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Point Defiance IPA - Harmon Restaurant & Brewery

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Point Defiance IPAPoint Defiance IPA

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 77
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Harmon Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2003

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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 77
Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Handsome amber with an orange tint, and slightly hazed. Big thick suds in the tall Maredsous glass. Pleasant mouthful of tangy flavors and big foamy carbonation.

Kind of a hop stew, but full of fruity flavors with a moderate bitterness. Brewery says the hops used in brewing are Columbus and Centennial, and dry hopped with Amarillo. IBUs rated at 70. Warm, rather rich-tasting for the moderate alcohol content. Distinct caramel flavor with some leafy, herbal taste, and a bitter orange peel finish.

Quite drinkable but it does get a little sharp after some sipping with all the hop oils. From the 22 oz bottle bought at the brewery and restaurant in downtown Tacoma. (669 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the mouthfeel on this one is a bit off in my opinion. (595 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Listed as PT Defiance on the bottle I assume this is the same brew. No obvious bottle dating.

A murky brown and opaque body, with perhaps a hint of orange, a good mix of slow rising very pinhead sized carbonation in a few places, mostly on the rim. Head makes about two to three fingers, a little bit yellow but mostly off white. Decent retention and lacing.

Virtually closed on the nose. No hop presence at all, and strangely not even any sense of malt or sweetness. There's a little bit of hiding grain, sense of husk, but this is hardly smelling IPA territory.

Palate hits with a mild, light caramel like sweetness. Hop front on this seems to be in the mid palate and even for a standard IPA it is incredibly small. Good decent body with enough to carry the little flavor that is on this beer. Much of the hop flavor is mostly aroma that comes on the aftertaste. THe caramel sense mixes nicely with a little bit of bitterness, but the hop angle on this is so tiny it's indistinct.

This isn't a bad drinking beer, but as for an IPA it's extremely downplayed. If you are an IPA or hop head nut this beer is going to do nothing for you. (1,199 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: very cloudy dark orange, light tan two finger of head. Good retention/lace.

Aroma: citrus, honey, caramel, orange, sweet kumquat, dark bread.

Taste: very mild bitterness, caramel maltiness, verging on way to sweet with little residual backing hoppiness. Mild citrus and pine.

***body is creamy and a bit too rich feeling on the palate. There appears to be a date printed vertically, but its illegible. Maybe it's old, though the shop I bought it from seems to have a very good turn around rate... Either way, its an overly sweet, mildly hoppy ipa and just isn't that enjoyable for me. (599 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light amber. Head is fluffy, bright-white, and leaves some serious clumps and rings of lacing. Head retention is decent, leaving a small, clumpy cap. Relatively clear with a slight chill haze.

Smell: Herbal and floral. Some underlying citrus zest. Malt backbone is solid enough to hold its own. Some light caramel malt sweetness. Lightly toasted with a slight bready finish. Very clean and relatively light. Dustings of citrus. Slightly earthy. Mild oxidation and underlying ale yeast.

Taste: Leafy herbal hops. Light citrus zest. Mild bready malt backbone. Some toasted notes. Some caramel malt sweetness. A hint of oxidation pushes some damp cardboard. Hints of grapefruit flesh. Juicy and wet. Some earthiness. Lingering spicy edge. Some alcohol. Some grass.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation runs a bit high. Body is medium with a cleanish finish.

Overall: Less defiant and more stubborn than anything else.

Tastes like any number of home brewed IPAs. A bit raw and oxidized but drinkable. Decent. (1,012 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Pt Defiance IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a brew the color of brown sugar, with a deep haze. Small creamy head.

The smell is a sweet candy and malt aroma.

Taste is also malty with caramel flavors dominating.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Very little carbonation.

A drinkable IPA in the English style I think. Not bad. (372 characters)

Photo of Brodybeer
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark honey. Creamy white head. Mirky amber
Light nose once head settles. Barely there.
Very cold the taste almost avoids the palate. Getting some more as it warms. Smooth tasting. Almost too much. Getting some hops at the end. Up front getting orange blossom honey. Hops could be more existent here personally or maybe I've been drinking too many dipa. .otherwise a very easy downer. Great for a hot day. Very light
Mouth. Gets carbonation towards the end. Light mouthfeel. Bounces off the tongue.
Overall I would buy again. Not spectacular but an easy drinker. That's only because I prefer more hops to a heavy malt ipa. I think that is where it lacks for me is that it almost goes down too easy. The flavor races away so fast. For the abv I can hardly taste the alchohol though (787 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OVERCARBONATED, warning...warning.

Served in a snifter. Beer is a gusher. Big head off white bubbles, amber / brown beer, hazy, looks OK.

Aroma is quite malty, sweet, light on the hops. So far not impressed with this beer, hopefully the taste improves.

Beer is medium in body and mildy bitter but weird, it is sweet and sort of ashy and vegetal in the mouth, not liking this at all, moving on. (396 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods (Westlake) yesterday and poured to a pint glass at home (Portland) tonight.

No date on the label, nor seemingly any other descriptive info... except for "SMALL BATCH BREWED" in bold type down the right edge of the label. A closer look in the label's background (significantly different than the above photo) shows word combos like 'English Malted Barley' and 'Dry Hopped' (followed by partially revealed words like 'Amarillo' and 'Centennial'. Making a 'game' of the ingredient list: that's one way to do it.

A: Lovely pour! A deep antique copper, red-orange in light and 'bread crust' amber at a side glance. Small bubbles wriggle through a mild haze, a few valiantly cling at the sides of the glass. Head is terrific, a thick 2-fingers of fluffy ivory. Lace is clumpy and coating, globs of seafoam and breaking spiderwebs.

S: Hmmmm. Puzzling, is this an 'English'-styled with lighter hop aromas and emphasis on grains/balance? Or is this, as categorized, an 'American'? Judging by my repeated sniffs, I'm saying the former: its malty caramel notes and bakery-fresh sweetness are light but are more present than most of the hops (which are scarce and resemble cut grass and a pinch of herbs). Pretty ho-hum... though it must be noted that this is (cue recording) an undated bottle. So who's to say whether it's at its freshest?

T: Very bready (toasty, crusty), with hops that are spicy and dry ~ Centennial hops shine here! After the first couple tastes dryness and 'citrus rind' pith are amplified. Thentoasty malt returns, very much a spicy dough (rye-like) with a hint of lemony tang. Slightly 'tinny' in the finish, a minor knock.

M: Creamier feel, a round-ish body that starts lighter/thinner but develops well and lasts indefinitely. Carbonation is rather mild.

O: A likable IPA, very balanced (again, in an 'English' way). At around 6%, it's easy enough to drink. All that said, it really doesn't standout in a way that I'm particularly drawn toward... but on tap, at the pub might be a different story. (2,059 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Harmon Taproom on 2/5/12.

Appearance: Cloudy bright amber color with a one finger off white head that didn't sit for long. Lacing is average for the style.

Smell: Sweet, citrus scent with a noticeable grainy scent as well.

Taste: Inital taste is carmel sweetness and citrus hops, although the hop flavor is subdued for the style. Finishes with a nice bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with significant carbonation.

Overall: Nothing sticks out to me, good or bad. Average IPA that is good for one pint. I've had this once before in a bottle and remember being more impressed. (620 characters)

Photo of seahops
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened a 22 oz bottle purchased at supermarket when I was pretty thirsty. I like a head and didn't seem to get as much as with other favorites.

Good flavor, but lacking the citrus/pine overtones I normally enjoy. Mouthfeel was a little thin, not as full as hoped for but still good.

Dark amber, slightly hazy. Bitterness about right for a northwestern IPA.

Overall, I liked it and will try another. (403 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is a hazy mid amber having a fair head leaving spotty lace. Smell of modest hops and malts surrounded by citrus and light pine. Taste of sweet malts a dose of hops with grapefruit that lingers in the aftertaste. The style is there, but something is just not balanced. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Had it on tap from the brewery and bottle and it's good, but just couldn't get excited about it. (418 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pint glass at the Harmon Tap Room in Tacoma.
Nice amber appearance decent head nice lace.
No hop bomb here. Balanced, flowery, mild hop presence. Very smooth drinker - went down too easily. A real nice thirst quencher.
The perfect IPA to relax with during a football game. (283 characters)

Photo of NoHipTee
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a bit flat. Very little head. May have been the way it was poured. It was a busy evening at the Harmon brewery.

Smell was sweet with a hint of hops.

Taste was exactly as it smelled. There were hints of sweet pineapple, pine resin, ginger and even (with a little imagination) papaya fruit.

Mouthfeel was very drinkable.

Overall a fine beer. Would have liked the hops to hop out at me a little more than the sweetness. WOUld not hesitate to drink this beer again. (484 characters)

Photo of distantmantra
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, WA. August 31st, 2011.

A: The beer poured a bright orange color with thin head of white foam. Moderate lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

S: There's a nice fragrant aroma of bitter hops along with some grassy and citrus notes.

T: Pt. Defiance has a nice initial hit of citrus and floral hops with some bready malt and a nice bitter finish.

M: There is a dry mouth feel with medium carbonation and a light boozy note.

D: Very sessionable, perfect for sitting at Cheney and watching the Rainiers. Well balanced with a nice flavor, but it's definitely an average IPA. (610 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange amber with moderate tan head and decent retention. Very light citrus aroma. Surprisingly hoppy upfront (considering the apparent malt base) quickly retreating to a caramel sweetness. Light floral hops and a moderate-low hop linger. Fairly pleasant and balanced tipped in malt direction as it finishes sweetly. Light, sharp feel despite the heavy appearance.

Not much to look at or smell but flavor is strong and clear albeit a bit routine. Easy, clear drinking throughout but pretty boring by the end of a bomber but it’s good for a pint. (556 characters)

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from 99 Bottles, shared with beer buddy, poured into shaker pint glasses 4.15.11.

A finger and a half soft white billowing head, medium-slow dissipation with significant lacing over orangish amber cloudy body, several streams of carbonation rising to surface. Nose feature a prominent grapefruit and mango hop profile balanced by bready malts. Taste mirrors nose, faint bit of resin on the backend. Mouthfeel is medium, soft, good effervescence. I preferred this to the tap version. Reminded me a lot of Alesmith IPA, which is a big compliment. (559 characters)

Photo of atowle25
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty basic/average IPA. Slight citrus and floral smell to it. Taste is similar, with a somewhat strong bitterness on the end considering its low abv. It's a light, rather low flavor IPA. Neither objectionable or particularly interesting. Wouldn't drink again unless there was not much else. (294 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Harmon Brewing Company--PT DEFIANCE IPA India Pale Ale--Brewed With English Malted Barley & Double Hopped With Athennium & Amarillo Hops--Small Batch Brewed--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 6.10% ABV. 70 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Dense lacy tight lasting white head. Cloudy bright dark orange color. Rich floral citrus grapefruit hop front. Refreshing creamy mild sweet crisp hoppy citrus fruit ester mild pine body. Clean balanced mild hop spice refreshing lingering herbal ester end. Light body with focus on aromatics. Light sediment. Nice fruity fresh IPA. Seems as if it would age sour quickly. Sampled 2/22/2011. Purchased for $4.50 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 2/22/2011. (658 characters)

Photo of Rutager
2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance. Cloudy amber with two fingers of fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Golden sweet malt and a little fruity hops.

Taste. Thick golden malt, herby hops. A little bit sweet.

Mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation with a medium body.

Drinkability. Not very drinkable. Couldn't finish the glass. (316 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice glowing orange with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: You can smell the bittering hops on this, dry, citrus, herbal, floral notes

T: Has a nice dry taste to it. A nice amount of citrus, floral notes, good amount of bittering, booze is just right. Plenty of taste and easy to drink.

M: Dry, floral, grassy at times, nice amounf of dry bittering on the end

D: This beer has a lot of flavor for its ABV. It is a sessionable IPA. Good balance, great taste, nothing overly exciting but sometimes simple is good and that is the case witht his beer. I have been drinking it for years. I have a keg on right now and I never get tired of drinking it. (670 characters)

Photo of olmatty
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-Pours a heavily clouded deep golden color with a wispy white head and zero lacing.

Smell-Lightly sweet bread and biscuit malts, some caramel and just a hint of herbal hop nose. Much less hop nose than I expect from NW IPA.

Taste-Somewhat pleasant crisp mineral snap early on. However, a murky malt and hop muddle of flavors follows, with a flat and somewhat unpleasant herbal and slightly citrus hop bitterness, dominating from middle to aftertaste which, if anything, grows more bitter and unpleasant as aftertaste passes.

Mouthfeel-Moderate body with light, smooth carbonation. Strong, bitter aftertaste and a teeth coating film makes the mouthfeel all wrong.

Drinkability- Looks like this is headed for the drain. All I can say is this sample appears out of character with the balance of the reviews. I'll keep an eye out for another bottle and see if this is an aberrant bottle. (bottom of a bright tank or bacteriological infection) Something seems off. (977 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange appearance, too frothy of a head almost. Aroma, bitter, not particularly hoppy, sweetness.

Taste, very bitter, again, lacking hop mouthfeel to the bitterness. Smoothes itself out after a few drinks, hop mouthfeel comes out a little bit, more to the grapefruit side if anything. Malt bill low, alcohol seems to be too detectable for being under 6%. Seems like a long hop boil.

Nice price ($5) makes this one a little more drinkable. Standard PacNW ipa fare for the most part, which means its good. (512 characters)

Photo of afksports
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've now had two bombers of this. Liked it both times. The second trade brought it to me frozen, so I'll have to thank my first trading partner for the hookup, and myself for the notes I took on the fresh one.

There is a lovely head on the initial pour, about a finger thick. It's murky amber base isn't the most inviting, but does keep the bubbles coming. The smell is piney, very typically west coast. Malts poke out here and there, along with a tiny bit of something soapy maybe. Upon tasting, hop notes hit all over, both pine and citrus, with your prototypical hop, malt, hop balance. The backbone is well composed. It finishes clean.

Highly drinkable brew that's a great value at $4 a bottle. And its medium body and great carbonation help you feel solid about it while you do it.

Now... to work on the name. (818 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, very slightly hazy orangeish-yellow, with about a half inch of off-white head that had very good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical, citrus and pine hops, with some malt notes as a foundation. On the tongue, the hops are center stage, with the malt providing a solid base.

The body was a touch fuller than average. Drinkability was pretty good, enough hop tang to keep you interested, but not so much that it burns you're taste buds.

Overall, this is a very nice beer that shows how hard it is to make an impression on the Northwest IPA scene, many other places this would the best IPA around by a long shot. Around here it's just another tasty example that gets somewhat lost in the crowd. (755 characters)

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Point Defiance IPA from Harmon Restaurant & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.