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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

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redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Hoppy, piney aroma, grassy, sweet malts, citrus aromas. Pours dark amber with a thin white head. Fresh hoppy flavor, sweet malts, grassy aftertaste.

JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Darker amber color with a light head. Aroma of earthy, tobacco-laden, fresh hops. Flavor is earthy, sticky, and hoppy, but without the super-sticky-fresh essence of some of the best Fresh hop brews. Nice feel and finish. Enjoyed it overall.

CapFlu (5126) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2007
(Draught) Sampled at the Dog & Pony Alehouse in Renton, WA. Headless with a copper body. Nose of amber malt with a pleasant mild hops aura. Flavour is hopped with a decent pine bite.

FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2007
12oz bottle. Slightly hazy dark orange-brown with a small off white head. Earthy, citric, grassy hop aromatics. Heavy resinous crush up front. Mown lawn and biscuity malt flavors then develop. Pine, citric metallic hop flavors linger in the finish, with some ruddy caramel. Mouthfeel is medium, fairly dry.

illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 Bottle bonused by Yonkers65. Pours a deep murky amber with an small off white head. Nice fruity wet hop aroma. Medium bodied with an earthy texture. Initial flavor of rich caramel and wet grains that transitions to a citrusy bitterness. Astringent finish with a strong flavor of iced tea. Lingering dry bitterness. The finish sort of turned me off on this one. Unique and worth a try, but I doubt I will come back to this.

Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Bottle courtesy of 5000. Pours a hazy copper with a rocky white head. Smells of caramel, citrus, some sugar. Tastes bitter with some caramel and pine hints.

jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2007
on tap-pours a thin light tan head that laces and amber color. Aroma is citrus hops (cascade+), secondary medium malt. Taste is sweet citrus hops (cascade+), secondary medium malt. Mild carbonation. Easy drinking, nice.

readintheface (1) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2007 does not count
Bottle, in my kitchen. A wonderfull fall ale. Rich and hearty, slightly sweet. Word to the wise, I had a friend tell me she had one in a pub that was so bitter she sent it back. I’m not sure where she was. I have yet to get one I didn’t enjoy.

BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Tap - Eastside Club Tavern - Olympia, WA

Aroma – Deep dark amber color with a thin head
Appearance – Great malt aromas with a hops and spicy presence
Flavor – I liked the deep flavors of the beer good use of malts, hops and spices.
Palate – Filled my mouth with a great sweet flavor and was very tasty to the finish. This was a great fall oktoberfest esqe style brew.
Overall –Liked the beer had a great time drinking this beer.

JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Pint, on draft at Virginia Inn, Seattle, WA. Dark copper with thin light head, could smell the hops as it was served to my beermat. Wonderful citrus and light pine aroma, hints of grass and lemon. So much good hop in the nose. The body was perfect, rich sweet malts to balance the big hops. Surprised at the gravity here and the gracious amount of alcohol. It’s a big beer that is the perfect vehicle for the big fresh harvested hop delivery. eaten witha nice cheeseplate on the outside patio watching the tourists walk by...perfect.

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