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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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (7153) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2007
On tap at Hales Ales Seattle pours out a clear amber topped with a tan cream head. A nice combo of sweet malts and light hops. A nice little bitter end on this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Copper color. A fresh funky hop aroma. Flavor is mostly bitter with a nice mild malt backbone. Bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Bottle. Redish brown color with a light tan head. Rich hoppy aroma is inviting. The slightly sweet malty flavor is surrounded by a citric hoppiness that one comes to expect from a Northwest brew. I really like this one. It is reminiscent of a funky American barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Pours a hazy amber body, slightly orange. Medium sized white head. Sweet, malty, grainy, with a hint of metal that must be from the hops. Some caramel and flowery notes, but the resinous malt sugars predominate. Medium carbonation with a mildly cloying finish. Pretty sessionable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Bottle: Pours a ruby red, cloudy with a thin white head. Aroma is of malty candy sweetness and fresh floral hops is in there too. Flavor Malty and carmelly with moderate hop bitterness with most of the hop flavor showing up in a strong floral finish. Very heavy thick and carmelly malt body gives this beer the impression of a barleywine. I have no idea what the alcohol really is.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Bottle. Beautiful reddish brown with big off white head. Aroma is pure fresh hops. I took a trip out to Yakima this past weekend, and this smells like the hop warehouses. Yum. For such a strong fresh hop aroma, this beer is balanced very well by sweet malt. Bitter hops are there the whole way through, but they really come out in the end. I want cologne that smells like this. Easily one of my immediate favorites from Hale’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Lovely red/brown with a solid inch of head. Fresh spicy hops on the nose. Balanced in the mouth as the caramelized sweetness stands up quickly. Fresh hops win out on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 6, 2007
12 oz bottle from cbkschubert - thanks swabby! Cloudy dark amber with a decent off white head. Lovely nose - spicy orange, big sweet malt and some perfumey floral hop. Zesty, spicy orange rind and white grapefruit flavor, some light perfumey hop, all trying their best to attack the solid sweet malt backbone. Great stuff! Thanks Craig!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2007
Sampled March 2007
Pours with a hazy, dark reddish hued, deep amber color. It is topped by a frothy, tan colored head that starts out at one-finger in height. The aroma has a nice herbal spiciness to it up front that is reminiscent of pine and a touch of chives. There is a nice citrus character here as well, though it is behind the herbal notes, it reminds me of grapefruit and apricots. A nice, yet somewhat subtle, supporting malt character is here as well, with notes of biscuits and toasty grain notes.

The taste has a light malt sweetness that is found throughout and it accentuates a soft citrus character that helps to add a nice fruitiness to this brew. Notes of bergamot, ruby-red grapefruit, and sweet tangelos are noticeable, but so is a nicely sharp herbal hop note of pine and spicy herbs. There is a touch of hop astringency in the finish (a bit like green tea) and this is joined by a solid bitterness. The malt plays a secondary role here, but there are some caramel notes and a touch of biscuit / toasty malt that are evident.

This is a really nice Harvest ale. It has a vibrant hop character, has a nice supporting malt character and is eminently drinkable. It sort of seems in the vein of Sierra Nevada Celebration, which is a beer I definitely enjoy.

Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4177) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 10, 2007
Bottle from cbkschubert, Thanks Craig; Nose of hops, dark fruit, and caramel malt; hazy copper witha small off white head; flavor is more hoppy than the nose with hop bitterness and just a little caramel in a medium body with a heavy hop finish. It smelled kind of like a barlewine at first wiff, but tastes like an IPA.

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