Pike Mike’s Uncle

by Pike Brewing Co.

This rich ale, from Seattle’s family owned Pike Brewing, follows the Belgian tripel style:

Pour a Pike Monk’s Uncle and you’ll be greeted by a big, full-bodied nose of fruity and exotic esters. This golden colored Tripel will win you over with its hints of honey and spice that come from organic malts, sugar and local hops.

The brew is creamy, with notes of clove and banana. It gives way to a sudsy, bitter and spicy ending. It isn’t very layered or complex, but it remains pleasurable and drinkable throughout.

Rating:

3 out of 5

Hopsmack IPA

by Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

This IPA, one of Cascade Lake’s latest year-round brews, boasts some serious lupulin:

This striking citra hop IPA brings complex tropical and citrus aromas to the palate. With great head retention and clarity this well balanced yet aggressive India Pale Ale makes this a great choice for the “hop lover” in all of us!

Orange-y and lemony flavors ooze. It’s heavy: big malt flavor balances out extreme hops. Hopsmack tastes mostly of a big hop blast, but it remains enjoyable and refreshing throughout.

Rating:

3 out of 5

Pamplemousse Citrus IPA

by Lompoc Brewing Co.

This IPA from Portland’s own Lompoc carries a special zing:

The first brew in our new IPA Series is a shining example of a traditional Northwest IPA with the head and aroma of grapefruit and fresh citrus.

As it turns out, this beer packs some special ingredients:

Four hop varieties along with real grapefruit juice build a solid hop bitterness highlighted by citrus notes, both on the tongue and in the nose.

It is a brilliant amber color with primarily honey-sweet odors. It tastes, predictably, of grapefruit. Occasional malt sweetness gives way to extremely bitter hops at the end. It’s a big beer with lots of flavor, and good enough to win some local support:

Oregonian beer writer John Foyston named Pamplemousse Citrus IPA his Beer of the Year, Part I…

Not a small testimonial. If you’re up for a “fresh-squeezed” brew, or you’re looking for something crisp and new, give Pamplemousse a shot.

Rating:

4 out of 5

Dog Days Wheat IPA

by Klamath Basin Brewery

This amber-colored, clean, clear ale comes from one of Oregon’s southern-most breweries:

Limited release Wheat IPA, whose character reflects the summer sun. Hops mingle with malted wheat to produce a crisp flavor along with a cloudy golden appearance. Citrus notes fortify this brew and make it a refreshing companion for the dog days of summer.

It smells nearly entirely of flowery hops. Flavors follow the odor, as expected: there’s some pine, grass, and a hint of stonefruit fruit. It’s smooth and packed full of flavor, yet it remains a light and refreshing drink.

Rating:

3 out of 5

WIT

by pFriem Family Brewers

This “Belgian-style white ale,” from Hood River’s pFriem, sports a summer-like flair:

…[R]aise a glass to sweet aromas of orange and cardamom, light-creamy flavor, and a refreshing finish.

This beer almost looks like lemonade: it’s opaque and quite yellow. Flavors closely follow the description: sweet citrus blends with that distinct cardamom spice to produce a brew that’s light and refreshing.

Rating:

4 out of 5