The Brother Imperial IPA

Washington
United States
Fremont Beer The Brother IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

The Brother is a beast. Brewed with twice as much barley and 5 pounds of hops per barrel, the Brother will sit on your palate and beat you down. And you’ll like it. This ain't no toy, Boys 'n' Girls. This is a Northwest Imperial IPA. Hops First, Hops Last and Hops All The Way Through!  

Profile

ABV: 
8.5%
IBUs: 
1 Billion (approx.)
Hops: 
Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Amarillo
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, White Wheat, Vienna
Judges Review 
S J Klein's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This is a balanced, nuanced yet still HUGE beer. Pale amber in color with big bubbles, this beer's head dies fast, but it has nice lacing and big legs. The nose wafts beautiful grapefruit and evergreen aromas out of the glass, reminiscent of northern California's Sequoias, with undertones of tawny port, alcohol and old fruit. An almost tart hop sharpness is cut by a rich barleywine-like, mouth-coating malt backbone. This malty, hoppy, bubbly and oddly refreshing beer (considering its strength) finishes very clean with a volatile bitterness that threatens to leap off your tongue if you open your mouth. Very warming.

This is a truly lovely beer: Nicely balanced, surprisingly easy to drink and just wonderful.