Portland Brewing IPA
Portland Brewing Company

Portland Brewing IPAPortland Brewing IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #6,809
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3.3 | pDev: 14.55%
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Portland Brewing IPAPortland Brewing IPA
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Reviews by TrueOregonian:
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3.74/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours a light amber color w/ a finger length head

S- apricot, apple, sweet flavors coming from it.

T- apple, grapefruit finish that fades after a few seconds.

O- simple but smooth I enjoy this beer actually. For only 2.50 here in oregon it's a steal.

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Photo of brentk56
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a respectable head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Sweet and almost cidery with a hint of pine underneath

Taste: Tastes like it smells with a growing bitterness building in the finish; the IBUs seem somewhat high but the taste is a bit too far off in a piney direction and slightly metallic, to boot

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I suspect that there are a lot of great IPAs coming out of Portland; this isn't one of them

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Photo of Spikester
3.24/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with two fingers of off white head. Average lacing. Head lasts about five minutes.
Smell is floral and earthy hops with some grain husks.
Taste is big on pine bitterness that all but masks the more fruity hop character. Malts are about right for the style. A light hint of chocolate a bit toward the dark or slightly burnt flavor.
Too much pine resin effect for my tastes in a NWIPA. I like them toward the floral or fruity direction.
Mouthfeel was full with just enough carbonation to give some spice toward the end.
Overall a decent IPA but maybe the more flavorful hops have faded as it has an enjoy by date of 11-14-13 about five weeks to go.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is on the darker end of the range, a clear orange-bronze. It forms a creamy off-white head up to almost three fingers initially. It falls slowly, sitting dense and rocky and finally dropping to a hard half-finger and never past. Webbing is left from where the head's fallen at its height to the top of the beer, then leaves one of the thickest rings I've seen where it's settled.
Beyond that, it leaves some pretty nice patching.
There's a nice pine and earth to the aroma. Interestingly, while I don't think any English varietal is used, there's definitely a metallic note. Something herbal and mildly biscuity makes for a pretty complete beer overall.
The taste follows suit well, some raw, resinous pine and pith, citrus rind, and a light combination of biscuit and caramel letting hops take over. The metallic and herbal notes carry through underneath and into a lingering finish.
The body is medium and crisp, though it wears a little thin as it goes. Crispness doesn't have quite enough bite to keep up. A little smoothness pulls through sporadically.

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Photo of mooseo
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of hosehead83
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed copper in color, with a rocky cloud-deck of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt
Taste-Earthy hops, toasted malt, decent balance. A tasty, rather rustic IPA, thats more blanaced than hop-forward.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with bronze hues and a fine, half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and light caramel malt, earthy and grassy hops; similar to traditional English hop varieties. Flavor is dominated by biscuit and bready malt, English hops with a mild citrus component, finishes with almost resinous grassy hop bitterness that tastes good, but has virtually no herbal component. Medium bodied with good carbonation. An old fashioned, malty IPA in the English style. Well hopped, but little herbal or fresh hop flavors. Balance is good. I liked the malts used in this, although they are more biscuity than usually found in an American IPA. I wasn't expecting too much from this one, and although it wasn't up to the bright standards of current Northwest IPAs, it was enjoyable as a balanced continental style IPA. I'd have this again in a pinch.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark orangey amber color in the wine tumbler. Plenty of foam that lasts well. Quite attractive and the mouthfeel is spritzy and full. Not much of an aroma for a hoppy beer.

Some hints of malty sweetness, but briefly. This is the classic bitter IPA. This has the bitter, burnt biscuit taste. It even has that baking powder astringency. A nutty sweet flavor almost saves it, but then the hop machine rolls over everything. Some modest aromatic notes, but mostly it's just bitter.

After half a glass this seems harsh and penitential. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Pioneer Market in La Conner.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is mild grain with some honey.
The taste is mild pine bitter with some honey sweet.
The texture is crisp.
It's not bad, just not too interesting.

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Photo of dcguitar
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of vkv822
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz : into a SN IPA Glass

Clear amber with a thick, foamy off white head and nice lacing.

The hops are piney, earthy, spicy for the most part, but seems a bit subdued overall. Bready, lightly sweet malts. Lightly bitter finish.

Medium+ body with mild foamy carbonation.

An average IPA, it has potential, but I would have liked to see a more prominent hop profile.

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Photo of einman
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ilikepaleale
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow...what a horrible IPA. As someone stated, too much malt on the aftertaste. Tastes like a New Belgium beer and nothing like an IPA.

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Photo of dnorton222
4.69/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

this is a very drinkable ipa

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of riemster
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Portland Brewing IPA from Portland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 87 ratings