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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Initial blast of hops when I popped the top off, somewhat muted in the glass. Some spicy hops in the aroma. If I had to hazard a guess, I think Simcoe hops are playing a role in this beer. Cloudy reddish amber in color with minimal head. Strawberry and lemons dominate the flavor. Somewhatflat and uninteresting thereafter. Lingering hop burn. Thanks André.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2005
this one was a fuscia shock of copper with small to no head, damn didnt i just say that??? scratch, scratch, scratch....litle biscuit nose wich pours into the palate with a bark of malty cereal flavors, this was my buddys favorite beer they had. i could take it or leave it, easy to drink, not very interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2004
BottlePours a dark sopper.amber with a modest off-white head and a little lacing. Aroma is malt but also healthy hops. Flavor is quite strong hops, almost like an IPA. Balance with dark fairly sweet hopsworks well. Feel is moderate and aftertaste is slight bittersweet hops. Quite different than the other few fall seasonals I've had this year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2004
nice piney, slightly orangy, heavy malt aroma; decent caramel malt background and flowery bittererness throughout; slightly detracting metallic tinge. not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Bottle pours a clear reddish copper, small off-white milk froth like head, attractive lacing, with soft carbonation.   Dominant hops, slight citrus, with subtle malt notes on the nose.   Forwardly hoppy, its everywhere but on the tongue.   Followed by a very slight maltiness.   Its only as the beer finishes do you get the hop bitterness on the tongue.   Also a very light fruit flavor, apple or pear.   Decent body, slightly less than medium mouthfeel.   Lingering hop flavor, with a bit of charred wood or ashtray.   Not as sweet, malty, or smooth as I prefer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3857) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2004
On tap at Humpy's. Light amber color with a thin head. Strong citrus hop nose. Hop flavors of orange peel but also mandarin orange and a berry sweetness to it. Maybe a little thin, but tastey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2003
This has got the signature Hales big hoppy aroma thing going on smothered with fresh grain - just how a harvest ale should be. The hops are very fresh and definitely flavorful, not simply bitter. Another very solid brew from hales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2003
I do not know how I forgot to rate this one, I was sure that I had. This stuff is awesome! I would like to have a couple of cases, one to drink and one to lay down. A very nice brown pour with a nice white head, and great lacing. The aroma is hoppy to say the least, a strong ale in the flavor, and a beautifully balanced malt character bring up the back to balance it all out. Finish is slightly acidic and citrusy but in a good way. This is a great take on an APA, a truly wonderful fall seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Pours mahogany with large white head and lacce. Hoppy aroma, mostly floral in nature. Nice malt and citrus hop flavors. Smooth finish, slightly bitter. Very nice ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Golden amber color with head that stays until the end and doesn't vanish until the end. Lacing stays all the way around until the end. Aroma is full of piping fresh hops, very floral and simply delicious on a fall afternoon. Flavor is slightly bitter but mainly sweet. Finishes with a well balanced sweet from the malt and bite from the hops. This is a great seasonal, I don't know why more people haven't tried this.

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