The Sister | Fremont Brewing Company

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The SisterThe Sister

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Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

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 StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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 brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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 mactrail
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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 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 stevoj
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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 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 flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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 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 barleywinefiend
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
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 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 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 DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 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 dirtylou
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 vkv822
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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 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 DaveBar
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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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