Citrus taste, some of the green, unripe fruit towards grassy undertones. Reminds me a lot of a dogfish 60 minuite IPA.

M - Ok. Not watery, not heavy. Good.

D - Hell yeah. Good beer to have around.

Photo of stonequarrywest
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange/gold pour with an almost white head that settles quickly but clings to the glass like a merengue might..

Pinetree Smell with hops and oranges/citrus

Very clean taste,,,dry almost like a spakling wine..super carbonated almost bites the tongue

Citrus and Hop flavor lingers on the tongue after each sip...

Very very refreshing

Photo of Redwood21
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the head lowers quickly but then sticks around so i cant knock it too bad. the amber color is a bit light but i don't dislike it

S: no distinct aroma whatsoever but a touch of citrus hops but very faint. its not offensive but still not a selling point.

T: its a pretty solid apa, on the lighter side, but still stronger in abv. the taste is classic with light butter hops with some citrus that has a bitter backbone that fades slowly.

this is a good beer, nothing that'll knock your socks off but still a really good beer.

Photo of itsscience
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep amber with one finger of white head that dissipates quickly. The nose has a smell of grapefruit and some sweeter citrus fruits like orange, papaya, and mango. I get that same grapefruit and sweet citrus profile on the front of the tongue, which reminds me of Cigar City Jai Alai, but then it leaves a stinging bitterness with not much of a malt backbone to balance out the taste. The body is medium with a high carbonation that intensifies the sting you get from the bitterness. An interesting beer, and a good one, but not among my favorite IPAs.

Photo of Nipitato
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Nice gold hue. Thick white head with excellent retention. Slightly hazy. Sticky lacing. A good looking beer.

S: Plenty of malt in this one. Good grapefruit hop aroma. Some fruitiness. Early, organic, leafy.

T: A mouth popping juicy hop flavor grapefruit and earthy. A full bitterness. Malt base plays in the background. Malt provides good balance to the hop/bitter character.

MF: Full. Lightly carbonated. Just a touch dry.

D, notes. This beer is very drinkable. Bitterness is not harsh or overpowering. Nice fresh hop character with some good earthiness.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Bruisin' Ales. Pours dark golden, with significant white head. Hoppy aroma, tad above average mouthfeel. Very drinkable tasty, though significant IBU, still some balance. Hop lead citrus lemon mint. Very good representative of an IPA, and one I would trust even to novices.

Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, scooped a 4 pack at star since they were out of the backwoods bastard

appearance: pours into a great dane imperial pint glass, hazy apricot body with lots of yeast sediment present, beige frothy head with a nice lace - interesting

smell: lots and lots of hops on the nose, light citrus, lemon, bubblegum, clove

taste: it's a good apa but its actually pretty tame...the citrus hops are actually very smooth and non-abrasive, not really bitter at all, orange and lemonpeel are the higlights, clove and other light spicing

mouthfeel: quite smooth for the style, pulpy

drinkability: good

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint. 70 IBUs, 6.5% ABV, bottled on 09/24/09, "wet-hopped ale".

Thanks to Sweemzander for this delicious brewski!

A - The Harvest Ale is a lightly hazy golden straw yellow with a small, one-finger head. Off-white and densly packed with low retention and little lacing. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

S - Lots of fresh hops on the nose with a touch of pine to the grapefruit citrus and fruity mango nose. Sweet pale malts in the background but hops dominate the nose.

T - The wet hops still taste fresh and have a lot of grapefruit citrus with a fruit-punch flavor. Pale malts in the background but it's really one-dimensional to the hops overall. That's not to say its bad by any means.

M - Medium-light bodied with a crisp, refreshing carbonation spritz and a dry, lightly citrusy-bitterness. Despite the low malt presence, it really balances out that 70 IBUs in the end.

D - The flavor is good and the smell brings a lot of fruit to the nose. Even the non-hop-loving girlfriend likes this one! A solid brew worth buying a four-pack or two of. A good brew all around I wish I had more of!

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 120z bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/10/11
*From notes

A: A bit lighter in hue then I expected - a sunset yellow-gold. A 1.75 finger head and quality lacing on a careful pour.

S: Fresh cut grass and summertime love. It just makes me want to sit on the patio all damn day. I also detect a good amount of fading hops, and the malt that's beginning to show through.

T: This is a Fall seasonal, so I'm drinking this a bit late in the year. Having said that, there is a bit of soft, warm caramel up front. What wet hop essense is left begins poking it's head out on the mid, but gets shot down by the firm malty backslap on the finish.

M: Good ol' Founders - they always know how to come through here. Rich and perfectly balanced.

O: I've had this fresh, and it's certainly better straight from the brewery, though it's still really tasty now. I look forward to this one each year, and recommend you do too.

Photo of Neorebel
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a small head - not very much lacing going on here. In the aroma, I detect pineapple, flower petal, pine needles, and a bit of grassy, savory undertone. The latter note mentioned is slightly off putting. The taste is fantastic with fresh hops dominating - it starts off bright and ends with a bitter finish. Pleasant medium mouthfeel. Less dry than most IPAs. It's a hit!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Bottled just over a week ago. Who doesn't love seriously fresh IPAs? This one pours a mostly clear golden auburn topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises pine, sharp grapefruit, sharp cantaloupe, buttery caramel, and peach. The taste seems to focus heavily on the pine aspects, sharpening them even further than in the smell. The fruit isn't nearly as distinct, and the caramel has gone from buttery to spicy. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid IPA, but the pine character comes off a bit much for me, especially considering the fruity tones imparted by the smell. Still pretty tasty, though...

Photo of Naugled
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in flute, head is not impressive, short to none and quick, but color is very nice, a deep golden tone, and it has a little haze.

Has a wonderful fresh barnyard aroma, like hay, very earthy like mushrooms, a little cheesy and some body odors, but in a good way.

Flavor blossoms in the mouth, juicy and quenching with a little resiny feel, but not over bitter.

very drinkable and full of character.

Photo of mcallister
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very light hazy shad of yellow and seems to be unfiltered. Pours with a whispy carbonated half inch head that fades somewhat quickly and leaves a thin sticky layer of lacing behind.

Great nose on this beer. Fresh in your face citrusy hop aromas. Grapefruit and orange with a lemon zest type feel. Hints of tangerine and peach as well. Very lively with acidic tones and a hint of cereal grain.

A modestly light bitterness on the finish and mid palate and lacking the big citrus profile the nose suggested. More cereal grainy, toffee flavors come through than hop. A bit green with more stone fruit than citrus. Nectarine with zippy acicdity and carbonation. Finish is suprisingly lengthy. A beer that goes down very easy and has a real honesty too it that really makes this drinkable.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours clear pale yellow, with a hint of orange color. thin white head lingers a bit but did fall a couple minutes after pouring.
S: Nice grassy wet hay hops along with a bit of pine. malt is lightly hidden in with the hops.
T: a very different hop flavor, grassy like a pilsner yet just a bit of pine and grapefruit like some IPAs, malt is sweet but does not out shadow the fresh hops.
M: hops make this very crisp, but is not light on the palate.
D: its almost a hybrid of a pilsner and an IPA with the easy of drinking of both.

Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, too much carbonation, nice two-finger plus white foamy head, with tons of sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus. The taste is sweet, hoppy, malty, nice touch of citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, not a fan of over carbonated brew's, but after it settled down it is tasty.

Photo of Chadpaq
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this from Vintner Wine Market; poured her into a nice, tapered pilsener glass from Crate & Barrel. Only the good stuff at my dad's house. (!)

The beer's color surprised me a bit. My rationale's based on the experience I've had with other American IPAs, and this one seemed a lot lighter and watered-down than most that I've had. But I have a bit of a problem with this category: I think twenty percent is a bit too much weight for something as trivial and as irrelevant as appearance. I mean, we don't judge people by the way they look right? Beers should go without saying. Yet the category counts for a fifth of the overall score. Brothers Alstrom (sans umlaut...I'm sorry), if you're reading this, I think smell should be bumped to 30% and appearance should be demoted to 10%..."just my .02," as many say. At any rate: A decent-sized pure white head helps it here...but it just doesn't LOOK so good.

The beer smells extremely hoppy, but its complexity stops there. In other words, all I smell is hops. I guess for many people, this would be extremely positive. But I look for a little more complexity in my IPAs, and Harvest Ale isn't too hard to decipher.

The taste is much of the same. Hoppy, to be sure, but it lacks any sort of...anything else. Tinges of fruit. Malt? Maybe? The bottle's showing 70 IBUs and the bottling date is 9/29/10, but it's pretty darn mellow. I guess I can qualify this, in a way: I was sipping a Blowing Rock IPA prior to consuming this, so that might have some bearing on the (lack of) taste. However, that beer only registered at 60 IBUs, and it was blowing the pants off of this Harvest Ale.

Mouthfeel: Whatever. It's an IPA. If you know me, you know this is pretty much an automatic four if an IPA is truly falling within it's category.

Definitely drinkable, but at the cost? Two Hearted beats the pants off this stuff. Founders had me at KBS, but I may be calling BS on this stuff, and I'm not talking Breakfast Stout. Yeah yeah, that's way too harsh, but it sounded pretty cool, right?

Okay. I've got a cold; I have another IPA on the palate; I'm getting pretty sleepy. All of these certainly aren't working in Harvest Ale's favor. But it's a Founders product. KBS provided me first wet beer dream before I even knew my tastebuds could feel that way. So I give it minor sympathy points. Plus, it's a solid IPA. But there are MANY east coast IPAs that would take this beer into a dark alley and commit unspeakable acts upon it. That's all I'll say.

Photo of sevenarts
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy pale golden golden with some visible carbonation throughout and a small but persistent head.

S: Citrusy hops right up front.

T/M: Very nice, subdued citrus hops. Medium body.

O: This is a great fresh-hopped ale, it has a very crisp and refreshing taste and a nice, subtly hoppy style.

Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow with crazy amounts of head that stands very firm. Good lacing.

Nose is citrusy (lemon mainly) with a bit of straw.

Bite is quite tart with a big hoppy finish. This one is dominated by the hops from beginning to end.

Very good.

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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