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RATINGS: 133   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 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 (10001) - 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 (4901) - 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 (2397) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Cask @ E9. Cloudy amber pour which resolves to hazy and then clear in short order. Off white, persistant head which leaves minimal lace. Hoppy aroma with a slightly cardboard or wet hay overlay. Medium body, nicely balanced, but not my favorite Hales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2010
This beer is fantastic. I avoided it for the longest time because I thought it would be a shitty oktoberfest style beer. It’s a deliciously hoppy delight. Lots of citrus and well balanced. A very robust amber, in good company with African Amber. $3 pints during happy at Alibi Room. Can’t beat it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2010
12 oz bottle from Bier Stein. Amber pour with a small white head. One of the sweetest smelling beers I’ve ever encountered, all caramel and sugar with a little bit of pine hops at the end. Flavor is full of caramel as well, but not quite as sweet since it has a big citrus and pine hop kick at the end. Solid brew.

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