The Little Brother
Brewmaster Jack

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New England IPA
Ranked #1,203
Ranked #4,212
4.1 | pDev: 7.07%
Brewmaster Jack
Massachusetts, United States
The Little BrotherThe Little Brother
Notes: The Little Brother is our biggest and most bitter double IPA. Brewed with loads of Citra hops and a just hint of Simcoe. This beer is named after our owner Tyler's little brother who, despite the title, is the biggest in the family.
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Photo of degueulasse
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This hazy tan beer is a double IPA that comes with a dry mouthfeel and a taste of some dank hops. It is juicier than most beers of its kind, and it leaves with the memory of apples and grapes, even if that is mostly on the aftertaste.

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Photo of GHow
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My 1st taste of a Brewmaster Jack product, Purchased a single 16 oz can dated 4/16/18. I didn't look at the reviews until I tasted and went to rate. Everyone below is right on with the summations. Great combination of flavors and tastes. Very smooth sipping IIPA. The IBU is rated high but not overpowering and in the way.The bitterness was on the top my tongue but not overpowering. Not bad "Little Brother", when I see you again we'll party. :)

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Photo of beergoot
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach colored body; thick, foamy white head. Fruity aroma of orange and grapefruit. Light bready base with a dry tartness and lighter citrus fruit taste; some alcohol. Heavy body yet rather soft and feathery; dry.

Perhaps this beer is past its prime. It certainly presents a strong, dry hoppiness and a rather boozy quality, but the malt character, for balance, just isn't there. Drinkable but wouldn't be a go-to unless a fresher version provides better depth and balance.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a dark moldy orange/copper color with a finger's worth of a white foamy head. Slight lace ran here and there.
The aroma had a nice blend of sharp pine and grapefruit rind. With a little bit of warming, the sweet side of the grapefruit came out, semi-pulpy but restrained a bit.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a little bit of hope spice kicking at the noticeable grapefruit rind. Pure and full with a chilled grapefruity sweetness in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a substantially keen sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt as the norm for a New England styled DIPA, low but I'm not bothered by this, just something one gets used to after a while (they're all doing it these days).
Overall, while some Brewmaster Jack beers can be hit or miss, this one has never actually missed it for me. This one is probably one of their best beers to date and am proud to say: I'd be happy to continue drinking more of this.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Canned on 4/18/18

Pours a hazy dark orange carrying a short, off-white head.

Aroma of muted, but discernible notes of dank grapefruit and pine; definitely hints of an oncoming booze bite.

I'm tasting a boozy and raw balance of malt and hops; maintains a citrusy undertone that has it drinking like a malty Screwdriver with a bite leaving a lasting impression on the finish.

Feels relatively thin, but unexpectedly smooth overall.

'Disjointed' may be the best way to describe this one; its base notes are solid, but are kept from shining through by the imbalance and raw booziness.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Little Brother - Brewmaster Jack
DIPA - 8.5% abv
Canned 4/16/18 (27 days ago)
Purchased for $5 at Threes’ Bottle Shop

L - 1.5 finger sparse head atop a vibrant orange body.

S - citrus, pine, dank, candy.

T - dank orange. Pine is very prominent in the middle. A little biscuit. Mildly bitter. Mildly sweet. Mildly boozy.

F - medium body and carb.

O - a dank juicy brew. Slightly out of balance towards dank, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz. can served in a tulip. Pours a dull orange hue with a hazy clarity and a frothy, half inch, cream-colored head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution and adhere to the walls of the glass. Big orange notes on the nose with just a hint of pith. Taste follows nose; however, it's a bit more subdued - more pith than juice. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. All and all, a solid shelf NEIPA.

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Photo of Maxms
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it from a can. 110 IBU. 8,5% Perfect combination. Good Double NEIPA overall. Citrus notes could be less though. Smelled distinctly lemon sugar cookie. Color is nice hazy dark yellow.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden colored opaque body... Was ready for some kinda NEIPA fruit smoothie bomb (is that even a thing?), but this was just flat out great! Nice amalgam of soft, smooth fruit and mellow, slightly dank pine... Well-balanced between the two coasts, with moderate bitterness, mild sweetness, and intense smoothness... 8.5% abv, 110 IBUs (but enough sugars to make it taste like half o' that)... Left a nice dull shellac on the tongue, with the kinda finish that makes ya wish ya had another... 4/18/18 canning...

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Photo of snaotheus
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a nonic pint. I don't see a date on the bottle. Given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours slightly hazy, amber, with a smallish head and moderate to low carbonation. Smell is pine, pine resin, something green that I might describe as cilantro.

Taste is much milder than I was expecting from the aroma. Juicier, but still piney, marshmallow fluff for sure.

Mouthfeel is a little slick and resinous. Overall, it's good. Not stellar.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - those little guys on the label! Adorbs! Crystal clear caramel gold. Slightly coffee-stained white head.

S - deep-rooted orange and pine. Light vanilla and caramel. Wood. Oak. Apricot.

T - more okay vanilla, but it's strange; this doesn't strike me as a barrel-aged beer at all, nor does it taste like one, but I'm getting those subtle flavors nonetheless. Earthy and grainy. Cardboard and orange malts. Numbing bitterness that sneaks up on you.

F - smooth and creamy as expected for a beer of this ABV. Slightly on the syrupy side and a bit sticky.

O - feels much more elegant and mature than it comes off. Refined and purposed flavors. Is this the little brother... or the older brother?

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Photo of timmy2b
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a goblet. Hazy Yellow/golden color. Fairly clear with a smaller cloudy white head which dissipated quickly. Slight bitterness in the taste. Small amount of citrus in the aftertaste. Easy drinking with a pretty smooth finish, but a lighter than I expected it to be. Would drink again.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the piney flavors are a touch stronger and stand out in front of the citrus. The hops lend a moderate amount of bitterness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good example of a "juicy" New England IPA. I really liked the mixture of citrus and pine in the taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a teku glass

Two finger white foam cap settles to a pencil thin layer of soapy white bubbles atop a translucent amber

Fragrant citrus, pine on the pour. Whiff of tangerine

Taste of pine hope, bit of dankness, some orange citrus

Low sudsing ,definitely has some bitterness but not a sharp bite . The bitterness lingerson the front of the tongue

Good beer

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Photo of mnj21655
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and orange-copper in color with maybe a finger of white head that quickly dissipates and just a touch of chill haze. Aroma is pine and citrus. Taste mirrors the aroma with pine needle, tangerine, grapefruit, and some orange. There is some sweetness upfront that is overtaken by a solid bitterness in the finish. There is also a light boozy note. Medium-light body with moderate+ carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good beer, it definitely has a West Coast vibe to it.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange in color with a small white head.

Aroma of citrus and pine and a noticeable malt aroma as well.

Taste: mild bitterness but it lingers for a bit. Some malty sweetness shows itself after the initial bitterness and the citrus flavors fight to show themselves. A little too on the sweet side for my tastes.

Feel is thin for a DIPA but not bad.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a murky yellow-orange appearance with a thin ring around the glass and some patchy lacing on the sides. Sharp pine grass is can be smelled with a grapefruit flavor lingering in the background. The taste to the beer appears to have more grapefruit and some orange citrus flavor. The drink has less of that piney-grass flavor in the taste department. The beer is slightly refreshing with a medium carbonation but a light watery body. Overall, I felt the aromas and mouthfeel to this beer were the best attributes.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Popping the cap gives a whiff of pine. On the pour, 5 minutes later, the aroma is mostly grapefruit and tangerine, with just a touch of pine. It pours a medium opaque orangey-amber. with half inch off-white head, quickly dissipating, leaving no lacing.
Flavor is mostly grapefruit, with light pine and tangerine. (No grass.) Very soft, small carbonation. Nice. Right now, after it has warmed, it has a pleasant dank, boozy-shellac aroma . Bought a single this time, but will gladly get more if I see it again.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber, with a thin but persistent head of small soapy bubbles. No carbonation visible and no sentiment. Very attractive. Nose is grassy and hoppy. The citrus is there for sure but not the tart sweet you might expect but just... rotten oranges. I mean this in the best sense.

Taste is more hops, and immediately pine-y. There's the citrus/grapefruit coming in, without the tart, along with grass and booze. It's a 8.5% and doesn't hide it. It's also supposed to be 110 IBU but that's gotta be a lie. Very balanced and smooth for what might have been overpowering. The malt is keeping the bitter totally manageable, and I get a mix of dank, grass, onion, sour grapefruit, moss in a low-key and complex mixture.

With all that, we end with a spicey finish with a taste of onion. Juicy aftertaste with not much oil or resin. Amazingly balanced and frankly it drinks like a mellow and slightly boozy IPA rather than a DIPA. Brewmaster Jack gets the dank pine earth thing right and never lets any other taste take the sip hostage. I really like it.

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Photo of Professor_Frink
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought it after a tasting at a liquor store. It's just much mellower than I remember it. Too mellow. It's fine as a double-IPA, just a mellow taste, feel, smell. I did have this first part out of my Fizzinator, so perhaps the next glass I'll pour directly.

UPDATE: Still mellow, but better sans Fizzinator. I had it about a month before drinking, but maybe should have had it sooner? Anyway, it's ok, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Buffett
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Loved this beer but I just tried the latest batch from a bomber. Seems very different. Darker, not as much citrus. Very different flavor profile like the yeast was changed or something. Maybe just an evolution but in he wrong direction.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a pretty beer to look at: light, hazy orange. A half finger of white head, though not much lacing. Smell and taste go a bit downhill from the look of this beer. There's some nice citrus playing around in my glass, but there is also this unnerving Pine-Sol-iness to it. Overall, I'm underwhelmed.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Apr 27th 2015 bottle, opened Jun 28th 2015

A - Solid. Nice, creamy yellowed-paper head with nice retention and lace. Clean, deep gold body.

S - Really nice nose. Subtly complex with lavender, parsley, honey, clover, tarragon, and rose, balanced with a crisp biscuity center.

T - Surprisingly thin and one dimensional. Tastes like a thin, resiny pine tea.

M - Light body.

O - It's not terrible. I absolutely love the nose, but taste and mouthfeel are definitely below par for a DIPA.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7/6/15. What you would expect from a DIPA brewed from an excellent outfit. Dank and piney aroma that speaks to the resin-like hops within. Pours a golden hue with a moderate head. Imbalanced hop-heavy upfront taste with citrus and tropical notes of mango and pineapple. Smoothing malt finish that leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste combined with the stickiness leftover from the hops. Great beer; excellent flavor masks most of the ABV.

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Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date that I can find.

A: Pours a clear, pale-ish orange. Tall, frothy light tan head. Phenomenal head retention and stellar lacing just like all of the other BJ beers I've had. Hmmm probably shouldn't call these "BJ beers".

S: Oh yeah, we got a juicy one here. Oranges, mango, pineapple...apricot? Underpinnings of spicy pine.

T: More of the same. There are undercurrent of spiny pine but on top there is lots of juicy tropical fruit flavors. Spicy pine stands on its on in the finish nicely along with a wave of bitterness. Quite a big wave in fact. Mild cracker malt. Lingering dry spiciness with hints of tropical fruits.

M: Medium bodied, lightly spicy and quite bitter and dry.

O: Another nice DIPA from BJ (damnit, I did it again). I could get used to this brewery. Second only to top-tier stuff like Trillium. Well done.

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