Temporal Purgatory
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #121
Ranked #3,915
4.12 | pDev: 7.28%
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Indiana, United States
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Notes: Chinook and Mosaic hops hold your tongue accountable for your worldly sins in our fiendishly vengeful session pale ale. The moment between each sip may be temporary, but feels like its own brief purgatory.
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 186 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a while ago when I was out in Indiana, as the date on the bottom of the can read 10/25/18. I had a few of these previously but I've been going through my stash in order and this was part of tonight's lineup. First brew that I've had from 18th Street and like others on here, I don't see how it was a session beer. That's not to say that it was bad, but it came across as quite basic in many of it's attributes.

The pour to this was copper, bright, and topped off with enough head as the lacing left behind was quite extensive. One soapy ring was right below the top with halves of more being right below that as the portion in the way back of my pint glass remained clear. Grapefruit and bread spice were in the nose along with some dankness from the Mosaic as the aroma was subdued, but present enough to be detected. Lingering dankness, bready malt, urine, and apricot were in the taste as the odd array of flavors quietly fit in with each other. Thankfully, none overpowered any of the others as the carbonation was light and lively at the same time.

Enough booze was in here but I only felt a bit of warming before I finished this off. No, this wasn't a new can but there wasn't any visible sediment in the liquid or at the bottom as this held up well over time. Love the label and the beer was a decent take on what an American Pale Ale should be. Easy to drink from start to finish!

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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey, Jan 31, 2020
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3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Now CANned, now from the Hammond, IN location & now distributed in PA to further The CANQuest (tm). Happy, happy, joy, joy!

From the CAN: "Session Pale Ale"; "Unfiltered, sediment may occur. Fresh is best, do NOT cellar."; "Art by: Joey Potts".

I CANnot understand how they get "Session" at 5.9%, but that would be a debate for others at another time. Inna meantime, I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It foamed nicely to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like a bit of a throwback with a good bit of pine resin acCANponied by a tropical fruitiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was initially very much of pine resin, but the tropical fruitiness slowly built to provide a pleasant offsetting flavor. It did not really come up to the level of the style's standard bearer, SNPA, but neither was there anything wrong with it. Still, it did not strike me as a Session beer. Finish was pleasantly bitter and dry, but not so much so as to be off-putting. Is that what they meant by "Session"? I still would not want a steady diet of it. YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Nov 06, 2019
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3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Canned August 2016; drank 9/10/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge eggshell head; strong, frothy tree-rung lace.

Grapefruit, mild caramel & faint mango notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Grapefruit & wheat bread flavors; effective but hardly memorable. Middle of the road...which is typical from 18th Street.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Oct 23, 2019
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange body with minimal head and lace ring. The aroma is citric, mild, has a minimal bready and floral hoppiness. Smooth, clean, a hearty and filling body with almost no bitterness; mild grapefruit sweetness as balance and flavor along with the lovely citric hoppiness and just a pleasure to drink.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Aug 26, 2019
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4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow. mosaic hops really highlighted here.

Look: the pour is really light colored. the packaging is amazing, more breweries should make cans like this.

smell: can tell this is going to be good. mosaic hops come through with their distinct smell.

taste: wow. very soft in terms of not being bitter or tasting of alcohol but also very full of flavor. The malts add a fresh baked bread flavor in the middle and the aftertaste is not too prominent.

Feel: super clean. not too carbonated or bitter but full of flavor.

Overall: This is a mosaic hopped pale ale so if you like bell's official or founder's mosaic promise this will kinda blow them out of the water. I got this as a gift from a friend so if I were to buy it for myself not sure i would even buy it for the price. But overall this is exactly what I love to drink right now.

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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - 2-finger yellowish head atop a translucent caramel-orange body.

S - caramel, orange, herb.

T - follows the nose. Sweet caramel, orange candy, with a pleasant biscuity malt middle. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium, slightly slick body with average carb.

O - lots of flavor for such a low abv.

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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania, Feb 02, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can dated 08/1?/18 and poured into a pint glass shows a cloudy orange gold colored body that briefly floats a 1.5in white fluffy head leaving erratic sheets of lacing.

Aroma is subdued, but a bready malt comes out under orange and grapefruit rind.

Flavors include the citrus rind and a piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel leans a lighter medium, cleaner than I expected, with a wet finish.

Overall an easy drinking, hence the name, pale.

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GrumpyGas from Illinois, Dec 18, 2018
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With that label art... and that name... and the aura that comes with such an ominous marketing campaign, I was certain that this would have been a high gravity beer made up of half imperial stout, half Belgian quad, half barleywine and the other half a double IPA; and then aged on kerosene and razor blades. But nope... the 18th Street Brewery had a standard pale ale in mind.

Medium amber in color, Temporal Purgatory pours with a strong and frothy honey-like appearance. The hazy ale cast of juicy hop aromas of fragrant and stemmy woods along with the radiance of branch ripe tangerine. Gentle sweetness of honey and caramel layer on the early palate along with a subtle savory character of light toast, cashew and graham cracker.

But then the hops really come out and play with a strong middle palate of tangerine, nectarine, lemon and apricot for a succulent citrus component that bleeds into tropical fruit territory. Its spicy bitterness overcomes the malt and shifts the balance toward a peppery hop bite of white grapefruit, fresh grass clippings, chive and hemp. The sturdy malts help to keep the fruit impressions ripe and vibrant until the very end.

Medium bodied and treading on the bitter side of bittersweet, the finish is resoundingly sprucy with the taste of muddled citrus rinds into a medium long aftertaste of lemongrass flavored hops refreshing the palate throughout.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Jul 27, 2018
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3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a gift from a friend. Served the beer in a stein at 50 degrees. The head is two fingers thick and is frothy and creamy. The retention on the head is poor and dissipated quickly leaving minimal lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is about SRM 10, a medium amber color with copper hues. The clarity of the beer is a touch cloudy. The beer has carbonation bubble throughout the liquid.

The aromas on the beer are slightly sweet toasted malt, biscuit, yeast, grapefruit, floral, and resin.

The flavors of the beer is a slightly sweet toasted malt, biscuit, yeast, grapefruit, floral, touch of caramel, dusty, resin, and herbal.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent and crisp

The body of the beer medium, medium plus carbonation, and a medium finish.

This is like the 4 or 5 beer I have had from 18th Street, not a fan of this one. The other beer I had from the brewery was phenomenal. The beer came across as dusty and herbal.

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3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

“Session Pale Ale” is an unnecessarily and inaccurately denigrative designation for this 5.90 ABV beer, as traditional Pale Ales are often sessionable. Why can’t we just call this a very good “English Pale Ale”?

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BigGold from Mississippi, Jun 02, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If session ale was an official separate category I would rate higher because for a session this beer has a lot of flavor. Great tropical flavors followed by the duo of hops to finish with pale malts. Hint of pine at end too. Little thin through the end however

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REVZEB from Illinois, May 20, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours a deep amber color with medium white head. Aroma is citrusy, with lots of mandarin, tangerine, orange and grapefruit and a good malty backbone. Taste follows the nose, dry and fruity with tons of citrus and slightly tropical notes. Moderately bitter

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basaywhat from Illinois, Apr 30, 2018
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3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caramel candy sweet malts balance with some herbal hop bite. Same with the nose. Deep amber/copper hue, clear, delicate lace and head. Medium to medium/full body. Solid.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first from 18th Street Hammond. A good first impression, but not an exceptional APA as the average ratings indicate.
Probably average Looks, inviting enough for a thirsty man. Smells impress immediately, very pungent grapefruit, pine for interest and some sweet malts. Tastes are largely the same, but not as good; for the grapefruit smell becomes a bitter rind. While I find Temporal Purgatory refreshing, I don't want it sitting in my mouth for long because of the bitterness.

So I went to my standby chips and hot salsa. The beer was finished, but not nicely. A great beer usually should make food taste better and, instead, I ended up using salsa to camouflage my discomfort with the beer.

While I want 18th Street to succeed (given that Gary-Hammond has not recovered from steel manufacturing leaving.) And I suppose it is improves their chances of success that Hammond 18th Street has this portfolio heavy with APA/IPA/DIPA. But I'm not likely to be a regular customer because I prefer beers that bring out the best in food.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Mar 26, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, pours a hazed orange color with a frothy ivory colored head. Herbal and piney hops with caramel malt for aroma. Flavor is similar with notes of pine, herbal hops, zesty grapefruit & orange, caramel malt. Medium resinous body, ample carbonation. Overall, it's an easy drinking hoppy APA.

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barnzy78 from Illinois, Dec 22, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a solid pale ale, not too bitter, not too light. Drinks more like a smooth IPA given its solid malt profile and hop balance. This is great, creamy stuff and has fantastic mouthfeel (maybe its best attribute) and I will be seeking out more from 18th Street Brewery. Well done people!

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eppCOS from Colorado, Jul 23, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear copper-amber, with a huge head ad intricate, detailed lacing. Bravo!

Aroma: Citrus hops all the way with some tropical notes. Delicious!

Taste: Heavy! With tons of thick, citrus/tropical hops overload and plenty of malts to back it all up. I get a tinge of bitter at finish. This is a full-on beautiful beer with tons of flavor and amazing packaging. Total win.

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3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker slight amber/copper, clean and clear, with a half finger of off-white foam.

Subtle tropical and citrus fruit aromas are tempting, while a strong caramel malt backbone definitely shows it's sweetness.

Firm malt backbone provides a bit more sweetness than hoped, but does not overpower the ripe tropical and citrus fruit notes.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, clean, easy drinking.

Overall, nothing special, but an easy drinking ale.

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larryarms847 from Illinois, Feb 26, 2017
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3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

02/11/17 2nd impression from a can:

Has a darker body colour than most beers in the style, eschewing the usual clean pale copper in favour of a murky dark copper with amber and peach hues. Head is off-white, frothy, and robust but unremarkable. Head retention is good - ~8 minutes.

Aroma suggests sweet caramalt in addition to the mild hop character: tropical fruit redolent hops, floral hops, tangerine. Biscuit malt. I don't find many overt esters from the ale yeast. No off-notes or booze, but the hop profile could be more interesting, more pungent, and more fresh. Aromatic intensity is average for the style. Suggests a pleasant albeit somewhat unbalanced brew.

Taste matches the aroma, with heavy caramalt lending a bit too much sweetness in addition to the pale malt. Slightly resinous, a little floral, and vaguely tropical, but not all that pungent, fresh, juicy, or interesting. More hop punch is needed, and the hop selection could use some revision...there's just nothing here that really sets it off. Not citrusy, grapefruit bite-emphatic, piney, oniony, berry-forward, oily, et al. What hop flavour there is here isn't substantial or unique.

Texture is smooth, wet, medium-bodied, slightly coating, overcarbonated, and unrefreshing. Not particularly tailored to the taste. Doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or harmoniously accentuate specific flavours.

Overall, it's a decent pale ale and is certainly drinkable, but it won't dazzle discerning drinkers and fails to best widely available expressions of the style like Sierra Nevada's pale ale (which at least commits to its hops in addition to offering balance). I'd heard great things about 18th Street, but this isn't horribly promising work.


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kojevergas from Colorado, Feb 10, 2017
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, no canned on date or freshness information present. Canned and delivered fresh this week however, so it's as fresh as I'm gonna get it!

Poured into a Unibroue Maudite snifter.

A - Pours a crisp golden IPA orange body, a finger of frothy soapy off-white head that lingers, leaving excellent streaks of scattered spotty lacing throughout. Appears well-carbonated. Looks excellent per the style.

S - Aroma is big, bright, & fresh - bursting with huges notes of fresh herbal hops, pine, dank, and with notes of freshly harvested citrus zest: orange, lemon, grapefruit. that mingles nicely with the balance of oats / pale / & crystal malts that balance this one out.

T - Taste follows the nose: bright, crisp, & fresh, with good balance of the pale / crystal malts and the fruity, zesty, juiciness of the hops. Invokes big notes of orange & citrus peel.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & creamy. Light-bodied and easy drinking stuff, with what feels like a modest abv (it isn't listed anywhere on the can).

Overall, a nice pale ale, especially when fresh. Would be interested to see what incorporating some actual citrus zest into this thing might do.

18th Street Brewery Temporal Purgatory -----4/5.

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mfnmbvp from Illinois, Dec 27, 2016
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3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing too special. Get much more of the Chinook than the Mosaic on this one, and there's really as much flavor as I've come to expect from 18th Street. Wouldn't know this was one of their brews, and is pretty average for an APA nowadays. I know they call it a session ale, but I'd rather have a Lake Street Express (I think that's what it was called - a Simcoe Session from these guys) than this one. That was better.

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RMelyon from Illinois, Oct 14, 2016
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4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a flute.

Pours a pretty clear copper color with a foamy white head. Head settles. The lacing clings to the glass.

Tropical fruit, resin and grassy hops, citrus zest. Big layers of flavor, was pleasantly surprised.

Flavor was also deep and complex, lots of layers for a Pale Ale. Citrus zest, orange juice, tropical fruit and an underlying earthy tone including pine resin.

Crisp and clean feel. Moderate carbonation and lighter side of medium bodied.

Overall and excellent brew. I had not heard of it prior, or previously had anything from this brewery. I would buy this often if available in my area.

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jhavs from New Hampshire, Sep 21, 2016
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden copper color, nearly clear, with 2+ fingers of tan head. Aroma is the obligatory dankness imparted by the Mosaic hops, and the flavor follows the aroma - nearly all dankness, a very subtle malt taste.

Maybe it's because I think of Three Floyds when I drink 18th Street brews, but this reminds me of a Mosaic-hopped Zombie Dust. That is a very good thing, IMHO.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Sep 19, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark deep orange color. Clear and crisp to the eye. Frothy white head dissipates leaving a ring of white foam along the outside of the beer.

Smell has aromas of orange, pine, orange zest, sap, pine needles, and some mango. In spite of the fruity aromas, the general aura is an earthy tone.

The most striking thing about the flavor is how strong and complex it is for an APA. Initially you are hit with a burst of orange, orange zest, pine, sap, grass and lots of bitterness. All up front and it just kind of smacks you in the mouth. As that bitterness lingers you then get a clear malt backbone that shines through. White bread notes come out as the malt backbone starts to mellow out the bitterness. Lovely flavor overall - very earthy and piney.

Feel is light, yet flavorful. Spot on carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking.

Overall a really nice APA. Incredibly rich flavors for an APA. I'll be happy to have this one again.

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FBarber from Illinois, Sep 17, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This one was definitely a keeper. Would have again. Here goes:

A: Clear orange-amber with a nice head. Head lingers and leaves tremendous lacing. Looks rather beautiful.

S: Exquisite. Predominantly flowers and grass mixed with a tinge of tropical flavors (mango and tangerines). Just judging by the smell, the beer makes me very excited.

T: Taste follows the nose. Grass, flowers, tangerines, lighter fruit such as mango, and a tinge of caramel malt at the back of the palate. The predominant flavors, however, are in the hops, which is alright by me.

F: Only downside. A little watery and not enough carbonation.

O; A great brew.

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leantom from Indiana, Jul 26, 2015
Temporal Purgatory from 18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 186 ratings