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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   ABV: -
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First brewed in 1988, O’Brien’s Harvest Ale is a much anticipated autumn classic and one of the Northwest’s original seasonal ales. For the last 21 years Hale’s brewers have ushered in the fall season by crafting a delicious, hearty seasonal ale that features generous amounts of select hops. This year’s O’Brien’s Harvest Ale is a reintroduction of the recipe we used in 2007 which was a Silver Medal winner at GABF.
2008--6.5%--70 IBUs
2009--6.8%--75+ IBUs
2010--6.2%--65 IBUs
2014--6.9--42 IBUs--Malts: 2-Row Pale, Crystal 75L, Special B, Rye--Hops: Centennial, Simcoe, Bravo, Calypso


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
douglas88 (7800) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Whole Paycheck. Pours a dark copper color with a large white head. A light toast and caramel nose. The flavor is caramel, Crystal malts, some citrus. Hmm. Very sweet like a Oktoberfest. OK. Drinkable for sure.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Tap. Pours a clear orangish copper with a small wispy off-white head. Lightly malty nose, a touch of vienna and a slight huskiness. Just the lightest hop note. The flavor is on the sweeter side with caramel and vienna malt, some light nobel hops on the back end. Fine fizzy carbonation. Pretty decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (3309) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle from Brewers Haven. Picking up some Belgian notes right away, yeasty, musty aroma. Would not put this in as an amber, although lots of caramelly malt late on the palate. Cloudy dark amber body with small soapy head. Lingering bitter finish and minor warmth.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SHIG (4211) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle: Poured a copper off white head. Very veggie harvest aroma. Taste is hops and malts little veggie.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice amber brown color. Slight white head, a bit of lacing. Aroma is caramel malt. Flavor is sweet, with a bitter hops aftertaste. Overall I wasn’t immediately blown away, but then I realized how easily drinkable it is. Definitely worth checking out.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (11209) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2015
On tap at Hale’s, pours a clear copper with a small beige head. Aroma brings out a mix of different hop varietals, with notes of citrus, pine and resin, some bready caramel malt as well. Flavour is both hop and malt heavy, with lots of resinous hops, which then transition to sweet caramel malt. After a while, the malt bill overtakes and leaves a rather high amount of sweetness. Okay, but nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2542) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2015
2015 version. Deep Amber with a firm white head. Nice pine and light citrus hops with a good portion of toasted caramel malts. Full bodied. Full flavored Amber with a good malt and hop balance. Highly enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (6398) - Utah, USA - JAN 14, 2015
12oz bottle from Total Wine in Spokane
Slightly cloudy amber with a medium sized beige head, good lacing. Aroma of toasted malts and dark fruit. Taste of toasted malts, sweet caramel, bready and spices
Decent

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (3045) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2014
12oz bottle - 8oz nonic glass - $1.25 at Traders Joe’s

2014 bottle, expiration date: 12/18/14, I am guessing that is 3 months out, so this is 2 weeks old. Medium head, leads to medium lacing Dark orange color, glowing in the light. Aroma is some caramel, some orange hops, some fruit yeast aspects, some light green grass aspects, and dusty yeastiness. A real mix of British style in a PNW brewery and a bit too much caramel. Mouthfeel has a bit of sparkle before the same flavors as aroma. Maybe a bit of rye spice at the end as well, but there is a lot of stuff going on and its not really my bag.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1pintatatime (122) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Pours a rich amber color with decent off-white head. Mild aroma of fruitcake. Taste is sweet and malty with hints of caramel and candied fruit but with a surprisingly long and barely noticeable bitter finish. Medium bodied. Very drinkable.


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