When Summer starts to turn to Fall and the air gets crisp all I can think about is one: baking and two: harvest ales. I like the change from lighter summer beers, tank tops and flip flops to sweatshirts, beanies and darker, make-you-nice-and-warm beers. So far I've had Deschute's Twilight Ale and Red Hook's Late Harvest, both good but I liked the Twilight a little more.
The other night I was at the Attick in Madison Park in Seattle and I was forced (I didn't resist, really) to try Hales Ales Obrien's Harvest Ale. It was one of the most perfect Harvest/Fall Ales I've ever had. Maybe it was because I was really thirsty, or because it was in a 20oz. imperial pint or because it was free or because the weather outside was Fall like and it added to the experience? This is a beer I'm looking forward to having again in the darkening Fall days.
Boundary Bay, here in Bellingham, just debuted their Harvest Ale yesterday, so I'll probably need to make my way down there and have my first one of the season.