Defiance Brewing Co.

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Defiance Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #484
Ranked #3,356
4.28 | pDev: 6.78%
Feb 14, 2021
Dec 15, 2014
Notes: None
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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

16oz can. Poured out a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of grapefruit, orange peel, pine and toasted caramel. Sweet tropical fruit taste with toasted caramel and a piney bitterness.

Feb 14, 2021
3.84 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jan 06, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours orange with a nearing opaque-transparency, with a little bit of the transparency lingering between visible particle suspension. Head is a finger and a half of white foam. Aroma is grapefruit - flesh, rind and all. Beyond grapefruit is lemon zest, and resiny, dank hops. Malt profile is earthy, with a light bready quality. Flavor profile is big grapefruit, lightly tart rind and all. Chalky orange and lemon zest and resiny, herbal and dank hops round out the flavor profile to form a sticky grapefruit residue. Mouth feel is lightly chalky with a little abrasiveness on the back of the palate. It has a medium thickness. Overall, big grapefruit notes, which is pleasant. Otherwise, a fair to solid DIPA (per the label).

Awesomeness Batch #4. Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz can.

Feb 01, 2019
4.1 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Nov 08, 2017
4.24 by Hohnbaum from Kansas on Jan 01, 2016
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4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Bosoxfan20 from Missouri

Aroma of grapefruit rind and orange peel explode out of the glass. It's dank yet juicy as hell. Fair amount of bitterness, but never crazy unbalanced. Just incredible. Easily the best IPA one can find in Kansas right now

Dec 31, 2015
4.25 by Justdoit1234 from Minnesota on Dec 31, 2015
4.98 by bigurb from Kansas on May 01, 2015
4 by Theogre83 from Kansas on Apr 29, 2015
3.9 by snarygare from Kansas on Apr 22, 2015
4.27 by joemetric from Kansas on Apr 08, 2015
4.22 by capnamerica from Arkansas on Mar 24, 2015
3.99 by LukasOP from Kansas on Mar 19, 2015
4.49 by Raziel313 from California on Mar 03, 2015
4.74 by jmueller216 from Kansas on Feb 19, 2015
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4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by hip2hops from Missouri

Come on now, guys, what gives? I am NOT a home brewer, but I know what I like & I love your brews! Fuzzy Knuckles knocked me out last fall, but AWESOMENESS is a bridge beyond...Look, I've had the good pleasure and good fortune of trying many of the legends...Pliny, Heady Topper, Dale's Deviant, Hopslam, etc...Your anniversary brew is right there with them. Absolutely delectable. And how you get that velvety mouth-feel in an 8% brew, I'll never know, and I don't really want to know--I'll leave that to the cloners. Is there some sort of unique, western-Kansas, eco-specific-botanical honey in this stuff? Unreal. Kudos and bottoms-up to your team. I can't wait for your 2nd anniversary incarnation next year, although I'm sure the secret will be out, the cult following will have reached critical mass, and the stuff will fly off the shelves even before it hits the shelves.

Feb 14, 2015
3.93 by SteveB24 from New York on Feb 06, 2015
4.23 by Allurex from Kansas on Jan 25, 2015
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4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Shinck14 from Kansas

Poured from an unassuming can into a Teku. Lovely hop aroma mixed in with some citrus. The taste lives up to the smell and then some, this is a great DIPA. I was shocked and impressed.

Jan 19, 2015
3.78 by jroberts8811 from Missouri on Jan 15, 2015
4.12 by baxter94 from Kansas on Jan 12, 2015
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by JuicesFlowing from Kansas

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: A very clear copper-orange body sits under a frothy cream cap. The head settles to a bubbly film, while bands of foamy lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma: A fruity bouquet of mango, citrus, and a lot of spicy cedar.

Taste: Really spicy and woody up front with cedar coming through. Mango sweetness, grapefruit citrus, and piny hops follow through to the finish, which is also spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This is awesome. Just how I like my double IPAs -- spicy, woody, and just enough fruity sweetness.

Jan 04, 2015
4.4 by HeliosWP from Kansas on Jan 02, 2015
4.19 by TastyIsBeer from Illinois on Jan 02, 2015
4.39 by oilersfan from Kansas on Dec 31, 2014
4.56 by LightnerLiquorKS from Kansas on Dec 31, 2014
4.34 by Bobbydigi from Kansas on Dec 27, 2014
4.6 by qksilverrs from Washington on Dec 27, 2014
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4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by rvitztum from Kansas

One of the best DIPA's I have ever had. Super hoppy but very smooth with no bitterness. You can tell the dry hops were added very late in the process, which gives this beer the great hoppy taste.

Dec 25, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by emerge077 from Illinois

This seemed to be the sleeper hit of a recent beer run in Kansas.
I saw someone else buying it, and tracked it down.

Pours a bright saturated golden orange, large head of creamy off white foam, sticks around and coats the sides of the glass. A copious amount of sticky lacing forms in the glass.

Aroma is pleasant and hoppy, pungent with a tropical edge. Ripe cantaloupe and grapefruit, indistinct mango. Fruity with a well balanced pale malt presence that brings a bready caramel sweetness to the table. Citrus and more exotic fruit figure in, though the blend is less easy to identify. Medium bodied and smooth, with a dry sustained bitterness in the finish. Overall this was great and I hope to see more Defiance beers next time in KC.

Dec 24, 2014
4.19 by jaydoc from Kansas on Dec 23, 2014
Awesomeness from Defiance Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 31 ratings