The Sister | Fremont Brewing Company

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The SisterThe Sister

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Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dirtylou on 08-29-2011

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.17/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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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 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 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 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.


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Photo of danwho
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 dirtylou
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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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 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 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 mdaschaf
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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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 HuskyinPDX
4.09/5  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.

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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 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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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 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 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 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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