The Brother | Fremont Brewing Company

The BrotherThe Brother
316 Ratings
The BrotherThe Brother

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

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

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Photo of Jimmys
2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
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 DJMonroe
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of BeerMe8
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Eighty
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of mre4b
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BTHU
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of nuebs
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of camarocrazy67
3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Sabtos
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
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 Beaver13
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
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 Ribsandwhiskey
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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 mfl620ks
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of jbaker67
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated can. Taste is malty with a slight citrus and dry finish.

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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 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 Ryannotbryan
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Elicoleman
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of erjaq
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of spoony
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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The Brother from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 316 ratings
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