Summer Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 248
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 23
Gots: 25 | 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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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 248
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/15/2012. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, herbal, floral, pineapple, mango, and bread. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of grapefruit, pine, orange zest, herbal, floral, bready grain, grass, and pineapple. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, bread, and grass on the finish for a short bit. Good balance of hop flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is minimal, with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is an excellent pale ale! Considering the simple grain bill(2 row and Amarillo); this turned out very balanced and refreshing, with a nice hop flavor profile. Very crisp and easy to drink. Well done. (1,008 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (884 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Delirium tremens tulip. Thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for the extra!

SMaSH beers are fun. This one is made with 2-row and Amarillo, and the clarity echoes the simplicity. Gorgeous body of golden orange beneath a billowing, fluffy head of light tan foam. Aroma showcases the spicy, fruity, floral characteristics of the hops while the malt provides a bit of a bready, nutty backbone.

The flavor is, again, very simple, but very effective and a hell of a beer to enjoy on the back patio during a Summer evening. Crisp, uber-clean malt notes and a spicy, citrusy hop profile with a healthy dose of bitterness. Mouthfeel is finely carbonated and medium-thin in body. Fremont's Summer Ale is a simple beer, and simply enjoyable. (738 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Pale-to-deep gold color with a 3-finger white bubbly head. Nice retention, great lacing, lots of carbonation bubbles. Maybe a little bit light in color for a pale ale.

S - Citrus hop aroma with orange and grapefruit notes, as well as sweet caramel malt and brown sugar scents. Very well-balanced aroma.

T - A larger nutty and sweet malt presence that expected, but the hops are there as well with orange and floral flavors. Starts off sweet and builds to a pleasantly bitter finish.

F - Light-to-medium bodied with a great amount of carbonation, a clean and crisp mouthfeel, and a slightly dry and slightly bitter finish. Very refreshing.

O - This is a solid example of a pale ale and a great summer one at that. It has a nice, balanced aroma and taste with a clean and refreshing mouthfeel. There’s nothing very groundbreaking here, but it’s a tasty beer that’s true to the style. (957 characters)

Photo of tjkinate
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.39/5  rDev +6%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear yellowish light brown with like 5 finger head. Head is very frothy and crazy amount of lacing. I personally didn't find beer too attractive looking.

S: Typical APA. Citrus, hops, grapefruit

T: Well balanced. Lots of orange grapefruit citrus notes.

M: It's about right. Good amount of carbonation, medium body.

O: excellent

oh btw - 2012 bottle reads "Summer Ale" rather than "Summer Solstice". (410 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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 (420 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.34/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Azurescens for sending this to me as an extra. Much appreciated.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazy pale honey color. About 1.5" of eggshell white head forms, which has nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Pale maltiness up front, followed by a bit of grapefruit rind, and some very floral hop character.

Taste: Again, this beer has quite a bit of pale malt character up front, with some lightly bitter citrus notes and very floral hop character. Probably a bit more flavorful than the nose indicates.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Pretty light bodied, with very prickly carbonation. Not a real smooth combination, and not the best aspect of the beer. Overall, a decent pale ale but nothing too special. Probably average or slightly above. (747 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of beerandcycling88
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the owl and thistle.

A pours a pale golden color.

S. A nice piney aroma with some floral notes.

T more pine And floral notes with a slight bitterness.

M Nice and crisp very easy to drink.

Overall this is an excellent summer beer that tastes great and is easy to drink. Especially on a hot day walking around Seattle. (333 characters)

Photo of paylay32
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of Sky2625
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,202 characters)

Photo of distantmantra
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Locol in Seattle, WA. July 30th, 2011.

A: The beer poured a clear yellow color with a slight orange tinge. There was only a small head of foam that dissipated quickly. Lacing was minimal but clung to the glass and did not vanish.

S: Solstice gives off a light, fruity hop aroma with hints of oily orange peel and tangerine.

T: The taste is a very refreshing mixture of citrusy hops and malt. Extremely crisp and light, nowhere close to being an overpowering pale ale.

M: Very crisp mouth feel with a light body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a fantastic summer ale that should easily appeal to both craft and BMC fans. The hops and malt are present and well-balanced, but this beer is so light and refreshing that it shouldn't intimidate anyone looking for something on a hot day. (801 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (596 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: crystal clear orangey yellow hue with a finger of pillowy white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: super bright Amarillo hop aroma with a great fruitiness. Citrus flavor reminds me of tangerines; just a great aroma.

Taste: bright citrusy hops on a crisp malt backbone. There is a nice bitterness here but it's not over the top. A very refreshing brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. More crisp than creamy, but that works just fine in this brew.

Overall: I really rather like this beer. It has got a fantastic aroma and is very refreshing -- a solid summer beer. (637 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of atowle25
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of Liverpool08
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of Acemace
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
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! (476 characters)

Photo of blackc5
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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 (394 characters)

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Summer Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
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