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UniversAle Pale | Fremont Brewing Company

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UniversAle PaleUniversAle Pale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beertunes on 07-30-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,732
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
196
pDev:
11.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
29
Trade:
1
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Photo of rfreed
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drews240
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nabbed a sixer at a beer store in Denver, CO for $9.49 USD. Initial impression below:

A: Murky pale copper body of average vibrance. White frothy head of off-white colour.

Appears well-carbonated.

Sm: Floral hops, a malty aroma so fresh it's like you're standing in a brewery (pale malts, 2-row), grassy aromatics.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T: Follows the aroma, but it's a bit out of balance, tending too malty and therefore too sweet. Hop pungency is limited; depth of flavour is wanting. The banal "kinda floral, kinda grassy" hop emphasis here will underwhelm many pale ale lovers.

Average flavour duration and flavour intensity.

Simplistic and shallow for a pale ale, but not unenjoyable.

Mf: Smooth, wet, light to medium-bodied, well-carbonated, slightly refreshing. Has a biteen too much thickness and heft on the palate for a pale ale. More of a juicy, soft, luscious mouthfeel would do it wonders.

OVERALL: Drinkable but unremarkable fare from a brewery that has done better, UniversAle Pale is a shrug of a pale ale that I'll enjoy finishing the sixer of but wouldn't buy again (even at its reasonable price). Maybe I got an older can; this is really lacking in terms of basic hop flavour/pungency and expressiveness/vividness of hop character. Very timid reticent stuff. Give me Sierra Nevada Pale Ale over this any day of the week...

C (2.83) / AVERAGE

***
2017.08.10 2nd impression from another can:

Nicely floral, indicating possibly Cascade hops. Scintillae of oily hop flavour.

Smooth, wet, and approachable, but it could be softer, lighter-bodied, and more refreshing.

Hop profile could be more interesting, pungent, and diverse.

A drinkable pale ale I could crush with pizza, wings, or pub grub, but not a world-class expression of the style. I like it.

High C / AVERAGE

***
2017.08.15 2nd impression from another can:

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned about 6 weeks prior. A nice, light golden and hazy pour. Smell of yeasts and biscuit dough. The taste is true to the APA genre, a hop presence with a fine malt base. Clean taste, no lingering off-notes. Enjoyable.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DudMan
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjones5045
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andy712
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I am a fan of Fremont's beer. This one is ok, but probably not something I would go back to other than to validate my initial impressions.

Picked up a bomber at my local grocery that was reasonably fresh.
Pours a pleasant, light golden amber, with a decent head.
The aroma is really the best part of this beer. Terrific, fresh, fruity/floral blast of hops that raised my expectations as that is usually something I like.
The taste was a bit of a let down. It was full of the hops I smelled, but little else. I was hoping for a little malt balance, but it was all hops for me. Not overly bitter, just nothing to balance out the floral hop taste.
Mouth feel was nice, with a nice bit of prickly carbonation.
I'll try this one again at some point just to confirm my initial impressions. But for now, I very much favor their other offerings.

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Photo of ncherf
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can

No date, purchased almost two months ago.

What I feel like was a pretty standard pour – yields only a quarter finger of head into my can-style glass. Dissipates quickly. The body is a somewhat hazy yellow, with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty light looking for a pale. So far it looks ok.

Aroma is nice, hop forward, a boat load of lemon, piney. Relatively clean considering the hop presence. Very simple, but pretty nice.

Flavor is very interesting. Not quite as cut throat in the hops as the aroma. Medium bitterness hits for the majority of the flavor, but not a huge hop taste. Finishes with a sweet melon esque flavor, really dances on my tongue. A little of that lemon comes in the aftertaste. Very light malt sweetness, super simple, very clean overall. I doubt this is the case, but it tastes like a single hop, single malt. We’ll see if this changes as it warms, but so far this is a very nice and clean pale. Very tasty and refreshing too.

The mouthfeel really helps this beer out a lot. It has a really lively carbonation, and a really light body. I don’t find myself liking those qualities too often, but this is a great example of a crushable beer, and the mouthfeel helps that quality for sure.

As already mentioned, the drinkability is super high, I could drink a lot of these.

The appearance turned out ok, lacing was average. Nothing stellar here, but it was ok overall.

As for the beer, overall this was a really nice beer. Refreshing, tasty, clean, simple. Nothing wrong with a beer that does what it’s trying to do, I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of cbcrunch
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stardusthotel83
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Branlott42
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bombventure
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of herman77
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vtccnway89
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Citrus hop flavor. Refreshing beer.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A lovely, easy-drinking, everyday pale, and the flagship from my favorite brewery. It is evident a lot of care and refinement went into this one, as virtually all the impurities have been swept away. The result is just a classic, near-perfectly balanced APA, with a NW emphasis--the resinous pine notes holding court in the hop profile. By my lights, it's an underrated brew in Fremont's magnificent oeuvre.

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Photo of brlelievre
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toronadotornado
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delta Flight - Los Angeles, CA - can

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Photo of brandonwnw
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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UniversAle Pale from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 196 ratings
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