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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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.

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 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 doughanson78
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the bottle in Seattle last weekend.

22oz poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark orange with a two finger light tan head. Good retention and tons of lacing.

S - Muted pine and citrus.

T - Light malts, wheat, and a strong metallic taste.

D - Average body and carbonation.

O - Average at best.

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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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Photo of CascadeConan
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange with tons of clarity, a wisp of head and wee bit o' lacing.

The nose is very floral with citrus notes (think Cuties) and some sweet Hawaiian bread toward the end.

First taste is all sweet, grainy malt up front with citrusy hops rounding out the sip, mouth feel is pleasant and carbonation is light. Malt becomes intensely aromatic as the beer warms and the hops pretty much ride in the back no matter what temp. Highly drinkable ale, perfect for warm BBQs where an oily IPA or lager isn't your ticket.

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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 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 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 beertunes
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
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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UniversAle Pale from Fremont Brewing Company
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