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The Sister - Fremont Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dirtylou on 08-29-2011)
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of rab53
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beertunes
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%

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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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The Sister from Fremont Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.