77 Fremont Select

Washington
United States
77 Fremont Select Session IPA Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
79
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

A crisp and refreshing spring wunderbeer, 77 Select is Fire Brewed in the pits of Fremont Brewing to achieve its rarefied Session IPA status. With this brew we respect Seattle's old Horlucks & Sicks Brewing Companies, predecessors of Rainier Brewing, and their flagship beers 66 Select and Rainier. "Alcohol may not solve your problems, but neither will water or milk." – V.W.P.

Profile

ABV: 
4.0%
IBUs: 
60
Hops: 
Citra, Chinook, Calypso, Cascade
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Special Aromatic, Honey
Judges Review 
S J Klein's picture
Judges Rating:
79
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The "session" style is a nice alternative to the hop and alcohol bombs that many breweries seem to be throwing around these days. A beer that's lighter in alcohol has its own challenges, too: Lower alcohol means less goods there to mask flaws and provide an interesting experience. As a Session IPA, this beer is hop-forward but lighter in body. It's got a sharp hop nose and a slight sulfidic bite. The nose is rich with pine notes and more rounded hop qualities. It almost feels like you're putting your whole face into a bag full of hop cones. The nose gets richer as it warms up, with faint plum esters and a mild green apple character coming forward.

Its dark gold in color with a fairly nonexistent white head, and s slight chill haze in the glass doesn't detract from the overall experience. In the mouth, there is a very sharp, hop-forward bite that is washed away by a subtle malt sweetness, followed by a lingering hop bite. It's very effervescent and sharp on the tongue, though it's not astringent at all, though it is quite drying in the finish.

This is definitely a hop-heavy lighter beer. I would have liked to see more rounded characters to balance the hoppiness – I'm thinking how British pale ales use estery qualities from the yeast to add depth, or more of a malt backbone. All the same, it's a light, refreshing full-frontal hop assault.