Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

4,445 Ratings
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 CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Greensboro, NC. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: The popping of the cap releases a huge amount of hiss, and no wonder - the head on this one's HUGE and has amazing staying power. The carbonation is off the scale - super fast, bubbly, incredibly fine, zipping up to the foamy, sticky, HUGE head. I didn't hesitate overpouring, because I knew that even if the head exceeded the lip of the glass, it would hold itself together no problem. The body itself is hazy, sort of a pale orange, and the appearances only weakness. Overall, very nice.

Aroma: Huge citrus, very pure-smelling, almost like orange juice in places. Mint-like notes emerge as things warm, as do other leafy, herbal hop notes.

Taste: A very balanced and drinkable wet hopped ale. A healthy dose of biscuity, cracker-like sweetness with flourishes of honey and a moderate to moderate-plus amount of smooth bitterness form the foundation of this one, but this one's of course all about the hop oils. A pretty flavorful combination of lighter citrus notes, herbal, leafy notes, and a few rougher, more pine-like overtones comprise the majority of the flavors in this one, and it's a pretty solid flavor, if I do say so.

Mouthfeel: The body itself is medium to maybe even a little thin. Incredibly high carbonation makes for a huge, pillowy, puffy mouth and doesn't come through as prickly or rough - very even and smooth. Smoothness is also probably enhanced by the metric ton of hop oils in this one - very slick.

Drinkability: Another solid brew from Founders, and a really good wet-hopped ale - quite a way to celebrate the harvest. Alcohol's undetectable and only 6.5%, definitely enhancing drinkability. The stickiness is great, the mouthfeel soft and smooth, and the combination of hop oils - though lighter than many harvest ales (the SN is coming to mind) - is very pleasant and enjoyable. Pick up a four-pack of this one next season (as I imagine the hop glory is already starting to fade fast this season).

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Photo of Farnswurth
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of randylangford
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, bottled 10/04/12
Stella Artois chalice glass

A: Pours a really pretty clear golden yellow color. Thin layer of bright white head. Tight tiny bubbles. Fades pretty quickly. Carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S: This smells amazing. Tons of sweet fruity hop notes. Getting grapefruit, citrus, orange, pine, etc. Light malt bill backing this one up, which I like.

T: This is just an awesome beer. Nice sharp grapefruit on the tip of the tongue. It's a good bitterness, nothing overly aggressive. Low malt bill. Dry crisp bitter close.

M: It's a light medium body for me.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of DangerDawg
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of TomMorris
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with nice orange hues. There is a slight white head thats about .25 inches tall. Similar look to Double Trouble but with a slight more ornage hints.

S - Delicious grain and bread malt starts quick but then is followed by some delicious citrus and tropical fruit hop nose. Hints of tangerines, grapefruits and peach as well. There are some nutty hints as well as delicious flowery notes.

T - Starts off with delicious grain notes that give the beer a nice bready and toasty initial flavor and character. Then there is a nice present but not too intense hop flavors with some slight dry citric notes. A great flowery flavor is also present on the back end of the beer along with the dry citrus part. This is a delicious wet hopped ale and a great APA. No wonder its so high on this site. I really enjoyed this and its one of my faves. The body is nice and medium with some great clean crisp flavors. Nice bitterness level and not too intense hop bite.

D - I really enjoyed this beer and think its one of the best out there in terms of APA and wet hop ales. Very refreshing and not too heavy ABV.

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Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of seanchai
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jacewg
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color leaning toward orange. Pretty clear overall. Head drops pretty quickly but leaves a ring during drinking and really great lacing.

Nose: Outstanding. Loaded with juicy citrus and grapefruit. Hints of bready malt underneath but the hops jump out of the glass

Taste: Just as outstanding. Taste is very dry with just hints of bready malt. Hops again come across as juicy and bitter citrus with lots of accompanying grapefruit and pine bitterness. A bit floral at times as well. Incredibly flavorful and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Easy to drink. Medium bodied. Very crisp. Lively carbonation. Medium bitterness given the style. Finish is juicy then dries out with a bit of lingering bitterness. Immediately calls for another swig.

Overall: In a style where more and more good beers are emerging, this is still the king of the wet hop beers. Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of farrago
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head crests at about one finger, bleached white and mostly large to very large bubbles which helps it dissipate swiftly, moderate stickiness to the lacing. More dark yellow in color than light orange amber, has a gauziness which traps light inside despite the overall lighter hue. The hops-driven nose is more peat moss and forest floor scrub than grassy, more relaxed and less stiff than expected, orange peel, very light honey, more so pineapple, nectarine bite with softer apricot tones, pine oil, the malts very much in the background. Medium-bodied, here the pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus leaps out at you. Resiny pine, more of the forest scrub, has a yeasty side that just manages to carve out a niche. Starts off dry and ends much drier, even as it adheres to your mouth walls it prickles and falls away. Again, little malt balance, a smooth residue at best. Comes across like it serves two masters, one make a big impression, the other stay true to your roots. Very good but not benchmark.

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Photo of wtkphoto
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of facesnorth
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of target88
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of midlifec
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Admittedly, this score isn't fair. Bottked 10/02/2015 & drank 2/2/2016. Four months old. The beer is good though. Don't get me wrong. Just lemony and malty as expected for a beer at this age. It's obvious that this was an A beer fresh. Sadly, I didn't get to try it as such.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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