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Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

1,066 Reviews
Founders Harvest AleFounders Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,066 | Ratings: 4,297
Photo of chanokokoro
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders Brewing branded shaker pint glass

Pours translucent golden with slight amber accents. The bright white one and a half finger head has excellent retention and abundant spider web-like lacing present along the side of glass. Adundant aroma of pineapple, citrus blossoms, and resin. Opens with citrus, sweet and juicy pineapple joined slightly sweet biscuity malt, finishes semi-dry with just the right amount of grapefruit rind bite. Medium-bodied, sticky, and oily mouthfeel with a perfect level of gentle carbonation. In my opinion, the most exceptionally well balanced wet hop IPA I've had the pleasure of enjoying. An annual must-have.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased this at Oak Tree Buy Rite in S. Plainfield, NJ. Into a pint glass, it poured a cloudy golden hue with one finger of white; good retention and lacing, and very little visible carbonation. Smelled of bitter herbs, grassy menthol, grapefruit peel, and slightly apple. The taste was initially bitter herbs, followed by apple maltiness and grapefruit, and then finishing off on a dry bitter peel note which lingered. As it warmed to room temperature, I detected more grapefruit in the finish as well. Smooth, creamy medium body. Excellent session pale ale, that is as well balanced as it is flavorful.

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Photo of paultierney1
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a Thomas Creek pint glass. Michigan meets South Carolina.

Not a bad looking ale. This beer pours just fine.

The head is durable and the glass ends up nicely decorated with sticky lacing.

The aroma is strongly hoppy, with fruity, floral, spruce and herbal hop elements. (The previous reviewer really nailed this part.)

The flavor is a complex mix of fantastic hoppy elements. The malt is there to back up the bitterness. One of my favorites. I will buy this one anytime I find it.

The flavor is better than the aroma. Or vice versa. Another solid IPA from Founders. Thank you vely much.

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Photo of brentk56
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head perched atop the clear amber liquid; some streaky lacing appears as the liquid descends

Smell: Floral and citrusy, with grapefruit dominant

Taste: Juicy citrus flavors, up front, with grapefruit and pineapple tones; a hint of caramel appears underneath but this beer is all about the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: What more can be said - this is one of the finest IPAs out there

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Photo of jm1229
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of trbergman
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pale orangeish goldenrod with about two fingers of sticky, airy foam. Head dissipates fast but leaves behind thick rings of lace.

S - Lush orange, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Huge aromas and very inviting.

T - Sweet malt backing with notes of fruit and toffee underlies a massive, delicious hop presence. Tropical fruits blend perfectly with lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Bitterness is assertive but not brash. Very good balance, with a finish a smidge drier than the start. Excellent.

M - Light-medium body with perky carbonation and a smooth, almost creamy texture.

D - It's a shame this only comes around once year, because it certainly merits a regular spot in the fridge. A must try for hopheads as well as the more casual APA drinker.

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Photo of unionturf
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of HarrySTruman
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden body with excellent clarity and steady carbonation streams, topped by four fingers of snow white rocky froth, stretched in all directions.

Vibrant aroma of juicy grapefruit and orange, a great big citrus circus still fresh at the end of January.

Taste is juicy sweet with tons of citrus right from the start. Bitterness rises steadily to a sharp bite at the swallow. Juicy sweet and bitter linger together long into the aftertaste.

Firm mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

A terrific fresh hop ale that I'll be picking up another case of next fall. You should too.

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Photo of AmitC
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So here it is, Founders harvest ale.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a 20oz snifter. Slight head of white color, less than half a finger thick. Decent lacing, slight bubble spree rising through the glass. Excellent golden amber color.

Smell : Devilish weeds, with grassy and earthy hops. very herb like. Striking and subtle. Excellent use of aroma. No malt presence whatsoever.

Taste: Good amount of bitterness upfront. Definitely feels like more than 70 IBUs. All fresh, american hops of strong beta and less alpha acids. Falls on the palate and disappears quickly. Extremely oily and vapor like presence. No amount of sweetness, whatsoever. Has a huge effect inside the stomach, just within 2 ounces of it going in. Love it.

Mouth feel: Hits the palate and evaporates. Medium to medium light body feel. Moderate carbonation.

For the style : 4.25
Personal bias: 4.5

I love this IPA, overwhelmed me, when i was expecting just another fresh hop IPA.

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Photo of montageman
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

First off let me say that this is an excellent beer. It is everything a pale ale should be - balanced, hoppy, malty, and citrusy. Cloudy pale yellow in appearance with an aroma that is dominated by pine and citrus. There is definitely some floral notes in the aromoa as well. The taste is tart & bitter with a very clean, dry finish. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonated perfectly. I could drink this stuff constantly. This gives Two Hearted Ale a run for its money. Highly recommended.

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Photo of russpowell
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2nd review, I guess the server crash ate my other one...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. superior lacing & very good head retention as well

S: Lemons, biscuitty malt & grapefruit, plus some leafy hops once warm. I remember my 1st review having much better aroma, but got call em as I see em, this might one of those beers that is fantastic fresh, but suffers over time, not sure???

T: Follows the nose, plus a touch of flinty dryness up front. Grapefruit & buscuitty malt dance as this warms, plus some floral hops as well. Finishes crisp, citrussy & with a dryness that demands you get another one out of the fridge

MF: Medium bodied, fairly soft carbonation & superior balance

Through the roof drinkability. As long as I can get this & the frehness is there, this a must purchase every time I cross the Mizzou State line! If not the best fresh hop beer I've had it is in the top 3...

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Photo of Jnashed
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle.

A) light golden color, clear. Mod head and retention.

S). Citrus and floral. Still. Catch the Backend malt breadlines

T) wonderful. So drinkable. Crisp, clean hop finish also. Perfect bitterness to back the firm malt background. Again as Founders does, it's balanced. Love it

M) full, and crisp with moderate carbonation. Medium body

Overall, just a wonderful beer for those who love IPA but really love the subtlety of a balanced fresh hop one. Amazing, wish it could be more than an October thing.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Hazy light golden color with a cloudy hue. Massive fluffy and pillowy head about an inch thick. Lacing was there too. Looks to me like its a quality brew.

S- Wow! Straight up citrus hops right here. This was as fresh smelling as possible. I cannot overstate the power of the hops in this one- smelled like someone squeezed a lemon and a lime over some super fresh hops.

T- Incredible. Zesty, fresh, earthy, ctrusy. Lemons, limes, grapefruits, apples, grass...not too bitter, not too sweet. Natural, fresh, and damn tasty.

M- Medium bodied. Sticky. Smooth going down. Pleasant carbonation.

D- Easy drinking beer right here. So flavorful and fresh. Naturally sweet and zesty. I really loved this one.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First wet hopped beer of the season, and I loved it. Smell is fantastic - fruity, hoppy, light malt. Hops shine but don't overpower, isn't bitter or overly piney. Great harvest ale.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent head. Smell is full of hops, sticky and thick. Taste is just the same, very hoppy and sweet. So much hop flavor in this one. Not an overbearing bitterness to such a hoppy taste. Very surprising and a great beer. One of the best beers I've had with such a strong presence of hops.


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Photo of roan22
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this wet-hop ale at Capone's. It is 70 IBUs and 6.5%

It is a very light orangey yellow color, appeared fresh and carbonated appropriately. Minimal lacing and head. A medium body.

Very nice aromatic hop aroma, very citrusy. Taste is hops blast of citrus and pine resin, also mintyness present at the end. Finishes somewhat clean but I detect a nice mild lasting bitterness present.

Balanced very well, smooth and extremely drinkable, this harvest ale from Founders went down very well, IMO it blows their Centennial IPA out of the water. Cheers.

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Photo of bnes09
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow-orange in color. Frothy white head towers over the brew and sticks to the glass.

Beautiful bouquet of citrus fruits in the aroma, namely apricot and tangerine. Robust, almost sensual hop aromas lure me in.

Hops dominate from the start. Bright and lively citrusy, orange, apricot, pine and mango hop flavor. Good malt character with a smooth, bready tone to balance the hops.

Medium bodied brew with lots of bubbles. Satisfying dry finish.

Excellent brew. Very lively and hoppy. Unlike any other fall seasonal I have tried.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 4-pack of this from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor before the holidays and have enjoyed one each week since. Now that I'm finishing the last one I'll review it.

This beer is exceptionally good by all measures I employ. First off, it appears to be an unfiltered pale straw colored beer with a thin but lasting lacy foam. The aroma is dominated by hops (sweet and a little pine resiny) with a noticeable malty backbone. The flavor is sweet and citrusy, balnaced by pale malts, with a satisfying bite of bitterness in the after-taste. Easily this is my favorite fresh hop ale I've tried.

A very solid offering from Founders, one of my favorite American breweries.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw golden in color with a good white frothy head that has good retention.

Smell has some great hop aromas, fresh tropical fruit hop aromas are forward followed by a some herbal and light vegetal aromas. Malt is light and grainy and does well to showcase the hops. More fresh hop aromas come out as it warms.

Taste is great. Awesome rich herbal hop flavors are forward and followed by a light tropical fruit hop very mild bitterness. Lots of hop oils and resin let the hop flavors last well after it has been swallowed without the big hop bitterness typical with such a hop forward beer.

Mouthfeel is awesome also. Carbonation is mild and the light grain keeps it soft. Lots of hop oils and resin give this a huge sticky feel with a relatively mild bitterness. This gives it a medium body but keeps it highly drinkable.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a slightly hazy yellow color a little darker than your typical macro lager. The head is a small one. That rises to just a few millimeters high and falls pretty fast to a thin layer on top of the beer. A pretty good amount of sticky lacing however.
S= like wet resiny hops. Lots and lots of grapefruit and citrus. One of the most citrus beers I've ever smelled. Smells pretty green as well you can definitally tell fresh hops were used.
T= really really grassy citrus pine. Just like the smell. Really quite citrusy like the smell not like a grapefruit citrus as much however more of a bitter orange peel sort of taste. The taste of green chlorophill hoppy greatness comes through a little on the end. The finish is not bitter at all its actually sort of sweet citrus taste. The green grassy chlorophill taste rounds the super bitterness out really nicely making it super tollerable. Really great wet harvest beer. Most obvious wet harvest beer as well.
M= crispy sweet and delicious. A little sticky but very good.
D= I'm going to rate this one as a wet hop ale not an APA like it says I think harvest ales should have their own category. Really delicious and obviously a wet hopped beer. Perfect for what it is almost. A little increase in tyhe appearance and this would be awesome.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from cask into a flared pilsner. Poured a golden yellow with a minimal pure white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus/bitter hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus (not a hoppy kind), and bitter hops. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was quite excellent. Very well-balanced in flavor and aroma. Very nice hop profile going on here. Found myself drinking this one QUITE quickly due to the flavor and easy of drinking it. A definite must try rather it be on-tap or on cask for sure!

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Photo of Bubslang
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on tap at Founders Harvest Ale Fest: Appearance is a hazy golden color with a medium sized off-white head with soe nice lacing. Wonderful fresh hop aroma that's mostly citrus with some floral otes. taste is mostly grapefruit,orange zest, and lemon with a nicely balanced malt sweetness. A very drinkable and refreshing beer

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Photo of Krisp09
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: 1 finger white head with some lacing that quickly dissipates with each sip. Aroma: amazingly strong floral with lighter citrus. Taste: floral up front with great malt backbone, finish is citrus and great bitterness. Mouthfeel: medium with some astringency from alcohol. Overall: one of best smelling IPAs I have ever had that delivers on taste with floral and citrus hops

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a strong citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA worth pounding for a whole evening.

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,066 ratings.
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