Field to Ferment: Centennial + Simcoe
Fremont Brewing Company

Field to Ferment: Centennial + SimcoeField to Ferment: Centennial + Simcoe
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #566
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #13,773
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 10.62%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
23
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Fremont Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
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87
Very Good
Field to Ferment: Centennial + SimcoeField to Ferment: Centennial + Simcoe
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 23
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/10/2019. Pours slightly hazy medium golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingering. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and pale malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Excellent complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly crisp/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is an excellent wet hopped American pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and pale malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp to drink with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish; nicely soft feel and not aggressive. Awesome Centennial/Simcoe profile. Very vibrant and fairly juicy/dank/earthy hops; with a great clean pale malt backbone. Mild residual sweetness with crisp resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive style example as expected. Loved the classic hop profile as expected.

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Photo of hreb
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz, 2019 bottling, Centennial + Simcoe®. Fresh, green aromas as soon as I open the bottle. In between freshly cut grass and fruit punch, if that makes any sense. Flavor starts out as a well controlled, balanced pale ale, with a vegetal hop cone flavor, but then waxy bitterness pulls through. There's actually a bitter aftertaste here, which could be tolerable in an IPA, but is entirely unexpected in an APA, fresh hops or not. I'm conflicted because I love what Fremont is doing with this series, but ultimately that bitterness just lets that beer down.

I had just a taste of this year's Citra + Amarillo and I remember thinking it was just ok. Certainly better than I'm liking this.

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Photo of redresonatedragon
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a superb brew! The substandard ratings show how confused discerning palates have come these days. I hold this one be as the gold standard for fresh hop ales, you’ll be lucky to score some of this

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Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can (packaged 9/10/19) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a lightly hazy golden orange color with about 1/3 inch of just off-white head that OK retention and very light lacing.

The expected hop blast didn't materialize, but there was a nice hop scent. There was a very slight malt aroma as well.

very similar on the tongue, nice, but rather subdued, hops, and very light grains.

The body was crisp, smooth, and had a dry finish.

Drinkability was nice, there would be no problem draining several of these.

Overall, a solid and enjoyable brew. Worth your time if you see it.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem OR.
$2.79
Pours a nice slightly hazy burnt orange body with a really attractive rocky/thick eggshell white head.
Nice fresh pungent hopping here..floral, dank and bitter.
Taste the same but with a nice strawberry jam after taste..nice.
Nice medium soft mouth feel but with a slight drying finish.
Very nice fresh hop beer.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
2.73/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Bright and clear gold-amber hue. Two finger plus orange-ivory head with great retention, plenty of lace.

S: Powerful pine bitterness with some citrus, breads malt, and overwhelming floral aroma that I’m not too fond of.

T: Follows the nose. Was better on the nose. This is overwhelmingly bitter for me and I like the west coast style. Or thought I did.

F: Medium bodied - medium carbonation.

O: Solid bitter west-coaster. If you can take the pucker-factor this is for you. For me the bitterness overcame the fresh hopping virtues.

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Photo of woemad
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased at Nectar-Kendall Yards for $1.89. Canned on September 12, 2019, so it's a whopping ten days from Fremont.

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this was a clear, golden amber. One finger's worth of off-white foam on top, and it stuck around.

Piney and melon-y hop aroma.

A little more complex than the nose in the taste. Sweet melon and fruit flavors hit the tastebuds first, but the more grapefruit, piney flavors noted above then step out a bit, with a finish that is crisp and dry.

Medium bodied, with a slightly resiny, oily and crisp mouthfeel.

Really nice beer. I agree with others that this could easily be called an IPA. Kinda wish I'd picked up a sixer of this.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2019-09-21
12oz can served in a tulip. Dated 09/10/19.

Pours a clear light amber-gold with a big fluffy head. Smell is mild, fresh and clean hops.

Taste is piney, dank, with a surprisingly bright fruitiness making it seem sweeter than it is. Nice hop bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack of cans purchased at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
Canned on 09/12/19, just over a week old. Poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Brilliant clear golden amber color, large pillowy bright white head with great retention, lots of lacing. active carbonation streams as it sits.

Smell- Strong citrus (big lemon, pithy orange), dank and piney, bready malt, light passion fruit and apricot, floral/herbal notes.

Taste- Follows the nose well with a little bit of berry in the mix, a nice acidic tang to it.

Feel- Medium bodied with a pleasant bitterness, not too bitter, medium carbonation on the tongue.

O- Another solid offering from Fremont, it was easy to knock back several of these in the same sitting. At $8.99 a six pack the price is on point as well. Definite repurchase while I can find it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of pale malt, citrus and mildly dank hops, orange, grapefruit, mild pine and hits of light stone fruit. Flavor is pale malt with a little caramel, fresh citrus and piney hops, lemon, mild orange and grapefruit and a little dankness; herbal citrusy hop finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. This is such a great time of year. I especially look forward to this fresh hop series from Fremont annually. This is a nice, old fashioned, fresh hopped ale, bordering on an IPA in hop intensity. The citrusy Centennial is them main flavor, but a bit of dankness from the Simcoe. I really like this pairing of hops. Excellent fresh hop.

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Photo of draheim
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can (canned 9/11/2019, purchased at the brewery that day) into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear copper w/ a nice white sudsy head, patchy lace.

Aroma is bright and clean, piney, citrusy, with some of the dank, oily Simcoe shining through as it warms a bit. Inviting. I've missed the fresh hops.

Taste follows nose. Pale dry biscuity malt provides a neutral canvas to showcase the big, citrusy, piney fresh hops. Tongue-tingling alpha-acids on the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and drinkable, medium bodied, balanced.

Overall another great addition to the Field to Ferment lineup.

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

Clear golden amber. What a beaut. Nice tight finger of fuzzy white head. Seems in no hurry.

Nose is rich with floral and fruity depth. Doesn't have quite the full bouquet I remember from years past, but they never do. Citrus and pine to round it out.

They call it an APA, but this, to me, tastes like a great example of a classic west coast IPA. Bitter pine and citrus with a rich core of sweet caramel malts. Similarly, I don't find as much FH character as my imagination/memory told me to expect, but that's probably mostly the unreliability of memory. As I search I find what I seek, and I feel like the Simcoe asserts itself more firmly here, and working into it I find the FH is more raw hop cones than it is the fruity/floral side that I was looking for initially, if that makes sense.

Lively carbonation over a medium light body. I miss the days when this is what an IPA tasted like, though I think I liked the single hop versions of yesteryear oh so slightly better.

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Field to Ferment: Centennial + Simcoe from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 23 ratings