India Pale Ale | The Defiant Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Defiant Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by cbl2 on 02-09-2007

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by samyoung:
Photo of samyoung
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Featured cask at Fourth Ave Pub in Brooklyn.
Nice deep amber color with about an inch of bubbly head.
Fruity smell with hints of pine.
Mellow taste reminiscent of an English bitter except more fruity like an American IPA.
Very easy to drink - could definitely sip on a few more.
What made this beer above average was the cask - only an average IPA without the cask serving.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler, fresh from the brewery ( a pleasant first visit to this small, friendly, local brew spot) pours dark cloudy apricot, lowish carbonation, rising a light tan head, leaving A- fine lacing. Toast and citric hops in the nose. Easy drinking ale, hops present and more resin and some pine picked up. Nice long finish, with a touch of sweetness and then drying hops late. NIcely crafted, clearly high quality and BA worthy creation. Glad we made it out to the brewery, looking foward to going back, bringing back more growlers and enjoying more fresh, local beer!

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Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Stout NYC, got a 12 oz serving for $6.50 - worth it. There was a rich earthy apricot perfume with hints of citrus juice. The flavor takes that same apricot but amps up the grapefruit with a little pine and floral spice. The beer feels smooth at first, then kicks up at the end with big bitterness. This is easily one of the best cask IPAs I've had. I want more.

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Photo of JonAdams
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured straight from the keg at Defiant, one of 3 10-oz tastes. Lacy head, sticks around for a long time.
Immediate first thought was bubblegum, but within a few moments settled out as strawberry. Very clean flavor, dry fruitiness, nice hop finish.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not always crazy about cask ales but I always try them when i see them. I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at George Keeley's on Manhattan's Upper West side. It was very good. Colder and more carbonated than a typical cask ale, which I though aided a great deal to enjoying the IPA characteristics. Golden/copper color, some carbonation (especially for cask). Great hop character both in the flavor and aroma and good bitterness on the front end. I'd like to try this on co2 sometime.

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Photo of madmanjf
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The names of the beer seem to vary. I had on tap from the storage tank "Three Fingers IPA".

Dark copper color, little head.

The aroma was very interesting. I couldn't quite pin it down, but the overwhelming aroma seemed to be a pine or oak scent.

The taste wasn't a shock based on the aroma. It too had a mysterious and uncommon flavor to it that was matching the aroma.

It was unique .... It was an interesting tangent from the norm. Would I want it again and again? Unlikely. This appeared to be a work in progress that needs some fine-tuning.... but it's almost there.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a burnt orange color with a small tan head with pretty fast retention. Slows down to a nice lacing. The smell seemed a littel sweet but hops were very prevalent. Reminded me of an imperial as it was evident that the brewmaster was fairly friendly with the hops. The taste was just as hoppy as I was expecting it; maybe about one ounce of hops short or maybe w week short of becoming a Double IPA. A nice, thick mouthfeel overall that was pleasant to the mouth as the taste of hops assisted in destroying your palette. While I do like hoppy beers, I cannot really drink too many of them over any period of time as the hops get to my stomach. As such, I'm sure they would get to yours as well. But, like all of Defiant's beers, these beers are not made to be chugged but made to be enjoyed!

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Photo of probert
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of EPseja
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm calling this review for a growler even though it was bottled in a 22ozer straight from the tank two nights ago.

Served in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Golden honey amber with a big, slow-rising fluffy and creamy light tan head. Slightly hazed, with grilled apricot highlights. Head retention is decent, and lacing is serious, sticky and abundant - exactly how it should be! An awesome looking IPA for sure, and even more impressive knowing that it's was decanted, capped and reopened for the tasting.

S - Bright, crisp and cold hoppiness; more piney than citrusy. Lightly toasted malt underpinnings supporting the above. Not overly complex, but very fresh.

T - Only a quick touch of malty sweetness in the beginning with some metallic notes, quickly replaced by the cooling hoppiness (which now exudes notes of apricot and citrus) in the middle and back. Wow. This IPA is definitely a hops showcase, as they really overshadow the malts that quickly get downgraded from supporting actor to cameo. Finish is green and nicely bitter with some biscuity hints.

M - Lightly carbonated, rising to a frothy seafoam in moments. Creamy and satisfying with a viscous character and a throat-coating swallow. Excellent indeed!

D - While I prefer an IPA with a touch more sweetness, this one has almost everything I enjoy on the hops side -- freshness, crispness, and a well defined bitterness. Nicely drinkable, even if not the be-all-end-all of IPAs.

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Photo of BeerMe42
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of cbl2
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/8/2007 $5.00 1 liter 6.20% No best by date, poured fresh from my liter growler.


Pours a slightly hazy peachy brown topped by an inch of tight white foam that is slow to settle, and leaves behind a nice lace.


Fresh luscious ruby red grapefruit, with just the faintest hint of biscuity malt.


As Neill said, this is neither a hop bomb, nor is it a meek little kitten of an IPA. Instead it rides the fence somewhere in between these two extremes.

Flavors are of the aforementioned grapefruit, though it does not overwhelm the palate, as it would in your typical IPA, rather it blends quite well with a robust biscuity flavor imparted by the malt presence.

This is more reminiscent of an English IPA, though I've categorized it as American IPA, since it is brewed here. Flavors are nicely balanced, though the hops do make their presence known, especially in the drying finish.

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Photo of Nickls
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with frothy half-finger of white head; clear golden orange color; good lacing

S - Grapefruity/citrus hop aromas; touch of clean malty sweetness; touch of cereal grain as well

T - Grassy and citrus hoppiness; little touch of a burn from the hops; bit of biscuit/sourdough like flavor; has some English IPA characteristics to me

M - Thinner and a little oily and slick; very muted carbonation

D - Pretty solid drinking here; tightened up a little it could be a really great brew

Overall, not a bad take on the style and worth a look.

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Photo of rjpomeroy
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of njthebestofme
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i love this beer .. probably my favorite so far.. look nice with a deep amber brown.. good head rentention..smells of beutyful hops..taste was great and very hoppy but not to overpowering.. just right and freshing..after taste lingers for a while but is very pleasnet.. what a great beer.. cheers

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 12/31/2009. Gravity cask at Ginger Man. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of oatmeal malt and bready malt. Flavor is crackery/bready up front with bitter hops in the finish. Not your traditional citrusy IPA but it was still enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of dherling
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a somewhat cloudy orangey brown color with a luscious and bubbly white head. The nose offers some lovely grapefruit, and other fruity notes, biscuit, strawberry, lemon, lime, white wine. The taste started bitter, and gave way to lots of lime and grapefruit, wine notes, a bit of alcohol, and a little malt at the end. Fantastic mouthfeel, crisp with some bitter resin staining the tongue. Fairly drinkable for an IPA.

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India Pale Ale from The Defiant Brewing Company
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