Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 966
Hads: 3,878
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 3.81%
Wants: 375
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

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Beer added by: granger10 on 10-24-2004

70 IBU
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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Drunkmonk for this extra.
Poured a lighter golden color.with a huge white head, lots and lots of carbonation. Nose of citrus orange and grapefruit hops. Taste of some light pine, juicy grapefruit and balanced with some sweet malt. Pretty simple in taste. Pretty good brew overall and worth a shot! (311 characters)

Photo of abrand
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with bottled on date of 9.24.09 poured into the pint glass.

Pours a brilliant golden straw color with a nice 2 finger head. Some carbonation is visible as well as sticky lacing. Smells of hops, orange peels, lemons and musky dough. Taste is dry and bitter. Not much of the complexity that is noticeable in the aroma is present in the quaff. Mouthfeel is spot on with the carbonation and the crispness of the APA. A very solid brew from the brewers of founders, I would prefer to drink this in the fall months but great nonetheless. (548 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill, in NJ. 11/15

Pours pale dirty gold with a ring of white foam. Pine grassy nose. Light malt, tasty, with an interspersed bitter. Even balanced flavor. Breadys, grains. Little citrus. Very nice - simple yet refined, and full of flavor. (273 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. Bladder infection cloudiness. Hazy yellow gold. Giant frothy head left minimal lacing.

Smell was tropical fruits and fresh baked wheat bread. Detergent.

Taste was nice and grassy. Fresh grains. Mangos and pineapples.

Mouthfeel was zestier than on tap. (322 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this thing accidentally in the store the other day. Has to be very fresh as I usually check Founders and haven't seen it before. It seems to be getting good reviews too, so let's see how it is. Poured into my great old oversized DFH snifter.

A: Pours with a light but decent lookin head, but it doesn't stay long. Before you know it you're staring at the top of the beer. It has a semi hazy golden yellow honey colored look. It does have some nice light slipping through.

N: Starts right off with musty fresh noble hops. Some pine and citrus, but lots of fresh hop aroma. Some light malts are there, but I think that's more of my mind thinking it, or perhaps I get some light sweet honey, perhaps. But lots of the spicey piny hops that do have a nice fresh aroma. Some grapefruit and tropical fruit round off the hop aromas.

T: Taste is actually a little strange. It has a strong earthy spicey hop taste and juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit tastes, but it also has a weird musty taste that I got on the nose but its more prominent on the taste. Not too pleasant either. A light sweet malt taste. More fresh hop oils and resin taste really sticks out, and that musty taste fades quickly after a few sips.

M: Semi thick, slight spicey hops, and decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter and getting drier and drier by the minute. The strong bitter and spicey hop bite really stick around for about 30 seconds as well. Since it never seems to go away, it makes it a little difficult to drink as it seems to build up more and more. Everytime I swallow the bitterness is refreshed in my mouth, even when I don't take a sip.

Final thoughts: Pretty decent for a fresh hop IPA, lots of earthy spicey citrus pine hops and hop oils and resin tastes. Pretty bitter on the finish. The strange musty taste, the long lingering bitterness, and the fact that it seems like it's missing something, seem to take away from it a little. I really do feel like it's missing some specific hop variety, or some malt offset that it could use. I can enjoy this though, just very slowly. (2,081 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 12oz single at Hops & Vines in Asheville. Says 6.5% on the bottle, I imagine this is fluid.
Cracked in advance of an impending party. Hops take the edge off.

First off, Harvest Ale has an absurd amount of head for this kind of beer. It's tight and rocky, and with the staying power and craters in the 3 finger tall white delight, it brings Duvel to mind. (yes, I went there). The ale is a dirty lemon-pee yellow with some fizzy, fast moving bubbles. As this is bottle conditioned, it comes with a bonus (?) of thick sediment in the dregs of the bottle. Altogether strange for the style.

The smell is strangely wonderful. Aggressive, resiny, wet hops take center stage and hang on way longer than they should. The initial rush is green and leafy and altogether delicious; yes, this is a bit simple, but it works in this beers favor. Past the citrus greenness there is a touch of pale malt but it's barely worth mentioning. As it warms there is... I kid you not... a touch of oregano.

Alas, the smell portends such great things that the beer - when the head finally falls enough to get it to my lips - is pretty unremarkable. This is an easy drinking pale ale that's been hopped beyond reason, the result is a bitter, sour-lemon finishing hop bomb. I suppose anytime you pack (the advertised) 70 IBU's into a 6% ale you're asking for unbalanced, but I can't help but wish the malt had more room to shine here.

Mouthfeel is thin, but you wouldn't know it from the fluffy and crisp carbonation. It's all a bit dry and sticky, the finish is totally wet hops, grapefruit and (thankfully reserved) pine resin, a touch of booze and lemon sour. Not the finest finish, where is my malt?!

I could have another of these, but three would be pushing it. My big complaint: this is a little manic and unbalanced. Good for a quick hop fix; not a go-to beer.

Like all beers Founders makes, this is still recommended. (1,914 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bells Tulip glass.

A- One finger off white head dissipates quickly to a nice bubbly collar around the glass, golden yellow straw/hay color, decent carbonation, decent lacing.
S- Big grapefruit, tropical fruit aroma, citrus, slight pine aroma, the aroma is very nice.
T- Its easy drinking for sure, its solid but nothing special, slight onion taste but nothing off putting, big bitterness on the finish, earthy notes citrus, pine, grapefruit, some malt backbone.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, dry finish.
O- This is a solid IPA from Founders, nothing mind blowing but solid, glad to have it once but see no reason to buy another four pack. (675 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the one and only tpd975 for this brew.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a murky burnt straw with a one finger white head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of almost nothing. Stickiness is pretty minimal, a bit here and there, but not much. Smell is very light and refreshing. Sweet citrus hops with a big white bread scent. Very light evergreen aroma with a bit of wet sawdust in the nose as well. Musty pine up front with some sour grapefruit flavors too. Pale malt and wheat tastes emerge midway on the tongue. Aftertaste is subtle and floral with some grassy notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a somewhat distracting carbonation. A fairly solid beer, but there are definitely better wet hop ales out there. (747 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.82/5  rDev -9%

Appearance - 4.5/5
Pours a clear golden-orange, with about 1-2 fingers of slightly off-white head. Lots of large carbonation bubbles can be seen rising up the beer. The head stays around for a long time. Very nice.

Smell - 3.8/5
Fresh, pine-citrus hops. The citrus seems more dominant than the pine, which I like. Smells like it has a bit of spiciness to it (though it's just the strong, fairly bitter hops).

Taste - 4/5
The pine-citrus hop flavor from the smell dominates. It's fairly bitter (70 IBU). There are additional citrus flavors in the taste, and also a slight resinous/syrupy character. I am not a big hop fan, but this is quite drinkable for me, which is a plus.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Quite smooth. Crisp, with a medium-intensity carbonation kick near the end of the sip. Medium bodied.

Overall - 3.75/5
Not being a fan of hoppy beers, I tried to be fair to the style, and given that, I found this to be a quite nice IPA. The hoppiness is definitely present, but not overpowering.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20% (1,069 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Abe's for $2.65. Pours a clear gold with a fluffy white head and lacing. Mmm. Smells like I just stuck my nose in a bag of hops. The flavor still allows a little bread crust malts through to provide balance. Otherwise, there's a nearly overwhelming pine and grapefruit taste. Frankly it could be more complex, like some of the great harvest ales out there, but this is still a tasty ale and finishes with a black pepper-tasting bitterness. Certainly on the drinkable side of wet-hopped beers. (514 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear gold/copper colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit/oranges mixed with some herbal/grassy notes. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with some lingering herbal/hoppy bitter notes.

Overall – Another winner from founders. While I prefer some of their other IPA's, this is still a delicious and well crafted brew. The herbal/grassy notes work well for the holiday season. (764 characters)

Photo of MacDomer
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Bright straw/hay yellow, with some golden highlights. A bit hazy. Huge head - at least two fingers of pillowy white foam. Terrific sticky lacing all over the glass.

S - Piney, and citrus hops up front. Lots of lemon and grapefruit, some cotton candy. Followed by some grassiness.

T - Much like the smell - pine, grapefruit, lemon, grass. Some light malts to balance. Juicy. Good, but not as complex as I would like.

M - Light to medium body. Smooth and crisp. Moderate carbonation and a longer finish.

D - High drinkability. Great flavor and smell, decent balance, crisp and fresh.

I love Founders, but I think I only like this beer. Still, it's quite nice and I'll plan on getting more next year. (743 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A pale gold in color, head was bubbly like frogs eggs in a pond. Nice lacing.

Aroma is of floral hops predominately and a whiff of malt sweetness.

Big time hop oil flavor, piney and pungent. Herbal and very earthy hop profile, light crytal malt balances everything out. Some citrus touches are also noted. A hop-forward APA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering herbal/bitter finish.

Overall this is a very hoppy pale ale that I quite enjoyed. American pale ales are becoming more like IPA's and I like that. Good stuff from Founders yet again. (601 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge amount of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: Mainly smelled of hops, mild malt and some citrus.

T: Hoppier than you would expect from any type of pale ale. Also had some malt and grapefruit. Not as complex as I would've liked, but still tasty.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, well-made beer, though not my favorite Founders. Still, a refreshing, lively brew. (535 characters)

Photo of benito
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Count on Founders to make a wet-hopped pale ale that borders on "imperial" strength--the bottle claims seven percent! I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt style-wise and drink this as a double pale ale.

Harvest Ale is light orange in color with a lacing, long-lasting head. Typical fresh-hop aromas dominate: wild flowers, pine resin, and citrus fruits--like a more general "hop smell" than what you expect from dried varieties. The taste too is a showcase for fresh-hop flavors: it starts with a large burst of fruit, pine, and bitters that gives way to heavy, flowery flavor and finished with a light alcohol tinge. The hops are the centerpiece of every aspect of this brew, and there's just enough malt presence to give this appropriate backbone. In terms of drinkability, count on this to be spot on for a "double;" it doesn't have the refreshing lick of a normal APA.

What stands out here is the overall impression from this brew: the length of flavors across the tongue, and the long, biting aftertaste are impressive. It's a strong showcase for the beauties of the hop. This is a significant, fall brew...perfect to whet the appetite before Thanksgiving dinner. (1,184 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear and golden with a slight orange tint. A decent bit of bubble coming up and a thin but acceptable white head. Gives me the anticipation of a hop forward fairly thin in the malt beer. Well I'm hoping on that hop forward part.

A good hop citrus hoppy nose, the malt isn't making a big impact. The hops are on the grapefruit side but there's something somewhat mixed in here that gives it a bit more enjoyable hop profile. Again the malt just isn't doing much here.

Starts moderately sweet and fruity and finishes with a nice grape fruit bitter finish.

An extremely drinkable beer with just the right amount of flavor and body. Priced a hair to high for a regular drinking beer (they can think stone IPA for being the standard for cheap and easy to drink and making everyone else look bad).

I'd like a bit more of an oily feel here, with the fresh hops and all. I think seirra's fresh hop beers do this exremely well. Clearly hopslam was made for this, but this beer finishes dry enough and yet has just enough body. (1,031 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mreusch. Pours a super cloudy dull orange with a huge, foamy white head. Aroma of tons of citrusy hops as well as floral hops and a touch of sweet pineapple and wheaty malt. Flavor is sweet and fruity, not very hoppy really. Quite delicious! I wish I could get this stuff all the time!
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5) (323 characters)

Photo of Clibb
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: clear honey straw color with nice rocky 2.5 finger head

S: Burst of fresh hops a little mustiness

T: Getting definite sweet bready character with some nice grapefruity pith. Bitterness is not over the top. Have that funkyness come through like in the nose, not barnyard or brett but like musty armpit in a good way.

M: could use a little more carbonation IMO, slightly drying.

O: for the hype I heard about this beer i was expecting like a dry(wet) hop blast in the face but it's not. A bit underwhelming but still a nice clean refreshing brew. (551 characters)

Photo of mrkrispy
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade, nice 12oz bottle.

First thing I noticed was a small dead animal in the bottom of the bottle, oh wait, it is a good inch of yeast/hop debris. I poured away from it.

Poured a great thick foam head that survived several sips. Body is a very clear golden yellow. Head eventually reduced to lace and left chunks of foam on the glass.

Immediate citrus nose I assume is Cascade hops. Hop complex in the smell but more of an afterthought. Actually seems very subdued in its bouquet and taste for a Wet Hop style.

Tastes clean with slight body. Again very slight hop, not at all what I was expecting for a Wet Hop beer. No appreciable bitterness. Moderate carbonation cleanses the pallet, leaving just a slight aftertaste of hops. Beer wakes up a bit more after sitting in the glass for 20 minutes or so.

As another reviewer mentioned, a light bodied beer probably great for a hot day. Refreshing. I am unsure if it is intended to have a bit more hop kick and my particular bottle had been aged too long, but I still enjoyed it. (1,049 characters)

Photo of mcann2pu
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- pours into my Ommegang glass a yellow/ almost amber color with small bubbles rising to the surface of the glass,
s- very strong smell of hops overwhelms the smell here,
t- hops dominates this one, very good taste pine/ cirtus tasting hops,
d- its drinkable, wouldn't have more then a few at one time because of the hop oil taste on this one, (349 characters)

Photo of EnemyWithin
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle in Duvel glass on Oct 21, 2011.

Appearance: 3.5
Golden honey yellow with a 1/2 inch white head that seems to dissipate relatively quickly. A little lighter in color than expected.

Smell: 4.5
Great pungent, dense grapefruit and citrus aroma from hops. It has a thick, sticky nature to the aroma somehow. Also get faint caramel, biscuit notes from the malt. Definitively one of the better smelling IPAs I've had in awhile.

Taste: 3.5
Initially, sweet citrus and light caramel note. This quickly transitions into a piney-dominating flavor of the hops, with note of lemon and faintly grapefruit. Much less citrus taste than expected.

Finishes with a moderate-high lingering bitterness with slight dryness.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Mild-moderate thickness with nice, soft carbonation that gives the beer a mild pleasant creaminess. Overall, on the dry end, with notable astringency from the hops.

Overall: 4
Great smelling beer, but the taste profile is more average to me. Not as much citrus as I anticipated in the flavor, and full disclosure, as I like in IPAs. I'd like to see that same great aroma come through in the flavor of the hops too.
Recommend try. (1,160 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam for this fresh bottle! Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Pale straw yellow; translucent. One finger of off-white head.

S - Fresh and pungent hop aroma up front. Grapefruit, pine, orange zest. A fairly prominent sweet caramel malt presence in the background.

T - A big assertive bitterness up front with plenty of pine, grapefruit, tangerine and hints of melon. A fairly big sweet caramel malt backbone provides a decent balance. A dry, bitter finish.

M - Medium body, creamy. Full of resinous hop oils coat the tongue with each sip.

O - A very fresh and vibrant wet hop IPA, but a little too malty for me. (626 characters)

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Harvest Ale is a nice mild pale ale. If you're into this style, chances are you like crisp, hoppy beers. This beer is up to the task in terms of hoppiness, but doesn't pop you in the mouth if you're not into hops running the show.

A - Pours a cloudy gold. White, thin, foamy head.

S - Hoppy, mild, sweet, a seductive glimpse at good things to come.

T - Crisp, but not inducing that sort of sharp tingle on the tip of your tongue. Citrusy, piney, sort of clean, if that makes any sense.

M - A good amount of carbonation, definitely not thin, but not that creamy or thick either. Not terribly memorable in terms of the feel all up in ya mouf.

D - Bud Light ain't got nothin on this. It's got a bite - I mean it's focusing on hops, why wouldn't it, but doesn't taste like Pine-Sol (Pine-Sol Heaven, son.). (817 characters)

Photo of CB_Crowe
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ouncer bottled 10/4/12 poured into Lawson's Tulip on the evening of 11/14/12.

A - aggressive pour yields hardly any foamy white head. The color is a translucent orangey golden. Nice.

S - Wowzer. Fruity! Sweet pineapple and citrus with a bit of fresh hops; maybe a bit of grassy-ness.

T - This one tastes like it smells. Pineapple and citrus up front. A touch of sweet juicyness and a wonderful fresh hop finish. This is one tasty beverage.

M - crisp and fresh. carbonation works well as it doesn't seem too much or too little.

O - This beer rules. I'm glad I got to try this. I will look for this one every year when it comes out. It's a quick drinker though as the spectactular flavor kept inviting me to take another sip.

EDIT Nov. 2014

I've had these within a couple weeks of bottling the last two years and they are not nearly as juicy, hoppy, fruity as 2012. too bad. (888 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow/orange/amber with a nice head

Smell: Sweet grapefruit, sweet wet hops, pine. Lots of citrus elements.

Taste: Sweet, juicy hops. Not quite enough though. No noticeable/overboard bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Good, but a bit thin. Carbonation seems a bit off.

Drinkability: Good, could burn through several of these... if there wasn't any two hearted to be had. (380 characters)

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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