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The Brother | Fremont Brewing Company

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4.16/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
fremontbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by NWer on 03-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,836
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
319
pDev:
7.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
29
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 319 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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 bigpoppa67
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skrumpy
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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 Noles9585
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TwoTrees
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TangoJuliet
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dtm426
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bl00
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmos27
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jheimbigner
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnBradSC
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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 mbw314
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +6.5%
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 Mattymystique
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crobinso
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VaporDome
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rarigney
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
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 UWDAWG
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz can to a IPA glass.
Look- golden, turbid, good lacing, head retention slightly lacking.
Smell- floral, tropical.
Taste- a nice punch of hoppy goodness, citrusy, spicy/piney finish.
Feel- smooth, perfect consistency.
Overall- very good beer!

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Photo of Olesjm
3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
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 Mistro
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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The Brother from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 319 ratings
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