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The Sister - Fremont Brewing Company

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The SisterThe Sister

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

52 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 52
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dirtylou on 08-29-2011)
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Photo of BigE90
3/5  rDev -27.2%

BigE90, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice glowing orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Loads of pine, ornage peel, grapefruit and resin

T: Holy hop oils. Waaay to much resin here, very slick and overly sweet. A pint of this and my tongue had buckled, stomach hurt and was over it. The booze is sharp, way too one dimensional with orange peel, coriander, zest, grapefruit, pine needles being dominant with a hint at caramel.

M: carbonated well, way to much of a good thing on this one

O: Average overall if you like oily, hop bombs but it was to slick for me.

barleywinefiend, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Adamostella
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Adamostella, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of BillHilly
3.5/5  rDev -15%

BillHilly, May 26, 2013
Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -15%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of TheEarl
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

TheEarl, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of benbjb
3.75/5  rDev -9%

benbjb, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of danwho
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened a growler last night, thanks to bfg75 for the trade.
Poured into a Chimay chalice, it's a nice clear light golden color with an inch of white foamy head. Lots of lace as glass is emptied.
Smells like a DIPA, hops and more hops, citrus (grapefruit), pine and a little grass. Not as floral as say, PtE, more like Duet.
This tastes like it smells, very hoppy, like a DIPA should, tart, subtle fruit on the finish. Citrus and pine dominate.
Medium mouthfeel, not oily or thick, very nice for style, carbonation was good, considering the distance it came.
Overall I would rate this a 3.75 only because I'm sure it would be better straight from the tap.
When you live in San Diego, it's hard to be impressed by IPA/DIPA's, but this one is above average for sure.

danwho, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of rab53
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rab53, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at the brewery

appearance: served in an unbranded chalice, bright pale-orange body, light beige film

smell: grapefruit, lemon zest, herbal, spicy notes

taste: Brewed with calypso and bravo hops - 2 varietals I'm not overly familiar with. Spicy and earthy - bitter grapefruit rind, moderate alcohol notes, sweet malt. Interesting - think I like The Brother better though

mouthfeel: medium, thick oily body

overall: good

dirtylou, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Kevlee722
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Kevlee722, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

spark3148857, Jun 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

laminam, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

BeerNW, Wednesday at 10:37 PM
Photo of BeerisUber
4/5  rDev -2.9%

BeerisUber, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of CSO
4/5  rDev -2.9%

CSO, Thursday at 04:27 AM
Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev -2.9%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -2.9%

twelveinches, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of steinz
4/5  rDev -2.9%

steinz, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. Review from notes.

A: Served in a goblet, the sister was a hazy golden orange with one finger of white head on top.

S: Lots of citrus/tropical fruit. Some grass, melon, grapefruit, lemon, and a little pine.

T: Similar to the aroma with plenty of tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange, orange zest, melon, and a slightly piney finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Hint of alcohol on the finish as it warms.

O: A really nice DIPA from Fremont, hopefully they will start to make it more often.

mdaschaf, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a growler on 11.30.12 from the Brewery.

A - Pours a slightly hazy, light orange with a small near-white head that moves to the edges.

S - Hoppy lemon, candy, pine and tangerine.

T - Same as the nose, lemon, tangerine, candy with a pine bitter finish.

D - Lower carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Orange and lemony sweet with a solid pine bitter finish.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of beertunes
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

beertunes, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

LiquidAmber, Oct 15, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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

blackie, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

John_M, Oct 13, 2014
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The Sister from Fremont Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.