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UniversAle Pale - Fremont Brewing Company

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 147
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.04%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | 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

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Beer added by: beertunes on 07-30-2009

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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 (384 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 (622 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you for this bonus can, SatlyMalty. Poured into a 3floyds tapered glass. No freshness date but there's a sticker on it from the liquor store that says 2/12/2013.

A- A perfect pour into the glass produces a plateau of head about 3/4 of an inch high that retains wonderfully before slowly decomposing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass . Somewhat resilient lacing leaves stalactites behind.

S- Light tinge of hops that are piney and citrusy. Some cracker-like malt with a trace of sulfur.

T- Tangy, almost metallic hop bite clamps down pretty hard for an APA. It's grassy, a bit tart, juicy and almost salty. Very vibrant, super enjoyable. Not a whole lot of malt character to balance, but that's OK since the hops are doing just a fine job on their own.

M- Bright and snappy with plenty of bite from the hops. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Although it drinks almost like an IPA, this is one killer Pale Ale that's sessionable and flavorful. (975 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,781 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint purchased and consumed at Waddell's in Spokane for $4.75. I didn't catch the name of this beer, not realizing Fremont brews two pale ales.

Poured a color somewhere between straw and copper, with a good-sized white head. Moderate lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Piney in the nose, with floral hops and a restrained bready malt note.

Like in the nose, this is fairly hoppy. While not hopped up to the point of an IPA, this is definitely a west coast pale ale. The hops are piney and citrusy, with the pine seeming to be the most dominant. There's a modestly sweet maltiness that kicks in partway through, and while it balances things, it can't prevent the finish having a promounced dry note.

Medium bodied, with carbonation appropriate for the style and a slightly resiny mouthfeel, almost like an IPA.

A fairly drinkable pale ale. I couold have had several if I had the time. While I still prefer Manny's as a pale ale for sessioning, this would do alright in a pinch. (986 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014-12-14
12oz can poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours clear yellow golden. Medium pale head, plenty of carbonation. Smell is grassy, hoppy, pleasant, and mild.

Taste is grassy, straw/hay, yeasty. Pretty nice, actually. A little lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, nice pale ale. (295 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper w/ a big sudsy bright white head, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is nice floral and spicy NW hops with a nice clean citrusy edge.

Taste follows nose. Clean pale biscuity malt and bright floral/citrusy hops. Straightforward and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is balanced and crisp.

Overall a really nice, clean, refreshing APA. Not sure why this isn't considered an IPA, but whatever. I'm also not sure why I don't drink this more often. (475 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy white head with nice retention.

Lightly fruity, floral hop character, with a clean, pale malt backbone.

An easy drinking, well done Pale Ale. (184 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle from The Beer Shoppe, Yakima, WA., poured into UCLA shaker pint glass, 5.24.12.

Fairly clear deep gold/orange amber body, some visible carbonation rising but not much, billowing white head with above average lacing. Malt forward nose, bready balanced by floral and a bit of grassy hops. Taste mirrors nose, decent dose of bitterness on the back end to counter the big malt bill. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium, some effervescence. I like this brewery, and this is a well made beer, but not one I'd seek out again. (535 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Medium yellow with hints of amber. There is a light haze to it. One finger white head with great retention and good lacing.

S: Light aroma. Nice blend of floral, citrus, and light piney hops. Some bready malts with a touch of caramel.

T: Very grainy upfront with a slight caramel note. Light floral hops come in with a touch of citrus. Finishes grassy and earthy with lots more grain.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Light creaminess.

O: Very disappointed in this beer. Fremont brews 3 beers that are easily my favorite locals by far. This is a drinkable beer but just average. (636 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a light orange with just a little bit of haze to it and a steady stream of bubbling. a finger of an off white head that slowly fades to a lacing on the sides

Smell: hops, both citrus and some pine. the malts are tough to discern

Taste: opens up with citrusy hops. toasted malts take over and mix with piney/spicy hops. ends up with a hint of lemon bread taste. very complex and tasty pale

Mouthfeel: pretty light and very refreshing

Overall: Wow. Thats a great pale ale. one of my favorites. Wish I could get more of these. great taste and refreshing as can be. (578 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Crisp golden amber, apple juice-y? right? Pillowy slik white head. Sticks around leaving its mark as the drink continues.

Nose is juicy: tropical fruits and floral hops. Some spice, some light malts support it all.

The tongue starts with a mild grassy hop spice. There is a definitive mint leaf somewhere in there that I really like. Not quite... thin, but kind of pastel? Lighter on the flavour, but a decent medium body. Some biscuity malts supporting it all keeping it in shape. Quite drinkable, decent carbonation, leaves a nice little coating.
Decent APA, would be good on a summer afternoon, but not something that's going to blow you away. (649 characters)

Photo of tut2528
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to Jaap for this one!

A: pours a bright golden, color with fairly high transparency. pour created a little bit of head with a some mild lacing.

S: nice blast of citrus, lemon zest, maybe even a little bit of tropical fruits in there as well. all of which sits quite nicely with a nice hop spice.

T: i was expecting different. there is a nice roasted malt note that comes forward that was not present in the aroma. a bready/biscuit note and the the citrus is still there along with some other mild fruits and nice hop kick. the finish is more of the roasted malt

M: very light on the tongue. nothing much really left on the palate other than a touch of bitterness and a slight dryness

O: decent brew. the drinkability is very high and it would definitely be a brew that i could kick back all day. (807 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber into a tulip

A: pale golden with a huge 3 finger head that left very good lacing
S: grassy hops, pale malt, some crystal malt...not real strong
T: crackery malt with a touch of caramel sweetness, light grassy bitterness and a little lemon...on paper, almost looks like some pilsners but there is a touch more sweetness and heaviness, and the hops don't quite fit...can especially y get some of the classic cascade, but that seems like it is beyond (463 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very Clear. Light in color. Almost Coors light'ish I'm color.

Smell: faint coriander and orange.

Taste: light malt character. Not bitter, but hop taste is a citrus, good flavor.

Mouthfeel: Slightly overcarbonated. Light malt and balanced well with the hop profile. Not over the top.

Overall: this is a pleasant Pale Ale. A little over carbonated, but not so much that it is a huge issue. Pretty good beer. But, the IPA from Freemont is much better. (464 characters)

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UniversAle Pale from Fremont Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.