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The Sister | Fremont Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dirtylou on 08-29-2011

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 166
Photo of VashonGuy
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber into a tulip. No freshness date anywhere on the bottle that I can find.

Pours a good head, with golden color and slight haze. Aroma is piney hops. Taste is piney, some caramel sweetness, and plenty of bitterness. There's a little bit of fruit, but not much to me.

Overall, it's a very good DIPA, especially if you like a lot of bitterness. But it's not quite in the first rank of DIPAs for me.

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Photo of stevoj
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grunt fill from Winco. Rather unassuming pour, but wait for it. Mellow aroma turns into huge, rich hoppy taste, with buttery consistency. Smooth slick, slides right down, heat in the gut reminds you of the ABV.

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Photo of gandres
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taster flight from the brewery in Fremont, Earth
Appearance: Golden, amber, clear, minimal head, white foam
Aroma: Strong hoppy aroma, floral
Taste: initial medium bitterness, but can improve on follow through
Palate: medium body, creamy, lively, abrupt finish
Overall: very good beer, but not something to look forward to
Drank: 2016/04/03

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden honey color. with a one inch dense white head. Aroma is fantastic, hops forward, full of citrus and melons and a little bit of pine. Taste is aggressive and very bitter, drowning out the fruit notes at first but they remain subtly in the background as the bitterness clears. Mouthfeel is oily yet clean, again the bite of the hops clears the palate nicely. This is a very good brew, assuming you enjoy big hops.

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Photo of BorisNorris
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper/dark honey colored; white, fluffy head. Aroma is citrus and melon, touch of honey. Flavor is more citrus and melon; finishes with pine and grapefruit zest. Malt sweetness comes in underneath. Body is medium-full with medium carbonation. Excellent beer; smooth with a double IPA kick. Always look forward to this release.

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Photo of jtirpak22
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2016 batch, from a 12oz can.

A- slightly hazy amber with ~3/4" of foam.
S - Tropical fruit with a hint of pine and some caramel
T - What you'd expect from the nose, rounded up front with some bitterness in the back. Boozier than The Brother.
M - Medium/full body
O - a great IPA from Fremont, a bit more balanced than The Brother (which I tend to prefer).

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Photo of Taybeh
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 12 oz. can canned approximately a month ago (I think, but it is fairly blurred) into a snifter

a: little hazy at first, light orange honey color, fairly thin crown and minimal lacing
s: some bright sticky citrus (lemon and mango) and lots of caramel sweetness, a little resiny edge
t and m: what you expect from the nose, some nice layers and back and forth between the hops and the malt, a little heavy and boozy, fairly sweet, all things considered, though it does have a little surprising astringency at the end...pretty enjoyable, though a little sweet for me.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a couple of inches of foam perched on top of the liquid; a few shards of lacing hang around

Smell: Tropical fruit, pine and resins; caramel tones, too

Taste: Subtle tones of caramel build the base but they are quickly subsumed by a resinous, herbal hop blast; some tropical fruit and piney tones, too; the bitterness builds through the middle and into the finish; somewhat boozy, too

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation; slightly cloying

Overall: Not a bad beer at all, but a bit too far off the scale on the resinous side for my palate

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

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Photo of RJLarse
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I bought a bottle of The Sister in a bottle shop. Poured in to a tulip.

Pours a bright gold color, hazy, with a creamy white head.

Smell is very robust, a sweet fruity citrus aroma, lemon blossoms.

Taste is a bitter start sweet and malty in the middle with sour citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is full and slightly cloying.

Overall a decent beer and very drinkable especially for the style.

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Photo of mst934
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade. A little boozy, that has been mentioned. Overall, very enjoyable IIPA. Lighter on the malt side, which I'm a fan of. AMAZING nose up front. It just hits you. I'm in NC, but if you are in the PNW and haven't tried this yet, make that your homework for the coming weekend.

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Photo of vkv822
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with a foamy white head.

Pleasant mix of resiny, citric hops. Nothing too fancy, and a bit boozy at times. Overall though a well done, tasty DIPA.

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Photo of mactrail
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey-toned amber with a rather modest head. Mouthfeel is sharp and spritzy with a little oiliness. Pleasant mango aroma.

Quite fruity and aromatic. Also quite bitter. It gets to be a little burnt tasting with all the hops. Quite a hot finish. Apricot brandy taste. Just a little sweet with a light malt flavor.

This makes for a racy strong drink, but it's not one of my favorites in the DIPA category. You get your money's worth on the hop side, however. From the QFC market in the University district.

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Photo of Moose90
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can dated rather illegibly on the bottom of the can . . .

A — Pours a bright orangey hue, with notes of copper and honey. There is a tall and sticky bright white head on it, lacing left behind is sticky and mostly consistent.

S — Smells of honey, clover, hops, grassy, lightly sweet caramel malts, bitter, piney hop notes as well. This smells like a hopped clover honey.

T — Sweet initially, layers of honey and pine, heather, grassy, piney, sweet, bitter. Orange peel and flesh. Bright and sweet overall. Little bit of piney astringency.

M — Medium-Full bodied, hints at the ABV, but overall this is very drinkable and clean.

O — Great overall. Not a big sticky mess like some can be. Very nice and balanced.

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

The last half of my bomber was more enjoyable; more hop flavors and less pure bitterness and alcohol, much more balance so I imagine if I had it again I would have it at a warmer temp. Fremont is excellent, and this is by no means terrible, but by Fremont standards I would say there is much room for improvement.

edit: tried this beer again and was shocked at what a different experience it was. Especially the aromas. Very ppleasant. Taste was still a tad boozy but the hop characters were much more prevalent. Im so glad I tried it again.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful rich hazy golden amber body. Decent finger of white head. Settles into cloud city, but laces the side like arsenic and old-.

Nose is spicy... dank piney, resinous, some tropical fruit notes lurking in between the lines. Floral augments along the piping and fluting.
Bitter for sure no doubt. Pine bitter. Pithy citrus. A little sweet floral around the edges, and a nice supportive malt backbone. Citrus is as citrus does. Bluntly bitter while also being balanced and... I've run out of 'B' words.
It's good stuff. Drink it. I hope to bring some to my own dear sister for her grad-ee-ation!

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is lots of piney, peppery, resiny hops with a little fruit and biscuit malt.

The flavor is sweet malts and some fruit with a big resiny piney bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice DIPA. Big hops with some sweetness to balance.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass. Canned 10/6/14.

Appearance: medium golden-orange hue with a light haze and some tiny floaties. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam leaving a light lace. Not too bad.

Smell: grapefruit, pine and lemon; aroma is punchy and sticks right out. Bright and fresh, despite being 1.5 months old; I dig it.

Taste: sweet and a bit malty; hop flavor is farther to the back than in the aroma. Still a bright citrusy flavor. Finish is a little muddled; bitterness is there but the mélange loses some of its appeal. Not bad, but kind of messy.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a good creaminess for the style.

Overall: very drinkable for an 8.5% beer. I usually like imperial IPAs based on their aroma, so this guy gets points above and beyond its flavor, which kind of falls by the wayside here. Definitely worth a try if you come across it, though.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge tropical fruit smell. Lots of grapefruit and orange. Great bitter hop and malt balance. Nice amount of sweetness. This is dynamite............................

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Photo of snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip. Canned on date is unfortunately illegible; month and day are squished. 2014, though.

Pours clear golden with a small head and a nice splash of carbonation on the pour, medium amount of active carbonation. Smell is hop resin, a little pine, flowers, some citrus/lemon.

Taste is heavily bitter, with a trace of malty sweetness (enough to know it's there). Super long bitter finish. Almost a soapy characteristic. Bitterness almost has an unripened fruit skin characteristic to it.

Mouthfeel is dry, light, and resinous. Overall, I might like the Brother a little better, but I would want to try them side by side.

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Photo of draheim
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy pale straw w/ a 1-finger white head.

Aroma is bright and tropical, juicy. Nice clean sweetness shines through underneath the powerful hop aroma.

Taste is sharply bitter and hoppy, tempered by a strong pale malt backbone. Good balance. Dried apricots, citrus, and a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied.

Overall a solid, well-balanced, flavorful DIPA.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, orange family citrus, tropical fruit, citrus and lightly piney hops. Flavor follows aroma, with caramel malt supporting intense citrus hops with orange and lemon, piney resins. Lingering pine resin hop finish. Medium bodied with great carbonation. Advertised as an intense hop experience, this delivers. Unlike some palatte stripping IPAs, this has a nice supporting malt body that moderates the hop intensity. A little stark in the finish, but the balance of malt and herbal hop flavors makes this quite drinkable, perhaps too much so. The ABV is well covered and I had to pace myself with this one. I may not taste hops for a few days, but it was worth it. Really glad to see this in bombers and cans.

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Photo of John_M
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fresh out of the can, the sisters pours an attractive orange amber color with considerable lacing and very good head retention. The nose displays a lot of grapefruit and orange citrus, with a hint of underlying pine. On the nose, this beer is definitely for hopheads who can't get enough hoppy, bitter goodness. While there's plenty of citrus and light tropical fruit, the bitterness on the finish is massive and almost too much of a good thing. It hurts the beer's mouthfeel and finish, but even so, this is a pretty impressive DIPA, with a long, dry, very bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile otherwise, and the amount of flavor this beer delivers is impressive.

An impressive DIPA, no doubt, but I'm glad now I didn't get more than a single 4 pack. I'm just not sure I can handle any more than that.

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Photo of TheEarl
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I had a goblet of The Sister at the UBG on May 31, 2013 and another later that night, from a fresh growler fill, at a pal's house.

Appearance: The Sister pours orange/amber with lots of fluffy white foam and very good lacing.

Aroma: The aroma is probably the best single aspect of the beer. The nose is wet wood, citrus, tropical fruits, and aggressive pine. There is also a sweet smelling malt element present behind the hops at all times.

Taste: The taste is similar to the aroma but very heavy on the pine and bitterness. There is a slight roughness to the bitterness but the finish is very crisp.

Mouthfeel: The Sister is well carbonated. It is definitely more astringent and boozey than I'd expected.

Overall: This is a very good imperial IPA. I think The Brother is much better.

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Photo of blackie
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

brewpub draft

a: small chalice serving, light amber in color, nicely retained off-white head

s: pale malts structure with a light-moderate dose of caramel sugars, the hops really shine - mostly tropical with a dose of fresh, young evergreen - tangerine, pine, grapefruit, and passionfruit included, sweet and juicy...

m: carbonation light-moderate, light-medium body

t: cleaner pale malts comprise the bulk of the body with a light dosing of more complex sugars, big fruit hops - a combo of tangerine, grapefruit bitterness, young pine, pineapple - richly hopped, bitterness big, balancing without overpowering, quite enjoyable

o: a high-quality dipa that tends more towards the hop side with only a balance of malts, my favored kind

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Photo of beertunes
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly cloudy golden yellow, with a half-inch of white head that had very good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was very good, lots of piney hops, some citrus, and just a touch of grains. On the tongue, the profile was pretty similar, with a stronger citrus bite at the back of the tongue.

The body was nicely full without being heavy, relatively smooth, and had a clean, dry finish. Drinkability was very good, I had 3 pints, and I rarely drink 2 of the same beer in a row. Overall, a very, very good take on the style. A must try if you see it.

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The Sister from Fremont Brewing Company
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