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UniversAle Pale - Fremont Brewing Company

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UniversAle PaleUniversAle Pale

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 07-30-2009)
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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

nmann08, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

GRG1313, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

ygtbsm94, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a fine pale ale here, but really nothing that hasnt already been done. its pale yellow from the can, really heady and fizzy, with a nose of biscuit malt and grassy european style hops. its got good bitterness throughout, a light bready malt base, and a lingering finish that is still plenty refreshing. in a blind taste test, it wouldnt stand out from any of the other solid pales out there, nothing distinguishing about it, but its well made and sort of covers the lighter end of the pale ale spectrum for me. its gets a little import like in stale grain assertiveness up front, but its quickly lost to the bubbles and hops. overall a worthy can of brew, but not one i will find myself seeking out again.

StonedTrippin, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow in the Pilsner glass. Attractive foamy head. Plenty of spritiness in the mouth. Light flowery aroma and a watery body. Faint crackery malt flavors with more herbal hoppiness. Bitterness strikes suddenly after some sipping. It is slightly resiny and more like oversteeped green tea, though not that bad. A little malty sweetness comes back with a touch of fruitiness.

Overall this is a pretty pale Pale Ale, but it has a nice fragrant light flavor. The bitterness takes over the finish in a less than appealing way. From the 22 oz bottle purchased from The Market at Anacortes.

05-10-2014 Update: From the 12 oz can. I was surprised how delightfully fragrant this is. I would rate it higher this time. This would be the beer to have in handy cans when you want a crisp, aromatic, light beer.

mactrail, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice orangish color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and some lacing

S: Like a big fruit basket anf flower bouquet rooled up into one with light toasted bread

T: Big citrus and flowers with a light toastiness, juicy, loads of flavor. Very nice and very much a West Coast Pale Ale

M: Medium body, well carbonated, a little bit of slickness

O: Good overall

barleywinefiend, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized biscuity and slightly off white head slowly dies into a nice lacing above a clear honey golden colored beer.

A light aroma consisting mostly of citrus and pine aroma hops with a little bit of lightly roasted caramel malts sneaking in.

A light sweet taste mixes with some of the light citrus and pine hops taste with some added very light yeast aspects sneaking along.

An almost dryish aftertaste with some of the sweet malt tastes hanging around with this medium bodied beer.

This beers taste is a light on the lighter side, I kind of wish it had more of these same tastes present but in abundance.

LXIXME, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Gonzoillini, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Greenlake bar and Grill.

A: The beer was a clear golden color with a foamy white head on top, about 1.5 fingers in height, rather thick though. Great head retention lasting for at least half the time it took the drink the beer with nice lacing formation.

S: Some light citrus fruits and a little bit of pine as well, slightly earthy. Faint grainy malt fills in as well.

T: Grainy malt upfront with a bit more citrus than pine throughout the flavor profile coming through as lemon and orange with a bit of grass.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A fine APA, a little on the weak side for my taste, but overall ok. Would prefer to drink interurban IPA.

mdaschaf, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

rab53, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the bottle in Seattle last weekend.

22oz poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark orange with a two finger light tan head. Good retention and tons of lacing.

S - Muted pine and citrus.

T - Light malts, wheat, and a strong metallic taste.

D - Average body and carbonation.

O - Average at best.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of beertunes
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The first beer from a brand new brewery, this was served in a straight pint glass. The beer poured a slightly cloudy orangeish-yellow. There was about an inch of clean white head that dissipated quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

The aroma was a pleasant dose of hops, mostly citrus notes, with no malt sweetness on the nose. The flavors followed along the path carved by the scent, clean, sharp hop flavors dominate, with little malt foundation to build on.

The body was typical for the style as was the drinkability. This is a nice Pale, almost exactly average for the style, give it a shot if you see it. Since this brewery is just getting started, I'll try this again in a few months and amend my review as needed.

beertunes, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

tobelerone, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont Brewing pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a two finger white head that dissipates in a few minutes to a thick film, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet biscuit malt, citrus and faintly piney hops, light citrus fruit. Flavor is light biscuit malt, mild citrus hops with a mildly toasty biscuit finish with light grain. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A pleasant, but understated pale ale that seems unusually tame for a beer from Fremont. The mellow flavor makes this a fine accompaniment to food. Nice but underwhelming.

LiquidAmber, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, from the brewery

appearance: fairly dark amber body for the style, light beige film with good retention

smell: some dry grain, light red-skinned apple, light citrus

taste: ratings seems to suggest this to be an offensive APA, which I dont find to be the case at all. It's a little bland with faded notes of citrus hops and sweet fruits. Grain and dry malt provide an honest backdrop with a grassy/herbal finish from the hops. I'll likely reach for the Fremont IPA more often, but this pale ale worked well on this evening.

mouthfeel: medium-light, tea-like, light bitterness

overall: good, bland but good

dirtylou, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on tap at Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: rich orange brown hue with a touch of haze and one finger of ivory head. A solid but typical pale ale visage.

Smell: loads of bright, citrusy, piney hops. Not much in the way of malt, but I found the aroma enticing nonetheless.

Taste: dry, biscuity malt with citrusy and slightly earthy hops in abundance. Rather hop centric, but I like it. There's a long, dry, bitter finish as well which I really like.

Mouthfeel: medium body with decent carbonation for the style -- typical.

Drinkability: very tasty and quite refreshing hop profile. I would gladly have this beer again.

flagmantho, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Gobzilla, May 02, 2014
Photo of RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, yellow-gold with minimal carbonation, stylish lace, and an engaging herbal hop fragrance. The flavor emulates the smell - very green and grassy - with bittering that hinges on astringent, vegetative qualities. The raw hoppiness contributes a slightly tannic mouthfeel though not to the point of being strained. Search for it and there's a light wash of malt sweetness singing backup. Enjoyable, but the herbaceous hoppiness isn't for everyone.

RedDiamond, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +8.1%

twelveinches, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

strongaf, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of tommyguz
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

tommyguz, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, purchased yesterday at Whole Foods in Seattle (Westlake). Poured to a pint glass after a few minutes out of the fridge. No date on the bottle.

"SEATTLE ~ EARTH"
"BECAUSE BEER MATTERS"
5.6% by Vol.

The "Down & Dirty", per the label:
Pale, Crystal, Melanoidin & Aromatic malt.
Columbus, Centennial & Cascade hops.

A: 'Butterscotch/caramel' shade of orange, a welcoming brightness. Pour is mostly clear, but a fine unfiltered dust distorts fingers through the glass just a bit. Hardly any carbonation visible (age?), but whitish foamy head is small (just shy of a finger) and plenty sturdy. Lace holds in loose drapes.

S: Pleasant biscuity maltiness with a pointed spiciness. I get a touch of 'citrus', non-descipt though harkening both rind and pulp ~ 'orange' if I'm forced to choose. Decent strength but doesn't leap from the glass.

T: An expected cracker/biscuit malt balanced with an appropriate covering of zesty, almost tangy, hops (a light resin/pine and juicier fruit, with rind bitterness to follow). It's kinda standard in relation to many APAs I've tried, but it's good to have a Pale with discretion when it comes to hoppiness. Three different Northwest 'C' hops offer great flavor (and some aroma) without being to brutal on the taste buds.

M: First sip seemed very thin... maybe that crisp carbonation was missing? Subsequent sips don't get any 'thicker' (that's ok), but they do start to build a nice base a spicy/fruity malt stickiness. Hop oils linger squarely on the tongue.

O: What?!? A 4.0 after all 3.5s? It's a likable beer, easy to drink and 'good' in all ways. The sum is a little better than its parts. I'd like to try this again, fresh as possible : on tap...but it's 'nice' as is.

My first from Fremont; I'm looking forward to more.

msubulldog25, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned: earlier

Good toasted corn color with a solid quilt of light creamy foam leaving behind some ropes of lace. Herbal hops with a tea like character on the nose and some english crystal malts remind me of an old ale. There is also a small amount of detergent in the nose for me along some grass. Flavor is mostly dry tea leaves and some sweet malts alongside a bit of bitterness. I think with a bit of CaraPils, this one would actually make a really nice ESB, but it's not doing it as an APA for me. Medium bodied with slightly slick feel. Overall drinkable, but think their Summer version should be the headliner.

harrymel, Aug 03, 2012
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UniversAle Pale from Fremont Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.