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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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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by Chaney:
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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!

09-09-2012 23:45:51 | More by Chaney
More User Reviews:
Photo of csmartin6

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-19-2014 15:18:15 | More by csmartin6
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev +11%

$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.

01-25-2012 01:17:35 | More by Billolick
Photo of virinow

New York

4.5/5  rDev +24%

11-17-2011 02:33:30 | More by virinow
Photo of socon67

New York

3.14/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

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


2.36/5  rDev -35%

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.

05-20-2013 23:55:54 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-10-2012 12:24:58 | More by Ralphs66
Photo of Bieniek30

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-11-2013 12:37:09 | More by Bieniek30
Photo of Comparison_Ford

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-29-2014 00:23:47 | More by Comparison_Ford
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

11-16-2011 21:55:13 | More by Gmann
Photo of jimmy82063


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

01-28-2012 23:41:11 | More by jimmy82063
Photo of andant

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-17-2012 12:31:01 | More by andant
Photo of LJWalker


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-05-2013 03:49:44 | More by LJWalker
Photo of st9647v3

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-28-2013 22:20:35 | More by st9647v3
Photo of metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

10-27-2012 19:23:45 | More by metter98
Photo of cestlavie

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-10-2012 00:42:57 | More by cestlavie
Photo of JDWEX1117

New York

2/5  rDev -44.9%

01-02-2013 02:27:50 | More by JDWEX1117
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.03/5  rDev +11%

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.

12-16-2011 02:04:39 | More by plaid75
Photo of bsm80x

New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

09-25-2013 20:32:27 | More by bsm80x
Photo of ThatsThatDude

New York

3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-06-2014 17:37:52 | More by ThatsThatDude
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.94/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

11-11-2013 05:06:09 | More by CHickman
Photo of alalvarez75

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-06-2011 21:54:59 | More by alalvarez75
Photo of MJsGhost

New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

07-07-2013 18:14:37 | More by MJsGhost
Photo of ygtbsm94


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-04-2013 16:51:55 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +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.

03-09-2013 04:06:04 | More by dbrauneis
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First Bite Pale Ale from Spider Bite Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.