pFriem Family Brewers IPA
What the brewers say
"When the first pale ales were sailed around the Cape to arrive in India, outcries of ‘Zounds! Jolly good! and Huzzah!’ were heard across the East Indian subcontinent. Similar exclamations are to be expected when sniffing the piney aroma and tasting the big hops, huge citrus, and candy-like malt of pFriem’s IPA. Drink up, Guv’nor."
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Orange, grapefruit, lemon, and pine. Grassy, herbal. Some pineapple, mango and a touch of vanilla-like sweetness. The malt is subtle—light and vaguely sweet.”
Flavor: "Nice sweetness up front. Some notes of grapefruit, a little orange, slight lemon. A little pine. Well balanced with significant bitterness to cut the lightly toasted sweetness. Light body, clean semisweet malt."
Overall: "A pretty standard West Coast IPA. Nice citrus notes with some pine and tropical fruit. The balance with the bitterness worked well, but it could use a touch of malt complexity. Clean and crisp, and very sessionable for a beer of evident strength."