AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque golden with a bit of brown. Huge, frothy egg shell colored head. The nose is very piny and citrus hop with substantial sweetness. The head takes 5 minutes to dissipate so I can take a drink, and then the flavor follows the aroma influences. More of a IIPA in nose and flavor. Subtle malt present.
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is floral hops, little citrus, pine notes. Flavor is of pine, sweet flowers, slight bitterness.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a clear gold with a thick white head. Another solid beer from Founders. Nice hop aroma of grapefruit, and floral hops. Nice bitterness, mainly floral hops. Good stuff, I still like Alpha King more though.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2009
Wow, this beer is fantastic. The most aromatic hoppy beer ever, save for Bell’s Hopslam. It is among the only beer that uses 100% floral hoppiness. Not even a single tinge of citrus, of pine, or of soap. This one is all nectar producing flowers. Very spectacular. It really tastes like a world class IPA to me, even though it is labeled as an APA, but with the 6.5% abv, it definitely is a IPA. Can’t go wrong with this stuff, IF YOU HAVE THE MONEY!
alexsdad06 (6432) - Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Founders Harvest pours a hazy golden color with a large frothy head. Significant carbonation and sudsy lace. The aroma has moderate sweetness, grapefruit and pine hops and pale malt. The flavor is grapefruit and piney hops, fruity, moderately sweet and pale malt. The bitterness remains on the palate for a long time. Although not completely balanced, this is a solid brew.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good offering from Founders. I would put this one right in between Centennial and Devil Dancer. Pours pale with a medium head. This one is all hops. Aroma and flavor both are full of flowers. Touches of pine and citrus, but the floral aspect is dominate. Notes of honey and spice. Slightly bitter, but not overly so. I wouldn’t call this a hop bomb by any stretch of the imagination, but stands on its own as a nice hoppy beer.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
hops and nothing but hops! trying to think about what seperates this from an IPA....the color is a bit light for an IPA maybe, otherwise this is overwhelming and delicious hops dominating your palate. a bit cloudy with a foamy head that lasts, this is very floral and very drinkable. bitterness is high on the scale but very very pleasant.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 Bottle from motortoddhead - Pours a murly orange witha massive head that would not settle, aroma is light malt, hop flowers, honey...flavour is nectar like, dry malt, great citrusy hops, not too sticky...Fresh hops deliver a much more floral experience than just bitterness, and this is a fantastic fresh hop brew
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle! Poured a slightly hazy orangish-gold with a huge, long-lasting shaving foam head. Beautiful pour! Aroma is about as clean and green as they come with lots of citrus hops. Taste is similarly fresh tasting and dominated by grass and peach with a lightly sweet malt backbone. Tasty as hell. Amazing amount of carbonation and a light, refreshing mouthfeel. The whole experience feels like a love note to hops and I, for one, am swooning.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz from Sam’s, Durham. Nice cloudy orange pour, faint and somewhat quickly fading head. Aroma has some sweet malts, but is mostly dominated - as is appropriate for the style - by dank, bitter hops. Somehow, though, this particular hop combo is more citric, even uni-directional than some harvest ales. It’s not quite as rich and floral as I’d hoped, and to my taste is actually just a shade different than Harvest Centennial. Good stuff, but maybe not too much more than that.