Summer Ale | Fremont Brewing Company

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 06-06-2010

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62
Ratings:
308
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
20.49%
 
 
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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 308
Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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 draheim
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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 BeerWithMike
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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 SerialTicker
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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 RJLarse
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Fremont Summer Ale in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color, clear with a few bubbles rising in the glass, and capped by a frothy stark white head.

Smell is sweet and floral, an orange blossom aroma, with some soft fruit scents along side, like pears and honeydew melons.

Taste is a light sweet bread flavor up front, with a hint of pineapple and dry coriander spice finish, and a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and clean.

Overall a very tastey and drinkable summer ale. Perfect for a warm August day.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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 KajII
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
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 JohnnyHopps
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer was a "throw-in" on my huge order with the good people at Malt and Vine. No doubt they were trying to clear out summer beers, but that would not stop me from enjoying it. The beer poured golden yellow color with a generous white head. It showed a certain degree of lacing in the glass with noted retention. In the aroma, one gets hoppy grapefruit notes. Obviously, this is a summer ale because of the fruity hop notes. Rather than a sweet fruity hoppiness, this one targets more tart citrus fruits in the hops. In the initial taste, one gets mild lemon, tart grapefruit, and a noted grassiness. This was a very bubbly beer, so the taste gets brushed away too quickly. The fruit notes fade quickly in the aftertaste, morphing into a grassy aftertaste. Overall an above average APA, though it did not exactly knock my socks off.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Taybeh
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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 hreb
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a stange type glass. No date on the can. Beer pours a pale golden color, clear, with a moderate white head. Carbonation like soda. Faint but pleasant floral hop aroma. Taste is similar: delivers a solid dose of IBUs, floral (all Amarillo per the can). Result is fairly citrusy, too. Light on malt and mouthfeel, but moderate-high carbonation lends to a refreshing, easy on a warm night, beer. Nothing complex here, just a high quality execution of a simple style.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 zhanson88
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Azurescens for sending this to me as an extra. Much appreciated.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazy pale honey color. About 1.5" of eggshell white head forms, which has nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Pale maltiness up front, followed by a bit of grapefruit rind, and some very floral hop character.

Taste: Again, this beer has quite a bit of pale malt character up front, with some lightly bitter citrus notes and very floral hop character. Probably a bit more flavorful than the nose indicates.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Pretty light bodied, with very prickly carbonation. Not a real smooth combination, and not the best aspect of the beer. Overall, a decent pale ale but nothing too special. Probably average or slightly above.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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 dikebrewery
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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 gandres
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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 distantmantra
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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 tjkinate
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After drinking a disappointing porter from a nearby brewery, I was hoping this beer would be an improvement. It was!

A: A 2 fingered white frothy head formed atop this truly pale ale displaying good retention and some lacing.

S: Pine, tropical fruits, hints of spice and bread. I could have sworn this was brewed with Nelson hops, but I was mistaken. Now I gotta keep an eye out for more Amarillo hoped beers.

T: Follows the smell closely, malts are more prominent in the tasting, but never overshadow those beautiful hops. Tropical fruits are also more apparent as well, almost tasting like a Moscato for a second, but quickly fade allowing a soft bitter finish.

M: Well carbonated, but a tad thin.

O: A very good APA that I feel stacks up closely to other favorites like Zombie Dust, and Hoppy Birthday.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Liverpool08
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of jellikit
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of blackc5
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Collins Pub.

A - Straw yellow, this was served with no real head to speak of. Some nice lacing however, and quite attractive bubbling from the carbonation.

S - Hoppy right off the bat - citrus, floral and a bit of malt in the background. Nice, but fairly mild.

T - This one surprised me in it's depth of flavor, especially given the light color and mild nose. I was expecting a pretty mild pale ale, but this is very nicely hoppy. IPA-like. Very citrusy - lots of grapefruit and lemon zest. Small bit of floral tastes and just a touch of bready malt. Awesome.

M - More typical of the style, this has a light to medium body with a fairly crisp and dry finish. Ever so slightly resiny.

D - Very nice - this was surpassed my expectations by quite a bit. Given that I ordered it without knowing the style, I was surprised at the depth of flavor and the high level of hops. Impressive, and would not hesitate to order this again.

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Photo of takusan1000
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
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 pianoguy
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
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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Summer Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
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