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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 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 NoHipTee
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a bit flat. Very little head. May have been the way it was poured. It was a busy evening at the Harmon brewery.

Smell was sweet with a hint of hops.

Taste was exactly as it smelled. There were hints of sweet pineapple, pine resin, ginger and even (with a little imagination) papaya fruit.

Mouthfeel was very drinkable.

Overall a fine beer. Would have liked the hops to hop out at me a little more than the sweetness. WOUld not hesitate to drink this beer again.

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Photo of distantmantra
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, WA. August 31st, 2011.

A: The beer poured a bright orange color with thin head of white foam. Moderate lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

S: There's a nice fragrant aroma of bitter hops along with some grassy and citrus notes.

T: Pt. Defiance has a nice initial hit of citrus and floral hops with some bready malt and a nice bitter finish.

M: There is a dry mouth feel with medium carbonation and a light boozy note.

D: Very sessionable, perfect for sitting at Cheney and watching the Rainiers. Well balanced with a nice flavor, but it's definitely an average IPA.

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Photo of Briken
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
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 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 atowle25
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
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 philbertk
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Rutager
2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
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 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 olmatty
2.68/5  rDev -27%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +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 beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -29.4%
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%
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 +6.5%
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 -5.7%
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 -1.6%
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 +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 hopdog
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +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 Georgiabeer
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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 +7.6%
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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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 ccrida
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Point Defiance IPA from Harmon Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 86 ratings
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