UniversAle Pale | Fremont Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beertunes on 07-30-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
180
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
25.41%
 
 
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10
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26
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 180
Photo of ezra_shroomer
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorote pale ales. Bought a six pack of cans and am enjoying it. Ive had it in a bomber before but my local pub only had the cans. Smooth and light with a crisp hop flavor introduction, smoothing out quick. This and sierra nevadas pale ale are my go to for the style (: could see putting back a lot of these on a spring hike in the olympics (:

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a light orange with just a little bit of haze to it and a steady stream of bubbling. a finger of an off white head that slowly fades to a lacing on the sides

Smell: hops, both citrus and some pine. the malts are tough to discern

Taste: opens up with citrusy hops. toasted malts take over and mix with piney/spicy hops. ends up with a hint of lemon bread taste. very complex and tasty pale

Mouthfeel: pretty light and very refreshing

Overall: Wow. Thats a great pale ale. one of my favorites. Wish I could get more of these. great taste and refreshing as can be.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can, into a pint glass: the aroma of fresh hops hits you first, even at a distance. Yellow-gold color, slightly hazy. The hops are most striking initially, and at first I'm thinking its an IPA but then the toastiness takes over. Perfectly done pale ale.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
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, perhaps over a long period of time, 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 Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you for this bonus can, SatlyMalty. Poured into a 3floyds tapered glass. No freshness date but there's a sticker on it from the liquor store that says 2/12/2013.

A- A perfect pour into the glass produces a plateau of head about 3/4 of an inch high that retains wonderfully before slowly decomposing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass . Somewhat resilient lacing leaves stalactites behind.

S- Light tinge of hops that are piney and citrusy. Some cracker-like malt with a trace of sulfur.

T- Tangy, almost metallic hop bite clamps down pretty hard for an APA. It's grassy, a bit tart, juicy and almost salty. Very vibrant, super enjoyable. Not a whole lot of malt character to balance, but that's OK since the hops are doing just a fine job on their own.

M- Bright and snappy with plenty of bite from the hops. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Although it drinks almost like an IPA, this is one killer Pale Ale that's sessionable and flavorful.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice orangish color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and some lacing

S: Like a big fruit basket anf flower bouquet rooled up into one with light toasted bread

T: Big citrus and flowers with a light toastiness, juicy, loads of flavor. Very nice and very much a West Coast Pale Ale

M: Medium body, well carbonated, a little bit of slickness

O: Good overall

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Photo of draheim
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper w/ a big sudsy bright white head, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is nice floral and spicy NW hops with a nice clean citrusy edge.

Taste follows nose. Clean pale biscuity malt and bright floral/citrusy hops. Straightforward and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is balanced and crisp.

Overall a really nice, clean, refreshing APA. Not sure why this isn't considered an IPA, but whatever. I'm also not sure why I don't drink this more often.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on tap at Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: rich orange brown hue with a touch of haze and one finger of ivory head. A solid but typical pale ale visage.

Smell: loads of bright, citrusy, piney hops. Not much in the way of malt, but I found the aroma enticing nonetheless.

Taste: dry, biscuity malt with citrusy and slightly earthy hops in abundance. Rather hop centric, but I like it. There's a long, dry, bitter finish as well which I really like.

Mouthfeel: medium body with decent carbonation for the style -- typical.

Drinkability: very tasty and quite refreshing hop profile. I would gladly have this beer again.

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Photo of Redneckwine
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%

12 oz can into tulip

Appearance - Crystal clear light amber, 2 finger fluffy head with awesome retention and lacing. Great look.

Smell - Think light fresh squeezed orange juice, a bit sour, slight biscuits and toasty malts

Feel/Taste - Feels light and crisp with ample carb, medium-light body. Taste is like nose; light, juicy, and orangey citrus hops with a little kick of bitter and sour notes. Trails off with feint toasty biscuit malt to balance and slight bitterness, finishes very dry

Overall - Pretty solid APA, definitely citrus hop forward in a unique sour orange way. Crisp and sessionable feel for 5.6% ABV, but I would have liked just a touch more malt sweetness for balance in the body.

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Photo of woemad
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint purchased and consumed at Waddell's in Spokane for $4.75. I didn't catch the name of this beer, not realizing Fremont brews two pale ales.

Poured a color somewhere between straw and copper, with a good-sized white head. Moderate lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Piney in the nose, with floral hops and a restrained bready malt note.

Like in the nose, this is fairly hoppy. While not hopped up to the point of an IPA, this is definitely a west coast pale ale. The hops are piney and citrusy, with the pine seeming to be the most dominant. There's a modestly sweet maltiness that kicks in partway through, and while it balances things, it can't prevent the finish having a promounced dry note.

Medium bodied, with carbonation appropriate for the style and a slightly resiny mouthfeel, almost like an IPA.

A fairly drinkable pale ale. I couold have had several if I had the time. While I still prefer Manny's as a pale ale for sessioning, this would do alright in a pinch.

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Photo of vkv822
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy white head with nice retention.

Lightly fruity, floral hop character, with a clean, pale malt backbone.

An easy drinking, well done Pale Ale.

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Photo of gandres
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taster flight from the brewery in Fremont, Earth
Appearance: Golden, amber, clear, minimal head, white foam
Aroma: Strong hoppy aroma, floral
Taste: initial medium bitterness, but can improve on follow through
Palate: medium body, creamy, lively, abrupt finish
Overall: very good beer, but not something to look forward to
Drank: 2016/04/03

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color; a bubble show produces two fingers of foam; sheets of lacing linger

Smell: Biscuity and grassy, with an herbal aspect

Taste: A biscuity base is a prelude to the the grassy hop bill with a citrusy element that builds through the middle; pineapple in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More of an old school APA that I thought might be more citrusy given the "C" hop bill; decent, but not something to chase down

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Photo of jellikit
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very Clear. Light in color. Almost Coors light'ish I'm color.

Smell: faint coriander and orange.

Taste: light malt character. Not bitter, but hop taste is a citrus, good flavor.

Mouthfeel: Slightly overcarbonated. Light malt and balanced well with the hop profile. Not over the top.

Overall: this is a pleasant Pale Ale. A little over carbonated, but not so much that it is a huge issue. Pretty good beer. But, the IPA from Freemont is much better.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014-12-14
12oz can poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours clear yellow golden. Medium pale head, plenty of carbonation. Smell is grassy, hoppy, pleasant, and mild.

Taste is grassy, straw/hay, yeasty. Pretty nice, actually. A little lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, nice pale ale.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Crisp golden amber, apple juice-y? right? Pillowy slik white head. Sticks around leaving its mark as the drink continues.

Nose is juicy: tropical fruits and floral hops. Some spice, some light malts support it all.

The tongue starts with a mild grassy hop spice. There is a definitive mint leaf somewhere in there that I really like. Not quite... thin, but kind of pastel? Lighter on the flavour, but a decent medium body. Some biscuity malts supporting it all keeping it in shape. Quite drinkable, decent carbonation, leaves a nice little coating.
Decent APA, would be good on a summer afternoon, but not something that's going to blow you away.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mistook this for a IPA and it is the first APA I have (knowingly) had since I started rating beers. Taste like a good IPA Light to me. Mic smell right off the bat, has a much better after taste than a below average IPA. Think it would be a great lunch beer if you have to go back to work. A nice brew for a hot Texas day.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont Brewing pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a two finger white head that dissipates in a few minutes to a thick film, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet biscuit malt, citrus and faintly piney hops, light citrus fruit. Flavor is light biscuit malt, mild citrus hops with a mildly toasty biscuit finish with light grain. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A pleasant, but understated pale ale that seems unusually tame for a beer from Fremont. The mellow flavor makes this a fine accompaniment to food. Nice but underwhelming.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber into a tulip

A: pale golden with a huge 3 finger head that left very good lacing
S: grassy hops, pale malt, some crystal malt...not real strong
T: crackery malt with a touch of caramel sweetness, light grassy bitterness and a little lemon...on paper, almost looks like some pilsners but there is a touch more sweetness and heaviness, and the hops don't quite fit...can especially y get some of the classic cascade, but that seems like it is beyond

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Photo of tut2528
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to Jaap for this one!

A: pours a bright golden, color with fairly high transparency. pour created a little bit of head with a some mild lacing.

S: nice blast of citrus, lemon zest, maybe even a little bit of tropical fruits in there as well. all of which sits quite nicely with a nice hop spice.

T: i was expecting different. there is a nice roasted malt note that comes forward that was not present in the aroma. a bready/biscuit note and the the citrus is still there along with some other mild fruits and nice hop kick. the finish is more of the roasted malt

M: very light on the tongue. nothing much really left on the palate other than a touch of bitterness and a slight dryness

O: decent brew. the drinkability is very high and it would definitely be a brew that i could kick back all day.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, purchased yesterday at Whole Foods in Seattle (Westlake). Poured to a pint glass after a few minutes out of the fridge. No date on the bottle.

"SEATTLE ~ EARTH"
"BECAUSE BEER MATTERS"
5.6% by Vol.

The "Down & Dirty", per the label:
Pale, Crystal, Melanoidin & Aromatic malt.
Columbus, Centennial & Cascade hops.

A: 'Butterscotch/caramel' shade of orange, a welcoming brightness. Pour is mostly clear, but a fine unfiltered dust distorts fingers through the glass just a bit. Hardly any carbonation visible (age?), but whitish foamy head is small (just shy of a finger) and plenty sturdy. Lace holds in loose drapes.

S: Pleasant biscuity maltiness with a pointed spiciness. I get a touch of 'citrus', non-descipt though harkening both rind and pulp ~ 'orange' if I'm forced to choose. Decent strength but doesn't leap from the glass.

T: An expected cracker/biscuit malt balanced with an appropriate covering of zesty, almost tangy, hops (a light resin/pine and juicier fruit, with rind bitterness to follow). It's kinda standard in relation to many APAs I've tried, but it's good to have a Pale with discretion when it comes to hoppiness. Three different Northwest 'C' hops offer great flavor (and some aroma) without being to brutal on the taste buds.

M: First sip seemed very thin... maybe that crisp carbonation was missing? Subsequent sips don't get any 'thicker' (that's ok), but they do start to build a nice base a spicy/fruity malt stickiness. Hop oils linger squarely on the tongue.

O: What?!? A 4.0 after all 3.5s? It's a likable beer, easy to drink and 'good' in all ways. The sum is a little better than its parts. I'd like to try this again, fresh as possible : on tap...but it's 'nice' as is.

My first from Fremont; I'm looking forward to more.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, yellow-gold with minimal carbonation, stylish lace, and an engaging herbal hop fragrance. The flavor emulates the smell - very green and grassy - with bittering that hinges on astringent, vegetative qualities. The raw hoppiness contributes a slightly tannic mouthfeel though not to the point of being strained. Search for it and there's a light wash of malt sweetness singing backup. Enjoyable, but the herbaceous hoppiness isn't for everyone.

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Photo of stevoj
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Winco. Not too happy for an APA, lager comes to mind. Grain forward, hazy medium golden body, soft foamy head. Gentle hops on the aroma, malt bill takes over for taste. Medium weight, chewy body. Tasty, drinkable, and not hoppy at all.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Greenlake bar and Grill.

A: The beer was a clear golden color with a foamy white head on top, about 1.5 fingers in height, rather thick though. Great head retention lasting for at least half the time it took the drink the beer with nice lacing formation.

S: Some light citrus fruits and a little bit of pine as well, slightly earthy. Faint grainy malt fills in as well.

T: Grainy malt upfront with a bit more citrus than pine throughout the flavor profile coming through as lemon and orange with a bit of grass.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A fine APA, a little on the weak side for my taste, but overall ok. Would prefer to drink interurban IPA.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, from the brewery

appearance: fairly dark amber body for the style, light beige film with good retention

smell: some dry grain, light red-skinned apple, light citrus

taste: ratings seems to suggest this to be an offensive APA, which I dont find to be the case at all. It's a little bland with faded notes of citrus hops and sweet fruits. Grain and dry malt provide an honest backdrop with a grassy/herbal finish from the hops. I'll likely reach for the Fremont IPA more often, but this pale ale worked well on this evening.

mouthfeel: medium-light, tea-like, light bitterness

overall: good, bland but good

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