Seattle Beer Week 5th Anniversary Organic Pale Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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Reviews: 20
Hads: 57
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 3.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dirtylou on 03-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 20 | Hads: 57
Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. There are plenty of little chunks floating around in there, adding mystique. Head poured a dramatic three-plus fingers of frothy ivory foam. I think it's great!

Smell: grapefruity and tangeriney hops over a malt base that is sweet but has a hint of graininess. There's also a light character of green grass which I like a lot. Quite enticing.

Taste: lightly sweet and fruity, with that great tangeriney character over the slightly grainy malt. This can be a dicey combination, but I really think Fremont have pulled it off here; the taste is balanced and satisfying. Also, a good level of flavor for a rather sessionable ABV.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a high level of carbonation that explodes into a big, if lightweight, creaminess. I rather like it.

Overall: this is a tasty, session-strength and incredibly drinkable pale ale. They've got the balance right on for a beer like this. Love it. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, golden yellow with plenty of sediment floating around. Huge, fluffy, pillowy, bright white head. Plenty of lacing and decent head retention. Huge, pungent, piney, resiny hops. So sticky and dank. Taste is the same. Massive flavor and so clean. Screams West Coast. And its organic?! Hell yes. Proper carbonation for the style yet so smooth. Amazing session beer. I'd drink a few a day if I lived in the PNW. A seriously delicious beer. Wow. I need more beer from Fremont. (476 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Arbitrator for the can.

Appearance: Very slight chill haze on a dark gold color. Head is small, bright-white, with a tight bubble structure. Moderate to high carbonation on the pour. Inconsistent splotches of lacing.

Smell: Tropical mango and pineapple. Nice burst of oily pine on the back. Light-pale malt sweetness. Loaded with Citra. A bit of lingering bitterness. Clean and bright. So much mango and peach. Almost like a gummi bear. Some lemon as well.

Taste: Uh, mega tropical. Peach flesh with a solid mango backing. Some pineapple and lemon zest. Slight oily bitter pine in the back. Malts stay light, slightly bready and sweet, but never go over the top. Very balanced. Slight gritty earthiness as it warms. Some light cracker notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a moderate carbonation. A bit dry on the finish but the Citra gives the illusion of juiciness up front. Lingering bitterness.

Overall: Can some magic Disney.

A straight up super sessionable pale ale that never crosses in to IPA territory. The blend of Citra and Simcoe never fails, but putting it with a light drinkable pale ale in a can is smart. (1,151 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big slightly off white head slowly settles down to a nice lacing above a slightly cloudy slightly washed out straw golden colored beer.

A light soapy aroma with hints of piney hops and hints of lightly roasted caramel malts.

A definite hops taste but on the lighter side with some very light malts sneaking in to give this beer a nicer backbone than some other beers I've recently drank.

Slightly on the wetter side but then transgressing into a slightly dry aftertaste without much of the malts and hops hanging around with this medium bodied beer.

This beer seems to be just on the edge of being a really decent or good beer, I don't know what it as to much of or not enough of but it just seems to miss by a bit. (719 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FalconA for throwing this can in as an extra to go along with the #properglassware.

Clearish golden-straw pour with a bubbly white head that fizzled out pretty quickly; minimal lacing. The aroma was great: fresh hops: grassy, citrusy, fruit rind, distant biscuity malts. Unfortunately, it kind of fell apart in the taste, and didn't nearly live up to what the aroma promised. Grainy malt bill, still some nice citrus hoppiness, but a bit muted, especially compared to the smell, and there was also a bit of astringency going on. I didn't notice a freshness date on the can, but I don't think it was that old. Body was bordering on light and medium, decently drinkable, but just seemed a bit off to me, and I probably wouldn't want to try it again, unless to test the freshness theory. (795 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can poured into a FW snifter.

Pour: Clear, bright orange with a finger of eggshell white head. Lots of thick lacing, and the head retains for the majority of the glass.

Smell: Lots of pine, floral, and grassy hops up front. Some citrus. A touch of doughy malt and some oats.

Taste: More of the same pine and grassy hops. Some light caramel malting, similar to SNPA. Finishes lightly bitter with pine.

Mouthfeel: A little heavier than expected, but still relatively easy drinking. Lingering bitterness.

Overall: A nice canned Pale Ale. Good for a hot day. Thanks Paul! (574 characters)

Photo of TheEarl
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Fremont snifter glass.

Appearance: Golden/orange, crystal clear, fizzy white head. Nice.

Aroma: CITRA! Massive Citra hop aroma with a crisp malty sweet smell behind it.

Taste: Citrus, sweet malts, and an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, light, and refreshing.

Overall: Probably the best session beer I've ever had. Maybe more of an IPA than a pale ale. I'll miss it when Beer Week is over. (426 characters)

Photo of yankeepride
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Little bit of hazy color, with a slight floral beginning and then some citrus. Great flavor for a low ABV pale ale. I'd put this up against some imperial IPA's in total flavor, without the heavy bitterness. Really goes well with some spicy food or after a day working outside in the heat, with no aftertaste and a clean finish. (327 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Unknown canning date.

Says on the can "cowiche canyon hop lab No.2"

Nice, slightly hazed light golden color with a solid sheet of fine white foam. Smell is gangster. Lemons, melons (honeydew and cantaloupe), grass, sweet citrus juice and a touch of cracker. Flavor is grain, hint of bitter, touch of body odor reminds me of Citra hops. Slightly sweet. Medium bodied with lighter carb than anticipated and a semi dry finish. Nice beer, will probably buy many more over the next couple months. (493 characters)

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

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a nice white two-finger head with good retention and chunky lacing. Aroma of citrus and grassy hops, biscuit malt and citrus fruit. Flavor follows, mild biscuit malt, citrus and grassy hops, light citrus. Finishes biscuit malt and residual lightly resinous citrus hops. Flavor is somewhat subdued compared to the aroma, but nicely balanced. Medium bodied. A very nicely made balanced pale ale with a well selected hop component. (514 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can served into a teku.

A: Almost crystal clear golden color with a small white head. Little lacing.
S: Woah! Caught by surprise here. Huge hoppy aroma, big tropical/citrus from the citra and some pine resin from the simcoe. Slight maltiness to balance it out.
T: Taste is almost like the smell, just a bit less hoppiness than I expected. A bit of malts at first and then a burst of tropical hops. Peach, citrus, grassiness. Finishes resinous, slightly bitter and a bit dry.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Super easy to drink.
O: I'd be happy drinking these all day. Way better than I was expecting for a sessionable pale ale but Fremont has surprised me! (698 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear golden yellow color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very hop forward, lots of citrus and some pine, over a solid grain base. The flavor was a bolder version of the aroma. The grains made a nice foundation for the bold, crisp hops. A ton of citrus flavors across most of the tongue, and a bit of pine and floral at the back.

The body was fuller than I expected, but was clean and smooth with a lightly dry finish. Drinkability was very good, you could easily have several of these beauties with trying to hard at all. Overall, a very nice brew, a must try if you see it, and worth tossing a couple sixers into the fridge to help ease the pain of another Mariners season. (783 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It looks like beer. Like... good beer. Crisp amber colour, with a decent little head that sticks around and makes all them purty little patterns on the side of the glass everyone gets so excited about. Decent amount of sediment, however (though that's not inherently a bad thing, it just makes it look less pretty IMHO)

The nose is an inviting antechamber, providing a sneak peek to the wonders that lie within. Hoppier than a lot of APAs, but with a sweet malt backbone. I get some mango, some pine, and a bit of floral.

Taste carries the themes from the nose, but with more of an emphasis on the pine and less on the citrus. There's a bready malt to it whereas the nose smelled more sweet. A little more earthiness and grain than I remembered from the last one I had, and from the nose.

Really drinkable. Smoothe and, while the hops undoubtedly jump out and linger, they don't do so in an overwhelming or unenjoyable manner.
This is not the first of these I've drank, and if I can find them before they're gone, it won't be the last. I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as I did the first couple from this six pack, so I don't know if it's because of what I had for lunch, or drinking at a different temperature, or just the excitment wearing off. Either way, if you can (no pun intended) get your hands on it, it's certainly a delicious and sessionable pale ale. (1,371 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured it into a standard pint glass and enjoyed on 4/11/13.

A: Translucent gold with a two finger head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Fresh tropical fruit, distinct citra hop scent, orange, a bit of grass and light malt backing. Very nice and reminds me of Cowiche Canyon.

T: Light citrus and grassiness, bready malt backbone. Grainy and bitter hop bite as it finishes very clean.

M: Crisp, light, and definitely sessionable.

O: Good summer drinking beer that you could kill a bunch of over the course of a night. Taste didn't quite live up to the nose, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy another six pack. (626 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear yellowish golden color with good carbonation providing a nice but shortlived white cap. No lacing, no ubbles after the first sip.

S: A nice grassiness with some lightly toasted malts, bread, a little bit of Earthiness and light citrus graces the nostrils

T: A light grassy, herbal note upfront with a light toast, bread and hint of citrus moving on in. A moderate and trademark Fremont hop bitterness shines on this. There is a lingering, dry, bitter and sordove astringency on the end.

M: Light bodied, crushable all the way. A nice amount of flavor and hop bitterness on this keeps me happy. A bit astringent perhaps on the end.

O: Not bad. A nice sessionable APA and nice change for this years SBW brew. (729 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into Fremont goblet.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a small white head on top, little head retention, leaving a ring of white. Very thin lacing dots the sides.

S: Fantastic aroma. Lots of tropical fruits, pineapple, orange, and a little grapefruit. Really floral and inviting.

T: The flavor profile is nice, but doesn't quite live up to the aroma. It is still very nice, more tropical fruits, just a little more subdued. There is a bit of grainy and toasty malt that comes through in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, very easy drinking.

O: A really nice APA. The aroma is great, makes you think its going to be a hop forward IPA almost, but the flavor doesn't bring that. For a pale ale it is still great, probably my favorite Fremont beer in a can in terms of kicking back and having a few. (810 characters)

Photo of bifrost17
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into a snifter

A: Crystal clear pale orange verging on yellow, nice white head, and some moderate lacing. Yep! Looks like beer!

S: Smells awesome! Like burying my nose in a handful of hops. The hops absolutely shine, I get that big tropical fruit character from the Citra, and then that dank sticky thing coming from the Simcoe. There's also a slight bready biscuit thing, letting me know that it's still a pale ale.

T: Taste follows up the smell, but the malts definitely come through and stand up to the hoppiness. I know they used some wheat malt in this beer and you definitely can taste it, keeps things nice and light. This beer has all the flavor you want in an IPA, while still having the drinkability of a pale ale.

M: Creamy, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: This is the best Seattle beer week beer I've had yet, and it's absolutely in my top three favorite Fremont beers. They absolutely killed it with this beer. I know the whole "session IPA" thing is getting really popular in the community and I like the idea behind it. This beer is easily the best example of that style that I've had. I hope this becomes a regular offering from Fremont, but in the meantime I'll be buying as much of it as I can while it's available. Oh and did I mention....check out the awesome artwork on the six pack cans!!!! (1,344 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can picked up and opened on 3.25.13
12oz can poured into my 12oz Fremont Goblet

A - Pours a clear, light orange with a smaller light tan head with good retention. Streaks of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Lots of Hoppy pine and citrus fruit. Very nice.

T - Grass, lemon peel, light wheat. Not bad, just a bit of let down after the nose.

D - Good carbonation with a thin, light body.

O - A nice spring time beer with terrific scents. I wish the taste was more in line with it, but this is a nice light, crisp pale ale. (525 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear glowing orange w/ a big frothy bright white head that leaves behind some great sticky lacing.

Aroma is a big juicy burst of tropical Citra hops. Grapefruit and pineapple abound, some pine as well.

Taste is dry biscuity pale malt and copious citrusy hops. A nice sharp bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and refreshing.

Overall a really nice, drinkable pale ale. Similar to 77 Select but with boatloads of Citra thrown in. (488 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz CAN-QUEST

Organic Pale Ale using Cowiche Canyon Organic Simcoe & Citra Hops

Fremont has thing for these low ABV IPA/Pales. Very light straw-golden body, crystal clear, fluffy white head. A nice aromatic hop burst on the nose. It's a light pale ale - the cracker malt backdrop is a little too big for my taste - hop profile is clean and crisp but its rather subtle. Had higher expectations for this - tasty, and certainly sessionable, but underwhelming. (463 characters)

Seattle Beer Week 5th Anniversary Organic Pale Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.