Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company

4,442 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 ChilliHeights
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Wet hops. This one is a good one, not too strong to over power you but can taste and smell the dankness of the beer. The aroma came out of the bottle when popped open and love that hop smell. Great mouth feel and finish. Cheers.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz into Standard Pint, bottled on October 3rd 2016.

L: Hazy golden color, two finger off-white head, super fluffy, superb retention.

S: Citrus hops, bit of pine note too. Some herbal spice as well. Really nice aroma.

T: Follows the nose closely with good amounts of herbal and pine. Decent malt backbone keeps the 70 IBUs in check. Great tasting beer.

F: Light body, good carbonation, hop oils on the tongue.

O: Another great beer by Founders.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden peach color with a nice 1 finger head.

Aromas of fresh fruits, namely cantaloupe, melon, with faint rindy aromas going on. Beautiful nose.

Flavor starts off with a biting resinous character, followed by rinds of orange, cantaloupe, and honeydew. Hop character in spades. Lovely hop flavor, slight oil on the finish.

Feel is very carbonated, biting, slightly pleasantly oily and resinous, semi-dry finish.

Overall, Harvest Ale is a killer IPA. Will be buying more if given the chance.

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Photo of Terptwerp
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a great fresh hop bear. The smell is amazing. Other fresh hop beers have come out in the last couple of years that rival this one, but I am always glad to pick some up each year. Make sure that you drink it soon after it is bottled, since like most fresh hop beers the flavor changes after a few weeks.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy orange-straw with three fingers of white head. Head foams up quickly after a slow start. Good retention and lacing. Citrus, dank, and pine hops form a sticky, hoppy aroma with a sprinkling of black pepper. Flavor profile is similar, with citrus, and pine hops, and a black pepper taste throughout. Mouth feel is smooth, and holding at a medium thickness. Overall, a well rounded IPA. Hops are at the forefront, but easily managed and balanced. The pepper notes are a pleasant change for an IPA.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the growler, it pours an American IPA standard hazy amber with a moderate head. Goodly bits of grass and citrus in the nose. Yumminess in the fresh hop flavor. Feels nice going in and entirely easy to drink! Yum!

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Yellow/orange in color, translucent, and bright.
S: MIld aroma of bread. citrus, and herbs
T: Peppery, almost spicy hop quality. Citrus zest, pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of pine on the finish. Not very bitter, more zesty than anything else.
F: Light body, smooth, easy drinking, and tastes great, not astringent.
O: Really nice IPA.

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

Founders Brewing Co. "Harvest Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 10/03/16" and sampled on 12/06/16
$4.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Hazy golden body beneath a thick head of rocky white that holds quite well and leaves very nice lacing behind.

Aroma: Fresh and bright but not bold. Lively. Somewhat floral, but really more like an entire garden with aromas of grass and other green plants as well. Delicately piney and earthy. Fruity with apple, berry, and apricot. Soothing.

Flavor: Perhaps not surprisingly very similar to the aroma. The malt brings in a note of gently sugary sweetness, grain, and delicate golden caramel and soft toast. The berry character remains and makes me think of Mosaic, Simcoe, and a little bit of Amarillo (although I don't know what's in there). It's not overly grassy or expressive of chlorophyll as some fresh hop ales can be; nor does the alcohol show until you've reached the bottom of your glass. It's bitterness brings it to a dry conclusion but the fruitiness lingers with a little bit of pine. Really nicely rounded, and superbly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium full in body with a smooth, fine-bubbled standard carbonation that lends a delicate caress.

Overall: I initially balked at the price after having realized what I'd paid for it ($4.49), and I thought how could it be worth that much? (I now understand I kind of got ripped off as some retailers were selling it for as low as $11/4-pack). After half a glass I was contented with it though as it was so pleasant and enjoyable. Compellingly drinkable and absolutely worth seeking out, I'll be waiting for the next release in October 2017!

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Photo of RyanK252
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Founders snifter

A: Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a nice layer and leaves some sticky lacing.

S: Tropical fruit, citrus, pine, grassy, floral, lightly toasted malt, and some caramel sweetness.

T: Resinous pine, tropical notes, passion fruit, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, a bit grassy, lightly toasted malt, and a little caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This was one of the beers I was excited about trying when we finally started getting Founders in my area. It doesn't disappoint. Everything you want from a wet hop beer.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Poured into a Firestone-Walker Proprietor’s Reserve glass, the very white head foams up nicely towards the top of the glass and creates a finger-and-a-half, pillowy blanket that appears to rest, weightlessly, on top of a pale orange-yellow beer. The beer itself is extremely lively, with dozens of streams of tiny bubbles racing upwards from the etching on the bottom of the glass.

SMELL: Dank and piney with some authority. A little grass aroma sneaks in as well along with some grapefruit nuances. Solid aroma.

TASTE: That piney flavors come through big time in this, along with a more pronounced grapefruit taste than the nose suggested. Orange peel and lemon linger underneath, providing more citrus and bitterness, but they’re balanced out by some very subtle, but very nice tropical fruit flavors; mango and pineapple primarily.

MOUTHFEEL: The first sip was sweeter than I expected and therefore it took me a few sips to realize that this was still on the dry side, but not as dry as I expected it to be. There is enough malt and tropical fruit to give it a hint of sweet. The body is medium and, surprisingly, it coats the palate with some bittersweet fruit flavors to leave a pleasant finish.

OVERALL: I’ve been waiting to try this one for a long time and, as usual, Founders is Founders. They simply make great beer. I cannot wait to snag this one again next year. Hopefully they’re in Colorado by then!

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Photo of donspublic
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip, 1 finger cream colored head, dissipates rather quickly, nice lacing. Bright cloudy golden in the glass, no visible yeast particles. Smells citrus, toasted malt, some tropical action going on. Taste faintly of pineapple, mild citrus bitterness with some toasted malt on the finish. Mild bitterness keeps things in check. Nice semi dry finish with a little sweetness. Nice mouthfeel, ABV hidden well and no lingering bitterness.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mostly clear golden straw colored with a white head.

Aroma: soft light fruit aroma with some citrus in the back. even getting strawberries.

Taste: very mild bitterness that lingers to the finish. getting citrus and some faint fruit flavors from the hops. crisp.

Feel: soft, on the lighter side of medium.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Basically this is a beer in which it is exactly what you get from the description on the bottle. It has a hazy golden color, that is perfect in a tulip glass, and the taste of juicy hops of citrus exploding on your palate. Interesting enough you must drink this beer right away. I drunk one on one week and had another the following week and the hops weren't as juicy. You want this beer fresh from the barrel as possible. Also compared to Sierra Nevada's Northern Hemisphere of similar philosophy in brewing with wet hops, Founders destroyer Sierra on taste. Although sierra has a cooler darker look. Perhaps it's based on the type of hops, Founders is more citrus, Sierra is more piney. Either way try this beer and enjoy.

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Photo of stephens101
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale orange with two fingers of white froth that settle quickly leaving little evidence behind. Slightly musty with faint light fruit (pear, orange, peach), florals, herb and oil. Quite smooth with herbal, oily hops forward followed by notes of grapefruit, pear and faint spice. Lighter in body than expected. A tasty treat that does not overwhelm but doesn't bore the taste buds either.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Half an inch of head sits above a toasted orange base with spotty lacing clinging around the glass. When I smell it, it smells like a party of citrus fruits. I get the aroma of orange, tangerine, and mango, done with a sweet and fragrant accent. Although the beer's alcohol level goes beyond 7%, the beer is very smooth. Sweet citrus fruits and nothing bitter. The notes of tangerine, mango, grapefruit, passionfruit, popping above a light malt base. It's medium bodied, oily, and a joy to drink.

Give this beer a medal! Another winner in a stable full of winners.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Nice, fresh, hoppy, piney, citrus aroma. Great smooth taste. Excellent malt to hop transition. Fresh, citrus, piney resin. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Been waiting for this one for a long time. Very good!

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Photo of Sam1017
3.37/5  rDev -20%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

I was really excited to see this come into my store. I had received plenty of calls, "you guys got founders harvest in yet!?" So I was looking forward to taking my pick first... Had it out of the bottle, was way danker than I had expected, had a bitterness that was just not super enjoyable, and being a hop head, I was ready for the licking a wet pine cone taste... Just not super dope like I was hoping. But it was overall a decent harvest ale just was anticipating more. Especially from founders.

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Photo of TripleSun
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've only had 2 fresh hopped beers (including this one) so I don't have a lot to go on but this harvest ale really hit it out of the park!

L - Golden yellow with nice lacing and a medium head
S - Pine and citrus
T - Orange and pine are very big on the mouth
F - Very smooth and silky with texture, has a good bitter kick but doesn't halt towards the back, it just glides down.

The last wet hopped ale I had was a so-so with me but this one captures everything I love about IPA but goes a notch higher feeling very fresh.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear golden straw color with a white sudsy head with nice retention and lacing
S-lots of dank hops, pine, orange, pineapple
T-more pine, orange, pineapple, apricot, and resiny bitterness in the finish, malt providing a nice balance but not lending much to the flavor
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-excellent wet hop IPA that is fruity and dank, definitely would seek out again

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Photo of Jacksonman
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's the perfect beer. I love a good IPA because of the crispness. This Harvest Ale is perfectly balanced. I picked up a 4 pack on the recommendation of another patron of our local beer store, and I am glad I did. Might have to go back to see if they still have some so I can load my beer fridge. It is my all time favorite! Signed up for Beer Advocate just to post on this one.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 4 pack of bottles. Drank from snifters.

Look: medium golden color with half a finger white head, light lacing
Smell: citrus hops with a hint of pine
Taste: bitter hops upfront overtaken by a mild tangerine aftertaste, hint of malt
Feel: medium bodied with light carbonation, very crisp & refreshing

Overall: great IPA by Founders. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, golden orange with a thin, creamy, off white head.
A wonderful citrus hop smell with tangerine.
Wonderful balance of hop and malt. Candied citrus fruits. Resin bitterness sticks to tounge. Refreshing finish.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into Nonic Pint
Bottled 10/03/16 about 3 weeks ago
L- clear, dark gold, inch-thick foamy head, leaves lacing
S- pine, citrus, pineapple as well
T- feels like i'm biting into a fresh pine tree, sweet lightly toasted caramel malt, with a bitter piney finish with hints of the aforementioned pineapple
F- light/medium bodied, crisp carbo
O- a extremely solid IPA, well balanced, really enjoy the freshness especially from a National Brewer. Well Done.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.12/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold-copper with a large frothy head dying to a thin blanket leaving a lot of lace.

Smell is really toasty cracker, popcorn and lime with a lightly astringent afterscent.

Taste is orange, lime, Smarties, cracker, and biscuit. Tangy but bitter.

Frothy and medium soft at first, finishing very dry and chewy.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of floral and pine notes along with citrus.

Tastes of the oily hops with a good malt backbone. Hops lead off with pine resin and floral notes along with some citrus zest. This gives way to sweet malts with caramel and syrupy sweetness. Not particularly bitter. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good wet hop ale that showcases the hop oil.

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