Down Under IPA
pFriem Family Brewers

Down Under IPADown Under IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #1,553
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,610
Avg:
4 | pDev: 7%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
61
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pFriem Family Brewers
 
Oregon, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  5
SCORE
88
Very Good
Down Under IPADown Under IPA
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3/21. Today is 5/5. What a nice beer! Pours a wonderfully clear amber, thick, thick head and sticky lacing. Bouquet of floral notes, some piney /woody background and light on the citrus. A very tasty offering, a polished finish with very solid malt profile which puts it ahead of the pack of hop bombs so common. pFriem has set a pretty high bar out here. If you come across these, grab 'em.

May 06, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2018-04-18
16oz bottle served in a big snifter. Bottled on 04-05-18.

Pours a clear golden with a slight brassy tinge, big fluffy head. Smell is somewhere in between west and east coast IPA. I think it leans to the east, with more tropical than pine characteristics.

Taste is also a mixture of the two genres -- lots of pine, lots of fluffy fruity flavors. This is a flavor bomb.

Mouthfeel is dry and fluffy. Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this beer.

Apr 19, 2018
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Another shout out to Phil for these delicious beverages! Down Under IPA is a damn fine looking beverage. It's exceptionally clear, which is nice to see in an IPA these days. Golden with an apricot orange hue. The foam hits two fingers easily. It eventually falls to a cap and leaves sheet lacing caked down the glass. Pretty impressive.

The nose is interesting and mouthwatering though slightly subdued. Berries play a big role, that's the interesting part. There's also sturdy dose of spicy herballness that I'm thoroughly enjoying. Soft, candied citrus plays their part with some tropicals thrown in for good measure. The malt profile is impressive. It's got some sugar cookie sweetness, white bread doughiness, and a drizzle of caramel. This beer has some nice complexities. If the nose popped a little more it would get a crazy good score.

This is a damn good beer. It's bright but with a complex malt profile that's not found very often these days in IPAs. There are some white wine notes and berries off the bat. Orange marmalade pops up in the middle while that spiciness noticeable in the smell falls nearly out of range until the swallow. The malt profile, again, is bread dough and a drizzle of caramel. It lays down an impressive base for the hop profile.

The body is weighty in a good way. It's a tick or two over moderate with a really soft feel. It's velvety and smooth but with a touch of carbonation bite on the backend. A touch of sweetness hits upfront but is washed away on the swallow where it dries up quick and is nicely bitter, just under moderate over time. I could drink a lot of this, it's very well made.

This is yet another superbly well crafted beer from the folk at pFriem. It's well rounded and soft around the edges. Segues from one thing to another flawlessly. The malt base is interesting and full of depth. I'm a big fan of this guy. Thanks again, Phil!

Apr 15, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Down Under is beautiful. Almost perfect if it weren't for those little floaties. Bright gold with the biggest peaked egg white head I've ever seen that just plasters the glass and never gives up.

As advertised, berries are intoxicating in the aroma. There is a bit of a rubber or tree bark kind of scent going on that I can't quite put my finger on, underneath honeydew melon flesh and just a flick of fresh untoasted white bread.

This is delicious. And unique. Melon, berries, and kiwi blend wonderfully. A good malty biscuit holds strong in the middle before a slightly burnt rubber/pine tar finish, which to be perfectly honest, I'm more than ok with.

This feels almost exactly as an IPA should, in my opinion. Crisp, clean, good doses of fruit, lightly malt sweetness, then a blast of bitterness to carry on between sips. The bitterness is dialed back just a touch, however.

pFriem fanboy here. They seem to do no wrong. Another great offering from these fine folks from The Gorge. Cheers.

Apr 04, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of lightly caramel malt, mildly dank and citrus hops, orange citrus, a bit spicy. Flavor is similar, with very lightly caramel malt, citrus and dank hops, mixed apple family, melon and light tropical fruit. Finishes with citrus and citrus rind hops and an odd, interesting and faintly estery lingering fruit flavor that reminds me of some fruity Belgian yeasts (not used here as far as I know). Medium bodied with light creaminess. A mellow, fruit forward IPA that seems a little underwhelming at first but won me over completely in a very nice finish with the faint, almost mysterious fruit esters. I've had a few beers with down under hops, but don't remember being this interested in them. Another nice IPA from Pfriem.

May 15, 2016
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Skrumpy from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an IPA that truly stands out. I enjoy Pfriem beers in general, and this one was no exception. Poured bottle into standard pint glass. Nice golden amber color, clear, with a nice bubbly head that retained well. The smell is a bit faint, but still good. Orange citrus and sweet malt, perhaps a bit of spice as well. The flavor is great. It's a malt forward IPA, which I don't always appreciate as much, but this one is so smooth, and has just enough citrus and pine hops bite in the finish. Crisp and dry mouthfeel, very refreshing. A must try for IPA lovers.

May 01, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden amber brew with ample foam in the Troubadour tulip. Plenty spritzy in the mouth. Malty, substantial body with a little sweetness. I taste passion fruit and honeydew melon with dark browned biscuits. Plus a dose of woody dankness. Really fragrant with flowery, honeysuckle-tinted citrus.

Some citrus peel in the aftertaste. Moderately bitter, but the hop flavors carry through. This is another excellent beer from pFriem and I"m happy to see them distributed in northern Washington. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham. The bottled version is 7.2% and hops are rated at 65 IBUs.

Jun 30, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from pFriem bottle dated 05 20 15, tasted on 06 27 15

A — Pours quite a light and clear yellow color out of the bottle. Upon further inspection there is a nice orangey hue to the beer, as well as a puffy and off-white colored head atop of it. There is nice lacing left behind as well.

S — Smells quite muted and a bit dry, little bit of pepper here as well as lemon, lime, stone fruit.

T — Tastes lemony, little bit of strawberry sweetness as well, lightly metallic for some reason, could be oxidized. This beer gets better as it warms, it is very muted when cold, as at warms up there is a lot of bright fruit flavors and sweetness.

M — Light bodied, not a very long finish, just OK.

O — This was OK, though not sure it is on par with the rest of pFriem's range, their IPA and Blonde IPA were fantastic, this one not so much so, but still a quality brew.

Jun 28, 2015
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braker649er from Washington

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Lots of intriguing citrus in this IPA. Certainly grapefruit, but it is more complex than just this--maybe also hints of pineapple or peach. Great concept to do a "Down Under" with Aussie hops. But it was the execution of a clean IPA with the unusual hops that made this beer for me.

Jun 08, 2015
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draheim from Washington

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL (bottled 5/20/2015) into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a sudsy white head, nice patchy lacing.

Aroma is bright clean citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange. Nice and juicy, just like I like them.

Taste is neutral pale malt and juicy citrusy hops. I know there's no Mosaic hops here but that's sort of what I'm getting. In any case, a nice clean flavor profile. Just a touch of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is balanced and medium bodied, just about right.

Overall a nice, solid, somewhat understated IPA. Would definitely have again.

Jun 08, 2015
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, a highly impressive brew. An excellent summer IPA, full of fresh grapefruit notes and a clean hoppy backbone. Sweeter than the average IPA Wish I had picked up more from the taproom.

Jun 02, 2015
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kemoarps from Washington

3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 5.20.15. Fresh!
Incredibly crisp clear goldenrod yellow. Nice big white bubbles. Archipelagos of lacing.

Popping the cap I get juicy fruits, then further investigation yields apple juice, dank hops, yeast and some malts that I keep coming back to European as what it reminds me of.
Taste is fairly similar. Touches of bright sweet juice but turns deeply dankly bitter. Some note I can't quite describe from the down under hops (reminds me of Southern Harvest in that way, not TIPA). Finish is an odd blend of that yeasty almost tripel-sweet and strongly dank bitter.
This is an interesting brew, and a well constructed one. I'm not overly fond of it personally, however

Jun 01, 2015
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John_M from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Considering how much I liked the regular DIPA and TIPA, I was surprised how disappointing this beer was. The beer was considerably sweeter and maltier than I expected, and there really wasn't all that much of hop presence in the finish. Only got a taster size pour at the Bier Stein, and wasn't even able to finish that.

May 18, 2015
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mabermud from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer reminds me of a combination of Pliny the Elder and Nelson by Alpine Beer Company. It is made with New Zealand hops, hence a distinguishable similarity to Nelson. This beer is Golden and appears very clean. There is a strong sweet, floral smell that is very inviting. The taste is outstanding and unforgettable. The mouthfeel of this beer easily supports all of the other elements and lends to it's excellence and we'll created balance.

Based on my personal IPA preference, this is the best IPA north of California. I hope I see this beer around Bellingham more often.

May 25, 2014
Down Under IPA from pFriem Family Brewers
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 61 ratings