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Point Defiance IPA | Harmon Restaurant & Brewery

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Point Defiance IPAPoint Defiance IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harmon Restaurant & Brewery
Washington, United States
harmonbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
84
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
18.43%
 
 
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 84
Photo of Rutager
2.42/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of Briken
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of atowle25
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of eballard
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mild orange color, head foamed up in a concerning way, but ultimately it was fine. Aroma dropped tons of bitterness and not much more.

Taste is another bitter bomb. Doesn't really have much in the way of hop mouthfeel, more of a mouthfeel akin to copper pennies. Bomber format for a beer that there are hundreds of examples just like it. Pass.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of turnerr79
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Brodybeer
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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

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Photo of seahops
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of froghop
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of philbertk
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Harmon Brewing Company--PT DEFIANCE IPA India Pale Ale--Brewed With English Malted Barley & Double Hopped With Athennium & Amarillo Hops--Small Batch Brewed--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 6.10% ABV. 70 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Dense lacy tight lasting white head. Cloudy bright dark orange color. Rich floral citrus grapefruit hop front. Refreshing creamy mild sweet crisp hoppy citrus fruit ester mild pine body. Clean balanced mild hop spice refreshing lingering herbal ester end. Light body with focus on aromatics. Light sediment. Nice fruity fresh IPA. Seems as if it would age sour quickly. Sampled 2/22/2011. Purchased for $4.50 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 2/22/2011.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of pianoguy
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I don't usually drink many IPA's during the winter but Santa left this one under our tree (And I never look a gift beer in the mouth)

22 oz bottle. No bottling info

Pours a hazy golden-yellow body with a white head. Fair retention, Good lacing

Prominent citrus with some plumb and a slightly grassy floral bouquet

Taste is mostly grapefruit with a nice bitter finish

Medium thin feel is a bit prickly

Overall a nice average IPA. I would drink it again but wont necessarily seek it out. Perhaps if I had it in the summer I would appreciate it a little more.

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Photo of hopdog
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Point Defiance IPA from Harmon Restaurant & Brewery
3.69 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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