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 Dubbercody
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received in trade, thanks to crazynelson.

White fluffy giant head, golden yellow color that gives of scents of grass, citrus and sweetness. Taste is both hoppy and refreshing. Enjoyable, always interesting fresh hop beers. Always makes me think of how lucky I am to live in fresh hop land.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. BOTTLED 09/30/2014.

Appearance: Pours a golden body with a thin white head.

Smell: Light juicy hop and strong pilsner malt aroma.

Taste: Spicy hop flavor. Firm crisp bitterness. Sweet pilsner malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, sharp bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting a much juicier, tropical/citrus hop bomb. Bitterness is high, but body is light and crisp. Non of the classic ale fruitiness. If you told me this was a continental pilsner, I would have believed you.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks mikereaser for the opportunity.

Pours a clear light lemony gold. A frothy white head builds up. Rather high, which takes a couple of pours to actually fill the cup. No lace.

Aroma is lemony citrus, pine, bright. A very faint honey sweetness. Very refreshing.

Flavor is lightly honeyed bread. More citrus and pine, a good amount of bitterness though it doesn't linger overmuch. A hint of grass.

Medium light body, a good amount of carbonation but nothing prickly.

Light pale ale with great hop aroma. Very refreshing.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The fresh hop blast is off the charts! As usual, Founders produces some of the most consistent beer around. Harvest is no exception to the rule. Tons of earthy, spicy hop bitterness. A nice balance with the malt sweetness. This beer is exceptional.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank this from a imperial pint glass.
A- pours hazy gold in color. A 1 finger head that has decent retention. Gobs of lacing left.

A- lots of citrus. Orange and grapefruit mainly. Hops are present. There is a hint of some malts coming from out in the distance.

T- orange, grapefruit, and perhaps a mellow peach or some kind of melon. The hop and malt profiles are blended nicely. Not as hoppy as I was expecting, however, there is a tad bit of bitterness present. I don't detect any real alcohol presence.

M- medium to light in body. It finished very crisp.

D- I could drink A TON of these. To bad I only have one. I gave this a 5 for good reason.


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Photo of SirSketch
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear, golden yellow beer. Bright white head with fine bubbles that don't fade away for several minutes.

S - The pine needle, raw, leafy hop aroma will knock you off your feet! There's a vegetal, green tomato smell, but it isn't off-putting. Also, some tree sap aroma.

T - Lemon (and lime?) citrus notes, crisp pine and even mint are found. The bitterness is strong, but soft on the palette. Very nice!

M - Medium body. Dry and crisp.

O - Easily one of the best hop characters I've experienced in a beer!

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack from Binny's in Des Plaines, IL.

A: Pours a yellowish-golden color with a finger of white head that settles down to a film while lacing the glass a little.

S: Smells like citrus, grapefruit, nice fresh earthy hops. Not super complex here, but a very pleasant scent just not very intense.

T: Tastes like very smooth EARTHY hops, grapefruit and citrus, but not super dank (hey it's just a Pale Ale!) a slight pale malt comes in towards the middle before being overtaken by some smooth heavy bitterness in the finish.

M: A little thinner than my preference for hoppy beers, but definitely a full bodied sessionable pale ale mouthfeel. Super smooth going down!

D: Highly drinkable! It's got a lot of good, fresh, earthy, hoppy flavor, but not so dank that it hurts the sessionability. Definitely something I wish was available year round as this is one of the better regular pale ales that I've had.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into long trail pint glass

A: very light golden color that is surprisingly light for an IPA see a small white head that despates quickly doesn't look right to me

S: what a fruit and hop symphony of an aroma lots of citrus and melon but the smells is so well balanced

T: very light but super tastey way better then they appeared packs a punch lots of fresh hoppy flavor that's fades into a fresh bitterness that is easy on the pallet

M:smooth as hell, light for an ipa but incredibly drinkable

O: wow I love this stuff did not see that coming tastes fresh and crisp but still a hop forward well balanced ipa seems true to style. Bravo founders yet another one I will get again

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Photo of coastiebob
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour at Mcnellies South. Nice golden color with an inch of white, fluffy head that stays. Excellent lacing. Smells of citrus, especially grapefruit, and subtle pine. Taste follows smell. Nice, light mouth feel. Excellent brew & one of my favorite IPAs . Wish it was year-around

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Photo of wheelinshirt
2.85/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up this stubby little 12 oz bottle from Capone's in Norristown. Seemed a little late for a wet hop beer, but i needed a hop fix so i picked this one up over bomber of great divide's wet hop, maybe should have gone the other way.

Hazy gold color with about a finger and a half of creamy, just off-white head that actually didn't last that long and left only some lacing. Little disappointing.

Smell is basically just a fresh hop. Not a lot of complexity here, but it does smell good. Wish there was a hint (just a hint) of malt, but the citrus and resiny hop smell is nice.

Taste is pretty bitter, lots of hops. Not really any malt to balance it out. As it warms up some more the hop taste seems to fade, or maybe it is just my palate adjusting--haven't had this much hops in a while. Mouthfeel is pretty poor, actually. Very thing and the slick, oily feel of it keeps it from tasting crisp. Would it have killed them to throw in a bit of caramel malt or something in there?

Drinkability is limited due to the thin body that simply cannot support the bitterness and the lack of malt presence to balance out the hop flavors. Not too bad, I guess, but i wish i had been drinking sierra nevada harvest ale instead.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits a somewhat cloudy gold. tried not to pour the yeast

Smell: very crisp citrus and pine aroma. tiny bit of malt

Taste: lots of citrus and pine hops. not t very bitter though. some malt sweetness and yeast. somewhat dry finish

Mouthfeel: low-med body. lots of carbonation. thought i poured a sparkling wine. may be just a little out-dated though

Notes: great pale. all the flavor and aroma benefits of hops without the bitterness. just perfect. i drank our last bottle of the year though so im sad

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Photo of threeviews
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unquestionably, this is one of my favorite (single and sessionable) IPA's on the market...Lagunitas Daytime and Stone IPA are my secondary and tertiary choices...

A- Pours a beautiful, crystal clear golden (obviously filtered) with about a single-finger worth or fluffy white head.

S- Aroma for days! Huge floral notes along with tropical, grapefruit, orange, mango, pineapple and peach all come to mind...amazing!

T- Considerable malt backbone is detected before the onslaught of a huge wave of citrus-rind bitterness...not overly astringent, but unmistakably an West Coast American IPA...absolutely brilliant!

M- Moderate carbonation does the trick as the hop oils simply coat the tongue and get you ready for the next sip.

O- This, Double Trouble and KBS are my top three brews that Founders offers...unfortunately all three are limited releases forcing me hunt and ration for these exceptional brews. Wow...only if one of these were year-round offerings. Founders never disappoints.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a clear, pale gold with a two inch foamy head that lingers for a while and leaves nice lacing. Good visible carbonation.

Smell- As soon as you open the bottle, the hops become apparent. Strong but pleasant smell of pine, grapefruit and lemon zest. Also some fruitiness a bit of fresh cut grass.

Taste- A good balance of bitterness, grapefruit and again I get a bit of grass and mustiness. Pale malt flavors are present in the background.

Mouthfeel- body and carbonation are good for the style. Fairly dry on the finish.

Overall- Enjoyed everything except the taste. Not sure if it was a bad bottle but it had a good deal of mustiness that I didn't care for, everything else was good for the style.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

When I opened the bottle, I would swear that I had a Zombie dust in my hands. The smell was awesome. The flavor was not quite Zombie, but was still very enjoyable. Nice job founders...

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Photo of blackearth
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a bright gold body with a white head. Aroma is dominated by piney and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Great hop flavor throughout which seems to "build" after the finish, much like the heat of a chili pepper. Very good drinkability.

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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 sevenarts
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy pale golden golden with some visible carbonation throughout and a small but persistent head.

S: Citrusy hops right up front.

T/M: Very nice, subdued citrus hops. Medium body.

O: This is a great fresh-hopped ale, it has a very crisp and refreshing taste and a nice, subtly hoppy style.

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip

A Golden and transparent. Half inch or so of white foam. Lingers for a bit but not too long. A rich lacing does remain.

S Floral and fruity. Fresh like after a spring rain. Hops. Lemons. Very nice.

T Greasy hops. Pine resin. Bitter fruit peel - lemons and grapefruit. Some sweet malt. Big bitter aftertaste.

M Nice and oily and smooth. Finishes very clean and refreshing.

O One of my favorites of the style. Near perfect. It is so clean and fresh and bitter yet has some balance. Oh, so good.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Beautiful golden color with a luscious, foamy ~1/2" head. Leaves a little spotty lacing, head recedes to 1/8" but retains well.
Delicious juicy fruit in the nose, some mango and passion fruit, a little orange, light pine. I get some kind of fruit candy note too, like a pineapple Jolly Rancher or something.
Pine hits me up front on the taste, followed by bitter orange and just a brief flash of sweet tropical fruit, I want to call it passion fruit again. Finishes with a dry grassiness, and the orange and tropical fruit comes back a little in the aftertaste. Well balanced up front with the bitterness mostly taking over in the aftertaste.
The texture is fine but a little bit thin.
Easy drinking and smooth but just a little bitter for me to want to drink too many.
Delicious and juicy, a nice wet hop ale.

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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 ectomorph
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sam @ Bev World for for keeping a couple of bottles of this for me in the cooler. No freshness dating noted, but I know it's fresh. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - Bright golden body, great clarity for wet hop ale, steady stream of carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass to support the nicely persistent finger thick white head. Sticky lacing in sheets.

S - Dank, humid and resinous hops. Red onion and earthy moss blend with a faint sweetness from the malt. Clean.

T - Again I will say the wet hops here impart an onion flavor but nothing harsh. Lots of wet grass, pine sap bitterness to satiate any hop head's craving. As the palate adjusts, some sweetness/bite from the alcohol but not harsh. Great burps. :)

M - Medium to light in body, very crisp and dry finish leaves you puckered for more until your tongue can no longer appreciate bitterness.

D - For a hop head such as myself, very high. I could only score 2 bottles this year so far, but I will be looking out for more.

I will say that at 6.5% ABV and 70 IBU's this beer would be more appropriately categorized as an IPA.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very gentle pour produces a massive head that took a good five minutes to settle down before I could pour the rest of the beer into my pint glass. This golden yellow beer left sheets of lacing on the walls of my glass as well with staying power for the entire beer. The nose on this beer is hop oils all the way with varying scents of citrus and pine, and I also get more and more earthy undertones as the beer warmed. The flavor profile starts with a big rush of citrus flavor with bitter pine coming in quite quickly and just a touch of pale malt to balance out the hop flavors. The mouthfeel is slick and oily with medium carbonation with no alcohol present on the mouthfeel. The drinkability is very good on this beer and I probably could have killed my only four pack of this last night, but I am at least going to try to make them last through this month.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Tom Peters over at Monks.

This tasty pours a hazy golden straw color with a large foamy white head. Some carbonation and a nice amount of sediment that deepened the color to an orange tone. Retention was very good and lacing was decent.

The bouquet has a reasonable amount of citrusy hops with lemons and oranges. There were some toasted malt undertones. The taste has decent hops that are balanced with a grassy-straw bite that finished with light heavy citrus and sweet malts. Nice bitter aftertaste.

The mouth feel is light and crisp. The carbonation really works for this beer, making easy to enjoy, while it does not fill. This will be a refreshing beer on ht days!! While I agree this is a bit tame for Founders, it is still a nice beer. Crisp, well balanced and tasty.

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

I have had some really stellar Harvest Ales lately, and this one might be the best of the best. Whats unique about the style is that there is a strong hop prescense, similar to an IPA, but it lacks the dry and bitter finish commonly found in said style. Here is my review:

A: Pours a nice golden amber color. Head is pretty minimal and lacing is only okay, but it still looks very appetizing in the glass.

S/T: The aroma is an explosion of tropical fruit. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is quite similar. Grapefruit and pineapple are very forward, along with a slight lemon character. Maybe a slight citrus fruit rind in there as well. Overall, lots of tropical fruits with little to no hop bitterness. Super juicy as well. Actually reminds me a lot of Double Trouble, only lighter. Excellent.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and very smooth. Very juicy and thirst quenching. Very sessionable. Little bitterness.

Between Hoppin Frog, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, and Founders, this has been an excellent Harvest Ale season. Another gem from Founders. Strong hoppyness smoothed out to a nice and juicy mouthfeel. Well worth checking out. Excellent beer.

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Photo of claminat420
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a transparent straw color. 1.5 finger head with medium lacing.

S- a nice hop scent.slightly grapefruity.

T- a nice well rounded american pale ale. a watery hop brew with the lightest malt presence but just enough to get the job done.

M- light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- if they only came in a 6 pack :(

Overall- this is a good brew. i have to be an ass tho and give them nothing higher than a b+ for the fact of the four pack. they need to come out in 6er's!!

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Founders Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 4,440 ratings.
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