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First Bite Pale Ale - Spider Bite Beer Company

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First Bite Pale AleFirst Bite Pale Ale

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Spider Bite Beer Company
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gmann on 11-16-2011

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Photo of pjkelley82
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SoonerNY
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of R11415
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craftaholic
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of McBAINx
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hammertimeee1
4/5  rDev +9.6%

I really like this beer not because it's brewed in my backyard but because of the lite citrus flavor it has. This beer is always a party favorite for us!!

Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was hoping I'd be able to say it: this Spider Bite beer casts webs of lacing around the glass. (The wine community might refer to this as 'legs', which would be an equally appropriate term because this has lots of 'em!) This does indeed look awfully nice for a pale ale - its clear amber complexion is practically flashing with auburn and golden tones around its rims.

Contrary to its name, however, First Bite doesn't seem to actually have much bite. At least not in the nose. While there is enough hoppiness to impart an appreciable herbalness, notions of pine and traces of tropical fruits, it certainly doesn't have that kind of immediate, apparent bitterness that can often characterize American pale ales.

First Bite is a nice middle-of-the-road pale ale in more than one sense; at 5.5% it's a little bit bigger without being significantly stronger, and its flavour is comprised pretty much evenly of malt and hops. There's enough each of the oven-fresh biscuits and leafy greens to please both camps. Everybody's happy!

The two elements actually make complimentary pairings. There are subtle orange blossom and citrus notes to the hops that are strongly reminiscent of marmalade; they make a perfect accompaniment to all the soft, bready qualities. The hints of pine also flatter the beer's subtle caramelization. This is a flawlessly balanced recipe.

First Bite makes a good first impression. I'll bite on buying more next time I'm in Western New York. Granted, the infection isn't likely to become viral and it's certainly not incurable - there are lots of beers out there similar and more or less equal in quality. But hey, this is one spider that's more than welcomed to nest in my house!

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tsp247
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of unclejazz
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a fresh bottle dated:9 4 14, nice amber clear body, solid creamy creamy head. Smell of fresh grass and tropical fruit. Solid malt flavor, a bit sweet that added to juicy pop of the hops. Great batch, very good beer. Underrated, go NY.

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of myhopsdontlie
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Comparison_Ford
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of RHB33
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of SkinniePost
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pour is transparent copper with yellowish white bubbly head. Nose is light, pine and rust with a note of grain. Taste is light also, faint grain, piney hop and a faint citrus. Strong carbonation and a light body. Slick on the palate and a bit watery.

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of CHickman
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very cloudy brown yellow color with sediment floating in it and an insanely huge 2-3 finger foamy beige head that burst out of the bottle and didn’t budge and faded extremely slowly, so slow that I could run my finger through it a few minutes later; it left great foamy lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells of strong piney hops up front, followed by grapefruit, toasted grains, biscuit, caramel, yeast, floral hops and mild spices; get hints of tea leaf or dry hops and very earthy notes mixed with bread and citrus sweetness.

Tastes of piney hops, citrus hops, lemon zest, sweet malt, biscuit, mild grapefruit, toasted grains, caramel, wheat bread or a whole wheat cracker, floral hops, tea leaf (or even weed), and mild spices; very nice balance as the hops are strong and sweet but the malt balance adds an almost buttery toast flavor that limits the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is average to almost heavy with pretty active carbonation, the body is medium and chewy for a pale ale, and the finish while hoppy and sweet is not too bitter and ends buttery and grainy with a lingering hop sweetness like it was dry hopped.

I can’t believe it took me so long to get and enjoy this local beer, as I’m very impressed and feel like I could drink this anytime and anywhere. A very nice APA and one that I’m glad is local to me so I can always get it fresh.

Photo of bsm80x
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of hungryhungryhippos
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark amber. Calm and mature pine tones on the nose. Flavor is not quite what you'd expect for the style. Very east coast in interpretation and execution. Earthy and "darker". Not the loud and boisterous west coast style stuff many people are looking for. Nice enough though.

Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of socon67
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Light amber pour with a decent head of foam. Some lacing, and slight carbonation.

S - Pale malts seem to be a bit too sweet. There is a hoppy smell but I found it a bit off.

T - Light flavors of grain and a crisp hoppy finish. Just not enjoying the residual sweetness that almost seems like its off.

M - Light feel, some carbonation, and easy to have a few.

O - Fun to try local, but just not one I'd look for again.

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First Bite Pale Ale from Spider Bite Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.