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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2478) - 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 (81) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1019) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Nitro at Buckley’s on Queen Anne. Clear amber pour with lasting foamy cream head. Not sure I’d call it lacing, but that foam sticks all over the glass. Generously resinous hoppy aroma. Also toast, biscuit, grass and a shade of caramel. Taste: malty without being particularly sweet, followed by an assertively bitter finish. Is there such thing as an amber ipa? Medium body, creamy smooth texture. Overall: solid hoppy amber. Hale’s might not make the sexiest beers, but they make some very nice ones -- I should drink more of them.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jaysbeers (79) - - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle to glass. Medium, opaque amber color. Medium carbonation. Light fragrance. A bitter nutty ale finish that doesn't linger long. Good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (1696) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Pours amber orange with a small off white head. Aroma is herbal, earthy and pine. Taste is sweet with some tart undertones. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. I am surprised this is not an IPA, very similar flavor profile.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3814) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle: Very cloudy amber with a whipped tan head. Aroma is herbal, hoppy, a hint of fruit. Taste is malty, bitter herbal/earthy hops. Creamy, smooth. Orange and caramel... Very good, but....I think I’d call it an APA, at least.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (2987) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle. Buttery caramel malt and earthy/herbal orange hops aroma. Amber with a small ivory head. Bready caramel malt, orange peel and herbal hops flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christpuncher (1245) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2013
One of the better seasonal beers I have had. Super hoppy and really bitter. I would say it is more an ipa than anything else. Smells hoppy an has a bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjgmd (1463) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle, via Beer Boxer. Pours a dark opaque deep reddish orange amber color with a very small head. Nose is citrus and bitter with some pine and resin. Taste is bitter with some citrus and subtle sweetness. Drinkable , but not earth shattering.Finish is bitter as well, and ends on the sour citrus resin notes. Quaff Score 7 / 10

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zgaier (1414) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Pours an amber orange with a beige head and aroma of toasted malt and caramel. Well balanced, with sweet, toasted malt, bittering hops, citrus, caramel, straw, and bready notes with a slight bitter finish. Drinkable, solid ale


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