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Harmon Commencement Bay IPA
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
IPA brewed with Horizon, Cascade and Palisades then dry-hopped with Centennial (100 total IBUs)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 14, 2009
22oz bottle, courtesy of SuzyGreenberg. Thanks, Ben! Pours a deep, orangish-amber color; head formation is really sluggish here: patchy, mixed-bubbled off-white head with decent retention, webby lacing; very slow to develop in the glass. Heavily malty aroma: plenty of oranges and earthy hop character, ultimately blending into a somewhat sticky, slightly lethargic malt core that seems heavy on the sugar, honestly; seems like a lot of crystal malt, but this could just be the dampened hop character, honestly. Very light carbonation, looks almost like a leaky growler pour: Im not sure if this was a poorly capped bottle or poor carbonation from the get-go, but this sits very heavily in the mouth; medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of oranges, earthiness; a good perimeter of zesty citrus and intricate hoppiness overall; still, this is just hard to drink much of due to the lack of carbonation and the heavy malt core; a disappointing bottle, and Im hoping others are better; the sugary core of this would have knocked down the score for me similarly; the carbonation problems just didnt help. Lasting finish of oranges, earthiness, lingering basic sugary malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9177) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 24/09/2009 Fruity hop aroma. Golden coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy pine flavour with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2009
GABF 2009, Copper colored pour, pretty sizable hop flavor & aroma. Cramel malts & slight fruity sweetness. Fuller mouthfeel & notes of citrus & orange marmalade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Sampled this one on draught at the brewpub in Tacoma, WA. Pours to a beautiful, bright, deep golden to amber color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a good carbonation. The nose is excellent, with lots of pungent and zesty citus hop aromas of grape fruit and lemon. The palate is firm, with good pale and sweet malt, paired with a very pleasing, tangy, citrus hop flavor. This beer finishes with more good pale and sweet malt flavor up front, then ends with a very zesty, bitter, citrus hop bite that lingers. Rock soild AIPA, a style that really is perfected by PNW brewers. Fantastic aperitif beer, a great beer to have a few slow pints of at the bar, and a excellent beer to match with dishes on the Harmon menu. Harmon is worth a stop if you find yourself in Tacoma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2006
This was a delicious IPA, copper color with a light dense head. Nice spicy citrus aroma. Blast of hops initially, but then fades into a luscious malty background. full of caramel. Very crisp and clean in the finish. Tasty.

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