Field To Ferment: Simcoe
Fremont Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #184
Ranked #5,915
4.14 | pDev: 7.49%
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Field To Ferment: SimcoeField To Ferment: Simcoe
Notes: Brewing is the craft of blending science with artistry then introducing the mystical. Field to Ferment exemplifies this adventure. We will brew this fresh hop ale throughout the entire hop harvest in Yakima using each of four hop varieties as they are harvested. At least that’s the plan. Nature may have a different plan. Such is the harvest. Each can has a date and brew number stamped on the bottom; check for the exact hops used in your beer. In order of harvest, we will brew with fresh Centennial, Simcoe,™ Citra,™ and finally Mosaic™ hops. Field to Ferment represents a colossal collaboration between the brewery and our hop farmers. No one has attempted to brew fresh hop beers throughout the entire season. We will make countless trips between the fields in Yakima and the brewery in Fremont, loaded with tens of thousands of pounds of fresh, juicy hops. Nothing is fresher, nothing is better for a brewer. So, please do enjoy this beer absolutely fresh, and enjoy the adventure this beer represents…Because Fresh Hop Beer Matters! “Fresh hops are the best hops.” – VWP

IBU: 50
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 61 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by DenverHopHead:
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can with a packaged on date of 9/17/18; into a pub glass.
Appearance- gold, a barrage of carbonation bubbles and just a small amount of floating funk; a thick, froathy white head that leaves nice scattered lacing!
Smell- orange, peach, mango and dandelion!
Taste - flavor profile is consistent with the nose, however the dandelion is more prominent and there’s more earthy character.
Feel - easy drinking, mild bitterness, with earthy tones that bring more balance!
Overall - an APA that falls more in the IPA range based on it’s overall body of work, however, to me, it certainly is an APA, just a little more on the hoppy side!

Nov 03, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber with a half finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma is quite dank, with citrus and lighter pine hops, light tropical fruit and orange citrus, pale malt. Flavor is citrus and fruity hops, with light stone fruit and hints of tropical fruit. Finishes with citrus, lightly dank hops, orange and a little biscuit malt that was not noticeable in the start. Really nice creamy, medium body which is more robust for some reason than the Centennial from last week. This smells really great and the hop profile is more citrus forward than the aroma, although both have nice fruit components. I think I like this one more than the centennial, although it is not quite as hoppy, possibly because of the nice body, which is quite winning. I like the nearly neutral, but supportive malt in this series, it really puts the fresh herbal flavors on display nicely. The best so far, but with fresh hopped ales, I find the very best one is usually the one I'm currently drinking. It's a great time of year.

Sep 20, 2016
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rab53 from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 30, 2016
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #40, can from New Seasons.

A moderately hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is great. Bright but mildly spicy Simcoe hops with a blend of citrus, grapefruit and some delicate fresh hop earthiness/spiciness to go with a mild doughy and honey malt character. Not as spicy as the Centennial version, this beer opens moderately bitter on the palate with plenty of flavor - citrus, a little pine and a moderate amount of grapefruit. While hazy, the suspended hop particulates do tastefully soften the bitterness and allow the spicy fresh hop character to come through. A long, mildly honey-like, moderately fruity fresh hop finish is present. Pretty solid, i like this a little more than the Centennail version.

Oct 10, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bursts with grapefruit. A green dank pine, lingering leafy. Bit of juiciness, some biscuity sweetness, sugar, dries out with a green leafy quality. Medium green grassy bitterness.

Sep 27, 2016
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 09, 2019
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into shaker pint. Poured a hazy medium gold color with about a half inch of white head that had low retention and medium lacing.

A very light grain aroma hides behind a big blast of Simcoe hops. Pretty similar on the tongue, all hops no real malt. The body was typically medium. The beer finished clean and dry. Overall, a solid brew, enjoyable, and worth trying if you see it.

Sep 26, 2016
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twelveinches from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 17, 2016
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kemoarps from Washington

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours much like its brethren: hazy amber with a decent little head that settles in before long and leaves decent lacing.

Nose brings bright citrus and pine. Livelier than the Centennial version, and I don't think that six days between cannings is going to create that difference.

Flavour is less soft/subtle/nuanced than the Centennial and brings a few sharper edges. Bolder colours. Starts off with some sweet juicy citrus before getting the full bullrush of pithy citrus bitterness to finish it off. Sweet start is just a bit sharper, finish is decidedly more pronouncedly bitter. Not saying it's out of balance either, just a difference in artistic approaches.
A little thinner but stickier body and more highly carbonated.
Another winner.

Sep 17, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a tulip. #40 PKGD 09-12-16.

Pours a mostly clear golden/amber with a medium sized head that fades halfway moderately slowly, and leaves a sheet of lacing behind. Smell is a little dank, a little floral, a little piney.

Taste is a little bready/toasty, moderately hoppy. Strong bitter finish, kind of an off-pine flavor.

Mouthfeel is chewy and nice. Overall, good beer.

Sep 15, 2016
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zeledonia from Washington

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 14, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber brew with plenty of foam in the Maredsous goblet. Aroma of lime and a whiff of cucumber. Pleasantly sudsy in the mouth. Tastes of green mango and grapefruit. Expansive hop aroma and flavor, what you signed on for.

Slight sweet malt taste to start. Spicy and rather acidic. Pencil shavings in the finish. Fairly bitter aftertaste with a woody touch. Another good entry in the single hop category and gives me a better feel for Simcoe. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station.

Oct 11, 2018
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Adamostella from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 24, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz.can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is herbal, some dankness. Taste is of citrus, pine, some herbal notes, fairly bitter. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Mar 20, 2019
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elNopalero from California

4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wet hop season! Green, fresh, sticky aroma. There's a vibrant fresh hop character. Sticky finish. Love it.

Happened to luck out by getting a can of this.

Nov 12, 2018
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kdown from California

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 17, 2018
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mdaschaf from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sep 26, 2016
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jhartley from Florida

3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 20, 2016
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draheim from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can (canned 9/12/2016, two days ago) into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper color w/ a nice white fluffy head, patchy lace.

Aroma is a big burst of juicy tropical goodness, orange and grapefruit mostly and some cool pine notes.

Taste follows nose. Dank and sticky with a strongly bitter finish. Pine sap, grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel is slick and a bit oily, finishes sharply bitter.

Overall this one packs a punch. Quite different from Centennial, the first in the series. Outstanding stuff.

Sep 15, 2016
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crob3888 from California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 13, 2018
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datchethilbery from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 01, 2016
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denver10 from New Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Sep 25, 2018
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johnnyboy76 from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 17, 2016
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kbuzz from North Carolina

3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Oct 05, 2018
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Melvin 14-oz. Spiegelau IPA glass
From: Bottlecraft in North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.09
Purchased: Oct. 11, 2018
Consumed: Oct. 13, 2018
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Misc.: Canned on Sept. 17, 2018

Had skipped over most of Fremont stuff before, really only wanting their big boozy stouts. That changed last October when I tried a Citra version of this beer. Really liked it, giving it an underrated 4.01 on Beer Advocate. Simcoe is another one of my favorite hops, so was looking forward to it.

Poured a gold-to-light amber clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of off-white frothy head. Could see some bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass at different speeds. World-class spiderweb lacing. Perfect retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled that Simcoe right away. Also dank skunky resin, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, herbal, earthy grass, passion fruit, tropical notes and peppery spice. Less dankness from the can and more citrus/tropical notes. Smells great for a pale ale. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose. Very dry. Got Simcoe, peppery spice, dank skunky resin, pine, pineapple, herbal, earthy grass, grapefruit and passion fruit. Taste more like an IPA than a pale ale. Lots of flavor. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Bitter, dry, spicy finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This is an outstanding pale ale. If I was blind tasting this, would have guessed IPA for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

4.06 | 91 | A-

Nov 24, 2018
Field To Ferment: Simcoe from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 61 ratings