Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

966 Reviews
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Reviews: 966
Hads: 3,878
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 3.81%
Wants: 375
Gots: 339 | 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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Reviews: 966 | Hads: 3,878
Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (526 characters)

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 John_M
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TDR today.

The beer pours an amber gold with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing some wet earth, light herbaceousness, and orange citrus. The beer is impressively hoppy and bitter on the palate, with a fairly dry and hop driven finish. The flavor profile in this beer is nicely balanced, with the hoppy bitterness dominating. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a long, flavor filled, bitter finish. Drinkability in this beer was quite good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

One of the better wet hop beers every year. Very easy to take and quite delicious. (621 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of a very generous trader - tpd975! ABV listed as 7%. To spite the fact that harvest season begins in late September and I open this in late May, I feel it's only appropriate for the (maybe presumptuous) celebration of the planting of our garden.

I was remarking at the vibrancy of a pale yellow colour when, in no time, a stream of thick, brown sediment would rush its way out of the bottom and into the safety of a still rising three fingers worth of head. That sediment shaded in the body with a glossy orange. The foam left clunky webs of lacing as I worked my way down.

The hop profile is not at all as expected and is, in all honesty, far too modest. Curiously, it doesn't feature the citrus or exotic fruit profile of the West coast wet-hopped ales and neither does it have the pine or resin one might anticipate from a pale ale finished with a ton of freshly picked hop flowers. It is, by no means, not a powerhouse hop bomb. What it does have working for it, however, are faint but pleasant notes of maple, lemon, and straw.

The alcohol didn't need much warming to sneak its way into the mouthfeel, which happens every few sips. The malts have a sweet toastiness to them. The hops carry a slight tang and leave a lasting bitterness on the palate - reminding you with every sip this is wet-hopped.

Wet-hopping is curiously most evident in the flavour. The taste carries a lot of tang with it and is almost spicy at times. Notes of grapefruit are lost behind the grassy, green-tea like taste. While it's entirely possible I am confused, I swear I'm tasting a Belgian strain of yeast that may be responsible (more so than the hops) for a lot of the (subtle) grassy and tangy flavours I taste.

While Founders Harvest Ale grew immensely on me near its end it is all considered an average offering - especially for this brewery! I was at first a little disappointed by the fact that this isn't a hop-gloating, palate-violating hop bomb. I soon asked myself 'Why?'. It's not hard to appreciate this offering as being a well balanced, soft-spoken pale ale. Indeed, while the hops weren't in-your-face huge, they still made for a distinctive character. This was pleasant. (2,201 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a pale hazy yellow body with a slight yellowish hue to the white bubbly head. The head soon fades to a ring with a splotchy film and is supported by a gentle carbonation of big bubbles.

S- This beer has a light smell of cinnamon bark in the earthy green hops nose. There is a slight different quality like hops water or hops tea that adds a nice subtle smell to the hops.

T- This beer has a soft pale malt note that is blended with a smooth green hop flavor. There are notes of pine needles and fresh pine in the hops and that leads to a nice resin flavor that lingers after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a soft heat at the finish.

D- This beer is a nice IPA. It is not a huge hop monster but it has nice flavor with a unique flavor to the hops. This is a nice session beer. (863 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask. General Sutter.

A: The harvest ale is a coppery orange hue, full enough to almost haze over entire. But not quite. Very little head, as expected from a cask ale.

S: The nose is a citrus wonderland, dry-hopped to the extreme. Citrusy grapefruit flavors overpower biscuity caramel aromas 90% of the time.

T: Citrus hops, thanks to the generous dry-hopping, really drive the flavor. A grapefruit taste, resiny and oily, sets in early. Peppery freshness follows the hops, a fullness that is best accentuated on cask. Biscuity caramel flavors follow the hops, a strong foundation for the ale. This kind of beer makes me love the fall.

M: Citrus flavors overpower the biscuity malts, even in this subtle cask version. It's worth checking out in this 'au natural' format.

D: Pleasnatly quaffable, an APA that comes across well in the bottle but is much stronger in the cask. (878 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy pale copper hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was very good lacing and retention.

The smell featured a juicy citrus hop, with some grassy notes.

The taste consisted of an upfront citrusy hop with some pine and grassy notes. There was a light biscuity malt presence as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the creamier side of the style.

Overall a very tasty APA. (396 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 Axnjxn
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
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! (525 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery, 12oz into a tulip. Bottled on date is smudged.

Filtered lighter orange, white head of a finger or two. Good lace and a decent bit of retention. Nose has some sweet malt with some piney/herbal hops right up front. Some citrus and grass. Taste has a sweet sugary, biscuity malt before more bitter citrus, pine and grassy bitterness. Juicy and good fruit notes. Lighter medium feel which is nice for the ABV, medium carbonation. Bitterness is moderate. A tasty, and relatively light harvest ale - very nice. (530 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 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 aasher
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I just opened the last bottle I had from 2009.

It poured a smooth straw yellow. There was almost no head and the head that remained laced the rim of the glass. It was very translucent and not very cloudy. It smelled like an IPA more than a PA. Very hoppy and floral aromas were present from the get go. The mouthfeel was lackluster, probably because this bottle had plenty of time to sit. It was very drinkable and tasty. It drinks very well and smoothly. I'd recommend it. (474 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,286 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured a golden yellow in color with slight orange highlights, a good thin chunky head that left good bead like lacing on the glass. It had a nice earthy leafy aroma upfront on the nose, hints of citrus, underlying grain notes and mild hop character. The hops came through more on the palate alongside some citrus notes, slight bitter flavor, bready grains and a touch of earthiness. The brew was light in body with a fair amount of carbonation and a clean crisp finish. (470 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this bottle.

Pours a cloudy yellowish amber, pineapple juice colour, thick white head forms, great retention and drops a ton of lace chunks on the glass, very solid layer sticks around. Smell is great, very fresh and hoppy, a ton of pine and grapefruit, floral, pineapple, grainy, caramel, apricots, orange peel, very resiny and fresh. Taste is similar, pineapple and caramel, alcohol, pine, thick sugary malts, wheat, some floral, grapefruit finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very fresh tasting, very hoppy nose, resiny, pretty damn nice. Good thing I have one at home! Thanks Russ! (677 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,215 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very light yellow appearance, great carbonation, doesn't lend itself to a lot of lacing. Great aroma, tons of what I would guess are Amarillos, maybe even some nelsons (not really) its so funky. Amarillo and simcoe.

Amazing hop mouthfeel, a great balance and depth to the bitterness, really allows the hops to standout. I drank this Christmas week, so I'm guessing this beer is a minimum of 2 months old, more likely, about 3. Sturdy, doesn't get bogged down with a little bit of age on it, very nice. Big on the citrusness, might not be any caramel malt to this, very light body but still excellent pairing of hops to a restrained bitterness.

For having 70 ibus, this is so smooth. A must try for any self professed hop head.

EDIT: Have had fresher bottles, this is amazing stuff, easily the most underrated beer in the Founder's portfolio. (847 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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! (618 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (743 characters)

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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