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Point Defiance IPA - Harmon Restaurant & Brewery

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Point Defiance IPAPoint Defiance IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2003)
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Photo of AlaskanYoung
2/5  rDev -45.8%

AlaskanYoung, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Rutager
2.38/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

Rutager, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.6/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of olmatty
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

olmatty, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

EgadBananas, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -18.7%

BrewtalHonesty, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of bernat1971
3/5  rDev -18.7%

bernat1971, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Bfarr
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Bfarr, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of towlea25
3/5  rDev -18.7%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

smakawhat, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of mfavoino
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

mfavoino, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

drabmuh, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Bookseeb
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Bookseeb, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of atowle25
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

atowle25, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of BeerNW
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

BeerNW, May 06, 2013
Photo of eballard
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice toasted brown color. It starts with a crisp hoppy smell and has underlying citrus smells. There’s a clean hoppy taste that hits your tongue with a tang. A light creamy feel with a smooth finish. This is a drinkable beer but take your time. If you want to enjoy it, this is a sipping beer.

eballard, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of trevorjn06
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking hazy copper color with one finger of head the recedes fairly quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is fresh hops with some earth, grass, citrus and light floral. There is roasted/toasted malt as well. The balance of the aroma is nice, malt is not hidden by the hops and they compliment each other.

Taste is a roasted, light caramel and a hop bitterness that is a bit harsh and unbalanced tasting. As the beer exits the bitterness overpowers the malt flavors and sticks in the back of the throat. The finish is lingering bitterness, roasted flavors and some light floral.

Mouthfeel is medium with a moderate coating feeling and medium carbonation.

Overall this is a fairly well balanced IPA thought the hop bitterness is a bit harsh and the finish is not incredibly smooth or balanced.

trevorjn06, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of turnerr79
3.48/5  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.

turnerr79, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of jwmarcum
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jwmarcum, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Hopmodium, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

foxyaardvark27, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

dsshuck, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

beertunes, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Brodybeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Brodybeer, Apr 30, 2012
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Point Defiance IPA from Harmon Restaurant & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.