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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Draft from the excellent brewpub in Fremont, Washington, this excellently made Amber has the perfect balance of sweet malt and earthy hops. Very impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cathcacr (644) - Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2007
In appearance, mouthfeel, texture and palate, this is very much like a Hair of the Dog beer. Appearance is an unfiltered deep golden-brown with a lingering, hard head. Flavor is rather standard for a harvest ale, but the throatfeel, carbonationy finish, after-taste, and gut-feel is all HoTD.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2007
On tap at Hales Ales Seattle pours out a clear amber topped with a tan cream head. A nice combo of sweet malts and light hops. A nice little bitter end on this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy dark red-orange with small beige head. The aroma is fresh and fruity hops with some pine, sweet earthiness, and caramel. The flavor has a slightly grassy hop kick at first, then some piney bitterness. Beneath that is sugary sweet malt, toffee, and burnt caramel. The finish is bittersweet and slightly ashy. This is a reasonably tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Hoppy, piney aroma, grassy, sweet malts, citrus aromas. Pours dark amber with a thin white head. Fresh hoppy flavor, sweet malts, grassy aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Darker amber color with a light head. Aroma of earthy, tobacco-laden, fresh hops. Flavor is earthy, sticky, and hoppy, but without the super-sticky-fresh essence of some of the best Fresh hop brews. Nice feel and finish. Enjoyed it overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4916) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2007
(Draught) Sampled at the Dog & Pony Alehouse in Renton, WA. Headless with a copper body. Nose of amber malt with a pleasant mild hops aura. Flavour is hopped with a decent pine bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2007
12oz bottle. Slightly hazy dark orange-brown with a small off white head. Earthy, citric, grassy hop aromatics. Heavy resinous crush up front. Mown lawn and biscuity malt flavors then develop. Pine, citric metallic hop flavors linger in the finish, with some ruddy caramel. Mouthfeel is medium, fairly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 Bottle bonused by Yonkers65. Pours a deep murky amber with an small off white head. Nice fruity wet hop aroma. Medium bodied with an earthy texture. Initial flavor of rich caramel and wet grains that transitions to a citrusy bitterness. Astringent finish with a strong flavor of iced tea. Lingering dry bitterness. The finish sort of turned me off on this one. Unique and worth a try, but I doubt I will come back to this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Bottle courtesy of 5000. Pours a hazy copper with a rocky white head. Smells of caramel, citrus, some sugar. Tastes bitter with some caramel and pine hints.

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