Sinister | 18th Street Brewery

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18th Street Brewery
Indiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by emerge077 on 03-01-2013

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 oline73
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright crystalline orange, rising carb trails feed into a billowing head of creamy foam that sits on the surface.
As it slowly recedes, a sticky halo of lacing adheres to the glass.

Big aromas of cantaloupe, melon, sticky hop resins and earthy mango. Dank and resiny, some dry sandalwood comes out at room temperature.

Earthy mango sweetness, citrus peel, super resiny and moderately bitter, bursts of fruit and greenery. Dry bitter finish, supple feel, pretty smooth and fairly complex. Nice hop delivery system and so much more.

Great first batch from 18th Street, looking forward to what the future holds...

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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 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 dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
5/5  rDev +20.8%

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

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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4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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 jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Sinister from 18th Street Brewery
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 180 ratings