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!)

Hot Trub Time Machine Part 2 – Fuggles & Warlock Craft works (Richmond, BC, Canada)


TL:DR – “unbalanced harsh bitter hops, lacking citrus roundness”


Hot Trub Time Machine Part 2 – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks + Superflux Beer Company collaboration, 11% ABV – 61 IBUs, 650 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“Hot Trub Time Machine IPA Part 2: A juicy, dank, pineapple explosino of tropical hops! Feature Denali & Vic Secret hops. Collaboration with Superflux Beer Company. 61 IBU”


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Initial juicy pineapple fruity malt but harsh sharp lingering bitter hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7.12 CAD – 650 ml., March 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: nope
  • What made an impression: very lengthy harsh bitter hops

Visual: Pours almost clear light golden orange with a half layer of small head, a large island with ringed retention, lots of loose clustered streams.

Nose: pineapple citrusy hopped oils, very bright (lvl-8)-pungency.

Attack: soft tingly crisp, incoming bitter hops, slight creamy

Mid-palate: aggressive bitter hops, (lvl-3-sweetness), pineapple, juicy barley malt

Finish: long lingering sharp bitter resiny hops

Summary: Big aggressive and mostly harsh bitter hops that doesn’t offer enough bold citrus to counterbalance it. After 1 glass, just average and becomes harder to finish. A disappointment since Superflux had a hand in this.

India Pale Ale – Breakside Brewery (Portland, OR, USA)

India Pale Ale – Breakside Brewery, 6.8% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)


from ratebeer.com:

“Our take on the classic India Pale ale style – the favorite craft beer of the Northwest. This amber colored brew is loaded with four different types of hops during the brew day and then gets dry hopped. Our IPA has a huge citrus and pine character with a strong, but refined bitterness. ”


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Dry grassy pine soft tangerine toffee barley malt resin residual bitter grassy hops
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.90 (after 20% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: a solid IPA

Visual: Pours almost opaque dull orange-light copper brown without a significant head, thin ringed retention with a holey island, a bit of fine lacing, steady spread out singular streams.

Nose: clean resiny tangerine citrus hopped malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: very crisp bite, subtle incoming bitterness

Mid-palate: light tingly, crystal clean soft bright tangerine, (lvl-5-sweetness), toffee barley malt, dry-pine overtones

Finish: resiny soft bitter hops, long residual pine-grassy hopped bitterness, subtle citrus exhale

Summary: A pretty well-rounded IPA with alternating citrus-grassy pine reverberations from start to finish. A tad too dry and grassy for my liking; I prefer more citrusy notes.

Jack Hammer Ruthless IPA – Brewdog (Scotland)

Jack Hammer Ruthless India Pale Ale, 7.2% ABV, 330ml., (Ellon, Scotland)


description from ratebeer.com:

Ruthless India Pale Ale

Start with a colossal grapefruit aroma. Pile on bitterness after thumping bitterness, and ride the anarchy wherever it takes you. The caramel razor is sharp, but the resinous bite drills straight through your taste buds.

For blitzing the mediocre, raising hell and revelling in the aftermath, Jack Hammer is the end of the line. The hopped-up, pucker-mouthed terminal extreme of craft brewing. This beer is bitter. Very bitter. If you push that button, don’t say we didn’t warn you…

OG: 1069
IBU’s: Hopped to 200+ theoretical IBUs
Malts: Extra Pale
Hops: Centennial & Columbus, dry hopped with Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Fantastic smooth crisp yellow grapefruit toasty toffee barley malt soft grassy hop long bitter
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.75 CAD (after 5% off) – 330ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, Brewdog never fails

Visual: Pours marmalade orange with large suspended bits, a very small dissipating head, thin ringed retention with spotty islands, slow sporadic streams.

Nose: super bright orange-grapefruit hop oils (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thicker-crisp bite

Mid-palate: orange-mango hop oils, controlled zingy alcohol detection, (lvl-6-sweetness), yellow grapefruit, grassy-green hop cones

Finish: tongue numbness, toasty toffee barley malt aftertaste, long bitter hopped finish

Summary: A really, really nice showcase of a quality IPA. Balanced sweet grapefruity malts with a superb smooth-thick mouthfeel, and the hops are bold yet never overbearing. I particularly like the re-emergence of the barley malt at the finish. Very round and profound. Recommended.

2016 Beer Camp Tropical IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, CA, USA)

2016 Beer Camp Tropical IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. , 6.7% ABV, 55 IBU, 12 fl.oz., (Chico, CA, USA)


printed on front label on the neck:

“This new equatorial IPA features intense hop varietals bursting with aromas reminiscent of island fruit, including notes of mango, papaya and bitter orange, for a tropical take on the IPA.”

on the back label:

“Beer Camp is the perfect way for us to experiment with new flavor directions in beer. Each spring, we feature our favorite collaboration from camp. This year’s selection blends intensely aromatic hop varietals to create an IPA filled with fruit aromas of mango and papaya.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Some mango-papaya toffee barley malt lingering bitter hops
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $18.75 – 6×12 fl.oz., June 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: I’d buy a single, but not a 6-pack

Visual: 6-pack. Pours translucent deep orange with a very small dissipating head, a thin layer of micro retention, lots of fast steady streams.

Nose: mango hop oils, background toffee barley malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thicker-smooth viscosity

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), mango-papaya notes, background toffee barley malt

Finish: a touch thin, bitter peel hops, slight grassy, lingering medium bitterness

Summary: Superb creamy smooth entry, compounding bitterness from the hops with each sip. The palate gets fatigued a little over halfway through a 12oz. Decent, but one is enough. I prefer a Ballast Point Sculpin for tropical IPA flavours.

Total Domination IPA – Ninkasi Brewing Co. (Eugene, OR, USA)

Total Domination India Pale Ale – Ninkasi Brewing Company, 6.7% ABV – 65 IBU– 22 fl.oz., (Eugene, Oregon, USA)


On the front-right label:

“Multiple hops collide in balanced perfection, dominating the senses and achieving total satisfaction. From the Pacific Northwest, birthplace of the modern IPA, comes a beer whose name says it all.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Slick crisp sweet citrusy resin toffee barley malt bitter pine hopped smooth
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 CAD ($20 for 4-pack) – 22 fl.oz., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: a quality IPA

Visual: Part of a 4-pack, mixed bombers. Pours translucent golden orange with a tiny head, a bit of lacing, loose clusters of active streams.

Nose: toasty toffee citrusy hopped malts. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: light slick/thicker viscosity, smooth-crisp entry

Mid-palate: slightly creamy, (lvl-6-sweetness), citrusy-biscuity-resin, toffee barley malt

Finish: med sharp pine bitter hops, lingering malts, mellow clean finish.

Summary: Smooth and well-bodied IPA with all around pleasant balanced flavours. IPAs of this caliber make me a fan of the style. Delicious creamy mouthfeel.

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.