Sex And Candy
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom

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American IPA
Ranked #1,333
Ranked #8,968
3.97 | pDev: 7.56%
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Indiana, United States
Very Good
Sex And CandySex And Candy
Notes: Fruity and faintly sweet, Sex and Candy is simply a dream. The enticing smell of Chinook and Cascade hops waft forth from this IPA.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned August 2016; drank 9/6/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big eggshell head; frothy tree-rung lace.

Peach, mango, grapefruit & booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Grapefruit, banana & cane sugar flavors up front; booze heat & lager yeast notes on the finish.

Nice smell, but this is too sweet & has an off-putting finish. Too bad.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really a very interesting IPA from a great brewery. Appearance was top-rate - a great-looking amber-dark golden color with some mild white head and glorious rings of lingering lacing that lasted forever. Smells of muddled fruity hops, malt, vanilla and some caramel. Taste follows the nose, and there’s a fairly good balance between the hoppy bitterness and sweeter malt backbone. Smooth, mildly sticky mouthfeel with good carbonation. A very enjoyable beer and the higher ABV was dangerously undetectable!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, no apparent freshness date. Thanks to my friend, Ken, for giving me a can to try. Hazy amber body is capped with a creamy ivory colored head. Aroma is muted with maybe some pine and citrus. Flavors are more pronounced: sweet caramel and toasty grain, orange & grapefruit zest, earthy pine; fruity apricot comes through in the aftertaste. Fuller body, sticky on the palate, moderate bitter finish with pine and citrus lingering. Good, but not as good as expected.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, but consistently left a coating of bubbles covering both the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of caramel malts and some associated sweetness with notes of orange citrus. There is a light amount of bitterness, but the underlying hops mostly serve to keep the malty sweetness in check.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the combination of caramel malts and orange citrus in this beer as it did taste a little sweet like candy but wasn't overly heavy on the palate or too sweet.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Exciter250
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This craft is very smooth and pleasing to drink. It has a slightly sweet taste which appeals to a lot of drinkers who don't like hoppy bitterness. I find that reluctant experimenters really like this Ale. But, don't let these comments fool you, it is an IPA all the way, and has great body and depth. Eighteenth Street Brewery is only about 25 miles from me, so I know freshness adds to the flavor.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My good friend and old neighbor gave me a can of this. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had sweet fruit puree. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with ripe fruit base. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on a fall day, on the patio....this one is from a tall aluminum can. It has a ruddy orange-amber complexion with lots of haze. Frothy white head. The aroma is fruity...citrus and melon. The taste is balanced, with a juicy hop forward flavor and a little malt underneath. Full in body and flavor. Interesting and drinkable.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, spicy hops, hint of piney hops, alcohol, sweet malt, and citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a slight bitterness. Tastes of citrus hops, spicy hops, hint of floral hops, alcohol, sweet malt, and citrus. Overall, great blend, good feel, aroma, and body.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a large, off-white head of bubbly foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, citrus peel, pineapple and grapefruit. Really citrusy taste with a sharp bitter bite and sweet caramel finish.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

more from 18th street now that they're in town. around a month old now, dumped this big ol can down into a pint glass. classic ipa look, deep amber/orange with a fluffy head and toonss of lacing. nose is super sweet malt at first with very herbal/floral hops after. hints of some citrus after a while. wonderful flavor of herbal hops with hints of citrus and a nice sweetness. everything comes together and tastes solid. very drinkable, almost dangerously. fills the mouth and leaves a quite pleasant aftertaste, if i can say that about a beer. remind me of neither sex nor candy but i will be buying more of these asap

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste: semi sweet,balanced by subtle floral herbal hops. Gentle malt and hop nose. Amber/gold hue. mostly clear, smaller head yet nice rings of lace. Medium to med/light body. candy sweet for 75 IBUs

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Photo of ovaltine
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a hazy burnt orange, frothy tan head. Loads of citrus fruit on the nose, a bit dank, and a touch of caramalt that lends a sweet note. Very nice.

The hops are prominent on the taste, with tangerines and pineapple the prominent flavors, and there’s a sturdy malt backbone. A really balanced, poundable IPA. Well done by 18th Street.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored and plenty cloudy. There's a fingernail of bright white on top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of faint pine. I'm tasting pine and crackers malt. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance -Pours burnt orange color with fluffy white head that dissipates to a thick ring around the glass.

Aroma - Some light grapefruit and orange, caramel and biscuit.

Taste - Ripe tangerine at first followed by some grapefruit, malty on the back end with a touch of hop bitterness.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated just a touch of bitterness on the finish that lingers on the tongue.

Overall - I am usually not a fan of malt forward IPAs but this one is well balanced and has great flavors.

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Photo of FFFjunkie
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is opaque dark copper with nice white head.

Aroma is a mix of some tropical and maybe citrus fruit as well as a pretty hefty caramel malt backbone.

Taste follows nose. It is difficult to pick up exact fruit flavors before the big hit of malt rushes in.

Feel is mostly smooth with a little stickiness at the backend.

Overall a solid malt driven ipa. There are only a few malt forward ipas that I enjoy. This one is not bad at all and has a nostalgic feel to it.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a creamy finger of foam, a bit of floaties are visible.

Tropical and citrus fruits come off strong in aroma with a bit of sweet caramel or toffee-like notes.

Citrus and tropical fruits come out in flavor as well, but seemed muted by the rather strong caramel malt backbone.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sticky, smooth.

Overall, not something to write home about but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, deep orange. Foamy, medium, off white head that fades slowly to a ring.

Smells tropical, pine, caramel malts, light peach and floral.

Tastes fruity tropical, and light caramel malts. Followed by piney and more bready malt. Finish is dry with light piney linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of e_oly
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark, hazy orange with thick, quickly fading white head
S: Tangerine, orange, pine, caramel. I just wish it was stronger.
T: Yummy. Very fresh, almost juicy pineapple and citrus hops and sweet malt. A little resiny hop bitterness on the back end. I really like the balance of the sweet/juicy and bitter hops.
F: Slick, although a bit more carbonation wouldn't hurt.
O: Seeing "sex and candy," I hoped I'd get a slick, juicy, and sweet IPA. I wasn't disappointed. At $14 for a 6-pack at 7.5% ABV it's a little overpriced, but not too bad. At $12, it would have been rated a bit higher overall. But I'd pour a can of this any day.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is great ipa, another kind share from dankacheese in the box he sent my way. a month ago i am not sure i had ever heard of these guys, but now they are everywhere, at festivals ive attended, collaborating with breweries i love, and now showing up in a box from a stranger at my doorstep! this is my first of their beers, and its an astoundingly good ipa, insanely fresh, and really perfect. i like that its kind of old school, clear brassy golden and white headed on the pour, with a ton of carbonation. the hops are old school, not sure which ones, but its like columbus or centennial or cascade or some combination of high alpha northwestern C varietals from the best i can tell, and its a great reminder of why these hops are famous. when they are used right, they are every bit as interesting and flavorful and dynamic as the southern hemisphere stuff thats so popular right now. this reminds me of insanely fresh two hearted, that almost sweet crystalline hop complexion, frosted and resinous, a bit citrusy, but mouthwateringly bright and juicy. a nice sturdy malt base here too, but the beer isnt sugary or over balanced, its dialed. i am not a hater on the new wave east coast hoppy beers, they have their place, but this here is an ipa, as good as they get, and without using exclusive ingredients, its a wonderful beer and a huge surprise for me. super keen on more 18th street stuff now!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz can on April 2, 2017. The enticing smell of Chinook and Cascade hops waft forth from this IPA, benefiting both you and your special friend. Fruity, and faintly sweet Sex and Candy is simply a dream.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet malt, pine bitterness, orange covered in sugar, light caramel, grapefruit, smartees candy

Overall doesn't really stick out in the ipa realm but the alcohol is very well hidden

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can. Pours a clear deep golden with an ample white head. Smells of resiny hops, tropical fruit, and sweet malt. Tastes of tropical fruit up front that becomes sweet quickly. Sugary in the middle and a light bitterness. Medium body. Nice, but a little to sweet for me.

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Photo of leantom
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well, this was very enjoyable. Here goes:

A: Dark, cloudy orange. Translucent, however. The head and lacing are both great. The color is not exactly appetizing, but the beer doesn't look bad overall.

S: Oranges, pine, grapefruit, and sweet caramel malt. Nice medley of malt and hops, with the hops predominant.

T: Malt is more apparent in the flavor than in the smell. Beer is very well balanced between the hops and malt, however, with both fairly heavy.

F: A little undercarbonated in the body, but still good.

O: Nice brew.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from can a cloudy golden amber, with off-white suds.

Aroma: Citrus, grapefruit. Quite hop-oriented, of course.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit here, with more citrus notes. Not sure of the age on this can, but overall this was a solid, if unremarkable IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If sex is the hops and candy is the malt, then if the Sex and Candy IPA of 18th Street Brewery holds up to these lofty aspirations, then this beer is much more than just an eye-catching package.

Burnt orange and slightly bronzed in the low-lights, the IPA shows a richer tone on the IPA spectrum, but its thick, lush, persistent head is impressive in its off-white and long-lasting character. Bold aromatics of orange, apricot, grapefruit and mango show a blend of hops and esters while its taste is firm with poundcake, caramel and mild honey.

After the sweetness drifts slightly, the onslaught of hops ensue, bringing their sharp citrus taste- orange and pink grapefruit start the hop-forward trek while a second tier of apricot and mango suggest a marmalade character as the malts haven't completely retired at the middle palate. Bitter late, the gripping bite of grapefruit peel, orange peel, fresh-cut grass and torn pinecones all lead to a resinous tar-like taste that cause hop-heads to grit the teeth yet beg for more.

Medium-bodied for IPA, the beer's drying trek stops shy of absolute as it prefers to balance the hop aggression with a moderate caramel and bread taste. Clean, crisp and refreshing, a vodka booze bite is tucked nicely away behind the hop bitterness and assists with a peppery taste that tapers away before the long and sappy pine bitterness that lingers indefinitely.

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Sex And Candy from 18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 203 ratings