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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

bulldogops (2726) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2016
Rating #1997 2015.09.27 #CraftTakesSeattle Day 4, Beer 99 – Draught at taproom/brewpub.Dark brown pour with a white/tan head. Earthy, roasted malt tempered with a punch of hoppy bitterness. Character of almonds, chestnuts, chocolate, toffee, citrus.

JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2016
dark amber slowly poured to leave quite a bit of yeast and other stuff in the bottle. Little lite tan head and no lacing. This is a big nose hoppy brew. Citrus and pine hop aromas with earthy and appropriate garden dirt. Wow... actually very complex for a simple APA. Floral notes mix perfectly with toasty bready malts. Flavor is the same, but with a bracing/balanced and lingering bitterness.. I am really liking this one. Oily hoppiness sticks to the inside of my mouth.

JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 20, 2016
Hazy to nearly cloudy dark copper color. A few chunks of yeast float about. Initial moderate head that settles to a small lid of tight, tiny, taupe tinted bubbles. Scents of caramel coated pine cones, along with toasted grain bread, and mild herbs. Fairly sweet and caramel-like in the front. Some marzipan and hint of alcohol as well. Touch of toffee as well just before the hops really start to kick in. Citric and pine flavors, and bitterness take the lead into the finish and linger. Acidity amps up in the late finish and linger. This is not your ordinary amber. 7/10

douglas88 (9572) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Whole Paycheck. Pours a dark copper color with a large white head. A light toast and caramel nose. The flavor is caramel, Crystal malts, some citrus. Hmm. Very sweet like a Oktoberfest. OK. Drinkable for sure.

kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Tap. Pours a clear orangish copper with a small wispy off-white head. Lightly malty nose, a touch of vienna and a slight huskiness. Just the lightest hop note. The flavor is on the sweeter side with caramel and vienna malt, some light nobel hops on the back end. Fine fizzy carbonation. Pretty decent.

stevoj (5438) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle from Brewers Haven. Picking up some Belgian notes right away, yeasty, musty aroma. Would not put this in as an amber, although lots of caramelly malt late on the palate. Cloudy dark amber body with small soapy head. Lingering bitter finish and minor warmth.

SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle: Poured a copper off white head. Very veggie harvest aroma. Taste is hops and malts little veggie.

cblado (298) - Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice amber brown color. Slight white head, a bit of lacing. Aroma is caramel malt. Flavor is sweet, with a bitter hops aftertaste. Overall I wasn’t immediately blown away, but then I realized how easily drinkable it is. Definitely worth checking out.

mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2015
On tap at Hale’s, pours a clear copper with a small beige head. Aroma brings out a mix of different hop varietals, with notes of citrus, pine and resin, some bready caramel malt as well. Flavour is both hop and malt heavy, with lots of resinous hops, which then transition to sweet caramel malt. After a while, the malt bill overtakes and leaves a rather high amount of sweetness. Okay, but nothing special.

Capa (3402) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2015
2015 version. Deep Amber with a firm white head. Nice pine and light citrus hops with a good portion of toasted caramel malts. Full bodied. Full flavored Amber with a good malt and hop balance. Highly enjoyable.

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