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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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2,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 2882
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: granger10 on 10-24-2004)
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Photo of Overlord


3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly yellowish gold with a hint of orange. No real head to it, just some light wisps of white foam and edging on the glass.

Smells of fresh cut grass, some seriously bitter, bitter grapefruit and tangerine husks, and ... hmm... no sweetness, really.

Taste is really, really bitter. Yipes. An almost soapy, earthy grapefruit rind concoction with a bunch of palate wrecking hop bitter. Could use more balance, either fruit, or malt sweetness, or something other than this citrus rind bitterness.

Don't get me wrong, not a bad beer, but too one-note. Also, too flat.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 02:32:26 | More by Overlord
Photo of RuckusDu


3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - About a two finger head, almost white. Slight yellow tinge to the head. Body is clear and yellow/orange straw in color. Some lacing.

S - Has a typical but very nice IPA scent to it. Sweet hops that makes for a good beer.

T - Moderately harsh hops. Very simple but good. Has a little lime rind flavor as well.

M - Really what you would expect out of this beer. Stong carbonation with moderate body.

O - A good beer, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 19:43:07 | More by RuckusDu
Photo of CortexBomb


3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

aka: Founders version of the wet hop beer.

Pour was angry, cloudy orange. Nice head on top, slow fader at that. Smell was mainly hoppy citrus notes hard to pull much more out of it.

Flavour, well, the alure of this is the fresh hops, and they were definitely on display. This isn't AIPA style hoppy, but it definitely had plenty of citrus flavours present throughout along with a touch of spice. There were some subdued malt aspects to the flavour, and as I said, this wasn't a complete hop bomb, but that was certainly the focus of the flavour, good stuff, but not overly remarkable for a wet hop beer.

Mouthfeel, about what one would expect, decent tingles from the hops, but not a lot more than that. Drinkability, well, I'll never accuse a beer like this of being hard to drink.

Overall: A decent seasonal special by Founders, but not one of my favourites.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2006 16:10:47 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of xgrigorix


3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Pale straw gold in colour. Topped by one finger of dense white foam. Thin lines of carbonation.

A big aroma of pine & grapefruit. Almost certainly centennial hops.

A slight biscuit flavour, muted fruitiness, and plenty of American hop notes round it off at the end. Medium bodied, somewhat slick (from the fresh hop oils?) and moderately carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 02:58:49 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of BlindPig


3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours with a huge off white head on a cloudy darker golden body.
S- Huge pine and fruit hops, grass in there too. Sweet caramel malts, but hops don't smell to much like wet hops.
T- Fruity with light pine. Fruits come through surprisingly strong with a little grass behind them. Has a big sweet caramel body. Little spice and black pepper from the hops. Still not getting to much of a wet hop taste. Pineapple and pear almost.
M- Full body with medium carbonation.
D- Not a huge fan of the type of hop they used to get all the fruits out of it. Still a good beer but seems like they could make something close to this year-round.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 19:38:17 | More by BlindPig
Photo of CRJMellor


3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a massive 3-inch fluffy, pot-marked head that settles fairly quickly.
Aroma has lots of straw, hay and green hop notes with a bit of pine in the background.
Flavor of grassy meadow is what I can come up with, just short of sweet, malty notes, little bit musty almost in a way until it is crushed by a relentless gritty bittering.
Mouthfeel is incredibly bitter. This one has lip puckering, metallic notes to it. Really ramps up the bitterness, almost too extreme, doesn't let any malt or citrus notes shine through at all.
Drinkability is somehwat compromised by the never ending resiny bitterness, has almost a tinny aftertaste in it for me.
Wanted to really enjoy just couldn't get into this one, wondering if I drink too late.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 04:32:55 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of in780


3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Generous extra from my brother-in-law...thanks! 12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Here we go:

A - bright gold with a two-fingered white head, with nice lacing.

S - none-too-subtle hops, brief alcohol aroma

T - Just like the smell, hops with alcohol (more heat than I would have expected from the 6.5% abv). More piney than citrus.

M - Rich and smooth, the highlight for me of this beer.

D - Hops are a little too overwhelming, needs more balance for me to want to drink another one.

If you like hops, this is perfect for you.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 22:26:42 | More by in780
Photo of WanderingFool


3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founders Hop Harvest pours a clear, golden yellow with a small frothy white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is more subdued than I thought it would be. Notes of orange citrus, light fruit and some bready malt are all detected.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is slick on the palate with mild carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between biscuit malt and citrus hops. Some orange citrus and lemon rind are followed by a touch of light fruit and sweet bready malt. It finishes slightly grassy and mildly bitter. Once gone the grassy bitterness lingers on the palate.

This is a very easy to drink beer, but not as hoppy as I hoped it would be.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 23:25:53 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of emerge077


3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden orange tone, some suspended sediment. Initial three fingers of compact foam, good lacing and a collar of foam stays over time. Aroma is a bit on the cereal grain side, barley malt with some herbal hops, mildly sweet and floral. Not as citrusy as would be expected from a wet hopped pale ale.

Sessionable is my first thought, wish I had picked up a six of this. Comparable to Alpha King, just not as aromatic or juicy. Certainly hoppy, but mild on the bitterness scale, more floral than anything. Very smooth feeling and ultimately session-worthy.

2010: Lacks the fresh hop punch that distinguishes harvest ales. Not one i'd scramble to find, but would drink it if available.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 03:21:03 | More by emerge077
Photo of beermanbrian


3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with lots of floaters. Minimal head and no lacing. Smell is fresh hops, very floral and citrusy and even fills in with some piney notes for good measure. Taste is typical pale ale malty and biscuit flavors with a little more hops than normal. Taste is a little bit of a let down after the strong smell. Mouthfeel is a little oily. A nice beer from a quality brewer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 01:44:11 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of tmoneyba


3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy yellow color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly diminished with fair lacing. Solid balanced tart citrus hoppy and yeasty aroma. Light to medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium smooth sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 02:55:04 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of OlRasputin989


3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass...Bottled 3/28/10

A: pours a slightly hazy straw gold color with a 1 finger head of tight white foam with some big bubbles in there as well. head has excellent retention and leaves a thin layer of foam on the way down.

S: a blend of tropical fruit scented hops, citrus hops, lemon meringue pie,and some dusty grassiness

T: resinous and sweet up front, with a honey and cracker flavored malt base followed by the vicious hop assault that is very bitter grass flavors with some pine sap and lemon peel. not as fruity as the aroma

M: very dusty and resinous with a smooth and rounded out medium-full body. finishes slick and very dry

Overall, A well done wet hopped APA though not my favorite. Maybe some of the more delicate hop freshness was lost to the age of this one. I would definitely buy this again if it were within a month or two of bottling.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:51:38 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of tombrew


3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As a big fan of this brewery's beers, I didn't even know this one existed until I was perusing the Friar Tucks beer store. I picked up a 4 pak, that was extremely over priced. I poured into my Sam Adams special glass. First thought was, my it is a bit on the cloudy, chewy side. I either attribute this to being bottle conditioned or due to the hop fragments from "wet hopping". Great APA aroma, the usual citrus notes. I noticed that there was hardly any head to it, so I was anticipating a thin mouth feel. First sip was good and reminiscent of most APA's, nothing outstanding, but still very drinkable. Nice bitterness backed up by a decent malt bill, almost biscuity. Very light in color so if there is any crystal malt, its definitely on the low end of the Lovibond scale. A very drinkable beer but I think I prefer their Centennial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 23:23:16 | More by tombrew
Photo of Bighuge


3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden body. Lemon yellow highlights. A huge whipped head of white froth. Sticky lace is left in abundant qualities. Sweet, fragrant, flowery and citrusy aroma. Very nice and very reminiscent of Two Hearted Ale. Tasting this really takes me back. This is the closest experience I've had tasting a hoppy beer to the first time I sampled Two Hearted Ale in my basement bar 12 years ago with ZAP and Senior Shit. I'm just gonna take a guess that the hops for this bad boy are Centennial. It has that sourdough like malt and yeast contribution as the base. A little funky in that way.T he hops splash accents of orange marmalade, tangerine and grapefruit. The bitterness is not overboard, even though the bottle claims 70 IBUs. Carbonation is a bit overboard. Almost like some secondary reaction occurred that was not intended. But luckily it didn't impart any noticeable off flavors. This is pretty good. Solid. Nothing more though. And even though it reminds me of the first time I had Two Hearted, this is not Two Hearted.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 04:30:31 | More by Bighuge
Photo of krkearney


3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from Capone's (Norristown, PA). Pours clear golden, capped with a large, frothy white head. Crisp grapefruit hop aroma, with some grassy notes, and a minimal amount of malt in the background. Flavor begins with caramel malt for an instant, then grapefruity and earthy hops hit the palate. The hops are not overly aggressive, and stick around for a lengthy finish. Decent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 02:15:01 | More by krkearney
Photo of vw73182


3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out with about a two finger head that quickly disappears with nice lacing

smell is dominated by hop resin

Nice carbonation with a nice hop bite. I was expecting a little more feel and taste of resin then what was present

overall decent beer

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 03:45:03 | More by vw73182
Photo of IPAdams


3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a clear, pale gold with a two inch foamy head that lingers for a while and leaves nice lacing. Good visible carbonation.

Smell- As soon as you open the bottle, the hops become apparent. Strong but pleasant smell of pine, grapefruit and lemon zest. Also some fruitiness a bit of fresh cut grass.

Taste- A good balance of bitterness, grapefruit and again I get a bit of grass and mustiness. Pale malt flavors are present in the background.

Mouthfeel- body and carbonation are good for the style. Fairly dry on the finish.

Overall- Enjoyed everything except the taste. Not sure if it was a bad bottle but it had a good deal of mustiness that I didn't care for, everything else was good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:36:51 | More by IPAdams
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3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger tan head that has decent retention, and leaves some some spotty lacing. Body is a hazy gold.

Smell - grassy and floral hops fill the nose, faint hint of toasty malt biscuits.

Taste - floral, grassy, and piney hops wash over the tongue, with pine resin becoming stronger in the middle, but finishing with more grassy and floral hops, and there is no real presence of malt backbone on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, with much hop oil slickness, and somewhat semi-dry from the hops.

Drinkability - this is good ale, and is a nice showcase of fresh hops, although I'd like something a little more malt-centric eventually, and thus a change of taste after two or so.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 16:25:07 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders- Harvest Ale

A- Bright orange/ yellow, very cloudy and chunky, a big frothy white head, and heavy lacing.
S- Big strong fresh green hops, just picked.
T- Oily almost unripe flavored hops. Pine and spruce flavored.
M- Oily and green leafy. Slighty herbal with a malty finish.

Overall- Let this 1 warm up a bit. The flavor really popped near the end of the glass. Definitely recommended for a hop lover like myself.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 21:28:20 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice simple label, bottled 9/22/11...Big thanks to John S. for hooking me up with this!

Appearance: Poured into my Black Sheep imperial pint glass, this pours an attractive straw gold with tons of almost too small to see sediment in suspension...capped by an attractive, relatively creamy ivory head that shows good retention.

Smell: One of the juiciest, most vibrant hop noses I've encountered before. A mixture of juicy grapefruit and something earthier/grassier. Nothing really in the way of pine; intense, though not quite aggressive.

Taste: Lots of juicy citrus bitterness up front with light hints of a sugary pale and lightly-toasty malt background. Again no pine flavors, this is mostly herbally and citrus-like. The bitterness (70IBUs) comes through loud and clear. With the extremely clean flavors and lighter-than-typical body, it's quite refreshing and falls just short of aggressive.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected, but it really works here

Conclusion: Clean, seriously hoppy, tasty IPA from Founders. Is it worth 10-plus for a 4pk? Meh.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 02:39:41 | More by BedetheVenerable
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3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal and spicy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid fresh hop quality in both the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 15:38:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of david131


3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautifully cloudy, slightly orange- but mostly straw color. The head retention is pretty good, but it is thin and there is some good lacing. Exactly how I would picture a fresh hop beer.

S- Very fruity and flowery with a hint of pine. Just a bit of funk at the tail end. Upon second inspection, orange rind is very prevalent.

T- Not a whole lot going on here for 7% (so it says on the bottle). It is hoppy, but it not overwhelming. A very appealing hop flavor.

M- Creamy for sure, but still a tad thin.

D- This is a pretty good fresh hop beer. I actually enjoy how simple this is.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 04:36:15 | More by david131
Photo of BMoney575


3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-14-07

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with thousands of little yeasty floaters. Gross.

Smell is all fresh hops, very sweet and very grassy.

Taste is surprisingly malty, with a good hop kick near the end. Quite fruity, with lots of sticky hop resins and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is superb, huge thickness and creaminess adds to the hops.

Drinkability is good, very well balanced malt and hops.

Overall, a very good APA, at a very good double IPA price.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 23:47:19 | More by BMoney575
Photo of Zorro


3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through limesmut and Good/Bad/Ugly BIF.

Clear golden colored ale with a large white head, lighter than I would have expected.

Smell is sweet and malty with a good strong hop scent. Slightly spicy and herbal to the nose.

Taste starts out malty and a little sweet with a decent herbal and spicy hop flavor. Mildly bitter but not too much this is mostly a fresh hop beer and not a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not bad but not world class either. Nice fresh hop beer but not any better than the Sierra Nevada version.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 22:12:02 | More by Zorro
Photo of cameraman


3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is poured a bright orange to yellow color with hints of amber along the sides of the glass. A quarter inch white colored head, thinning out to a light layer on top. A grassy and pine fragrance strikes the nose, with the feint scent of citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemon. A strong malt flavor, with a hearty bread flavor then halfway across the palate, a hop bitterness brining the flavors of grapefruit, grass, and pine dominate the taste. A slightly thin feel at the front, then gradually gains weight to become more of a medium bodied feel. This beer is drinkable, for a hophead, a strong bright color, an intense aroma, with palate abusing hop flavors. The textures inconsistency does bring the beer down.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 05:13:50 | More by cameraman
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