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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 08, 2013
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 brentk56
4.8/5  rDev +30.1%
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

brentk56, Jul 24, 2007
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 mactrail
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
Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

GClarkage, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

barleywinefiend, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Georgiabeer, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

John_M, Jul 21, 2009
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 rab53
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

rab53, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 27, 2011
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 Derek
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

Derek, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of ccrida
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on draft at the pub in a shaker pint, the IPA is a hazy light copper, with the thinest off-white collar, leaving no lace.

The aroma is moderate, sweet and fruity, apricot and caramel. I was expecting more grapefruit hop punch, but the fruit here smells like english ale yeast esters more the then centennial and amarillo dry hops. As it warmed, the resin started to poke through nicely.

The taste, thankfully, ups the hop ante, and while this is no palate blaster, it is a very nice, well balanced NW IPA. Less stone fruit and more citrus, but really the hops have that nice pine resin, and stand up well to the sweet honey malt. The finish is very clean and not to bitter at all.

The mouthfeel is pretty light, a nice creaminess cut the hops oils.

This is the definition of drinkable IPAs. Clearly american/NW style, but not extreme in the least, it is skillfully crafted and very tasty. 5.8% ABV, it satisfies the humulene fix and doesn't knock you out.

ccrida, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

RoyalT, Jul 08, 2004
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 RedDiamond
4.78/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was an excellent IPA from the bottle. But on cask, it’s sublime.

Harmon serves most of their beers in standard pint glasses, but cask pours get a nonic imperial. My Pt. Defiance presented with a full collar of white, compact suds trailing stratified lace everywhere. The light hop aroma was floral yet elegant in its restraint. In fact, the greatness of this beer lies in its ability to achieve excellence with such little apparent effort. It is graceful with no contrivances or gross amplifications. The four malts and three hops integrate so completely, a singular expression is achieved. And it is monumental.

Everything is tempered, relaxed and astonishingly smooth, though a close inspection shows a slight measure of sediment adrift in the cask-conditioned brew. The mouthfeel is sensual beyond compare. The beer meanders across the palate like rolls of satin, causing the tastebuds not only to marvel at the suave refinement, but also to ask, “Why aren’t all beers like this?”

The best beers (like people) are the ones that don’t try too hard to appease. They simply shine. This one shines brilliantly. It’s as close to perfect as beer drinking gets.

RedDiamond, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of hopdog
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

hopdog, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +8.4%

twelveinches, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of msubulldog25
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

msubulldog25, Mar 29, 2012
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 brewandbbq
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Redbones.
Hazy gold/ copper with an off white thin head.
Well pronounced hops and citrus in the nose.
Lively northwest signature, full of grapefruit, melons, and spruce.
Medium bodied, crisp and dry.
Pallet does not dissapoint, quenching and a bit juicy.
Not a hop onslaught, but it's got enough to keep you sipping.
Light malt behind a firm bitterness and a heavy handed hoppiness.
Finishes dry with a lingering smooth bitterness. Alcohol moderate.
Clean, hoppy, and not overpowering.

Revisit 6/8/10...A 22oz bottle shipped back from the PacNW, and surprised to see that I had reviewed/enjoyed this one five years ago at Redbones!

Tasting real fresh this time around. The nose isn't too exceptional but the palate is bursting at the seams with tropical hops. Peach, pine, and grapefruit. Plump malt balances, and the beer as a whole is a pleasure to drink. Tasty stuff.
An improved revisit from a bottle..Whodathunkit.

brewandbbq, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Hopmodium, Oct 28, 2012
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Point Defiance IPA from Harmon Restaurant & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.