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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

What do you expect?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1195) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FritzHoff (10) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2015
From a bomber. This beer is amazing. Pours a nice head that lingers. Heavy hops on the nose and taste doesn’t disappoint. Crisp mouthfeel and lingering flavor. This is really a great beer (cool label as well). Highly recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pablo951 (647) - 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 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChiGuy68 (557) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ccex (1200) - 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 16/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2014
22oz bomber pours a hazy orange with a white head. Bit citrus mango and tropical fruit aroma. Taste is the same.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7620) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jduker000 (18) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2013
At first i wasn’t 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

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