Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by granger10 on 10-24-2004

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Photo of isitsavage
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Light orange/yellow. Very minimal white head, not even half a finger with a pretty hard pour, fades to a this wisp with minimal lacing.

Smell is wonderful, easily the best part about this beer. Fresh cut grass, cat piss, tart grape juice, and grapefruit, very complex nose. First time I've ever picked out cat piss in a beer and it really is not a bad thing at all.

Very prickly almost tongue numbing carbonation in the mouth, medium mouthfeel, this is good.

Big fruity, citrus flavor. Kind of toasty? Not overly bitter. Very "clean" flavors, very drinkable. Definitely some citrus bite, grapefruit, a good bit of tartness. Having kind of a hard time picking up anything more, but I like it.

Overall this is exceptional and interesting like all of Founders' beers. A lot to take in here and a very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of cmf
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz to becker. Clear golden pour with moderate head. Lots of effervescence. Strong, fresh, citrus and hops aroma. Bitter and sweet with a foamy feel. Almost like a cider. Overall a good fresh IPA.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/02/13, so about a month old. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light straw color, decent clarity and a smattering of off-white head.

S: A light orange creamsicle aroma, pale malt, light sweetness.

T: Citrus hops (tangerine, white grape and white grapefruit), followed by moderate pale malt and just a touch of bitterness.

M: Light body and medium-ish carbonation. I guess it’s self-evident that a lighter body works well for a wet hopped IPA.

O: The low level of bitterness makes this extremely drinkable. The hops have faded a bit unfortunately, but they’re still noticeable and the malt remains in check.

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Photo of younger35
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FINALLY found this down in Bloomington at Friar Tucks. Been searching Chicago up and down to find this little bastard. I'm visiting my mom right now so glass wear is a little sparse. The only liquid holder she has actually made of GLASS was a generic mug.

Appearance- Wowsa's! Pours a beautiful light hazy yellow with a HUGE creamy 3 finger + head even with an extremely gentle pour. A huge cap and collar remains the entire beer from the beautiful Champaign like bubbles that permeate throughout leaving oodles of sticky lacing.
Smell- A very fresh and clean hoppiness that is somewhere between floral and citrus. Lilac and tulip greet my nostrils first followed by a crisp citrus smell that is full of grapefruit and pineapple. Lightly bready sweetness in there somewhere but doesn't play a significant role.
Taste- Fruity and juicy with not as bit of a bitter bite as I was expecting. Grapefruit and orange pith along with some peach and mango give this a remarkably fruity start. Lightly piney at times as well with a raw herbal aspect. The malt must be doing something in this beer to keep all these hops in check but it's almost undetectable. Just sort of an unrefined grain sweetness (maize?) that cuts the bitterness. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness that is undeniably fruity.
Mouthfeel- Very crisp and carbonated with a medium to light body and a rough creaminess.
Drinkability- This is definitely one of juiciest brews I've ever tried. It's not overly fruity per se, but it is juicy. Can't really explain it I guess. Fantastic Wet-Hopped brew that is #2 on my list of Harvest Ales right behind Broodoo. Glad that I finally found this and can't wait to polish off the other 3!

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Photo of blaheath
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with lemon and pine aromas. Light bodied with minimal bitterness/carbonation/malt. Flavors of lemon, pine, soap, and grass all come from the hops but are also very light and floral. Dry finish.

A very drinkable harvest ale from Founders

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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass.

A: Small white head that fizzes out pretty quickly. There is a slight haze in the light yellowy orange body. Lacing is decent.

S: Average malt presence of bread and grain. The hops are heavy and have noticeable Centennial qualities. Very floral, piney, grassy and delicious. There are light yeast notes, very leafy, kind of soapy.

T: The hop flavor is extremely clean with a heavy bitterness being more of a mid-palate sensation. Lightly sweet. The 6.5% ABV comes across more than expected, and could even be described as slightly boozy.

M: Fairly full mouthfeel given the style. The texture is thick and oily slick. Lively and fizzy, this brew is nicely carbonated and prepares the palate for the long lingering, bitter finish.

D: While not one of Founders best offerings, the Harvest Ale is still a damn good brew and it is certainly very drinkable. The hop forward aroma and flavor, plus hop:malt ratio in this brew could make a strong case for IPA consideration.

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Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pour is hazy orangish color with a few fingers of head, leaves some lacing.

hops and malts on the nose, getting some citrus notes and a nice floral scent that is complimented by sweeter malts. taste is pretty much the same - and they did a nice job striking the right balance on this one. medium body and carbonation, really like the way this one feels on the tongue.

overall this beer is both interesting and refreshing, really glad I picked up a 4 pack!

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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprise, surprise. Another great IPA from Michigan. California are you paying attention? This one caught me by surprise with how great it was. My first wet hopped IPA. Poured from a bottle into a stamddard pint glass. Generous head that quickly fades but leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nose is just a bit piney compared to other IPA's I've had. Maybe it's th wet hopped style. Very clear compared to other IPA's as well. Taste is fantastic. It's delicious. This is so good it's almost sessionable. Wow! I think this is better than Founders Centenntial IPA. I love this beer!

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Photo of timmy2b
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of cetherid
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass


Appearance is a straw yellow color with about 2 fingers of big fluffy white head.


a solid harvest ale smell. Nice aroma of hops from floral, citrus and pine with a nice light malt smell. I'm sure if the bottle was fresher the aroma would be much more intense.


Same as nose. Light hops up front then the sweetness from the malts hit. Bitterness lingers slightly. Again, I would imagine having this bottle 2 months ago would give some more hop qualities to the taste. Still an awesome tasting harvest ale.


about medium bodied. Good carbonation to the beer. Feels good on the tongue and goes down nice a smooth leaving just a subtle bitterness left on the tongue.


This would probably be my first choice in a highly drinkable harvest ale. However the availability is very limited and it's a little pricey. Can't really give this over a 4. Such a sessionable beer though that is awesome on tap. Was the first beer I ever tried at Founders this fall.

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Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a decent frothy khaki head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of crisp citrus hops in front of sweet malts. The taste is nice smooth crisp citrus hops just in front of sweet caramel malts. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing with decent carbonation. This is a great wet hop beer, one I'd certainly have again.

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Photo of busterthecat
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this after looking for a 4pk a couple weeks ago. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Bottled- 9/22/11.

A- Pours a golden brass from the bottle and sits only a shade darker in glass, which a light orange tint. About a 1/2 inch crisp white head forms from the pour and then settles out to leave a decent capping and ring. Light lacing.

S- Sweet tropical notes dominate the aroma. Its definitely in the softer sweeter fruiter side of IPA aroma. Smells like a fruit stand in summer. Good, but kinda light in strength.

T- Lives up the aroma and closely follows it. Pineapple, sweet tangerine, perhaps light mango. A mild bitterness of pine builds up and lingers in the finish. The hops are forward, yet quite restrained. The malts are subtle and lend a kiss of caramel body and spice.

M- A very solid bodied IPA. The feel starts out very mild, wet and smooth and transitions to have more of a bitter bite in the finish, which leads it more of a drying feel. Not a palate wrecker at all. Feel is enjoyable.

O- A very nicely done IPA. On the sweet side of the hop profile, yet not cloying or sweet in the feel. Smooth, mild, calm and tasty sum this beer up. Another solid offering from Founders. Very easy to drink, too easy.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to thabigmp for this one.

A: Light straw yellow in color with a slight haze. One finger white head with good retention and awesome lacing.

S: Big resinous citrus hops. Grapefruit and pineapple dominate, with slight mango and tangerine notes. Very light caramel background.

T: Sweet caramel upfront. Huge citrus grapefruit flavors. Light pineapple. Not real bitter in the middle. Much more bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium light bodied. Higher carbonation. Slick and oily from the wet hop. Dry finish.

O: A great beer. A touch much on the grapefruit. Could've mellowed it a bit with pineapple or a touch more caramel malts, but that's hardly a downfall.

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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light straw with a big, fluffy white head that takes its time going down.

S- Big, pungent hop smell with tons of citrusy, piney, leafy, minty, resiny, and whatever else -y aromas. I think the focus of this beer might be on the hops, although I don't want to jump to conclusions.

T- There's more hoppy goodness in the flavor with lots of pine and a hint of mint, but the flavor's not overwhelming. Some biscuity malt even has a chance to come through. The bitterness is fairly mild. Oh, and the hop burps off of this are awesome!

M- Medium-bodied with a decent level of carbonation.

D- Pretty good. The abv's not too bad, but it's not a session beer for me. I'd have a couple in a sitting, though.

This is a great fresh hop ale. It's a good choice if you want the hop character of an IPA without the bitterness. Actually, thanks to the wet hopping, the hop character in this beer is better than in most IPAs. This is my first Founders beer (we don't get them here in VA), and it definitely makes me want to try more of their stuff. Anyway, a solid beer, and one that I'd recommend to any hop enthusiast.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at MiKro in Hamden into a pint glass. Comes out pure amber color, clear, with a nice white head. Smell is sweet and has nice hoppy kick to it. Flavor is very similar, nice restrained malt notes lend some sweetness, big wave of fruity hops in the middle. Finish is long and bitter. Lovely harvest ale, a bit too heavy in the stomach but overall I would have another.

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Photo of Stigs
4.04/5  rDev -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.

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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden wheat amber orange in color body. It hosts an inch of off white foamy fuzz with decent staying power. Nose is a hoppy citrus freshness with a backround of oily mineral notes. On first sip you get a super juicy hop presence that is bursting with fresh orange and mellon rind. This is a very refreshing style of beer, it would be wonderful on a hot summer day. With the well hidden 7% alchol it has enough backbone to stand up but is just sessionable enough. Mouthfeel is realatively clean but does include a nice soft bitter richness hue on the mouth. Very drinkable and not the bop bomb that I might expect from a wet hop ale.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/22/12

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange - small, off-white head, leaves some hints of a cap and some spots of lacing

Smell: Citrusy and wet - orange, tangerine, and grapefruit flesh - some soggy pine needles - spearmint gum - damp and leafy, as a wet-hopped beer should be - floral, and lightly earthy - some pale malts, grainy sweetness, undercooked biscuits in the background

Taste: Mmm... hop cones... loads of citrusy and leafy hops - orange and grapefruit flesh and juice with some citrus zest - lightly juicy, but mostly just wet tasting - leafy, very floral - lightly earthy, but mostly clean - some mint - moderately bitter - nice malt backbone, with some pale malts and a light, bready sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, low carbonation, wet

Overall: Yeah, it's wet

This is a solid wet-hopped beer. It screams "wet-hopped" so loudly that I wish, for the first time, that this could be its own style on BA. As an American IPA, it's very good, but not spectacular. I will need to review this slightly fresher next year.

Updated: 12/29/14

I had a 4-pack of fresher bottles this year. And this is better than I remember. Review and scores adjusted slightly.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A--This one pours with as much head as you want, and probably more. I must have had a little too much force behind mine because there was a fluffy white head up 3/4 of the glass. And it takes forever to recede, had to wait a bit just to pour the rest of the 12 oz's. Golden yellow with carbonation bubbles racing quickly to the top. Tons of lacing.

S--Subtle mix of citrus and earthy hops with some banana and clove mixed in.

T--I don't know...this one just kind of tastes empty. It is not unpleasant by any means, but it is almost as if I'm drinking an air bubble. Gonna let this warm up for a few minutes....okay, now things are getting petter. Clean hop taste with almost no bitterness to follow. Pretty good, awesome with a pizza.

M--Nothing of note...maybe a little carbonation sting on the throat but pretty much par for the style

D--Great for a session, the hop burps come quickly and are just as tasty as the beer. Could put back the 4 pack of this very easily. This might be a great introduction to craft beer, but not something I would pursue.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear,golden body with a 2 inch,stark white crown that showed moderate retention and revealed good sheets of lacing.

S-The nose is earthy,tart and floral with the smell of dank,fresh hops and bright,ripe citrus taking the lead.

T-Juicy hop notes at first(grapefruit and a mellowed pine presence)with a slight fresh-squeezed fruit juice sweetness and a lasting hop bitterness to finish.

M-Light to medium bodied with a nice resilient oiliness and innate brightness.

D-This is a high quality offering from Founders with good balance and great drinkability.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oh wet hopped beers how I love you. Harvest pours a crisp golden/orangish amber. Who knows, maybe we could get dinosaur DNA out of it. Small white head dissipates pretty quickly.

Juicy and fresh aroma. There's the caramel bubble gum behind it setting up a foundation on which the vegetal hops can rest. Some citrus, and a hint of perfum-y floral hops in there as well.

This is a very tasty beer. Juicy but not as juicy as I had hoped, tropical fruits, citrus, and then kind of a bready malt bottom.
Decent medium body, slightly round, good carbonation level. I love a good wet hopped beer (or dry hopped, or not hopped, or... well I just really love good beer), and this is a pretty good one. Given Founders pedigree and the style, I was hoping for a bit more, though. That's like saying Peyton Manning 'only' had 250 and two touchdowns, though. Ultimately the bottom line is this is a very good beer. Just because I was hoping for phenomenal should not take away from the truth of that.

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Photo of hardysf
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015. Good, Not great. As always, founders has good look and feel for style. i just feel that this harvest wet hopped ale is lacking in hops. Its a good brew, but I'd probably just settle for centennial ipa.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours clear golden, finger white head fasted leaving lots of lace. Mild citrusy grassy aroma. Light toasty malt with fresh grassy hops, some citrus peel. Semi dry finish, medium soft mouthfeel. Very clean taste. Overall a very good fresh hop ipa, has a kinda pilsner aftertaste and grassy earthy bitterness. Different but like it.

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