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:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of rjd722
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours a giant two and a half finger white head into my willi glass. The head is very frothy and pillowy looking. Body is a pale blonde, lots of yellow too. Clarity is very high, carbonation also looks extremely high. Head retention is good for now. Good looking beer so far.

Nose has a soft, lightly sweet malt undertone, with a somewhat more than expected hop presence – coming through as dank, zesty and just slightly tropical. Lemon is prominent. It’s a little astringent and rough around the edges for me, also surprising in a “blonde” IPA. That being said, overall this is a nice nose with a strong character.

Flavor is interesting, very sessionable throughout the first half of the palate, some would say “flavorless”, but it’s not that bad in my opinion. A tiny bit minerally. Moderate flavors of dank bitterness and hints of lemon hide in the back ground the whole time, while still remaining noticeable, and providing enough flavor. Finishes with a slew of subtle fruits, mango, kiwi, tropical. This is quite simple but it’s pretty nice, at first glance there wasn’t much flavor until the finish, but the dank hops and lemon definitely started to aid in the main flavor. Pretty clean and sessionable, while still having enough flavor and some tang. It’s certainly a strait forward, streamlines hop profile, but I wasn’t expecting a super complex IPA with “blonde” in the title. I feel like usually this is a beer I wouldn’t like much, but it’s what I was expecting, and it’s refreshing and tasty. Overall, nice taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation is about medium, maybe medium-high. The body is a tad on the lighter side, but that’s ok for this lighter style IPA. Has a touch of a creamy feel to it. Overall pretty nice.

Drinkability it very good. It’s not a heavy beer, and while it’s light it still has enough flavor to keep me wanting more.

Overall this is a nice beer. Not what I would call your average IPA, but it’s not advertised as such.

Appearance turned out quite nice on this guy. The head had above average retention, and it gave super thick lacing all the way down the glass. Nothing bad to say here, good looking beer.

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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 CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BobbyLong
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 04/18/17

Poured a beautifully clear gold into a standard pint glass. About one and a half fingers or head. Medium carbonation.

The smell is orange and grapefruit peel with a slight grassyness.

Tastes of candied citrus peel and almost burnt toasty note at the end.

Mouthfeel is dry, with medium to low carbonation.

A solid IPA. Nothing too groundbreaking here, but it's very solid. No off flavors and very drinkable. I wish they'd make six packs of their beers, because this would be a great afternoon session.

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Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very easy drinking and appealing brew, made light and simple but not too dry on the grain base, honey colored and with some texture, but out of the way of a nice big juicy hop complexion that is not only majorly fresh but heavy on the oils, northwestern style, but with more fruity tropical hops than i am used to in more conventional ipa from the region. juicy and somewhat chewy even, feel meets flavor here right in the middle, hints of sweet cooked lemon, fresh pineapple, mango, and concentrated orange juice, as well as honey from the grain, pretty nice complexion overall, definitely distinct, and right on that abv sweet spot where you could drink ten of them and be alright. freshness is the key here, not sure how well it does in the bottle, but fresh on tap at the brewery its nearly perfect for what it is. i could always stand a little more bitterness in these more fruit forward ipa types, but this one is very balanced, especially compared to its peers. fun beer, real well made like all of their stuff!

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Photo of SimcoeKid
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from the Welches Thriftaway grocery store yesterday for $4.99. Bottled on 6-8-16.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is lemony and fresh.

Taste is lemon forward over a pale malt body finishing clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall this is a very nice ale that is perfect for a warm 90 degree day in the Cascades!

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Photo of SamuelR
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub.
6.2%
Light golden body topped by a durable white head that leaves a full coat of lacing on the glass.
Moderately bitter, low for style, with some light malt base showing.
Overly earthy and piney mix of hops for my taste, despite some citrus.

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Photo of BallsDeep
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 McBAINx
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ghrymm
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Bottled on 05/05/15
A: Pours a Very Light Amber with a nice medium white head with good lacing that stays.
S: Mild floral. citrus nose with a hit of hops there.
T: Mild for a IPA hint of citrus taste the hops are there but not outstanding almost a session IPA for me.
F: Light carbonation easy drinking.
O: A nice crisp IPA very light on taste

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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 schopenhauerale
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of juicebox
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wlynch
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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