UniversAle Pale - Fremont Brewing Company
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3.05/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
08-03-2012 05:45:30 | More by harrymel
3.5/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
05-25-2012 02:35:50 | More by jdense
3.6/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
03-29-2012 01:53:17 | More by msubulldog25
4.23/5 rDev +14.3%
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
03-23-2012 14:30:45 | More by barleywinefiend
3.18/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
01-18-2012 02:48:59 | More by doughanson78
3.35/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
10-18-2011 03:18:48 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
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
07-26-2011 04:20:27 | More by dirtylou
3.38/5 rDev -8.6%
Pours a nice orange with tons of clarity, a wisp of head and wee bit o' lacing.
The nose is very floral with citrus notes (think Cuties) and some sweet Hawaiian bread toward the end.
First taste is all sweet, grainy malt up front with citrusy hops rounding out the sip, mouth feel is pleasant and carbonation is light. Malt becomes intensely aromatic as the beer warms and the hops pretty much ride in the back no matter what temp. Highly drinkable ale, perfect for warm BBQs where an oily IPA or lager isn't your ticket.
09-23-2010 22:58:07 | More by CascadeConan
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
08-20-2010 22:52:21 | More by woemad
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
07-15-2010 05:07:03 | More by flagmantho
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
09-27-2009 03:00:45 | More by RedDiamond
2.9/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
07-30-2009 10:36:59 | More by beertunes
UniversAle Pale from Fremont Brewing Company
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