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Interurban IPA | Fremont Brewing Company

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Interurban IPAInterurban IPA

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 471
Photo of Sludgeman
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Both this beer and the Citra IPA are American IPAs. Nobody likes to be compared, but the Citra IPA is so much better in my opinion just purely from an aroma and smooth mouth feel. 3.5

A – 3.75

S – 3.5

T – 3.75

MF – 3.75

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

PIcked up a 12oz can at John's Market in PDX.
Canned: June 19/16 (kudos on info!)

Pours apricot color; surprisingly generous, creamy head.
Smell is bready.
For an IPA, taste is influenced more by the maltiness than the hops (Chinook, Centennial and Amarillo. per brewery site). 75 IBUs ? Don't think so.

Relatively light on the booze. This one is a good 'change-up' IPA...a re-introduction to malt for extreme hopheads.
Enjoyable brew (Disclosure: I'm not a fan of Seattle anything).

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Photo of ricke49
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

for a 7% abv Citra single hop ipa this brew is surprisingly well balanced and also perfectly malted. Not getting the bitterness referred to in other reviews, rather I'm finding a very well balanced, non-bitter taste profile with the malts providing superb balance. I am lucky to live in Oregon, therefore this Oregon only offering was pretty easy to find. Good (actually excellent) job Fremont!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I almost always dig on an ipa that comes out looking like a hybrid color of an orange and a lemon. This one drops 1/2" white head on top of that color scheme. Aroma was orange, pine, unsweetened caramel.

Absolutely lacking in innovation, but absolutely nailing the standard for which makes the American ipa: good hopping, less than enough malt to keep it purposefully out of balance, more than just bitterness, drops tree and citrus notes. Not overly bitter, not one dimensional. Canned now too. For the win. I like to have this at least once each year.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light Amber color. Aroma is malts with some pine hops and sweetness. Flavor has some light hippiness up front followed by a sweet malty finish. Mouthfeel is so loud and overall this is just an ok IPA.

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

A very nicely put together IPA. Clean blend of pine driven hops with enough of a backbone to keep things ticking over nicely. Bold but balanced. Fine bitter aftertaste

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Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can - canned on 03/15/16:

Pours slightly hazed golden amber with a lasting head that leaves patches, then rings, of lacing down the glass.

The smell is tropical/citric, some pine and a dash of black pepper.

The taste is of grapefruit/orange/lemon/mango with a bit of pine and herbal notes. Supported by caramelized bread. Peppery, fruity, floral bitter bite in the finish.

Smooth body. Easy to drink. Nicely hopped with a firm malt support. A very nice example of a classic/traditional American IPA.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A hazy amber/orange with a nice white one finger head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Piney hops, grapefruit, bready malts, some yeastiness.

T: Mango paves the way, followed by light grapefruit, piney hops and some light maltiness.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Nothing spectacular like the Cowiche Canyon, but a decent IPA. Looking forward to trying more Freemont.

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Photo of Nachojon
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid NW IPA. Nothing I would buy again, but solid and a prototypical baseline IPA from the NW. Piney and solid hop presence, clean finish. I wouldn't mind being in a place with a cooler full of these handy.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a dark-ish orange color, completely clear, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like earth, marijuana, herbal hops, and light grapefruit.

It should be known that this can is probably a bit old, but it actually held up. There's not much juiciness, not a whole lot of grapefruit, but the earthy and marijuana-esque hop flavors are at the forefront now. It's got an almost earthy mint flavor, weed, pine, and grass, with some bready malt as well. Not too bad, but I'd certainly like to try it fresh.

This is lighter bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a normal level of carbonation.

Nice stuff from Fremont here, but I can tell it's typically even better.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can: slightly hazy, amber color, tenacious dense head of foam. Smells wonderful; loads of citrus and hops. Tastes the same way. Overall a wonderful IPA and one I keep going back to.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sebastian.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance had a light hazy yellow somewhat golden color; light carbonation is seen rising, half fingered white foamy head slowly dies and leaves a decent amount of clingy lacing. The smell had some light bitter hops - somewhat citrusy yet smooth; malts do present themselves fairly well. The taste was a bittersweet througth the malts and hops, combined nicely, light malty sweet citrusy aftertastek quick dry finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a light to medium on the body, somewhat sessionable. Carbonation is good for the style and for me. Overall, this was a good AIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Safeway-Ephrata. Back to pure classic NW IPA. Thick, fluffy head (which lasts for a while), medium amber body. Hops on the nose and follow through to the taste. Caramel malts still evident in the taste, finishes with some lingering bitterness. Nice!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, from the single-friendly (beer and people, I suppose) environs of the Idaho Pour Authority in Sandpoint. The label proclaims this as a 'session beer' (soon they all will), but at 6.2% ABV, that's pushing credibility, methinks.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some low-lying, sudsy floating island lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of musty pine and floral forest bitters, doughy caramel malt, free-range yeast, ethereal black and white pepper mill dust, scallions, and a tame grapefruit and orange-led citrus fruitiness. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, muted citrus pith, a still prominent gritty piney, leafy, and floral bitterness, hollow rainbow peppercorn esters, ephemeral, but ya know they're there green onion notes, and just a twinge of metallic alcohol.

The carbonation is quite low on the ol' froth-o-meter's output scale, but supportive enough otherwise, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, a few of those varied hop astringencies wafting about, up to no good. It finishes off-dry, a lingering heady maltiness doing well to parry any remaining bitterness.

Overall, not really my cup of (hop) tea, in that the chosen varietals seems at odds with each other, as well as my usually forgiving palate. Not enough crisp citrus, and too much savoury cooking stuff, is the only way that I can sum it up, or dumb it down, if you prefer.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours yellow-orange with a puffy head. Smell is a little bit of citrus, a little bit of caramel, a little bit of pine and a little bit of grass, but not a lot of any of them. Taste is hop heavy and the different types here clashed for me... or maybe it was just because the malts were so subdued, but regardless, I found the flavor a little off-putting. On the bright side, all that hops makes for a gloriously oily and resined texture, which might be what I love most about West Coast IPAs, as they tend to just slide right down your throat.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, canned 3/17/15, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a one finger creamy thick white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some sticky lacing behind

S- bready malt with some earthy yeast, complimented by some piney hop and a hint of citrus

T- lots of tropical juicy hops up front with flavors of mango, passionfruit & even a bit of pineapple. Sharp citrus zest quickly follows with hints of pine needle. Underlying soft bready malt allows the hops to shine, more tropical notes on the close

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky smooth finish, high drinkability

O- love the hop profile on this one. Tons of tropical fruit flavors that didn't quite come through on the aroma, this one went down too fast

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Photo of vkv822
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, sunset golden orange with a thin foamy white head.

Citrus, sweet hops and a bready pale malt backbone.

A well balanced, delicious and easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of hacksoncode
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft in a tulip glass. Very nice west coast IPA. Not too bitter, as fits the style. Very pretty amber color, smooth but mid-high hoppy taste, with pine and grapefruit notes and solid malt backing. Nice lacing. Nose has pleasant orange blossom notes.

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Photo of Moose90
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours an orangey amber hue into the glass, there is a bit of a puffy off-white colored head that forms and leaves behind some fair spotty lacing.

S — Smell is lightly sweet, caramel, cracker, toast, subtle piney and bitter hop notes, a bit of lemon, citrus.

T — Much like the nose, a little bit of a sweet malty backbone supports a semi-hoppy and bitter overtone of pine and lemon.

M — Medium bodied, ample bubbly carbonation.

O — Good overall, fairly pedestrian but it is nicely drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thick, rocky, sticky white head sits atop a clear, golden hued body. Floral and orange hop aroma. Bready and bitter flavors; mild caramel and toasted grains; bold and bracing hop bitterness midway through the sip and lingering long after the finish. Medium to heavy body with a sugary smoothness; mostly dry finish.

A solid IPA that offers enough malt graininess to please an English-styled IPA lover yet packing a decent hop bitterness punch. Perhaps these qualities make the beer a bit schizo in nature, it still comes across well enough to make for a decent offering.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a can into a nonic

A: huge puffy head that slowly subsides; hazy honey gold with tints of red
S: bready honey, faint floral and pine, kiss of grapefruit but not very citric or juicy; a little bit of pepper, curiously enough.
T: moderate caramel and bready malt notes, earthy piney bitterness, some lighter floral notes, and again, some faint red pepper, which is almost kind of juicy...strange but nice.
M: substaintial body for the style, moderate carbonation, piney and dry bitterness lingers, smooth and wet before that.

overall: very nice. sometimes I find the pepper a bit distracting, but tonight it adds a little something extra that doesn't bother me at all...a lot of more compelling things going on, and I like them. Glad I have a sixer.

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Photo of Westyn
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I had this at the Tacoma Airport, so i'm going to guess that this was a tad bit old when I had it. My initial thought was just a huge malt bomb. Will reupdate my rating shall I have this again a little more fresh.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz. Brown glass. Generic uninteresting label art. Unbranded yellow pry-off pressure cap.

6.20% ABV. Served cold into a conical pint glass. Expectations are average; I have no experience with this brewery's beers. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. White colour. Fairly creamy. Thick. Soft-looking. Retention is rather good - about 8 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear translucent copper. Impressively vibrant, with shiny gold hues. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's not a unique or special appearance for an IPA, but it's appealing, sure.

AROMA: Pale malts. Floral hop character. A hint of pine needle. Mild resins. Faint amarillo-induced onion. Sweet caramalt. This aroma suggests a well-balanced brew with an interesting hop profile; I'm excited to try it. Amarillo is my favourite hop in an IPA, and so far this delivers. A kiss of lightly vinegary pepper (but no concomitant heat).

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. Fragrant and perfumey.

TASTE: Pale malts and caramalt provide the malt backbone. Vinegary chili pepper is present, but has no accompanying heat. Still, capsicum is obvious. The hop profile is nice but inadequate; bringing notes of floral character, faint onion, and a kiss of resinous character. There isn't enough bitterness to run against the malt sweetness, but the imbalance isn't egregious. More of a citrusy, oily, or resinous hop profile would suit it better.

No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes come through.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Average complexity. The subtlety of the chili pepper is notable, but otherwise this is a pretty overt flavour profile, with no hidden nuance or intricacy. This build isn't gestalt, but it does have definite cohesion.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, lightly vinegary, refreshing, medium-bodied, and aptly moderately thick.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, scratchy, or dragging.

Overall presence on the palate is nice. This texture doesn't elevate the beer, but it complements the taste pretty nicely.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable for an IPA, but far from world class. An enjoyable brew from Fremont. I'd like to see it offered in 6-packs; its current price point is unreasonable for the quality. Still, I'd nab it again if I chanced across it on-draught, and I adore the subtle chili pepper notes. It's refreshing and I could easily finish a 6 pack in one night, but hop-fiends will find it lackluster. It almost has more of a pale ale build. I look forward to trying more beers from Fremont.

Low B-

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Photo of HorstTorgelsen
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head and moderate lacing. Notes of rabbit and Life Extension meat pills with a slight 9-volt battery aftertaste. As the beer warms up, it acquires the taste of skunky marijuana. Overall, a very sessionable brew that pairs well with key lime pie.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a weird one. maybe this is one of those operations that only excels at the strange brews, but their barrel stuff is dope as it gets and their regular cans are pedestrian, its almost sad. this lightly brassy heady brew is all red pepper. truly a hoppy capsicum experience, with very little else but raw red pepper and hops. malt is irrelevant and generic, and i would be upset about it, except its real palatable and tasty honestly. may be unintentional, but it drinks nice and is a heck of a food beer. almost even has that roasted pepper thing going on. medium bodied but made lighter with bubbles, its better than i am making it sound. where does red pepper come from though, its so odd and not all the way awesome, but its certainly one of a kind. i dont know about calling it an ipa either, but thats another conversation...

edit: they either changed this beer a lot, i had a messed up can, its enormously better on tap, or i was wasted when i consumed it haha. had a few pints on tap at jakes this weekend and was really happy with it, crisp and clean and really drinkable but super pungent on the northwest hops, distinct and fresh as can be. i have to bump up a few scores to reflect how outstanding the draft version was, maybe average them out. really really fantastic beer, amazed to read my review of the can. has the recipe changed?

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