Deal With The Devil
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #82
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #787
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 8.99%
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
413
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Notes: Brewed as a salute to our brothers at Spiteful Brewing, Deal With the Devil is a beer that comes with a price: our souls. After securing a box of foolproof, sought after hops, we came up with a juicy pale ale that’s low in bitterness and huge in tropical flavors. This beer is unfiltered. Sediment may form.
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StJamesGate from New York

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

CAN
Creamy sheeting white head over hazy dark amber; ripe clementine nose with speck of honey + socks; touch of blonde toffee then huge orange slices, a bit of pine + pineapple, slightly grassy end; creamy, smooth, round, low bitterness. Opens into herb + apricot.

4 4 4.25 4.25 4.25

Jan 25 for a canning date (but in Euro format, which is odd - I didn’t think a brewery this small would label for export) so fresh enough for a non-NEIPA.
The label says imperial pale, not IPA, which reminds me straight away of St Lupulin. And that works: there’s a sweetness to the malts (BEERchitect said pound cake), the hops are all high + bright without any resiny anchor, and the body is super soft.
This adds up to a West Coast-style hop profile - that real Tang/Children’s Bayer orange you get from 100% Amarillo in old school Cali IPAs that sneaks in bits of flowers + tropical - in a pillowy NEIPA wrapper but with APA drinkability.

A fun + sneaky dangerous beer.

Apr 18, 2021
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can of unknown vintage, poured into a pint glass at 43 degrees F:
L - golden with a white head that lingered
S - a bit of floral hops
T - very nice, bitter yet floral taste
F - light mouthfeel with medium carbonation on the finish
O - very nice IPA, great flavor

Jan 09, 2021
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the better double ipas have I have lately it's quite smooth drinkable with a well-concealed ABV. I know they can is listed as a pale ale and I'm not sure what most they use but it's still a very great double IPA

Jul 14, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Treated as an imperial IPA, this was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a slight rugged dark copper/brown color with a rich eggshell white foamy head about a finger's worth rolling off into some messy lace roaming all around.
The aroma had some thick caramel malts up front. Faded citrusy and piney hops reside underneath trying to push forward but mainly staying in the backbone.
The flavor leaned towards a smooth lingering clean caramel maltiness. So smooth as it sails into the aftertaste with brisk citrus hop leafs, some piney ones too.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Light hop harshness plays with some bitterness. Finishes smooth with some caramel malts and citrusy hops.
Overall, it's alright as an imperial IPA, I didn't see any dates anywhere on the can but something tells me I believe this may have been a bit aged. I'd have again if feesher.

Nov 24, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Now CANned, now from the Hammond, IN location & now distributed in PA to further The CANQuest (tm). Happy, happy, joy, joy!

From the CAN: "Double Pale Ale"; "Brewed as a salute to our brothers at Spiteful Brewing, Deal With the Devil is packed with Citra . It's a juicy pale ale that’s low in bitterness and huge in tropical flavors. This beer is unfiltered. Sediment may form."

I once again Crack!ed open the vent & went with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass since forewarned is forearmed. No need to rouse the lees if I don't have to. It had to rise up, though, and form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with great retention, all of its own volition. Color was a slightly-hazy solid-Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9), proving that even my best efforts at clarity are not always successful. Haha, if the previous Rise of the Angels struck me as being grapefruit-citrusy, then this was just a punch inna face with grapefruit! Yeah, man! Now, we're talking. The taste was an amalgam of grapefruit and pineapple upside-down cake! Phew. Bitter citrusiness meets caramelized sugars. Yum! First, the grapefruit CANtinued its frontal assault as the caramelized pineapple slowly crawled along, snuck up & attacked with an unexpected fury! Wahoo. Finish was semi-dry to dry. Wow! Let's do this again real soon … or not. YMMV.

Nov 06, 2019
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had poured from pint can, bottom stamped (apparently) canned on “4/14/19,” into nonic pint.

The can calls this a Pale Ale, and 18th Street’s website calls it a DIPA. As an extremely malty 8.50 ABV ale, with fruity and piney hops fighting to the finish, I’m calling it a DAPA, and kicking my heels up that I accidentally bought two 4-pks. to sample.

Oct 31, 2019
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy amber color, one finger white head, messy lacing, light carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, hops.

T: Tropical fruits, hops. Extremely balanced and smooth.

F: Medium bodied, plenty of flavor, smooth as silk. Extremely drinkable.

O: A very nice DIPA.

Oct 05, 2019
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is citrus/floral and fruit candy. The flavor is fruit, citrus, malts, mild raspberry/pomegranate and a long and tart/spicy hop/slightly sweet finish.

Aug 31, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty double IPA, well-crafted but let me just a little disappointed since I was expecting more from one of 18th St’s flagship brews. Pours a nice darker amber color with some fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some muddled fruity hops - lemon, tangerine, mango, grapefruit - as well as some nice biscuit, malt, nuttiness and a great floral hop bouquet. Taste follows the nose, with a nice balance between the sweeter malt backbone and slightly bitter hops. Smooth, mild mouthfeel and good carbonation. A fine beer, and certainly one that drank like a regular IPA, but there are so many other great offerings in this category I would look elsewhere next time.

Jul 18, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at George Keeley, NYC.
Pours a mostly clear amber color. A thumbnail length frothy and lathery head displays nice retention and lacing.
The aroma is clean at first. However, when the aromas open up, they display sweet notes of biscuity and caramel malt. I’m getting lots of blueberry aromas, perhaps from mosaic hops. I also detect melon, sweet grass, citrus and tropical fruit.
The taste opens sweet and highlights the malt all throughout. Flavors of caramel, honey, doughy and biscuity malt. Yet it is very well hopped with a restrained bitterness that interacts nicely with the malt. Hops flavors include grapefruit pith, floral notes, blueberry, and pine resin.
Medium bodied with a smooth and soft mouthfeel. The carbonation is gentle. Well balanced and with a dry resiny finish.
This was a very tasty beer. I feel it is more of a pale ale, despite the high ABV, due to its strong malt presence.

Apr 15, 2019
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a thin white head that lasts. Pleasant hop aroma is present. Taste is hoppy and smooth- very in-line with the style. Feel is very pleasant and smooth. This one is worth a try.

Apr 06, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy amber yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving lots of small specks of bubbles on the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange candies are present in the nose along with hints of mangos. Notes of passionfruit also become noticeable once the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell and is a little sweet with flavors of candied oranges and notes of mangos and passionfruit as well as underlying caramel malts. No alcohol is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has just about a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is quite sweet, but it isn't that malty or heavy on the palate and is very easy to drink considering its strength. You need to let it warm up to let all of the flavors to develop.

Serving type: can

Apr 01, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Medium to dark copper pour with some haz, soapy bright lacing and steady, mild carbonation.

S - Sticky malt aroma with sticky tropical fruit, some spicy fruit rind, red grapefruit and citrus dominate. Has a slight resemblance to tropical lifesavers on the nose.

T - Some alcohol rises up through the flavor but doesn't get in the way. A little dank with some vinous tropical fruit quality and some candy sweetness. Finishes balanced.

M - Big mouthfeel, thick, some stickyness on the lips.

O - Decent but not memorable.

Feb 12, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L - massive, yellowish head atop a translucent orange body.

S - biscuit, caramel malt, orange.

T - sweet orange christmas candies. Caramel, grapefruit, candied orange, molasses, a touch of dank. Low bitterness. Moderate-high sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - just too sweet to fully enjoy.

Feb 03, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pulling what's best from both IPA and American pale ale, the 18th Street brewery has done something that's seemingly unworldly. To get this flavor, texture and aroma they must have struck a deal with the devil.

Of course the beer of the same name would start off with a rich haze of ambers and golds before floating a dense ivory cap. Tantalizing aromas of candied citrus, dried and condensed tropical fruit and a botanical medley swirl about the senses in mesmerizing fashion. Its early taste is just as dense with malt sweetness coming with strong impressions of poundcake, cashew and honey.

As the sweetness and light cakiness stews away on the middle palate, the hops begin to fold within. Citrus rises first with a starburst of tangerine and mandarin orange along with a followup of red grapefruit and lemon. Tropical fruits shine with pineapple, mango and papaya while more orchard type fruits of cantaloup and nectarine can't be ruled out. Trending balanced with hop bitterness, the even keel beer trends sprucy, tea-like and pleasantly grassy.

Medium full on the palate, the absence of intense bitterness also leaves its deeply resinous dryness at bay, allowing the ale to trend malty, juicy and flavorful with fruit presence right down to the not-so-bitter end. A medium long aftertaste is chocked full of fruit peels, chivy herbs and a spicy pep of gin.

Sep 26, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Tasted and felt like an ipa nectar in a pale ale. The big hop aromas, wildflower, caramel, citrus and a sticky pale malt backbone fill the nose. The taste is rich, sticky, and adds pine, and tropical fruit to the mix. Feel is dark for a pale, but it work for me, even with a sweet hop finish.

Jun 23, 2018
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FourFingers414 from Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't done many reviews on here but I'll do this one.


P: orange/red with a white half inch head.
A: smells of candied fruit & caramelized malt.
F: follows the aroma. Candied tropical fruit with a slight caramel malt.
B: creamy with a lingering presence of malt accompanied by white lacing.
O: a decent offering from 18th street but I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again. That being said, I'm happy to see they stepped away from bombers & replaced this beer into 4pk, 16oz cans.

Jun 10, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can poured into a pint glass. This brew pours out an orange shade of gold and has a thin off white crown on top. It is mildly hazy. The smell is piney and citrusy. Has notes of oranges. Then the taste brings a nice pine and dankness at the front with the citrus notes appearing as it goes through. The mouthfeel is wet and sticky.
Overall, solid brew. I can see where it gets its rating, not because it's anything too crazy or groundbreaking but just because of the solidness of this pale ale.

Jun 01, 2018
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CabinJoel from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So this beer is as advertised - Big and Good! I was in the liquor store for 20 minutes searching ratings on beer advocate on many different beers and this one came across my vision, searched it, and it was rated highly. Wow!!! Beer Advocate Community did not let me down - this is the stuff man, the sweet nectar of the beer Gods. It really does have a nice floral note on the front end as other reviewers mention. It has a uniquely bubbly nature that dances on the tongue. Then a crisp hoppy finish, just divine for a big beer - she is a lady - you barely notice you are drinking this big of a beer because she comes in so soft and sweet - but just like a lady she'll be moving on you gracefully and the next thing you know you have two kids and a dog - what happened to the college band man!!! The reward is in the quality!!!

May 28, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can(undated) poured into a snifterloudy boasts, on first pour, a bright copper-orange, mostly clear, colored body, floating a a thin, whispy edge-hugging ring of tight bubbles leaving spotted lacing with legs. The second pour is a bit dirty with sediment.

Aroma is a lovely tropical hit of Citra hops, with hints of citrus pith, mango, lemon, orange, and even a lick of pine.

Flavors match balanced by caramel and biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly sticky, and a chewy finish.

Overall a solid beer for drinking more than just one.

Dec 21, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pint can on November 26, 2017. Look is amber gold. Smell and taste is juicy tropical fruits. Feel is medium in body with a smooth finish.

Nov 28, 2017
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you so very much, FFFJunkie, you are awesome. Poured into my Surly glass at 50 degrees. The beer had a massive 4 finger head with great retention. The head is frothy creamy, airy, and billowy. The head slowly dissipates and beautiful lacing is left on the glass. The color of the beer is medium plus amber color with copper orange hues. The clarity of the beer is slightly opaque. A good amount of carbonation exist within the beer.

Nose: A rich stone fruit, grapefruit, tropical, orange, floral, and some pine resin. The malt backbone is there in the background giving off toasted malt notes, biscuit, yeast, caramel, and earthiness.

Taste: The hops are more fruity in flavor like stone fruit and tropical with orange and grapefruit. Not a lot of pine but some floral ester present. The beer has this very lovely earthy character with a nice toasted malt, biscuit, yeast and caramel notes.

The body of the beer is medium plus, with a medium carbonation, medium plus astringency, and medium finish.

I was not sure what to expect with this beer. it has a lovely earthy fruity quality with the floral and pine creeping up on you in the hops department. I think this beer, for me leans towards NEDIPA. The West coast IPA has a bit more aggressive hop bittering platform. I am enjoying drinking this beer as it get warmers it opens up to more flavors. Easy sipping DIPA.

Nov 26, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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

Bottled summer 2016; drank 8/17/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque dark orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge off-white head; strong, frothy lace.

Mango, grapefruit & orange citrus notes in the nose; some bitterness comes through too.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mango, banana & caramel flavors up front; bitter grapefruit bite on the finish. Too bitter, which is a shame; the up-front flavor is nice.

Feb 28, 2017
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Hop_God from California

3.33/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: deep amber to brown red. Looks like fucking Ice Tea. Thin white bubbles

S: sweet malt. Hops. That's it

T: very sweet malt. Raw hops. This is a mess

F: crisp and thick body. Weird. For a double pale

O: idk what people are thinking. This is a shit show. Nothing like what it should be. I don't even know where to start. Pathetic.

Feb 20, 2017
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ice tea colored brew with clarity on the first pour and a lot of cloudiness at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is sweet malt, with a bit of leafy tartness.

Taste is malty with a caramel apple sweetness to it.

Mouth feel is so so, not thick, not thin.

It's an ok beer. I don't need to have it again, but I'm not sad that I did.

Jan 27, 2017
Deal With The Devil from 18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 413 ratings