Rise Of The Angels | 18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom

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18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Indiana, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Helping to resurrect your palette from the doldrums, Rise of the Angels bursts onto your tongue with a blast of grapefruit zest that is quickly followed by a parade of floral, citrus hops.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 142
Photo of beerthulhu
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright bengal orange coloring is dense and juicy in the vessel with a steady flow of mid-range effervesce. Small ghost shadowing, lightly hazy, with an eggshell white head of one inch that was part creamy and frothy in texture. Strong sheet coating remains behind.

S: Sweet perfumy scent of grapefruit juice, creamy peaches and fruit cup are forefront. Hints of tart pineapple slices of good strength.

T: The flavor was tangy oranges, sweet peaches and cream, with some fresh pineapple sweetness. Mangoes are bright and tropical, along with some white grapes and guava. Honey fruit, spicy flower accents with a spicing of apple-cinnamon powder. A citrusy floral bite of grapefruit hops are warming on the finish that was spicy and fresh.

M: Mouthful was creamy and near full body, spicy on the tongue from the hop flowers. Big beautiful malt base adds alot of substance here.

O: Bright and tangy as well fruity flavor hits you right from the start and is dominant throughout captivating as well holding your attention. A wonderful first impression, wet and juicy hops makes for a strong drinkability.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixteen-ounce can copped from Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell. Pours a ruddy, copper hue with moderate frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of citrus and rose hibiscus. Similar overall flavor profile. Recommended.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - 2-finger fluffy white head atop a translucent orange body.

S - creaam cheese, orange dessert, herb.

T - sweet orange compote wrapped in pastry. Caramel, orange candies, bread dough. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium-light body with average carb.

O - sweet and insubstantial.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

!/4/19 canning... Pours a clear deep gold under a finger or so of white foam... Very surprised and impressed - was expecting something really sharp and citric, instead got candied, resin coated grapefruit peel in liquid form - super delicious - had a nice smooth caramel-like sweetness and body with a clean underpinning of fresh grapefruit... Medium-weight feel, soft and smooth, moderate carbonation, solid bitterness, mild sweetness...

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Photo of Beejay
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A medium pale yellow in color with a nice tan head.

S: Grapefruit forward with citrus and tropical notes.

T: Citrus heavy up front with grapefruit that melds into a sweet tropical fruit cocktail. Definitely a hint of canned fruit in this one...

M: Medium light in body, moderate to high carbonation, some bitterness in the finish.

O: Overall fairly tasty, but maybe a little lackluster. This is a case of the can looking better than the beer it.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, snifter glass. Darker medium caramel body, one finger white head, thin collar, bit of lacing. Smell is citrus, caramel, floral, grapefruit, light sugar, a bit of resin. Flavour follows; standard IPA with a more of a floral, zesty bite. Background of citrus and grapefruit, mildly sweet caramel about par for most DIPAs. Mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly piney, floral finish.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

American Imperial IPA with grapefruit zest added. Poured from a can into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is dark gold, hazy, and sports two fingers of well-sustained head. On the nose I get grapefruit, lemon, lavendar, a little cedar.

Medium body with a rather thin feel and a slightly off-balanced flavor. A little lemon and wheat cracker up front, then sharp grapefruit and rose hips. The flavors kind of die off a bit on the back of the palate and there isn't really enough malt to support the hops, making the beer feel a little thin. The flavors are nice, but they aren't quite strong enough to suit my tastes. Finishes very dry, lemony, and a little soapy.

A well-made IIPA, but for me it leans more towards a stoney-dry Belgian-style Pale Ale (like Duvel) than a juicy, citrusy American style (which I prefer). I really think this beer could use a little more malty sweetness to give it some backbone and better balance. If it had that, my impressions of it might be quite different.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The classic American IPA hangs its hat on the strong and perfumy flavors of citrus for its refreshing taste, dry texture and irresistible citronella perfume. 18th Street Brewery one-ups that notion with fresh grapefruit zest that's added right to the kettle for an extra little zing.

Copper in color, Rise of the Angels pours with a creamy eggshell froth. Its bright and perfumy scent is filled with citrus and only hints of herb, spruce or tropical character. A moderate caramelization comes through with early malty introductions. Light toast, pecan and honey brings a scent of graham cracker before the hops take over.

And that they do as the ale washes the middle palate. A heightened sense of red grapefruit govern the taste with a backdrop of orange, mango and apricot for support. Trending sharper on the late palate, lime, juniper, a fresh grassiness and spicy pine resins create a crisp hop bitterness the round out the late palate.

Medium bodied but trending dry, the imperial IPA carries the drinkability of the lighter standard IPA. A refreshing taste and texture leads to a finish of fresh grassiness and pine with a linger of citrus fruit peels deep into an aftertaste that's long and lean with an alcohol spice of gin for refreshment and intrigue.

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Photo of Hop_Nuggett
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like that it is in a can and artwork was worth looking at. Smelled great with and had a citrus vibe. Poured smooth and had a nice orange haze to it. Thought the body was a little light for a double.

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Photo of ksimons
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-an orange amber color with a fingers worth of white head

S-lots of citrus and sweet malt

T-taste is a bit on the mild side with caramel malt and grapefruit citrus

M-medium body and light carbonation

Overall I had high hopes for this one since I have heard good things about the brewery but it falls short, a pretty one dimensional beer

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Photo of mynie
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reasonably priced (and fresh!) four-packs were on sale at a NW Indiana bottle shop. I like the artwork.

Pours a bit limp, but a pretty amber color with a decent little white ring substituting for a head.

Smells like not very much. Not assertive at all. There's some hop tang, some mild malt, but that's really it.

Tastes good. But not nearly as assertive as the artwork led me to anticipate. Sweet, grapefruity hops up front, a very tangy grapefruit zest in the middle, and a finish of, that's right: grapefruit. Very, very one-note. A pretty tasty single note, but just one note.

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Photo of jackass
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sorry, I realize 18th Street is wildly popular with the cool kids but to me this was just "meh". Not a stickler on ABV's but in my opinion it's misleading to call this a DIPA when it's under 8%. And don't price it at the higher end for an DIPA either please. It's a decent IPA but not worthy of the fanfare or the price. Nothing they currently brew knocks my socks off.

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Photo of farrago
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Around a finger’s worth of light tan foam, even surface, quick to evaporate, the lacing is super-thin and long, not much of it. Clear coppery orange colored liquid, has a semi-metallic sheen to it, only a few random bubbles to be seen lazing about. There’s a funkiness lurking in the background of the nose, then molasses, pie dough, cocoa, tea leaf, everything is relaxed to the point of inexpressivity, the advertised grapefruit zest borderline no-show, smattering of cherry, apricot fruit scents. Medium-bodied, more sour than biting, carbonation is about average and nudges things forward. Doughy and with that same distracting metallic touch. Caramelized brown sugar and molasses take the spotlight but do not work in making this a DIPA. Concentrated pineapple, mango, peach fruit lacking in tropical zing. Way hidden in the back is a nice green leafy quality which can’t get to the forefront. As it tends to congeal together you fairly quickly run out of things to say. Not a bad beer by any stretch but there is nothing here which compels a need to do it all over again.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful burnt orange color, slightly hazy, light tan head. Grapefruit and lemon on the nose, and a hint of malt.

Taste is led by the zesty grapefruit and lemon flavors, hops are present with tropical accents, and the malt base anchors this in a way that significantly elevates above the typical “fruit bomb” IPA/DIPA (at 7.7%, this sits on the edge of that line of demarcation). Well done by 18th Street.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of @FFFjunkie's NBS BIF box. My first experience with 18th Street Brewery although I've heard of it for several years. The date on the can was illegible except that it was canned in September 2017. Poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a rich amber color with serious ecru-colored head and lacing. The nose is fruity: mostly lemon and grapefruit; I didn't smell any tropical fruit. Wow, where did all these tastes come from that I didn't smell? In addition to the citrus, there is some sweet fruit but there's also some creamy caramel. This Ale features a medium body and lively carbonation. The 7.7 ABV is not distracting but this is no light weight IPA. Overall, it's flavorful and a pleasure to drink. In particular, this is a great hot weather DIPA.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to FlintB for this.
Amber to copper hued. Fluffy head drops off fairly quickly.
Aroma is subtle. Nothing bursts forth. What does come through is a hint of grapefruit zest and a slight yeastiness.
Flavor is definitely not over the top. It's a smooth mellow grapefruit zest tinged ride. Maybe a hint of pineapple.

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Photo of jhavs
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a snifter.

Is copper color, thin head settles into little collar rimming the glass. Pretty clear overall.

Aroma is floral and sweet grapefruit.

The flavor is crisp and sweet, hint of floral hops followed by the grapefruit. Not super strong flavors.

Moderate carbonation and smooth medium body.

Refreshing brew, no aspect over the top. Clean.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.01/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Initial impression from a can purchased at a Binny's in Chicago, IL as part of a 4-pack for $13.99 USD:

APPEARANCE: Thin weak head. Dull copper colour. ~5 minute head retention.

AROMA: Floral and soapy, with some pale malt sweetness. Mango puree. Subdued dried apricot.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Mango and apricot hop flavour. Floral hop flavour. Pale malt sweetness.

No off-flavour or booze.

Hop pungency is limited.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, well-carbonated.

OVERALL: A shrug of an imperial IPA from 18th Street. Shallow and simplistic in an oversaturated style; you've really got to bring more to the table in terms of complexity and hop pungency to stand out.

C (2.86) / AVERAGE

08.30.17 2nd impression from another can:

Not tasting any of the grapefruit zest additive, but it's nicely fruity and floral. Not pungent enough hopwise to be much of an imperial IPA, but decently executed for what it is. Balance needs dialing in. Shallow and simple for the intended style. Imperial IPAs are such an oversaturated category; you've really got to bring more to the table in terms of intricacy, depth, nuance, and/or subtlety to stand out. This will get lost amongst the myriad superior (and cheaper) beers in the style.

Drinkable but forgettable, with a hop profile more in line with an American IPA than an imperial IPA.


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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

DIPA with grapefruit zest added. I'm not digging this mouth feel. Very low carbonation. Huh. Not that good. Getting citrus and malt. Biscuit malt base. Shorter finish.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz can on March 4, 2017. Look is orange gold with a thick off-white head and lingering lacing. Smell and taste is citrus zest, grapefruit and floral. Feel is medium in body with a creamy smooth finish.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, no freshness date. Acquired the six pack cans from the local bottle shop. "Double India Pale Ale with Grapefruit Zest added". No abv listed on the can.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter.

A - Pours a crisp juicy hazy golden orange body. Not your Northeast Style juice haze, though. Good finger of frothy whit ehead that leaves excellent sticky strands of scattered lacing throughout. Some chill haze. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks excellent.

S - Pleasant aromatics: earthy, juicy, citrusy, & zesty. Nose invokes big aromas of freshly cut grapefruit, blood orange, lemons, pineapples, and fresh citrus zest, with plenty of earthy, piney hops to back it up. Very nice.

T - Taste follows the nose: big, bright, earthy, juicy, citrusy, & zesty. Big flavors of grapefruit, blood orange, and assorted citrus zest. Good earthy piney hop presence adds to the flavor, with subtle caramel malts chiming in.

M - Feel is smooth & crisp. Medium-light, easy-drinking, with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice one from 18th Street, one of the better beers I've had from these guys.

18th Street Brewery Rise Of The Angels -----4/5.

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Photo of FBarber
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A few thoughts on this beer. First, its nothing like a NE style IPA. Its hazy and unfiltered, but not in any way a "NE style" IPA. It pours a very nice hazy orangeish color. Thin head dissipates quickly but did leave some nice lacing. Smell was subtle with some floral and fruity hop aromas. Its a nice aroma, but nothing special. Taste is pretty subtle. There are some hop flavors in the way of grapefruit, mango and orange flavors. The grapefruit was nothing more than Id note as a hop flavor. So, maybe they did add in grapefruit zest, but if I didn't know that from the can, Id never have known it was in there. Feel was nice, medium carbonation, easy drinking. Overall a good IPA from 18th St. but its nothing special and far from their best offering.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Coppenhagen Beer Fest Boston sample. I was sort of excited to try this and it was disappointing. Metallic aroma. It tasted better than it smelled but even the flavor was tainted with some off flavor. Odd.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received this can from a great BA @bigreddog

A: Hazy and unfiltered as advertised. The finger and a half of head quickly subsides and leaves good lacing
S: Suprisingly subtle. Sweet fruits tangerine mango slight floral hint
T: Not nearly as subtle as the aroma. Plenty of orange, tangerine plum. Slight hind of rind.
Mf: Easy drinking no alcohol burn slight linger of rind bitterness on the finish.
O: very good New England style IPA. Could use a little more bitterness for my taste but an excellent beer.

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Rise Of The Angels from 18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 142 ratings