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Summer Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 265
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 23
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 06-06-2010

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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 265
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass, brought back from my trip to Seattle.

Appearance : Lightly colored but 80% opaque. Blonde hay color, with a tall creamy cap about 2 fingers tall and leaving whitewalls of lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma : Grapefruit, onion, and slight pine. Some spice as well.

Taste : A fabulous malt backbone with lots of grapefruit, pine, fruity esters, and finally a yeasty onion wash at the end. Some onion skins in the midst of the maltiness as well. Light pricks of pine tingle on the finish. The onion comes out more as it warms a few degrees.

Feel : Pretty good for an IPA. It's neither too creamy or too light. Its got a great balance in the feel. Moderate carbonation props up the slightly dense profile.

Overall : This was a pretty good offering. I would buy it again if I was in the mood for an IPA and in Washington.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a moderate amount of haziness. There's a quarter inch of off white resting on top. Heavy lacing. I smell some nice floral hops. The taste is floral to herbal hops and light malt. The body is body is light, smooth, and crisp.

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Photo of starclassic21
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden yellow/orange. Not a lot on the aroma - maybe some citrus/herbaceous notes. Mildly hopped but noticeable with the taste, a nice bready/malty character to it with some hints of orange and citrus. Mild beer, very sessionable.

All in all, not a very complex beer. Very one dimension, yet pleasant.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a can nipped from my sister's fridge, last time I was in the PNW, into a Spieglau IPA glass. I look forward to drinking this in the summer, so time to review it

a: 2 finger foamy white head on top of a slightly hazy bright apricot...looks great, and good lacing!
s: this is very nice use of amarillo...lots of tangerine and grapefruit, juicy and some nice pith and rind, too. A little bit of grassiness, too.
t: pale bready malts have a bit more role to play here both at the point of entry and as it lingers...as for the citrus, it is more floral on the tongue...nice rind.
m: soft body, medium carbonation, dries out at the end very nicely.

nothing terribly complex about this, but it presents a great Amarillo focused package, and I find it really satisfying and enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Handsome yellow gold color with plenty of foam. The orange aroma is quite distinct. This does make a good showcase for the Amarillo hops. Hoppy but fragrant rather than overly bitter.

Very pleasant citrus flavor. LIght crackery malt. Not over-done or excessively bitter, but there is an orange peel aftertaste. Dry finish with a mineral tang.A better than average Pale Ale. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Safeway in Anacortes.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds leaving some light lacing speckling the sides of the glass.
The smell started off with sweet fresh oranges over a light caramel base. Gets bittersweet as it warms. Light grassy hops tone it out.
The taste starts off sweet and like the smell gets bittersweet as it warms. Oranges arrange nicely in the caramel malt.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation comes across fairly tame as the beer lets the sweetness of the oranges run over my tongue.
Overall, it's a sweet tasting APA for the most part. Probably not one for hopheads, but I enjoyed it for the Summer session that it is.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bomber. No bottling date/info

Pours a cloudy solid pale golden body with a 3/4 inch white head. Some lacing, little retention.

Smell of lemon citrus leads to a bread like malt. Scent started out somewhat vibrant but faded quickly.

Taste is somewhat hop forward. Leading to a slight malt profile and a bitter dry hop finish and after taste.

Feel is thin and slightly crisp

Overall; Good but not great. I am surprised by the high rating this beer received.(It's on the Washington state top 100 list ???)

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap during happy hour at Safeco Field for $6.

Others say grassy, I say adjuncty. While I doubt adjuncts are used in this beer, the grass (more like hay) flavor comes off a little bit as a skunky adjunct beer. It's still pretty good, but I guess it's also faulted because I was double fisting it with a Workhorse IPA, which was just a much better beer. A decent summer beer, but this seems vastly overrated by BA. Maybe I was poured the wrong beer, but I'm pretty confident I wasn't.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For such a simple beer, made with only pale malt and amarillo hops, there is a lot going on taste wise. This beer has citrus and grassy flavors and a good balance between hops and malt. Effervescent and perfect for a summer day. This is my go-to summer beer. So good!

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Photo of takusan1000
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice creamy head but not my favorite despite the rave reviews. Too simple? Very citrus taste that isn't balanced by anything in additional hops or malts. Pretty one note. Do not understand the high rating. Maybe it's just not hot enough yet to enjoy properly.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, massive white head sticks around and sticks to the sides.

Lemon bitter and sweet, Something a little musky and tart lurking in the back.

Taste starts off with a muted citrus blossom type approach. Personally I'd hope for a slightly juicier aspect to it, though maybe fresher it has more of that. Where the aroma was definitely more lemon citrus, this is more satsuma and orange. Subtle. A definite wallop of bitter though, five, ten years ago I would say this would solidly be an IPA.
Smoothe and crisp, carbonation may be a touch high, but overall very drinkable. An enjoyable drink, but doesn't quite reach the lofty standards set forth for it in my opinion. Fremont can't make a bad beer.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Hops: Amarillo.
Malt: 2-row.

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler on 01.24.14.

A: See through gold. 1 finger head.

S: Grapefruit. Very citrusy.

T: Tangerine dominant. Grapefruit, pine, subtle malt.

M: Crisp. Good carbonation.

O: This is a tangerine bomb. The first time that I had this, I was surprised by the flavor. It's now a summer staple for me.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear golden color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, floral, grains

T-grainy malt, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, slight herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-this was a really enjoyable pale ale, hard to believe its a one grain/one hop beer, kudos to the brewers

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Photo of zeledonia
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 23 May 2013. Somehow I misplaced my notes from this, and just found them now. Tasted out in the woods, camping roadside in Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest.

Pours a nice pale golden amber-yellow. 95% clear; I can see through it, but there's a little blur to my fingers on the other side. Streams of bubbles spiraling up. Two fingers of white head with just a little yellow to it, dense and foamy. Stick archipelagos of lacing on the glass.

Has a really nice citrus hop smell. Pretty sweet, like sweet oranges. Very nice. A little bit of tang, like a clementine with that tangy sweet orange. Good support from the malts. Main complaint is the faintness.

Taste is quite clean and crisp, with just enough bitterness to be refreshing but not so much as to overtop other flavors. Just that little hop bite for crispness is an excellent balance to the sweetness. Citrus flavor comes through a bit, which pleases me, as it's rare that those softer hop characters come through in the taste.

Feel is really light. Clean and thin, with a little tingle of carbonation. Just the perfect amount of carb, and it comes late, right as the bitterness from the hops is popping up.

A really good, clean, nicely dry-hopped pale ale. Not on the level of PseudoSue or Zombie Dust, but definitely in that top tier below those two standouts. I like the citrus and the twang in the smell. I like the taste. Nothing fancy, but a really smooth, clean, enjoyable beer. Like taking a decent pale ale and pulling everything bad out of it. Not chock full of greatness, but there's nothing bad I can possibly come up with to say about it.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Fremont Summer Ale in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color, clear with a few bubbles rising in the glass, and capped by a frothy stark white head.

Smell is sweet and floral, an orange blossom aroma, with some soft fruit scents along side, like pears and honeydew melons.

Taste is a light sweet bread flavor up front, with a hint of pineapple and dry coriander spice finish, and a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and clean.

Overall a very tastey and drinkable summer ale. Perfect for a warm August day.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, FalconA!

Lightly hazed golden with a persistent, moderately-sized off whit head. Very sticky, lined lacing down the glass. Pretty pale ale.

Nice, sweet, and hoppy aroma. Sweet citrus flesh and zest along with floral and biscuit notes. Nice and bright.

Moderate bitterness for the style, and the flavors follow the aroma. Pleasant combination of sweet, bright citrus notes, mild biscuit, and some floral character as well. Very drinkable, disappearing, refreshing summer pale ale.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Very tasty pale ale from a can. Highly approve!

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


6/18/13 bottling date into a new holland pint glass

pours a crisp bright yellow color with a big, lasting white head. quite the attractive summer pour.

smell is..actually good and hoppy with a hint of orange. very unexpected and pleasant.

the taste starts out with a good bit of hops followed by an intense malty, orangy backbone. very flavorful and refreshing. easy drinker with a body on the lighter side of medium and with medium carbonation. goes down extremely smooth.

overall im very impressed by this one. wasn't expecting much honestly after first seeing it, but boy was i wrong. this is a superb summer beer that i could drink all day!

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Photo of Aml42000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours orange-gold with a consistent white head.

The nose is hop forward with some background notes of citrus fruit.

This shows layers of grainy malt, grapefruit & lemon zest. Extremely flavorful & bright. Hops are quite present on the finish.

Medium bodied, approachable & easy to drink. This brings a freshness that adds to the enjoyment of the hoppy flavors of this beer.

Delicious summer ale. Very distinctive with the Amarillo hops & certainly even more impressive fresh on tap. A beer I could drink every day.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Medium to white to slightly off white head settles into a nice lacing above a cloudy pale straw golden colored beer that seems to be well carbonated.

A light citrus hops aroma that borders on having a lemony twang to it that seems to kind of drowned out the light malts trying to break through.

Light citrus hops and lighter even on the malted grains taste that give this beer a good drink-ability.

A light dryish aftertaste with a lemony citrus taste to it on this light bodied beer.

A pretty good summer beer, I think they gave this beer the right name.

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Photo of rboinski
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can from vlad poured (multiple times) into a 10 oz firestone pint with nucleation

Appearance: pours a brilliant transparent gold with a clean white head that is about 2 fingers. After it falls, the nucleation helps keep about 1/4" of head on the beer at all times.

Smell: Has a nice hoppy smell with a decent amount of malt character for a summer beer. Strong citrus notes of lemon. Really nice.

Taste: Awesome summer beer flavor. So clean and crisp, but extremely flavorful. Starts with lemon and tangerine, and finishes with a direct bitterness that is not at all overwhelming. This is an ideal beer for taking on a hike on a nice summer day.

Mouthfeel: Again, a great mouthfeel. A little thin, but that is to be expected for the ABV. Nice and creamy, with a little zing of bitterness on the finish.

Overall: This may be my favorite summer beer I have ever had. Really superb, extremely well crafted beer. My second experience from Fremont and I am extremely impressed.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color and a nice head that leaves a sheet of lace

Smell: Lemony, with other tropical fruit tones; biscuity malts underneath

Taste: A bit of biscuity malt, and then a fair amount of lemon and other tropical fruit flavor; slightly bitter and grassy; crisp in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate but crisp carbonation

Overall: This is a very nice, hoppy summer beverage

Thanks, mabermud, for the chance to revisit in the can

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer was a "throw-in" on my huge order with the good people at Malt and Vine. No doubt they were trying to clear out summer beers, but that would not stop me from enjoying it. The beer poured golden yellow color with a generous white head. It showed a certain degree of lacing in the glass with noted retention. In the aroma, one gets hoppy grapefruit notes. Obviously, this is a summer ale because of the fruity hop notes. Rather than a sweet fruity hoppiness, this one targets more tart citrus fruits in the hops. In the initial taste, one gets mild lemon, tart grapefruit, and a noted grassiness. This was a very bubbly beer, so the taste gets brushed away too quickly. The fruit notes fade quickly in the aftertaste, morphing into a grassy aftertaste. Overall an above average APA, though it did not exactly knock my socks off.

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Photo of maximum12
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bfg75 & pwnzilla for sending me bombers as extras a week or so apart. Since it's supposed to be 49 degrees tonight, I guess it's time to finish off the summer beers, eh? 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pops open & there's a yeast ring around the neck - odd, it's been upright for at least two weeks, must be sticky stuff. Pour is bright yellow, clear, left the last ounce in the bottle. Smell is pleasantly floral hops & bright citrus. Very nice.

Fremont Summer Ale is like perfume that smells great until it gets your allergies kick started & your nose starts to run. Or maybe that's just fall for me. That excellent nose morphs into a rather muddled pale. Light sweetness from the malts, lemony, bit of spice, citrus, ending up with a pretty good hop bite. Grows on me as the liquid level drops & it warms a bit. Drinkable.

Well-named beer. They could have gone Lawnmower, Patio, Cabin, but Summer works. Light, easy to sip, simple. Good, solid brew.

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Photo of jellikit
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear and light yellow. Thin head that laced all the way down the glass.

Smell: faint orange or tangerine. Little to no malt aromas.

Taste: medium-light malt profile. Light fruit hop flavoring and piney bittering.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonated. Dry. Medium to light body. Think Candice Swanapoel.

Overall: good Pale ale. Easy to drink. Not over the top on malt, hop, or alcohol characters.

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Photo of KajII
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a clear pale yellow with a colossal (4 or more fingers) white foamy head that receded very slowly lasting throughout and had some excellent sticky spotty lacing.

The aroma was exceptionally aromatic with a grain malt, perfume and floral hops and a light sweet yeast with notes of mango, pineapple and citrus (orange).

The taste was lightly sweet with a big tropical fruit note in the beginning, and then had a slight citrus peel bitterness with a nice fruit presence at the end. The flavor lasted an extremely long time after consumption, allowing for a most wonderful drinking experience.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a good strong ticklish carbonation.

Overall a fantastic Pale Ale with the flavors melding in such a fashion, that it created an extremely tasty and drinkable brew…


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Summer Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.