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Summer Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 19
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-16-2013 16:56:45 | More by jaydoc
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

06-04-2014 16:27:59 | More by ygtbsm94
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

08-05-2013 23:41:57 | More by GRG1313
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 02:45:14 | More by biboergosum
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-08-2014 21:48:37 | More by GClarkage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 13:55:29 | More by barleywinefiend
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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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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-30-2013 05:34:47 | More by rab53
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-19-2013 20:54:50 | More by mdaschaf
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
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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PEIhop

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

07-08-2014 01:08:12 | More by PEIhop
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dirtylou

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 04:12:40 | More by HuskyinPDX
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 21:39:10 | More by LiquidAmber
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-25-2013 13:38:14 | More by ShanePB
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flagmantho

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 04:48:51 | More by flagmantho
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Gobzilla

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-02-2014 00:25:10 | More by Gobzilla
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-09-2012 05:39:21 | More by strongaf
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twelveinches

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10%

12-13-2011 06:50:07 | More by twelveinches
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ehammond1


4.09/5  rDev 0%
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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CheapBeerBuzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

11-10-2012 07:28:40 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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Summer Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
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