Double IPA
pFriem Family Brewers

Double IPADouble IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #486
ABV:
9%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,120
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 6.87%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
84
From:
pFriem Family Brewers
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  13
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Double IPADouble IPA
Notes: Like the name implies, each bottle of pFriem Double IPA is brimming with doubly rich aromas of fresh berries, notes of papaya, and a malty sweetness, Double cheers to that!
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 84
Photo of beergoot
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright, golden body; dense, sculpted head, rich and creamy with loads of clinging foam inside the glass. Pretty subtle aroma; don't really smell much of anything except some very faint berry and floral notes. Outstanding honey and biscuit malt flavor; hop bitterness neatly counterpointing the malt sweetness. Rich and heavy body; exceptionally smooth and velvety on the palate; malt warmth with a mild alcohol heat adding to the picture.

I really outstanding double IPA with the oddness of very little aroma to the nose. But, man, the looks, taste, and mouthfeel are extraordinary!

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Photo of constantine_272
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This dipa was tasty at first, but the big boozy texture and finished was just too overpowering to deal with and was out of balance. A big herbaceous green grass hoppiness started the taste and it finished with tropical melon fruit. I liked the flavor profile, but the lighter fruity finish did nothing though to counteract the greasy thick high alcohol mouth feel resulting in a heavy overly chewy feeling. That lost major points in both feel and overall scores.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 2/16/17
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Color is a light amber that's slightly translucent, but fairly clear. Good amount of fine, white head.

Scents are sugary papaya and pine. It also has that marshmallow sugar scent that I seem to be getting more frequently. There's a slight bit of pineapple.

The taste is very forest-like, lacking only a strong pure wood flavor. Pine nut and resin are the main flavors, and there's also some bark, but I couldn't tell you what tree. Actually, I think I can separate a little bit of ash wood from the moderate bitterness in the back end. I also get dark grains like barley and rye, but it's more the pure taste of the grain than [pick-a-grain] beer.

The carbonation is very well integrated. It's also slightly oily. The aftertaste is moderately bitter, but it also has a savory element.

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Photo of FFreak
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the brewery. Beautiful golden yellow color with a tall head. Muted pine and citrus aromas. Nice flavor, very easy drinking. Mouth feel is just right. Overall, delicious west coast style DIPA.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, orange in color. Foamy, orange cream head with streak lacing. Aroma is stone and tropical fruit. Dank, cat urine, herbs. Some caramel malt as well. Flavor is similar. Very juicy and resinous. Quite smooth for a DIPA.

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Photo of ricke49
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Orange frothy goodness pours from 500 ml bottle. Malty for a double IPA, but not in the intense/harsh sweet sense of some DIPAs...more of a pleasant fruity essence. Hoppiness is non-bitter, but strong. At 9% remarkably non-alcoholic...instead it is smooth and very 'drinkable'.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours hazy orange, finger white head fades fast, little lace. Toasted malt and ripe tropical fruit aroma. Ripe papaya and tropical fruit taste is overtaken by dank piney floral hops. Finishes dry n bitter. Very good west coast DIPA.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle

An aggressive pour yields a solid half inch of head into my pint glass. The head is pretty frothy and pillowy. Maybe just a hair off white. The body is a light orange in color, and is almost completely transparent. Carbonation looks about medium. So far a pretty good looking beer, head is hanging around.

Not the most tropical smelling beer I've ever smelled, but very fruity non the less. Very sweet papaya/mango on the nose. A hint of earthy hops in there, not a citrusy, or piney hop aroma. Sweetness is not the typical double IPA booze sweetness, it's a fruit sweetness. Really a nice nose, could be a 4.5, but it's not quite there in terms of complexity.

Flavor leads off with that slight earthy hop flavor. Bitterness hits mildly throughout, then finishes the strongest. Bitterness is low and calm for a double IPA. Slight tropical fruitiness. I suppose for a beer that doesn't actually add fruit, it's pretty noticeable. Extremely crushable for 9%. Fruitiness lingers a bit as well. I'm not a huge fan of earthy hops, but these are very mild, and do not hurt the beer. It's a pretty simple taste, but that's honestly fine here, it does what it needs to do. For a style that is often too boozy, too sweet, this is definitely one of the best I've ever had. I don't know if I'm ready to give this beer a 5 for taste, because I'm frankly just not blown away enough (I liked it better on tap, which I don't often say). It's a very good beer, extremely smooth, great flavors, nothing that tastes wrong, it's just a hair away from a 5 because I'm not "wowed" enough.

I find with double IPA's the mouthfeel has a calmer feel than the feel of their brothers, the single IPA. More of a budhist-enlightenment feel to it. It doesn't have time to be crazy! Anyways, what I mean is, they are calmly carbonated, and not too thick, not that I would expect many single IPA's to have a thick mouth. This one is no different. I think it works for the style, while it's very drinkable, it's not a beer I want to be drinking at a party, it's a relaxer, and thus shouldn't have some super lively feel to it. Fine mouthfeel.

As stated, the drinkability is through the roof, smoothest 9% I've had in a while.

The appearance turned out very nice. Lovely, thick lacing all the way down the glass. The head was basically gone by the end of the beer, but hung around longer than most. I'm on the fence as to how I feel about clear beer, as I used to dislike it, but now I appreciate how (apparently) hard it is to achieve. I'll just have that aspect be a wash for now. Anyways, good looking beer, the head is always the most important part anyways right?!

Overall, I mean this is a super killer beer. I don't think it's easy to put into words how unbelievably tasty and drinkable this is for 9%. Not terribly complex, and not the flashiest beer I've ever had, but damn - what it does, it does good. Tropical beers are kinda flashy, but I suppose I'm used to them by now. Anyways, not much else to say, very tasty, very smooth, very GOOD!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best DIPAs made in the PNW and stands toe to toe with the best made elsewhere. Big hoppy aroma that skews to that mosaic end of the spectrum. They don't state the hops as far as I know, but there has to be mosaic in there; they seem to be a fan in other beers. Dank but not leaning out of the northwest IPA mould; still some balancing malt and bitterness. Long, lingering finish. Alcohol totally hidden.

Which I'd brought bottles back to chicago with me.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth but powerful-tasting big brew. Dark amber with plenty of foam in the glass. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at IGA market in downtown Seattle. Bottled date is 12-30-15.

Rich yet balanced with the sharp alcohol sensation. Tremendous melon flavor with just a modest bitterness. The malty cookie dough taste adds to the pleasure. This is a less hop-overloaded DIPA that lets the white grape and flowery taste shine through. Somehow it's malty yet light. Another excellent beer from pFriem.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and light piney hops, lemon citrus, pineapple, slightly floral. Flavor is caramel malt, citrus and piney hops with a slight dankness, orange and lemon citrus, toffee, light stone and tropical fruit. Lingering piney finish, slightly resinous. Medium bodied with a nice creaminess and mouth feel. A classic NW IPA with a nice citrus and pine hop bill and robust caramel malt body. Nice fruit mixture and great hops. Less Belgian influence than some of the other Pfriem IPA, but plenty of great flavor here. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a fresh crowler, I assume this helped my impressions of this beer as compared to others here.

I don't love the look of this beer, too crystal clear for me, aroma also lacking.

The taste is where it shines. Great hops, piney and citrusy and dry. Clean crisp and a little face making at the end.

Another great beer from Pfriem.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016-01-30
500ml bottle served in a large snifter. Bottled on 12/30/15.

Pours golden, slightly bronze, with just a hint of haze. Head is small, fine, with lots of fine slow carbonation. Smell is deliciously tropical with just a hint of pine.

Taste is tropical, but with a strong malt presence. Finish is also surprisingly and nicely bitter, grapefruit rindy with a general citrus zestiness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love what Pfriem is doing w/ traditional styles, but not sure this foray into IPA territory really clicks like it should. Starts out looking nice enough, clear golden yellow body, a thin layer of foam hanging around atop. Smell has some fruity esters, a touch of alcohol, a touch of herbaceousness, and some slightly squashy malt. Palate sees that malt presence remain, as well as an uptick of booze, slightly spicy in nature, and then those generic fruity qualities from the nose. I think this one is a touch oversized at 9% and lacks enough acuity in the hop flavor. Not a terrible DIPA but way too much competition in the region when it comes to hoppy ales to mess around with something like this.

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Photo of qpdx
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As I sit here trying to think of some of my favorite DIPA's, I'm drawing a blank. Not because I don't have them, but because this one is just that good. The color is so fresh and citrusy orange with thin lacing and a flurry of bubbles. It smells like the outdoors and I love piney IPA's.

This one easily ranks near the top. Another nearly perfect brew from pFriem.

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Photo of BbyDigital
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is exactly what it says a pFriem Double IPA. It tastes just like their regular IPA(which is also fantastic) but taken up a notch on the aroma, abv, and bitterness. I would expect nothing less from this brewery. The, dare I say it, soon-to-be Russian River of Oregon.

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Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been waiting all year for this and finally found on tap. Pretty straight forward for a double in your face hops citrus, dank, and aroma off the chain. If this beer was more available it would be world class and tops in oregon. I'm giving fives all around please try and change my mind.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Alibi Room, Vancouver.
Strawberry blonde with white film. 4
Super bright citrus zest. 4.5
Thread of pastry, frozen orange juice, some tangelo sorbet, light pine resin, and floral nectar hops. 4.25
Lemon drop end and powdery bitter linger.
Oily, sticky, round. 4

So juicy! Super bright citrus, easy, and *so* not 9%. Paragon of West Coast DIPA. 4.25

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Photo of souvenirs
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Alibi Room.

Appearance: Amber.
Smell: Passionfruit and mango.
Taste: Sharp grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine aftertaste.
Overall: Really liked this one.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pfirem side by side with their IPA

A clear amber with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is solid. Loaded with pine and graefruit, this is a nice, dank DIPA. Mildly bready as well. The palate opens with a blend of bready, wort-like sweetness and pine and grapefruit hops. Bitterness is moderate, but the sweetness is distracting. In particular, the baked fruit character is a little distracting. In addition, there's a mineral character here, like a little bit of calcined water? Decent, but the IPA and 3x IPA are better.

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the cask and keg in West Linn.

This beer is pretty much a textbook, NW dipa. The nose is all dank earth, pine and dry citrus, but on the palate, there's a sufficient amount of sweet malt to handle all the hoppy goodness. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is terrific. The finish is dry and hoppy.

Excellent DIPA from Pfriem. Will likely order this pretty much any time I see it on the menu.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on-tap, the sixgill

Crystal clear with very light bubbly carbonation. Distinctive Pfriem yeast strain. Crisp and oily - really nice depth in the hop profile and a nice tingly carbonation. This was very enjoyable - flush with sweet citrus and tropical notes. Pfriem is a nice little brewery.

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Double IPA from pFriem Family Brewers
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 84 ratings