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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   ABV: -
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Draft at Hale’s, 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 (3017) - 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 (2212) - 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. There’s not a ton of balance here and the malts are basically running for cover, but this is nonetheless among the better Hales offerings that I’ve tried.

Addendum: Upon a Mid-october revisit (two pints worth) at Atlas, this one continues to grow on me. I didn’t 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 Hale’s offering by a long margin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2006
A nice little fresh harvest ale, sweet citrus hop aroma clean and crisp. Very light bitterness up front with a bold bitter finish with lots of green hop taste. Mild diacetyl hits you up front, but I don’t notice it much in the bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Draft- the Front Door, Boise, ID. Nice fresh hop bite, but the diacetyl was a little distracting. Better after about a half pint. Nice looking beer and would have been much better without the butter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1763) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Bottle:Murky amber color with a small off-white head. The aromas are abundantly hoppy for an amber - Sweet citrus mixed with juniper shrubs mainly. The taste is hop loaded as well. It seems to me this gets pretty close to an IPA. It has a weird aftertaste thing - kind of like cardboard mixed with a hint of anise with a tin foil finish. It isn’t to overpowering, but nevertheless there. The feel is great and it is a yummy beer to have as we enter the harvest season.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Pour is almost opaquely hazed amber with a thin tan head...smell is hoppy with lots of grapefruit and hints of bread behind it...taste is sharply bitter hoppy up front with sweet citric notes rounding out the flavor...quick sweet finish...

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