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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spikester (605) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 Pours dark amber from the 12 ounce bottle with one finger cream color head and lots of lacing. Aroma is floral hops. Taste is full roasted malts to almost balance the darkly bitter hop flavor. Less carbonation than most. Pleasant and easy drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Murky amber with little head. Pleasant caramel malt and floral hop aroma. Strong hop flavor with good balancing sweet caramel malt and bitterness. Centennial hops? A bit thin in body and has some astringency. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral hops, and caramel. Tastes of citrus, floral hops, lighter caramel, earthy, and pine.

   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 (646) - 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 (5074) - 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.

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