Blonde IPA | pFriem Family Brewers

Blonde IPABlonde IPA
BA SCORE
82.5%
Liked This Beer
3.97 w/ 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
Ranking:
#6,628
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
103
Liked:
85
Avg:
3.97/5
pDev:
8.31%
Alströms:
4.26
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of fishguyac
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of snaotheus
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

2015-06-26
16oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 4-21-15.

Pours clear, light yellow -- almost greenish. Smallish head, medium carbonation. Smell is old hay, grass and greens.

Taste is light, lagery almost, but with a crispness. It actually reminds me more of a hoppy pilsner than any kind of IPA. Unlike most pilsners, it does have a long, lingering, clingy bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and nice.Overall..it's fine. Nothing special.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LoveStout
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
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 John_M
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

FringeFest 2012.

The beer pours a light gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is unusual (but as this is fringefest...), as I get some dry citrus, hints of butter and some underlying grain flavor. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but is a bit odd. I get dry dry citrus, tons of green onion and pepper. Also, while the beer is medium bodied, there's a considerable alcohol bite in the finish that I'm not digging.

Mehhh... not one of my favorites during fringefest.

Tried recently again at the Bier Stein. The current rendition seems to have a lot of the same characteristics I asoociate with a good pilser (some light honey, bread dough and cracker on the nose, with some light citrus as well). The flavor profile is more of the same, and the beer is pretty light. Still not one of my favorites from Pfriem I'm afraid.

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Photo of rrock44
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of SickBrew
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rab53
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jsf14
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NWHopinator
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beertunes
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light pale yellow color, almost the color of the big macro lagers, with over 1/2 inch of white head that had had very good retention and moderate-to-good lacing.

The scent was a lot bolder and brighter than the appearance led me to expect. Lots of bold, bright citrus and pine hops. There was just a very faint light malt aroma in the background. The flavor profile featured those same bold hops, pine in the front, mildly bitter citrus on the finish, and a nice blend of the two in the middle.

The body was clean, light, and had a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was very good, sneakily so for a 6+% brew, the beer goes quickly and easily and you're on your third before you realize it. Overall, a very nice beer. Not typical for an American IPA, and also not just an overly hoppy Blonde ale. Worth some effort to seek out, and a must try if you see it.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of AxesandAnchors
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of SMITHAND
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Moose90
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a clear and bright pale yellow color, pilsner like in appearance with a big billowy white colored head on top and some solid rings of lacing left behind with each sip.

S — Smell is strongly fruity, pungent, and bitter, with lemon and melon notes.

T — Bitter, piney, pungent, resinous, lemony, tropical, melon, juicy, great.

M — Medium bodied, crisp and clean overall.

O — Very nice overall, an odd name, don't think of it as a light IPA, but just as a solid juicy IPA.

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Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Blonde IPA from pFriem Family Brewers
Beer rating: 82.5% out of 100 with 103 ratings
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