IPA – pFriem (Hood River, OR, USA)


TL:DR – “some orange citrusy NUMBING toffee barley malt, decent, but I needs me MORE CITRUS in my IPAs.”


India Pale Ale – pFriem, 7.2% ABV, 1 pt 0.9 oz., (Hood River, Oregon, USA)


-First, how the heck to pronounce pFriem?!? Check out this youtube vid:

Also, it’s the last name of the brewmaster and co-owner of the brewery, Josh pFriem. Read his story on their homepage.


on the back label:

“Pale Ales have only gotten better since they arrived in 18th century India. pFriem IPA builds on that legacy with big hops, huge citrus aromas, and a candy-like malt. Drink up, guv’nor.”


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: citrus numbing toffee barley malt smoothish
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.30 CAD (after 20% off) – 1 pt 0.9 oz, October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: sure
  • What made an impression: smooth mouthfeel, easy 7.2%

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours light golden orange with a 2cm pillowy head, half sticky lacing, spotty island with ring, lots of steady micros streams.

Nose: toffee barley malt, big orange citrus background (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thicker-crisp, almost minty

Mid-palate: mild tongue numbing, orange citrus hops, (lvl-4-sweetness), tangy-toffee barley malt,

Finish: cuts to off-dry, mandarin orange-pine exhale, mild resiny hops, lengthy manageable bitterness

Summary: I like the start to finish creamish thick mouthfeel and smooth ABV, as well as the soft citrus and controlled sweetness of the malt base; The piney numbness that occurs from about 1/4 to 3/4 I’m not particularly crazy about, but it’s balanced enough to be enjoyable. Good brew that exudes quality and complexity. (Also shoutout to laurenjlloyd for recommending this beer!)

Straffe Drieling Tripel – Logsdon Farmhouse Ales (Hood River, OR, USA)


TL:DR – “Mostly floral-light citrus bright coriander wheat maltish, stealth alcoholic.”


Straffe Drieling Tripel (organic farmhouse tripel brewed with spice) – Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, 8.8% ABV, 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Hood River, Oregon, USA)


on the front-right label:

“…The tripel style ale is probably the one style most commonly brewed by breweries in all of Flanders. Tripels are characterized by a complex, sometimes mild spicy character. Our Straffe Drieling tripel is brewed with pale malt and grains balanced by a judicious amount of whole cone noble hops and a deft compliment of traditional spice to create the extraordinary flavor of this organic beer.”


  • (now closed, sold and re-opening in 2018)
  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • Taste: sweet floral-citrus wheat malt subtle tangy-tart light oak
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge / Burnaby
  • How much: $16.45 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: deep and complex

Visual: Warning, extreme gusher upon openings! Pours cloudy dirty orange with a nice 2cm creamy slowly dissipating head, half-sticky lacing, several slow loose streams.

Nose: yeasty apricot, slight alcohol detection, chamomile malt (lvl-6)-pungency.

Attack: light tingly, thicker mouthfeel

Mid-palate: tongue-numbness-airy, tangy, subtle sour, (lvl-5-sweetness) laced with alcohol, floral-lemon citrus sweet wheaty malts, green apple

Finish: coriander dry, light funked woody oak exhale, subtle bitter hops

Summary: A good burst of flavour with depth and a refreshing mouthfeel. The alcohol hits stealth after a glass, but the start-to-finish complexity is keeping me interested.

Pêche Mode 2014 – Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River, OR, USA)

Pêche Mode 2014 Belgian Style Sour Ale brewed with peaches – Double Mountain Brewery, 8.6% ABV – 7 BU, 12.7 fl.oz., (Hood River, Oregon, USA)


on the front-left label:

“This Belgian Style Ale is aged for nine months on local Hood River peaches, our special house yeast, and Brettanomyces. Peach aromas shine through a farmhouse of funk and finishes tart and dry. Bottle conditioned.”

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  • Style: (peach) Sour Ale / Fruit beer
  • Taste: Big sour controlled pukey funk dull peach malt tangy tart acidity
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $18.70 CAD (after 10% off) – 12.7 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good, but not worth the imported price

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Hefty quality bottle. Pours translucent marmalade orange with a smallish long-lasting 2mm head, tight steady-fast clustered streams.

Nose: high acidic sour pukey, fruity alcoholic peach-apricot at the backend (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: huge sour-medium tart impression, soft crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), light vinegar, manageable big sour, medium pukey funk, dull peach notes mixed with tangy fruity malt

Finish: medium tart, lingering tangy soft fruity pukey acidity

Summary: Despite its big sourness and pukey nature, this is surprisingly sippable and the ABV is very well hidden. The peach fruitiness is on the dull side but the engaging acidity keeps this one interesting.

Cluster Single-Hop IPA – Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River, OR, USA)

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Cluster Single-Hop IPA – Double Mountain Brewery, 7.3% ABV – 85 BU, 1 pint 0.9 fl.oz., (Hood River, Oregon, USA)


on the front-left label:

“Clusters were the dominant hop variety in the U.S. for a few centuries. They lend this fine beer their unique aromas, full of citrus fruit and herbal goodness.”


  • Style: (Single hop – Cluster) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Cascading micro CO2 pineapple-peach med-sharp bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $6.40 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 1 pt. 0.9 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent, but nah.

Visual: Pours translucent muddy amber with a tiny dissipating head, thin half island retention, partial lacing, mixed tight and loose singular streams.

Nose: pineapple, fishy-grassy hops. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp-almost creamy

Mid-palate: fine micro CO2, pineapple-peach dry bitter hops, (lvl-3-sweetness), fleshy apple, citrusy-tangy barley malt

Finish: lingering medium-sharp hoppy bitter finish.

Summary: A solid, quality texture with smooth transitions and an agreeable flavours. Not overly bitter, it maintains a very nice balance of citrus-sweet malt-bitter hops-crisp creamy mouthfeel.

Killer Red Fresh Hop IRA – Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River, OR, USA)

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Killer Red Fresh Hop India Red Ale, 7.3% ABV – 85 IBU, 1 pint 0.9 fl.oz., (Hood River, Oregon, USA)


on the front-left label:

“It’s harvest time again, which means just-picked hops from the Willamette Valley. Notes of apple, pine and orange dominate the intense flavor profile of killer red.”

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  • Style: (Red IPA) India Red Ale
  • Taste: Solid citrusy toasted malt creamy light apple orange piney bitter hop dry dull finish
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $6.40 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 1 pt. 0.9 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Visual: Pours reddish brown with a nice 1.5cm dissipating head, sticky lacing, a thin layer of retention, lost of slow steady streams.

Nose: citrusy pine hops, toasted malt backdrop, light boozy (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: creamy-fine, crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), more creamy CO2, sweet light toasty barley malt, apple, orangy hop oils

Finish: soft green grassy piney off-dry bitter hops, malty sweet finish.

Summary: Solid malty hoppy profile with a very nice creamy mouthfeel. It’s just a touch too dry on the finish for me.

Oak Aged Bretta – Logsdon Farmhouse Ales (Hood River, OR, USA)

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  • My Rating: B

Oak Aged Bretta – Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, 8.0% ABV – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Hood River, Oregon, USA)

on the back label:

“Our organic Oak Aged Brett is made with our Seizoen Bretta that is aged for a period of time to develop the wood aged character in the beer. Oak Tannins, vanilla notes and subtle smoky spiciness soften and mellow this beer over time. The aged unfiltered beer is refermented and carbonated in the bottle with select yeast strains to provide added dryness and complexity, then sealed with beeswax for additional aging.”

  • Style: (oak) Barrel-aged Sour Ale
  • Taste: Balanced sour lemon stonefruit citrus hopped light oak /w metallic
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $13 (after 10% off) – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Warning! Super gusher for a minute or two, have a glass ready to catch the 99% head. Pours cloudy orange-brown with a ridiculously large ultra foamy head, lots of sticky lacing, several slow streams.

Nose: sour barnyard, minor tangerine/orange citrus (lvl-5)-pungency.

Attack: foamy head, fizzy-tingly mouthfeel, incoming sweetness

Mid-palate: balanced (lvl-6)-sweetness, medium sourness/tang, brightness, (MAIN) (lvl-3) non-invasive barnyard, lemon, seltzer, apricot, stonefruit malts

Finish: bitter hops, oak exhale.

Summary: Initial sips had a metallic flavour from the bottle cap but subsequent sips were clean. Extremely balanced sweet-sour-tang-flavour profile, with sweetness tipping the balance slightly. Great structure with the only minus being the metallic off-taste.