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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 6, 2007
12 oz bottle from cbkschubert - thanks swabby! Cloudy dark amber with a decent off white head. Lovely nose - spicy orange, big sweet malt and some perfumey floral hop. Zesty, spicy orange rind and white grapefruit flavor, some light perfumey hop, all trying their best to attack the solid sweet malt backbone. Great stuff! Thanks Craig!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2007
Sampled March 2007
Pours with a hazy, dark reddish hued, deep amber color. It is topped by a frothy, tan colored head that starts out at one-finger in height. The aroma has a nice herbal spiciness to it up front that is reminiscent of pine and a touch of chives. There is a nice citrus character here as well, though it is behind the herbal notes, it reminds me of grapefruit and apricots. A nice, yet somewhat subtle, supporting malt character is here as well, with notes of biscuits and toasty grain notes.

The taste has a light malt sweetness that is found throughout and it accentuates a soft citrus character that helps to add a nice fruitiness to this brew. Notes of bergamot, ruby-red grapefruit, and sweet tangelos are noticeable, but so is a nicely sharp herbal hop note of pine and spicy herbs. There is a touch of hop astringency in the finish (a bit like green tea) and this is joined by a solid bitterness. The malt plays a secondary role here, but there are some caramel notes and a touch of biscuit / toasty malt that are evident.

This is a really nice Harvest ale. It has a vibrant hop character, has a nice supporting malt character and is eminently drinkable. It sort of seems in the vein of Sierra Nevada Celebration, which is a beer I definitely enjoy.

Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4002) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 10, 2007
Bottle from cbkschubert, Thanks Craig; Nose of hops, dark fruit, and caramel malt; hazy copper witha small off white head; flavor is more hoppy than the nose with hop bitterness and just a little caramel in a medium body with a heavy hop finish. It smelled kind of like a barlewine at first wiff, but tastes like an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6032) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Courtesy of cbkschubert via trade

Bottle: The aroma is a combination of floral hops, caramel, and fruit. It pours a cloudy reddish-orange with a small soapy beige head. The flavor is loaded with caramel up front with just a hint of fruit. The finish has lots of floral hops that seem to mutate in a more citrus hop aftertaste. This tastes more like a hoppy APA than an amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2007
12oz bottle received in a trade with cbkschubert today - Thanks Craig! - Poured amber wtih a short white head that stays o.k. and laces some. Aromas of caramel malts behind pretty bold citrus and grapefruit hops. Flavor is quite hoppy upfront too with good citrus grapefruit bitterness and some caramel malts to the middle before a slight bitter finish. Slightly carbonated and medium bodied.. Not bad for an amber..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2020) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Matte amber pour with a thin white head of lace. Aroma is slightly hoppy, but earthy and rich. Flavor is a sweet malt center with a fringe of hops that tickles the edges of my tongue. The body is chewy and fulfilling. A very nice amber ale. Easily a session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (12968) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Nice aroma of piney hop - not super strong, just nice. Hazy amber color with a white head that laced a bit on its rapid departure. Starts with pine. Mouthfeel a bit thin. A little malt pops up, and then the piney hop returns to finish. It’s nice. More like an IPA than the typical amber. Could drink this regularly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2611) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2007
12 oz. Bottle. Pine stands out on the nose along with some citrus. Orange body with off white head. Flavor is almost like the Menace but thinner texture in the body. Medium citrus oranges is the dominate flavor but more of a dry citrus aftertaste like chewing on the vine or peel of an orange. Good beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bartzilla (586) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Well! What a lovely surprise! Rich and creamy and tough. Reminds me of all the women I’ve fallen prey to. Color is nice and the nose invites you into a strong experience. The taste is smooth, yet strong. Again, like my women. Not too much heat as it’s obscured by the generous amount of hop bite at the end, but the heat is there. Nice bonus beer from a trade that I hadn’t considered and now I want more. I’d like to see what getting totally wrecked on this would be like. Good ale. You go find some. Now.

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