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Interurban IPA - Fremont Brewing Company

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Interurban IPAInterurban IPA

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 403
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 21.67%
Wants: 15
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 80 | Hads: 403
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it's good to be black

a: bomber split into a shaker pint, producing a nice little head of off-white carbonation that retains a good layer, the beer itself a pale golden-amber in color

s: pale malts with some bready notes, nice hop aroma in good balance - orange, tangerine, passionfruit - floral and vivid

m: carbonation around moderate in level, light-medium bodied, crisp

t: clean pale malt structure - light on the palate and only slightly sweet, good balance of fruity, citrusy hops bring flavors of sweet and bitter citrus and tropical fruits - orange, grapefruit rind, passionfruit

d: really nice little ipa - great fruit character from the hops really sets it off, light and refreshing, drinkability high

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, burnt gold with an off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is robust, this is a strongly hopped IPA, very resinous, some citrus as well.

Taste is also chock full of hops, very resinous, bitter, with a touch of sour citrus notes as well, the full west coast spectrum. Malt wise, there's some caramel and honey, enough to provide depth, but not take charge (although still more for my taste in IPA, which I prefer pure hops). Good regional example though, with the honey notes making it stand out from the pack a bit.

Mouthfeel is very dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. An interesting take on the regional, NW IPA.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is transparent and golden hued with a half inch of sticky, white head. The aroma brings hops, pine, resin. Clean and refreshing. Smooth on the palate, despite a healthy amount of hop biterness. Hop forward, but certainly not a hop bomb. Nicely balanced, with some bready malts in a supporting role. Light bodied with minimal alcohol presence and appropriate carbonation. Overall, this was solid.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white head, good bubbles and lacing
S: Nose is floral, light bitterness.

T: Taste is a burst of floral,grassy and orange peel notes, hint of honey with a nice bitterness which is prominent but not overdone, light booze, sting with some light citrus on the end. Not oily but just right.

M: Mouthfeel is lighter to medium body, tasty, well carbonated.

O: Good IPA

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of Dana pours a lightly hazed orange color with a massive cap of rocky white head that is stiff as a board. Excellent looking brew.

Nose is quite citric hop-centric with maybe some tropical fruit in the background. Malts are lighter than the color of the beer would suggest.

Taste is sharp and snappy lime and grapefruit peel hops. Malt is crisp and slightly toasted. Good flow here and has plenty of flavoring and bittering hops. Just enough malt to keep it interesting. Mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated, but not enough to hinder the enjoyment. I would drink this regularly if available. Good stuff.

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Photo of hacksoncode
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft in a tulip glass. Very nice west coast IPA. Not too bitter, as fits the style. Very pretty amber color, smooth but mid-high hoppy taste, with pine and grapefruit notes and solid malt backing. Nice lacing. Nose has pleasant orange blossom notes.

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Photo of vkv822
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, sunset golden orange with a thin foamy white head.

Citrus, sweet hops and a bready pale malt backbone.

A well balanced, delicious and easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle this weekend in Seattle.
22oz poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a one finger off-white head. Good retention and layers of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Pine, grass, and citrus.

T - Mild and creamy. Pine and citrus are both there.

D - Average body and carbonation. Super smooth.

O - Very smooth and mild, almost sessionable beer.

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Photo of thatruth
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes:

Pours a golden amber with orange tint in glass. 1/2" head with slippery lacing. Head flattens out quickly but sticks around a while. Plenty of bubbles with a light-light haze.

Smells of almost lemony hops. Bright pears with hints of orange maybe nectarine. Blasts of fruity hops here.

Almost a grapey hop taste. Like a grape cigarillo. Aftertaste of thick flavorful wheat. Alcohol flavor a little heavy, seems thicker and heavier than it's 6.2% bottle reads of. Snappy, dry finish. Like with most IPAs, leaves you quickly wanting more.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp and perfectly transparent, it's a beautiful light amber. Solid almond meat head that likes to hang out on top and prop up the walls.

Pine and almost like some cardamom? I may be hallucinating there, but it's an appealing if unorthodox spice note. All the usual suspects are there: green hops, some northwest pine trees, some floral (sweet though, not as hoppy floral) almost clover, intriguing prelude...

It's so good... once it hits your lips it so good
Actually starts off kind of sweet, following that clover/flower sweetness from the nose as the setup for the knockdown of earthy and spicy hops. Manages to balance these two components without coming off sticky or unbalanced or like there's something missing in the middle.

The aftertaste gets into earthy and citrus, and just kind of hangs around even though the lights are on and everyone's gone.

Real drinkable and a unique and delicious brew. I usually pick one up when I'm in Seattle

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Photo of philbertk
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fremont Brewing Company--Interurban India Pale Ale--2011 64 oz. Growler. 6.50% ABV. 65 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy medium lacy medium off white head. Clear pretty bright dark gold color. Mildly earthy aromatic floral pine mild citrus herbal hop front with a malty note. Slightly creamy light hop resin mild sweet slightly doughy smooth malty mild caramel pale malt body. Mildy bitter rich balanced hop spice lingering maalt mild earthy smooth satisfying end. Fresh & Tasty. Rich hopped balanced IPA. Sampled 2/23/2011. Purchased for $16.99 including $5.00 Growler deposit at The Greenwood Market, Seattle on 2/23/2011.

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Photo of ChugMan
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Food Pairing: Great with kimchi. Pepperjack cheese was fun with the spicyness playing well off the beer's bitterness. Sharp cheddar was even better as it complimented throughout.

A - Bubbly head over golden/ orange, and nearly bubble-less body. Head reduces to a thin layer which left some lacing.
S - Floral, white grapefruit, spicy. Quite aromatic.
T - Cream right up front, introducing a light, sweet floral flavor which is quickly followed by spicy hops biting down the sides and back of the tongue. There's a good balance here.
M - Light, but then again also undeniably creamy, almost buttery. Leaves a bit of a fullness which is satisfying, but you want to drink more.
O - Interesting brew for sure. Maybe not the "session beer" its label makes it out to be, but that isn't a bad thing. And while good on its own, I'd love to try this beer again with some food better suited for it. Something tells me that's really where it would shine the brightest.

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Photo of draheim
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into an American pint glass @ Ivar's Salmon House, North Lake Union, Seattle.

Slightly hazy copper color with a creamy head that leaves nice lacing down the inside of my shaker pint as I sip.

Aroma is lots of citrusy and floral NW hops; smells fresh, bright and clean.

Taste is a good balance of juicy, resinous hops and clean pale malt. Lots of orange and tangerine. Mouth-watering.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, drinkable. Nice crisp finish.

This is a classic Northwest-style IPA - good balance of bitter, citrus, and malt. Nothing flashy or extreme here, just a good solid day-to-day beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely shade of amber in the wine tumbler. Nice bubbles and lacing. Substantial body but crisp and tangy. A touch of mango and dried pineapple along with the bitter pine. Inviting sudsy mouthfeel.

A honey-flavored resiny hop flavor with just the right amount of bitterness. A mellow hoppy quaff that provides a nice balance of malt and hops, just enough sweetness and that crisp mouthfeel. The aftertaste does get rather bitter, but there's another sip with the sweet malt to start. Pleasant fruitiness seems to intensify with the sipping.

Brewer says this is made with Chinook, Centennial, and Amarillo hops. One of the better Northwest IPAs I've had this year. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wine World and Spirits in north Seattle.

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Photo of Shumania
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a snifter. Bottled on 6/17/13

A: Orange color with a small head and looks to be lots of lacing

S: This smells great with lots of citrus, pineapple, mango, and maybe a little pine

T: The taste is nothing like the smell. It is spicy and piney with a subtle hop bitterness

M: Not a lot of carbonation, it is medium bodied and makes for a nice sessionable ale.

O: This is a good IPA and the best part about it is the smell. I'm glad I got the chance to try this local offering from WA.

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Photo of litheum94
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend Lydia for bringing this to me. No bottling dates.

Pours a clear, golden body with a tiny, dishwater white head. Leaves clumps of big bubbles and some nice lacing.

Fairly complex hop nose, consisting of jasmine, grapefruit and pine resin. Caramel malts and some brown sugar sweeten it up.

Some malts at th front, mostly biscuit with some caramel. They are quickly squashed by a bracing hop bitterness, predominately of pine, with some citrus and flowers. Finish is dry and grainy.

This is a really tasty IPA. Great flavors and aromas. Very well done.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a can into an imperial pint

A: huge puffy head that slowly subsides; hazy honey gold with tints of red
S: bready honey, faint floral and pine, kiss of grapefruit but not very citric or juicy; a little bit of pepper, curiously enough.
T: moderate caramel and bready malt notes, earthy piney bitterness, some lighter floral notes, and again, some faint red bell pepper, which is almost kind of juicy...strange but nice.
M: substaintial body for the style, moderate carbonation, piney and dry bitterness lingers, smooth and wet before that.

overall: very nice. sometimes I find the pepper a bit distracting, but tonight it adds a little something extra that doesn't bother me at all...a lot of more compelling things going on, and I like them. I definitely will have another.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange body between the golden hues as the dense, foamy white head patiently subsides to leave a sticky ring of lacing grabbing the glass.

Generous hop aromas of pine and citrus float from the glass. There is also some floral notes but the pungent pine/wood is most obvious.

More hops in the flavor with the citrus orange or almost apricot matching the piney wood notes. There is also a much greater malt presence, semi toasted here as well.

Medium to fuller in body for the style with a fair amount of carbonation and a drying hop punch finish.

A very nice American IPA overall. Love the punch in the nose from the hop profile which is incredibly fresh and aromatic.

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Photo of jellikit
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fremont Interurban IPA is a solid beer. The color is a little more amber than a golden. It is carbonated at just the right level to give it a good mouthfeel and leaves a pretty thick head when poured. Not too malty. Not too hoppy. Aroma is a little on the weak side. Hop flavor is mellow. Slightly bitter. Solid IPA.

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Photo of BeerCentralWA
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of my favorite northwest IPAs. Clean hops balance malt and citrus, lemonade notes dominate the nose and taste. Great carbonation and clean dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is dry as expected and lighter malt body. Delicious and fresh. Lacks deep lasting hop bitterness and is drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of maximum12
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to goryshkewych for throwing in this extra from brewery that was heretofore unknown to me. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife, dated 12/27/11.

Pour is a 60% unclear orange & certainly vigorous enough in the carbonation category. Smell is a touch underwhelming, citrus, light sweetness, but tough to tease out.

Interurban IPA is a nicely balanced IPA, if you enjoy that sort of thing (me, give me an UrbanAssault of hops, please). Delivers a nice hop punch, nice bitterness without pestering me with a big flavor profile; it would be grapefruit if I had to report under duress. Sweet malt spine. Floral notes do arrive late, & warmer, to add a nice perfumy air. Strength of this beer might be the ease with which I can picture myself lifting the glass, repeatedly, to my lips. Very clean & crisp.

An IPA that proves you don't have to have the depth of One Hundred Years of Solitude to make a tasty beer. This is clean, simple, quick, & quaffable. Thumbs up on a very good brew.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 11/10/11

10.06.11 on the label; presumably the bottle date

Deep honey and amber hues. Looks like it might be unfiltered. A two finger head dissipates to thick-ish clumps of bubbles across half the surface. Impressive lace remains; riddled with holes as if bubbles burst on the side of the glass.

The aroma finds juicy, tropical hop goodness. Grapefruit, tangerine, orange, peach and a little mango. Balanced by notions of cracker and dusty biscuit. Softly sweet overtones; almost floral.

Clean flavor profile. Hop flavor is the feature here - blended tropicalia a la the nose, though it does have more of a penchant for peel and rind. Pine rounds it out and offers a mild bitterness on the finish. Malts are supportive but modest; notes of cracker and grains.

Medium body with light, fluffy carbonation. Finishes clean and dry with some residual hop flavors.

Overall impression - very enjoyable and tasty; recommended in general and especially so if you're in from out of town. Cheers to Fremont for bottle dating; it's the main reason I picked up a bottle.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This IPA grows on you, can't rate it unless you drink two (or more). Just keeps getting better. It is one to share with friends and enjoy discussing. Listen as their opinions change with the second or third glass. Do not serve any food though till the 3rd glass!
I bet the group's rating goes up a point or two.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at mhksuccess' tasting.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Goofy's in Cheney.

Pours a gold color and is clear. Thin frothy head.

Smell is a nice fruit aroma.

Taste is a minimal malt flavor with a mild citrus taste and a dry mildy bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean.

A drinkable IPA a little on the light side..

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Interurban IPA from Fremont Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.