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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Chicagoans like hoppy beers, so we obliged by brewing a mean Double IPA. Then we asked artist Joey Potts to design a label of equal intensity. Generously hopped with Falconers Flight, Zythos, and Cascade, Sinister is brimming with juicy, tropical flavors of mango and pineapple. Don’t expect back rubs and mixtabs from this beer-- Sinister won’t even remember your first name.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. A: Pours a dark amber color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to thick cap and some hefty coating lace. S: Earthy with some nice citrus. A little pine with some orange zest. A little honey dew melon with some sweet malts. T: Sweet malts. Grassy with a kick of candied sugar. Booze is well hidden. Some cantaloupe with a light biscuit note. M: Medium to light bodied with a nice medium high carbonation. Really drinkable with a smooth and dry finish. O: Great first batch from the boys at 18th Street. I can’t wait until they have their own system up and running and can really dial in recipes. I hope this stays in the regular rotation because it was super drinkable for 9% and can really be a nice Summer beer. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1480) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2013
bottle thanks kan!! pours light orange. solid white head. big fruity aroma. taste is sweet fruit with a fairly bitter finish

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (935) - Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Pours clear light orange with a large yellowish white head. Smells juicy, strong, prominent amounts of mango, pineapple, and orange. Taste is bitter, juicy, tropical, refreshing, and drying. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and a little less than average mouth-carbonation, 18th Street Sinister finishes with a refreshing dry bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryecatcher (766) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bomber. Pours a slightly hazy, medium amber with a rocky white head, excellent retention and good lacing. Nose is pineapple, candied orange slices, lime zest, hints of caramelly malt. Mouth is big and resinous, lots of tropical fruit and some pine up front, a bit bready and bittersweet towards the middle, then some lemon and an almost oaky dryness on the back end. Really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6011) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bomber bottle and served in my PW snifter: Pours a clean coppery hue with a beautiful lasting head and lace. The aroma has nice tropical, citrus, and fleshy fruit esters (mango, pineapple, peach, apricot) along with a bit of resiny and dank esters. The taste is fruity as expected along with a bit of astringency and metallic notes. Very mild bready and caramel malt notes. This is quite dry almost to the point of perhaps being over-attenuated. The mouth feel is sharp and sprite with a hint of alcohol bite and the aforementioned bone dry finish. I like this and would really dug it if it wasn’t quite so dried out. Still that is a minor quibble.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2013
22oz bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Pours a clear golden orange colored body with a finger-width, creamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is juicy citrus resins and tropical fruits with a clean, lightly sweetened pale malt backing and touches of caramel. Flavor is similar. Juicy grapefruits and pineapples with some tropical fruits and a light malt sweetness to balance. Finishes dry, resiny, and moderately bitter with lots of juicy fruits. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really solid DIPA. Plenty of fresh, juicy hops and a clean, balanced pale malt backing. Good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7202) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Honey pour with a nice head that leaves good lacing. The smell is hoppy citrus and tropical with some butterscotch malt. Flavor is citrusy, boozy, slightly butterscotchy malt. Medium bitterness. The malt flavors detract from it but overall solid.

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