Session Pale Ale | Fremont Brewing Company

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3.88/5
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71 Ratings
Session Pale AleSession Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
fremontbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We dedicate this beer to you, Craft Beer Fan, for embracing adventure, creativity, facial hair, and the skilled craft people of our industry above all. This session pale ale is made with Citra and Simcoe hops grown in Washington’s Yakima Valley which will enlighten your mind and make you a smarter and better looking person…Because Beer Matters. “Hey, it’s better in the can.” – V.W.P.

Added by HuskyinPDX on 07-01-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,055
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
71
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
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2.64/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Impression from a 12 fl oz can purchased at a Colorado beer store as part of a sixer for $9.49 USD.

"Made with Citra and Simcoe hops." "Session pale ale."

APPEARANCE: Frothy white head. Dull clear pale copper body. ~5-7 minute head retention.

AROMA: Faint onion. Citrus rind. Floral hop aromatics. Pale malts. Herb.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a subdued reticent pale ale with inadequate hop pungency. Fails to showcase Citra well to any extent.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Smooth. Wet. Medium-bodied. Coating. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Pale malt backbone is as present as the hops are. Grass, herbal hops, floral hop character, faint onion. No citrus or passionfruit from the Citra. Not very fruity at all. Citra is wasted on this pale ale.

Lacks sufficient hop pungency. Shallow and simple, with a reticent flavour profile. Below average flavour duration. Subdued flavour intensity.

Not well-balanced. Build is okay at best for a pale ale.

No off-flavours. No booziness. No overt yeasty notes.

OVERALL: A shrug of a pale ale from Fremont. Forgettable fare that doesn't stand out in the oversaturated overcrowded pale ale category. I'd take a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale over this any day of the week, and that beer is both more widely distributed and more affordable. Maybe I got an older can, but while I'll finish the sixer, I can't see myself consciously buying this underwhelming brew again. Not on par with Fremont's best work by any stretch.

C- (2.58) / BELOW AVERAGE

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2017.08.14 2nd impression from another can:

Clear yellow-copper body of average vibrance. White head.

Aroma is floral. I get lime and vague tropical fruit...maybe candied mango. Pale malts. Subdued cotton candy phenol. I'm not getting any pungent citrus. Not resinous, oily, juicy, or piney. Average aromatic intensity.

Taste is a bit off-kilter balance wise, with ill enough hop presence/pungency. Too malty for a pale ale, lacking the deep hop flavour fans of the style buy it for.

Texture is decent but not dialed in, failing to harmonize with the taste or elevate the beer. Well-carbonated, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, a bit coating. Not chewy, dragging, rough, scratchy, or astringent. Not oily or juicy. Could feel fresher, softer, lighter, more fragile, and more refreshing.

Overall, it's a drinkable but forgettable pale ale that just doesn't bring the hop flavour it needs to. Not a beer I'd buy another sixer of, even over widely distributed expressions of the style like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. In terms of the Pacific Northwest market, I'd take any pale ale from Deschutes over this.

High C- / BELOW AVERAGE

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from Boise Co-op. Pale golden pour with foamy head, fades, but leaves curtains of lacing. Citrusy, piney hops, kind of resinous in the aroma, grapefruit and Pine-sol. Taste had the hops tinge, and a lighter malt bill, again recalling a pils taste. Astringent hops finish though, leaving a slightly soapy taste.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: hazy with v. white head and a bit of lacing
S: mild hop and bit of malt
T: nice and hoppy - classic citrus & pine - with a good balance of malty bisquit
F: best part of this beer: FINALLY a full bodied session beer in the American style (as opposed to all those great full bodied UK session beers)
O: one of - if not the - best hoppy session beers I've had.

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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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Session Pale Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 71 ratings