Fremont Brewing Homefront IPA

Reviewed by on July 15, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Fremont Brewing Company

  • Origin: Seattle, WA, US

  • Rated On: July 15, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Homefront IPA is part of an ongoing collective brewing cause called Hops for Heroes, which directs all proceeds from its sales to military-related charities.  As part of a group of brewers all producing their own version in 2016, Seattle’s Fremont Brewing released this around Memorial Day.  Oh, and it’s purportedly ‘aged on Louisville Slugger maple bats’ – ok.

This 22oz bottle 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 part of the gnarly biker visiting the Children’s’ Hospital role.  It finishes off-dry, the malt still parrying the lingering bitterness well.

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 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.  One further note – can’t say that I could detect any of the ‘maple’ specified at the outset, I’m afraid.

Brady White

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