Blonde IPA | pFriem Family Brewers

BA SCORE
87
very good
103 Ratings
Blonde IPABlonde IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
pFriem Family Brewers
Oregon, United States
pfriembeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The great brewmasters of the Pacific Northwest are reverent of the past and its brewing traditions, but never cease to look forward, tinkering and experimenting to create flavors that are uniquely bold and new. Case-in-point, Pfriem’s Blonde IPA—Its refreshing blast of citrus and secret ingredient (sunshine) will have you looking forward to another before even enjoying its just bitter enough finish.

Added by John_M on 07-31-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
103
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
8.35%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 20
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of OldGriz
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cyberey66
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a great blonde IPA. The initial appearance was very pale and clear, smell a bit low, but the taste was very crisp and hoppy: dry, clean, and bitter.

A: A very pale yellow. Almost like a light mass produced beer, but with a darker yellow color. Very clear.

S: Smell, you could definitively tell this was an IPA, but nothing special.

T: Very 'thin' on the malt flavor, tasted like a very dry 2-row beer. It had a very nice crisp bitter hop flavor, and very drinkable.

M: A bit smooth, but thin. Overall, for a Blonde, it was great.

Overall: I really liked this beer, I am sad I cannot get this locally where I live. It was good enough that I would go a bit out of my way to get this on tap next locally next time I am in Oregon.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of DrMindbender
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Pfriem...HOLY CRAP THIS IS GOOD!

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice transparent, golden-yellowish color with great carbonation leaving behind a huge foamy white cap with good head retention and nice lacing

S: Wow. Big and bright floral, leafy green hops with a dash of citrus

T: Initial dash of coriander/orange peel with some nice floral hops, little bit more citrus and some grains. A light bit of peppering spice warmth comes in for a brief moment but the finish is all hay, grass, flowers and a light bitterness with a dash of coriander and orange peel

M: Very light and refreshing, lots of taste here, easy to drink.

O: A hot summer day? Gimme a growler of this!

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Photo of grnmtnman
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Absolutley loved this. Has on draught at Eureka! In seattle. Never heard of a blond ipa before I had this one. I recommend this and would love to have this again.

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Photo of DanfromVan
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped the lid and was drawn right in with the sweetish citrus fumes. Poured into a Delerium Christmas goblet. Big taste, big big hop flavour. In my mind I paired this as the perfect beer to be served at a pro sports game. It goes down easy, with a remnant of hoppy bitterness, which is not a bad thing. Two of these at a 2 hour game would be a perfect fit for me.
Reminds me a little of an overamped Pilsner. ABV is not out of control, which impresses.
Shame the American dollar is at a premium right now (30%) thus a bottle is running $7.00..just a little too rich for me for a regular brew.
Very similar to Hop Circle, a local brew.
Oh and nice graphics and bottle design, it is what drew me in.

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Photo of Todd
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from the brewery.

Pours blonde with a tight, creamy head and awesome lacing. Aroma is bright with citrus rinds, pale malts, ripe melon, and floral notes. Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy with a pleasing softness and lightish body. Flavors open with delicious fruitiness of ripe stone fruits, some tropical notes, some pine and resin, and a dry bite of citrus and semi-grassy bitterness. Some breadiness in the finish which is quite dry and leaves the palate with some sticky floral flavors.

Aside from its color, I'm not sure what a Blonde IPA is supposed to be. But I love this light, balanced and highly refreshing take on the American IPA style.

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Photo of JLHutchence
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL (bottled 4/21/2015) into a tulip. Pours a pale clear golden color w/ a bright white head.

Aroma is big grapefruit and lemon, citrusy and bright. A layer of pale neutral malt behind that.

Taste is likewise brightly citrusy and bitter, lots of grapefruit rind and lively alpha acid bitterness. Finishes pretty dry with a slightly juicy twang, the malt bill is very clean and barebones, which I like. Just a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is, again, clean and crisp. Drinkable and thirst-quenching.

Overall a really nice understated IPA. I was expecting more of a Belgian influence for some reason, but this is just a showcase for the citrusy hops. Enjoyed this one very much.

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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Blonde IPA from pFriem Family Brewers
3.95 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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