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The Brother | Fremont Brewing Company

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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 -28.7%
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 Sabtos
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
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 -15.1%
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 spoony
3.74/5  rDev -9%
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 Moose90
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
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 brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an amber verging on golden with two fingers of foam capping the liquid; squiggles of lacing line the glass

Smell: Pine verging on cannabis

Taste: A hint of caramel malt is all there is and the rest is the hops, with the pine building powerfully in the middle; very hemp-like, after the swallow, with a medicinal aspirin finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am not a fan of IPAs that bring on the aspirin bitterness so I have marked this one down a bit; still a decent beer but not top flight for me

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

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Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Emersonio
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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 ArrogantB
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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 flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of peensteen
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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 MDDMD
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, slight tropical fruit, pine, floral

T-bready malt, light caramel, grapefruit, light tropical fruit, floral, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-good DIPA, easy drinking in spite of the abv

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Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
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 kemoarps
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
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 mac31
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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 HoppySeb
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Stone IPA glass. Pours a clean gold with a thick, quick forming snowy white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind beautiful foamy lacing. The aroma is quite malty for a DIPA, other than that - the characteristic West Coast and mostly PNW IPA aromas surface. Citrus, faint pine and a sweet caramel smell come forward, materializing as well as you taste the beer. Its bitterness is very light, leaving a mild and sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel I would say is not as thick as other DIPAs but quite adequate for this brew. Once the head settles, theres little to no further carbonation present.

Overall - this is a very enjoyable beer and i'm glad Fremont decided to can it. Its greatly refreshing on a hot summer day. Aroma vaguely resembles Black Raven's Trickster.

I'll definitely be buying these while available.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To love the taste of the Pacific Northwest is to love the taste of hops. Neighborhood based Fremont Brewing wouldn't have it any other way as their flagship imperial ale showcases the dripping citrus upstart and gripping resinous finish with a cast of hops to keep the balance decidedly bitter.

Bursting with pink grapefruit, pineapple and herbaceous botanicals, The Brother's aromas and early flavors side with the citrus, tropical and leaf character with the soft balance of caramel and light honey. Seemingly of fruit juice, early impressions are summery and refreshing.

As the flavors traverses across the middle, its malt sweetness lessens and the ripe and vibrant fruit turn to bitter. Citrus peels, ribs and verbena adds a crisp and clean taste and introduce more herbal components, just ahead of the ale's quick dryness.

Finishing with the deeply resinous bitterness of torn pine needles, bitter citrus and pronounced herb- wafts of cannabis, tea and leaf wash the back of the throat along with peppery warmth and a rosy acetone taste.

As the hazy-bright amber hue gleams right down to the last sip, its frothy character continues to lace the glass, shedding its lace all the while. Just shy of muddled, the big IPA almost uses too much hop varieties, but as it is, each play a definitive and necessary role in the beer's bright and boastful taste.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a radiant light orange with good carbonation and a nice white cap. This growler pour had a slightly different tint and cloudier appearance

S: Citrus, pine and booze were dominant

T: Pine, Citrus and caramel. The booze is rather sharp at the end.

M: Medium body, nice hop bite, starts sordove oily but then I thought it cleaned up and dried out on finish

O: Good IIPA and a treat to drink

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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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Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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 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 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 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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