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Sinister - 18th Street Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

104 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 17
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
18th Street Brewery visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-01-2013)
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Photo of jegross2
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing Sinister from 18th Street Brewery, a local gypsy brewery founded by a Pipeworks' employee named Drew.

Score: 90

February 2012 vintage bottle served in a taster glass and enjoyed on 02/22/13. Review is from iPhone notes. This bottle is the third one from the left in the graveyard photo.

Appearance: Clean and clear bourbon color. Pours a finger of off white head that settles to a thick ring around the glass. Good lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Dank, resinous pine sap, dirty hops, orangey malt, mango, juicy pineapple and a little spice. 4.25/5

Taste: Earthy malt. A lot more maltiness on the palate than anticipated by the nose. Slightly oniony, akin to the Goose Island Imperial IPA (but not oniony like Deviant Dales or Devil Dancer). Some spice on the tongue too. Some acidity to boot with the bitter hoppiness. Residual bitterness. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Nice bitterness. A little alcohol warmth on palate. 3.75/5

Overall: A solid first brew from a local brewery. I am excited to check a few more of their selections out as they become available.

Cost: $9.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hey Chicago, you got a goddamn great new brewer nearby !
I know they use Spiteful's equipment but Sinister is great stuff.

Pours a golden with some orange and amber hints.
Pure white head that does not maintain a large amount of volume.
Aroma of mango, pine resin and some grapefruit.
Flavors of sweet malt, some orange and grapefruit and, little bit of spicy and residual sweetness.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and much more dpeth that color would indicate.

Just a really great beer. combination comes together with phenemonal depth and really a great beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz, 3/5/13
Batch #10
Riedel tulip

A: Hazy slightly burnt orange color. Off white full finger of soapy head. Leaving sticky lacing immediately. Dissipates quickly.

S: Definitely getting those tropical fruits as described. Mango and pineapple and papaya. There is just an overall sweetness from the hops and the malts behind it.

T: Intense bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Pulling those piney and floral flavors from the hops. Definitely some malt body here, it's certainly a DIPA. Finish is dry with lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied.

Photo of PHBoiler
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber split with a friend in shaker pints

Deep golden color with plenty of white/cream head without forcing it.

The smell is pretty basic IPA. These hops don't produce a great pungency.

This drank like a west coast style DIPA. You get the heaviness. It was fairly bitter. The pineapple notes came through for a few sips in the middle. The alcohol definitely came through at 9%.

This was decent, but it doesn't hold up at $9/bomber in the Chicago market. I respect utilizing a couple different hops, but you can find many DIPAs more desirable.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)
A- This beer has a crystal clear orange body with a slow carbonation of microbubbles and a creamy beige head that last or a good bit.

S- The pungent earthy hops have a nice citrus pith to them with some cat pee aromas growing in the finish.

T- The pungent dandelion green hops has some pineapple weed taste in to follow that turns into more of a canned tropical fruit and apricots hop flavor as it opens. Also some caramel sweetness starts to bleed through the mountain of hops as it opens. The pungent hop bit lingers and grows until it stains the tongue.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a slightly slippery texture with a gentle fizz and no real alcohol heat until it warms a bit.

O- this beer has a wonderful depth of hops and good malt support but all flavors are pretty soft compared to the punishing bitterness of the hops. That bitterness really dominates and grows as it opens until the tongue is done for the night.

Sinister from 18th Street Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.