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Founders Harvest Ale - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

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2,873 Ratings

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Ratings: 2873
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 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


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well...after entrusting Founders Brewery as my all-time standby, instant classic, always unique brew--this was a bit of a let down. All in all a decent brew though, and a lot more interesting than most pale ales out there.

I enjoyed that classic hop taste that Founders always delivers--and its pine and sweetness emulated that of their double and triple IPA. The aftertaste, however, seemed far more mellow and less complex and interesting. Lemon and other citrus was very heavy up front--but soon faded into nothing. In my mind, this was a decent IPA--rather than an exceptional pale ale.

Well...worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 01:48:43 | More by JTWILDOATS
Photo of JMforman


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

A- Beautiful golden body with a nice white head and good retention.
S- Unbelievably citrusy: cumquat, calamondin, grapefruit, orange peal, pine, honey
T- The aroma really grabs the attention here, but the flavor and slight bitterness still comes through: grapefruit, honey, cumquat
M- Peppery yet smooth with a bit of acid from the hops. Fairly light for an IPA.
O- Fantastic IPA. One of the best that I've had as far as the smell is concerned.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 00:20:44 | More by JMforman
Photo of Cubatobaco


4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this beer into a Dogfish Head tulip reveals a beautiful golden orange color with wonderful clarity. A snow white head settles into a white ring leaving minimal lacing. Intense aromas of grapefruit, pine resin, pineapple, and, well, wet hops fill your nose. Layers of hops coat the palate followed by a massive amount of citrus and a light touch of yeast. Great acidity makes your mouth water for more followed by the quintessential hop bitterness. A classic IPA that I wish was made year round, but you have to remember it's made with the first hops of the season. This is something to look forward to each year.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 03:12:09 | More by Cubatobaco
Photo of colt45n


3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy tangerine orange that is nice and deep. Has a light beige bubble head with a little lacing.

Smells strongly of citrus hops, almost as if oranges were placed directly into the beer. Delicious!

Pleasantly filled with citrus hops that are in the forefront and hang on for the ride on through the aftertaste.

Medium body with light carbonation but is very smooth.

Quite drinkable. It was nice to experience an autumn beer with some good hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 23:55:30 | More by colt45n
Photo of HarrySTruman


4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber, kind of clear, had a half finger head. Lacing is strong, stayed on the glass for a while.

Citrus and floral smells. Resin and citurs tastes. Very delicious flavor, unique in the IPA world. drinks smooth. Really a great all around beer that I wish was available year round and in 6 packs.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:19:20 | More by HarrySTruman
Photo of Sallerj


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

If there's a flaw in this beer, and I don't think there is, it's that it's a touch too sweet. It has a powerful, fruity, hop aroma. It has pineapple and citrus hop flavors, with enough of a malty backbone to make it work. It has a bitter finish with enough lingering fruit to balance it. I think this beer relies on fresh, tropical hop flavors that are very fashionable right now. I don't think it does anything to make anything new out of those flavors, and so I think this is a very good beer, but not a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 07:12:51 | More by Sallerj
Photo of hoody711


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 ChrisChagnon


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

Bottle into a tulip

A- poured it in the glass and really liked the color and the head, it looked like a great beer right from the beginning.

S- it really reminded me of All Day IPA, but had a bigger malt presence in it. Same nice citrus smell, but a little bit more behind it.

T- seemed like it had the same hops as all day ipa (which i do like) but it really picked up where All Day left off, having a weak finish. I was really impressed with the taste of this.

M- was pretty solid, not much alcohol taste too it and really had a nice sticky wet-hop feel to it

O- I was only able to get a few bottles of this, but it did not disappoint. Hope im able to get more next time. One of my favorite offerings from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 20:35:09 | More by ChrisChagnon
Photo of BasterdInABasket


4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 08/04/12 (little over a week old), 12 oz. bottle poured into NB Globe Glass
A- Slightly hazy Golden with orangish hue, nice carbonation, pours half finger white head, dissipates pretty quickly, some lacing
S- Good citrus hop aroma, sweet malts, sort of grassy and floral
T- Delicious hops, juicy cirtrus balanced by a sweet maltiness, some spice, lingering fresh hops and sweetness. Pine at the end. Very crisp and fresh taste.
M- Medium body, some carbonation along with that spice pierces the tongue, juicy , a little oily
O- The aroma and taste of this beer are fantastic. Not the most experience wet hop drinker here but overall this was great, defintiely knew it was fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 02:41:06 | More by BasterdInABasket
Photo of Mcculler


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

Appearance. Pours into a pint glass like a Frank Stella experiment in color and line -- a hazy, almost witbier orange at the bottom half, the upper half an ivory white. Head remains huge, with large sudsy bubbles, except at the top, which is a creamy foam for about five minutes. Receeds over ten minutes with action that reminds me of sea foam. Leaves chunky lacing.

Nose. Hops. Big, perfumy, yet also restrained. Grapefruit, pine, lemon. As it warms, sweet bread, yeast, and mineral earthiness.

Taste. A variation on the nose. Modulates to grapefruit, orange, lemon peel, pear, and spicy, tongue numbing pepper and clove. Still restrained. Sweet, clean, and somehow, with all the hops in play, light, as a pale ale should be. Nothing out of place.

Mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Dry with a little hop oil slickness.

Drinkability. Good, though, as a pale ale on the Indian side of the equation, perhaps not as drinkable as one would expect from the style. Still, for all its complexity, refreshing and pleasurable. This is not a chest hair baring use of hops. Mozart , not Beethoven.

This is one of the best American pale ales I've had. Refreshing and delightful. This is masterful craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 01:28:16 | More by Mcculler
Photo of muskabeatz


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

A- Golden, orange with a small head. Dissapates quickly but leaves good lacing behind.

S- Floral and citrus hop aromas, with some fruity undertones.

T- Very crisp, unrestrained hop flavor, with a hint of fruityness blended with the citrus and pine. Fades to an almost woody aftertaste with only a hint of malt at the beginning.

M- Medium body with lively carbonation. Thins out a bit on the finish.

D- I find founders to make some of the most drinkable brews around, and this one makes this one surely makes the cut. However, I don't think this one's quite good enough to become one of my favorites...

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 04:22:06 | More by muskabeatz
Photo of in780


3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Generous extra from my brother-in-law...thanks! 12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Here we go:

A - bright gold with a two-fingered white head, with nice lacing.

S - none-too-subtle hops, brief alcohol aroma

T - Just like the smell, hops with alcohol (more heat than I would have expected from the 6.5% abv). More piney than citrus.

M - Rich and smooth, the highlight for me of this beer.

D - Hops are a little too overwhelming, needs more balance for me to want to drink another one.

If you like hops, this is perfect for you.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 22:26:42 | More by in780
Photo of shortbus7


3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yellow with a very slight orange tint. 1 finger, very light, head.
S: Loads of grapefruit, citrus, and slightly sweet.
T: Like the aroma but more subdued. Very bitter at the end with barley making an appearance.
M: Medium, smooth, and the right amount of carbonation.
O: A great beer, but not one that I could drink everyday. Wish it was slightly more like the aroma and not so bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 01:22:05 | More by shortbus7
Photo of evansrdbrew

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on: 2/13/10

70 IBU's 6.5% ABV
12 oz. in pint glass
Wet-hopped ale

A= hazy orange-blossom honey color with a 1/4" head which receeded quickly to leave a nice heavy halo reaching up the glass.

S= Citrusy orange hop aroma with slight notes of pine. Fresh and inviting aroma.

T= Crisp hop flavors fo pine and citrus. Fantastic hop punch and lingering bitterness. Malt serves as nothing more than a backbone for the incredible hop flavors in this awesome beer.

MF= Refreshing on the tongue. Nice hop oiliness, and a numbing effect coat the entire mouth. Wonderful!

D= Great. You can drink these till the cows come hop that is if you can handle your booze.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 17:32:06 | More by evansrdbrew
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb


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 bld81


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

bottled 9/22/11, poured into a pint glass
A: mostly clear golden pour with lumpy head that fades quickly, decent lacing
S: amazingly fresh, resin hops, pine and soft biscuity malts
T: Taste is immensely satisfying, clean hoppy and grapefruit flavors, but not overly bitter
M: oily, juicy, clean, light bodied, no alcohol burn
O: very satisfying and highly recommended, clean hop taste dominates soft malts, excellent ipa

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 21:24:31 | More by bld81
Photo of kdmcguire10


4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled on 9/22

Appearance: Beautiful tangerine orange. Semi-transparent with a one-finger head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Bright, ripe pineapple, orange, fresh lemon. Extremely fresh smelling beer.

Taste: A bit dry, bready to start and then the citrus hops just punch you in the face! So good. Crisp, clean, ripe fruit. Finish is a perfect balance between the malt and hops. Such a smooth, easy to drink beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light, airy. Perfect for Indian Summer, although I could easily drink this brew all summer long.

Overall: Such an incredible beer. Not what I expected for a "harvest" ale. Incredibly delicious, smooth brew. Founders doesn't make a beer I don't love, but this belongs up on the top shelf with CBS and KBS. Personally, I'd put it right next to Pliny, Hopslam and Zombie Dust.

Get it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 00:53:53 | More by kdmcguire10
Photo of Franch

New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty impressed by this beer. I was apprehensive as it smells like Devil Dancer-lite, and if it tasted as such, I was going to like only marginally more than the disfavored Devil Dancer. I was pleasantly wrong. Citrus up front cuts into a decisive piney bitterness that quickly dissipates into a very pleasant crispness. It's something I could drink a whole lot of really quickly.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 02:32:45 | More by Franch
Photo of dbexpert


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

A:Pale golden, decent off white head, Lively carbonation
S.Dank!, A ton green on the nose, Light nuttiness follow with subtle biscuit notes try to cut through the pungent herbal notes.
T.Delicious. Hops offer a crisp bitterness and quite green herbal notes. Slight resin notes in profile. Used to more pronounced hop oil notes.(maybe too cold)
M.Clean, Bright lively carbonation, long herbal finish. Definitely drawing me back to the glass.
O.A great beer. Definitely something worth looking for. Like the seasonal aspect of beers like this. Something to look forward each Fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 21:55:21 | More by dbexpert
Photo of schinebd


4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I liked this beer so much that I had to make it my first review

A- A nice light copper, with limited transparency

S - Before I even stuck my nose in the glass, I could smell the hops, which caught me off guard. In a good way.

T- Wow. Just wow. Great showcasing of the complexity of the hop here. The limited malt presence takes its proper place (in the back) lets the hops dominate. Pine dissolves to an incredible grapefruit aftertaste that last for a very long time after the last sip. Yeah, the are some malts there to give some balance, but who cares? If you're drinking this beer for malty flavor, you're probably better suited drinking something else.

M - Crisp feel, very carbonated, and dry finish makes me want to drink more.

D- I want more of these. 6.1% ABV? I could almost power hour with this. Almost. I polished mine off far too quickly. Why oh why did I only buy a single 12. oz bottle??

I think there is something to be said for a beer that stays within traditional concepts of what a beer is, but manages to be both unique, and incredible tasty. That is, this won't blow anyone's mind about what a beer can be (like a person trying their first DIPA), but it is still as enjoyable and complex as any "extreme" beer. Hence why I gave it such a high rating.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 03:57:12 | More by schinebd
Photo of Aberration


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Bottled 9/22/11

A: Golden with a quickly dissipating head. Looks like a solid IPA but nothing out of the ordinary.

S: Here is where this beer shines. The nose is phenomenal on this beer. Fresh and vibrant hops! Very inviting.

T: The smell was phenomenal, the taste just couldn't possibly live up to that. Very delicious beer, don't get me wrong, but the anticipation was immediately set way too high once I got a whiff of this beer. Still a fantastic IPA nonetheless. That unique wet hopped taste is abundant here...very fresh. I can only imagine how good this is on the day it is brewed.

M: Nice thick IPA. Carbonation is spot on. Clean feeling. Good!

O: Definitely a solid beer, but at the price point I think I can do a bit better. I would certainly drink this again, but wouldn't necessarily go far out of my way to get any. Worth a shot!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 22:20:55 | More by Aberration
Photo of jm1229


4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 9/22/11 opened on 10/4/11 and poured into a Founders pint glass. Served at 55 degrees.

A- Light orange/golden. Pour yielded about 1 inch of foamy white head that sticks to the side of the glass pretty well. It doesn't look like the head will disappear anytime soon. Looks great.

S- Just delicious. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange. Smells like a hop bomb. I just got really excited.

T- At first the citrus is almost no where to be found and there's simply a light bread taste, but then it all changes. The tropical citrus jumps right out, but it's in no way overpowering. Sweet and juicy. The aftertaste is just a little bit bitter.

M- Light/medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O- As of lately, I've been drinking anything Founders that I could find. As of yet, this is the best non stout Founders has to offer to me. All the characteristics of a hop bomb but not tiresome with quantity. I've always said that Alpine Nelson and Kern River Just Outstanding are the 2 best examples of single IPAs that I've ever had, but I'm throwing this on that list alongside the other two. It's fresh, tasty, and making me wish I bought more than 2 bottles. Amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 02:17:54 | More by jm1229
Photo of circlenine


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

Poured into a tulip glass 12/19/2010.

A: Pours a light orange with two finger head. Lacing consistent around entire glass and sustained throughout entire consumption.

S: Fresh hops, slight citrus and pine.

T: Very good, not as hoppy as I would have hop(p)ed. Citrus is present, but not overpowering - neither are the hops.

M: Slight carbonation, not a major bite. Very little after taste.

D: Relatively smooth and easy to drink, does not feel like a 70 IBU beer!

Comments: Drink it fresh! Not a bad beer at all, and I'm not surprised as Founders and quality go hand in hand. Would love to try this extremely fresh and on tap!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 04:37:36 | More by circlenine
Photo of jrnyc

New York

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had other Founders beer, but never loved any of them. Glad I tried this one, it is excellent!

Pours a nice color, minimal head. Nice smell, nothing overwhelming. Taste is great, some sweetness to it, easy to drink.

A top notch offering from Founders. I know it is seasonal, but this beer deserves more love than it gets , it is excellent. Glad I was able to get my hands on more of it and will look forward to it next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 23:02:08 | More by jrnyc
Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,873 ratings.