UniversAle Pale | Fremont Brewing Company

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UniversAle PaleUniversAle Pale

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beertunes on 07-30-2009

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2/5  rDev -46.1%

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2.2/5  rDev -40.7%

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2.74/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The first beer from a brand new brewery, this was served in a straight pint glass. The beer poured a slightly cloudy orangeish-yellow. There was about an inch of clean white head that dissipated quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

The aroma was a pleasant dose of hops, mostly citrus notes, with no malt sweetness on the nose. The flavors followed along the path carved by the scent, clean, sharp hop flavors dominate, with little malt foundation to build on.

The body was typical for the style as was the drinkability. This is a nice Pale, almost exactly average for the style, give it a shot if you see it. Since this brewery is just getting started, I'll try this again in a few months and amend my review as needed.

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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.


2017.08.15 2nd impression from another can:


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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned: earlier

Good toasted corn color with a solid quilt of light creamy foam leaving behind some ropes of lace. Herbal hops with a tea like character on the nose and some english crystal malts remind me of an old ale. There is also a small amount of detergent in the nose for me along some grass. Flavor is mostly dry tea leaves and some sweet malts alongside a bit of bitterness. I think with a bit of CaraPils, this one would actually make a really nice ESB, but it's not doing it as an APA for me. Medium bodied with slightly slick feel. Overall drinkable, but think their Summer version should be the headliner.

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3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Medium yellow with hints of amber. There is a light haze to it. One finger white head with great retention and good lacing.

S: Light aroma. Nice blend of floral, citrus, and light piney hops. Some bready malts with a touch of caramel.

T: Very grainy upfront with a slight caramel note. Light floral hops come in with a touch of citrus. Finishes grassy and earthy with lots more grain.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Light creaminess.

O: Very disappointed in this beer. Fremont brews 3 beers that are easily my favorite locals by far. This is a drinkable beer but just average.

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3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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