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The Brother | Fremont Brewing Company

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4.12
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The BrotherThe Brother
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NWer on 03-12-2011

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 251
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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Photo of hreb
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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 VashonGuy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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 stratusjeans
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks fantastic. Cloudy orange hue with foamy 1/2 inch head.

Smells of citrus.

Tastes crisp. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon. Lots if citrus and Pine and earth.

Coats your palate nicely with strong flavors. Lingering bitterness.

Not a balanced IPA. A hoppy bitter citrus piney IPA. One that I'll enjoy again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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 kemoarps
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4/4.25/4/3.75/4
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 spoony
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -1%

Photo of NWer
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a new release from Fremont Brewing Company.
Poured into the bottom of a chalace shows cloudy apparently unfiltered. Lots of yeast floating around.
Doesn't bother me one bit - I prefer beers that haven't been over filtered just to make them look clear.
Sweet, balanced, slightly tart. Good hop flavors satisfy the need for hops without destroying the palate.
Very pleasant and very drinkable.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
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 boogerisu
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppySeb
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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 jpbebeau
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of nhirsch04
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of nuebs
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZachHodgson
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of distantmantra
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fremont Brewing in a tulip. August 10th, 2011.

A: The beer pours a bright cloudy orange/amber color with a small head of white foam. Strong lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

S: There is an aroma of pineapple, citrus fruits, pine and caramel malt.

T: There is a very nice initial flavor of tropical fruit along with orange and lemon peel, pineapple and a great deal of pine. There is a nice caramel flavor that brings balance. Bitterness is present but not overwhelming.

M: The beer has a medium body with an oily mouth feel and decent carbonation. The alcohol is well-masked, but I'm sure you'd feel it after a couple pints.

O: This is a great Imperial IPA, very nice to know that it's pretty much always on tap not that far from my house.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, tulip at the brewery

from notes

appearance: bright orange body, light layer of white film on top of the full pour, slightly cloudy

smell: pineapple, lots of citrus hops, pine resin

taste: very enjoyable DIPA from fremont - punch tropical fruit, pineapple, tangerine zest, lemon peel, lots of NW pine. the alcohol is well subdued allowing all of the floral flavours to shine.

mouthfeel: medium, oily

overall: good

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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