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First Bite Pale Ale - Spider Bite Beer Company

First Bite Pale AleFirst Bite Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

56 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%


Brewed by:
Spider Bite Beer Company
New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gmann on 11-16-2011)
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 23:55:25 | More by cpetrone84
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CHickman

New York

3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 05:06:09 | More by CHickman
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 03:08:34 | More by RblWthACoz
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socon67

New York

3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 01:03:26 | More by socon67
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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Copprr body. Big off white head and excellent retention. Pretty clear.

Smell - Lemony and kinda offensive hop aroma. A bit of chemical notes. Pine sol.

Taste - Strong pine hop. The chemical flavor comes back with a vengeance. Bitter. Grainy.

Mouthfeel - Bitter and lemony. Well carbonated. Lots of off flavors.

Overall - This is all over the place. The hops are unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 23:55:54 | More by Alieniloquium
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy apricot in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some light orange and golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white to beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus hops (both grapefruit and orange stand out) over some light aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of caramel malt that lends just a touch of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit/orange hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which fade fairly quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easier to drink and with less lingering bitterness than an IPA but still a lot of the same citrus hop aromas and flavors. The citrus hops become even more pronounced as the beer warms up and this is definitely one I would get again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 04:06:04 | More by dbrauneis
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jon2465 for introducing me to a brewery I've never even heard of...how often does that happen to us old-school traders? 12 oz. bottle to kick off a quiet evening at home with Michael Weston & Jason Bourne. And maybe Raylan Givens, too. Half sample handed off to my wife.

Pour is clear, filtered orange. Nice nose, very flowery with a strong undercurrent of sweet malt for a pale, touch of lemon. Interesting beginning.

First Bite Pale Ale shouldn't really have fangs in the name, because it's pretty tame. Sunless, sweet malts are the primary driver here, with an almost wheat-like run right up the middle; really, I would have believed it if someone handed me this brew & said "Here's a new wheat beer!" Gentle floral hopping slips in behind the grain stalks, & there is a non-skin-breaking bite right at the end of bitterness. Like most pales, easy to sip.

Very inoffensive beer while simultaneously being a bit rough, as in roughage. Fairly run-of-the-mill pale that's decent enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 02:15:45 | More by maximum12
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popery

California

4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an absolutely excellent pale ale. The aroma is bursting with delicate hop flavor. There's citrus, grapes, mangoes and pineapples. It's a big juicy nose that reminds me more of a blend of good fresh-squeezed fruit juices than anything. The aroma hit me as soon as the cap hissed and hasn't let up. The appearance is strong. It's a hazy amber-gold with fizzy white head that manages to stick around for quite awhile and leave nice clumps of bubbles on the walls of my glass. The taste is dry with lots of hop flavor and mild but firm bitterness. Malt is well in the background both in taste and aroma, which I appreciate. It mostly just contributes a platform of biscuity caramel for the hops, which push out with more of that blend of grapes, tropical fruit and tangerine citrus on the tongue. The finish is moderately bitter, but it's a very drinkable beer. Mildly dry. Mouthfeel is light with some pleasant hop oiliness. This beer is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in the style. I could see going even higher with my score if I had an opportunity to try it against some of the other recent top pales. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 07:18:41 | More by popery
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metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half thick beige head that died down but left a small head covering the surface and lots of lacing around the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit and oranges seem to stand out in particular. The smell becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of citrusy flavors along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: This is a nice pale ale that delivers interesting aromas and flavors of citrusy hops like an IPA but is easier to drink and doesn't have lots of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 19:23:45 | More by metter98
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Durge

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazed golden amber color with a huge egg-white looking head and all sorts of clinging clumps left in retreat. The nose hit brings a light citrus hop resin and yeasty biscuit grass. Fresh and crisp. The flavor comes on with bare naked cinnamon leaf/grass hops and a yeast biscuit. This stuff is pretty stark, sharp hop, acrid and crisp feeling with a light body and enthusiastic carbonation. Too thin to be up my alley, and a bit swampy, but doable for a hop fix. Definitely gets your attention.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 05:53:24 | More by Durge
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beerloserLI

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out orange/ light amber.

Great floral and sweet smell.

Delivers a good smooth taste with nice hops. Lots of citrus and sweet accents. Overall, a really nice easy drinking pale ale from an up and coming Long Island brewery. I really enjoy good pale ale and this one delivers.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 04:59:51 | More by beerloserLI
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cosmicevan

New York

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

have had this on tap before, but it came out in bottles not all that long ago, so decided to give it a go. enjoyed from a blue point snifter.

a - brew poured a murky almost amber brown with a generous finger plus of foamy white head that slowly dissolved leaving heavy lacing coated on the side of the glass. darker than i'd expect for the style, but damn attractive.

s - nice malt forward pale ale with subtle hopping. good earthiness.

t - the earthiness in the smell steps forward in the taste and really dominates everything. all malt, no hops, but lots of dirt and earth.

m - nice even carbonation. medium bodied. but that earthiness is just intense in my mouth. kind of like the way i feel about fat tire.

o - decidedly a pale ale, but a bit too earthy for my taste buds. malts to rule the world, but dirty malts. not a bad beer, but i like a bit more zing in my pale ales and although i like a malty pale ale, this one was even a bit much for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 22:29:16 | More by cosmicevan
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at "The Pony Bar" in NYC.

Served in a pint glass.

A: This was pretty cloudy for a PA, but I kinda dug that about it. Lots of off-white suds on top, with a golden French Fry color to the liquid itself.

S: Pow hops! Lots of citrus and had the aroma of a nice IPA for sure.

T: Despite the citrus bite, this had a pleasant yeasty quality that grounded this back into Pale Ale territory instead of going over the edge. Tasty!

M: Creamy, with a nice carbonation bill for this style, and a good bit of quality bitterness on the back end.

O: I really don't have anything bad to say about this. Fresh and tasty stuff!

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 23:45:51 | More by Chaney
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - fairly clear deep copper color with a off-white head that settled to a layer leaving a "web" of lacing.

S - earthy with some citrus rind.

T - starts out with a sourdough taste and finishes with citrus rind bitterness.

F - thin body, thin feel.

O - non-offensive beer but this is not my "first bite" at a APA.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 01:21:25 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to have had a try at a commercially available nano brewery. Growler from DeCicco's. This beer pours a little darker than expected, nice light head. Smell is floral and the taste is sweet grapefruit, followed up by lemon zest with a nice piney resin.

Overall this was a nice treat to enjoy. Looking forward to getting my hands on their stout.

Serving type: growler

01-28-2012 23:41:11 | More by jimmy82063
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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$6.99 for a 32 ounce growler pour at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Nice to try a brew from this new micro/nano brewery based Long Island, NY.

Pours clouded darker amber, lifts a nice looking 2 inch head, that slowly goes to a thicker film, with some islands, and more then ample froth and well developed lace.

Resiny hop nose.

Well hopped and full flavor pale, more resins, and citrus peel notes come forward.

Under carraige of light whole wheat malts, compliment the aggressive hopping. Nice long and tasty finish, coating the mouth, teeth and tongue, with hoppy/malty goodness.

I'm duly impressed, new brewery that clearly knew what they were doing when they brewed this one up.

Serving type: growler

01-25-2012 01:17:35 | More by Billolick
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iBeer16

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.

A: pours a golden amber color with about a finger length soapy head that leaves nice lacing.

S: has a nice sweet malt scent with a slight hoppy scent.

T: also a sweet malty taste with a nice subtle hoppy undertone. Also has a nice breast taste.

M: has a nice body with good carbonation. Leaves mouth salivating with a slight bitter taste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 03:47:20 | More by iBeer16
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plaid75

New York

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a spicy piney and herbal hop atop a toasted bread aroma.

The taste consisted of a spirited herbal hop supported by a complex buttery toasted bready malt. Residual caramel at the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a vigorous carbonation and lingering hop spice.

Overall a tasty and complex pale ale.

Serving type: growler

12-16-2011 02:04:39 | More by plaid75
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Gmann

New York

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a large bubbled head that left lots of webby lacing as it dissipated.

The aroma is of a nice floral hop with some light grapefruit notes. The malt provides some bready notes as well as a hint of honey.

The hop profile is more piney and resiney in the taste. The malt is sweet with some honey notes. There is a fairly substantial amount of asprin flavor and chalky bitterness in the end.

The feel is moderate with weak to tingly carbonation. Feels watery for some reason and a bit lifeless. Big chalky bitterness in the finish.

Started off real nice but the earthy bittterness is a tad harsh for the style.

Serving type: growler

11-16-2011 21:55:13 | More by Gmann
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