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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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2003
Not half bad. It is a very full flavored beer that comes across a bit stronger than expected, but it isn't a bad surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Smells malty and sweet. Rich red coloring, with a short-lived head. Hops and malts balance eachother. However, the hops are slightly more present giving the beer more appeal to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Looking for something cozy at the bar one cold october night, this one hit the spot perfectly. Perfectly balanced malty and bitter throughout. Spicey and nutty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2002
Outstanding beer. Aroma is citrus like. Hazy orange in color, creamy white head. Spicy, nutty flavor very "amberale" like. It finishes with a very nice amount of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2002
Had on Cask at the Brewpub. Cloudy light brown with lasting off white head. Citrus nose. Fruity malt fore and mid with bitter end. Wish I hadn’t had a cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 14, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 Amber-red (copper) color with little to no head. Aroma is of caramel malts and cascade hops. Medium body. Bitter finish and aftertaste. A relatively unremarkable beer. Would enjoy more malt flavoor or dry hop.

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