Summer Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 21
Gots: 22 | 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

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

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Ratings: 230 | Reviews: 52
Photo of sukwonee
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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".

Photo of kemoarps
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had as part of a sampler at the brewery. Overshadowed by the other beers and seemed too simple. Nothing stood out in this beer.

Photo of zhanson88
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of hreb
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of mabermud
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewery. Not bad at all. Easy drinking...

Photo of distantmantra
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of tjkinate
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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 beerandcycling88
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 jellikit
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of blackc5
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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 WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +23.5%

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.

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great all day drinking Summer beer.

Photo of rboinski
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Sky2625
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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 takusan1000
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of Aml42000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of elliot23
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful beer for this time of year. Lots of cans of this in my future

Photo of TheEarl
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of atowle25
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
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 ckornmannn
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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 paylay32
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Summer Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.