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RATINGS: 139   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1778) - 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 (107) - 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 (11341) - 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 (2183) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stchloe (976) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2008
The hops are smoother, blends well with the malt, a nice caramel. A little sweet but pours pretty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2008
2008 Bottle - Pours amber with very little head...aroma is sweet malt, citrus, not as floral as some of the other fresh hopped ales, flavour is straighforward and enjoyable, freshness of the hops does however come thru in the taste, well balanced caramel malt...finishes bitter in the mouth but sweet on the lips...good brew...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear copper with lacy a light orange head. This beer is pretty much citrus and floral hops from beginning to end. Lightly sweet caramel taste, a bit of pine in the finish. Not bad, but doesn’t really knock me out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5673) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 23, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2009 This has an excellent hoppy aroma. Great flavorful beer. Interesting that they made a harvest amber. First rating, 3.6 A quite fruity aroma. This is strange. Fruity and malty with a bitter finish. Little to no head. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Bottle. Poured deep amber red with almost no head. Aroma of malt, biscuit and vanilla. Malty flavour, with a bit of edge of tongue hoppiness. More bitterness in the finish. A lekker amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Copper/red, with a small head. Aroma is hops, caramel, and malt. Flavor is hops, malt, and caramel. medium body.

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