Sinister | 18th Street Brewery

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BEER INFO

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:
180
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
20
For Trade:
1
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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev -14.6%

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

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3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjohns73
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.76/5  rDev -8.7%

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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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3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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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3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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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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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Sinister from 18th Street Brewery
4.12 out of 5 based on 180 ratings.
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