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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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
robforbes (2138) - 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 (931) - 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 (2164) - 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 (5365) - 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 (2290) - 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 (1761) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2008
12 oz bottle via Liquid SOl. Pours a muddy reddish brown with a small head. Nose is phenolic and some herbal hops. Taste starts with some grainy malts, a lot of alcohol and finishes with a smack you upsdie the head big dose of pine and grapefruit hoppiness. Body is medium/heavy, carbonation is light to medium. More of an IPA than an Amber ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Bottle. Clear copper with a fleeting head. Nice aroma is caramel and toffee with spices. Smooth medium body. Good malt driven flavor is braised caramel with some smoke and milky custard. Finishes nicely bitter. One of Hales old school brews, and one their best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark amber, big head, lively carbonation. Aroma and flavor fall on the malty side, a tad perfumey. Somewhat of a thin mouthfeel and stale. However, I believe that this beer would be much better back in the fall when it was supposed to be consumed. Overall, it is a decent amber.

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