Sinister | 18th Street Brewery

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Brewed by:
18th Street Brewery
Indiana, United States
18thstreetbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by emerge077 on 03-01-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
179
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
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29
Gots:
20
For Trade:
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
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 AlexFreudenberg
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zekeman17
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Jamison85
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Texasfan549
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Peaches13
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of nwhittin
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Chuckdiesel24
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one really grew on me as it warmed up - much better warm than fridge col.

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Photo of Irishjohn77
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Big_V
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Warren2621
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of instinct2
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tkrane
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gambyt20
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Sinister from 18th Street Brewery
4.12 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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