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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 Tuey13


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber color with a thick white head.
The aroma is so wonderful... mango, pineapple, and orange with a bready sweetness from the malts... a note of grassiness as well.. of course that amazing piney hop aroma just cleanses the senses. Wow, such a delicate aroma that lets me know that this will be a treat!
The taste is perfection... a bit of sweetness gives way to a strong but not overpowering hop flavor... citrus and tropical fruits... yet the dry finish is complimented by how well this is balanced.
One of the most drinkable IPA's of this caliber i have ever had. Never overpowering the taste or aromas too much... very clean and refreshing. I need more loll!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 00:48:42 | More by Tuey13
Photo of malloyca

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a thin white head. Aromas of grapefruit and pine, then vibrant orange and grapefruit citrus-hop flavors. A medium bodied beer with pleasant carbonation. The ABV is a reasonable 6.5% and it is a drinkable beer, but one or two would be my limit given the strong flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 23:17:20 | More by malloyca
Photo of Jammies


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a pale orangish yellow with a very thin layer of foam that settles and then lingers in the center of the glass

S-extremely citrusy with minimal hints of a grassy odor

T-very hoppy and bitter. The tongue goes a little dry as the beer rolls down the throat.

M-watery. the bitterness is a bit overwhelming and actually puckers my mouth.

O-I would recommend a glass of water to accompany this one because of the bitter hops. Pretty good beer, I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 19:21:43 | More by Jammies
Photo of ChiPool


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

Bottle dated 10/4/12; Consumed & reviewed on 10/24/12.

S: Juicy, citrus hop aroma. Doesn't knock me out, but is present.

A: Lighter than I expected. Transparent, strawberry blonde color with not a ton of
head. The head that is here dissapates quickly.

T: Well above average; Juicy hop presence with lingering bitterness. The 70 IBUs are
well represented. A slight grainy malt presence detected as the last sip lingers.

M: Pretty thin; moderate amount of carbonation.

O: Pretty solid: glad that I tried it. Like drinking Double Trouble Light...Single Trouble?
Closest comparison: Revolution Anti Hero IPA, or really fresh Gumballhead.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 23:25:33 | More by ChiPool
Photo of JohnL9013

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, a really well-constructed beer from Founder's.

A: Pours the typical pale cloudy IPA orange, a little less glow and a little more straw colored. Weak head that dissipates quickly, but good lacing.

S: Wow, a huge hop nose with a strong citrus character. It's very different from a dry-hopped ale's smell.

T: Definitely a huge hop flavor with a distinct grapefruit and citrus flavor. What a huge difference between this and a dry-hopped beer. This is like the Fresca of beers... except strong and delicious and IPA-ey.

M: Too carbonated. Doesn't settle well in the mouth.

D: Relatively drinkable... kind of sessionable, I'd imagine.

This beer's definitely worth trying. The problems that it has with mouthfeel are easily compensated for by its excellent flavor and smell.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 06:23:47 | More by JohnL9013
Photo of surlytheduff


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

Poured clear crisp golden/orange, with a short white head and plenty of bubbles racing upwards.

Really focused grapefruit citrus scent. Very fresh smelling.

The grapefruit carried over into the taste. Nice hop presence, but certainly not too pronounced.

Felt crisp and nicely carbonated. Medium bodied, and went down very smoothly. Could definitely see a four pack of these go down probably too quickly in a single sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:40:32 | More by surlytheduff
Photo of zookerman182


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden yellow, clear with a 1 finger head.
Aroma is grassy, citrus, wet hay, lemon, bready.
Flavor is all the same as aroma, massive lemon, grass, pine, perfectly bitter.
Mouthfeel is great, flavor doesn't linger.
Well balanced clean ale with all r qualities I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 02:39:31 | More by zookerman182
Photo of jhawth


3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orange with a finger head that quickly dissipates to a foamy cap. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, slightly fresh-cut-grassy hop aroma.

Taste: Juicy and fruity hop notes up front with mild accompanying bitterness, then subtle toasted malt notes. Really well balanced, nicely put together.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied, very smooth.

Overall: Very easy to drink, very nicely put together IPA. Tastes very fresh, for lack of a better description.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 02:36:36 | More by jhawth
Photo of mrkrispy


3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 02:54:12 | More by mrkrispy
Photo of unionturf

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glad to see this again this year, had it for the first time last year and loved it.

Pours a hazy golden color with little head and slight lacing. Smell is amazing for a hop lover like me, very floral and grapefruity on the nose. Taste is very hoppy and yet balanced with some malt sweetness...to me the nose and taste match.

This is the best APA I have ever had, simply love it. Drinkability is at the top for me, I could drink this all the time if I could afford and find it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 06:43:25 | More by unionturf
Photo of mindspin315

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow body with hop haze and medium amount of carbonation bubbles floating up the glass. Thick dense white head and alcohol lacing all over the place.

Lots of citrus, pine, dank hops, and tropical fruits. Notes of grapefruit, mango, and a huge amount of pinnapple are strong fruity aromas here. Sweet maltiness and a touch of hop spice blend together nicely. Aromas are very fresh, crisp, and clean.

Tropical fruit flavors start out as a bit of pine sweeps in. The carbonation and sweet malt flavor keeps the beer from ever becoming very bitter. The mango and pinnapple are two of the strongest tropical fruit flavors and they stick on the palate. A touch of bitterness hits the tounge towards the finish and the palate is left with some spice and dryness while some tropical fruits remain.

This is one beer that is quite drinkable. You won't even realize how quick you've polished it off even when savoring each sip. A great example of a fresh wet hopped ale.


Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 19:22:13 | More by mindspin315
Photo of livewire78


2.7/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a boring yellow. This doesn't look like anything special or out of the ordinary. Average at BEST.

Smells again, average. Citrus and pine. Neither seems interesting though. Nothing going on in the Wow department here.

Ok now I'm just plain bored. The citrus and pine are there, sure, but they just kind of sit there. They don't have any depth to the flavors. The bitterness is way overdone for my taste and it seems to be bitter for the sake of being bitter and no other reason.

Feels good especially for a pale. Resinous and nicely carbonated.

If the carbonation level is my favorite thing about a beer then I'm not gonna get it again. I don't get how it's rated so high. I was really looking forward to this but I guess I'll have to say it,"The emperor has no clothes."

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 20:04:17 | More by livewire78
Photo of StarshipPoopers

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent light golden appearance. Sticky lacing with good retention. Produces a couple finger's worth of head that quickly subside to a frothy ring and light film.

S - All hops in the smell. Hop aromas are dominated by pine and resin. Very simple and fresh aroma.

T - The palate is also dominated by the wet hop profile. The pine is counteracted by a faint hint of subtly sweet malt which works great. Lots of resin and floral notes in the finish, surprising how the bitter pine fades so nicely into the floral finish. Very simple yet tasty palate.

M - Great mouthfeel. Medium carbonation makes for a very smooth and easy drinking beer that still holds its weight. The body falls somewhere in between light and medium bodied.

O - Another solid performer from Founders. Picked up a 4-pack of this and will definitely look for another when I'm back in the US next. Too bad you can't store it, I'd love to hoard a bunch of this for summer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 04:53:48 | More by StarshipPoopers
Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date on bottle is smudged

A - Poured out a one finger white head with a clear slight hop hazed bright golden brew.

S - Fresh grapefruit hops, lemon rind, earthiness, bready caramel malts with a sweet smell.

T - Like the nose its grapefruit, orange peel, lemon rind, slight mint, earthiness, not much of a malt balance mostly hops leading this one with some bready caramel notes in the background which go throughout. No trace of alcohol. Can you say freshly hoped up. Leaves a wonderful bitter aftertaste like no other ale. Gets more pleasant tasting as the hops build.

M - This one is soft medium to light bodied and really goes down easy. Carbonation light and keeps this one slightly crisp. Pretty dry in the mouth and makes you want more even though you just had a drink. Not a thirst quencher.

O - I do not believe this is the freshest bottle but it still is a great hoped up harvest ale. Slides down almost to easy and I want more. Oh my these could get dangerous. Its worth a try if you like harvest ales, and you will not be disappointed with the hops profile because the flavor stands out the most, Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 23:01:09 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
Photo of itsscience


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 nandemo1


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

Poured a light gold with a finger and a half of giant white head. Leaves a lot of lacing and there is plenty of ongoing carbonation.

Smell is all hops - lightly citrus with a lot of pine. Taste is also in your face hoppy, similar to the smell, and lots of bitterness. Maltiness balances it out. Tastes very fresh.

Mouthfeel feels light at first, but the sweet stickiness definitely hangs around awhile.

Overall, an excellent single IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 02:47:08 | More by nandemo1
Photo of beerbully

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter

A-golden white slight white head not much lacing little head retention

S-Citrus hop bomb, lemon, mango, grapefruit, orange, grassy, piney

T- bitter hops, follows the nose, lemon and grapefruit standout. very tasty

M-Crisp, a bit of a dry finish, lingering grapefruit / pine

O-tasty fresh hop bomb that is a good drinker

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 19:38:25 | More by beerbully
Photo of Kranders


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer and from then on all I could smell was hops. It was a glorious experience. Very bitter and strong hop flavor that dominated the whole beer, but still kept the subtle nuances that you'd hope for. One of the best beers I've had in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 01:00:31 | More by Kranders
Photo of BeaBeerWife


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(8 mo. AGED)
I was lucky enough to have this beer on draught Fall '07 at Founders, wish I took notes then. Found an old 4 pack in bottles the other day and had to buy them. So I am testing an aged harvest (almost an oxymoron?)

Cloudy, bright yellow with a tint of orange, yeast is suspended very nicely. Poured a nice head, smell is of a sweet dry hopped aroma (but still they are wet hops). I assume Cascade or Centennial? The sweet smell of toastmastered malts.

I certainly pick up the grassy 'green' tones of the beer, almost but not too green, even 8 months later... those harvested hops preserved well.

Quite a balanced pale for what i was expecting from Founders, I diggg!

I would like to compare against Sierra Nevada's.

In all, aged excellently

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 00:37:32 | More by BeaBeerWife
Photo of Roeters


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few pints of the 2008 Harvest from the cask listed first then '08 Harvest from the tap.

Cask: was poured directly from the keg, was not pulled through the hand pump.
A: Hazy golden with a orange hue, very little to no head.

S: strong hop aroma

T: beer is built around the hop letting it shine through. Lots of hop not overly bitter, just lots of flavor,

M: very mild body, very smooth

D: I couldn't stop drinking it

A: Hazy golden with an inch of head good lacing

S: mild hop aroma

T: not as much hop flavor as the cask but still well developed and earthy

M: mild body, smooth with goo carbonation

D: couldn't stop

Serving type: cask

10-12-2008 18:50:03 | More by Roeters
Photo of MacDomer


3.8/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 04:21:48 | More by MacDomer
Photo of dougfur

New York

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

Pours a nice straw color, pretty clear and a very modest head. The smell is classic citrus hops, not too strong, but noticeable and nice. The taste follows suit. It tastes exactly how a good, solid American IPA should taste. It won't knock any socks off, but it's very good and you'd enjoy this any time. Reminds me of Sculpin.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 01:51:36 | More by dougfur
Photo of Jazzcrop


4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes are wet hops, caramel, papaya, malt backbone, popcorn, salt, peppercorn, citrus, citrus peels, blended unripe fruit, rock sugar, earth, cane sugar, dryness, tea, edginess, flower pedals, coconut, and bananas and curds and cumin and spices and light fruit skins.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 23:53:16 | More by Jazzcrop
Photo of awalk1227


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed 10/11/10 A disclaimer: I'm partial to hops and fresh ones at that, so there's no doubt my review on all Harvest/Wet/Fresh hop beers will be biased based on my own likings.

A: Poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Yellow straw, brilliant and clear. Finger of white head that sticks to all sides of my glass. Mmm, fresh hops.

S: Peach, mango, apricots, and sugar coated grapefruit. Really, the smell reminds me of eating a grapefruit halve sprinkled with a heavy coating of table sugar. Can't wait to stick my serrated-tipped spoon into this one. (I apologize for the innuendo)

T: Huge hops and grapefruit. Oranges. No alcoholic bite on the finish.

F: For such a small malt presence, there has to be one here, because the mouth feel is creamy enough in the beginning. I really enjoy PAs/IPAs that feel this way. Creamy up front, just the right bitterness on the finish. A full experience for the mouth.

D: This is the fruitiest PA I've had yet, no doubt to the recently-harvested hops. I wish it wasn't sold in a 4 pack, considering I'll be trading half of it away. I could have easily had two more without destroying my palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 16:28:49 | More by awalk1227
Photo of jorg2619


4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jorg2619 for getting me this beer

I poured this wet hop ale into a Troegs pint glass.

This is a clean pale beer with a thin lacy head that lingers nicely. This Harvest ale is as Aromatic as I expected. I did pick up lots of onion and some grapefruit hints. My first taste was awesome bitter that opened up on my tongue an assault of onion and grapefruit flavors of varying intensity. I like the soft dry finish, and I just had the necessary hop burp for this to be a good hoppy beer. This beer is smooth and very drinkable which is good for I have a liter growler of it to finish.

Serving type: growler

10-29-2010 20:58:53 | More by jorg2619
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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