Summer Ale | Fremont Brewing Company

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Summer AleSummer Ale

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of BorisNorris
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
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'.

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Photo of pants678
2.41/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

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Photo of spoony
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of MFMB
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of rikjohnson
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Stardusthotel83
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic smell with lots of citrus, really nice orange yellow color. Good citrus taste, some pine, lemon, little floral. Overall a good light pale ale.

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Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grunt fill from Winco. Perfect beer to relax with after a day of yard work. Mildly hazy, medium gold body with frothy airy head which dissipates quickly. Up front grainy aroma, grain also features in the taste, not hoppy at all. Mild for an APA, ID land this one in the center of a triangle between APA, lager and pils.

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Photo of gandres
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From tap at the brewery in Fremont, Earth
Appearance:golden, dark yellow, slightly cloudy
Aroma: Grains
Taste: medium bitterness, can improve on follow through
Palate: fizzy
Overall: Good beer, but not something to look forward to
Drank: 2016/04/03

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass, brought back from my trip to Seattle.

Appearance : Lightly colored but 80% opaque. Blonde hay color, with a tall creamy cap about 2 fingers tall and leaving whitewalls of lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma : Grapefruit, onion, and slight pine. Some spice as well.

Taste : A fabulous malt backbone with lots of grapefruit, pine, fruity esters, and finally a yeasty onion wash at the end. Some onion skins in the midst of the maltiness as well. Light pricks of pine tingle on the finish. The onion comes out more as it warms a few degrees.

Feel : Pretty good for an IPA. It's neither too creamy or too light. Its got a great balance in the feel. Moderate carbonation props up the slightly dense profile.

Overall : This was a pretty good offering. I would buy it again if I was in the mood for an IPA and in Washington.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a moderate amount of haziness. There's a quarter inch of off white resting on top. Heavy lacing. I smell some nice floral hops. The taste is floral to herbal hops and light malt. The body is body is light, smooth, and crisp.

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Photo of starclassic21
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I think my bomber of this may have not been the freshest.

Pours a nice golden yellow/orange. Not a ton on the aroma - maybe some citrus fruit/tangerine notes. Mildly hopped but noticeable with the taste, a nice bready/malty character to it with some hints of orange and citrus. Mild beer, very sessionable.

All in all, not a very complex beer. Very one dimensional, yet pleasant.


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Photo of Taybeh
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a can nipped from my sister's fridge, last time I was in the PNW, into a Spieglau IPA glass. I look forward to drinking this in the summer, so time to review it

a: 2 finger foamy white head on top of a slightly hazy bright apricot...looks great, and good lacing!
s: this is very nice use of amarillo...lots of tangerine and grapefruit, juicy and some nice pith and rind, too. A little bit of grassiness, too.
t: pale bready malts have a bit more role to play here both at the point of entry and as it for the citrus, it is more floral on the tongue...nice rind.
m: soft body, medium carbonation, dries out at the end very nicely.

nothing terribly complex about this, but it presents a great Amarillo focused package, and I find it really satisfying and enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Handsome yellow gold color with plenty of foam. The orange aroma is quite distinct. This does make a good showcase for the Amarillo hops. Hoppy but fragrant rather than overly bitter.

Very pleasant citrus flavor. LIght crackery malt. Not over-done or excessively bitter, but there is an orange peel aftertaste. Dry finish with a mineral tang.A better than average Pale Ale. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Safeway in Anacortes.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds leaving some light lacing speckling the sides of the glass.
The smell started off with sweet fresh oranges over a light caramel base. Gets bittersweet as it warms. Light grassy hops tone it out.
The taste starts off sweet and like the smell gets bittersweet as it warms. Oranges arrange nicely in the caramel malt.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation comes across fairly tame as the beer lets the sweetness of the oranges run over my tongue.
Overall, it's a sweet tasting APA for the most part. Probably not one for hopheads, but I enjoyed it for the Summer session that it is.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bomber. No bottling date/info

Pours a cloudy solid pale golden body with a 3/4 inch white head. Some lacing, little retention.

Smell of lemon citrus leads to a bread like malt. Scent started out somewhat vibrant but faded quickly.

Taste is somewhat hop forward. Leading to a slight malt profile and a bitter dry hop finish and after taste.

Feel is thin and slightly crisp

Overall; Good but not great. I am surprised by the high rating this beer received.(It's on the Washington state top 100 list ???)

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap during happy hour at Safeco Field for $6.

Others say grassy, I say adjuncty. While I doubt adjuncts are used in this beer, the grass (more like hay) flavor comes off a little bit as a skunky adjunct beer. It's still pretty good, but I guess it's also faulted because I was double fisting it with a Workhorse IPA, which was just a much better beer. A decent summer beer, but this seems vastly overrated by BA. Maybe I was poured the wrong beer, but I'm pretty confident I wasn't.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For such a simple beer, made with only pale malt and amarillo hops, there is a lot going on taste wise. This beer has citrus and grassy flavors and a good balance between hops and malt. Effervescent and perfect for a summer day. This is my go-to summer beer. So good!

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Photo of takusan1000
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice creamy head but not my favorite despite the rave reviews. Too simple? Very citrus taste that isn't balanced by anything in additional hops or malts. Pretty one note. Do not understand the high rating. Maybe it's just not hot enough yet to enjoy properly.

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Photo of Moose90
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap & Can & Bottle, finally updating review with tasting notes.

A — Pours a lightly hazy but vibrantly bright yellow hue into the glass. There is a billowy, tall off white colored head on top. Lacing left behind is supremely consistent and frothy down the inside of the glass.

S — Smell is lightly sweet, with great floral and pithy flowery notes. A great display of Amarillo hops, super floral and just lightly citrusy. A lightly doughy malt base resides underneath but it is not overly present.

T — A chewy and slightly resinous floral hop note dominates a lightly sweet and crackery malt foundation. A nice representation of Amarillo, a little bit fruity and sweet with notes of orange peel and tangerine. Almost hints of jasmine flowers on top of a juicy orange base.

M — Light in body, bubbly carbonation and a slightly sticky finish, really leaves you coming back for more.

O — Great overall, outstanding. Perhaps the best representation of Amarillo hops in a glass, extremely floral, lightly bitterly fruity, and a balancing supporting malt base. I will look forward to this one for years to come, one of Fremont's best non BA, non stout releases.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, massive white head sticks around and sticks to the sides.

Lemon bitter and sweet, Something a little musky and tart lurking in the back.

Taste starts off with a muted citrus blossom type approach. Personally I'd hope for a slightly juicier aspect to it, though maybe fresher it has more of that. Where the aroma was definitely more lemon citrus, this is more satsuma and orange. Subtle. A definite wallop of bitter though, five, ten years ago I would say this would solidly be an IPA.
Smoothe and crisp, carbonation may be a touch high, but overall very drinkable. An enjoyable drink, but doesn't quite reach the lofty standards set forth for it in my opinion. Fremont can't make a bad beer.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Hops: Amarillo.
Malt: 2-row.

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler on 01.24.14.

A: See through gold. 1 finger head.

S: Grapefruit. Very citrusy.

T: Tangerine dominant. Grapefruit, pine, subtle malt.

M: Crisp. Good carbonation.

O: This is a tangerine bomb. The first time that I had this, I was surprised by the flavor. It's now a summer staple for me.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear golden color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, floral, grains

T-grainy malt, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, slight herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-this was a really enjoyable pale ale, hard to believe its a one grain/one hop beer, kudos to the brewers

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Photo of zeledonia
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 23 May 2013. Somehow I misplaced my notes from this, and just found them now. Tasted out in the woods, camping roadside in Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest.

Pours a nice pale golden amber-yellow. 95% clear; I can see through it, but there's a little blur to my fingers on the other side. Streams of bubbles spiraling up. Two fingers of white head with just a little yellow to it, dense and foamy. Stick archipelagos of lacing on the glass.

Has a really nice citrus hop smell. Pretty sweet, like sweet oranges. Very nice. A little bit of tang, like a clementine with that tangy sweet orange. Good support from the malts. Main complaint is the faintness.

Taste is quite clean and crisp, with just enough bitterness to be refreshing but not so much as to overtop other flavors. Just that little hop bite for crispness is an excellent balance to the sweetness. Citrus flavor comes through a bit, which pleases me, as it's rare that those softer hop characters come through in the taste.

Feel is really light. Clean and thin, with a little tingle of carbonation. Just the perfect amount of carb, and it comes late, right as the bitterness from the hops is popping up.

A really good, clean, nicely dry-hopped pale ale. Not on the level of PseudoSue or Zombie Dust, but definitely in that top tier below those two standouts. I like the citrus and the twang in the smell. I like the taste. Nothing fancy, but a really smooth, clean, enjoyable beer. Like taking a decent pale ale and pulling everything bad out of it. Not chock full of greatness, but there's nothing bad I can possibly come up with to say about it.

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