The Brother
Fremont Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #549
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,811
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 7.71%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
349
From:
Fremont Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  36
SCORE
92
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Photo of pianoguy
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 Oz bottle. No bottling info

Pours a golden body with a bone white head. Lots of visible carbonation bubbles that are interestingly multi sized. Only moderate retention but great layered lacing all the way down. I liked the clean not quite clear body

Malts at the pour that turn pretty dank and peppery as it warms. I'm also getting plum and spices. Fairly prominent smell overall

Taste is boozy up front. Lots of hops with a nice bitter finish

Full to medium feel.

A great little boozy attitude adjuster !

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Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can
PKGD: 06/10/19

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice clean/clean dark golden orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango), pretty nice piney. The taste is pretty nice hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, mango, pineapple), pretty nice piney. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew. Nice to see it around here.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good. But doubles are not my choice of style and while I love Fremont brews, so many breweries do double IPAs better. If this is your style - get it I know many who like this beer. New England style lends itself better to this ABV IMO.

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Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer, Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a hazy, golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, peaches. Taste is a good balance of pine and citrus, and yeah, it's pretty damn bitter. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of UWDAWG
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce can poured into a snifter.

Look- Deep gold, above average lacing, average head retention, turbid.
Smell- Piney, boozy, herbal.
Taste- Pine, bready, spicy, slightly boozy finish.
Feel- Medium body, average carbonation.

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Photo of redresonatedragon
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love how this one combines very floral, aromatic teas with pineapple and bright tropical fruits. The aspirin dry aftertaste cleans it all away, although this one might be too malty sweet for some, it’s my ultimate(when fresh) camping beer

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Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle brought to bottle share from Safeway in Ephrata, WA. Nice to know you can get superb stuff at Safeway! A hit of hops was what was needed after sampling sours, stouts and ciders all evening, and this did not disappoint. Typical big bold NW IIPA, but right on target for palate adjustment.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another one of the Fremont cans brought around by elrogish. This was the imperial ipa he brought out one camping trip. Pours a mostly light amber to dark yellow color, thin 1/3" white head. Aroma of what felt like simcoe and amarillo.

Taste, this one was a bit more bitter, a bit more alcohol than some of the others we were having. Still good, no off flavors, it just started to get caught up in the bitterness, the caramel, more so than providing lush hop flavors. Some grapefruit from olden days. Good amount of bitter citrus to it along those lines. Toasted pale malts finish dry and astringent.

Good, but I prefer their lower alcohol hoppy beers compared to this one.

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Photo of dertyd
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours out a dark golden color, with 1 finger of white head------------- the aromas are of tropical fruit, black tea, sweet malt and grapefruit------------- the flavors are of sweet honey malt, Carmel, sweet grapefruit and pine, the beer has a full mouthfeel with a bitter finish----------------- overall this beer was ok, it had some good things going on but it just never popped, was to malt forward for my liking

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from ABV.

A mostly clear light orange with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a blend of candied grapefruit, pine, mandarins and some peach juice. Honey and a little caramel are present. The palate opens mildly bitter with a blend of grapefruit peel, candied orange, a mild floral note as well as some pine. This is followed by a mildly caramel-like sweetness. Mildly sweet on the finish with a lingering bitterness and floral flavor, this beer is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden. Solid.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz bottle from the local market. Amber in color, slightly hazy. Thin, white head with streak lacing. Aroma is sweet, tropical fruit and citrus with caramel malt. Flavor has similar qualities. Pineapple, tangerine, mango, along with some grapefruit and piney hops bite. The bitterness lingers a bit in the finish, thick mouthfeel. A tasty beer overall & worth checking out.

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Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hadn't prepared adequately for how overwhelmingly sweet this beer is - it has a syrupy, cloying quality that I just hadn't expected. The beer boasts of being a NW style IPA, but I found any hop bitterness to be mysteriously absent. While I enjoyed it, the sweetness was just too pungent for me - and as much as I'd been expecting a beer more similar in taste complexity to, say, Pliny the Elder, The Brother disappointed me a bit. It's just a bit too one-note for me. I'd like to have another just to ascertain whether this was a bad/old can.

I want more hop bitterness. I never thought I'd hear myself say those words, but there it is.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: amber colored (“amber” as in fossilized pine resin). The beer is wonderfully bright. The head is bright white, which foams up to 1 finger before fading quickly to only a lacing. Very pretty. The absence of head retention prevents this beer from scoring higher.

Aroma: the hops come through with prominent pineapple combined with freshly cut juvenile pine.

Flavor: dominant hops that fade to a solid malt background without being overly malty. The malt has toasty notes to it. Very well balanced. This reminds me of a heavier bodied Pliny the Elder, but perhaps a bit hoppier than PtE.

Mouthfeel: medium-medium, but the body seemed to grow heavier the more I drank.

Overall: I have a positive opinion of Fremont’s the Sister, but the Brother is better. A solid effort. Beautiful in appearance and well balanced. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of ChrisChris23
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly golden as one might expect a richer amber color for an imperial. Tropical and pine notes to the nose. Amazingly juicy with the expected hoppiness and subtle complexity. Very light and effervescent feel. Overall a great beer!

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can

Pours almost two fingers of white head into my can-style glass. Very pillowy, not quite creamy looking. The body is a dark orange, somewhat hazy as well. Decent amount of bubbles coming up. This looks good so far.

The nose here is nice. Tropical fruits up front, with a clean sweetness. A little perfumey. The bitter, typical hops are hiding in the background, behind the fruity notes. Really a deep fruit aroma. They list white wheat, and while they don’t market this as a New England IPA, it certainly has a little of that feel to it. Overall this is simple, but pretty nice.

The taste has a touch more of that sweet sticky malt than I would prefer. Not quite as “smooth” as the nose was. Bitterness hits first, with a little fruitiness, some sweetness, and a noticeable astringent booze. It’s not bad, but it feels a little all over the place, and that booze is too noticeable. It’s ok overall.

The mouthfeel is pretty decent. The carbonation is right on, it’s just above medium. The body certainly has some girth to it, it noticeably thick. The beer is cleaning up a little bit, and the sweet stickiness is not as noticeable. Bitterness is not over the top, but does linger somewhat.

This is not one of the more drinkable Imperial IPA’s that I’ve had recently. The booze makes it hard to go down. I’m a big boy, and this is still a good enough beer that I’ll drink it fast. But specifically speaking, it’s not terribly drinkable.

Overall this is not terrible. However, it had some potential to be a clean, fruity IPA, and it fell short. Too much booze, and not enough of the aromas coming through on the taste.

The appearance turned out pretty good. The head retention wasn’t anything special, but I got some pretty decent lacing all the way down the glass.

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Photo of Olesjm
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good dark gold color, caramel and resin on the nose. Resinous flavor. Kind of shallow in my opinion. The hops are there but it has no depth. Medium bodied.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with about an inch of white head. Enjoyable flavor of raspberry, orange, and pine, with a bit of a cracker flavor in the malts. Slightly syrupy, but not too thick or cloying.

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Photo of jooler
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look is clear gold
smell is light citrus pine.
taste is resiny pine. some nuttiness. alcohol is pretty present
overall, a really great westcoast style ipa.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Still exploring Fremont's impressive line up. The brother is an all-out West Coast hop bomb, dark amber pour, thick head and heavy lacing. Hops is all you smell and all you taste. Well done, a bit rough around the edges. Add some honey and you're in Hopslam territory. A solid DIPA, and one is enough. Thank you very much.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Snifter glass. No date.

L: Hop haze of bronze color, half finger head has good retention but eventually fades into a thick ring with an island.

S: Lots of citrus and pine with some spiciness in the background.

T: Again a lot of citrus and pine, with a good spiciness.

F: Medium body, good carbonation, lingering bone dry hop residuals.

O: A pretty nice IIPA.

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Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best if not the best DIPAs that I have ever had. My Parents brought me back some from their trip to Seattle and it is well worth getting a plane ticket just for this beer not to mention all of the other great beers Fremont does. Awesome IPA.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.
Crusty white over pale gold. 4
Mixed citrus with a dank bite. 4
Speck of cracker, then grapefruit, some resin, underripe papaya, lots of grass and lime zest. Decent scratch. 4
Warm, clean, lt-med. 4

New school. Still C hops over tropical, though. Serviceable. 4

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Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed golden. A fluffy, lasting head leaves lacing down the glass.

The smell is of fresh pine and citrus. Caramelized bread and herbal-like spice comes through. Strong and inviting.

The taste is of fresh oranges, grapefruit and pine needles. Just enough sweet malt to keep it smooth. Alcohol dangerously well-hidden, making it drink like an IPA more than an Imperial. Very drinkable.

A wonderful DIPA with hop character that is complex and rich tied together by a chewy malt backbone.

Very well-priced at about five bucks for the bomber at Safeway in Bremerton, WA..

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Photo of Zythophile
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: none

Appearance is a pale, slightly cloudy gold. Nice fine head, too.

The smell is nice and lemony, sweet and tart. It also has some stone fruit, mostly peach, but maybe a little apricot. A little malt and a little candy, independent of the fruit, too.

The citrus mostly goes away in the taste, and the peach and other stone fruit are the principal flavors. There's also much more bitterness in the taste than on the nose, but it's not totally overpowering. It's slightly lactic, too, which might blend with the right cheese well (probably something on the salty side). Overall, the fruit and bitterness are just not in the right balance – and that would actually be a near miracle because both are very present.

Feel is fairly smooth, not roughly carbonated. The bitter character is what hangs around in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.93/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can packed 07/19/16.

Definitely a slug of yeast in the bottom of this can. Contributes to the orange hue significantly. Frothy white head with good retention. Smells tropical, but unfortunately also shows signs of oxidation. Flavor follows similar to the nose unfortunately and has a bit of cardboard / fruity bite. Not the best beer but not awful. Regardless have to review what is in front of me.

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The Brother from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 349 ratings