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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after Fremont’s most famous outdoor sculpture, Waiting for the Interurban, Interurban India Pale Ale offers the adventurous beer lover a warm embrace of Northwest Pale malt swirled with a hand-selected blend of Chinook, Centennial, and Amarillo hops. Interurban is bitter as an IPA should be yet balanced with copious aroma and flavor hops.

Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale, Munich, and Honey malts with Chinook, Centennial, and Amarillo hops.
IBU: 80
Color: Yellow amber
Aroma: Orange, dank, juicy
Flavor: Grapefruit, pine, honey
Availability: Year-Round
Fresh Range: 90 days from packaged-on date

Added by beertunes on 01-08-2010

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Ratings: 526 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at mhksuccess' tasting.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of spycow
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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 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 brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer presents a clear amber liquid capped by an impressive head that leaves sheets of lace

Smell: A touch of the biscuit in the background with gobs of tropical fruit dominating; a touch vinous

Taste: As it smells, the tropical fruit flavors dominate, with papaya, pineapple and tangerine; a slightly vinous character arrives, after the swallow, but the overall flavor profile is tropical and citrusy with just a hint of the malts

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Love the hop profile here, with all of the tropical flavors; rather unique and tasty

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Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium to big off white head slowly recedes leaving a biscuity aftermath above a clear copper caramel colored beer.

Light citrus and grassy style hops coming through above all else in the aroma which also has a bit of sweeter caramel malts with a hint of yeast sneaking in.

A dry tasting beer with light sweet malts being the backdrop for the grassy and light citrus hops taste that is in the forefront with each drink of this beer.

A drying aftertaste that bring just a bit of the tastes of this beer along for the ride with this medium bodied beer.

A little light on the tastes but generally not a bad glass of beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Boone757
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Purchased from Malt and Vine.Poured into an imperial nonic a clear medium golden with a nice 1/2 finger white head that left two broken rings of lace as it settled.A mix of spicy and citic hops with a sweetish biscuit malt base,I pick up a litle hard water I think as well.Well balanced with a citrusy hop profile,not bitter in any kinda way,it has a little tropical fruitiness to it,the caramel biscuit malt base holds true to the finish.A solid American IPA,big hops but well balanced,again very solid.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely shade of amber in the wine tumbler. Nice bubbles and lacing. Substantial body but crisp and tangy. A touch of mango and dried pineapple along with the bitter pine. Inviting sudsy mouthfeel.

A honey-flavored resiny hop flavor with just the right amount of bitterness. A mellow hoppy quaff that provides a nice balance of malt and hops, just enough sweetness and that crisp mouthfeel. The aftertaste does get rather bitter, but there's another sip with the sweet malt to start. Pleasant fruitiness seems to intensify with the sipping.

Brewer says this is made with Chinook, Centennial, and Amarillo hops. One of the better Northwest IPAs I've had this year. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wine World and Spirits in north Seattle.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I recently signed up for Tavour's service & although it is a flat shipping rate, I just CANnot seem to pull the trigger on most of their offered bottles. CANs, on the other hand, get snapped up as soon as they are listed! I am not a greed-O, however, and if as few as one (1) is available, I get it. If the minimum is two (2), it is still okay as my local, in-person trader, tone77, will get the other one, plus I get his spent CAN back FFT Jeff Lebo's CAN collection. It all works out.

From the CAN: "Because Beer Matters"; "Pack It In Pack It Out"; "We are a family-owned craft brewery founded in 2009 to brew artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find. Named after Fremont’s most famous outdoor sculpture, Waiting for the Interurban, Interurban India Pale Ale offers the adventurous beer lover a warm embrace of Northwest Pale malt swirled with a hand-selected blend of Chinook, Centennial, and Amarillo hops. Interurban is bitter as an IPA should be yet balanced with copious aroma and flavor hops. Fremont Brewing brews beers of distinction ... Because Beer Matters!"

I Crack!ed the vent open & despite being within the brewery's suggested 90 day timeframe, I went with a slow, gentle Glug, followed by an in-glass swirl. This resulted in just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention that left sticky lacing in its wake. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pine resinousness along with an earthy maltiness, underlain with a citrusy pithiness. Mmm! This put my hophead mouth to watering. Mouthfeel was medium, but nicely carbonated, giving it a spritzy cleansing quality on my tongue. The taste was just in the sweet spot for an AIPA, IMHO. It was right on the cusp of being too bitter without falling over the side. It was more toward grapefruit & lemon, but less juicy than pithy or rind-like, zesty, if you will. I still got the piney woodiness & the malt was both earthy & biscuity. This was a very dry, quite bitter, extremely tasty example of the style. Finish was dry & I was left contemplating its various flavors, especially the citrus. I am just not sure that I would want a steady diet of this one. Hmm. YMMV.

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Interurban IPA from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 526 ratings