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RATINGS: 139   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2000

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (14396) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2015
On tap at Hale’s, pours a clear copper with a small beige head. Aroma brings out a mix of different hop varietals, with notes of citrus, pine and resin, some bready caramel malt as well. Flavour is both hop and malt heavy, with lots of resinous hops, which then transition to sweet caramel malt. After a while, the malt bill overtakes and leaves a rather high amount of sweetness. Okay, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (14079) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13266) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Bottle poured a clear reddish copper with a small amber head. Aromas of pine, citrus, carmel, and a hint of tobacco. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of carmel, wet cardboard, grapefruit rind, with a semi-dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (11965) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2000
beautiful red-amber colour, big creamy head, great hop aroma, orange, very bitter - I want more !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11560) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (11492) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Sample at the brewpub. Slightly murky copper-amber color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of malt, sweet caramel and fruit. Light to medium body with flavors of caramel malt, hops and citrus. The finish is short with an earthy malt aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2009
355ml bottle carried all the way from Seattle to Tromsø – courtesy of Elisabeth and Stefan. Bottle conditioned beer, ABV is supposed to be about 6.5%. Cloudy, dark amber content topped by an off-white, low level head. Nice sweet, hoppy aroma with notes of biscuits. Hoppy fruits in flavour, developing in the direction of brittle caramel notes. Bitter finish. Crispy in the mouth. Fairly standard amber [Sampled at a beer session in Tromsø 29.01.2009].

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009

Name: O’Brien’s Harvest Ale
Date: September 08, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, earthy hops with a touch of woodyness, light fruityness from the caramel malt, light citrus
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, dark caramel sweetness, touch of candy, balancing earthyness with a light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ** /4

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