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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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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 sgoro
5/5  rDev +17.4%

sgoro, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

mvanaskie13, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of tdmccarthy
5/5  rDev +17.4%

tdmccarthy, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of tastybeer
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes, now that's a nice looking pour. Very nice golden tangerine color holds a...sassy glow while many tiny little bubbles speed their way from the bottom of my glass up to the big off white fluffy head. Head is giant initially before it turns to a more reasonable half inch layer, leaving lacy lumps behind. Mmmm. Aroma is straight up hopfully delightful. Dank grapefruit, candy orange, pine, and sweet toasty bread. Its generally pungent all around. Taste is great. Not really complex or subtle, rather a welcome pile of yummy hops to the face. I could happily drink these all night for multiple nights in a row. If it wasn't $4 a bottle perhaps I would. Anyways...texture is decent, body is just right at a happy medium, and there's a nice little carbonation and bitterness related tingle left on the tongue after each sip. Very drinkable in my humble opinion.


tastybeer, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a pale golden yellow color with an enormous white head that goes vertical still after passing the rim of the glass. Big nose of fresh fruity hops, lots of piney/citrus juiciness as well as some strawberry and melon notes, very nice. Big hop flavor as well, 70 IBUS packs a very large punch when the freshness of the hops put on display. Its not overly bitter either just lots of clean, grassy hops for you to drool over. Light and crisp medium body, very well carbonation and quaff-able i had 2 before dinner last night and wished i had more in the fridge! I highly recommend for the the hop heads!

ATPete, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of cfinch2
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

cfinch2, Nov 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ChrisMon02, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -12%

DanGeo, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Stigs
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this for awhile. 12oz bottles poured into a DFH signature glass.

A - pour yields very little head, whats there diminishes quickly into a small floating island in the glass. nothing sticking to the sides. color is a strong gold, looks like a lot of active carbonation.

S - yum. strong floral hops, smells pretty dank and sticky. some sweetness as the beer warms up a bit. very nice and somewhat unique.

T - wow, not quite was i was expecting. sweet maltiness hits first, then the hops slowly sneak in. some bitterness, but mostly again sweet and floral hop tastes. alcohol present on the backend, slightly distracting but not unpleasant, surprising for a 6.5%

M - slightly thicker than i was expecting. a good sipping APA/IPA. the stickiness in the back of my throat begs for more.

D - pretty enjoyable, not much else to say besides that. wish i had another 1 or 2, but no more.

notes: Founder's is one of my favorite breweries, and while this doesn't disappoint, it falls just outside my favorite Harvest ales.

Stigs, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of Gatch
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/4/12.

A: Beautiful, clear, golden-yellow with a huge, foamy, frothy, white head. Hangs around for a while and leaves behind plenty of lacing and retention.

S: What is there to say? Massive, fresh hops. All the great qualities of West Coast cones. Huge, juicy fruit, pine, cedar, citrus, resin, sap, damp forest (huh?)...all with a touch of malt at the back.

T: Crazy amount of bitter, dry, refreshing, bursting-with-juice hop flavor. This is one of the more "wet" feeling and tasting fresh hop beers I've tried. The name really fits. It tastes like they picked the hops a few hours ago and somehow brewed it a few minutes ago. Even with it tasting like chewing on a fresh-picked hop cone, some malt comes through in the finish to almost balance this baby out, especially as it warms. Seriously.

M: Mouth becomes covered in sticky, resiny hop oils. The epitome of wet hop. Almost skunky or marijuana-like feel and finish. And the hop-heavy finish lingers for a long time.

O: Surprisingly fresh after about a month and not what I expected from a brewer in the Midwest. But these days, fresh hop harvests can be shipped overnight so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. This can compete with all of the great West Coast fresh hop beers that I've tried. Phenomenal.

Gatch, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: perfect gold body with a moderate head of white foamy bubbles and bits of lace

S: earthy, floral, mild citrus; some deeper pale malts sugars

T: delicious and wet grain and pale fruity malt with more dleicate citrus and floral flavors woven in; bitter and smooth drinking with some slight caramel sweetness

M: crisp, clean, refreshing, thirst-quenching-feeling; chewy bitter aftertaste; spot-on carbonation and body

O: another Founders classic; a very easy-drinking beer. Look for it every year.

Greywulfken, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of IpeeA
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

IpeeA, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of laxer8811
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

laxer8811, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of NooseJustice
4/5  rDev -6.1%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of aaronh
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw body with a thin white head. Aroma is sigh-inducing with great pine, citrus, floral and peppery hop notes. What kind of hops are in this thing? It smells like fresh hops. Ever made hop tea? This aroma reminds me of hop tea. Flavor is very light - not much malt, average bitterness, then fades to a wet grassy note. A bit more sweetness and peppery hops appear after a few sips. Body is solid - carbonation is well balanced and enhances the flavor - the bitterness and the grassiness just linger. Hop burps provide a very pleasant hop flavor as well! Sweet! Drinkability is OK. Sort of like a heavy-bodied, over hopped pils.

aaronh, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of gueuzegossage
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

gueuzegossage, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

fthegiants, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of dasenebler
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Founders Harvest Ale
12oz. packaged 10/4/12

Pours a chill-hazed pale orange. Small head, not much retention. Decent lacing. (3.5)

Aroma is pungent and hoppy, yet soft. A bit muddled, perhaps not as fresh as it was intended to be drunk. Grass, earth, citrus, touch of tropical fruit and also some dankness. (4)

Flavor is really hoppy. Rindy citrus interacts with plenty of bitterness. Orangey and piney, along with some juicy fruitiness. This is a well-executed beer for showcasing fresh hops. Malts are pale, light and simply supporting here, which helps create a dry and refreshing IPA. Mouthfeel is resinous and slick, but darn-near flat. Halfway through the drink there's hardly any carb left. (4.5, 2)

I'm really digging this beer, but why is it so under-carbonated? Drinkability and flavor are excellent, though the aroma and overall hop character would come through much more if there were some decent carbonation. More bubbles would make this beer an absolute knock-out IPA. (4)

dasenebler, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of ncelauro
4/5  rDev -6.1%

ncelauro, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

HoppyBastard2, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of browniewithnuts
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

browniewithnuts, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev -6.1%

johnnyboy76, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of ChugginOil
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear gold color with a bit of haze. There is an inch of white, fluffy head. A moderate amount of lacing is present that is loyal to the glass.

The nose is packed with an extreme hop snap. Some tropical fruits are present among notes of grassy hops. The hops are smelling ripe and the brew leaves some heat in your nostrils.

The flavors are amped up with wet, dripping, citrusy hops. Much more citrus fruits are noticed while tasting Harvest Ale. There is still a slight boozy element to it, despite the low ABV. This is a very hop forward brew with a zero amount of malt. I can dig it.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp. There is a moderate amount of carbonation that suits this one just fine.

Overall, love it. Probably my favorite hopped up beer from Founders.

ChugginOil, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of bmjivi221
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

bmjivi221, Jul 17, 2013
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,048 ratings.