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Interurban IPA - Fremont Brewing Company

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Interurban IPAInterurban IPA

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86
very good

275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 01-08-2010)
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Photo of Ryan011235
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Ryan011235, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of RJLarse
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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..

RJLarse, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of dvb
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

dvb, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of draheim
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

draheim, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

ccrida, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  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.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of turnerr79
3.35/5  rDev -13%
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.

turnerr79, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of vande
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

vande, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Bfarr, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

harrymel, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

ArrogantB, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Florida9, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, purchased from the brewery

from notes

appearance: served in a tyranena nonic pint, bright copper-orange body, fluffy eggshell white head and good retention

smell: floral citrus notes dominate the nose - grapefruit and tangerine, grassy

taste: relatively light on the palate but well hopped - tangerine, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, a touch flowery, really mild bitterness. nice, and at $3.50 a bomber, quite the bargain IPA

mouthfeel: light and delicate on the palate

overall: good

dirtylou, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

TheGordianKnot, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of atowle25
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

atowle25, May 25, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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

Reagan1984, May 14, 2011
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

oberon, May 07, 2011
Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

snaotheus, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of NWer
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

NWer, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of philbertk
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

philbertk, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of czechsaaz
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

czechsaaz, May 28, 2010
Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

olympuszymurgus, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

beertunes, Jan 08, 2010
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Interurban IPA from Fremont Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.