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!)

60 Minute IPA – Dogfish Head (Milton, DE, USA)


TL:DR – “super clean tangerine citrus w/ light malt backbone, stealth bitterness for an IPA”


60 Minute IPA – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, 6% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Milton, Delaware, USA)


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: tangerine sweet barley malt clean non-bitter
  • Where I got it : World Market / Santa Monica
  • How much: $1.96 USD / $2.55 CAD – 12 fl.oz., March 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: not especially
  • What made an impression: super clean

Visual: Pours translucent golden orange without much of a head, ringed retention, barely an island, a few bubbles here and there, uneventful.

Nose: citrusy hopped grainy barley malt, honey, musky. (lvl-3)-pungency.

Attack: light crisp, malty body

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), juicy tangerine hop oils, sweet bready malt backbone

Finish: residual liquid barley malt, ultra-subtle bitterness, slight resiny.

Summary: So clean and smooth that it’s almost boring; Meaning, each sip is reliably balanced and serene. Nothing special visually or aromatically. Flavours won’t wow you.

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.

Centennial IPA – Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, MI, USA)


TL:DR – “Balanced (bitter hop : sweet malt : alcohol) ratios.”


Centennial IPA – Founders Brewing Company, 7.2% ABV – 65 IBUs, 12 fl.oz., (Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA)


on the back label:

“Get ready to bask in the glory of the frothy head’s floral bouquet, relish the citrus accents from the abundance of dry hopping. This one’s sweet, yet balanced, malty undertones shake hands with the hop character for a finish that never turns bitter”


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: balanced toffee malt subtle bitter smooth texture
  • Where I got it : Cost Plus World Market / The Grove, LA
  • How much: $1.96 USD / $2.55 CAD – 12 fl.oz., March 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: Yes
  • What made an impression: stealth subtle bitter hops for an IPA

Visual: Pours dirty medium copper orange with a small 1cm head with a 1mm fine frothy layer of retention with sticky lacing, very active tight clustered streams.

Nose: toffee bold barley malt, orange citrus hoppy undertones (lvl-5)-pungency.

Attack: thicker-creamy, soft bite

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness) mixed with light alcohol detection, soft citrus hop, sweet toasty toffee malt

Finish: residual malty, super subtle pine hopped bitter

Summary: The flavours won’t knock your socks off, rather, this one is more about he subtle nuances. Clean subtle bitter hops are balanced in zen-like unison with the malts, alcohol and texture. Smooth.

Punk IPA (5.6%) – Brewdog (Ellon, Scotland)

Punk IPA (5.6%) – Brewdog, 5.6% ABV, 330ml., (Ellon, Scotland)


description from ratebeer.com:

Ingredients: Extra Pale Malt; Chinook, Ahtanum, Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe, Nelson Sauvin hops. IBUs 45
This fresh, full flavour natural beer is our tribute to the classic IPAs of yester-year. The post modern twist is the addition of amazing fruity hops giving an explosion of tropical fruit flavours and a sharp bitter finish.


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Medium crisp dull CO2 biscuity barley malt stealth orange stealth bitter
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.25 CAD (after 5% off) – 330ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, not enough body

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Pours almost clear marmalade orange, not much head, a half layer of micro retention, scattered loose streams.

Nose: toffee biscuity barley malt, hints of hops. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: medium crisp, dull CO2,

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), sligtht tingly, light grainy-light biscuity barley malt, gentle stealth orange citrus notes

Finish: super stealth soft hop bitter, grainy barley exhale

Summary: Very smooth without much lingering hop bitterness unlike North American IPAs. It seems to lack punch and depth characteristic of the other Brewdog brews I’ve had. Perhaps its due to the 2 year cellaring.

India Pale Ale – Nogne Ø (Grimstad, Norway)

India Pale Ale – Nøgne Ø, 7.5% ABV, 0.50 L, (Grimstad, Norway)


on the front-side label:

“India Pale Ale is a full-flavored ale, as is traditional for this historic ale type. We have used hops from the American Pacific Coast because they add such a beautiful aroma. we recommend Nøgne Ø IPA be served at 10°C and paired with foods with strong or spicy flavors. Nøgne Ø ales are unfiltered and unpasteurized.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Woody funk fruity tangy plum barley malt dry bitter
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W.Vancouver
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 0.50 L., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: a truly different IPA

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Huge gusher! Unfiltered yeast working OT. Pours 80/20-head/beer ratio, super thick foam, thick sticky lacing, opaque pale orange-brown, super clustered micro activity.

Nose: slight woody-sourish funk, unfiltered apple juice’d malts – very interesting for an IPA. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-very creamy, fruity malt impression

Mid-palate: full bloated mouthfeel, background tangy, (lvl-5-sweetness), plummy caramel barley malt

Finish: trace airy wheat malt, light woody-funk exhale, sourish dry bitter hops, residual caramel barley malt

Summary: Definitely not your standard IPA. The woody funk goes pretty well with the alcoholic sweet fruity barley malt body. The quality is a cut above the local brews here.

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.