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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11854) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2007
on tap-pours a thin light tan head that laces and amber color. Aroma is citrus hops (cascade+), secondary medium malt. Taste is sweet citrus hops (cascade+), secondary medium malt. Mild carbonation. Easy drinking, nice.

   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 (5324) - 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 (4944) - 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 (6010) - 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.

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