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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by barleywinefiend on 06-06-2010

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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 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 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 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 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 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 spoony
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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 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 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 rboinski
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can from vlad poured (multiple times) into a 10 oz firestone pint with nucleation

Appearance: pours a brilliant transparent gold with a clean white head that is about 2 fingers. After it falls, the nucleation helps keep about 1/4" of head on the beer at all times.

Smell: Has a nice hoppy smell with a decent amount of malt character for a summer beer. Strong citrus notes of lemon. Really nice.

Taste: Awesome summer beer flavor. So clean and crisp, but extremely flavorful. Starts with lemon and tangerine, and finishes with a direct bitterness that is not at all overwhelming. This is an ideal beer for taking on a hike on a nice summer day.

Mouthfeel: Again, a great mouthfeel. A little thin, but that is to be expected for the ABV. Nice and creamy, with a little zing of bitterness on the finish.

Overall: This may be my favorite summer beer I have ever had. Really superb, extremely well crafted beer. My second experience from Fremont and I am extremely impressed.

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Photo of Moose90
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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 SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to sukwonee for this beer great extra. Cheers!

Enjoyed after a very, very long day of packing and getting ready to move into DT Chicago.

Appearance – Pours a slight amber color into a tulip with about two fingers of slightly off white fluffy head that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving nice chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Lots of lemon zest, grapefruit, slight tropical fruit, hops, caramel and toffee at the end.

Taste – A nice floral and earthy hoppy flavor up front that almost immediately fades to a sweeter, juicy fruits such as tart grapefruit and lemon. Finishes with some caramel malt flavors.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lower bodied, plenty of carbonation, extremely quaffable.

Overall – A very clean, and enjoyable pale ale. Fantastic right now, and extremely refreshing after loading a moving truck in 95 degree heat and humidity. Would buy this often if I had it available.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, called "Summer Solstice" on the bottle I have, procured via a late night jaunt to a QFC not far from the Canuck catching up and the drinkin' on a Saturday night in the South Lake Union area of downtown Seattle.

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves but a few specks of ambitious lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bitter grapefruit pith and pine hops, atop a mild grainy malt. The taste is soft pale malt, and bitter grassy, piney hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth enough. It finishes hoppy, hoppy, hoppy, with a mild cracker malt offset. Did I say hoppy? If not, then, well, yeah, fucking hoppy!

Wow, not what I expected from anything with "Summer" in the name. An APA hopped to the nuts, but without the corresponding malt character to deserve IPA analysis. So what - 3 bucks of bitter goodness - let's leave it at that.

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Photo of draheim
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A sunny Sunday afternoon - 78 degrees almost qualifies as a heat wave in Seattle. Ribs on the smoker, kids playing in the sprinkler... and now the perfect summer beer to go with it.

22oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a tulip. Golden straw color with a nice frothy 2-finger head. Aroma is pine and floral hops.

Taste follows nose: piney, hoppy. Nice crisp finish & very refreshing. As the label says, "one grain, one hop." Pale malt and amarillo. Simple yet somehow just right. This one's gone before I know it.

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Photo of rikjohnson
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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 dirtylou
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-cask at the brewery

solstice pale run through lavender, rose hips and lemongrass.

appearance: lifeless hazy orange-amber...very much a cask pour with no head

smell: strong floral notes - the local lavender really comes through strong along with hoppy notes and a bit of lemon

taste: big floral notes from the lavender and rose hips - the base beer almost gets lost in the cask additions, but the citrus hops and lemongrass do come through. nice summery beer, but the cask versions take on entirely different identities than the base

mouthfeel: medium-light body, refreshing

overall: good

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


6/18/13 bottling date into a new holland pint glass

pours a crisp bright yellow color with a big, lasting white head. quite the attractive summer pour.

smell is..actually good and hoppy with a hint of orange. very unexpected and pleasant.

the taste starts out with a good bit of hops followed by an intense malty, orangy backbone. very flavorful and refreshing. easy drinker with a body on the lighter side of medium and with medium carbonation. goes down extremely smooth.

overall im very impressed by this one. wasn't expecting much honestly after first seeing it, but boy was i wrong. this is a superb summer beer that i could drink all day!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up in Seattle, 22oz poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, bright orange with a two finger off-white head. Awesome retention and spots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Grass, pine, orange.

T - Grass and orange, simple.

D - Super silky, Average carbonation and body.

O - Love the taste of this one.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at Alibi Room in Seattle.

Pours a light, pale yellow hue with a good head of creamy white. Solid, slightly sudsy lace. Very light bodied. Not bad.

"Not bad" is as bad as it gets, however. Everything is up from here, and quite dramatically. Nose is burstingly bright with zesty lemon and curacao zing, giving a sharpness but also a sweet, heady fragrance. Slight pepper comes through as well, adding another layer of bite. Delicious.

Taste is very light but very clean. Crisp neutral malt, layered with pleasant hop flavours. Lemon comes through again, along with a bright, clean herbal note. Minimal bitterness, but everything is balanced nicely anyway.

This has to be one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. Such a good summer beer: I feel as though Australia, with our significant more summery summers, would really benefit from seeing this. It's just so clean, so refreshing and so drinkable. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending this beer in a trade. Thanks Hollis!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pale to golden bodied beer with massive white head. Thick lacing and a head with some decent staying power for the style.

Smell: biscuit malt and mellow hops. Tropical fruits and citrus.

Taste: This brew is so well balanced between the malt and hop profiles. Biscuity malts. Hops tasste of oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, grass, and pine.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is super drinkable honestly it might be the most drinkable APA that I have ever drank. It clean and crisp also while being soft and delicate.

Overall: I really love this beer! Fremont seriously hit a home run. Talk about an under the radar beer.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a rare APA in my book. Color is bright straw yellow. Still a nice looking beer with a nice big white head. Smell is hoppy with a touch of lemon. Taste is super crisp,clean and refreshing. First time with this brewery, but this is a great session beer. Has great lemon, hop bite, that makes it a great anything food beer. Just a great example of a nice NW session beer.

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