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The Sister | Fremont Brewing Company

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89
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37 Reviews
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BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by dirtylou on 08-29-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
194
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
16.79%
 
 
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Photo of Prager62
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. can packaged 05/10/16 received from the generous BA beertunes. Poured in my 13oz. snifter/tulip for the review.

Look- Pours a transparent dark gold with a baby finger of white foam that settles in quick fashion.

Smell- Onion up front followed by some grapefruit, pineapple and fusel alcohol.

Taste- Onion once again dominates along with bitter grapefruit. Some pleasant floral notes emerge once the palate wrecking hop assault subsides.

Feel- Oily and quite drinkable for such a big beer. A little alcohol heat going down.

Overall- A very flavorful and big beer with a slick feel that makes it dangerous. This beer drinks like a champ at two months! I can't imagine the beast it might be when fresh? A keeper!

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Photo of Kellee
4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a 12oz can.

A - golden amber, translucent, ~.5" white head
S - hops - tropical fruit, mango, grapefruit. Some sweet bready notes and caramel as well
T - Begins with some bready malts mixed with tropical fruit, hops and bitterness build a bit throughout, notes of pine crop up towards the finish. Medium bitterness in the finish.
M - medium bodied
O - really look forward to this beer every summer, delicious albeit a tad boozy. Can't drink many of these but am happy to sit down with 2 or 3.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Got on trade! Served at 9deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within a minute or two. Nice medium gold colour and filtered clear

S- Nice hops here.

T- Complex. Has a great hops slash malt slash hops balance to it. Very nice. Mellow. Not harsh in any way

M- As usual....... Dry and crisp!!

O- I like this one. It's mellow and mild. Don't get me wrong the hops and such are great but nice and mellow

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with.... Mac 'n cheese.

Enjoy!!

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

Can from ABV.

Orange with a beige head that has good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a bright, pungent blend of pine, alcohol, grapefruit, mango juice, minimal malt. Really hoppy but not as punchy as i was hoping. The palate opens with a blend of moderate bitterness and a nice, punchy hop flavor, a blend of pine, tropical fruit (mango, peach and some passionfruit), citrus (Grapefruit is present). The mid-palate is resiny and bitter, quite surprisingly so. Malt character is absent. Long and bitter on the finish with pungent pine and fruit.Very good.

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

12oz can purchased at Total Wine in Spokane Valley, Washington, for $2.49. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this was canned on March 25, 2016.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass, this was a slightly chill-hazed, golden shade of amber, with a good-sized off white head that took a few minutes to dissipate, and left spotty lace on the sides of the glass.

The nose was of hops – no surprise there -, the kind that give off the aromas of sweet, tropical fruits, but with a substantial, grapefruity, bitter aroma as well.

Initially sweetly fruity, the taste is quickly joined by the bitter, grapefruity aspect noted in the aroma, but this latter element does not become the senior partner. Rather, it melds perfectly with the sweeter aspects, finishing off softly dry. There’s no sign of the rather high alcohol content in the taste.

Medium bodied, with a sticky, resiny mouthfeel.

I like this a lot better than The Brother, which I think was similarly aged to this, but tasted much older. Since I bought both at the same place, maybe the Brother was just not quite my thing. This is. I’d happily drink this again.

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

i really dont care that the hop profile on this beer is sort of samey and generic. eventually, with so many breweries out there and only so many varietals of hops to select from, some beers are by default going to end up with similar hop characteristics, and i am fully alright with that. this beer just uses these ones better than most, so hats of to the sister, another smart and tasty beer from fremont. tons of lacy white head on this, tall and sturdy, sticky even, and it smells that way too, honey textured and big, oily and dank, west coasty for sure, but also somewhat cleaner than what we are used to in something like this. great clarity, shades of orange, a slight blooming floral aspect, less bitterness than a lot of these, but just enough to keep it squarely within style specs. some citra in here i would bank on, but the others are less obvious, although they still taste awfully familiar. the freshness here helps this be amazing, and i like that fremont has mixed it up a bit from their other hop driven beers. orange peel and clover honey, grapefruit and lemon, wet green saplings and young mulch, it is wet and hearty, but also fruity at the right time. carbonated well, and as sticky as it starts, it resolves itself before its done. fairly priced and really well made. fremont has done a real nice job across the board, and this is another winner. perfect abv for the style too, not too much.

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Photo of redresonatedragon
4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very fruity and delicious IIPA. Fremont is easily one of Seattle's top breweries and this IPA every bit as tasty as the Brother, being a little sweeter with more of that musky Chinook flavor. The aroma is more mild compared to the taste, the hops shine bright over a light malty cushion. A sixer for $10.99 makes this one a winner, easily holds its own in a sea of world class IIPAs even though this one is a sleeper here on BA

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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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