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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
readintheface (1) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2007 does not count
Bottle, in my kitchen. A wonderfull fall ale. Rich and hearty, slightly sweet. Word to the wise, I had a friend tell me she had one in a pub that was so bitter she sent it back. I’m not sure where she was. I have yet to get one I didn’t enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5120) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Tap - Eastside Club Tavern - Olympia, WA

Aroma – Deep dark amber color with a thin head
Appearance – Great malt aromas with a hops and spicy presence
Flavor – I liked the deep flavors of the beer good use of malts, hops and spices.
Palate – Filled my mouth with a great sweet flavor and was very tasty to the finish. This was a great fall oktoberfest esqe style brew.
Overall –Liked the beer had a great time drinking this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Pint, on draft at Virginia Inn, Seattle, WA. Dark copper with thin light head, could smell the hops as it was served to my beermat. Wonderful citrus and light pine aroma, hints of grass and lemon. So much good hop in the nose. The body was perfect, rich sweet malts to balance the big hops. Surprised at the gravity here and the gracious amount of alcohol. It’s a big beer that is the perfect vehicle for the big fresh harvested hop delivery. eaten witha nice cheeseplate on the outside patio watching the tourists walk by...perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (3878) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 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 14/20
riversideAK (5749) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Copper color. A fresh funky hop aroma. Flavor is mostly bitter with a nice mild malt backbone. Bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Bottle. Redish brown color with a light tan head. Rich hoppy aroma is inviting. The slightly sweet malty flavor is surrounded by a citric hoppiness that one comes to expect from a Northwest brew. I really like this one. It is reminiscent of a funky American barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Pours a hazy amber body, slightly orange. Medium sized white head. Sweet, malty, grainy, with a hint of metal that must be from the hops. Some caramel and flowery notes, but the resinous malt sugars predominate. Medium carbonation with a mildly cloying finish. Pretty sessionable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Bottle: Pours a ruby red, cloudy with a thin white head. Aroma is of malty candy sweetness and fresh floral hops is in there too. Flavor Malty and carmelly with moderate hop bitterness with most of the hop flavor showing up in a strong floral finish. Very heavy thick and carmelly malt body gives this beer the impression of a barleywine. I have no idea what the alcohol really is.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Bottle. Beautiful reddish brown with big off white head. Aroma is pure fresh hops. I took a trip out to Yakima this past weekend, and this smells like the hop warehouses. Yum. For such a strong fresh hop aroma, this beer is balanced very well by sweet malt. Bitter hops are there the whole way through, but they really come out in the end. I want cologne that smells like this. Easily one of my immediate favorites from Hale’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Lovely red/brown with a solid inch of head. Fresh spicy hops on the nose. Balanced in the mouth as the caramelized sweetness stands up quickly. Fresh hops win out on the finish.

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