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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Snegurochka (382) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle conditioned. 355 ml bought in Seattle for Superpower beer session part II, 29.01.09. Pours a cloudy dark amber colour, with small beige head. Aroma of hops and straw. Caramelized fruit and floral hops in taste. Bitter coffee-like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2009
This is an Amber? Oookey. Pours a rich, cloudy mohagany color with just a trace of a head, but leaves a bit of a lace. Smells malty like an Amber, but it has some fruit/spice presence. Flavor is very hoppy for an Amber and almost reminds me of a fruit beer -- almost. Malty with dark fruits (raisins), but some spices I can’t quite peg. Also, lots of both bitter and floral hops that balance it well and give it a nice finish. The palate is crisp yet thick. I usually don’t like Ambers, but if you insist that this is one (and I rate to style), then it’s exceptional!. Still too sweet to be my go-to, but nicely paired with the crisp air outside.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoser (367) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2009
I had to this baby at the Great American Beer festival out of plastic glass well not the ideal situation the ale exceeded my expectations and a well hopped amber ale that borders on an Ipa. Look forward to having a full pint of this some day. The beers in this Michael Jackson book are getting harder and harder to find and 141 left.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2009
tap at fremont oktoberfest. hoppy, big time dark orange color with fizzy bubbles. Not a great palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle... Poured deep amber with an off-white head that dissipated immediately. Aroma of fruits, mild hops and a malt dominance. A little overly carbonated for me as it over powered some flavors. Noticeable hops, but the malts seemed a little off. A funky acidic, syrup quality to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4268) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2009
12oz bottle. Highly filtered copper-orange colored. Nice and steady off-white head. Mild sweet malt and noble hop aroma. Smooth and creamy, with a solid earthy hoppy backbone. Very well balanced and clean, this is certainly an excellent Amber. Syrupy hoppy finish, with some subtle fruity Amber malt. A great seasonal, well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1164) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Colour... dark garnet-amber with no head. Nose... sweetly piney hops and some malt. Palate... light C02, very hoppy (for the style), but a fabulously sweet, malty backbone with toffee and caramel and a looooooong finish. Quite different than most of the harvest/autumnal/okto ales I’ve tried which tend towards the marzen style. Nice change of pace!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
k9coug (101) - USA - MAR 3, 2009
Beautiful caramel color. Seemed a bit thin and watery. Sharply bitter that faded quickly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2009
355ml bottle carried all the way from Seattle to Tromsø – courtesy of Elisabeth and Stefan. Bottle conditioned beer, ABV is supposed to be about 6.5%. Cloudy, dark amber content topped by an off-white, low level head. Nice sweet, hoppy aroma with notes of biscuits. Hoppy fruits in flavour, developing in the direction of brittle caramel notes. Bitter finish. Crispy in the mouth. Fairly standard amber [Sampled at a beer session in Tromsø 29.01.2009].

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2008
pours a semi-clear, amber-orange with a small beige head that dissipates quickly, not much of a lacing. smell is of caramel, hops, and a slight whiff of malt. taste is watery, hops, touch of citrus, some caramel, a pine aftertaste, with a bitter ending.

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