Interurban IPA - Fremont Brewing Company

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 385
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beertunes on 01-08-2010

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Reviews: 78 | Hads: 385
Photo of jdavin
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite IPA in Seattle currently, and probably my favorite IPA period. If you want to categorize it, it's closest to the Southern California IPA style (think Blind Pig) rather than "Northwest style" (maltier). I'm very excited they're canning it now. You can get it at Whole Foods or the brewery, and a couple other grocery stores (hope they distribute more though!).

12oz can poured in pint glass.

A: golden color with great clarity but some floating yeast particulates. (not filtered?)

S: Strong aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops. Seriously this beer has a stronger hop aroma than some fresh hopped beers I've tried. The citrus + grapefruit combination is my favorite in an IPA.

T: Abundant citrus and grapefruit hop flavor up front. Some piney hop flavors follow. High bitterness (about average bitterness for an IPA). Not much malt flavor (how I like it). A touch grassy in the finish.

M: light bodied with a dry finish and medium-high carbonation.

O: A supremely drinkable beer. Well rounded and amazingly fresh hop flavors and aroma. Perhaps even more importantly, they're consistent. I've had Fremont IPA off-and-on about 6 months now, and it's always consistent. (1,195 characters)

Photo of Spordy
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is in my top 5 ipas. Has great carbonation, clarity, honey malt taste but all those stand well below the chinook hops in this beer. It is a true NW IPA not a malty imposter. Honey malt shines in this one but the hop aroma and more so the taste make this absolutely delicious. (281 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewery.
Very nice golden appearance. Decent head retention. Nice lace.
Taste is, well, like what an IPA should be. Citrus, a bit flowery and mellow. A very good session beer that is totally drinkable, especially if your preference is hop forward beers that don't destroy the palate. (306 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My mouth still saddened by the too popular seattle brewed cream ale from down the road, I saddled up to the bar at the new-blue Fremont brewery. The nose off this pale IPA is full of lowers and citrus, Amarillo hops give their salutation. The beer slide down perfectly, strong and powerful with a fast finish.

Is this the best pacific northwest IPA? no. Is it the best one from a Seattle brewery? Quite possibly. It's a pure delight, a beer to remember, a beer to emulate. (474 characters)

Photo of scootpolute
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: Bomber brown bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Semi-cloudy, dark golden, brassy hue…HUGE white head with...what's that? Fresh hops floating around in the head!!!Also, leaves behind some fluffy rings of lacing.

S: Mint, marmalade, faint caramel, ripe pear, Orange citrus, lemon juice, light florals and grass.

T: Very smooth, deep crispness, hop bitterness… Upfront there is pineapple… lemon juice followed by leafy, dried grass, lightly toasted bread, clean caramel notes mid-palate. Finishes with pine and grassy floral…drying finishes…

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied, juicy, crisp and bitter.

O: Very clean, Very drinkable. SOOO FRESH (the floating hops in the head illustrate how fresh this beer is & tastes)!! Just an outstanding American IPA all around… pretty much nailed it with this one!!! (829 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer presents a clear amber liquid capped by a modest head that still leaves a copious amount of lace

Smell: A touch of the biscuit in the background with gobs of tropical fruit dominating; a touch vinous

Taste: As it smells, the tropical fruit flavors dominate, with papaya, pineapple and tangering; a slightly vinous character arrives, after the swallow, but the overall flavor profile is tropical and citrusy with just a hint of the malts

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Love the hop profile here, with all of the tropical flavors; rather unique and tasty (604 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can. Pours a hazy burnt orange color with an inch of thick, frothy head. Tons of sticky lacing. Great nose of tropical fruits; pineapple, mango, papaya and some citrus hops. Taste is more of that great tropical fruit flavor. Bitter orange peel finish. Nice amount of hops throughout. Drinkable and delicious. Medium bodied. This one smelled great and did not disappoint. Overall, I want more of this beer for sure. (419 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, canned 3/17/15, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a one finger creamy thick white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some sticky lacing behind

S- bready malt with some earthy yeast, complimented by some piney hop and a hint of citrus

T- lots of tropical juicy hops up front with flavors of mango, passionfruit & even a bit of pineapple. Sharp citrus zest quickly follows with hints of pine needle. Underlying soft bready malt allows the hops to shine, more tropical notes on the close

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky smooth finish, high drinkability

O- love the hop profile on this one. Tons of tropical fruit flavors that didn't quite come through on the aroma, this one went down too fast (830 characters)

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for this extra! Poured from 22oz into tapered DuPont glass...

A- Copper-orange color. Pretty clear with a large egg white fluffy head. Incredible lacing the whole way down the glass

S- Very piney. This is great- the best pine aroma I've had in a beer (I tend to be partial towards citrus IPAs). Very strong hop aroma with a nice bready/malty backbone.

T/M- Very smooth bitterness is the first and most important thing I notice. Much less bitter than the nose alludes, but still a good "east coast" IPA level of IBU (I know this was brewed on west coast). Still piney in the flavor, but also some citrus shines on the tongue; oranges and grapefruit for the most part. Pretty light body with overall conservative carbonation. Damn, that bitterness is SMOOTH and tasty

O- Super solid IPA. Not the amount of bitterness I expected but this beer makes up for it in overall drinkability and flavor. Also, the 6.5% drinks more like 4%. Damn fine beer- would love to get more of this down the road! (1,023 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for send this brew my way! Thanks hollis!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: brilliant golden bodied beer with 3 fingers white of head! Head drops down to a chunky cap and has coated the glass with nice curtians of lace.

Smell: lots of fresh smells from this beer. Multiple citris notes mixed with pine needles. Floral and spicy hops. Little bit of danky stanky hops. A touch of malt sweetness.

Taste: low end of moderate hop bitterness from this hop forward beer. Juicy oranges and pineapples. Pine, grapefuit, and a touch of lemon zest. Just a hint of malt sweetness. The hops follow all the way through to the end of the beer with a mild lingering bitterness. it tastes of pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: high end of a light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really drinkable, fresh, crisp beer. Well carbonated. The bitterness makes the feel just a little heavier than it really is, but thats okay. I would still say this is a session ale.

Overall: Can fremont make a craft beer that sucks? I am not sure its possible at this point. I have tried multiple beers from them and they are all great. This is an awesome ipa that is meant to be a session ale. Its canned which is another added bonus. Fremont delivers what they set out to do with this beer. (1,291 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at pub 124 in Walla Walla today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is quite attractive, showcasing considerable orange citrus, pine and black pepper. This beer smells great, and is nearly as good on the palate. There is considerable orange citrus on the palate, but the beer also has a long, bitter finish that is very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but the moderate orange sweetness is nicely countered by the wash of bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though there's a hint of heat from alcohol in the finish. Otherwise, this is a very attractive, very easy to enjoy IPA from Fremont Brewing.

I would order this beer again in a heart beat. (759 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matt (mfavoino) for sending this guy my way. Bomber served in a Bell's stemmed tulip.

A: Pours a chilled orange color with some a big foamy head forming on the pour. Great retention. It recedes slowly to a massively thick ring and leaves great, sticky webbing down the whole glass.

S: Nice tropical fruit bursts. Some pineapple and melon. Sweet doughy malts on the back end.

T: Nice pear, apple and mango flavors. There's a little grass in the middle and the finish is cleansing sweetness from some cracker-like malts.

M: Medium to light bodied and a solid carbonation level makes this guy an easy drinker.

O: This was very, very solid and highly drinkable. I was stunned at the price point ($5.99) for this guy and would be frequently buy it if I had access. Great value beer. (796 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought the growler last night, had half of it then, and having the other half now. It's lost a fair amount of carbonation overnight, but that's to be expected.

Poured (last night) with a big healthy beige head. Beer is a very slightly cloudy amber-golden color. Lacing (last night) was very impressive. Smell is sweet and floral with a dense hoppy background.

Taste is floral hops with a grapefruit rind bitterness, very sweet up front and a nice deep bitter finish. I think they may have improved this beer recently, because I've had it many times, and I don't recall enjoying it this much.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky, nice and thick with good carbonation (last night). Overall, this is a very solid beer that works well. (727 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally comes in a can! It didn't have a date stamp, but it had a tag from the store that shows 9/28/2012. So probably maybe it was canned 3 weeks ago or so.

I see this around pretty much everywhere I go and this is the first time trying this.

A: Orange body with 2 finger frothy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Citrus, pine, some sweet malt.

T: Malt forward, very sweet up front. And then hops kicks in. Quite sticky and oily. Slight bitter finish from the hops, but not overly bitter. Orange, citrus, pine-y bitterness, grapefruit.

M: Good amount of carbonation, sticky (as mentioned above), not much alcohol detected though.

O: Quite nice. Not my favorite or anything but I could have this with pretty much anything, any day. (732 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA. That place rocks!!

Thick, substantial head with excellent retention. Whipped cream style that is capable of rising above the glass.  Straight copper colored beer with good clarity. Soapy lacing everywhere.  

Light citrus aroma. Very perfume like.

Big floral flavor here. Juicy, grassy hop flavor. Very herbaceous with a touch of mint. Really fresh and wonderful. You do get a sense of the abv and it actually seems like more than a 6%'er

Juicy, resinous

Nice little IPA (521 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear medium red-orange amber. Slight whitehead and light lacing. Aromatic hop and sweet malt aroma. Taste starts semi-sweet, grapefruit and malty with a hop kick. Dry, hoppy finish with lingering hop bite. A bit astringent in the finish, but nice progression. Medium body and nicely carbonated. Quite impressive for a non-imperial IPA. I will buy this again (430 characters)

Photo of atowle25
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a big fluffy head that sticks around and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Good carbonation and lots of bubbles rising up from the bottom. The smell is wonderful. Huge blast of citrus assaults the nose - lots of grapefruit and tangerine, really smells wonderful. It took me a while to take the first taste just because it smells so good. Taste - very mild bitterness, some grapefruit on the end. Essentially a muted version of the smell. Kinda let down by the taste, but it's still quite good. The weakest aspect of the beer is by far the mouthfeel. It's simply too thin. Otherwise, this is a very good IPA. (641 characters)

Photo of vande
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good IPA from a small brewery we discovered while hanging out in Seattle. Poured with a thick, lightly sanded foam. A nice tan-golden color with a decent looking body. A medium bodied creamy feeling beer with a nice hop profile on both nose and palate. Bit of a bitter end at the back, little bit of malt sprinkled in to make a very nice tasting, easy drinking beer! For around $4, perfect to pick up! (408 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freemont is one of the newest additions to the Seattle beer scene. Any tap handle of theirs I come across I'm willing to try.

Kind of subtle pine hop aroma. Subtle by northwest standards, don't get me wrong, there's a lot of hops but there's more malt and honey and cereal grain aromas that get through compared to most local IPAs. That's not a bad thing at all.

Nice gold color but pretty cloudy. Big thick head initially that's now a thin layer of solid foam with TONS of lacing. A half inch with each sip takes forever to settle back into the top of the fluid level.

Flavor is also less hoppy than you might be used to in NW IPAs. There is pine and woody hops but no citrus hop flavor. That;s also not a bad thing. Mixed in is good base malt and crystal malt flavors.

Slightly heavy body but really creamy carbonation. Almost like this is a Nitro tap though it's not.

I good new IPA. I like it but it won't be the one I turn to if searching fo a hop monster. I think I can get my wife into this one. She says she doesn't like hops but homebrew experiments tell me she doesn't mind high IBUs but hates citrus flavor hops. (1,128 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Inch tall white fluffy head on light copper bodied beer. small sediment is visible. Clumpy drink-by-drink step lacing, excellent head retention.

S- Mmm citrus on the nose, more specifically oranges

T- Sweet maltiness turns to bitter citrus in a hurry. Fairly balanced overall but I'm giving the bright hoppy bitterness the edge. Finishes with a combination of lemon zest and breadiness. Drinks lower than 6.5%abv.

M- Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D/O- Omnom, I just wanted to glup this down. Good sessionable IPA from Freemont. Lowish ABV makes it possible to kill a 6 pack over a sunny late summer afternoon....too bad I only had one. Thanks ArchEnemyBrew! (672 characters)

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Malt and Vine.Poured into an imperial nonic a clear medium golden with a nice 1/2 finger white head that left two broken rings of lace as it settled.A mix of spicy and citic hops with a sweetish biscuit malt base,I pick up a litle hard water I think as well.Well balanced with a citrusy hop profile,not bitter in any kinda way,it has a little tropical fruitiness to it,the caramel biscuit malt base holds true to the finish.A solid American IPA,big hops but well balanced,again very solid. (504 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Both a tangerine and orange color as well as aroma coming out of this one.

Everything I was really looking for, had the big citrus presence, pine to a lesser degree, caramel not over the top (nothing was), relatively balanced for the style and region, bitterness in check. Nothing was mindblowing, nothing was just average though, file this under a really good brew by a local brewery. Had it at Hopfest!, would love to check it out again.

IBUs not grossly inflated for number ticking, alcohol well in check, I hope to see this in a bottle someday. Recommended. (564 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Revel. Review from notes.

A: Pours a copper/amber color with a one finger beige head on top, pretty thick with nice retention. Some foamy lacing forms on the glass.

S: Nice citrus aroma, grapefruit, orange rind, and a bit of pine. There is a bit of sweet malt and caramel on the back end.

T: A very nice IPA, more tropical/citrus fruits, chiefly grapefruit, with orange, and orange zest. A bit of light caramel and grainy malt.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A pretty good IPA, easy enough to get too! (540 characters)

Photo of Aml42000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark burnt orange with an ample white head.

Fresh aromatics of pine & citrus w/just a hint of white peach.

Clean, crisp refreshing IPA. Quite balanced with just enough bitterness.

Medium bodied & quite approachable. Easy to drink.

This is an excellent NW IPA. It has enough complexity to make one slow down & savor it, but also is crisp & approachable enough that it can be enjoyed in a social setting without pausing to "consider" the quality of the beer. The hops show just enough bite & linger beautifully on the palate. Can't recommend highly enough. (575 characters)

Photo of distantmantra
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on-tap, in 22 oz. bottles and in growlers. Notes from, oh who am I kidding, I've had Interurban about a million times over the past three years. Can't believe I've yet to review it.

A: The beer pours a deep amber color that almost looks like golden honey when held up to the light. There is a prominent head of creamy white foam that does not dissipate as you drink the beer. Very impressive lacing remains, especially for a standard IPA.

S: Interurban has a nice grassy aroma with just a bit of floral orange peel and grapefruit lingering in the nose. These fruity notes are well-balanced with some bready caramel malt.

T: Very nice grassy flavor with some honey, grapefruit and butter pine. The malt supports the hop profile and does not overwhelm it. Hints of grain and caramel are present.

M: Very nice medium body and slightly oily mouthfeel. Average carbonation does not get in the way of this beer.

O: Probably my favorite local standard IPA. It starting to show up almost everywhere on tap, so it's my go-to brew. (1,037 characters)

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Interurban IPA from Fremont Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.