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Summer Ale | Fremont Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by barleywinefiend on 06-06-2010

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Reviews:
61
Ratings:
296
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
20.44%
 
 
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 296
Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden color with a medium sized, smooth, soapy, white head. Decent retention leaving a small amount of lace.

S - Really nice smelling beer. Simple and clean. Really hoppy with a nice orange and slightly grapefruit aroma. Touches of floral notes. Simple, grainy malt backbone.

T - Just like the aroma. Simple, clean, and has a nice hop kick for a Pale Ale. Orange and grapefruit with a nice juicy, fruity hop flavor. Notes of floral hop mixes with a subdued grainy malt. Very fresh tasting.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Clean, crisp, and refreshing.

D - Very easy to drink Pale Ale. Very refreshing and all together simple. Plenty of hops (just Amarillo), and very fresh tasting.

Notes: Just uses Amarillo hops and 2-row malt which leads to a very simple, clean, refreshing beer. Fresh hop taste with a nice light maltiness. Spot on for a summer beer.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear yellowish light brown with like 5 finger head. Head is very frothy and crazy amount of lacing. I personally didn't find beer too attractive looking.

S: Typical APA. Citrus, hops, grapefruit

T: Well balanced. Lots of orange grapefruit citrus notes.

M: It's about right. Good amount of carbonation, medium body.

O: excellent

oh btw - 2012 bottle reads "Summer Ale" rather than "Summer Solstice".

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Photo of distantmantra
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Locol in Seattle, WA. July 30th, 2011.

A: The beer poured a clear yellow color with a slight orange tinge. There was only a small head of foam that dissipated quickly. Lacing was minimal but clung to the glass and did not vanish.

S: Solstice gives off a light, fruity hop aroma with hints of oily orange peel and tangerine.

T: The taste is a very refreshing mixture of citrusy hops and malt. Extremely crisp and light, nowhere close to being an overpowering pale ale.

M: Very crisp mouth feel with a light body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a fantastic summer ale that should easily appeal to both craft and BMC fans. The hops and malt are present and well-balanced, but this beer is so light and refreshing that it shouldn't intimidate anyone looking for something on a hot day.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: crystal clear orangey yellow hue with a finger of pillowy white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: super bright Amarillo hop aroma with a great fruitiness. Citrus flavor reminds me of tangerines; just a great aroma.

Taste: bright citrusy hops on a crisp malt backbone. There is a nice bitterness here but it's not over the top. A very refreshing brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. More crisp than creamy, but that works just fine in this brew.

Overall: I really rather like this beer. It has got a fantastic aroma and is very refreshing -- a solid summer beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/15/2012. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, herbal, floral, pineapple, mango, and bread. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of grapefruit, pine, orange zest, herbal, floral, bready grain, grass, and pineapple. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, bread, and grass on the finish for a short bit. Good balance of hop flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is minimal, with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is an excellent pale ale! Considering the simple grain bill(2 row and Amarillo); this turned out very balanced and refreshing, with a nice hop flavor profile. Very crisp and easy to drink. Well done.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 Stardusthotel83
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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 wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Delirium tremens tulip. Thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for the extra!

SMaSH beers are fun. This one is made with 2-row and Amarillo, and the clarity echoes the simplicity. Gorgeous body of golden orange beneath a billowing, fluffy head of light tan foam. Aroma showcases the spicy, fruity, floral characteristics of the hops while the malt provides a bit of a bready, nutty backbone.

The flavor is, again, very simple, but very effective and a hell of a beer to enjoy on the back patio during a Summer evening. Crisp, uber-clean malt notes and a spicy, citrusy hop profile with a healthy dose of bitterness. Mouthfeel is finely carbonated and medium-thin in body. Fremont's Summer Ale is a simple beer, and simply enjoyable.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, FalconA!

Lightly hazed golden with a persistent, moderately-sized off whit head. Very sticky, lined lacing down the glass. Pretty pale ale.

Nice, sweet, and hoppy aroma. Sweet citrus flesh and zest along with floral and biscuit notes. Nice and bright.

Moderate bitterness for the style, and the flavors follow the aroma. Pleasant combination of sweet, bright citrus notes, mild biscuit, and some floral character as well. Very drinkable, disappearing, refreshing summer pale ale.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Very tasty pale ale from a can. Highly approve!

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Photo of TheEarl
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a blank 12 ounce can on 7/28/2012.

Appearance: Summer Ale (wasn’t it called “Solstice Ale” before?) is a medium gold/orange color with a medium head of white foam.

Smell: The aroma is heavy on tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus, and caramel.

Taste: Summer Ale is very refreshing. The taste is a perfectly balanced caramel malt sweetness paired with fruity hop notes and a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light/medium with good carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall: Summer Ale is perfect on a hot day or as an accompaniment to food. I recently had great success pairing a can of Summer Ale with spicy nachos. I also love that Fremont is canning this now and, at $9 for a six-pack, it is hard to think of a better value.

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Photo of Aml42000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours orange-gold with a consistent white head.

The nose is hop forward with some background notes of citrus fruit.

This shows layers of grainy malt, grapefruit & lemon zest. Extremely flavorful & bright. Hops are quite present on the finish.

Medium bodied, approachable & easy to drink. This brings a freshness that adds to the enjoyment of the hoppy flavors of this beer.

Delicious summer ale. Very distinctive with the Amarillo hops & certainly even more impressive fresh on tap. A beer I could drink every day.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Pale-to-deep gold color with a 3-finger white bubbly head. Nice retention, great lacing, lots of carbonation bubbles. Maybe a little bit light in color for a pale ale.

S - Citrus hop aroma with orange and grapefruit notes, as well as sweet caramel malt and brown sugar scents. Very well-balanced aroma.

T - A larger nutty and sweet malt presence that expected, but the hops are there as well with orange and floral flavors. Starts off sweet and builds to a pleasantly bitter finish.

F - Light-to-medium bodied with a great amount of carbonation, a clean and crisp mouthfeel, and a slightly dry and slightly bitter finish. Very refreshing.

O - This is a solid example of a pale ale and a great summer one at that. It has a nice, balanced aroma and taste with a clean and refreshing mouthfeel. There’s nothing very groundbreaking here, but it’s a tasty beer that’s true to the style.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the owl and thistle.

A pours a pale golden color.

S. A nice piney aroma with some floral notes.

T more pine And floral notes with a slight bitterness.

M Nice and crisp very easy to drink.

Overall this is an excellent summer beer that tastes great and is easy to drink. Especially on a hot day walking around Seattle.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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 brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color and a nice head that leaves a sheet of lace

Smell: Lemony, with other tropical fruit tones; biscuity malts underneath

Taste: A bit of biscuity malt, and then a fair amount of lemon and other tropical fruit flavor; slightly bitter and grassy; crisp in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate but crisp carbonation

Overall: This is a very nice, hoppy summer beverage

Thanks, mabermud, for the chance to revisit in the can

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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 dikebrewery
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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 mactrail
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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 harrymel
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned: earlier.

Pours a nice light grain yellow with a sheet of white atop the ale and below the spotty lace. Smells of grapefruit, mangos, peaches, hints of caramel malt and some resin. Nice nose. Really nice nose. Flavor is full of hops - carrying weed and bitterness. The fruits kinda lie flat in the flavor when measured against the nose. The malts are reserved and refreshing with just a slight hint of wood and caramel. Body is unusual IMO, medium with a fine moderated carb gives this a creamy feel. Oddly, I'd like this on nitro probably. Nice beer with a slightly divergent nose/flavor profile.

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Photo of starclassic21
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.


88/100

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Photo of Taybeh
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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 lingers...as 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 KajII
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a clear pale yellow with a colossal (4 or more fingers) white foamy head that receded very slowly lasting throughout and had some excellent sticky spotty lacing.

The aroma was exceptionally aromatic with a grain malt, perfume and floral hops and a light sweet yeast with notes of mango, pineapple and citrus (orange).

The taste was lightly sweet with a big tropical fruit note in the beginning, and then had a slight citrus peel bitterness with a nice fruit presence at the end. The flavor lasted an extremely long time after consumption, allowing for a most wonderful drinking experience.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a good strong ticklish carbonation.

Overall a fantastic Pale Ale with the flavors melding in such a fashion, that it created an extremely tasty and drinkable brew…

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Photo of kemoarps
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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 jellikit
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear and light yellow. Thin head that laced all the way down the glass.

Smell: faint orange or tangerine. Little to no malt aromas.

Taste: medium-light malt profile. Light fruit hop flavoring and piney bittering.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonated. Dry. Medium to light body. Think Candice Swanapoel.

Overall: good Pale ale. Easy to drink. Not over the top on malt, hop, or alcohol characters.

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