The Brother | Fremont Brewing Company

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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 Kellee
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
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 BeerisUber
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I live in California and can't get any "true" IPA's. in Cali they all focus on being bitter and not on tasting/smelling like hops. This one has the bitter but it also has the hops. Very smooth for the high amount of alcohol! If you want a truest hoppy yummy beer try this!

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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 mabermud
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear bronze and orange body with a white dense head. The lacing is smooth and slippery, not sticky. The head dissipates into a nice halo around the glass.

Smell - Sweet grapefruit and floral hops.

Taste - Overripe fruit juice with a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. A good mix of hops, pine, and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - The perfect amount of carbonation and liquid density. Medium body. Excellent mouthfeel, just right.

Overall - A Washington State star has been born.

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Photo of JandJMD
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a can. About three weeks old.

Nice "sniff the can" smell.

Starts with a bunch of bitter grapefruit and then a little sweet with a finish I can only describe as floral? Great finish.

Looks great with an orange amber color and perfectly clear. Good carbonation.

Awesome IPA. Wish I could get this regularly without having to pay a fortune to ship it across country. I want to put this next to OTWOA and Dirt Wolf.

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Photo of draheim
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh growler into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery orange w/ a big dense head, gravity-defying lacing clings to the side of the glass. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mostly citrus and juicy hops, some pine notes. Smells great: clean, fresh, and sticky.

Taste is tropical juicy goodness. Primarily grapefruit, orange, and pineapple, lots of piney, sticky hop resin. A little sweet with a nice sharp bitter finish. Plenty of neutral pale malt holds it all together. 8.5% booze well hidden.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but not oily. Medium bodied, carries some weight without being overbearing. Thirst quenching and very, very drinkable. Addictive.

Overall a very enjoyable DIPA, was difficult not to just gulp it down. Well done Fremont.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler picked up and opened on 9.28.12.

A - Pours a slightly hazy medium orange with a quarter inch off-white head with good retention.

S - Pine and grass at first, then pineapple, orange peel and some sweet red apple.

T - Very grassy and leafy on the tongue with a pineapple and orange finish.

D - Lower carbonation with a medium-sticky body.

O - A hoppy delight, lots of pine, pineapple and oranges.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger light ivory head that dissipates to a thick film and ring around the glass. Aroma of caramel malt awash in piney, citrus and herbal hops, hints of tropical fruit. Flavor starts with resinous pine, caramel malt, orange family citrus and pineapple, finishing with a quite satisfying flavor like an orange steeped in pine tea with a bit of citrus rind to complement the resinous hops. Medium bodied with a mild creaminess. The hops in this are so resinous and herbal I'm not sure how they pulled this off, but the malt, while not dominant, support the flavors excellently. Very flavorful, hoppy and enjoyable. Another excellent Fremont IPA that deserves its hype. So glad this now available in cans.

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Photo of Nikokristiansson
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip. Picked this up from the brewery this afternoon for a whopping $22 (growler price included). 

A: medium bodied golden orange With an inch of white lace foam. 

S: fresh hoppy pine smells, some pineapple and other citrus are present. 

T: great amount of hops right on the tongue, more of the pineapple and not enough to tell where that citrus is. 

M: Hops all the way through. For 8.5% you can't taste much of the booze in this. Pines, apple and pineapple do a great job of covering the booze and it has a very smooth finish. 

O: Really impressed by this DIPA. Had a lot of expectations for this being pumped up by the brewery and it did not let down. Possibly my favorite brew to date from Fremont. 

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for the fresh growler of this beer! Thanks Hollis!

poured into Pint glass.

reviewed from notes taken 10/6/12.

Appearance: cloudy yellowish ornage bodied beer with a tall 2 fingers of white head that has some heavy lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus bomb! Some tropical fruit notes mostly pineapples.

Taste: Moderate almost high bitterness in this DIPA. Would like to know what the IBU's are in this beer. Big pine notes. A decent amount of oranges and pineapples. The hops are fairely dank and resinous; as well as juicy.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer shows its ABV just a little bit. If the bitterness wasnt so big, the beer would be so much more drinkable!

Overall: Another great hoppy fremont beer! I associate crazy drinkability with all the fremont hoppy beers, but this one is got a huge hop profile which takes away from it drinkability. Another great hoppy beer for Hopheads to seek out! Thanks Hollis for my first growler that was shipped to me. It was a great chioce!

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Photo of NWer
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Sky2625
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fremont Brewing. Poured to a tulip (notes from 8/11/11):

A - Poured a cloudy vibrant orange with hints of tan, with 1/2-finger of off-white cmall bubble head. Moderate retention, and a bit of lacing. Shines yellow/orange when hed up to the light.

S - Big orangey citrus and pine hop, along with pineapple. Hints of caramel as well.

T - Pine hop to start, flowing immediately into citrus and tropical pineapple flavors. Mild hop bitterness follows, tempered by the mild fruity sweetness, and it finishes with moderate pine and citrus hop swetness, and a tinge of caramel. No booziness in the flavor profile.

M - Medium body, with light moderate sizzle carbonation. Solidly moderate hop bitterness, but completely inoffensive since it's balanced by the pineapple and citrus sweetness. Fluid texture, but not thin. finishes with a bit of alcohol warmth.

D - One of the better IIPAs I've tried. The bitterness and sweet flavors are both moderate in themselves, and well-balanced with each other, allowing bth to be experienced. No booziness in the flavor is a major plus, though you can start to feel it by the time you finish. Definitely worth having again.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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 rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade. Bottom of the can is smudged, but looks like it was canned on 4/3/14.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a one finger head that slowly slumped down to leave a thin creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of floral hops, pine, bitter grapefruit, light citrus. Really like how floral it is.

T - Taste is quite balanced. Nice bitter grapefruit, faint floral notes, light light malts. Lingering bitter finish, this is all grapefruit rind. Lovely.

M - Mouthfeel is really nice, lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden very well. Would like a touch more carbonation though.

O - Overall this is a very solid DIPA offering. Really nice west coast beer that I was glad to try.

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Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to nate321 for this bottle in a recent lovely trade (although I could do without the six feet of yellow tape on the caps!). 22 oz. bottle popped open after a long bloody fucking day.

Pour leaves a head that doesn't appear to be going anyplace before the Rapture, & the body is a clear, filtered orange. Nose is intense & hoppy. Hard slap of orange, citrus, tropical fruit salad. Even right after the cap popped I could whiff this & it just keeps going. Long & strong.

The Brother is as bitter as my little sister. Bitterness bursts into the palate like cloud-to-cloud lightning, backed up by much of the same players as the nose, but with the notable addition of several sap-dripping pine boughs. For a mid-player IIPA, there's a significant alcohol nip at the end that just puts a bold punctuation mark on the tastiness. Nice balance between oily & dry, somehow, this one keeps my fingers on the stem of the glass frequently.

Another clear winner from Fremont. I need to drink more of their stuff, I think: gorgeous, drinkable, strong, distinctive. Excellent beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can at 41 F poured into a large snifter. Hard to read, but I think the canned on date on the bottom is 3/23/2014. I'm excited to see it packaged, I've had it before on tap at the brewery before.

Pours bronze-orange with a medium-small head. Clear, fair amount of carbonation. Smell is floral, citrus, slightly piney, very nice.

Taste is well balanced, strong on both the sweet and bitter sides. Honeysuckle, heavy grapefruit rind and lemon zest, orange. Long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. Overall, this is a quite good beer.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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 hreb
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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 John_M
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this DIPA is quite attractive, as I get considerable tangerine, tropical fruit and light pine, with considerable orange and grapefruit citrus as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted DIPA, though I did pick up some heat on the finish that was a bit off putting. The tropical fruit mid palate dries out very nicely on the long and bitter finish, and while a bit boozy, this medium bodied DIPA is otherwise quite drinkable. This beer delivers a lot of flavor, and there's definitely a lot to like in this well made DIPA from the folks at Fremont. Another very solid effort from these guys.

(had this beer on cask at the Washington cask festival, and my recollection is it was every bit as good as the bottled version, and a touch less boozy as well).

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Photo of distantmantra
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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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Photo of vladdswrath
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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 mfavoino
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Fremont UBG.

A: Bright orange with a slight haze and frothy head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Tons of citrus hops. Tropical fruits and orange galore.

T: Big hop profile with pineapple, melon, and citrus fruit prominent. Finishes with a sharp hop bite. Moderate to high bitterness and some pale malt backing to try for some balance.

M: Moderate to heavy for the style and moderate carbonation. Some alcohol is noticeable.

O: If you're attracted to high IBU beers with citrus hop profiles, give this one a shot.

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Photo of woemad
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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 stratusjeans
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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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