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Spider Bite - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 30
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 19.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tucquan on 09-29-2013

Dark yet light bodied with a snappy hop bite from Columbus, Bravo, Cascade and Simcoe hops plus a touch of black pepper.
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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 30
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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Photo of Herze
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guden
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zp6167a
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beejay
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black in the glass, with a small amount of head that rapidly recedes.

S: Grapefruit, and a lot of citrus peel.

T: Hoppy, with a nice amount of hops coming across as grapefruit peel, and perhaps a touch of earthiness, a touch of coffee in the finish.

M: Medium in body, aggressive carbonation, and a bit of a bitter cling in the finish.

O: Overall a pretty tasty brew, packed with flavor, and low enough gravity to drink a few of em.

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Photo of robebo44
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gregaroo
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the venue during the rained out first day of Lockn'. Not as spicy as I had hoped, but very drinkable. Staff was all business, so we went back to the Blue Mountain Barrel House.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.52/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of hophead723
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I got this one in a Devil's Backbone sampler twelve pack that included Spider Bite, Schwartz Bier, and Stringduster. All of those beers including this one are scarcely reviewed so I intend to review each one.

Look: Deep dark ebony with thin and clear chestnut brown edges in the light. The head was luscious and frothy, light tan in color, and leaves loose lacing.

Smell: It has a strong aroma of coffee and pine with undertones of brown sugar, black pepper, tobacco, and grass.

Taste: Toasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate with a solid backing of classic piney hop bitterness. It has robust flavors but still has balance. It is like a stout and an IPA, but it is primarily malted with wheat and is of "session" strength so it is very unique.

Feel: The body is on the heavy side of light, but not medium. It is somehow crisp and smooth upfront but with a quick semi-dry finish that has a charcoal linger. Very drinkable but it makes you want to enjoy it slowly. It opens up as it warms.

Overall: This is a very unique beer. I have had wheat beers, session IPAs, and black IPAs but never all those combined. It is persistently surprising and surprisingly delicious. Very good quality and also a member of their "Rare Series" so I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of leocolgan
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Super bitter, nice malty flavor.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, dark, brown coloring with a low profile, clingy, foamy, off-white head. Aromas of toasted grains forward, with a resinous follow of pine and dankness. The nose has a coffee-like backbone, too. Pretty dynamic. Flavors are bitter roasted forward, with hints of char, followed immediately by piney and resinous hops notes, vegetal and bitter. The beer is light bodied and smooth, with a bitter aftertaste from both hops profiles and roasted characteristics. Notes of coffee, pine, grass, and subtle citrus notes. The finish is smooth and light, with the bitter roasted notes lingering through. Interesting brew.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as a Porter. Very smooth with dry finish with a subtle, almost sweet hoppy bite at the end. Devils Backbone never disappoints.

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3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluehende
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a difficult one for me. It had a nice hop aroma and looked beautiful. For some reason the hop taste I got did not mix well with the dark malts. I usually like black IPA's. This one did not do it for me as well as others

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When they call it a black ale, it is definitely black. There is no light getting through it unless you look at it from the top to the bottom. The head is a very light tan, with some retention. The aroma is strongly IPA, with big pine dominating. The taste is much the same, with just a little bit of dark malts coming through at the finish. The body is a little lighter with carbonation throughout but has a nice hops bite to it.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. I like the style and bitterness.

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Photo of beerrat
4.78/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black on color.Taste like a dark IPA should.I am not A IPA fan but I know what they should taste like.This should be a top rated beer.

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2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on lasered on bottleneck. Purchased in newest Adventure Pack sampler.

A: Opaque except at the edges with very dark brown hue and healthy 1-finger light beige, frothy head with plentiful lacing.

S: Lots of dark roast with piney, earthy resinous hops, light woody aroma as well

T: Very balanced flavor with even amount of roast, dark malt, light caramel, and earthy, resin, pine, and light herbal hops notes. Deftly put together brew. Bitterness is light and works very well with the roast character.

M: Smooth with just enough body and prickly carbonation to keep it lively without being too thin.

O: I am usually not a big fan of this style at all, but DB Spider Bite is really an excellent example of an interesting and unique session beer. Despite a lot of flavor, it is all balanced very expertly. Stellar job by Devils Backbone on this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tucquan
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the brew pub on 2013-09-26 and again from a growler on 2013-09-29 from their "Outpost" production brewery.

A - Mostly opaque ruby-brown with a 3-finger head that fades to 1-finger quickly and leaves nice lacing.

S - Medium-dark roasted wheat, coffee, touch of chocolate, mild grass.

T - Much like the aroma with an emphasis on the roasted grain. Don't get much coffee and just a smidge of chocolate in the aftertaste (very lightly sweet). The hops are strong and somewhat grassy with quite a significant bitterness with the IBU listed as 50. Dries quickly with little residual sugar but plenty of roasted and hop bitterness.

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation. Thinly creamy.

O - This is a pretty flavorful beer when you want a session beer leaning to the dark side. Not a black IPA but leaning that direction.

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3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Spider Bite from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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