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RATINGS: 136   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Pours orange two finger off white head. Smell big malt and spice. taste malty harvest spices. Light body easy drinking Good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5465) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Nice crisp amber coloured body with a copper glow and a two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of bright citrus hops with pine, alcohol, resin and a bunch more fresh hops - very nice. Medium-bodied; Assertive fresh hop flavour with piney and citrus flavour, some earthy toffee and a great malt backbone. Aftertaste shows a great hop bitterness with a sweet finish from the caramel, a little earthiness, but a perfectly balanced malt backbone. Overall, a great beer and one that should be sampled by everyone - if you can get it, that is. I sampled this 12 ounce stubby bottle purchased from Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington on 10-February-2013 for US$1.33 sampled at home in [the real] Washington on 07-March-2013.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Cask served in an imperial pint at Capone’s in Coeur D’Alene. Pours a mostly clear gold-amber with a finger of soft off-white head. Aroma of sweet and bready malts, toffee, sugar, citrusy hops, and a bit of buttered popcorn. The flavor works better, with some good fresh citrusy hops, caramel malts, resin, tea, and nectar. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Nice hoppy amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Dark amber with a sepia tint. Hearty head and generous lacing down the glass. The nose is a mix of caramel and hazelnut. Medium to full bodied, this enters with some sweetish malts, but yields quickly to a heavy dose of hop bitterness. Clean, crisp mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Sample at the brewpub. Slightly murky copper-amber color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of malt, sweet caramel and fruit. Light to medium body with flavors of caramel malt, hops and citrus. The finish is short with an earthy malt aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Pint @ norms. The high rating fooled me. This this just another thin hales ale. Pretty sire this is the same as their ipa. Amehzing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2011
This is an IPA, I don’t care WHAT the brew calls it. It’s pretty bitter like most IPA brewed in America now, but there is absolutely nothing special going on with this beer. I guess it’s ok, but I’m just so bored with this over reliance on bitterness. Wake up America...there are better styles out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 27, 2011
2010 bottle. Cloudy very dark amber with a thin head. Very nice sweet orange and grapefruit aroma. That is one hoppy amber ale. I think it may be a PNW conspiracy to label some IPAs as Ambers to make me admit to liking Ambers. Nice bocy, nice balance, great hoppy zing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Clear amber orange, thin beige head. Aroma of citrus, pine. Taste is bitter, great hop profile here, well balanced with floral and citrus and then bitterness. Nice malty body as well. Solid beer, long bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle. Red brown with beige clings. Slightly funky, malty, some citrus. Citrus ending, some caramel, fairly mild.

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