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RATINGS: 138   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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Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2002
Outstanding beer. Aroma is citrus like. Hazy orange in color, creamy white head. Spicy, nutty flavor very "amberale" like. It finishes with a very nice amount of bitterness.

Crit (4144) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2002
Had on Cask at the Brewpub. Cloudy light brown with lasting off white head. Citrus nose. Fruity malt fore and mid with bitter end. Wish I hadn't had a cold.

baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 14, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 Amber-red (copper) color with little to no head. Aroma is of caramel malts and cascade hops. Medium body. Bitter finish and aftertaste. A relatively unremarkable beer. Would enjoy more malt flavoor or dry hop.

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.

beerguy101 (5361) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 24, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2006 This is a totally different beer than the bottled version. On tap at Concordia Ale House. This amber pours a medium orange color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is floral and earthy hops, caramel malts and sweet. A medium bodied amber. Malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. Hops are floral and grapefruity. Medium bitterness but there are a lot of wet juicy hop flavors. Nice balance. There is a lot of malt to balance the hops. Lively carbonation. Good balance. Lingering hop bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (8-4-8-4-15)----- /> bottled version Red color, medium head. Medium malts, hoppy amber ale. Nice, slightly malty with a definite hoppyness to it. Nice flavor, some malt sweetness. Hop signature is pronounced. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is bitter. (7-4-7-4-15)

BillKismet (4218) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2002
Autumnal orange hue with a fine head and a pungent aroma of hops. Like the Hales blonde, this too was a bit flat--detracting slightly from the overall score. Smooth with not a whole lot of flavor, though it leaves a hoppy sour note on the palate.

Oakes (19911) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2000

Bov (13677) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2000
beautiful red-amber colour, big creamy head, great hop aroma, orange, very bitter - I want more !

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.

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