Jade | 18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom

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18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 171
Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy Orange with an eggshell head, spotty lacing.
Aroma is citrus/tropical fruit and some pine, very fragrant.
Taste is similar, a hint of spicy rye, nice malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is about right for the style. An easy to drink beer.
Another nice one from 18th Street!

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

10/26/18 (Gary, IN): $5 16 oz. draft pour at Gary Brewery served in tumbler glass, dark golden pour, light thin white head quickly dissipates, light carbonation. Faint hops aroma. Balanced taste, slightly sweet and bitter, citrus and rye. Creamy mouth feel, faint carbonation, easy drinking. Overall good pour.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: tangy, spiced floral hops, herbal tea and balance of malt backbone. Herbal tea and flowery nose. golden hue, semi clear, foamy head with lace on the taster cup, Medium body. Drinkable.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz can, date stamped 2/23/18. Hazy golden brown color with a foamy head that slowly fades. Somewhat muted aroma with some oaty malt, spicy rye, and mango perhaps. Flavor much better than aroma with the oats and rye pairing well with the tropical Jade hops; notes of mango, orangey pith, tangerine, caramely grain, spicy & earthy rye, and a hint of spearmint. Full creamy body, moderate carbonation, finishing moderately bitter and very dry. Very intriguing rye pale ale. I'm not too familiar with the Pacific Jade hops, but I like them here. I'll buy this again if I see it.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful hazy golden color with a voluminous off-white head. Nose is all citrusy fruits, primarily oranges.

The citrusy orange flavors are prominent on the taste, but there’s a nice balance with the spice of the rye. A really enjoyable APA from an excellent Indiana brewery.

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Photo of jkblr
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz canned 10/24/17 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp no ABV listed on can. The beer pours hazy, light amber in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and paper thin island with some lacing. The aroma is subtle with citrus being most prominent. The taste is spicy rye mixed with citrus and maybe a bit of evergreen. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated and semi dry. The can states oats and crystal rye are used in the malt bill which add body and mild sweetness. The Pacific Jade hops are new to me and present citrus and evergreen very different from American hops. Overall, very good.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 9/12/2017. Poured into pint glass. It pours a cloudy-brown-amber color with a finger of foamy, milk-white head and soapy lacing. The nose features tangerine, mango, grass, and subtle hops. It has a really tropical fruit taste with mango, tangerine, grapefruit, and resinous hops over a nice malt base. Although it's not overly hoppy it has a nice, bitter, biting taste at the finish. It is medium-bodied with pleasant carbonation, and at 5.5% ABV you can easily drink couple of 12 oz. cans. Overall, I like the balance of fruit and hops in this APA. It's 6 weeks old and I'd be interested at how it would taste when first canned. I suspect the nose would be bolder. Overall, though, this is an excellent APA. I understand why so many BA's have good things to say about 18th Street Brewery.

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Photo of jhavs
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a small snifter.

Orange and hazy, whispy off white head that settles into a pretty thick collar and thin cap.

Aroma is fruity, sweet, followed by herbal and spiciness most likely from the rye.

Flavor is full of fruit and citrus. Juicy, soft, some earthy flavors, herbal and a hint of something vegetal.

Soft, moderate body, medium carbonation.

Tasty brew. Lots of flavors meld together well.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peach color with white head. Aroma is mostly hoppy with citrus notes and overripe oranges. Taste is quite juicy with nice citrus and tropical fruits. Light bitterness on the finish. Medium body with lower carbonation. Overall it's quite nice, juicy pale ale.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage; drank 1/25/15 @ the Yarchives.

Murky orange appearance.

White head; a curtain of lace.

Mango, fresh soap & fresh pine nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Spring water & freshly squeezed mango juice up front; a crisp, refreshingly clean grapefruit bite on the finish. Effervescent & quite sessionable; this tastes like sparkling water with fresh mango juice. Hard to believe there's booze in this!

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Photo of Myotus
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured hard at 46°F from a 12oz can (no date) into a Mikasa Ale glass. Consumed on 25Jul16.
SMELL: Mild aromas of caramel, sweet bread, floral hops, mangos, papayas, apricots, and peaches are backed by subtle spicy rye aromas.
4 out of 5
TASTE: A balanced sweetness of strong caramel and mild floral hop flavors initially caresses the palate. Mild flavors of mango, papaya, peach, apricot, and sweet bread quickly follow as floral hop flavors grow slightly stronger. The taste theatrical concludes with a subtle spiciness from the rye and hints of alcohol as all prior flavors persist.
4.25 out of 5
NOTE: What a delightful, easy drinking APA. I loved the balanced sweetness of the brew and how it maintained from the start until the finish. The touch of rye was a wonderful addition to the brew that I usually do not experience with this style, but I thought it could have used a little more. This is a Pale Ale that I could sip on any and everyday. A huge kudos to 18th Street.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This can may have some age on it, so scored accordingly.

Appearance: Cloudy copper poured into pint glass from can. Hint of lace.

Aroma: Orange, pine (muted hops?), some more citrus. Decent.

Taste: Sharp with citrus and orange hoppiness, and a dank twang. Solid, and likely a superlative brew when enjoyed fresh.

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Photo of leantom
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm relatively partial to the beers put out by 18th Street (but not the price, however), especially the pale ales. How does this one stack up to the others I've had? Pretty well, albeit it has its flaws. Here goes:

A: Good. The head is massive and lingers throughout, leaving a fair bit of lacing. The body, however, leaves something to be desired - it's a not-particular-appetizing orange, resembling light apple cider. Good overall, however.

S: Luscious tropical fruit, some pine, and a fair amount of cattiness. They're all there, if you've got the nose for sifting out its subtleties. Pine and fruit are endearing; that cattiness, not so much.

T: Follows the nose, which is both good and bad. Pears, mango, orange, grapefruit, and pine from the hops. Some rye and oats from the malt. Also present is that cat-pee-like essence from the smell.

F: Good. Goes down smoothly; well carbonated.

O: A good beer with some faults. Enjoyable PA, but probably would not get another six-pack of it.

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Photo of tempest
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting. I'd call it a strong pale ale, or just a rye beer. The crystal malt is upfront and the rye blends into it before the citrus hops kick in. There's a subtle spice in the aroma, while the flavor has a sweet and bitter balance. Despite the malt flavors, it's not too thick. Overall, a fun beer. Give it shot if you can.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Coppery orange, hazy body, white head, tight and persistent, with a mild bit of lacing.

S - Opens with stone fruit and mango. Peaches and apricots. As it warms the more rangy hops come out, dank and pine, and eventually cattiness and wild harshness blooms, making it progressively hard to love. But the promise is lots of juicy hop, if you can get by the more brutal notes.

T - And it does explode with hops, a big dose of peach flesh, rich mango meat, lemon and pine, a big malty core keeping things rolling through the middle and softening up the close, making for a deliciously drinkable APA in a NW Indiana tradition of super hopped loveliness.

M - The feel is lovely, bright and punchy carbonation, smooth, with mild drying in the close from all the hops, without destroying a palate.

O - A lovely one, here. Full of fruit, great malt backbone. The close is bitter without being brutal. The nose is a bit rough, but it is a fine beer for drinking.

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Photo of Tdmccall
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow...My first beer from 18th St and it's a real winner. Great flavor with a slight sweetness that is really interesting. Happy that it's readily available in Indy right now.

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Photo of stortore
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a mostly clear golden color, with an easy two finger head, some foamy cling. Smell is a bit perfume like, the hop aroma is very different. Herbal, some citrus, a very fragrant orange, light malt, yeast, some rye, some caramel. Taste gives more citrus than the nose- strong, fragrant orange hops, light malt, yeast, a little rye. A soft bitterness throughout. Dry, refreshing, well carbonated.

not my favorite style, but this is very good. Loaded with flavor, enjoyable to drink. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice Pale Ale with a bit of a tame complexion but excellent flavor. Barley grain, lemon, lime, grapefruit, tea leaves and light pine. Drinks dry but crisp with almost no bitterness.

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Photo of kecoons5
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L- Deep orange, slight hazy hue. The star of the appearance here is the fluffy head that stays for the duration.

S- Very impressed by the smell. Bright, citrus zest. Grapefruit flesh and orange zest come to mind. Can detect a slight bitterness on the nose.

T- A bit let down after the nose. Very zesty. Lack of any citrus fruit flesh. Hints of grapefruit and orange rind with an underlying earthy bitterness.

F- Expecting more from the oats. Harsh feel that felt very prickly on the palate.

O-Definitely has its up and downs. Tis alright.

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Photo of popery
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer is yellow-orange golden color, cloudy. Medium-sized, white head. The aroma isn’t as hoppy as I was expecting. The hops are fairly mild and have a resiny, citrus flavor. Orange, Grapefruit, pine, lemon. It’s pleasant enough. There’s some tropical fruitiness, but it’s subdued. Malt is fairly sweet with some caramel. Smooth feel, soft with some body. It’s very easy to drink.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have to admit to a fair amount of incredulity upon hearing that a) there is a brewery in Gary, IN and b) that it is making some great beers. I took time during my recent visit to Chicago to make the trip down and over and I was not disappointed! I got a couple of their CANs to add to The CANQuest (tm) and I would be interested in acquiring more.

From the CAN: "Unfiltered, Sediment May Occur. Fresh Is Best, Do Not Cellar."; "18th Street Brewery presents: Jade: Ameri[CAN] Pale Ale: Brewed with Oats, Crystal Rye and Pacific Jade hops."; "[CAN] Art by: Joey Potts".

If the CAN cops to the unfiltered possibility of sediment, then you CAN bet that an inverted Glug is off the table. Instead, following a loud Crack!, I went with a gentle Glug so as not to rouse any lees. Wow! It was brimful, so I really had to be mindful of my pour. I still managed a finger of foamy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with button brightness. Unfiltered?!? CAN't prove it by me. The nose had an earthiness to go along with a minty, evergreen scent and my hophead mouth was watering. Mouthfeel was medium. The hops were understated in the mouth and on the tongue, not quite as pronounced as on the nose, but the rye gave it a spicy bite that was really good. Finish was dry, tangy, earthy and with just enough inherent bitterness to make me a happy man. I really want to try some more of their CANs!

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus, malts. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, citrus, some hints of mint. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad pale ale. Poured into a Lagunitas short glass. Heavy foamy head, cloudy light orange color. Taste was very hoppy with hints of grapefruit, tangerine, citrus. Never seen a beer that used "jade" hops but it's different but in a good way of course!!

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clouded orange/amber color with a great looking one finger fluffy cream colored head.

S: To my knowledge, I've never had anything with Jade hops, and if they're what I'm smelling here, I'm really intrigued. Light smell, but I get some orange smoothie, malt powder, light vanilla, candied grapefruit and mandarin orange. I wish it was a bit stronger, but there's some really interesting stuff going on here.

T: Definitely not quite as interesting as the smell. Quite malty with just a hint of orange smoothie and smooth malts. The finish brings some lingering pink grapefruit that's pretty nice. Not quite enough in the middle to make this really good, though. Glad I finally got to try something from these guys. I'll definitely be looking for more.

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Photo of mabermud
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Muddled and murky, dark orange. This looks like a darker orange juice without pulp. The head is a pillow and puffy off white. Nice legging and lace. The head looks unrefined with multiple bubble sizes. This looks raw.
Smell: Tang and candied orange. Maybe orange Pez. I can smell sugar.
Taste: Sweet orange, some hops, some malt, and some pine. A little tangy. I was expecting a sweet, sugary aftertaste. I was let down :)
Feel: For me, this has the consistency of pulp free orange juice. Thicker, substantial body. Lower carbonation.

Overall - The taste is a little off for me, all the blocks do not fit. However, this isn't far off from having all of the pieces fit the puzzle. I am sure with a few tweaks, this will be turn out much, much better.

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