Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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Reviews: 966
Hads: 3,878
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 3.81%
Wants: 375
Gots: 340 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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 (601 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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! (1,151 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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! (403 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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... (734 characters)

Photo of Naugled
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of Chadpaq
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (2,512 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a golden straw yellow. Cloudy with a chance of white lace....nice retention and stick after every drink.

s - dank and resninous hops, floral, fresh, perfume.

t - lip smacking juicy fresh hops, oily, dank, resnious, piney, some malts, wet mouthfeel.

o - really nice and fresh IPA. (293 characters)

Photo of meatyard
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears as a hazy yellow with a large, fluffy white head that leaves spotty lacing.
The smell is a very pleasant grapefruit and pineapple with a hint of bread at the end of a long inhale.
The taste is not so strongly hops related as the smell. More pronounced than in the smell is the malt sweetness. Light bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium/thin with continued carbonation.
A very drinkable beer of which you could easily enjoy several.

12/31/08 Edit: Just had this on tap and it was even better. If reviewing this as on tap I'd raise both the taste & mouthfeel much higher. A really "sweet" beer on tap. (614 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Founders Harvest Ale
12oz. packaged 10/4/12

Pours a chill-hazed pale orange. Small head, not much retention. Decent lacing. (3.5)

Aroma is pungent and hoppy, yet soft. A bit muddled, perhaps not as fresh as it was intended to be drunk. Grass, earth, citrus, touch of tropical fruit and also some dankness. (4)

Flavor is really hoppy. Rindy citrus interacts with plenty of bitterness. Orangey and piney, along with some juicy fruitiness. This is a well-executed beer for showcasing fresh hops. Malts are pale, light and simply supporting here, which helps create a dry and refreshing IPA. Mouthfeel is resinous and slick, but darn-near flat. Halfway through the drink there's hardly any carb left. (4.5, 2)

I'm really digging this beer, but why is it so under-carbonated? Drinkability and flavor are excellent, though the aroma and overall hop character would come through much more if there were some decent carbonation. More bubbles would make this beer an absolute knock-out IPA. (4) (997 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick yellow/orange color with a light fluffy head leaving some light lacing.

Smell was semi sweet and citrusy, a touch of orange peel and grass clippings.

Taste was very balanced with a sweet buiscuity malt body and some nice semi sweet and lightly bitter fresh hop flavors with hints of mint, orange, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily with a nice bit of carbonation.

Easy to drink, enjoyable and balanced pale ale. (438 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Slightly hazy, bright yellow body with a small white head

S - Nice big hoppy aroma. Mostly citrus hoppy goodness with a hint of tropical notes and maybe some pine.

T - Follows the aroma closely. Nice citrusy hop flavors with a solid malt backbone. Finishes with a nice mix of pine and a smooth malty taste

M - medium bodied, fairly high carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable, enjoyable brew. Reminds me more of a IPA than an APA. Worth drinking for sure but I wouldn't go nuts trying to get it. (558 characters)

Photo of muskabeatz
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden, orange with a small head. Dissapates quickly but leaves good lacing behind.

S- Floral and citrus hop aromas, with some fruity undertones.

T- Very crisp, unrestrained hop flavor, with a hint of fruityness blended with the citrus and pine. Fades to an almost woody aftertaste with only a hint of malt at the beginning.

M- Medium body with lively carbonation. Thins out a bit on the finish.

D- I find founders to make some of the most drinkable brews around, and this one makes this one surely makes the cut. However, I don't think this one's quite good enough to become one of my favorites... (605 characters)

Photo of soughtbygod
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a light slightly clouded amber with a white two finger head

the smell is not that awesome all i get is a little oat slight hop maybe some banana

taste is almost like a wheat IPA, i have heard this compared to wet and i think wet smashes this beer by far for the hop lover it definitely has a good hop after taste, but the forward hop presence is not available

mouthfeel is up there with the best of them so smooth and creamy really surprised for an IPA

it a good beer. (488 characters)

Photo of surlytheduff
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear crisp golden/orange, with a short white head and plenty of bubbles racing upwards.

Really focused grapefruit citrus scent. Very fresh smelling.

The grapefruit carried over into the taste. Nice hop presence, but certainly not too pronounced.

Felt crisp and nicely carbonated. Medium bodied, and went down very smoothly. Could definitely see a four pack of these go down probably too quickly in a single sitting. (427 characters)

Photo of muttyd
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange/straw body with a thin white head that slowly fades away into a faint ring. Earthy, grapefruit/piney hops dominate the aroma. Some caramel/citrusy sweetness. Caramel malts and spicy hop flavor both well balanced. Slightly oily, astringent, and bitter. Excellent representation of the style - big bold flavors, yet still very drinkable. (342 characters)

Photo of dgugliuzza
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very fresh...bottled on 9/22/11

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip

Golden yellow in appearance with one inch thick snow white head. Smooth and fluffy. Very few bubbles. Great head retention.

Smells of fresh piney hops. Leafy and sweet up front followed by resin bitterness. Hint of lemongrass. Finishes with a nice malt backbone.

Piney and resiny hops saturate the palate. Sticky sweet in the middle. Crisp bitter finish. Fantastic wet hop profile. The freshness really shines through.

Light to medium mouthfeel that goes down smooth. Just enough carbonation. Easy to quaff.

This is an outstanding example of a wet hopped ale. It's piney, resiny and really fresh. There is just enough malt to balance out the hops, but don't be fooled, the hops are the main attraction. Some citrusy tones would have really put this beer over the top. As it stands it is well worth seeking out. (886 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. A big, foamy white head with great retenion is present. Aroma is of fresh citrus and floral hops and a faint biscuity malt in the background.

Loads of sharp citrusy hops. There is some lemon, a bit of grapefruit, and fresh orange pulp. There is a bit of toasted malt in there as well. Not much.

Mouthfeel is ok. This beer was way over cabonated at first though it seemed to fade to an acceptable level. Pretty solid APA, but Ive had better. (479 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby. The beer is an oranged straw color with a 3 finger white head over top that is maintained by a massive stream of bubbles in the brew. The clarity on this one is moderate at best. The aroma is full of dank citrusy hop that are tempered by an orange fruityness and a spicy pepperyness. The caramel is towards the back in this one and the green quality is not apparent. The flavor is a little less hoppy than expected. The first flavor to hit is a vegetative citrus hop with an earthy bite to it. The orange and light caramel come through in the finish. This one just feels a little wanting to me, which is in stark contrast to the tap version I had last year. Moutfeel is moderate with a very light carbonation. Overall, this one is very drinkable with pretty good flavor. The mouthfeel is a little light on carbonation making it just a little less active than I was hoping. I know it is too early for this one to be on the down slope, but it just feels like it is not all it is meant to be. Don't get me wrong, it is good, but nothing like the tap version from last year or the previous harvest ale from another company I just sampled. (1,148 characters)

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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