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The Brother - Fremont Brewing Company

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 231
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 19.37%
Wants: 30
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NWer on 03-12-2011

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Photo of spoony
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz can (canned July 20, 2015) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated August 9, 2015.

A-The beer is very murky, but not opaque. It is apricot in color with about one and one-half fingers of dense, off-white head. The foam is sticky with good retention and some nice lacing.

S-The aroma is hugely hoppy and pretty bitter (even for a IIPA). The bitterness is tempered by a sweet aroma of canned peaches but the overall impression is more pungent and earthy than juicy or fruity. I sniff a bit of medicinal alcohol in there. Intriguing.

T-The taste is similar to the smell, but less inviting. There is a lot of bitterness here and the flavor of powdered aspirin comes to mind. Beneath the bitterness is a bit of melon fruit, but also some off-putting onion and garlic notes that mix with the citrus and pepper flavors. Malts are mild, but a little sweetness of honey and caramel provides some balance.

M-The body is medium to heavy with a slightly cloying, oily, syrupy characteristic. Carbonation is mellow.

O-This one didn't blow me away. I kept getting whiffs and tastes of onions and garlic with my tropical fruits. I'm not sure what hops are used here, but I couldn't get into it. The hop mix may work for others better than it worked for me.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip glass, no canning date

A- pours a clear golden-amber color with a two-finger creamy white head that reduces to a thin film floating on top, that lasts long after the pour

S- piney and citrus hop aroma up front with some orange zest, a hint of garlic. Sugary sweet underlying malt

T- unexpectedly sweet & malty up front, but quickly followed by a burst of citrus grapefruit, followed by some earthy spices and a hint of mint. Underlying malty sweetness closes it out with more fruity hop on the linger

M- medium body with medium-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and slightly creamy finish

O- not a palate wrecker like some DIPA's, but it got plenty of bright fruity hops and is extremely drinkable

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Photo of Beaver13
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden orange with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued resiny piney hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a little fruit and resiny grassy hops that have a harsh tarry finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK DIPA. The hop profile is a bit harsh.

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Photo of woemad
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Review done 3rd week of July but not posted 'til now, mainly due to indolence.

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.79. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this was canned on April 15th . Not ideal for an IPA, but should still be pretty good in a can, I’m thinking. This is the first time I’ve been able to buy this beer, and I grabbed the very last can.

Poured into an IPA glass, this was a hazy, copper-amber color, with a good-sized off-white head. Spotty lace.

Tropical and floral in the nose up front, with a little bit of pine and spice in the background.

More tropical citrus fruit in the taste than in the nose. Less balance. In the latter half of the taste there’s a subordinate bitterness, but it’s not that strong. Really kind of one-dimensional, fruity and sugary.

Medium bodied, with a creamy yet oily mouthfeel.

Not terribly impressed, but it’s a 3 month old can, so that probably played into it. Normally, I find big IPAs hold up fairly well in cans (within reason). If I find a fresher example, I’ll definitely give it another shot, but for now, I’m not really a fan.

edit: 8/8/15 Had another can, picked up at Total Wine in Spokane Valley. Approx. six weeks newer (6/4/15 canning date) and 70 cents more. It's a little fresher, and slightly less cloyingly fruity-sweet, but not enough to change the score. I think The Brother is no brother of mine.

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Photo of hreb
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a curved glass. Beer pours pale golden in color, off-clear, with a moderate white head. This IPA has a crazy big floral aroma. The bottle claims one BILLION IBUs; well, we'll see about that, but judging from the volume of the aroma, there are a hell of a lot of dry hops in here. Really this is an insanely good aroma for a bottled beer. Flavor has a distinct sweet note on the front of the palate, which is quickly balanced out (and then some) by a massive onslaught of resinous hoppage. Clearly the brewers struggled hard to make sure the eventual consumer would find some balance in their one BILLION IBU beast. It's still a stupid hoppy, and with the correspondingly high final gravity this could have ended up kind of syrupy and gross. But I think thanks to the use of wheat and Vienna malt, it actually kinda works as a Summer Imperial IPA (hah).

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Photo of peensteen
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy orange colour, one finger of white head and some lace. Tons of citrus here, some sugar cookie and sugar coated grapefruit, fruity with pineapple and orange as well. Taste is bitter hops, citrusy and dry up front, pineapple and grapefruit with a lightly sweet malt in the finish. Lightly carbonated with a medium body. This was good but not great, enjoyable stuff but could see this being lost in the shuffle of great IIPA's.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange color, good head. Spicy aroma, touch of alcoholFlavor is quite good, citrus hoppiness, chewy malt, good stuff. Definitely had to buy more than one four pack.

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Photo of Moose90
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12oz can with a completely illegible date on the bottom, what a joke!

A — Pours a light yellowy orange hue out of the can, but in the glass it is a vibrant and slightly hazy (chill haze maybe) orange hue. There is a thin, but bright white head on it, leaves behind nice and consistent lacing.

S — Smells of lightly sweet malts and bitter hops. Little bit of orange and citrus. Lots of Columbus character here, slightly sweet malt undertone.

T — Tastes initially sweet and malty, though it does get quite fruity and bright. Bit of grapefruit sweetness from the Cascade hop initially. As it builds you get lots of spice, pepper, earthy, herbal, chewy, hop tones. Definitely a lot of spice and earthiness to balance out the sweetness.

M — Medium bodied, there is a quite long lingering finish here, off-dry.

O — Nice overall, expected a bit more of a "hop-bomb" but this is a good, somewhat muted showcase of some of the spicier / earthy hop varieties.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

I don't have a lot to add to other reviews, but I can't resist quoting from the text on The Brother 12 ounce can:

"The Brother is the first of our Imperial Series and is inspired by our desire to thank Brothers everywhere. Without our Brothers, we would have taken the blame for everything as children, wouldn't have know the inside of an ambulance, and never understood the fear a good ghost story can cause a young child. This Brother is appropriately big, intimidating, and unbalanced with unrestrained quantities of hops for a head slap of beery ferociousness. ... Because Brothers Matter.

IBUs: 1 billion"

Lovely beer.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber pour, half finger white head with good retention and lacing.

Unique smell. Almost like a rainy flower garden. There's a touch of spiciness in there somewhere too, that evokes strong comparisons to calendula in my mind. It just so happens I grew up playing in my mom's garden and loved eating calendula, so I take that as a good thing. There's some juicy tropical fruits hiding behind this front.

Quite tasty. Not as pronounced or distinct as the nose might lead you to believe. Just enough sweet backbone to support the floral and spicey hops. Spicey bitterness slips for a split second into alcohol before righting the ship and reasserting itself as smoothe and drinkable. Finish is bitter and a bit bready.

Crisp and drinkable, as they tend to be. I look down and all of a sudden my glass is almost empty. Nice sweet/bitter lingering. Would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber color with an enthusiastic head in the tall Blanche de Chambly glass. Tangy and spritzy mouthfeel. Flowery, gardenia scent.

Sweet, crazy hoppy. It's like a tangerine float with hoppy Seven-Up. Moderately bitter but overflowing with hop flavors and aromatics. Warm malt, sweet yet zingy. Enough acid to balance the orange marmalade taste. A candy-like flavor-- what are those things-- Cotlets? Except without the powdered sugar, but very deeply fruity.

A thoroughly pleasing big IPA that is quite sippable in the style of a liqueur. From the 12 oz can purchased at the tasting room in Fremont, Seattle.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of creamy ivory foam with decent retention and which leaves a little lace as it dissipates.

Smell: big, rich, sweet malt with a decent amount of citrusy, piney hops. It's not too bad, but pretty standard for the style.

Taste: herbal, piney, resiny, citrusy hops; nicely strong but pretty smooth. Bitterness is good, although relatively low given the high hop content. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and a really smooth, rich creaminess. I really like it.

Overall: a pretty good imperial IPA. I feel like the sweet malt and the various hop characteristics are a bit muddled, but overall it's good.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an amber verging on golden with two fingers of foam capping the liquid; squiggles of lacing line the glass

Smell: Pine verging on cannabis

Taste: A hint of caramel malt is all there is and the rest is the hops, with the pine building powerfully in the middle; very hemp-like, after the swallow, with a medicinal aspirin finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am not a fan of IPAs that bring on the aspirin bitterness so I have marked this one down a bit; still a decent beer but not top flight for me

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, slight tropical fruit, pine, floral

T-bready malt, light caramel, grapefruit, light tropical fruit, floral, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-good DIPA, easy drinking in spite of the abv

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this DIPA is quite attractive, as I get considerable tangerine, tropical fruit and light pine, with considerable orange and grapefruit citrus as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted DIPA, though I did pick up some heat on the finish that was a bit off putting. The tropical fruit mid palate dries out very nicely on the long and bitter finish, and while a bit boozy, this medium bodied DIPA is otherwise quite drinkable. This beer delivers a lot of flavor, and there's definitely a lot to like in this well made DIPA from the folks at Fremont. Another very solid effort from these guys.

(had this beer on cask at the Washington cask festival, and my recollection it was every bit as good as the bottled version, and a touch less boozy as well).

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Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to nate321 for this bottle in a recent lovely trade (although I could do without the six feet of yellow tape on the caps!). 22 oz. bottle popped open after a long bloody fucking day.

Pour leaves a head that doesn't appear to be going anyplace before the Rapture, & the body is a clear, filtered orange. Nose is intense & hoppy. Hard slap of orange, citrus, tropical fruit salad. Even right after the cap popped I could whiff this & it just keeps going. Long & strong.

The Brother is as bitter as my little sister. Bitterness bursts into the palate like cloud-to-cloud lightning, backed up by much of the same players as the nose, but with the notable addition of several sap-dripping pine boughs. For a mid-player IIPA, there's a significant alcohol nip at the end that just puts a bold punctuation mark on the tastiness. Nice balance between oily & dry, somehow, this one keeps my fingers on the stem of the glass frequently.

Another clear winner from Fremont. I need to drink more of their stuff, I think: gorgeous, drinkable, strong, distinctive. Excellent beer.

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Photo of mabermud
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear bronze and orange body with a white dense head. The lacing is smooth and slippery, not sticky. The head dissipates into a nice halo around the glass.

Smell - Sweet grapefruit and floral hops.

Taste - Overripe fruit juice with a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. A good mix of hops, pine, and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - The perfect amount of carbonation and liquid density. Medium body. Excellent mouthfeel, just right.

Overall - A Washington State star has been born.

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Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade. Bottom of the can is smudged, but looks like it was canned on 4/3/14.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a one finger head that slowly slumped down to leave a thin creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of floral hops, pine, bitter grapefruit, light citrus. Really like how floral it is.

T - Taste is quite balanced. Nice bitter grapefruit, faint floral notes, light light malts. Lingering bitter finish, this is all grapefruit rind. Lovely.

M - Mouthfeel is really nice, lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden very well. Would like a touch more carbonation though.

O - Overall this is a very solid DIPA offering. Really nice west coast beer that I was glad to try.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger light ivory head that dissipates to a thick film and ring around the glass. Aroma of caramel malt awash in piney, citrus and herbal hops, hints of tropical fruit. Flavor starts with resinous pine, caramel malt, orange family citrus and pineapple, finishing with a quite satisfying flavor like an orange steeped in pine tea with a bit of citrus rind to complement the resinous hops. Medium bodied with a mild creaminess. The hops in this are so resinous and herbal I'm not sure how they pulled this off, but the malt, while not dominant, support the flavors excellently. Very flavorful, hoppy and enjoyable. Another excellent Fremont IPA that deserves its hype. So glad this now available in cans.

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Photo of JandJMD
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a can. About three weeks old.

Nice "sniff the can" smell.

Starts with a bunch of bitter grapefruit and then a little sweet with a finish I can only describe as floral? Great finish.

Looks great with an orange amber color and perfectly clear. Good carbonation.

Awesome IPA. Wish I could get this regularly without having to pay a fortune to ship it across country. I want to put this next to OTWOA and Dirt Wolf.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can at 41 F poured into a large snifter. Hard to read, but I think the canned on date on the bottom is 3/23/2014. I'm excited to see it packaged, I've had it before on tap at the brewery before.

Pours bronze-orange with a medium-small head. Clear, fair amount of carbonation. Smell is floral, citrus, slightly piney, very nice.

Taste is well balanced, strong on both the sweet and bitter sides. Honeysuckle, heavy grapefruit rind and lemon zest, orange. Long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. Overall, this is a quite good beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To love the taste of the Pacific Northwest is to love the taste of hops. Neighborhood based Fremont Brewing wouldn't have it any other way as their flagship imperial ale showcases the dripping citrus upstart and gripping resinous finish with a cast of hops to keep the balance decidedly bitter.

Bursting with pink grapefruit, pineapple and herbaceous botanicals, The Brother's aromas and early flavors side with the citrus, tropical and leaf character with the soft balance of caramel and light honey. Seemingly of fruit juice, early impressions are summery and refreshing.

As the flavors traverses across the middle, its malt sweetness lessens and the ripe and vibrant fruit turn to bitter. Citrus peels, ribs and verbena adds a crisp and clean taste and introduce more herbal components, just ahead of the ale's quick dryness.

Finishing with the deeply resinous bitterness of torn pine needles, bitter citrus and pronounced herb- wafts of cannabis, tea and leaf wash the back of the throat along with peppery warmth and a rosy acetone taste.

As the hazy-bright amber hue gleams right down to the last sip, its frothy character continues to lace the glass, shedding its lace all the while. Just shy of muddled, the big IPA almost uses too much hop varieties, but as it is, each play a definitive and necessary role in the beer's bright and boastful taste.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Stone IPA glass. Pours a clean gold with a thick, quick forming snowy white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind beautiful foamy lacing. The aroma is quite malty for a DIPA, other than that - the characteristic West Coast and mostly PNW IPA aromas surface. Citrus, faint pine and a sweet caramel smell come forward, materializing as well as you taste the beer. Its bitterness is very light, leaving a mild and sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel I would say is not as thick as other DIPAs but quite adequate for this brew. Once the head settles, theres little to no further carbonation present.

Overall - this is a very enjoyable beer and i'm glad Fremont decided to can it. Its greatly refreshing on a hot summer day. Aroma vaguely resembles Black Raven's Trickster.

I'll definitely be buying these while available.

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Photo of draheim
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh growler into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery orange w/ a big dense head, gravity-defying lacing clings to the side of the glass. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mostly citrus and juicy hops, some pine notes. Smells great: clean, fresh, and sticky.

Taste is tropical juicy goodness. Primarily grapefruit, orange, and pineapple, lots of piney, sticky hop resin. A little sweet with a nice sharp bitter finish. Plenty of neutral pale malt holds it all together. 8.5% booze well hidden.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but not oily. Medium bodied, carries some weight without being overbearing. Thirst quenching and very, very drinkable. Addictive.

Overall a very enjoyable DIPA, was difficult not to just gulp it down. Well done Fremont.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Fremont UBG.

A: Bright orange with a slight haze and frothy head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Tons of citrus hops. Tropical fruits and orange galore.

T: Big hop profile with pineapple, melon, and citrus fruit prominent. Finishes with a sharp hop bite. Moderate to high bitterness and some pale malt backing to try for some balance.

M: Moderate to heavy for the style and moderate carbonation. Some alcohol is noticeable.

O: If you're attracted to high IBU beers with citrus hop profiles, give this one a shot.

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The Brother from Fremont Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.