18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #223
Ranked #1,630
4.26 | pDev: 7.75%
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Indiana, United States
Notes: Our bone-shatteringly juicy 8% Double IPA is brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic and Crystal Rye Malt.
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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that rapidly dissipated, leaving just a minuscule collar around the edge of the glass and bits of lacing running down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet fruits and malts are present in the nose—in some aspects it smells al little like a watermelon Jolly Rancher candy.
T: The taste follows the smell and is sweet with flavors of watermelon and faint hints of piney, resinous hops. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: With its sweet malty base, this beer is quite unique compared to other Imperial IPAs. I would classify this as an English Imperial IPA if there was such as style. It is also exceptionally drinkable considering its strength because any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of BigGold
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from pint can, bottom stamped (apparently) canned on “9/07/18,” into nonic pint.

Dry, deft touch of malt and fruit, with a huge spicy hop and rye and warming but not overly alcoholic finish, this might be best characterized as an English DIPA (or an attempt at the original IPA), despite its claim to bone-shattering juiciness.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a pint glass. Brought to me from Chicago by my in-laws. Date on the bottom of the can is 9/05/18.

Pours a fairly clear honey amber with a moderately big creamy head and moderate to high carbonation. Smell is piney and bitter. Resin.

Taste is pretty similar. Piney bitter, resinous, definite grapefruit tones.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, resinously drying, and surprisingly still. Overall, it's a good beer.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy Orange, minimal white head, no lacing to speak of.
Snot locker says dank hops, caramel malts. Has some sweetness and a mildly bitter finish. Medium bodied, not a lot of carbonation. Got this in a trade, thought it was thoroughly enjoyable, but not a real ground breaking DIPA.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was another solid and enjoyable IPA from 18th street but honestly nothing too out of the ordinary, especially compared to there other IPAs. Almost the same as everything they've been coming out with lately.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, date stamped 3/27/18. Thanks to my friend, Derek, for giving me a can to try. Amber colored ale with some haze and a frothy beige head. Juicy and caramely aroma; a bit floral, a bit earthy and piney. Bold flavors of citrus and pine coupled with a hefty malt backbone. Fuller body, resinous hop oils stick to the palate, finishes bitter with earthy pine lingering. Good DIPA overall, just wish it was a bit fresher, but that's what happens when your friend says he has beer for you but you don't see him in awhile.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was just an example of a very nice dipa. The taste is a little sweet, almost like some honey was added to the mixture of juicy hops, amber like malts, and the finish that was almost oaty. Liked it, but doesn't stand out too much in a world of so many double ipas.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a one pint can on May 11, 2018. A bone shattering juicy DIPA brewed with Simcoe and Mosaic hops and Crystal rye malt. I would try this again.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a burnt copper color, nearly clear, with a thick tan head. Citrusy hops on the nose with a spicy malt component.

The hops are very forward on the taste, with dank, juicy oranges oranges, but the rye malt follows quickly, which is what makes this beer, IMHO - that spicy note balances the hops and gives a spritzy feel to it as well.

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Photo of ksimons
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy dark orange with a thin layer of white head

S-nice amount of citrus and some sweet malt

T-taste is much more malt heavy with some citrus and tropical fruits

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall not bad, a little too sweet

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Photo of maximum12
2.7/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to TSF3535 for this 12 oz. can, an extra in a recent trade. Consumed while watching my Twins have their best month since 1796 or so. No can date. For shame.

Pale gold - looks like an IPA rather than a milkshake, glass of OJ, or a glitter-rolled stripper. Classic IPA smells of pine & citrus. NE jimmies are rustled.

Under Crown is baffling. In that I just glanced down the review numbers, & at the aggregate score, & I’m baffled. This is the first time I’ve ever gotten the much mentioned, never experienced “cat piss” taste in an IPA. Couple with heavy maltiness & stanky dankness & you have something that’s teetering on the edge of the drain. Mild tropical fruits, harsh bitterness close this out.

Gave half of this to the wife, who’s enjoying it. I’m glad someone is. This is right on the edge of something that I’d finish. Not very good.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a bomber a few summers ago and this 12oz can is almost a perfect replica of the awesome beer that I fondly remembered. Thought this was reviewed by me back then, but I guess I will take care of that now. Mashed pineapple, mango, and nectarine. Straight tropical fruit purée. Perfectly bitter with waves of a fruity presence washing over the tongue. Has more of a hoppy fruit juice taste to me than any of the NE style IPAs I've had. Thinner, but still slightly creamy feel.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned Spring 2017; drank 4/21/17 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange/red appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge, noisy white head; frothy lace.

Cane sugar, fruit punch, mild caramel & faint spice notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Caramel, fruit punch & faint cane sugar flavors up front; spicy oak notes on the finish.

Before the NE IPA revolution the fruit punch notes would have been enough to send me into hysterics; however, this is way too malty for me now. Decent.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange color. White head with lace.

Love the citra here. Orange, papaya, mango, and other tropical fruits. Very clean.

Not bitter or dank. Nice and drinkable.

Very well done. Easy to drink for 8% abv.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber color with a white head. Juicy hop aromas of citrus, pineapple, mango, (much more fruit is present as it warms) resiny pine, a Thai basil like aroma, and a solid semi sweet malt presence. Flavor has loads of citrus with a piney presence that has incredibly mellow bitterness, a mild herbal flavor and a solid malt backbone that showcases the hop. Mouthfeel is very smooth and almost velvety feel with very little bitterness.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours hazy deep amber with finger white head that fades quickly, little lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit and fresh grain. Tastes of big earthy hops, peppery rye, just enough sweet caramel malt. Finishes dry with crisp pepper bitterness. Medium soft oily mouthfeel. Very good bold tasting DIPA.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I was not expecting this! I acquired this in a trade, and assumed it to be another run of the mill IPA since I had never heard of it before. I sure was wrong. This is an outstanding brew!

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Photo of brewskis
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Two day old 22 oz. bomber bought from the brewery.

Pours a hazy dark orange/copper color with a finger of an off-white head.

Aroma is dank for days. They use Mosaic and Simcoe hops on this one and it definitely shows. Huge herbaceous dankness and a bunch of overly-ripe fruits like mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and blueberry (from the Mosaic). The malts show in the form of a nice sugary sweetness.

Taste follows the aroma very well. Get juicy blueberry, mango, and pineapple up front as well as a big dankness. There's some light spicy rye in there too. Middle brings more of the same, in addition to some juicy grapefruit. Finish somewhat dries out the beer. The juicy grapefruit quickly turns to a light grapefruit peel bitterness and is paired with more underlying juicy mango and pineapple. The herbaceous dankness and spicy rye linger as well. Light boozy taste too on the finish.

Medium body. Smoothly carbonated and slightly creamy. An oily and sticky finish.

This one is right up my alley. The dank, fruity Mosaic and Simcoe hops pair really well with the sweet malts and spicy rye. Quite possibly my favorite 18th Street hoppy beer. Definitely the dankest beer I've had in recent memory. If you like dank, juicy, hoppy beers, this is one you will want to try.

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Photo of Big_V
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

1st beer from this brewery acquired from a trade. Beautiful deep orange color with minimal head. Not too much carbonation. Nose is oranges, pineapple tropical fruits. So smooth and creamy. Complex beer. Nice mouth fill and alcohol hardly noticeable. Can't wait to try more from 18th street, this is craft beer at it's best.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

WOW! One of the juiciest DIPAs I've ever had. Bordering on cloying just from hop flavor alone, but it works here. Just sweet enough. Lots of orange and pineapple with bitterness at the perfect level.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy deep orange in the glass. one finger head with lacing

S-Some rye malt good bit of citrus, some earthy notes as well.

T-Starts with some rye and bread notes. Then nice citrus and earthy notes. Good bitterness and balance.

M-Medium bodied, some hop resins, tad sticky.

O-Another yummy beer from 18th Street, not mind blowing but very good.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

22oz bomber poured into pint glass... these just hit the Indianapolis market last week.

A- Clean deep orange/copper body with this white head that leaves delicate lacing
S- Nice nose of citrusy hops and bit of earthy dankness
T- WOW. Starts with a bit of citrus (orange and grapefruit), then some dankness, moving to slight piney bitterness, wrapping back up at grapefruit peel
M- Medium, leaves your mouth sticky. Good level of carb to carry the flavor

O- Killer beer here. I'm very impressed with this beer. Blows several big name brands out of the water with the complexity and drinkability. I wish we could keep 18th street a secret for Indiana, but I doubt we can do it with beer this good.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

I've now had two DIPAs by 18th Street: the Grapefruit Dead and this. The Grapefruit Dead was flash and substance. It had a great name, a killer iridescent label, and a gimmick. But it lived up to the image ... the taste was as changeable and polychromatic as the label. But this strips away the flash and results in a beer that surpases the very high bar set for me by Grapefruit. The head is pretty subdued - which is fine by me ... who needs the hassle of overflowing glasses - and it subsides pretty quickly. Color is a autumnal sunset of deep gold, dense amber hearted. Nose is tangerine and a bit musky ... armpit ... but in a good way if you feel me. Taste follows but adds a bit of pine and the subtlest onion note in the background. But it's like how real Italian cuisine uses garlic - toast it in the oil and then discard - compared to how Americanized Italian douses you in the bulb; subtlety is key. There's foreplay going on here, man! Body is medium and while the malt is there it doesn't get all slick and in the way. If I were religious and had babies,. I might be inclined to baptize them in this.

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