hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If this is really an amber itís probably the best Iíve had. Aroma is caramel and bready malt with nice citrus and resin hop scents. Amber-orange color, somewhat hazy and a great frothy head that mostly fades fairly quickly but a thin sheet persists. Medium caramel and toffee malt sweetness with a medium high level of citrus and resiny bitterness. Medium body, slick and slightly sticky texture, medium+ carbonation. Hops on attack, nice malt appearance in the middle for balance and a tasty and lengthy finish that has my tongue doing the lupulin dance.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2010 1999 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Oktoberfest? Pours thick. Thinly hazed clear copper red color. Malty hop front starts balanced brew. Rich texture in doughy semi sweet body. Light caramel cherry flavor base to malt. Finishes sweet warm hops. Sampled 10/6/1999.
2000 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Pale Ale? Bottle conditioned. Clear rich copper amber color. Malty floral hop front hints of earthiness. Rich lightly toasted mildly sweet doughy malty body. Crisp Ale flavor imbued with hops. Sweet spicy hop end. Sampled 9/28/2000.
2001 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Oktoberfest? Floral hops erupt on opening. Clear thin bright amber color. Light head. Medium lace. Wonderful floral fresh hop front. Rich sweet doughy fruity malty caramel body. Lingering malty sweet hop citrus end. Sampled 11/16/2001.
2002 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 4.5 / 5.0) Clear rich dark amber red color. Rich toasted floral hop front. Light head and lace. Toasted biscuit sweet malty caramel earthy body. Fresh hop rich spicy toasted citrus biscuit end. Bottle conditioned. Sampled 10/18/2002.
WOW!! Floral hops. Rich tasty smooth balanced body. A Favorite. 5.5% ABV? (4.5 / 5.0) On Tap at Brewpub 11/2/2002.
2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Slightly hazy rich amber color. Rich lacy head. Thick rich floral fresh hop malt front. Creamy smooth rich hop sweet doughy citrus caramel body. Balanced dry citrus hop spice clean end. Light sediment. Wow! Sampled 11/1/2003.
2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV? 40 IBUís? (3.75 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Slightly bottle conditioned hazy rich amber color. Rich malty floral fruit hop front. Malty sweet fruity toasted caramel cherry citrus mild creamy doughy body. Astringent balanced citrus hop end. Off tonight. Sampled 10/2/2004.
2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 55IBUís? (4.5 / 5.0) Mild tan lace head. Cloudy rich dark amber red color. Huge floral hop front. Bottle conditioned rich grassy herbal citrus caramel grapefruit biscuit mild sweet body. Tangy tart rich hop spice citrus earthy fresh hop end. Sampled 9/14/2005.
2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 55 IBUís? (4.5 / 5.0) Mild head. Bright suspended bottle conditioned cloudy rich amber orange color. Malty big floral ester hop front. Tap fresh crisp smooth rich caramel fruit ester crusty body. Clean balanced earthy malty hop spice end. Sampled 9/21/2006.
2007 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 55 IBUís? (4.5 / 5.0) Thick pour. Off white thin mild lace head. Clean bright dark ruby color. Malty floral Fresh Hops front. Toasted toffee biscuit chewy mild sweet bottle conditioned ester body. Earthy crusty hop spice ester end. WOW! Sampled 9/2/2007.
2008 12 oz. Bottle. 6.25% ABV. 70 IBUís. (3.5 / 5.0) Thin head. Cloudy dark amber color. Mild floral malt fresh hop front. Flat mild sweet caramel fresh hop biscuit mild fruit ester body. Refreshing smooth balanced hop spice ester end. Bland Unhoppy tonight. Sampled 12/14/2008. 6-Pack $8.39.
2009 12 oz. Bottle. 6.80% ABV. 75 IBUís. this year according to Brewer. (4.5 / 5.0) Bottle conditioned. Thin mild lace off white head. Clear bright rich dark amber bronze red color. Earthy malty floral hop front. Hop oil infused rich toasted toffee caramel biscuit mild fruit body. Refreshing smooth rich hop spice malty end. Best Haleís Brew and a seasonal favorite. Sampled 9/2/2009. 6-Pack $8.49.
Haleís Ales, Limited--OíBrienís Harvest Ale--Bottle Conditioned--9/1/2010 12 oz. Bottle Review. (6.20% ABV--65 IBUís) 3.5 / 5.0 . IPA--Harvest Ale No head.Thin tan lace. Cloudy bright dark amber orange color. Toasted earthy malt fruit ester Rich hop front.Malty fruity earthy smooth mild sweet fruit ester caramel fruit pine hop infused body. Bitter hop spice hot dry tangy end.Fruitier than 2009. Tasty. Sampled 9/1/2010. 6-Pack $6.99
Haleís Ales, Limited--Seattle, WA--OíBrienís Harvest Ale. 6.40% ABV. 55 IBUís. Rich lacy head. Slightly cloudy bright dark amber color. Rich malty toasted vibrant fresh hop front. Sweet malty hop infused toasted caramel mild fruit body. Rich zesty hop spice end. Very nice. (4.25 / 5.0) Sampled 5 oz. Taster @ Fremont Oktoberfest 9/26/2010
humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours opaque and amber with little head. Aroma is a fantastic blend of ripe citrus fruit and pale, sweet malt. Taste is bitter, floral, bitter sweet finish. Soft carbonation and medium body. This is a solid amber ale.
decaturstevo (5581) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with almost no head or lace. Aroma says citrus right away followed by some caramel malt. Flavor mirrors the aroma with a nice finishing bitter for the style. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A beer all amber ales should use as a baseline.
luttonm (3416) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh Hop. Dry hopped esb, tasty but a bit off. Big ruby with lasting off-white head. Amber malting is balanced with interesting fresh hop/dry hop addition.
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color is dark and murky. The flavor is fresh and floral. The flavor is hoppy and dry. Great find in the bargain bin.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: OíBrienís Harvest Ale
Date: September 08, 2009
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, earthy hops with a touch of woodyness, light fruityness from the caramel malt, light citrus
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, dark caramel sweetness, touch of candy, balancing earthyness with a light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
Snegurochka (389) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 canít 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 donít like Ambers, but if you insist that this is one (and I rate to style), then itís exceptional!. Still too sweet to be my go-to, but nicely paired with the crisp air outside.
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.