Sinister
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #701
ABV:
9%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,476
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 9.42%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
187
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18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
 
Indiana, United States
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Photo of beersampler6
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fairly nice IPA with good flavors but a little too much malt. Maybe this can was a little bit too old. Printed date on can was 8/26/19. Pours a very slightly hazy yellow-orange color with a little fluffy white head and some nice thick rings of lingering lacing. Smells of grapefruit, mango, tangerine, pineapple and lemon. Also some malt, vanilla, floral hops, bread and caramel. Taste follows the nose, good balance and decent hit of bitter hoppiness. There just seemed to be a little bit too much malt that overwhelmed the hops. Smooth, mild mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall a solid beer but could have been better.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.02/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled August 2016; drank 8/28/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dull orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a minimal eggshell head; nice, frothy lace.

Strawberry, orange citrus & faint caramel notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Grapefruit & dry orange citrus flavors up front; booze heat on the finish.

This smelled great but was too dry & boozy. Too bad.

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Photo of BigGold
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from pint can, bottom stamped (apparently canned on) “11/12/18,” into nonic pint.

Hugely fruity, yet still malty, and balanced by big, bitter but not overwhelming hops. A nice big West Coast DIPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Spicy, bitter and aggressive, the brewers at 18th Street roll out an IPA with elevated status, gearing nearer and nearer American barleywine status behind the help of Zythos, Falconer's Flight and Cascade hops.

Sinister IPA grips the nose with a bold wallop of citrus, tropical and stone fruit with a sweeter honey-like scent. Its rich amber color resembles toasted toasted poundcake and honey but with a creamy off white froth. Hazy and somewhat visually dense, the beer teases the tastebuds with caramel, shortcake, honey and marmalade sweetness.

As the hops develop, the malts recede gradually and allow the full brunt of fruity impressions to evolve. Pink grapefruit, orange and lemon bring a zesty and radiant taste ahead of more saturating stone fruit flavors of apricot. Tangy mango, pineapple and cantaloup come in as the beer dries slightly to highlight a final and deeply bitter set of resins and peppery alcohol spice.

Full, creamy and dense, the ale holds onto its malty weight and suggests more of a barleywine especially when the acetone and peppercorn spices charge in late in taste. A long bittersweet aftertaste is a medley of apricot jam and muddled grasses in a slow and sipping session.

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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours clear and copper colored with a one inch head that leaves some decent lacing

Smell: Dank and resinous; piney, with mango and pineapple tones

Taste: Toffee malt forward, with piney hops and some tropical fruit; bitterness build, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent beer but not among this brewery's best

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy (surprisingly) dark orange, with 1/2 inch white head.
S - Juicy hops on the nose but not very strong.
T - I'm baffled. I thought I was heading into grapefruit or orange, but NO! Flavor is sweet, malty with some mango notes. Not particularly bitter.
M - Carbonation and mouth feel are medium. Not as sticky as I would expect from a DIPA.
O - I like this beer. A bit of a curve ball, but I like what they are doing here.

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Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be an interesting blend of old school IPA and new school. The front and back end are piney and earthy hops, but the middle features fruity hops, with mango, orange pith, and grapefruit.

Incredibly smooth and well hidden ABV

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Photo of Irishjohn77
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into tulip glass

L – nice head. Cloudy orange and copper color
S – strong aroma of hops at first pour but then rich malty smell after. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.
T – sweet malty with toffee and caramel. Hops add some bitterness but definitely take a backseat to the malt. Alcohol comes through in the aftertaste. Well balanced flavors all work together.
F – smooth rich mouthfeel. A bit silky with a little carbonation.
O – I expected it to be more of a hop bomb, but I like the rich malty taste with a powerful flavor. Perhaps a touch too much sweetness for my taste.

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Photo of cjohns73
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber about 1 month old. Color is a deep kind of amber, maybe orange, brightens up a tad in the light. Average head that runs away quickly. Not much on the nose. Hard to describe how not much. First taste is wicked hot malt spiciness, no floral or tropical hop flavor and minimal bitterness. My first note is that its a lot like Revolution 1ZENUFF, which is unorthodox though great. Unfortunately, that taste goes away upon multiple sips. Maybe this just falls off really fast (especially for a DIPA), but it was a disappointment for me.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's dark orange, like amber, with a solid head. The hue gives me pause; I'm imagining something sticky, sweet, syrupy. And it comes through on that. The nose is like a pineapple fruit roll-up slathered with orange marmalade. The flavor is basically that. Pineapple simply syurp with a hint of hop bitterness. Sticky and coating feel. I could see some folks loving this but it's not the angle on a DIPA that I love.

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Photo of ARoman
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bomber poured into a snifter. The aroma is a bright, fresh bitter grapefruit with peach, pine, and melon just underneath. When still chilled, there's a slight alcohol presence, but it fades as it warms to introduce pineapple, mango, and banana fruitiness. The beer is a murky orange with a moderate, messy white head that has a light retention and a dense, but light lace. The taste is a medium high bitter and medium, complimentary sweet. THe slick texture has a medium body with a light fizz, the flavor profile is first a bitter waxy citrus and pine blend with caramel and agave nectar coming forth as it warms. It finishes with a citrus zest and pine with just a light warmth. By midbottle, a cereal character appears in the finish, but overall, mostly clean with a mild aftertaste of rye toast and wax.

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Photo of cdiddy5
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heavy hitting dipa, tons of flavor. The hops play so well off of each other. This is a dipa that's so good you will smack your mom in the mouth and spend the night in Gary, Indiana

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz can in a trade with awdturboiv. Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Pours a fairly clean amber hue with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a few sips, solid retention, and lacing is on point. Aroma is reminiscent of sweet Hawaiian bread, fruity esters, earthy tropical hops, and faint dankiness. Flavor is on point with the nose, with some grassy hop bitterness, sweet carmel malt, juicy fruit bubblegum and a slight hint of booze mixed with hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky and smooth with perfect carbonation for the style, hop bitterness lingers on the palate. Overall an amazing Imperial Hoppy Amber that is perfectly balanced - drink fresh!

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Photo of brewskis
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Aroma is tropical fruit forward, with notes of overly-ripe pineapple, mango, and papaya. Also get some candied grapefruit, tangerine, peach, and dankness. A nice sugary sweetness, little carmel, and breadiness come through from the malt. Hoppy, but balanced.

Taste is also hoppy, but balanced. Get a good dose of sugary sweetness, carmel, and bread from the malt up front and in the middle of the mouth accompanied by juicy pineapple, mango, peach, and slight papaya. The finish dries out the beer a tiny bit and brings grapefruit peel bitterness and tangerine flavors to accompany the juicy tropical fruits.

Medium to high medium body. Creamy, but also sticky and slick.

This is an old favorite of mine from 18th Street. I believe this was their first brewed and bottled beer. As the batches of it have gone on, it still tastes delicious just like the first time I had it a year or so ago. A very nice representation of a midwest-style DIPA.

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Photo of _YellowBird_
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sinister pours a deep golden hue with a slight copper tint. Mango, apricot, pineapple, and slight bread notes pleasantly swarm the nose. Tropical citrus fruit notes dominate the palate, with touches of grapefruit and pine shyly saying hello. It sits with medium-to-low body, juicy in texture and devilishly hiding its 9% ABV almost completely. I finished the bomber rather quickly due to the crisp, dry and refreshing finish. Sinister indeed.

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Photo of jegross2
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing Sinister from 18th Street Brewery, a local gypsy brewery founded by a Pipeworks' employee named Drew.

Score: 90

February 2012 vintage bottle served in a taster glass and enjoyed on 02/22/13. Review is from iPhone notes. This bottle is the third one from the left in the graveyard photo.

Appearance: Clean and clear bourbon color. Pours a finger of off white head that settles to a thick ring around the glass. Good lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Dank, resinous pine sap, dirty hops, orangey malt, mango, juicy pineapple and a little spice. 4.25/5

Taste: Earthy malt. A lot more maltiness on the palate than anticipated by the nose. Slightly oniony, akin to the Goose Island Imperial IPA (but not oniony like Deviant Dales or Devil Dancer). Some spice on the tongue too. Some acidity to boot with the bitter hoppiness. Residual bitterness. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Nice bitterness. A little alcohol warmth on palate. 3.75/5

Overall: A solid first brew from a local brewery. I am excited to check a few more of their selections out as they become available.

Cost: $9.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hey Chicago, you got a goddamn great new brewer nearby !
I know they use Spiteful's equipment but Sinister is great stuff.

Pours a golden with some orange and amber hints.
Pure white head that does not maintain a large amount of volume.
Aroma of mango, pine resin and some grapefruit.
Flavors of sweet malt, some orange and grapefruit and, little bit of spicy and residual sweetness.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and much more dpeth that color would indicate.

Just a really great beer. combination comes together with phenemonal depth and really a great beer.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on April 3, 2013. People in Chicago like hoppy beers, so they oblige by brewing a mean double IPA. Then they ask artist Joy Potts to design a label of equal intensity. Hopped with Falconer's Flight, Zuthos, and Cascade. Brimming with juicy tropical flavors of mango and pineapple.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz, 3/5/13
Batch #10
Riedel tulip

A: Hazy slightly burnt orange color. Off white full finger of soapy head. Leaving sticky lacing immediately. Dissipates quickly.

S: Definitely getting those tropical fruits as described. Mango and pineapple and papaya. There is just an overall sweetness from the hops and the malts behind it.

T: Intense bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Pulling those piney and floral flavors from the hops. Definitely some malt body here, it's certainly a DIPA. Finish is dry with lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber split with a friend in shaker pints

Deep golden color with plenty of white/cream head without forcing it.

The smell is pretty basic IPA. These hops don't produce a great pungency.

This drank like a west coast style DIPA. You get the heaviness. It was fairly bitter. The pineapple notes came through for a few sips in the middle. The alcohol definitely came through at 9%.

This was decent, but it doesn't hold up at $9/bomber in the Chicago market. I respect utilizing a couple different hops, but you can find many DIPAs more desirable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)
A- This beer has a crystal clear orange body with a slow carbonation of microbubbles and a creamy beige head that last or a good bit.

S- The pungent earthy hops have a nice citrus pith to them with some cat pee aromas growing in the finish.

T- The pungent dandelion green hops has some pineapple weed taste in to follow that turns into more of a canned tropical fruit and apricots hop flavor as it opens. Also some caramel sweetness starts to bleed through the mountain of hops as it opens. The pungent hop bit lingers and grows until it stains the tongue.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a slightly slippery texture with a gentle fizz and no real alcohol heat until it warms a bit.

O- this beer has a wonderful depth of hops and good malt support but all flavors are pretty soft compared to the punishing bitterness of the hops. That bitterness really dominates and grows as it opens until the tongue is done for the night.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a tulip at at Marie and Stella's Steampunk extravaganza.

A - A finger of white foam settle to a thin ring, and minimal lace. Transparent golden body.

S - Lots of orange rind, dank herbs, earth and pine here, with perhaps a touch of tropical sweetness melding with the balancing malt, and lightly burnt sugars. Perhaps a hint of alcohol amid the sharp pine.

T - An 'old-school' DIPA, with lots of pine and grapefruit zest, with mild melon sweetness. More bready and less sweet than the aroma, with mild burnt sugar in the periphery. Moderate bitterness and better hidden alcohol.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Dry in the finish, with residual hop oils and resins. A bit of warmth after a glass, but nothing excessive.

D - A well-made DIPA that bodes well for 18th Street. It's not my preferred flavor combination, but it's spot-on for the style and will be a big winner with some. Had no problem killing the bomber with a few friends. I'm going to have to check out their Black IPA I guess.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a FFF Teku

A - Dark copper color that is dark and slightly reflective like copper. Nice frothy white head that settled down to foam on the sides with lacing 4

S- Tropical nose with loads of mango, passion fruit and pineapple. There is also a slight hint of bitterness but not much

T - This is a tropical fruit loaded sweet beer as up front you get loads of mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and strawberry. There is a light pine bitterness that comes through on the backend to cut the sweetness. Light pine lingers in the finish. This is one of the most tropical IIPAs I've had.

MF - Medium body with light carbonation that gives it a nice overall softness. Slight pine resin remains on the tongue in the finish

O - This is a stellar IIPA loaded with tropical fruit. Flavors that give it a nice mango and passion fruit sweetness. This has just enough bitterness to cut the sweetness and give it a nice edge.

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Photo of vic21234
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date listed.

A- Pours a nice and clear amber color with a half fingers worth of off white head that quickly fades. Some lacing is apparent along the sides of the glass.

S- The hop aroma shines through in the smell as expected. Smells fruity overall with hints of grapefruit and mango.

T- Nice and hoppy with grapefruit, orange and mango flavors dominating the taste. I also get some resiny pine too. Very nice DIPA.

M- Hoppy, bitter, dry finish, easy drinker for 9%ABV.

My first offering from 18th Street. A job well done, nice DIPA.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

What better beer to follow a bourbon barrel-aged hard root beer than a DIPA, eh? This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises peach, watermelon chewing gum, orange zest, light pine sap, passion fruit, perfume-y flowers, and a strong backbone of alternating honey and caramel. The taste holds notes of orange zest, grapefruit zest, lemon peel, pine resin, sweet caramel, and a touch of apricot skin. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a solid DIPA, one with a smell that I wish I could recreate in my own homebrews. Definitely an auspicious debut for these guys.

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Sinister from 18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 187 ratings