Bark Bite - Big Wood Brewery
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3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
Finally picked up a single of this after resisting the Surlyesque prices a new brewery thought they could charge...but I digress. What did you call me?
Pour is from a 16 oz. can that promises biting & citrus, but no freshness date (beyond a byzantine bunch of stuff on the bottom that might be a code but might be the password to someone's Facebook page). 46% opaque, very light orange, moderate carbonation. It does, indeed, smell like citrus with a jammy undertone & lemon spritzer. Perhaps I'll regret avoiding this?
Bark Bite's aroma makes promises its taste can't deliver, but hey, it's close. Big angry hoppy bite right up front mixed in with some serious citrus, then descends into a bit of odd clown car. Lemon spritzer, an earthy hoppiness that detracts from the other pleasantness, sugary. Bit solventy. Sand dry on the finish.
Some real promise, but the tastes haven't signed a get-along agreement; they're a bit harsh thrown together as they are. Pretty good beer...close.
01-18-2014 03:56:37 | More by maximum12
4.16/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.
Smell: A crisp and juicy hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus fruit and grass. Upfront citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, pineapple, and apricot. Earthy and floral hops with hints of grass and pine. Solid malt presence with hints of grains, caramel, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid IPA aroma.
Taste: Like the nose, a juicy and grassy hop driven taste with big notes of citrus and grass. Citrus hops with upfront juicy notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, apricot, lemon, and pineapple. Big presence of earthy hops with notes of grass and pine. Good malt backing with notes of caramel, grains, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. A pretty nice taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish.
Overall: A pretty good take on a West Coast style IPA. Lots of citrus and grass taste with a nice dryness.
05-26-2014 06:03:01 | More by MattyG85
3.76/5 rDev +3.6%
Village Dell & Wine - Rice Lake, WI
The "pounder" can dumps into my glass with a straw pale golden body and a little chill haze. Large carbonation bubbles stick to the sides of the glass and when finally release meet the bubbled, craggy, linen white head. The head keeps being replenished while the lace left behind is chunky and bold.
Whoa! The aroma is like nothing I've come across in an IPA. The nose is like a tripel with musty green apple, apricot, and tangerine but it's all in large quantity and from the hop profile. A little more citrus pops through, orange and sugared grapefruit play minor roles. Since I've noticed it I can't help but get the tripel-like aroma out of my head. As it warms there's some tea leaf coming through that's a sure sign of age even though I was told this was just brought into WI. With that said I'm still digging the aroma.
Each drink shows signs of that tangerine and dried apricot, I always associate with a musty quality, which is fairly unique. The malt is pale with some graham cracker showing after some warming. Musty apple and pithy orange bring up the rear. There's still a little tea leaf but I'm enjoying this brew.
The body is moderately heavy and the carbonation is on the higher side with a prickly feel. The bitterness eventually builds to moderate with a fairly dry finish. The alcohol is very well hidden.
Bark Bite is a pretty interesting IPA sporting a hop profile I've never really come across before. The price isn't bad at $8.99. I'd buy this beer again if for nothing than its uniqueness.
09-29-2013 02:49:40 | More by joe1510
Bark Bite from Big Wood Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.