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Point Defiance IPA | Harmon Restaurant & Brewery

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Point Defiance IPAPoint Defiance IPA
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Point Defiance IPAPoint Defiance IPA

Brewed by:
Harmon Restaurant & Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2003

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of mrgrandefromage
4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


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.

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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

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.73/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

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Photo of Mike1702
4.59/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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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!

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Photo of damjadi
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This darkish appearing IPA starts off with a strong, almost overpowering hop (although different batches are sometimes a little less hoppy). The maltiness is nearly overpowered, but in a good way. The finish is crisp, and I find myself drawn back for another most days.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of piclee
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of sockeye101
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this 22oz bomber of Pt. Defiance at Stadium Thriftway. Appearance was a deep orange color, very cloudy and tons of flecks of yeast floating about. Head was tight, with a beige color and lacing was excellent. Aroma was very nice, spicy, floral, hoppy, and touch of citrus. Taste was excellent, nice and bitter, citrus notes, and a touch of sweetness. Mouthfeel for an IPA was outstanding, smooth, slightly creamy, and full bodied. Overall a great IPA, one of the best I've had....keep making Tacoma Proud, Harmon.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of afksports
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Shawkabukoo
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of youradhere
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of woemad
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle about a month ago - I forget the price. No freshness date.

This poured a hazy dark orange color with a tight white head that hung around for a few minutes. Moderate amount of lace.

The nose on this beer was citrusy, but there is also a biscuity malt scent that while significant, is subordinate to the hops. Seems pretty well balanced.

The taste starts out with a bitter hop zap that takes a moment before its grapefruit-like citrus character kicks in. At the same time a subordinate malty backbone makes its presence known. It's subordinate to the hops, but is nevertheless fairly "meaty." Lingering grapefruit-ish aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is moderately oily in a hop-resin sort of way, but at the same time, seems a little static in the way that a beer sometime seems when it's a little past it's prime.

With no freshness date, it's hard to know if it is indeed past it's prime, so I think next time I'm near Tacoma I'll endeavor to drop by Harmon and try a fresh one. This is too close to being excellent for me not to.

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Point Defiance IPA from Harmon Restaurant & Brewery
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