There were a number of different breweries that I was excited to check out in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood (and a few that I didn’t get a chance to visit on this trip), but the biggest draw was probably Goodfire Brewing Company. I had heard so many rave reviews about Goodfire’s beers, especially their NEIPAs, and I was excited to finally give them a shot. When we arrived at Goodfire they had a party going, food trucks, music and a large group of people enjoying beers and nice weather on the last Sunday in August. My kids were super excited when they saw an ice cream truck, so my wife grabbed them a cool treat while I stocked up on beer. I was fortunate that they had released two beers the week I visited, their flagship Citra-heavy IPA Prime and the DIPA version Super Prime. Goodfire Prime is brewed with Citra and Amarillo hops and is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Goodfire Brewing Prime pours murky light orange with a solid white head. The aroma features a big burst of fruity hops that make you want to dive right into the glass. The hops lead the flavor too, notes of tangerine, grapefruit, and mango along with a mild and soft bitterness. This is balanced by a pale malt backbone, hints of crackers and bread crust. Prime is medium-bodied and very smooth, at 6.5% ABV it is about average for the style. The finish is crisp with some lingering hop flavor. This is an excellent NEIPA, plenty of hop flavor and easy drinking. I really enjoyed this beer and the DIPA version Super Prime, and I can’t wait for my next stop at Goodfire! Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.