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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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. Donít expect back rubs and mixtabs from this beer-- Sinister wonít even remember your first name.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ccex (1057) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bomber (brewed in Chicago (Pipeworks?), not Gary), pours a hazy dark orange with substantial off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is full of fruits: peach, pineapple, mango, and tangerine, with some earthy, dank hops at first plus considerable sweet caramel. Taste is Initially bitter, with lots of sweetness in the middle before returning to a dry, bitter finish. This is a big beer with some alcohol in the aftertaste, but not hard to finish. Body is at least medium with average carbonation, and a sticky mouthfeel. I was expecting an evil hop bomb but found a well-balanced DIPA not as brutal as the label may lead you to believe it is. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChiGuy68 (443) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2013
Tasted from a 22oz. bomber. Poured a c;ear amber, with a white head. Pleasant, hoppy-fruit arama with a bold hop taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jduker000 (18) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2013
At first i wasnít sure of the aroma. Initially smelled musty, but is actually more of a smooth, fruity nose. I think i just expected a sharp aroma. Pour is near perfect. Golden hazy orange with a nice lace for a dipa. Taste was tame. Matched the aroma. Smooth with hints of pineapple and other fruit mixed with earthy flavors. Palate was a little thick? Maybe creamy? Good beer overall. Spiteful IRS definitely a brewery to keep an eye on

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6628) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2013
22. Pours a hazy rubied medium amber with a dense and creamy white head that lasts. Lots of eggy lace. Sweet malty nose, caramelly, showing some dank here and there, a little redolently herbal. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Toasty caramel, rich garlicky spicy notes, some brown bread, some earthiness, really an interesting combination that stands out as being unlike other DIPAs. Nice stuff. On paper this sounds like a weird mishmash of uncomplementary hops, but they work together in appealing ways.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Bomber. Pours a lightly cloudy dark burnt orange. Aroma of dank citrus and dark herbal hops with a dose of fried caramel. Taste is medium bitter. Pine and citrus hops with fried caramel. Medium-full bodied with a slightly slick texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Very warming. Overall, great. Makes me want to try mor from these guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pablo951 (500) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Had out of a 22oz bottle, poured to a mild head with even lacing. Sinister has a dark clear amber hue with an aroma of citrus, mango and peach. This is a very tasty beer, smooth for a 9 abv, with notes of peach, citrus and malt. Great beer, and a cool bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3706) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2013
22 oz. bottle. This pours a hazy burnt orange with a thick, off-white, creamy head. Aroma of strong tropical fruits, melon, strong bitter resin and pine. Flavor is rich, bitter, lots of fruits and strong pine bitterness. Medium bodied, touches of alcohol in the finish. This is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2013
22 oz bottle from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Finally got around to popping this on this Friday "Happy Hour" time. Pours a nice amber golden hue, touch of darkness, mellow orange amber glow on the edges. Decent haziness, frothy whitish head laces as a mellow layer, sticks around as a soapy frothy head. Aromas are gentle tropical fruit, oranges and lemons. Some florals, gentle gumball, faint peach and tropical mango. Some bready and gentle carmelized malts, a bit toasty. Some grapefruit, firmer fruity hop feel. Initial is medium bodied, good soapy bitter front end gives some florals, grapefruit, and bitter earthy hops. A bit resiny, dry and bitter firm hopping strikes the palate up front. A touch toasty, medium bodied perhaps a bit lighter. Nicer fruit flavors, bready and biscuity malts in the middle show some gentle body that support. Dry and bitter florals, firmer hopping that shows some complexity sticks around. Backend is dry, bitter, some bready and gentle sweeter caramel malt body gives just a bit more support. Tropical fruit, gumball, and that Falconers Flight element really give some nice fruity play. Gentle soap, firmer florals and grass, bitter hops linger on. A bit toasty, firmer hops. This is pretty nice. Itís not explosive, but I think itís done right. Smaller malt bill that shows a bit of body but doesnít get oppressive. Nice hop bouquet that works well, provides fruit and some complexity and not just the "Here, take all these hops. Be happy with this abrasive bitter bomb" that you can see in a lot of offerings on the market and just stark bitter big hops as opposed to the nice flavor profile you get here. Very nice. Nose could use a bit more life on the nose, but the beer looks great, laces well, and tastes good. Nice. Finish is more woody, earthy bitterness as we settle in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (7954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Sarah, thanks! Pours a clear amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice combination of pine and resin with a hint onion and sweet grain. Flavor has a nice combination of pine and resin with some onion that is mild.

   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 canít 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

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