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The Sister | Fremont Brewing Company

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The SisterThe Sister

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

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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Photo of Kellee
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
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 redresonatedragon
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
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 vladdswrath
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
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 jtirpak22
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Jeffo
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Rutger this past summer.

From a can into a snifter
Hops: Calypso, Cascade, Chinook & Columbus

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, creamy white head with great retention. Hazy, opaque gamboge orange with a bit of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and coats the glass with lacing. A splotchy wisp remains leaving decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of grapefruit, honeydew melon, citrus aromas, orange peel and mango on the nose. Tropical fruits and citrus qualities. Nice.

TASTE: Melon, pale malts, caramel and honeydew up front. A nice dose of sweetness with lots of bitterness after the swallow. A bold and lingering finish of grapefruit, citrus flavors, orange peel, mango, melon, and a nice layer of hop bitterness. Flavorful and lots of citrus and tropical fruits. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a burn and finishes mouth-coating. Lots of bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This was great. Lots of nice tropical and citrus qualities all over the nose and palate, with a solid look and feel to support the show. Something worth checking out if you see it. Thanks again for all the brews Rutger. Cheers!

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Photo of RJLarse
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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 socon67
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid northwest IPA. Earthy hop profile and some sweet malt notes. Smooth and not overbearing. Paired perfect with a patty melt grilled on Labor Day.

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Photo of draheim
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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 woemad
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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 BorisNorris
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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 kemoarps
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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 blackie
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of mst934
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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 snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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 John_M
4.14/5  rDev +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 Prager62
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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 gandres
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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 LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 beertunes
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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 mdaschaf
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Moose90
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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 Beaver13
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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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