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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   ABV: -
First brewed in 1988, OíBrienís Harvest Ale is a much anticipated autumn classic and one of the Northwestís original seasonal ales. For the last 21 years Haleís brewers have ushered in the fall season by crafting a delicious, hearty seasonal ale that features generous amounts of select hops. This yearís OíBrienís 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (13230) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Nice aroma of piney hop - not super strong, just nice. Hazy amber color with a white head that laced a bit on its rapid departure. Starts with pine. Mouthfeel a bit thin. A little malt pops up, and then the piney hop returns to finish. Itís nice. More like an IPA than the typical amber. Could drink this regularly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2007
12 oz. Bottle. Pine stands out on the nose along with some citrus. Orange body with off white head. Flavor is almost like the Menace but thinner texture in the body. Medium citrus oranges is the dominate flavor but more of a dry citrus aftertaste like chewing on the vine or peel of an orange. Good beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bartzilla (590) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Well! What a lovely surprise! Rich and creamy and tough. Reminds me of all the women Iíve fallen prey to. Color is nice and the nose invites you into a strong experience. The taste is smooth, yet strong. Again, like my women. Not too much heat as itís obscured by the generous amount of hop bite at the end, but the heat is there. Nice bonus beer from a trade that I hadnít considered and now I want more. Iíd like to see what getting totally wrecked on this would be like. Good ale. You go find some. Now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Color is oranged, pale coppery brown and musty tinted. Small unlasting cap of off-white foam lets losse to some lacing in inky strings. Aroma is pretty solid with a dark resiny pine oil over a crystalized orange marmalade. Taste is quick to the point with a nice grab upfront of toastifed malts and dried hoppyness. Middle gets oily with pine and very dark orange. Finish is slenderly bittered, contracting its pine sided tone to build a small, toasty edged, orange oil filled hut on the palate. Feel is moderately bold and medium, nearly full actually, for a pale that is. Its pretty solid, tends to have a gleaming, darker hop tendency to its bitterness. Not quite a hard edge to its malt toastyness, but leads on as if thereís more, when thereís not. Good balance and tone all throughout its character. West coast influenced, yep. A pretty solid pale ale that could be quaffed in quantity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Draft at Haleís, alongside their amazingly good grilled meat load. Pours a deep, very-slightly hazy coppery orange. Thick moussy light tan head. Big c-hop bouquet; grapefruit, pine, maybe some lemon. Super bold attack; off the charts for an amber: thick body, active carb, ultra assertive flavors. Biscuit, caramel, toast, nut, pine, grapefruit, and bitter resin thicken up the palate. Lingering bitter finish. Very like a kick-ass IPA. Gotta be the best amber on the face of the planet, but...is it really an amber?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2006
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours an amber color with an average size off white head. Light spotty lacing. Has a citrus and pine aroma. Has a very notiveable grapefruit flavor. Strong bitterness up front. Medium body. Tastes more like an IPA. A very nice beer. Try it if you can find it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Bottle courtesy of asteele8. Deep copper color. Wow, what an aroma. Heavy grapefruit. Sharp bitterness with a slight malt in the background. Very, Very hopped. Just the was it should be. Very hopped! I think harvest ales should be their own style. I really enjoy the green hop taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Bottle. Pours a red-brown with a slightly off-white head on top. Aroma is hoppy, citrusy, and hints of grapefruit. Flavor is full of hops. A very nice fresh hop bite from start to finish. I would classify this more as an IPA than an amber ale just off the first initial sip. A dry bitter finish at the end is very nice. A decent beer that is quite enjoyable. A nice way to celebrate the harvest season.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (3126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2006
On Tap: Reddish brown pour with a medium off white head. Taste is a well balanced hoppinness, caramels, and toasted malts. More hops than a typical amber ale and very tasty as a result.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2244) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2006 Tap at the Latona pub in Seattle.

Pours a clear caramel brown with red highlights and nice reddish tan head. The aroma is all herb garden - mint and thyme. The flavor follows, strong herb hops, slightly oily through a middle, hints of cleaning fluid unfortunately, powerful grapefruit rind bitterness. I get some booziness on late side along with a nice lip-drying finish. Thereís not a ton of balance here and the malts are basically running for cover, but this is nonetheless among the better Hales offerings that Iíve tried.

Addendum: Upon a Mid-october revisit (two pints worth) at Atlas, this one continues to grow on me. I didnít find the cleaning fluid this time around, just a rich herbal almost cidery harvest flavor and malts that provide enough backbone to make the whole balance out very nicely. I was additionally impressed to find this one served at close to cellar temperature with quite modest carbonation that really made this feel like a great draft harvest ale. My favorite Haleís offering by a long margin.

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