The Sister | Fremont Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
fremontbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
240
Reviews:
49
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
7.16%
 
 
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18
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32
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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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 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 millerbuffoon
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat clear amber orange color with a finger of off white head. Citrus hops, soap, pine and resin, fruity malts, bitter grapefruit and lemon. Not crazy bitter but very strong. Medium body and low carbonation.

Overall a nice beer; hoppy nose though the taste was a little maltier than I expected. Wish the bottle had a date on it so I knew how old it is.

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

Photo of rab53
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAchris
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Rochefort10nh
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

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 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 eawolff99
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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