IPA - pFriem Family Brewers

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beertunes on 03-20-2013

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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 22
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Photo of Jbagel1
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. It taste way lighter then 7.2% feels like a session IPA with all the taste of a IPA

Photo of dirtylou
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

on-tap @ Collins

Pfriem was the buzz-brewery a few months back and I'm still working through some of the standards, this being the least enjoyable. Not sure of the hops on this one, but a bit big-bodied, dirty hop profile, spicy. Just OK - like the blonde and belgian IPA's a bit more

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Medium white head.

Smell - Orange citrus. Cracker malt. Like popcorn. Nice.

Taste - Sweet citrus orange. Lightly sweet pale malt. Grain dominates the flavor as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Soft carbonation.

Overall - Delicious and well made. Great flavor.

Photo of Rutager
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty clear orangey-gold with a finger of white head. Juicy citrus fruits on the nose. Pine and tons of grapefruits and other citrus with the bitter rinds. Good stuff.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel and ligtly bready malt, citrus and piney hops with a hint of dankness, citrus and light tropical fruit. Flavor follows aroma with caramel and bready malt, nice northwest style citrus and piney hops, orange family citrus and tropical fruit. Good medium body with peppery carbonation. A nicely balanced Northwest style IPA with zippy hopping with good herbal flavors. Unlike that last few Pfriem ales I've had, does not really have any characters that make it distinctive, but certainly in the top tier of well made, well hopped local IPAs.

Photo of S_Hersh
2.08/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Light skunky smell. Mildly bitter skunky finish

Photo of LouZ
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The signature of this beer is the hops. If I had to imagine what a beer brewed with marijuana would taste like, this is it. Pure, green hoppy goodness in a glass with this brew. The point is clear: huge hops; but it could use just a bit more balance in flavor.

Photo of Nachojon
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really impressed with this one, extremely high quality IPA with a great aroma and an amazing crisp hop citrus finish.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Pfriem last night.

A light orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is quite brilliant. Bright and focused, this is all about sharp, pungent pine and spruce hops. Grapefruit pith and zest, this is particularly pungent and I love it. The palate opens bitter, pungent and pine heavy. Dank and bitter, this is pleasingly punchy on the palate. Similar to several Pfriem beers I've had, there's a mineral character that does get a little bothersome. Light in body, moderately carbonated and with a nice, bitter finish, this is an excellent IPA.

Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL (bottled 4/22/2015) into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear golden color w/ a bright white sudsy head.

Aroma is nicely floral and citrusy; bright clean hops layered over neutral pale malt. It's not a punch in your face with hop aroma, but it seems very clean and pure, unmuddied.

Taste follows nose. Great balance of grapefruit-forward hops and pale biscuity malt. Some floral and grassy notes too. An appropriate level of bitterness gives a crisp finish without being off-putting.

Mouthfeel is clean and balanced, drinkable.

Overall a very straightforward, approachable, well-built (if perhaps slightly understated) American IPA. If someone asked me for a good representative of the style, I'd be hard pressed to find something better than this to have them try.

Photo of ccnorthwest
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I love IPAs and this was not my cup of tea.

Photo of jakecattleco
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft tasting, want to try a bottled offering. Updated initial 4.12 daught rating based on a 2 week old bottle. Really nice brew, but not overpowering in any one attribute nor overly memorable for an attribute either.

Photo of Joelshum9
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very strong in floral or fruit

Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Handsome amber color with ample foam in the Ciney snifter. Huge aroma of mango and line peel. Sharp and spritzy with a bitter middle and citrus peel in the finish.

So juicy and citrusy! The flavors start out with a sweet grainy taste, like white cake. Tastes quite hot and sharp with the acidity. The bitterness takes on a tannic quality that is not at all pleasant. Initial flavors with the malt and fruit and promising, but it tapers into a bitter dead end all too soon.

Well made, but my least favorite so far from an excellent brewery. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland.

Photo of harrymel
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Waddell's.

A glassy apricot color with just an etched top of foam. Smells like grapefruit, some other citrus, a little peach, but mostly like grapefruit. Flavor is nice and bitter with a solid hoppy flavor, plenty more of that grapefruit, some lighter bready malts, good bitter finish. Really solid tasting beer for me. Medium bodied with moderate on hi carb that offers a slight burn then finishes wet. I like this beer, I think it is a quintessential PNW IPA. Just refreshing to get away from he Citra, maltodextrin, sweet East Coast style going around.

Photo of CascadiaGrokker
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one compares well to other exceptional IPA's. It's not quite perfect, because there are some minor impurities in the finish, but man is it close. Looking forward to trying other offerings from these folks. Excellent West coast IPA.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Poured a crystal clear light golden color with a moderate sized whispy white head. After a few moments the head dissipates leaving white bubbles and minimal lacing

S: Pine needles, candy and perfumey but sordove subtle. Nothing to bold.

T: Initial perfumey like taste I picked from the nose is present, some pine, apple cider? Not sure if this is a welcomed quality on my IPA. The taste has a rather pungent bite and zing to it with a graininess. The finish is pine, little citrus and old lady perfume.

M: Light-medium bodied, effervescent and crisp. Well carbonated.

O: Not my cup of tea.

Photo of beertunes
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in straight pint pint glass. Poured clean, clear light gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had OK retention and good lacing.

The aroma was pretty typical for most examples of the style, lots of pine and citrus notes, with just a touch of floral, and only a hint of malt in the background. Those same descriptors apply to the flavors, solid citrus and pine hops, just a trace of maltiness, and a crisp citrus finish.

The body was also fairly typical for the style, medium and clean. Drinkability was very good, relatively smooth and easy for the style. Overall, a nice, solid example of the style. Worth your time when you see it, and one more reason for a visit to the White Salmon/Hood River area.

Photo of peteinballard
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one and Lagunitas Sucks were enjoyable this season. I had it on-tap at Bottleworks. I'm not sure what else to say--this is an IPA for those who enjoy IPAs. It's not on the fruit side of IPA, more of a pine aroma. It was enjoyed after a power-outage in North Seattle following a spring hailstorm. That, and the kiss from my girlfriend may have obstructed my objectivity. Either way: I enjoyed the experience.

Photo of snaotheus
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 05.12.15.

Pours clear golden with a smallish head and plenty of slow carbonation. Smell is malt and vague dry vegetation. Slightly floral, slightly piney, slightly citrus.

Taste is odd. A little orange julius or marshmallow flavor (makes me think of Karben4 Fantasy Factory). Mild sour/bitter lemon peel, moderate floral sweetness. Strong bitter aftertaste. Interesting, good, and very different than most other IPAs.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly filmy. Overall, tasty beer.

Photo of Richie_Stitch
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer, true to form, but unique, with a technique and execution you come to expect from Pfriem. I live in a world where this is my "go to" IPA at the supermarket? Spoiled. I'll enjoy this beer til the end of days.

Photo of cafemondegar
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of tasting this beer during my trip to Portland, Astoria and Hood River at a fantastic restaurant called Tasty & Sons.
A: The beer was poured into a very nice glass, also from pFriem Brewing Company. It poured a clear, golden color with a decent, lasting head. Very pleasing appearance.
S: Dry hopped in the best Pacific Northwest tradition. The piney, hoppy aroma is unmistakable and frankly quite appealing.
The taste has definite hoppy bitterness in it, like any good IPA should but not overly so - which I like very much. Balanced just right. If there was any maltiness or overtones of malty sweetness, I flat out failed to sense it. Quite dry but a wonderful IPA.

IPA from pFriem Family Brewers
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