Point Defiance IPA | Harmon Restaurant & Brewery

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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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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 85
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 afksports
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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 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 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 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 snaotheus
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a pint glasses

Pours an orangey bronze, little carbonation, slightly cloudy. Smell is muted but piney, some citrus, some flowers.

Taste is surprisingly mild, sweet, with a nice grapefruit rind bitterness. Lots of citrus, but nothing overpowering.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Quite drinkable, easily sessionable. Solid beer.

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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 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 John_M
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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 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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Photo of explosivebeer
4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
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 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 woemad
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.77/5  rDev +29.3%
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 ccrida
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of sockeye101
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Derek
4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
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 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 RedDiamond
4.73/5  rDev +28.2%
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 czechsaaz
4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
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 brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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 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.

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Photo of mrgrandefromage
4.8/5  rDev +30.1%
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 zacharius
4.06/5  rDev +10%
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 RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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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