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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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3,048 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,048
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 314
Gots: 149 | FT: 4
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 HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Date is rubbed off, but I know it is from this year since it is yellow ink.

A - Pours a golden-yellow with a one finger cream-colored head. Good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Pine, citrus - lemons.

T - Light pine with some nice light citrus and some sharp lemons.

D - Slight bitterness, good carbonation and a lighter body.

O - Refreshing, nice sharp lemon, but not overly harsh.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with a decent white head that dissipates rather quickly. I can smell the citrus and pine as soon as I pop the top off of this one. Resinous, dank, grapefruit, and apricot aromas atop a sweet sugary base waft into my olfactory system. The flavor is a hint of bready and caramel malt up front before the palette is filled with hoppy goodness. Pine and resinous topped citrus and tropical fruit flavors tip the flavor balance well onto the hop side. Light to moderate hop bitterness. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. I felt this was a touch on the sweet side, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless.

johnnnniee, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bountiful bright gold with a thick, fluffy head into my glass. The presentation is spot-on. It's an IPA!

Wet, piney hops put on a show for the ol'factory glands. All about the hops here. A dash of citrus, especially grapefruit, is also present.

The flavor reflects the aroma here. Very crisp. A good mix of citrus/pine. Even though this isn't super fresh, the wet-hopping adds more character to what would otherwise be a standard IPA.

Mouthfeel has plenty of citrus and pine notes for those who seek them. A bit of biscuity malt peeks through.

This style is often hit-or-miss but in this case, it's a hit!

Brad007, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearly one of the better examples of the fresh hop style. That being said, for me, this beer suffers from the same overly aggressive and super resinous quality that many have; the hops and accompanying oils are so fresh and assertive that they almost outshine the actual flavors and bury them a bit in bitterness.

The look is a lightly hazed dark gold; sizeable white head with strong retention and lace, all around excellent appearance. Awesome aroma as expected; tons of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, orange and lemon. Mild malt detected beneath, but you have to dig in to get at it. This is all about the hops.

The flavor as mentioned above is quite nice but somewhat usurped by the potent resiny quality of the hops, and that’s coming from a certifiable hophead. I taste less of the fruity citrus flavors observed in the aroma, and while there are nice notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange, the tongue is lashed somewhat, obscuring them, and keeping the gentle caramel malt backbone well-hidden. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is long and fairly bitter.

Medium body and carbonation, right on the money for an IPA. The best of the fresh hop beers of the year, I think, but maybe I’m not as crazy about this sub-style anymore as many others seem to be these days.

tobelerone, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Crystal clear golden body without much of a head. Some lace and a ring around the beer, but not a lot. Nice color.

Smell - Pine first, then malt, then citrus as the other flavors fade away. Interesting mix. Not overwhelming, but nice.

Taste - Similar complexity to the taste. Nothing overwhelming, but a nice transition from pine to citrus before a sweet malt in the middle. A good dose of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very easy drinking. I had to resist putting this whole thing away before I got to the computer to review it.

Overall - Really nice on all fronts, if not stand-out on any. I agree that it's one of the best fresh hop IPAs out there.

Alieniloquium, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 4-pack of this from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor before the holidays and have enjoyed one each week since. Now that I'm finishing the last one I'll review it.

This beer is exceptionally good by all measures I employ. First off, it appears to be an unfiltered pale straw colored beer with a thin but lasting lacy foam. The aroma is dominated by hops (sweet and a little pine resiny) with a noticeable malty backbone. The flavor is sweet and citrusy, balnaced by pale malts, with a satisfying bite of bitterness in the after-taste. Easily this is my favorite fresh hop ale I've tried.

A very solid offering from Founders, one of my favorite American breweries.

TurdFurgison, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of THECPJ
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

THECPJ, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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

dirtylou, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Rhettroactive, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -12%

drummermattie02, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, yet sunshiney yellow amber hue. Very hazey, but exploding with carbonation. Very thick foam of hea and sticky lacing. Just awesome. The aroma is exploding with a sunshines burst of fresh hops that hnt at pine and a flowerfield right nxt to a grapefruit grove. The taste starts of quickly with some rye like mals, but then swifty moves to the hops. Lots of citrusy ad grassy uv rays hitting the tongue. Complex biterness that slowly fades away. Very good APA, but better for indulgence than sessions.

scruffwhor, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of xnicknj
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the sidecar in philly - review from notes

Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a small tuft of white head resting on top. Layer of cloudy film rests on top with plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

Sweet, juicy hops in the nose. Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and tangerine. Light biscuit malts as well.

Dry bitterness up front, juicy explosive hop formula. Cocktail of fruit and citrus wraps around the tongue - grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and tangerine. Biscuit and light bread malt along with a soft touch of sweetness and a hint of honey. Finishes dry, bitter and fruity.

Medium body, somewhat high carbonation, sticky, dry and lingering on the tongue. A fantastic harvest ale that holds up to Founders' standards.

xnicknj, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -6.1%

chippo33, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Cynic-ale, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another bottle courtesy of the great trader russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a hazy bright light gold colour. The head of foam is small but there's decent lacing.

The smell...well..it's a wet hopped ale so can you guess? ;^) Big bold aromas of grapefruit and grass that grow stronger the more whiffs I take. An American Pale Ale, I think, that has few rivals when it comes to the hops in the smell. And...I'm just in the mood.

First sip and the hops are working wonders on my palate. Again, I'll have to reference my just in the mood remark. Here, I think, the grass and some pine dominate with the citrus grapefruit playing the 3rd "stooge", much like Shemp, but they are all playing their parts brilliantly. Oh and the malt? Whilst I didn't/couldn't detect any in the smell, there *is* a very light sweetness here showing and perhaps, prevents this beer from going over the edge in bitterness. I thank Founders for doing that.

It has a lightish body with medium carbonation and the hops give me a nice slickness on the tongue.

Drinkability? Get out of here! 6.5%abv and seriously, I could stay with this brew all.night.long! It is that satisfying to me. I put it in the upper echelon of American Pale Ales.

Bitterbill, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

jrallen34, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

BeerFMAndy, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -6.1%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

avalon07, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Axnjxn
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottle into a FW tulip. 10/2/13 bottling date

Pours a crisp golden color with a slight half inch white head. Light aroma...fruity and hoppy and malty too..."crisp" fits the smell as well as the pour honestly. The taste is very juicy and of course hoppy...the freshness is real apparent here. Slight sweet fruit flavor as well, very easy drinking. Lighter side of medium bodied with mild carbonation. Drinkability is extremely high and is this beers best asset.

Overall a damn good wet hop ale. Recommended to be drank asap!

Axnjxn, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barcade, founders tap night. Huge thank you to the patron who bought the round.

A - Nice opaque orange wheat. White head had nice retention and poor lace.

S - Outrageous nose. Bright white peach, touch of pine, and orange zest.

T - Awesome bright citrus and stone fruit profile. Orange, pear, peach. Honeydew melon. Touch of cilantro. White sugar. Bay leaf.

M - Great medium-full body. Smooth, with great drinkability.

O - Unbelievably fresh, which is exactly what you want in a wet hop IPA.

vfgccp, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, 6.5% ABV on label. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy light orange/yellow color with a huge (about 2 1/2 inch) frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops, I smell grapefruit, pineapple and a bit of peach. There's also some pine and grassy hops noticable too. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all citrusy, pine and grassy hops. Both the aroma and taste is good and hoppy, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick/oily with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and very enjoyable to drink. It wouldn't be hard at all to finish a 4 pack of this. Overall I think this is a good brew, I'd definitely pick this up again.

bluejacket74, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of DrDemento456
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Only had a couple of Harvest ales, this and the Estate ale From Serria Nevada.

A - The initial pour produced a nice light orange/amber color with very little head. My suspicion may be this was last years version which angers me since I overpaid for it.

S - Smells of very faint hops and malts with a bit of earthy goodness. Man it even smells old!

T - MMM clean and crisp! The taste of the hops is only slightly bitter next to the malts which seems earthy and strong. The yeast tone is low so even aged this beer drinks great. Balanced.

M - Very light but full of body.

D - As I always state for good brews I will have to seek out fresher but can't imagine the flavors would be much better. Even old it was a nice brew but not worth 4.25 for the single. 4 pack for 10 bucks sounds about right. Good beer.

DrDemento456, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from cask into a flared pilsner. Poured a golden yellow with a minimal pure white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus/bitter hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus (not a hoppy kind), and bitter hops. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was quite excellent. Very well-balanced in flavor and aroma. Very nice hop profile going on here. Found myself drinking this one QUITE quickly due to the flavor and easy of drinking it. A definite must try rather it be on-tap or on cask for sure!

thagr81us, Dec 13, 2010
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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