IPA | pFriem Family Brewers

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pFriem Family Brewers
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 280
Photo of Ozzylizard
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
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.

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Photo of Brennan27
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.

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Photo of Jschwartz23
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
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!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
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!

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Photo of NickSMpls
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.

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Photo of MNAle
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of Docer
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

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Photo of Lingenbrau
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!

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Photo of beertrek
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!

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Photo of deanzaZZR
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!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
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.

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Photo of brentk56
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

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Photo of e_oly
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dank, resiny smell with tropical fruit notes at first shifting to grapefruit as it warms. Taste is much of the same. Very well balanced beer, but nothing stands out as particularly unique. Just a very well crafted, solid IPA at a great price for the size of bottle.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle

Pours a perfect, two finger white head into my willi glass. Pretty standard looking, a little pillowy. The body is a burnt orange color, visibility is pretty high. Carbonation looks absolutely through the roof. Head retention is holding up nicely. Overall a really nice looking beer so far.

The nose on this is just fantastic. Huge tropical fruit notes up front, mango, papaya. Underneath that is a somewhat dank, zesty hop character. Somewhat sweet smelling at first, but that has diminished. Unfortunately, the tropical fruit notes were short lived, and are not coming through much now. The pure hop aromas are the ones hitting my nose now, which are a little spicy even. This was easily a 4.5 at the start, now it’s a 4, still not bad though.

The flavor is much like the second half of the nose, pretty dank, zesty, and spicy. It’s a good IPA, I was certainly let down on the nose when it literally shifted in a matter of minutes, I did not however have any expectations for tropical fruit here, so there is no let down. It’s really well done, the flavors are pretty powerful, they are easy to recognize, they work, and they are tasty. The flavor is somewhat better than the nose on pure quality, but it’s also coming across a lot better because I can taste how the beer was intended to manifest. Not very sweet at all, which is really nice, it just focuses on the hops. This is a really really nice IPA, there is just absolutely nothing wrong with it. Overall, fantastic.

The carbonation is not grossly too high, but it is on the high end of the spectrum. I don’t mind it, hops have twang, carbonation has twang, it works. The body is medium. Bitterness is relatively high, and lingers for a bit, but in no way offensive. The mouthfeel does nothing but compliment this beer further.

The drinkability is fantastic. For a beer that has such a big hop kick, it goes down like nothing. This glass would already be gone if I wasn’t doing a review!

Overall this is just a fantastic beer, it’s everything I want in an IPA – hops that are easy to identify, taste great, and aren’t impeded by other unnecessary flavors. Wonderful.

The appearance turned out wonderful as well. The lacing was immaculate, extremely thick. The head had very good retention. I had a little island of foam following me all the way down the glass. Very close to a perfect looking beer.

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Photo of BobbyLong
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 04/20/17

Poured perfectly clear golden with about one finger of head. Slight carbonation and leaves a light lacing in the glass.

The smell is all about the grapefruit, which is as close to a real grapefruit I've ever smelled in an IPA. The other citrus I get is lemon, but other than that I don't really get any other aromas.

Taste is an absolute grapefruit bomb, but in the best way. Again the comparison between this and just straight up grapefruit juice is unreal. There's a bit of an alcohol bite in the nose, but nothing unpleasant.

Resinious mouth feel, but finishes with a pleasant bitterness.

A 500mL bottle only cost me 3.29, which I consider a steal for such refined beer. What a great find. I'll definitely be getting more soon.

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

1 PT 0.9 FL OZ bottle
Served in an IPA glass

This beer pours a brilliant amber color with golden highlights. It is topped with several inches of beige head that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is citrus and pine.

It starts out with citrus flavor that showcases grapefruit. Pine comes through in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel and pretty smooth

It has a nice balance of citrus and pine and is not pine forward like so many Pacific Northwest IPA's seem to be. It is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of HomeBrewWhoKnew
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Amber color, nice thin head, crystal clear, wonderful retention
S: resin and citrus upfront, sweet, excellent full aroma
T: Spice, pine, hoppy, citrus
F: Medium body, slight carbonation, minimal lingering mouth feel
O: A spicy, herbal, well balanced, and great presentation IPA. Worth picking up and only $3.99

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Photo of arizcards
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from the Welches Thriftaway grocery store yesterday for $4.99. Bottled on 8-3-16.

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

Nose is very citrusy and appropriate for the style.

Taste is citrus forward over a nice pale malt base. A light pine finish marries nicely with the grapefruit.

Feel is medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a very nice beer that i am glad i picked up - recommended!

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Photo of ricke49
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pFriem does a great job producing quality craft ales and lagers. Their IPA is a solid 'on the money' brew. Excellent balance of fruity bitterness and malt body. It's not an offering that "wows" you with its extremes, rather it simply delivers a near perfect example of the style. Citrusy hops, ample though short-lived head, smooth sipping, pleasant after taste. Can't go wrong with this one. Final sentence on lable write-up "Drunk up, guv'nor" is of interest because Kate Brown had personally related to me what a great bunch of folks there are at PFriem Family Brewers.

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IPA from pFriem Family Brewers
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