Summer Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 22
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 06-06-2010

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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.

Photo of paylay32
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicious. Fremont Brewery nailed this summer pale; not surprising because Seattle does love its craft brews, but overall pleased with a younger brewery being able to produce such a tasty treat. Crisp, light, hoppy, and fresh with a slight nuance of orange.

Photo of Acemace
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Elephant & Castle.

A- A light golden yellow.

S- Does have a hoppy floral smell. More of a hoppy to it than I figured for a pale.

T- Bitter at first which I love. Do taste the lemon zest. Not as much hoppy as the smell entails.

M- Crisp, clean, and almost lageish without the lager bite. Great light bodied summer beer. Pairs well with spicy food.

D- Like I said crisp and clean, easy to drink. Pecular to drink a crisp pale, but it works. Well done Fremont!

Photo of RJLarse
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of blackc5
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Collins Pub.

A - Straw yellow, this was served with no real head to speak of. Some nice lacing however, and quite attractive bubbling from the carbonation.

S - Hoppy right off the bat - citrus, floral and a bit of malt in the background. Nice, but fairly mild.

T - This one surprised me in it's depth of flavor, especially given the light color and mild nose. I was expecting a pretty mild pale ale, but this is very nicely hoppy. IPA-like. Very citrusy - lots of grapefruit and lemon zest. Small bit of floral tastes and just a touch of bready malt. Awesome.

M - More typical of the style, this has a light to medium body with a fairly crisp and dry finish. Ever so slightly resiny.

D - Very nice - this was surpassed my expectations by quite a bit. Given that I ordered it without knowing the style, I was surprised at the depth of flavor and the high level of hops. Impressive, and would not hesitate to order this again.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a golden yellow amber. Half finger head dissipates to a thin film leaving lacing. Aromatic hops noticeable on opening the bottle; aroma of aromatic hops and citrus, faint malt. Flavor is mild to moderate hops, a light malt body and citrus. Finishes with citrus and a moderate hop kick. Very nicely done. Definitely the nicest pale ale I've had. Bravo

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great all day drinking Summer beer.

Photo of ckornmannn
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Photo of atowle25
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with really nice head and some good lacing. One of my favorite aspects of this beer is the look. In fact, I'm not sure that I've seen a pale ale that looks this good. Smell is pretty mild. I get some floral notes, but it's fairly muted. Tastes great! Slight floral taste, but also a huge citrus taste that dominates - grapefruit, lemon, orange. Fairly pronounced bitterness, but it's very pleasant. I haven't had many pale ales but this is the best tasting one I've had thus far. Really really good stuff.

Photo of Rutager
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy golden straw with half a finger of white head.

Smell. Nice bright citrus fruits, some toasty light grains, a bit of orange marmalade and pineapple and slightly floral. Smells goood.

Taste. Toasty light grains and citrus fruits. Light bitterness and just a bit of sweetness. Clean and very tasty.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with below medium carbonation.

Overall. Really nice beer and perfect for the season. The sun is shining and this beer pairs with it fantastically!

Great choice, ArchEnemyBrew! Thank you.

Photo of Sky2625
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Locol Barley & Vine. Poured to a standard pint glass (this review from notes taken 7/30/11 - lost the notes, then found them...)

A - Poured a deep golden yellow, nearly amber with a foamy 1-finger near-white head. Several carbonation streams helped with already good retention. Heavy lacing.

S - Fresh scent, moderate piney hop well-balanced with an edge of citrus. Hoppier scent than your typical light yellow summer ale.

T - Citrusy/floral hop flavor to start, followed by mild but lingering bitterness balanced with mild malty sweetness, and finishes with a bit of sunny wheat/grain, and a flash of orange. Hoppier flavor than a typical summer ale, and the flash of orange is very nice.

M - Light to medium body, mild bite of carbonation, thirst-quenching and slightly crisp.

D - Very good. Sweet and bitter very well-balanced. It's thirst-quenching and refreshing.

Much better than your average summer beer, given it's flavorful and pleasant character.

Since I enjoy trying beers I've never had before, I tend to bemoan the opportunity cost of drinking something I've already had. But Solstice is one of the beers I feel hardly any compunction about returning to again and again.

Photo of zeledonia
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of tjkinate
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After drinking a disappointing porter from a nearby brewery, I was hoping this beer would be an improvement. It was!

A: A 2 fingered white frothy head formed atop this truly pale ale displaying good retention and some lacing.

S: Pine, tropical fruits, hints of spice and bread. I could have sworn this was brewed with Nelson hops, but I was mistaken. Now I gotta keep an eye out for more Amarillo hoped beers.

T: Follows the smell closely, malts are more prominent in the tasting, but never overshadow those beautiful hops. Tropical fruits are also more apparent as well, almost tasting like a Moscato for a second, but quickly fade allowing a soft bitter finish.

M: Well carbonated, but a tad thin.

O: A very good APA that I feel stacks up closely to other favorites like Zombie Dust, and Hoppy Birthday.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending this beer in a trade. Thanks Hollis!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pale to golden bodied beer with massive white head. Thick lacing and a head with some decent staying power for the style.

Smell: biscuit malt and mellow hops. Tropical fruits and citrus.

Taste: This brew is so well balanced between the malt and hop profiles. Biscuity malts. Hops tasste of oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, grass, and pine.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is super drinkable honestly it might be the most drinkable APA that I have ever drank. It clean and crisp also while being soft and delicate.

Overall: I really love this beer! Fremont seriously hit a home run. Talk about an under the radar beer.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a rare APA in my book. Color is bright straw yellow. Still a nice looking beer with a nice big white head. Smell is hoppy with a touch of lemon. Taste is super crisp,clean and refreshing. First time with this brewery, but this is a great session beer. Has great lemon, hop bite, that makes it a great anything food beer. Just a great example of a nice NW session beer.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at AThenia in Pike Place Market

A: Poured a nice deeper straw yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Floral hops and some grain

T: Wow. I can see why this is a summer beer. Nice amount of floral hops takes me by surprise. I detected a bit bread and some light grains

M: Nice, crisp, light easy to drink and delicous

D: Yup, I enjoyed this..to fast

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at Alibi Room in Seattle.

Pours a light, pale yellow hue with a good head of creamy white. Solid, slightly sudsy lace. Very light bodied. Not bad.

"Not bad" is as bad as it gets, however. Everything is up from here, and quite dramatically. Nose is burstingly bright with zesty lemon and curacao zing, giving a sharpness but also a sweet, heady fragrance. Slight pepper comes through as well, adding another layer of bite. Delicious.

Taste is very light but very clean. Crisp neutral malt, layered with pleasant hop flavours. Lemon comes through again, along with a bright, clean herbal note. Minimal bitterness, but everything is balanced nicely anyway.

This has to be one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. Such a good summer beer: I feel as though Australia, with our significant more summery summers, would really benefit from seeing this. It's just so clean, so refreshing and so drinkable. Awesome stuff.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up in Seattle, 22oz poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, bright orange with a two finger off-white head. Awesome retention and spots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Grass, pine, orange.

T - Grass and orange, simple.

D - Super silky, Average carbonation and body.

O - Love the taste of this one.

Photo of dirtylou
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-cask at the brewery

solstice pale run through lavender, rose hips and lemongrass.

appearance: lifeless hazy orange-amber...very much a cask pour with no head

smell: strong floral notes - the local lavender really comes through strong along with hoppy notes and a bit of lemon

taste: big floral notes from the lavender and rose hips - the base beer almost gets lost in the cask additions, but the citrus hops and lemongrass do come through. nice summery beer, but the cask versions take on entirely different identities than the base

mouthfeel: medium-light body, refreshing

overall: good

Photo of Axnjxn
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bomber

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!

Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, called "Summer Solstice" on the bottle I have, procured via a late night jaunt to a QFC not far from the Canuck catching up and the drinkin' on a Saturday night in the South Lake Union area of downtown Seattle.

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves but a few specks of ambitious lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bitter grapefruit pith and pine hops, atop a mild grainy malt. The taste is soft pale malt, and bitter grassy, piney hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth enough. It finishes hoppy, hoppy, hoppy, with a mild cracker malt offset. Did I say hoppy? If not, then, well, yeah, fucking hoppy!

Wow, not what I expected from anything with "Summer" in the name. An APA hopped to the nuts, but without the corresponding malt character to deserve IPA analysis. So what - 3 bucks of bitter goodness - let's leave it at that.

Photo of draheim
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A sunny Sunday afternoon - 78 degrees almost qualifies as a heat wave in Seattle. Ribs on the smoker, kids playing in the sprinkler... and now the perfect summer beer to go with it.

22oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a tulip. Golden straw color with a nice frothy 2-finger head. Aroma is pine and floral hops.

Taste follows nose: piney, hoppy. Nice crisp finish & very refreshing. As the label says, "one grain, one hop." Pale malt and amarillo. Simple yet somehow just right. This one's gone before I know it.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to sukwonee for this beer great extra. Cheers!

Enjoyed after a very, very long day of packing and getting ready to move into DT Chicago.

Appearance – Pours a slight amber color into a tulip with about two fingers of slightly off white fluffy head that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving nice chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Lots of lemon zest, grapefruit, slight tropical fruit, hops, caramel and toffee at the end.

Taste – A nice floral and earthy hoppy flavor up front that almost immediately fades to a sweeter, juicy fruits such as tart grapefruit and lemon. Finishes with some caramel malt flavors.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lower bodied, plenty of carbonation, extremely quaffable.

Overall – A very clean, and enjoyable pale ale. Fantastic right now, and extremely refreshing after loading a moving truck in 95 degree heat and humidity. Would buy this often if I had it available.

Photo of rboinski
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden color with a medium sized, smooth, soapy, white head. Decent retention leaving a small amount of lace.

S - Really nice smelling beer. Simple and clean. Really hoppy with a nice orange and slightly grapefruit aroma. Touches of floral notes. Simple, grainy malt backbone.

T - Just like the aroma. Simple, clean, and has a nice hop kick for a Pale Ale. Orange and grapefruit with a nice juicy, fruity hop flavor. Notes of floral hop mixes with a subdued grainy malt. Very fresh tasting.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Clean, crisp, and refreshing.

D - Very easy to drink Pale Ale. Very refreshing and all together simple. Plenty of hops (just Amarillo), and very fresh tasting.

Notes: Just uses Amarillo hops and 2-row malt which leads to a very simple, clean, refreshing beer. Fresh hop taste with a nice light maltiness. Spot on for a summer beer.

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Summer Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.