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Interurban IPA - Fremont Brewing Company

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Interurban IPAInterurban IPA

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86
very good

85 Reviews
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 426
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 17
Gots: 70 | FT: 1
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Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

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: 85 | Hads: 426
Photo of Nachojon
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid NW IPA. Nothing I would buy again, but solid and a prototypical baseline IPA from the NW. Piney and solid hop presence, clean finish. I wouldn't mind being in a place with a cooler full of these handy.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a dark-ish orange color, completely clear, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like earth, marijuana, herbal hops, and light grapefruit.

It should be known that this can is probably a bit old, but it actually held up. There's not much juiciness, not a whole lot of grapefruit, but the earthy and marijuana-esque hop flavors are at the forefront now. It's got an almost earthy mint flavor, weed, pine, and grass, with some bready malt as well. Not too bad, but I'd certainly like to try it fresh.

This is lighter bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a normal level of carbonation.

Nice stuff from Fremont here, but I can tell it's typically even better.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can: slightly hazy, amber color, tenacious dense head of foam. Smells wonderful; loads of citrus and hops. Tastes the same way. Overall a wonderful IPA and one I keep going back to.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sebastian.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance had a light hazy yellow somewhat golden color; light carbonation is seen rising, half fingered white foamy head slowly dies and leaves a decent amount of clingy lacing. The smell had some light bitter hops - somewhat citrusy yet smooth; malts do present themselves fairly well. The taste was a bittersweet througth the malts and hops, combined nicely, light malty sweet citrusy aftertastek quick dry finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a light to medium on the body, somewhat sessionable. Carbonation is good for the style and for me. Overall, this was a good AIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Safeway-Ephrata. Back to pure classic NW IPA. Thick, fluffy head (which lasts for a while), medium amber body. Hops on the nose and follow through to the taste. Caramel malts still evident in the taste, finishes with some lingering bitterness. Nice!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, from the single-friendly (beer and people, I suppose) environs of the Idaho Pour Authority in Sandpoint. The label proclaims this as a 'session beer' (soon they all will), but at 6.2% ABV, that's pushing credibility, methinks.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some low-lying, sudsy floating island lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of musty pine and floral forest bitters, doughy caramel malt, free-range yeast, ethereal black and white pepper mill dust, scallions, and a tame grapefruit and orange-led citrus fruitiness. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, muted citrus pith, a still prominent gritty piney, leafy, and floral bitterness, hollow rainbow peppercorn esters, ephemeral, but ya know they're there green onion notes, and just a twinge of metallic alcohol.

The carbonation is quite low on the ol' froth-o-meter's output scale, but supportive enough otherwise, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, a few of those varied hop astringencies wafting about, up to no good. It finishes off-dry, a lingering heady maltiness doing well to parry any remaining bitterness.

Overall, not really my cup of (hop) tea, in that the chosen varietals seems at odds with each other, as well as my usually forgiving palate. Not enough crisp citrus, and too much savoury cooking stuff, is the only way that I can sum it up, or dumb it down, if you prefer.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours yellow-orange with a puffy head. Smell is a little bit of citrus, a little bit of caramel, a little bit of pine and a little bit of grass, but not a lot of any of them. Taste is hop heavy and the different types here clashed for me... or maybe it was just because the malts were so subdued, but regardless, I found the flavor a little off-putting. On the bright side, all that hops makes for a gloriously oily and resined texture, which might be what I love most about West Coast IPAs, as they tend to just slide right down your throat.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
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

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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 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 Moose90
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours an orangey amber hue into the glass, there is a bit of a puffy off-white colored head that forms and leaves behind some fair spotty lacing.

S — Smell is lightly sweet, caramel, cracker, toast, subtle piney and bitter hop notes, a bit of lemon, citrus.

T — Much like the nose, a little bit of a sweet malty backbone supports a semi-hoppy and bitter overtone of pine and lemon.

M — Medium bodied, ample bubbly carbonation.

O — Good overall, fairly pedestrian but it is nicely drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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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 Westyn
2.72/5  rDev -29%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
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-

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Photo of HorstTorgelsen
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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...

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Photo of mabermud
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Light orange/amber
S-Light citrus and hop aroma
T-Faint and fading hops and citrus. For me, this is a light summer brew to be consumed at the park or beach on a bright, warm, summer day.
M-Crisp, medium carbonation, light mouthfeel.
O-This is a decent beer with a subtle appearance, smell, taste, and mouthfeel. The beer is good, but for me, it currently doesn't tickle my fancy.

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Photo of Spordy
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber with two fingers of white head. Good retention and plenty of lace.
Smell is floral resinous hops some pale malt.
Taste is NW IPA all the way. Resinous and floral hops some pink grapefruit and a healthy dose of pale and caramel malts.
Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is just right.
Overall a good example of the NWIPA and a very fine one from a can. Found this in Kennewick, Wa. Well recommended.

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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 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 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 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 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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Interurban IPA from Fremont Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.