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Summer Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%


Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 06-06-2010)
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dirtylou

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Serving type: cask

07-11-2011 18:05:08 | More by dirtylou
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 03:46:24 | More by zeledonia
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RJLarse

Washington

4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 23:42:03 | More by RJLarse
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ehammond1


4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Serving type: can

07-29-2013 23:30:10 | More by ehammond1
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 15:20:23 | More by Axnjxn
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Aml42000

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2013 15:36:11 | More by Aml42000
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 00:07:03 | More by LXIXME
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rboinski

California

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-31-2013 16:29:39 | More by rboinski
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a huge head, bubbles foamed out of the bottle until the liquid was halfway down

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

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with rather high carbonation

Overall: I forgot I had this bottle and have clearly waited too long to give it a shot; probably makes a very nice, hoppy summer beverage when fresh so I have been generous with my scores at this stage

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 00:08:35 | More by brentk56
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CraftBrewhaha

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Good ole fashioned APA. Probably going to crush one too many of these this Summer. One of those beers that takes about four drinks to get through a 22oz. Smooth, easy pale action straight to the face. Diggin' the subtle, sweet malt character with just that, "Hey, what's up?" of hops. Thanks Fremont Brewing!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 06:43:17 | More by CraftBrewhaha
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 15:35:52 | More by JohnnyHopps
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 00:50:00 | More by maximum12
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jellikit

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 04:29:34 | More by jellikit
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KajII

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 00:38:45 | More by KajII
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hreb

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a stange type glass. No date on the can. Beer pours a pale golden color, clear, with a moderate white head. Carbonation like soda. Faint but pleasant floral hop aroma. Taste is similar: delivers a solid dose of IBUs, floral (all Amarillo per the can). Result is fairly citrusy, too. Light on malt and mouthfeel, but moderate-high carbonation lends to a refreshing, easy on a warm night, beer. Nothing complex here, just a high quality execution of a simple style.

Serving type: can

08-11-2012 05:13:20 | More by hreb
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harrymel

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned: earlier.

Pours a nice light grain yellow with a sheet of white atop the ale and below the spotty lace. Smells of grapefruit, mangos, peaches, hints of caramel malt and some resin. Nice nose. Really nice nose. Flavor is full of hops - carrying weed and bitterness. The fruits kinda lie flat in the flavor when measured against the nose. The malts are reserved and refreshing with just a slight hint of wood and caramel. Body is unusual IMO, medium with a fine moderated carb gives this a creamy feel. Oddly, I'd like this on nitro probably. Nice beer with a slightly divergent nose/flavor profile.

Serving type: can

08-03-2012 05:14:13 | More by harrymel
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 00:57:47 | More by SpdKilz
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TheEarl

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a blank 12 ounce can on 7/28/2012.

Appearance: Summer Ale (wasn’t it called “Solstice Ale” before?) is a medium gold/orange color with a medium head of white foam.

Smell: The aroma is heavy on tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus, and caramel.

Taste: Summer Ale is very refreshing. The taste is a perfectly balanced caramel malt sweetness paired with fruity hop notes and a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light/medium with good carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall: Summer Ale is perfect on a hot day or as an accompaniment to food. I recently had great success pairing a can of Summer Ale with spicy nachos. I also love that Fremont is canning this now and, at $9 for a six-pack, it is hard to think of a better value.

Serving type: can

07-30-2012 20:19:01 | More by TheEarl
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2012 15:28:37 | More by lacqueredmouse
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 03:39:52 | More by superspak
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 00:41:05 | More by FreshHawk
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 16:34:41 | More by wagenvolks
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 01:12:23 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 01:48:35 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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tjkinate

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 20:08:44 | More by tjkinate
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Summer Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
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