The Brother | Fremont Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by NWer on 03-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,076
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
323
pDev:
7.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
30
Trade:
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Ratings: 323 |  Reviews: 62
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 rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 bigpoppa67
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Noles9585
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TwoTrees
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TangoJuliet
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dtm426
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bl00
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmos27
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JohnBradSC
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 mbw314
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Mattymystique
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crobinso
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VaporDome
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rarigney
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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The Brother from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 323 ratings