mcberko (6050) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Harmon Restaurant, pour hazy copper with a white head. Aroma and flavour of oak, hops, caramel malt, with floral notes. Quite nice - better than the original IPA.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask version. Pours hazy light copper with a lacy off-white head. The aroma and taste have tons of fruit, grapefruit, caramel some pine and a little bit of wood. Medium body. A pretty darn tasty beer.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
(Cask pour) So they take the Point Defiance IPA and age it in an oak barrel, and guess what..... it works. Pours a dark gold color with a thin white head. An aroma of vanilla, oak, sweet malt, oak, and oak. Initial taste is oaky and hoppy, citrus hops. I have never had an oak aged beer taste like this. The balance of the malt/hops/oak is practically flawless.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Draft: Harmon Brewery & Restaurant in Tacoma, WA) Though I can’t get official confirmation, the bartenders say this is an oak aged version of their standard Pt. Defiance IPA. Okay, wow! Extremely oaky, very fruity, strong vanilla, sweet candy caramel, and mildly hoppy, with slight grapefruit aroma joining the cacophony of amazing fragrances in the finish, this is another Harmon beer featuring an amazing nose. What an aromatic treat! Oak is absolutely huge in the flavor too, it’s as deliciously oaky as I can remember in any beer, just incredible. It tastes like candy caramel. Grapefruity hoppiness has solid presence, but takes a back seat to the tasty oaky flavor, providing a moderate, perfectly complementary bitterness. Sweet, massive vanilla, caramely, fruity, wonderfully balanced, oh man, this beer is fantastic. Medium "plus" bodied, full and round, yet the hops keeps it pretty clean. Dark, ruddy amber color, fairly hazy in apperance. Smallish, light tan head slowly settles to a thick ring, leaving a fair amount of stringy lacing on the glass. Having sampled well over a hundred beers on my Pacific Northwest beer trip, this could very well be the beer of the trip, and it’s the only beer I’ve ordered a second glass of. Too bad they don’t bottle this beer, and don’t do growlers. No way this should be kept hidden from the public. I simply can’t heap enough praise on this beer. Simply awesome.
In retrospect of my entire 3-week driving trip around the Pacific Northwest, I consider this to be the "Beer Of The Trip".
3fourths (7888) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2013 Draft at the brewery
Orange color. Smooth, woody textured and highly sweet. Rich wood and subtle fruit in the flavors, the balance is exceptional. A bit buttery at times, and very aggressive with the hops and the oak - why can’t anyone have smooth oak flavor? Ugh. Regardless of that, the flavor was very good - piney, woody, fruity, everything I like in an IPA. Drinkable over many pints.