pFriem Family Brewers

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IPA - American
Ranked #739
Ranked #6,413
4.03 | pDev: 8.93%
pFriem Family Brewers
Oregon, United States
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It’s fine.. checks the boxes but in a fairly lackadaisical manner. Canned 7/8/20, so 23 days old today. West coast in flavor and body, but in a fairly average manner. Medium amber body, one finger offwhite head. Pine, floral, caramel. Not particularly aggressive. Fairly standard, almost rote, if you will. Lighter medium body, good carbonation, a solid option if no better ones are available.

Jul 31, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark yellow to light orange, clear, with a billowing head that pulls back revealing great lacing
Aroma: Passionfruit, melon, sweet orange, bread slathered with honey, strawberries, and honeysuckle flowers
Taste: Tropical fruit explode onto the scene, followed by citrus, melon, floral (citrus flower) and berry notes, silky and sweet malt waves in and out of the forefront. A great quenching bite and fairly dry on the finish
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, medium-high carbonation, a great balance of bite-to-sweetness – tasty
Overall: This is awesome and a long-time favorite of mine – a great WCIPA that is very ‘current’ in its choice of hops. One of my favorite Oregon breweries and I love that they decided to package it in 6pks (cans) as opposed to solely 500mL as I think I buy and drink it more often because of that. Tasty stuff here and wouldn’t expect anything different from these folks. Nine-day old package date doesn’t hurt either!

Jul 04, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you beertunes for this
12 oz can, dated 2/20/20, poured into a teku

A- A clear golden amber with a two finger white head.

S- Dank, piney, citrus, some melons, touch of caramel malts.

T- Citrus, piney, some melons, caramel malts, dank.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A great west coast IPA, great balance and easy to drink.

Mar 29, 2020
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a loverly straw with a nice tight white head.
Nose is dank and tropical, papaya pineapple and bittersweet citrus over the danky herbal notes
Taste is much brighter than the smell with lots of sharp citrus up front. Some lightly tropical notes midway washed over quickly by dank, earthy, and bitter herbal notes. Lovely, classic wc ipa profile
Mouthfeel is spot on, full bodied but nice and crisp. Easy drinking.
Overall this is a great, classic wc IPA. Super crisp and super clean. Great bitter and earthy profile with some nice tropical fruit aromatics. Wonderful stuff

Oct 13, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 500 ml bottle from Whole Foods in Bellingham.
Pours essentially clear golden amber with 2 fingers of creamy white head - fading slowly to sea foam.
Piney hops on nose - grapefruit, grapefruit rind, slightly resinous with notes of tropical fruit.
Taste - initial grab of sweet tropical fruit, bready malt, but at swallow/back of palate bitter piney hops and grapefruit rind take over.
Medium mouthfeel - very drinkable - bitterness lingers on and on!!

Sep 20, 2019
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Pivopijak from Washington

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

can (into glass)
Thick undulating head. Lovely CLEAR dark gold color with a hint of orange. Maybe a hint of lychee nut aroma with a bit of caramelized malt and a touch of Yunnan black tea. Good hop bite on taste and finish. Taste is also like aroma, but without the Yunnan tea note.

Sep 07, 2019
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2019-05-30 in Portland, OR from a fresh 12 oz can and again on 2020-02-15 in Las Vegas, NV from a 12oz canned on 2019-04-04. Ratings based on the fresh can of course.

A - Partly hazy gold with a white head

S - Orange, papaya, pine

T - Toasted French bread, orange, pine. Perfect bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - West Coast elegance.

May 31, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$ 4.00 (Including shipping)/12 oz can ($ 0.333/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 5/3/19.
“CANNED ON 03/14/2019” stamped on bottom of can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Yellow, clear.
Body – Yellow, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 7.5 cm, aggressive center pour), white, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a scalloped nine to 17 mm ring and a very irregular partial cap.
Lacing – Excellent! Wide three-dimensional rings of tiny to small bubbles, connected by a single wide column, and presenting stalactites.
Aroma – 4 - Pine predominates, with peach following as an afterthought. The second pour is fruitier with less pine and more peach and (finally) papaya. The aromas weaken as the glass warms.
Flavor – 3.75 – The initial hit on my taste buds is of dankness and some weak coniferous resins. The fruitiness from the nose doesn’t translate. Begins moderately bitter with no alcohol (6.8 % ABV) flavor or smell, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl. The dank bitterness has a long hang-time.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation - 3.75 - My experience with lychee is limited but I recall it being somewhat subdued in taste and aroma, so I’m not surprised that I can’t detect it among the pine, peach, and papaya of the nose. Bitter and dank is entirely acceptable; however, I was expecting some of the odoriferous fruitiness to show up on my tongue. Still, a decent IPA at a reasonable price.

May 03, 2019
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first beer fro Pfriem, which I received from @woemad in a BIF box. Can dated 2/27/2019. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a slightly hazy, pretty, golden-amber color with a large, foamy, bright white head and a thick coating of lacing. On the nose there is tart, bitter lemon and grapefruit, subdued onion and pine needles, and floral hops. As the glass warms I can also begin to smell some crackery malt. The taste opens dry and bitter with abundant grapefruit and lemon. But as the glass sits and breathes the taste opens up and I'm beginning to taste some tangerine and tropical fruit, which balances the bitterness from the Chinook, Mosaic, Citra, and Warrior hops. Throughout there is a base of malt that adds sweetness. It has a crisp, lite mouth feel with lively carbonation, and the 6.8% ABV allows for easy drinking. Overall, this a well-balanced and enjoyable American IPA from a high quality brewer. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to enjoy it.

Apr 21, 2019
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Brennan27 from Washington

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply put, this is a juicy nw style ipa.
Papaya, orange peel, peach, and pine flavors with a smooth mouthfeel that doesnt keave your mouth feeling dry at all. Well done.

Mar 07, 2019
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Jschwartz23 from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Truly a fantastic IPA. Very well balanced so it isn’t overpowering with hops (for an IPA, of course) but still offers plenty of floral citrusy flavors for an IPA lover. I highly recommend and this is a go-to for me for years now.

Dec 30, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am rolling through my inventory from Tavour since we have parted ways. I grew tired of their choice of shippers & since they were unwilling to go with a different shipping company, it was time to give them the heave-ho. I am a self-avowed, self-described hophead & yet I seem to be drinking anything but AIPAs of late. This will NOT stand!

From the Bottle: "Proudly Crafted Humbly Offered"; "Pale ales have only gotten better since they arrived in 18th century India. pFriem IPA builds on that legacy with big hops, huge citrus aroma, and a candy-like malt. Drink up, guv'nor."

I began by Pop!ping the cap & performing a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. Man, did this one ever want to foam up! It finished by creating three fingers of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head with great retention, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting an impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon, all squabbling over a taste. Hmm. Nose was sweet-ish, evoking the aforementioned "candy-like malt" with a cool evergreen-like mintiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was like a throwback to the early AIPAs, pre-DIPAs, with a definite coolness from the hops without being palate-shredding. The malt was less assertive than their verbiage had led me to expect, but that was actually okay by me. It acted as an additional layer or base on which the hops did their dance without getting in their way. This was very enjoyable. Finish was semi-dry to dry, kinda like something belonging to Baby Bear: just right. Another winner!

Dec 07, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a bottle on August 2, 2018. Look is light copper with a foamy off-white head. Smell is peach, citrus, papaya and berry. Taste is lychee, grapefruit and lightly candied malt.

Aug 21, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a nice lightly hazy amber with a nice just off-white head. Pleasant, piney hops in the nose. Nicely hoppy in the mouth with a nice aftertaste. Easy drinking despite the higher alcohol! Dangerous!

Jul 29, 2018
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can these guys do anything that's not great? Out in the Pacific NW, good IPAs are easy to find. This one tends to stand out. Not hazy, but clear light honey color with a tight frothy head. A dose of woody, piney hops comes up to meet the nose. The beer is very smooth, well-balanced and almost in PA territory except for a more dominant hoppiness. Very drinkable with a caution note on the well hidden ABV.

Jun 06, 2018
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MNAle from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

10-04-17 bottled; tasted 11-09-17 Citrus, orange and grapefruit, aroma. Cloudy burnt orange color. 1/2 inch white head that disappears quickly to a bubbly cap and ring. Sharp tingly feel. Solid malt body, perhaps a bit of biscuit. Sharp citrus initial taste, with tropical fruit, perhaps a bit of melon or mango, in the middle and finish. A good, but not overbearing, level of bittering in the middle, finish, and aftertaste. Very dry finish. The citrus, tropical fruit, and melon flavors, with the nice level of bittering and a solid body, combine for a very well done IPA. BTW, I don't get the griping about the "strange" bottle size. Some of you people need to get out more. Same about griping about the price. It is less expensive per ounce that your typical IPA bomber.

Nov 13, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear amber with a thick but short white foam leaving some wavy lace.

Smell is classic West Coast IPA--grapefruit, orange, fresh zesty pine, wood, and biscuit. All of this has a little more pop to it than your typical take, with a hint of Sweet Tarts on the back end.

Taste is bitter grapefruit, orange, green pine and cracker with a crisp, medium body and dry finish.

Oct 18, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.07/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this 2 years ago while out in Oregon. Weird format (500ml). Typical bright yellow pour, average clarity, 1/2" white head, average retention/lace. Aroma was lacking hops. Concerned there was zero dry hopping with this one, but it is probably just the PacNW's penchant for using bittering C hops for aroma.

Taste, a little bit of malt heft and residual sweetness. Some bitter Cascade and Chinook hops it seems. Not bad, just not doing anything to make me ever contemplate buying a weird format size beer that has a high cost per ounce. A lot of grapefruit generic type bitterness notes.

This one seems to smack of homerism quite a bit. Average ipa, above average cost.

Sep 27, 2017
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Docer from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shocked I haven't reviewed this beer in the past as I'm always drinking it. It is by far my favorite NW IPA today. In the past I had others prior to them changing their recipes. I hope this one doesn't change. Ever.

Look - Slightly cloudy yellow with haze of orange. Nice fluffy heady which softly settles to a nice lacing with thin blanket of beauty. 4.5

Smell - Nice resinous pine, earth, zingy citrus... hops galore. Fresh and refreshing aroma. Little grassy cat-pee.. but we know its the hops. Bready malt.

Taste - Crisp clean melding of hops and malt unite for a fantastic IPA. Only sometimes do I get a bottle that tastes off sometimes, guessing that either the distributor or sales establishment let it sit out in the heat or warmth. When fresh and handled correctly, this IPA is a gem of resinous pine, citrus, and tongue grabbing hops. No shortcuts. 4.5

Feel - Nice body for a 7.2% beer. Not chewy, buy smooth. Slightly dry from the bittering, and a touch bubbly, but smooth and easy nonetheless. 4.25

Overall/Drinkability - Best NW IPA. Flavor and nose makes this near perfect. The only NW IPA that beat this for me was Laurelwoods original Workhorse IPA from its original time. Todays Workhorse... is not Workhorse. It's just some other average IPA. 4.25

Sep 27, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely beautiful deep gold, just flirting with amber, and a nice foamy white head that caps and stays at 1/4", with exceptional lacing.

Smells of mango, sweet onion, pine, and grapefruit.

Flavor follows with a foremost notion of peaches and weed, Smarties, and an aftertaste of mango, with all the fruity goodness right smack dab in the middle.

Feel is refreshingly crisp and bitter, with a mild chalkiness.

Overall, this is an outstanding new school version of the west coast style IPA. I know they just started having crowlers at the brewery, but if this hits regular can (6x6, 6x12, 4x16...whatever!) format, consider me a shoe in! Cheers!

Sep 20, 2017
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beertrek from Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rating: just drink it
Price: $$

Look, I'm not a huge IPA person and this one definitely nods to it's west coast hops roots, but overall very drinkable, the hops are well balanced and I would drink k it again. Just make sure you have something to eat with it!

Sep 01, 2017
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deanzaZZR from California

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deliciously refreshing "old style" West Coast IPA. Super dry on the finish with plenty of citrus rind hops up front. Wish we could get this in California. Guess we'll just have to visit Hood River again next year!

Aug 23, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Collins Pub in Seattle, WA.

This one pours a light clear amber, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like a delicious classic old-fashioned West Coast style IPA- with a nice orange and pineapple fruitiness, lots of pine resin, bittersweet caramel, and earthy hops.

I really like this one. It's so tasty and crisp, with a great clean bitterness, some nice underlying earthiness, and a nice fruity blast of hops- some orange, pineapple, and candied grapefruit, and a slight malty sweetness. It's really well put together, all around.

This is crisp and very clean, with a good level of carbonation.

This is an exceptionally well done straight forward IPA- pFriem's got some skill, clearly.

Aug 20, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft in a stemmed glass

Clear, pale yellow golden, white head. Good lacing. Earthy fruit hop aroma. Moderately bitter, not much malt flavor, delicate hop flavors. Thin bodied.

Aug 11, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A nice bubble show builds a two finger head atop the slightly hazy amber liquid; excellent retention and squiggles of lacing

Smell: White grapefruit and grass tones; a hint of lime

Taste: The grapefruit and grassy tones dominate the front end, with bitterness building through the middle; very dry, after the swallow, with an oaky character that lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: My first brew from pFriem; no idea how to pronounce it but I look forward to more from this brewery

Jul 28, 2017
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