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

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Added by NWer on 03-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
287
Reviews:
48
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
7.75%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
28
For Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.92/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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The Brother from Fremont Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 287 ratings.
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