Fremont Brewing | The Sister Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.5% | IBU: MYOB
ICYMI, March 8 was International Women’s Day. This yearly event celebrates women’s contributions to society, from the political to social to cultural spheres. In the U.S., International Women’s Day serves as a kickoff to Women’s History Month, which spans the entire month of March. In honor of all the hardworking women in the craft beer industry and beyond, we’ve decided to devote this showcase to a beer that celebrates the influence of women: The Sister Imperial IPA from Fremont Brewing.
The Sister, a seasonal creation of Fremont’s Imperial Series, was “inspired by [their] desire to thank Sisters everywhere.” Fremont describes The Sister as “fittingly bitter and a little sweet but she will always be there for you…Because Sisters Matter.” Indeed, the beer is a delightfully hoppy Imperial IPA with a sweet, malt backbone that holds up to its clever description.
The Sister pours a clear, honey-toned amber with a cream-colored head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving bubbly foam on the glass. Aromas of citrus hops, mango, and pineapple grace the nose, creating a mouth-watering, tropical experience. Its body is light for an Imperial IPA, with medium carbonation and very little sign of the relatively high alcohol content. The flavors follow the nose, with strong notes of orange zest, grapefruit, and pine hops present up front that fade into a pleasantly sweet caramel, bready backbone. The Sister finishes with a lingering, citrus bitterness that solidifies its presence as a true Northwest IPA.
Now that you’ve enjoyed this aptly named beer, we hope you’ll share in our appreciation and drink to the sisters of PorchDrinking, the craft beer community, and beyond. Fremont said it best — “Because Sisters Matter.” Cheers to that!