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Point Defiance IPA - Harmon Restaurant & Brewery

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Point Defiance IPAPoint Defiance IPA

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harmon Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2003

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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 49
Reviews by olmatty:
Photo of olmatty
2.68/5  rDev -27%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The promise of yeasty, toasted malt looms large here. This IPA is dark orange in color and very hazy. The head is a wild one that requires a careful pour. It came up beautifully, lingered, and left tons of intricate lacing all along the inside of my Cottonwood Ales pint glass.

Smell – The toasty malt aroma is strong and full of refined sugar, candy caramel, and a touch of Heath Bar toffee. Not to be outdone, the big rindy orange and soft pine keep things perfectly balanced.

Taste – I think the malts win out in the end, but it is quite the battle. They are darker than I had originally thought from the nose. The hops turn to grass and some other kind that I can’t identify. The IBUs have to be up there.

Mouthfeel – This looks and smells like a heavy beer but actually is squarely medium-bodied. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit buttery. The finish is dry and bitter.

Drinkability – This is a very interesting ale that warrants inspection.

Photo of explosivebeer
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Harmon Brewery. This one was a hazy light amber color, bursting with hop flavor. It had moderate bitterness and a light, sweet hop aroma with some citrusy hop body and a great, balanced finish. Overall it was very tasty, and probably top on my list for future visits.

Photo of NWer
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of distantmantra
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of mrgrandefromage
4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW!

Copper - amber colored brew with a thin but tenacious head

The aroma is a heavenly blend of hops and sweet floral notes.

This is, quite simply, the tastiest NW IPA I have ever tasted. A glorious epic poem to the glory of the hop (sorry Stone!), with a firm malt backbone for balance. Although the IBU's are undoubtably high, this brew has a fine balance and drinkability that is usually missing from this style of beer. The double dry hopping brings out a freshness to the hops that is stunning. I could drink this till I explode. Really. The folks in Tacoma should be very proud to have created this elixer.

Photo of Rutager
2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.01/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of zacharius
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a thin head but it's retention was great. Smell was sweet and malty with a hoppy citrusy edge. The taste was sweet, malty balanced with piney hops, endless aftertaste of grassy and citrusy hops. There was a little too much grapefruit flavor in this beer. A little on the malty side for an IPA but still an excellent beer. Medium body with reasonable carbonation. A very refreshing and drinkable beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.59/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with an off white head and just a few legs. Nose is caramel and hints of some hops, although not what i would expect out of the style. Taste is similar; would be quaint even for a pale ale imo. Mouthfeel is a decent balance although not much bitterness comes through. Drinkability is not bad. An easy going beer.

Photo of hopdog
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!).

Poured a deep and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, citrus, and some pine. Tastes of citrus, a lighter earthiness, toasted malts, and some caramel. More hoppiness in the aroma with the tastes a little more balanced.

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bottleworks today.

The beer pours the expected peachy orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is a bit unusual on this one. I get some citrus and some skunky hoppy aroma, along with some wood, butter and quinine. Sounds odd, but it's really not bad at all. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose for the most part, except there is less complexity, and something of an orange medicine flavor, along with the hoppy bitterness. As one would expect from a NW IPA, this beer is on the dry side, with just enough malt to counter the considerable hop bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and drinkaibility is pretty good. Considering the low alcohol, Harmon brewing certainly managed to get a lot of flavor into this beer. Good stuff.

Photo of Derek
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Brewed with English malted barley and double dry hopped with Centennial and Amarillo hops".

It's small batch-brewed, with definite home-brew qualities!

A: Orange-bronze; hazy with a little particulate; off-white head has some retention & leaves hints of lace.

S: Plenty of grapefruit citrus, apricot and a touch of floral & pine aroma. Quality pale malt (biscuity).

T: Grapefruit & orange citrus hop flavours dominate, some apricot, quality pale malt in background (biscuity), touch of amarillo-aspirin flavour; crisp bitterness is very pleasant (not harsh).

M: Moderate body is slightly creamy and fairly acidic; moderate carbonation.

D: Hop heads should love it!

Photo of froghop
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy dark amber with a small light beige head, and great lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, caramel, some citrus, and earth.

taste is creamy, semi-bitter, caramel, and some roastiness, great finish with a nice bitter ending.

overall a very nice IPA.

Photo of turnerr79
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served at Anthony's Restaurant at Point Defiance in Tacoma, WA.

Served in a 16 oz glass. Came with little to no head, but that probably had more to do with the slow service.

First sip came across a bit flat, with not much of the hoppy punch I usually associate with a good IPA. The setting sun reflecting off the Puget Sound made the amber beer sparkle. A bit on the lighter side. Nothing really stands out about this IPA. Very easy to drink and went well with my halibut, though.

Would be good while chilling on a boat deck on a warm Seattle summer day.

Photo of seahops
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/13/05- Purchased at the B.C. Provincial Liquor Store in Kewlowna, BC.

Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle with no dating on label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Golden amber in color with a medium 1/2 inch semi-creamy head. About average lace for an IPA. Cloudy with tons of yeasties floating around.

Smell- Very strong hoppy scent. Lots of grapefruit and a bit of candied sugar as well. A touch of malt in the mix too.

Taste- Great grapefruit, orange, lemon and other fruit flavors from the hops. Nice bitter profile. The malt is there, but just a but just a bit too light. Almost a perfect 5 if the malt had been upped just a bit.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation, semi-full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Truthfully, I had written off this beer before I had even tried it because I had never had a Canadian IPA that I really liked. But, to my suprise this is one of the better IPA's I have had..period! Great taste and very drinkable. More of a hophead IPA. Tasty.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Very nice aroma. Has a lot of malty/sugary scent, a bunch of fruity yeasty smells and then a huge dose of citrussy northwest hops. The more I smell it the more prominant the hops seem, but on first smell, I'm surprised the level of complexity.

Amber colored and very cloudy (I asked my bartender and it's unfiltered), Small but very persistant white head.

Flavor is pretty bitter right off. There's a good underlying malt backbone though that comes off as honey syrup. Lots of fruity esters from the yeast, I get peaches and apricot. Very hoppy flavor, citrus and biting, but it's really well balanced by the malt. There's a lingering aftertasted of grassy hops but it isn't toungue scraping, just a low level hop flavor that lasts a couple minutes.

Very full bodied with the carbonation on the light side.

I'm suddenly a big fan. It's a big beer without being overwhelming. It's hoppy and dry while maintaining some malty sweetness. Makes me want to explore this brewery's other offering ASAP.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a decent head that retains fairly well and leaves some splashes of lace

Smell: Well-balanced aroma that has plenty of biscuit as well as some piney citrus hop elements

Taste: Starts out with a tremendous flourishing of the malt backbone with a biscuit flavor that you cannot believe; by mid-palate the subtle fruit and pine flavors kick in, with some peach and apricot elements; after the swallow, the piney and earthy elements meld together into a well-balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I am blown away by how drinkable this is; if I lived in the NW this would be my everyday IPA; just fantastic

Thanks, TheBungyo, for another extraordinary beer

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly nice IPA that looks terrific. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a fairly thin head but great lacing. The nose is biscuity, slightly meaty, and has aromas of apricot and cirtrus. The taste is somewhat light and most noticeable immediately is more apricot along with a graininess. Some citrusy hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly creamy. Nice workaday IPA.

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Point Defiance IPA from Harmon Restaurant & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.