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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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decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Amber pour with almost no head or lace. Aroma says citrus right away followed by some caramel malt. Flavor mirrors the aroma with a nice finishing bitter for the style. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A beer all amber ales should use as a baseline.

luttonm (6661) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Fresh Hop. Dry hopped esb, tasty but a bit off. Big ruby with lasting off-white head. Amber malting is balanced with interesting fresh hop/dry hop addition.

vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2009
The color is dark and murky. The flavor is fresh and floral. The flavor is hoppy and dry. Great find in the bargain bin.

kp (10881) - 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

Snegurochka (395) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle conditioned. 355 ml bought in Seattle for Superpower beer session part II, 29.01.09. Pours a cloudy dark amber colour, with small beige head. Aroma of hops and straw. Caramelized fruit and floral hops in taste. Bitter coffee-like finish.

Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2009
This is an Amber? Oookey. Pours a rich, cloudy mohagany color with just a trace of a head, but leaves a bit of a lace. Smells malty like an Amber, but it has some fruit/spice presence. Flavor is very hoppy for an Amber and almost reminds me of a fruit beer -- almost. Malty with dark fruits (raisins), but some spices I can’t quite peg. Also, lots of both bitter and floral hops that balance it well and give it a nice finish. The palate is crisp yet thick. I usually don’t like Ambers, but if you insist that this is one (and I rate to style), then it’s exceptional!. Still too sweet to be my go-to, but nicely paired with the crisp air outside.

Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2009
I had to this baby at the Great American Beer festival out of plastic glass well not the ideal situation the ale exceeded my expectations and a well hopped amber ale that borders on an Ipa. Look forward to having a full pint of this some day. The beers in this Michael Jackson book are getting harder and harder to find and 141 left.

carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2009
tap at fremont oktoberfest. hoppy, big time dark orange color with fizzy bubbles. Not a great palate.

boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle... Poured deep amber with an off-white head that dissipated immediately. Aroma of fruits, mild hops and a malt dominance. A little overly carbonated for me as it over powered some flavors. Noticeable hops, but the malts seemed a little off. A funky acidic, syrup quality to it.

nuplastikk (6420) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2009
12oz bottle. Highly filtered copper-orange colored. Nice and steady off-white head. Mild sweet malt and noble hop aroma. Smooth and creamy, with a solid earthy hoppy backbone. Very well balanced and clean, this is certainly an excellent Amber. Syrupy hoppy finish, with some subtle fruity Amber malt. A great seasonal, well done.

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