presario (4916) - 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! Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Clear amber orange, thin beige head. Aroma of citrus, pine. Taste is bitter, great hop profile here, well balanced with floral and citrus and then bitterness. Nice malty body as well. Solid beer, long bitter finish. gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle. Red brown with beige clings. Slightly funky, malty, some citrus. Citrus ending, some caramel, fairly mild. Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Cask @ E9. Cloudy amber pour which resolves to hazy and then clear in short order. Off white, persistant head which leaves minimal lace. Hoppy aroma with a slightly cardboard or wet hay overlay. Medium body, nicely balanced, but not my favorite Hales. Zeswaft (1773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2010
This beer is fantastic. I avoided it for the longest time because I thought it would be a shitty oktoberfest style beer. It’s a deliciously hoppy delight. Lots of citrus and well balanced. A very robust amber, in good company with African Amber. $3 pints during happy at Alibi Room. Can’t beat it.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2010
12 oz bottle from Bier Stein. Amber pour with a small white head. One of the sweetest smelling beers I’ve ever encountered, all caramel and sugar with a little bit of pine hops at the end. Flavor is full of caramel as well, but not quite as sweet since it has a big citrus and pine hop kick at the end. Solid brew. cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle served in an English pint. Nice pour. Deep, dense amber-orange-brown in color with a medium sized light beige head of considerable retention and persistent creamy lacing. The aroma has sweet caramel, fruit, floral, and chocolate. Flavor is both sweet and bitter. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, with bitter-astrigency dominating the long finish. Quality autumn brew. Can’t wait for the Wee Heavy to return. hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2010
If this is really an amber it’s probably the best I’ve had. Aroma is caramel and bready malt with nice citrus and resin hop scents. Amber-orange color, somewhat hazy and a great frothy head that mostly fades fairly quickly but a thin sheet persists. Medium caramel and toffee malt sweetness with a medium high level of citrus and resiny bitterness. Medium body, slick and slightly sticky texture, medium+ carbonation. Hops on attack, nice malt appearance in the middle for balance and a tasty and lengthy finish that has my tongue doing the lupulin dance. 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 humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2010
Pours opaque and amber with little head. Aroma is a fantastic blend of ripe citrus fruit and pale, sweet malt. Taste is bitter, floral, bitter sweet finish. Soft carbonation and medium body. This is a solid amber ale.