Interurban IPA - Fremont Brewing Company

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Interurban IPAInterurban IPA

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78 Reviews
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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 Westyn
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I had this at the Tacoma Airport, so i'm going to guess that this was a tad bit old when I had it. My initial thought was just a huge malt bomb. Will reupdate my rating shall I have this again a little more fresh. (213 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally, the last of Gil's IPAs.

A: The beer pours golden in color with a white head.

S: Wow, moderately hoppy. Amazing. That's not to say this beer is without the seemingly necessary pounds of caramel, toffee, and bread. A bit of citrus peel and pine are the hop aromas.

T: Toffee and brown sugar with just a little bit of hop flavor. There is a touch of grass and pine, only a moderate bitterness. The flavor is not as good as the aroma, which was only barely acceptable.

M: Medium bodied with just a medium carbonation.

O: This one gave me some false hope, but it was another failure. (592 characters)

Photo of dvb
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty standard IPA. Hazy amber color, with a nice off-white head that doesn't stick around long. Not much in the way of aroma, but the taste is pleasant enough, although quite bitter. Some residual sweetness helps balance things out, but it's still a little too bitter for me. (279 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a paper review last week .... Poured into my Cigar City snifter... nice white head.... good retention and lacing.... the brew is orange with a slight haze.

Nose shows sorta malt muted citrus and floral hop notes.... there is plenty of hop presence, but it is stunted by a fair amount of pale and toasty malt.

Bitterness shows up front and doesn't let go until long after the sip... bitter throughout. a decent floral/citrus hoppiness comes out toward the finish but is pummeled by the bitterness...

Body and carbonation are about perfect.... I doubt I would buy this one again unless I can guarantee it is fresh.

4/3/3/4/3 (631 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a hazy copper amber color supporting a nice healthy head leaving fair lace behind. Smell of sweet malt mixed with the citrusy grapefruit and pine. Taste has a robust grapefruit bitter that follows through the aftertaste with a fairly balanced malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Overall there's nothing really extreme or complex here, just a good Pacific Northwest IPA. (406 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium to big off white head slowly recedes leaving a biscuity aftermath above a clear copper caramel colored beer.

Light citrus and grassy style hops coming through above all else in the aroma which also has a bit of sweeter caramel malts with a hint of yeast sneaking in.

A dry tasting beer with light sweet malts being the backdrop for the grassy and light citrus hops taste that is in the forefront with each drink of this beer.

A drying aftertaste that bring just a bit of the tastes of this beer along for the ride with this medium bodied beer.

A little light on the tastes but generally not a bad glass of beer. (622 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz. Brown glass. Generic uninteresting label art. Unbranded yellow pry-off pressure cap.

6.20% ABV. Served cold into a conical pint glass. Expectations are average; I have no experience with this brewery's beers. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. White colour. Fairly creamy. Thick. Soft-looking. Retention is rather good - about 8 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear translucent copper. Impressively vibrant, with shiny gold hues. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's not a unique or special appearance for an IPA, but it's appealing, sure.

AROMA: Pale malts. Floral hop character. A hint of pine needle. Mild resins. Faint amarillo-induced onion. Sweet caramalt. This aroma suggests a well-balanced brew with an interesting hop profile; I'm excited to try it. Amarillo is my favourite hop in an IPA, and so far this delivers. A kiss of lightly vinegary pepper (but no concomitant heat).

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. Fragrant and perfumey.

TASTE: Pale malts and caramalt provide the malt backbone. Vinegary chili pepper is present, but has no accompanying heat. Still, capsicum is obvious. The hop profile is nice but inadequate; bringing notes of floral character, faint onion, and a kiss of resinous character. There isn't enough bitterness to run against the malt sweetness, but the imbalance isn't egregious. More of a citrusy, oily, or resinous hop profile would suit it better.

No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes come through.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Average complexity. The subtlety of the chili pepper is notable, but otherwise this is a pretty overt flavour profile, with no hidden nuance or intricacy. This build isn't gestalt, but it does have definite cohesion.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, lightly vinegary, refreshing, medium-bodied, and aptly moderately thick.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, scratchy, or dragging.

Overall presence on the palate is nice. This texture doesn't elevate the beer, but it complements the taste pretty nicely.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable for an IPA, but far from world class. An enjoyable brew from Fremont. I'd like to see it offered in 6-packs; its current price point is unreasonable for the quality. Still, I'd nab it again if I chanced across it on-draught, and I adore the subtle chili pepper notes. It's refreshing and I could easily finish a 6 pack in one night, but hop-fiends will find it lackluster. It almost has more of a pale ale build. I look forward to trying more beers from Fremont.

Low B- (2,744 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright light amber color with a rocky head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Subdued aroma with a bit of grassy hops and caramel. Flavor of grassy and piny hops on a light body. The bit of caramel in the aroma doesn't translate into any malt flavor or body.

Light body that seems a little thin for the hops. Seems more like a hoppy pale ale than an IPA. Nice shot of hops but not really that satisfying as an IPA. (420 characters)

Photo of turnerr79
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden brown pour. Frothy 1-inch head. Lots of cascading bubbles.

Interesting nose: Chardonnay, citrus and wild peppers.

First sip brings a stable malt, pretty nutty.

Hops are nothing special: a bit bitter, a tad floral.

Overall a decent brew, but very average and forgettable for an IPA.

I'd order it if it were the only domestic craft beer on the menu. (360 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle thanks to Harrymel, appreciate it. Hazy orange color, super milkshake-like head, good lace. Smells slightly hoppy, a bt of malts running around, eh. The flavor had a real nice bitterness to it but that was all I could pick up from the hops. Malts were there but ambiguous. Overall, not a bad IPA but not what I'm looking for from the Northwest. (356 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: light orange hue with a haze-free body and a nice level of effervescence. Head pours two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Good lookin'.

Smell: earthy, spicy, vegetal hops dominate the aroma of this beer. Decent, but not my favorite blend.

Taste: dryish malt flavor with a hint of biscuit. Hops are earthy and vegetal; again, not my favorite blend. There is a hint of citrus at the end along with a good bitterness level. Decent.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess. It works well enough.

Overall: a very middle-of-the-road IPA. I might have this again at a bar if I see it on tap, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. (730 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a weird one. maybe this is one of those operations that only excels at the strange brews, but their barrel stuff is dope as it gets and their regular cans are pedestrian, its almost sad. this lightly brassy heady brew is all red pepper. truly a hoppy capsicum experience, with very little else but raw red pepper and hops. malt is irrelevant and generic, and i would be upset about it, except its real palatable and tasty honestly. may be unintentional, but it drinks nice and is a heck of a food beer. almost even has that roasted pepper thing going on. medium bodied but made lighter with bubbles, its better than i am making it sound. where does red pepper come from though, its so odd and not all the way awesome, but its certainly one of a kind. i dont know about calling it an ipa either, but thats another conversation... (828 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. No best-by date. Reviewed live.

A- Two and a half finger head, brimming out of the glass. Long retention. Impressive white lacing. Orange-amber color with medium clarity. Attractive looking beer.

S- Pine and citrusy hops. Chinook maybe. The bottle says Amarillo is also there. I get a whiff of that, but the northwest hops are stronger. Buttery and floral. Interesting smell. Appealing, but not terribly.

T- Bitter and smooth flavor. Earthy and piney northwest hops. Creamy sort of flavor, maybe from the earthy malts and Amarillo hops. Above average.

M- Creamy, fairly wet finish. Sticky, but not overly sugared. Nice feel.

O- Above average IPA, great look, just slightly above average in other categories. (786 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap several times, excited to try from the bottle.
Bottle date: they don't care, so neither do I!

A: pours a copper ale with two fingers of peanut head which is thick and sticks around for quite some time. Cobweb lacing. Excellent clarity. Good looker.

S: Grapefruit, citric rinds, resin, plenty of pine. This is PNW hop profile baby. The malts are sweet and present, I think this is nice, not great but nice.

T: Bitter and earthy, the yeast may play a significant part here as I don't recall this being in the tap version. The malts come through with a hint of metallic flavor. Flavor isn't as good as I recall. Nice, but nothing special.\

M: Medium bodied with moderate carb. thick slick finish.

O: Above average IPA, sessionable and quenching. I would advise those seeking to have a pull from the tap before bottle version. (843 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can, thanks Rich.

Pours a hazed, yet clear golden copper with a dense off white head that fades to a thin layer and plenty of lace. Nose of orange, lemon, biscuit, and grass. Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, a leafy and chalky finish. Leafy hops in flavor with a little citrus sweetness, but not much bitterness (326 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is fairly balanced overall. I get some nice papaya and other tropical fruit notes, with some bread and biscuit malt thrown in as well. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of papaya, mango and other fruit notes, with the bread and biscuit malt keeping the bitterness fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (432 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Bruce!

Pouring a hazy orange with a dense off white head with good retentioncme sticky lacing, this looks solid. The nose is solid too. Fruity, piney, perfumey with some citrus rind and grapefruit, along with a touch malt. The palate is a blend of fruity hops, moderate bitterness and some sweetness. Pine and grapefruit are noticeable. The sweetness is more a honey like flavor than caramel's and so, it does complement the hops. Medium light in body, and moderately carbonated, this beer feels quite good on the palate. Solid stuff. (543 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear deep yellow with only a thin cap of white head that dissipated immediately and left no lacing.

A bold pine hop aroma is the first thing across the nose, followed by some floral notes. The flavor is similar with a hit of grapefruit on the finish. The finish is otherwise very dry.

The body is on the thin side, even for a NW IPA. This beer is very drinkable, it slides down the throat very easy for the style.
Overall, a very nice, drinkable version of the style that's worth your time if you see it. (553 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in pint glass. Beer pours a pale straw color with a thick off-white head. Beer is crystal clear though some sediment remains in the bottle. Extremely floral and pleasant hop aroma on this one.

The beer itself is a hop-heavy and malt-light, brining across the classic West coast IPA onslaught of IBUs. Actually the hop load is stronger in the beta acid load than alpha, but this only accentuates the "hi, would you like a glass of hops?" effect. This beer is seriously resiny and it shows in the lacing. There's just barely enough pale malt to balance it out, and even then probably not enough for all -- this is an IPA lover's IPA. (651 characters)

Photo of HorstTorgelsen
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head and moderate lacing. Notes of rabbit and Life Extension meat pills with a slight 9-volt battery aftertaste. As the beer warms up, it acquires the taste of skunky marijuana. Overall, a very sessionable brew that pairs well with key lime pie. (286 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thick, rocky, sticky white head sits atop a clear, golden hued body. Floral and orange hop aroma. Bready and bitter flavors; mild caramel and toasted grains; bold and bracing hop bitterness midway through the sip and lingering long after the finish. Medium to heavy body with a sugary smoothness; mostly dry finish.

A solid IPA that offers enough malt graininess to please an English-styled IPA lover yet packing a decent hop bitterness punch. Perhaps these qualities make the beer a bit schizo in nature, it still comes across well enough to make for a decent offering. (574 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange amber, frothy off white head with great retention and lacing. Robust sweet citrus and light pine. Strong alpha hops that bely the color that are a little earthy with balanced malt. Light citrus and pine flavors with a moderate linger and bite. Full bodied with a light foaminess.

Overall an above average IPA with good hop character, balance, and linger. Decent flavor as well and the hops dominate throughout while still retaining a certain balance making an easy, truly hoppy beer. (496 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly darker amber in color. Forms a large fluffy white head that reduces fairly quickly to a thick surface coating. Good lacing.

S: Almost none. Some very faint malts and citrus hops.

T: On the lighter side. Starts off with some nice pale malts, a little biscuit, a little toast. Then moves to a mild bitterness before finishing with orange, citrus, and some spicy hops.

M: Medium in body. Sticks to the tongue. Appropriate carbonation.

O: A decent IPA. Bottle says this one is supposed to be a session beer and considering this one is on the lighter side in terms of both flavor and aroma that might make sense. However, in terms of quality, this one is a little light, with a very muted nose and a lighter, easier drinking flavor profile. (755 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brouwer's in Seattle. Enjoyed 19 June 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours clear medium amber, brought with a cap of yellowish foam. Fantastic lacing, bright colors. Nice.

Smells like resiny hops with a pinch of citrus. Nose-tingling floral aromas. I like it.

In the taste, I find the malt base to be a bit under-powered. Sticky, earthy, resiny bitterness. The hop bitterness is lasting, but I find the flavor to be lacking much else.

Mouthfeel is decent. A bit watery, with lower carbonation than I want.

A decent, simple IPA. Smell is the highlight, but the malt base and hop flavors don't measure up to my favorite examples. (638 characters)

Photo of rmcnealy
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from a great west coast BA'er!

Poured an oddly dark golden amber that was slightly translucent and appeared to be totally filtered. It produced a large froathy head that stuck around as a thin, even, densely laced layer. There is definitely a citrus hop smell but it is undiscernable. There are also aromas of banana, earth, floral and ever so slight malt. The tastes mirror those smells with just a touch of bitterness. Very relaxed. Malts have a minimal finish which is a good trait in an IPA. Overall a solid IPA. The 6.2% abv is about right but the tastes would suggest higher. Glad I tried!

Enjoy! (618 characters)

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