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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
83
good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
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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3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

mactrail, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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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
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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
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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
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3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

RJLarse, Jul 16, 2012
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Point Defiance IPA from Harmon Restaurant & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.