1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,874 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2874
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,874 | Reviews: 903 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of PaulyB83
PaulyB83

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

Bottling date has rubbed off, oops.

A- Nice deep gold, like a Munich gold. Medium-high white head that dissipates quicker than I thought it would.

S- Grapefruit, bitter medium pine. Very vibrant.

T- Cracker malt, a really smooth bright bitterness.

M- Pretty light for a 70 IBU beer, very easy drinking.

O- A superb example of fresh hops and very crisp and enjoyable to have on a sunny fall afternoon, just wish Michigan had more of those. A lot of hype behind this beer, think most of that is it's Founders and it's so seasonal and can be hard to find. Thought this was similar to Double Trouble but with more aromatic hops than bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:00:16 | More by PaulyB83
Photo of IPAdams
IPAdams

Illinois

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
Photo of emyers
emyers

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy pale gold with a fluffy 2 finger white head. Good head retention and leaves a very nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Vibrant hoppy aroma featuring grapefruit, tangerine, and pine. A hint of caramel malt sneaks in to round it out, but this is all about the hops, and the hops are spot on - fresh, juicy, and delicious.

Taste: Similar to the smell and bursting with citrus and piney hops. The malt comes through a little more with caramel and biscuit notes, which is just enough to balance the hops without getting in the way at all. Moderate bitterness on the finish and no alcohol is apparent.

Mouthfeel: Light, dry, and crisp on the palate with a moderate carbonation level. Leaves you craving another sip.

Overall: Flat out phenomenal IPA. I feel this gets overlooked sometimes amidst the heavy hitters in Founders' portfolio. Don't make that mistake.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:23:54 | More by emyers
Photo of timmy2b
timmy2b

New York

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass. Very small amount of head. It is a golden, hazy almost amber color. Has a nice citrus smell, but nothing over the top. The flavor is good. Some Orange, Citrus up front. It does have a bitter finish which lingers a little bit. This is not a heavy beer, its fairly medium for mouthfeel. Overall I feel this has a good balance of the citrus and bitterness,although I was not expecting the bitter to last as long after each sip, still a very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 21:16:59 | More by timmy2b
Photo of buschbeer
buschbeer

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - This beer is a hazy light amber with an inch of off-white head.

S - The smell has some citrus. I also get some grass like a freshly mowed lawn.

T - The taste is full of citrus with a bitter, piney, resin finish.

M - It is smooth and moderately carbonated. Medium feel.

O - As one would expect from Founders, this is a terrific beer. It is a little more bitter than I care for in an IPA. I like more citrus, but I will drink a lot of these while in season.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 19:52:41 | More by buschbeer
Photo of gr0g
gr0g

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes on 2013 version (7.6% ABV), one month from bottling, on which review scores are based:

Slight haze, more of an amber color. Head is about two fingers high and leaves a very nice crown of lace. Aroma is grassy and "grapefruity" overall, without much in the way of tropical citrus notes. Fresh and floral, but not all that vibrant. This is a significant regression from my experience with last year's version, and the aroma can be described as nothing more than "nice."

Flavor remains predominantly dry and hop-focused, though it does seem like the malt backbone is more robust. It treads in a neutral ground between puckering bitterness, malty sweetness, and fruity/estery. It's simultaneously well-balanced and a bit lacking in character. Mouthfeel remains excellent. I'm finding it hard to score this review -- Harvest Ale 2013 is still a very good IPA, but it's falling well short of my recollection of previous years. I recommend picking up a 4-pack, but don't pick up any more (as I did) without trying it first.

Notes on 2012 version (6.5% ABV) from 11/19/2012:
Slightly hazy, straw colored. Kind of an uninspiring head with only splotchy lacing. Fortunately, things only get better. Wonderfully fresh hop aromas of citrus and resiny pine. Swirl the glass, take a whiff, and grapefruit rind becomes more apparent. One of the most aromatic IPAs I've had. Sharp bitterness greets the tongue, leading to a pithiness and dryness on the finish. 70 IBUs sounds about right. The malt body is well in the background, light and cracker-like. Bitter citrus rind and some resin are at the forefront. Mouthfeel hits all the right notes with respect to carbonation and hop oils. Having tried this, my enthusiasm for Sierra Nevada Celebration is admittedly dulled a bit - Founders Harvest truly showcases the beauty of fresh, wet hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 18:24:43 | More by gr0g
Photo of 2Xmd
2Xmd

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 10/02/13.

Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head. Smells of pine and citrus. Mouthfeel of sticky chewy hops. Taste is of resinous piney hops with citrus flavors of tangerine and orange. Nice slightly bitter finish. Overall an awesome example of a freshly wet hopped ale. Will be anxiously awaiting this next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:27:45 | More by 2Xmd
Photo of jtierney89
jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear bright golden amber color with a white head. Super resinous nose, lots of pine and grapefruit, ctirus peel. A little earthy, touch of tobacco, a bit of soap.

Not as brightly flavored as I had hope but pungent hop flavor for sure. Medium bodied, light prickly carbonation, almost no malt presence whatsoever so you do really get to taste the hops. Lots of pine and bitter rinds flavor throughout, along with being super resinous. Bitterness is bold but oddly not overwhelming. Not balanced but one of the most pleasing and refreshing bitter flavors I've ever tasted. There is a touch of alcohol heat but that's probably because the malt presence barely exists. Overall a pretty nice beer. It's limited availability kind of sucks but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 14:37:41 | More by jtierney89
Photo of itsscience
itsscience

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 04:27:08 | More by itsscience
Photo of Duane_Opfer
Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled on 10/02. Consumed on 10/30.

A - Golden orange with moderate carbonation. Gentle pour yielded less than a finger of white head. Clear/no cloudiness or sediment. Light irregular lacing.

S - Very nice. Crisp, easily identifiable scent. Pink grapefruit with a hint of orange. Reminded me of a Double Trouble.

T - Pink grapefruit, orange, and mango with a mildly bitter grapefruit/onion finish. Barely discernible malt backbone, but quite appropriate for the style. Drawback is I get the dreaded onion taste in the finish, and it lingers on the tongue. I love the initial flavor, but not a fan of the finish.

M - Very nice. Carbonation perfect for this type of beer. Nice tingle on tongue and throughout mouth. Crisp and refreshing.

O - Great beer, except for the onion in the finish, which ruins it to a certain extent for me. I really appreciate the orange, mango, grapefruit mix though. Its worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 00:17:08 | More by Duane_Opfer
Photo of MCain04
MCain04

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, about 3-4 weeks fresh, poured into a Speigelau tulip.

Pours a clear copper body with a solid head of large and small white bubbles, great retention and lacing.

Aroma is of fresh dank hops, even a few weeks out. Piney and floral, not as much citrus or tropical fruit.

Taste follows the nose and tastes very fresh with clean, refreshing, floral pine hop notes. Medium bitterness, medium maltiness, very balanced, not overly sweet. Not overpowering in any one regard, extremely drinkable. ABV of 7.6% very well hidden.

Mouth is crisp, light, smooth, moderately carbonated, just nicely done.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. A nice change of pace from the extreme-hopped IPAs that dominated the summer. This goes down easy, tastes very fresh, and is very refreshing. Very glad to get a 4-pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 22:07:29 | More by MCain04
Photo of PHBoiler
PHBoiler

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp golden color that's fairly transparent with limited thin white head. The lack of head from an appropriate pour was slightly odd. The smell is piney with citrus rind. The taste is near perfect. Enough brightness and citrus on the front that blends into a piney bitterness with a clean, crisp finish. You can tell this beer is fresh and it shines. Really hit the spot, and it's a top notch ale. You do get a hint of the booze on the finish too.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 19:29:22 | More by PHBoiler
Photo of scotorum
scotorum

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a fourpack purchased 10/27 in Worcester for $12. Bottled on 10/3/13.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Clear gold with a tall rocky white head which receded to thick surface foam and patchy lacing. Slightly lighter color than the other harvests I have had this season.

s: Intense grapefruit and pine.

t: Moderate hops over a light malt base. Hops strong tasting but do not linger much on the tongue. Dry finish except for grassy/vegetal aftertaste from the wet hops.

m: Light to moderate. Very smooth under the hops bitterness.

o: The lightest looking and tasting of the five harvest ales I have had so far this season (the others were Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere Harvests, Southern Tier and Ipswich Harvests), but with perhaps the strongest hop presence. Easy drinking. Outstanding for the reasons cited.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 04:24:54 | More by scotorum
Photo of fmccormi
fmccormi

New York

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (Tired Hands stemware, if you’re curious—which you probably aren’t); bottling date of . . . I’m honestly not sure. I think October 2, 2013, but the yellow ink has rubbed off a bit (“BOTTLED 10 02 13”). I know what the Founders bottling info is supposed to look like but the ink isn’t so great sometimes.

Appearance (3.5): Just about two fingers of fat, kinda crackly foam that’s just off-white and dissipates at a moderate speed. It doesn’t stick around all that long, though, leaving just a thin film on the surface of the body, which is a nearly clear 24ct yellow gold color. Lacing is minimal: spotty suds here and there all around the glass, but they don’t stick.

Smell (4.25): Great hop aroma: some passionfruit and guava mixed with some dank herb, some resin, some tropical floral character (like hibiscus), and then straight back to that sweet, juicy passionfruit character. It all sits over a moderately rich, chewy, bready malt body with just a little caramel that blurs the line with that passionfruit/guava.

Taste (4.25): Some modest tropical fruit flavor blends with that malt character, which is like a drier, lighter version of what’s in the nose—kinda bready, sturdily toasted, rustic and grainy. The hop flavor quickly transitions into a pretty solid bitterness—strong grapefruit zest, herbal/floral tea bitterness, lots of resin, and in the finish a lingering combo of the citrus zest and herbal tea. This is just a damn fine IPA, with a focus on that solid bitterness. As it warms up, though, there’s definitely a more subtle layer of hop flavor that comes out, that delves deeper into the floral/herbal tea aspect, sweetened lightly by a passionfruit-like citrusy character.

Mouthfeel (4.0): It’s got a just-about-medium-weight body with a pretty tingly carbonation, which foams easily, dies down easily, and washes out for an oily, quite dry body. It drinks really easily, actually. There might be some booze hiding inside that dryness, but it’s not particularly evident.

Overall (4.25): Sorta-lacking appearance aside, everything else about this beer is quite a bit above average to excellent. It kind of reminds me of older-school American IPAs that don’t focus so heavily on juicy-sweet citrus on the palate and put more into the bitterness—which is well-crafted, moderately complex, and very satisfying. This is a damn good beer and a great use of wet hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 22:59:30 | More by fmccormi
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
offthelevel_bytheplumb

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Samuel Smith's pint glass. Pours a clear golden with a half a finger of soapy, white head that dissipates into a cap. Had strong aromas of grapefruit and lemon. There was pine, orange, and dish soap in the background. Taste is full of sweet tropical fruits, and it finishes with a soapy bitterness. The bitterness lingers for a while. Not a light beer, but I can't say it's even a medium bodied beer because it is so sessionable.

Overall: Probably the best wet hopped IPA I've had to date, a must try for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 22:31:46 | More by offthelevel_bytheplumb
Photo of Resuin
Resuin

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottling date is a little hard to read but is definitely in October, so this is likely just a couple weeks old.

Appearance: Pours a translucent gold/amber and leaves a finger of white head.

Smell: Dank hops, light pine, light malts, bread. A dash of citrus. Surprisingly mild aroma, but definitely pleasant. Wish I could get a bit more from this one.

Taste: Surprisingly (to me) matches the smell pretty well. Rather subdued but pleasant. Hops are out front but balanced well by malts. Mild pine, light citrus, mango. Finishes a bit hoppier with some pine and citrus.

Mouth-feel: Pretty well carbonated (medium to high) with a light to medium body. I like the body for this style of IPA.

Overall: Very well balanced and pleasant. The flavors are a bit more subdued than I was expecting, but it is well crafted with nothing negative in sight. For a bigger IPA, this is very refreshing and crisp. I could drink plenty of this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 21:57:29 | More by Resuin
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

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 SportsandJorts
SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a golden yellowish orange. good clarity and a off white head of about a finger that leaves a little lacing on the edges

Smell: quite malty. bready biscuity malts. some tropical, juicy hops.

Taste: opens up with some biscuity malts. that make way to a fruity subtle juicy hop. ends dry

Mouthfee: pretty light good masking on the alcohol and IBU's. dry and not overly bitter

Overall: a pretty good brew but not enough to separate into the category of limited specialty releases

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 23:47:13 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of Stevedore
Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a bottling date of 10/4/2013, poured into a Founders' snifter today, 10/27/2013.

Pours a very pretty clear copper body with a nicely effervescent, foamy head with OK retention. The head drops into a thick-ish collar with a small amount of foamy film concentrated in the middle. Very nice appearing pale ale, good lacing as the beer disappears.

Smells citrusy with traces of bready malts in the background. The nose is mostly grapefruit with a bit of orange zest mixed in with a bit of honeyed biscuits. It actually smells reasonably balanced. Not the most intense nose.

On the palate, this beer is very balanced. Starts out with a solid but not overwhelming grapefruit flavour which is balanced out by a nice biscuit and toffee sweetness, with a nice yet non-descript bitter finish. It's a very balanced, drinkable flavour profile.. but not particularly complex or fascinating.

Great mouthfeel- medium bodied and resinous, excellent carbonation, very drinkable and interesting. Leaves a nice refreshingly dry, bitter finish. I'm really finding this one to be very drinkable. Yet, the bitter finish is fairly non-descript- it's just fairly bitter. Which is fine.

Its a straightforward, well-crafted American IPA. None of this hoopla about wet hops or this or that, if you just consider it as an American IPA, this is a very well-balanced, drinkable and refreshing IPA. However- I'll have to be honest- as far as wet hop IPAs go, this is pretty tame.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 22:44:01 | More by Stevedore
Photo of Roguer
Roguer

Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a small head (consistently <1 finger), snow white with decent retention. Good lines of lacing down the glass. Brew is straw-golden, nearly transparent, bubbly, with a pulpy look.

Huge juicy hoppy aroma; lovely, lovely smell. Tropical fruit, light sweet citrus, and some resin: mango, mandarin orange, floral. Wonderful and strong aroma.

Taste is less sweet than the aroma, more of a dry hoppiness. Resin, slight biscuit malts, pine sap, pepper, and tropical fruit.

Medium/light feel with some hop oil cling and residue. Semi-dry, with minimal carbonation sting.

This is a solid IPA, very reminiscent of Jai Alai and Flower Power. The taste can't quite live up to the incredible aroma, but it's by no means poor. Buy it while it's fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 18:08:57 | More by Roguer
Photo of TreyIsWilson
TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a light orange with a one-finger foamy white head. Head disipates quickly leaving some nice lacing.

S - Lots of tropical fruits - mango, pineapple,orange. A floral hoppiness is also present.

T - Follows the smell. Starts very citrusy with a good amount of sweetness. The hopes really come through a produce a nice bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky and oily.

O - Very well balanced IPA. Another excellent seasonal from Founder's. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 01:32:44 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of hoody711
hoody711

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thought this was new but apparently not. Found on my search for Broo Doo.

A - from the bottle. Pours light orange/yellow into a tulip. The head is meager - 1 fingerbreadth, settles quickly. Not exactly clear but nothing floating around in there. Lacing is nice - not huge, but good.

S - some nice sweet fruitiness. Bready maltiness in there as well. Somewhat underwhelming, but my expectations were probably way too high.

T - fantastically balanced. Hop bombiness that doesn't scorch off your tongue but packs plenty of punch. It knows its place though, and lets the malt have a say as well. There's some resin in there too.

M - way too easy to drink. Silky smooth and carbonated just right. Crisp and refreshing for a heavier beer. A little chewy at the end if you decide not to swallow (not recommended).

O - it's good. Founders, being who they are, set my expectations way too high. A really solid beer, but I can't put it in the 95-96 range that it has on BA. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 18:18:48 | More by hoody711
Photo of Damian
Damian

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355ml) bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Bottled 10/03/13
Served in a pint glass

The liquid poured a completely clear, medium amber color and was topped by a frothy, two-plus finger tall, off-white crown. Sheets of sudsy lacing coated the glass and stuck around long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was amazingly hoppy. Fruity and pleasantly sweet. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Mango, pineapple and passion fruit came through strongest. Dank, weed-like notes were also quite noticeable. Some orange peel appeared as well.

The flavor profile was drastically different from the aroma. Like the nose, it too was super hoppy and bright. In this case, however, the hops were incredibly dry and bitter, and much more one-dimensional. Intense notes of grapefruit pith completely overwhelmed the palate. The finish was super piney and bitter. The oily, resinous hops were relentless and gave my tongue a real lashing.

The mouthfeel was quite thin for the style. This felt a lot more like a thinner-bodied pale ale than a typical IPA. The liquid was slightly creamy and contained a fine, mellow effervescence.

I often find that most breweries who produce a wet hopped beer feel the need to make it so hop-centric that the bitterness becomes more a focus than the actual hop flavor. Founders Harvest Ale is unfortunately no exception to this. If they could perhaps dial up the malts and create more balance and body in the beer, this could be fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 15:46:45 | More by Damian
Photo of utopiajane
utopiajane

New York

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a slight haze and plenty of bubbles coming to the top. A massive head of soft white foam that fell slowly to a layer on top and left scads of lacing. The nose is pretty and floral. Bright sweet fruit peel, orange and pineapple with a touch of malt sweetness. Taste is sweet, clean and crisp. Biscuit malt makes this tasty and full flavored. The hops are mighty and splendid. The body of the beer is silken and with a good balance this beer flows very smoothly. It has a touch of alcohol on the palate but it is not unpleasant . There is a bit of grapefruit and subtle pine with a firm bitter that is quite complimentary. Slick mouthfeel with a touch of oil. The resin doesn't kick out too strong and this leaves a bit sticky with a sweetness that almost seems forgotten after a big malt character that was surprisingly soft.

I loved this and thought it had just the right malt presence for a tremendous hop character that even showed off the herbal aspects of the hops as gently as possible alongside a terrific amount of fruit.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 14:33:20 | More by utopiajane
Photo of JamesMN
JamesMN

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/2/13.

Appearance: Golden honey with a bit of haze. Off-white cap of suds.

Aroma: Bread with bright citrus.

Taste: Starts with a rush of earthy bitterness that's not quite as harsh as the 70 IBUs would imply. I expected the hop character to be very juicy and citrusy but it's much more earthy with some pine. The malt undertone throughout each sip is toasty and balances well with the hops. The finish is a little weak/watery and the aftertaste is mostly gritty hop bitterness. I'd call this one a little lacking in flavor for 7.6% ABV even though there is some alcohol on the back end.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body and never feels thick or heavy. Average carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: So not the best wet-hop beer out there but worth a try fresh. Unfortunately the citrus in the aroma didn't manifest in the flavor. It's hard to knock a beer when it doesn't have any noticeable flaws but this one just didn't do it for me. At least it was reasonably priced. Would I drink it again? Maybe.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 05:29:45 | More by JamesMN
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,874 ratings.