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The BrotherThe Brother

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Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

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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Photo of Erikshegda1994
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 -3.1%
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 +9%
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 +2.4%
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 -29.1%
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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Photo of mac31
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweet malt, meets hops, in a nice melding of a brew. Malts are sweet, orange, light crystal, and bready. Hops are juicy, then bitter, then tannic. Notes of grapefruit, tangerine, tropical-pineapple/mango, woody, resinous with some hop stickiness to boot. Short, clean bitterness in the finish. Minor lingering effect in the aftertaste. Subtle alcohol is present with a shade of warmth/heat noticeable at times. Tropical flavors are more prevalent as the beer approaches room temperature. Body is fine. I love the juiciness of the hops and complementary sweetness from the grist. Being nit picky, not a huge fan of the backend bitterness. It's a little much for me. Drinkability is pretty decent for a double, which is a good sign to me. It's a nice take on the style. Job well done.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber with a dense, off-white head.

Smell is orange, pine, caramel, and nutty earth.

Taste is pine, earth, lemon, grapefruit, and a little bit of copper or iron.

Soft but bone dry.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow, super murky (like a pulpy citrus juice) with a crisp one inch head. Aroma is nice, full of tropical fruit with the perfect amount of citrus and pine, little if any swampiness or dankness. Taste is again sweet and fruity up front, rapidly dissipating under the very bitter bite of the hops. That bitterness is intense but brief, and while there is a bit of a lingering, it is a mild one. Mouthfeel is creamy with lots of carbonation. The ABV is well concealed and the overall effect is a very drinkable and refreshing brew, that goes down quite smoothly, despite its intensity.

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Photo of Kellee
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a can, enjoyed a while back, reviewed from notes.

A - pours a slightly opaque gold with one finger white creamy head, a little sticky
S - Pine and citrus with some sweet malts
T - initially sweet, builds with citrus and pine, grapefruit and spice temper the sweetness midway through the finish, low to medium bitterness.
M - medium with good carb
O - This is a fantastic IIPA, easily in my top 5.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Mike and Ricki!

A: Opaque gold with amber highlights. A one finger white head that came on creamy and left after a solid visit. Thick and lustrous head.

S: Piney hops with lots of citrus elements. Oranges and grapefruit blend with a biscuity malt base.

T: Smooth and creamy with low bitterness. Sweet malts blend so well with citrus hops. Fruitiness with a resin backdrop. Highly quaffable.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: I must have more of this little Brother when the wife and I head to Seattle. A great DIPA.

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

Pour: On draft at Fremont Brewing in Seattle, WA. Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance: Light orange. Slightly murky with a thin white head and minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma: Big bold and hoppy citrus. Lots of citrus and flowery notes. Taste: Consistent with the nose. Big bold and powerful hoppy citrus and flowery notes. Aftertaste: Hoppy citrus recedes and reveals a nice sweet malty taste on the back end. Overall: Borderline hop bomb. Pleasure to drink and not overwhelming. Very good. 3.94 out of 5.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is aptly named. Like a lot of brothers, it comes across as big, brash and even somewhat overbearing. It pushes you around a little, but always--and this is the important part--with good intentions. It is not, in the end, unloving or unkind, and it is even a bit (but just a bit) tender. In other words, it's a pretty great brother, and one you feel lucky to have after everything.

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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
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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: 9/28/16 Finally was able to pick up a sixer of this only a couple weeks old, and can report it's a totally different beer when fresh.

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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 stratusjeans
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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 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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