Summer Ale
Fremont Brewing Company

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #253
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,900
Avg:
4 | pDev: 9.75%
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
392
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Fremont Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Summer AleSummer Ale
Notes: Summer Ale tastes like tangerine flowers in a glass, endless days brewed into nectar of barley and hops. Four-hundred twenty reasons to enjoy this beer. Our answer to bigger is better, Summer Ale is as simple as craft beer gets. One grain, one hop. Simplicity...yet, so much more.
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big foamy white head that settles with fragmented lace into less than 1 finger depth. Color is medium yellow straw with super fine particulates and maybe 80% transparency.

Green hops on a caramel malt hits the nose, not much else.

Nice simple clean taste with malt and hops and a tidy dry finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with fine carbonation to perk up the malt before the hops dry the finish.

A rather simple beer that tastes great. Clean pure malt and hops makes this taste like a very good lager. Definitely a buy again beer.

Sep 03, 2020
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minterro from Colorado

3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Hazels in Boulder, CO. Canned: 07/14/20, consumed: 08/11/20.

A&S: transparent and very lively pale yellow colored beer with small unfiltered particles. Very fizzy head forms at and half finger and maintains a thin ring. light malts and orange citrus make up the main components of the aroma. Some floral hops.

T&M: More of a malt forward APA. Drinkable even with the punch of bitterness. Sharp mouthfeel.

Overall: Not my favorite. But would recommend if you are into more malt forward brews. With all the choices for American Pale Ales, I would have other ones to

Aug 12, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review #1419

I picked up this beer to send out, but I ran out of room in the box. Alas, someone has to drink it. The beer is 42 degrees and served in a pint glass. The pour of the beer produced a massive three-fingered head. The white foam is airy and creamy. The beer's head retention is excellent. The head of the beer did leave chunky lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 4 pale gold with amber hues. The beer is not hazy and has active carbonation bubbles. I am impressed with the look of this beer.

The initial aromas in the beer are grapefruit, biscuit, and toasted malts. Nosing further, I smell floral esters, grass, hay, lemons, and orange peel.

The flavors in the beer are grapefruit, a massive amount of floral, a touch of herbal, grass, wheat, lemons, orange peels, toasted biscuit, a hint of bread, and a smattering of pine.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and slightly astringent.

The body of the beer is light, medium carbonation, medium-light finish.

This APA is astonishing. I do not recall drinking an APA this flavorful. The hops profile fits the malt backbone perfectly. I could drink several of these camping or enjoying a summer night. This beer is not rated high enough.

May 23, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the tap.

This beer pours clear. Mildly hoppy, mellow apa. Well-crafted, goes down smooth without knocking you over the head. Just right for summer!

Nov 29, 2019
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Nvrmind16 from California

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fruit taste kicks you in the mouth but evens out as drink it. Smooth feel as you finish the drink, leaves a good aftertaste. Notes of grapefruit in the foam.

Oct 26, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades rather fast to leave a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – the aroma of the brew is light overall consisting of some citrus smells of orange and grapefruit as well as some bready/wheaty smells and a little bit of a herbal and grassy aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a slightly crackery and bready taste that has a little bit of orange and grapefruit hop mixed within. As the taste advances some more dank hop tastes of an herbal and grassy taste meet the tongue, and leave one with a slightly more dank and dry taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. For the mix of moderate brewed, dank, and citrus the feel is pretty good and makes for an easy drinker overall.
Overall – A decent brew, with a fairly easy drinking and slightly danker feel. A good one to try, but overall, nothing to write home about.

Jun 11, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This has that skunky mustiness that used to pervade west coast IPAS, but it’s a strange bit rounded and more tolerable for me in Summer Ale. Not a go to but I’m satisfied with it.

Apr 20, 2019
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etsiap from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite summer beer! I usually have this beer from the can, I've never had in bottles, and only once or twice on draft at the Fremont, WA beer garden. Truly exceptional, my #1 choice in the summer.

Mar 21, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz can on August 1, 2018. Brewed with one grain and one hop. It was previously known as Summer Solstice Ale. Tangerine flower in a glass. Endless days distilled into nectar of barley and hops.

Aug 27, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Packaged May 14th 2018.

Rich shaving foam, and tighter bleach white head formation out of the can. Standing a solid easy three fingers, on a very pale body color. Nearly crystal, but very clear body of light brass, with a touch of flakey sediment. Lots of fine carbonation, and a head that nearly gets island and mountanous.

Excellent aroma. Soft hop aroma, flirts green tea, and a nice sweetness to match. Hints slightly chewy wheat density, with excellent aromatics, a light touch of honey and floral like sweetness finishes it off.

Solid palate. Touches light bodied orange, but with more of a leafy touch of herbal tea. Chewy malt depth is subdued a little but a very supportive malt backbone. Slight quenching almost blonde ale light qualities but with more malt depth and richer hop flavor.

Pretty solid and tasty pale ale.

Jun 07, 2018
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mpyle from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich golden color, good clarity. Pours a nice sized white head, creamy and lingering.

Citrusy hop nose - maybe some orange and pineapple, overall has a sweetish aroma (purely the fruity hops or is the malt helping?)

Big burst of fruity hop flavors from the first sip. Some malty sweetness as well. Hops have a spiciness to them which is nice. Decent level of bitterness - enough to dry out the finish and leave it bitter, but not overpowering. Definitely a poundable APA.

Medium body and med-high carbonation. No astringency or warming. Carbonation helps crispen up the finish.

Decent beer from a brewery I'd never heard of before trying this one. New school with the fruitiness of the hops, but still adequately bittered and super drinkable.

Jun 02, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured a clear, golden amber color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It smelled of toasted bread, citrus and pine. Nice piney bitterness. Sweet caramel and citrus add balance.

Jun 01, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow body; lively carbonation; frothy and sticky head. Light malt aroma infused with a spicy, grassy hop presence. Mild cracker flavored base combined with a vibrant hop bitterness; nice flavor balance. Medium body; crisp and clean; mainly dry finish.

A fine example of a classic American pale ale, balanced and tasty throughout.

May 22, 2018
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short_pour_zan from Washington

4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

SMASH beer that is super easy drinking with just the right amount of tangerine hope flavor. It pours bright in your glass and the mouthfeel is light but not watery. Plenty of aroma and fresh Amarillo flavor. Perfect can for hiking.

May 04, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Here's a smash beer I can really dig, if this beer was available in my area, I think I'd go through a few six packs per summer.
Really good daily banger in this one.

Pours a light straw yellow, slightly hazy, thin 1/3" white head. Aroma is a mild hoppiness, between that old school hop and proprietary new hop, I guess Amarillo was 1st wave proprietary, but it seems so long ago. Anyways, Amarillo rocks.

Taste, man this is such a simple daily banger, just 2 row and Amarillo. Bam, done, that's it. Simple, effective summer beer, very light pale toasted 2 row, Amarillo hop, not too juicy, not too bitter, right down the middle. Floral at times, mild danky herb notes at others.

Crush this beer in mass quantities.

Jan 15, 2018
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear golden color with a two finger white foam head that clings tenaciously. Pretty look.

The aroma is initially lemony, then there is a mild spiciness, some other citrus that seems tangerine. There is a bready malt that is strong enough to support the other smells.

The flavor follows. Straightfoward, uncomplicated beer to drink. A little pepperish note comes in eventually, but nowhere near overpowering.

Feel...maybe could be more crisp and that is really nitpicking, but it is medium bodied and carbonation where it needs to be.

This us a very good APA that has everything it needs and nothing that it does not need. Recommended.

Jul 30, 2017
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on May 15th, today is July 27th, so we're good and it's still definitely summer around these parts. From the can, a hazy light amber pour an moderate head, good lacing and retention. We like the smell coming up -- citrusy and clean. Taste is right in the PA wheelhouse: light on the tongue with a healthy dose of hops overlaying a malt base. Not a complex beer, but a PA should not be something creating 3,000 character reviews, either. Refreshing and a good seasonal offering.

Jul 25, 2017
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Skrumpy from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, golden amber. White, foamy head with streak lacing. Aroma is herbal and grassy, with some hints of orange. Flavor is melow, with some citrus & lemongrass coming through in the crisp, clean finish. Yeah, I'll have another.

Jun 17, 2017
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BorisNorris from Idaho

4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light gold in color with mild haze. Persistent, white head. Aroma is soft oranges and tangerines with just a little green bell pepper behind it all. More soft citrus and green peppers to the taste, and clean malt to back it up. Zesty bitterness on the end. Body is light and mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and dry. Overall, pleasantly balanced day-drinker that signals the start of warmer weather. Keep 'em comin'.

Apr 17, 2017
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pants678 from California

2.41/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow, retaining head.

Slightly floral, nothing else.

Touch of citrus, hay or dough and spice but nothing identifiable. Same goes for the hops. Tame.

Very dry, too clean.

Apr 10, 2017
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spoony from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz can (packaged May 31, 2016) to a nonic glass. Reviewed from notes dated July 11, 2016.

A-The beer pours with a tall, sticky, white head. Retention is OK and the beer leaves some chunks of lace on the glass. It is strangely murky and orange in color. I would prefer more clarity here.

S-Fortunately, the beer smells better than it looks. A nice hoppy orange, citrusy bite with a touch of lime is what I first smell. The beer suggests lemon grass with a little bit of doughy pale malt to balance the hops. Snappy and light, like you would expect for a summer beer.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely. I taste lemongrass, orange, and white bread crust. It is snappy and sharp instead of bitter or heavy.

M-The body is light, crisp, and very drinkable.

O-This is another enjoyable Fremont beer. It beer lives up to the advertising as a great "summer ale." It is light, refreshing, and drinks easily without overloading your palate or your gut. It isn't simple, however, and you won't fee like you have wasted your calories or your time having a few of these.

Sep 11, 2016
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good friend picked up a single 22-ounce bottle to try while he was out visiting family in Washington state earlier this month. Pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a good 2-finger foamy white head. Aroma is of pine with grapefruit (though there is none in this brew). Taste follows the nose with the light hint of tangerine (which wasn't in the aroma along with floral hops with a hint of pine also. Bitter finish as would be expected. Medium-bodied with dent carbonation. Overall it was OK.

Jul 26, 2016
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MFMB from Idaho

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprised by this beer a bit. Poured a murky dull yellow to orange. The nose is of citrus and a bouquet flowers. Taste is very crisp citrus (tangerine and grapefruit) light Mellon and fresh cut flowers. Crisp and dry mouthfeel. Good beer.

Jul 21, 2016
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can brought back to Orange County via Seattle, on to the beer:

A soapy half-inch of head sits above this yellow dominated beer with a tint of orange. Good things come to whose who smell, and here, it smells like a fruit salad. Little waves of melon, cantaloupe, other fruity notes, and an accent of grass nearly leaves me to forget that there is still a liquid to drink. I was confused what I was drinking, a kölsch or a pale ale? The beer is dry with a touch of melon. It takes on a flowery and grassy flavor. Okay, I'm calling this half kölsch/half pale ale. The beer is light, however it doesn't offer any crispness. Sure, I was confused what I was drinking, but it sure does help in battle against the nearly 100 F afternoon.

Jun 22, 2016
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rikjohnson from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a bit too much scotch last night and wanted something light this evening. This was perfect. Lots of citrus but not overwhelming. Very crisp, bright. Perfect on a warm afternoon following an evening of excess. I'll definitely buy this again.

May 30, 2016
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