Homefront IPA | Fremont Brewing Company

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Homefront IPAHomefront IPA

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A special beer created with ex-Seattle Mariner pitcher Chris Ray and Brother Phil of COTU Brewing to honor our veterans. Homefront IPA is brewed with oranges and aged on Louisville Slugger® bats donated by the legendary bat maker. This beer is our way to say thank you to our vets for their service and sacrifice. All proceeds from the sale of this beer will be donated to Hops for Heroes … Because Veterans Matter!

Added by dirtylou on 08-05-2011

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Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from WinCo. Light bodied but Dank IPA, yellow golden, slick body, tight creamy head. Hoppy aroma eithild grapefruit, taste is much more astringent, grapefruit, pine resin. Finishes sharp and bitter.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, thanks be to Chris, my current houseguest, and old friend, for bringing a sample of his current hometown brewery's offerings for us to share.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some stellar and thick snow blind lace around the glass as it slowly and lazily abates.

It smells of dank pine resin, grainy pale malt, muddled tart citrus flesh, ethereal biscuity caramel, and further floral and spicy green hop esters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, acrid citrus pith, a certain hard water flintiness, and more herbal, leafy, and grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite soft in its gentile frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, the big bad hops playing the role of the gnarly biker visiting the Children's' Hospital. It finishes off-dry, the malt still parrying the lingering bitterness well enough.

Overall, not a bad West Coast iteration of a modern IPA, with the hops, as oft-mentioned, trying to run the show. However, to its credit, the base malt does a good job of leveling the playing field for all, and that, in the end, makes this one rather drinkable and enjoyable as a precursor to some summertime BBQ.

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kemoarps
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp clear light amber colour, with a billowing pillowy white head. Beautiful lacing traces its way down the glass.

Nose has some grassy and some slightly floral sweet and slightly spicy notes to it.

Flavour starts off with that same orange blosom special. floral sweet with some focused creamy orange, doesn't taste like but kind of reminds me of those orange creamcicles I liked as a kid. Fiercely bitter towards the finish though with cloying pith bullying everything else aside and taking the reins.

Crisp and refreshing body, this has a little snap to it at the end, but very clean and smoothe down the middle. Body is of medium heft.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DamienI
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tunic
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moose90
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woemad
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no freshness date, but of the 2015 vintage according to the info on the can. This is the most recent release of a beer that first debuted at Safeco Field in 2011. It was a collaboration Fremont did with then-Mariner Chris Ray, an IPA brewed with orange peel and “aged on donated Louisville Slugger maple bats.” The Yakima Valley hops and grains are donated as well and the proceeds go to “military-based charities.” Apparently, a bunch of other breweries, including Cigar City, have agreed to brew this beer and donate the money from it as well. Pretty cool. BTW, the label on the can is totally different from the one pictured on BA.

Poured a darkened coppery amber color that took on a more golden hue when held up to light. This had a good-sized off-white head and lots of tiny bubbles and floaties flitting about. Most of the head collapsed fairly soon, but a good remnant remained for a while, leaving some lace on the sides of an old Boundary Bay pint glass

Quite citrusy in the nose, but more orangey than the usual grapefruity aromas one associates with IPAs. I expected that with the orange peel, but there were also some more tropical fruit aromas present as well.

Pleasantly citrusy hop flavor, with just enough malt to keep things grounded without otherwise intruding. There’s a more herbal flavor in the background. There’s a small but noticeable lack of “zest” to the proceedings, like it’s not terribly fresh, but it’s still quite drinkable.

Medium bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

A decent IPA, brewed for a worthy cause, but it’s no great shakes as a beer. I wish I could have gotten my hands on a fresher example, as I think this can had a little mileage on it.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PacNWDad
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RenzoD
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of earinc
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of CoolEthan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of maniaczak
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Homefront IPA from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 71 ratings
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