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Interurban IPA - Fremont Brewing Company

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Interurban IPAInterurban IPA

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86
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80 Reviews
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 398
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 15
Gots: 59 | 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: 80 | Hads: 398
Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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! (261 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (1,507 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 vkv822
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (160 characters)

Photo of hacksoncode
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (250 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 Taybeh
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (782 characters)

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 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 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 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 mabermud
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (382 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 Spikester
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of Shumania
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (505 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 blackie
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (717 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 kemoarps
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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 (953 characters)

Photo of ChugMan
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (958 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)

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