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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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2005
On Tap at Flyers. Deep amber beer with a thick off-white head. Sweet citrusy hop aroma, bready malt aroma as well. Flavour is quite sweet, fruity hops and fruity yeastiness as well. Hops are citrusy and slightly tropical with a light resiny note. Tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2005
There should be a separate draft and bottle entry for this beer; they are very different. My numerical scores are for the draft rating; I’ll talk about my bottle experience as well. On draft, it had a nice brown color with small head. It had a nice balanced aroma, though not very much of one. I found the taste to be very interesting and balanced. It had some sweet hints, almost like a wheat beer, and some bitter ones as well. It was very enjoyable. So I bought a 6-pack at the store and had one a few days later. What a disappointment. All the balance was gone, and it was just bland and bitter. I poured it out. Get this one on draft if you can!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 19, 2005
POurs a clear dark amber color, small white head. Aroma of oranges, malty, and musty. Flavor is undercarbonated, sweet, caramel apple, bitter with booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14376) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Dark amber and orange body. Has a white head. The aroma is funky cheese with some light tobacco and vanilla. Fairly boozy smelling. The taste has more funky cardboard and some wet dog. There is also a little cola and flowers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Dark amber body. Grass juice / peppermint aroma. Mandarin orange / bread flavor with a grassy finish. A decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8987) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Bottle. Copper colored beer with a nice off-white head. Nice grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit flavor with some malt backing and a bit of spice. Slightly lighter bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Initial blast of hops when I popped the top off, somewhat muted in the glass. Some spicy hops in the aroma. If I had to hazard a guess, I think Simcoe hops are playing a role in this beer. Cloudy reddish amber in color with minimal head. Strawberry and lemons dominate the flavor. Somewhatflat and uninteresting thereafter. Lingering hop burn. Thanks André.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2005
this one was a fuscia shock of copper with small to no head, damn didnt i just say that??? scratch, scratch, scratch....litle biscuit nose wich pours into the palate with a bark of malty cereal flavors, this was my buddys favorite beer they had. i could take it or leave it, easy to drink, not very interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (4311) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2004
BottlePours a dark sopper.amber with a modest off-white head and a little lacing. Aroma is malt but also healthy hops. Flavor is quite strong hops, almost like an IPA. Balance with dark fairly sweet hopsworks well. Feel is moderate and aftertaste is slight bittersweet hops. Quite different than the other few fall seasonals I've had this year.

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