Saturday, March 14, 2020

Stormbreaker Brewing Harmonica Solo Hazy IPA

Beer Name: Harmonica Solo
Brewery: Stormbreaker Brewing (Portland, OR)
ABV: 6.5%

How sold: 16 oz cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: Unknown, gift from a friend

Date Canned: March 4, 2019(?)
Date Drank: January 12, 2020
When brewed? Limited-time or rotating beer.
IBUs: 70

What's on the Bottle: "A Hazy IPA with some swagger. Starting in the key of C, there are some repeating triple licks of Citra, Mosaic, and Strata that blend together into a smooth elegance. It is as if Sonny Boy Williamson himself collaborated with our hop back."

Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Strata.

Where distributed: Stormbreaker Brewing distributes in the Pacific NW and could otherwise be found in the Pacific Northwest.

Appearance (5%): Poured slightly hazy light orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered; sediment at the bottom of the can. White head, trace lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Pleasing tropical citrus sweet grapefruit with complementing oaty/wheat malts. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose, tropical citrus sweet grapefruit from start to finish. Another wave of tropical on the aftertaste. Very straightforward. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied; some carbonation. Very juicy with trace dry tongue. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. A refreshing brew with citrus as the clear star. Even if this beer really was drank 10 months after it was canned, I didn't think there was any lost quality. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.5/5

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