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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Autumn   ABV: -
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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


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2010 1999 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Oktoberfest? Pours thick. Thinly hazed clear copper red color. Malty hop front starts balanced brew. Rich texture in doughy semi sweet body. Light caramel cherry flavor base to malt. Finishes sweet warm hops. Sampled 10/6/1999. 2000 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Pale Ale? Bottle conditioned. Clear rich copper amber color. Malty floral hop front hints of earthiness. Rich lightly toasted mildly sweet doughy malty body. Crisp Ale flavor imbued with hops. Sweet spicy hop end. Sampled 9/28/2000. 2001 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Oktoberfest? Floral hops erupt on opening. Clear thin bright amber color. Light head. Medium lace. Wonderful floral fresh hop front. Rich sweet doughy fruity malty caramel body. Lingering malty sweet hop citrus end. Sampled 11/16/2001. 2002 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 4.5 / 5.0) Clear rich dark amber red color. Rich toasted floral hop front. Light head and lace. Toasted biscuit sweet malty caramel earthy body. Fresh hop rich spicy toasted citrus biscuit end. Bottle conditioned. Sampled 10/18/2002. WOW!! Floral hops. Rich tasty smooth balanced body. A Favorite. 5.5% ABV? (4.5 / 5.0) On Tap at Brewpub 11/2/2002. 2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Slightly hazy rich amber color. Rich lacy head. Thick rich floral fresh hop malt front. Creamy smooth rich hop sweet doughy citrus caramel body. Balanced dry citrus hop spice clean end. Light sediment. Wow! Sampled 11/1/2003. 2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV? 40 IBU’s? (3.75 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Slightly bottle conditioned hazy rich amber color. Rich malty floral fruit hop front. Malty sweet fruity toasted caramel cherry citrus mild creamy doughy body. Astringent balanced citrus hop end. Off tonight. Sampled 10/2/2004. 2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 55IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Mild tan lace head. Cloudy rich dark amber red color. Huge floral hop front. Bottle conditioned rich grassy herbal citrus caramel grapefruit biscuit mild sweet body. Tangy tart rich hop spice citrus earthy fresh hop end. Sampled 9/14/2005. 2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 55 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Mild head. Bright suspended bottle conditioned cloudy rich amber orange color. Malty big floral ester hop front. Tap fresh crisp smooth rich caramel fruit ester crusty body. Clean balanced earthy malty hop spice end. Sampled 9/21/2006. 2007 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 55 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Thick pour. Off white thin mild lace head. Clean bright dark ruby color. Malty floral Fresh Hops front. Toasted toffee biscuit chewy mild sweet bottle conditioned ester body. Earthy crusty hop spice ester end. WOW! Sampled 9/2/2007. 2008 12 oz. Bottle. 6.25% ABV. 70 IBU’s. (3.5 / 5.0) Thin head. Cloudy dark amber color. Mild floral malt fresh hop front. Flat mild sweet caramel fresh hop biscuit mild fruit ester body. Refreshing smooth balanced hop spice ester end. Bland Unhoppy tonight. Sampled 12/14/2008. 6-Pack $8.39. 2009 12 oz. Bottle. 6.80% ABV. 75 IBU’s. this year according to Brewer. (4.5 / 5.0) Bottle conditioned. Thin mild lace off white head. Clear bright rich dark amber bronze red color. Earthy malty floral hop front. Hop oil infused rich toasted toffee caramel biscuit mild fruit body. Refreshing smooth rich hop spice malty end. Best Hale’s Brew and a seasonal favorite. Sampled 9/2/2009. 6-Pack $8.49. Hale’s Ales, Limited--O’Brien’s Harvest Ale--Bottle Conditioned--9/1/2010 12 oz. Bottle Review. (6.20% ABV--65 IBU’s) 3.5 / 5.0 . IPA--Harvest Ale No head.Thin tan lace. Cloudy bright dark amber orange color. Toasted earthy malt fruit ester Rich hop front.Malty fruity earthy smooth mild sweet fruit ester caramel fruit pine hop infused body. Bitter hop spice hot dry tangy end.Fruitier than 2009. Tasty. Sampled 9/1/2010. 6-Pack $6.99 Hale’s Ales, Limited--Seattle, WA--O’Brien’s Harvest Ale. 6.40% ABV. 55 IBU’s. Rich lacy head. Slightly cloudy bright dark amber color. Rich malty toasted vibrant fresh hop front. Sweet malty hop infused toasted caramel mild fruit body. Rich zesty hop spice end. Very nice. (4.25 / 5.0) Sampled 5 oz. Taster @ Fremont Oktoberfest 9/26/2010

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4640) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 23, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2009 This has an excellent hoppy aroma. Great flavorful beer. Interesting that they made a harvest amber. First rating, 3.6 A quite fruity aroma. This is strange. Fruity and malty with a bitter finish. Little to no head. Interesting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2000
Love the fall season, love these hearty brews that warm the tummy and are also yummy. Big malts and nice hop bite, caramel and fruits are present for a complex mix. Quite drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4706) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 27, 2011
2010 bottle. Cloudy very dark amber with a thin head. Very nice sweet orange and grapefruit aroma. That is one hoppy amber ale. I think it may be a PNW conspiracy to label some IPAs as Ambers to make me admit to liking Ambers. Nice bocy, nice balance, great hoppy zing!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9755) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2000
beautiful red-amber colour, big creamy head, great hop aroma, orange, very bitter - I want more !

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2003
I do not know how I forgot to rate this one, I was sure that I had. This stuff is awesome! I would like to have a couple of cases, one to drink and one to lay down. A very nice brown pour with a nice white head, and great lacing. The aroma is hoppy to say the least, a strong ale in the flavor, and a beautifully balanced malt character bring up the back to balance it all out. Finish is slightly acidic and citrusy but in a good way. This is a great take on an APA, a truly wonderful fall seasonal.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Draft at Hale’s, alongside their amazingly good grilled meat load. Pours a deep, very-slightly hazy coppery orange. Thick moussy light tan head. Big c-hop bouquet; grapefruit, pine, maybe some lemon. Super bold attack; off the charts for an amber: thick body, active carb, ultra assertive flavors. Biscuit, caramel, toast, nut, pine, grapefruit, and bitter resin thicken up the palate. Lingering bitter finish. Very like a kick-ass IPA. Gotta be the best amber on the face of the planet, but...is it really an amber?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 26, 2002
just had a nice 25oz mug of this down at hales brewpub. red-brown color, fairly well hopped compared to hales other ales, little bit of malty sweetness. well balanced - very easy drinking.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Golden amber color with head that stays until the end and doesn't vanish until the end. Lacing stays all the way around until the end. Aroma is full of piping fresh hops, very floral and simply delicious on a fall afternoon. Flavor is slightly bitter but mainly sweet. Finishes with a well balanced sweet from the malt and bite from the hops. This is a great seasonal, I don't know why more people haven't tried this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4262) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Bottle courtesy of asteele8. Deep copper color. Wow, what an aroma. Heavy grapefruit. Sharp bitterness with a slight malt in the background. Very, Very hopped. Just the was it should be. Very hopped! I think harvest ales should be their own style. I really enjoy the green hop taste.


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