Beer Name: Citrus Zest IPA
Brewery: pFriem Family Brewers (Hood River, OR)
How sold: 16.9 oz. bottles (500 mL) or on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Bottled on Date: December 29, 2016
Date Bought: January 3, 2017
Date Opened/Drank: January 8, 2017
When brewed? Seasonal beer. Usually winter release on draft.
What's on the Bottle: "By adding grapefruit and tangelo zest to fruit and citrus forward hops we've maximized the fruit flavors in pFriem Citrus IPA. Its notes of melon, papaya, and ripe fruit, and the zesty, refreshing finish will have you puckering up with joy in no time."
Where distributed: As of January 2017, pFriem ships to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Click here to see if pFriem ships your way!
REVIEW:Appearance (5%): Pours clear golden into a pint glass. White head. Some tiny bubbles. 4.25/5
Smell (25%): Papaya up front , with complementing citrus zest and melon. Basically as advertised. 4/5
Taste (40%): Papaya and melon up front, with complementing citrus zest. Melon stays with you throughout the drinking experience. It's admittedly one I can go either way on, as I don't always care for a lot of papaya or melon in my beer. It's also just 45 IBUs, so a side of me feels like it's lacking some flavor and oomph. 3.75/5
Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-light bodied, some carbonation. Some dryness on the tongue. 4/5
Overall (20%): An above-average IPA. I'm not as high on this one as other pFriem beers, as I personally don't think I can take this much papaya and melon all the time in my IPA. Still, it's a good one to try, and if you like more refreshing beers, this is up your alley. Although this is classified as a winter beer release, I see this as a more popular beverage in the summertime. 3.75/5
Final Weighted Rating: 3.863/5