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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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Reviews: 24
Hads: 77
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spider Bite Beer Company visit their website
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

This amber colored pale ale was the first beer we brewed together, so it was only fitting to name it FIRST BITE. Generous additions of American hops, light body and a dry finish give it plenty of flavor and aroma while still remaining highly drinkable. “YOU GOT BITTEN.”
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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 77
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - a more pedestrian label involving spiders than the other offerings that I've seen from these guys.

This beer pours a clear, dark copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some exploding snowbank lace around the glass as it gently melts away.

It smells of bready, crackery pale malt, a touch of biscuity caramel, peppy orange and white grapefruit rind, faint pine needle and resin, and a further leafy, floral hop bitterness. The taste is more bready, doughy pale and caramel malt sweetness, muddled citrus flesh and pith, floral and bitter herbal esters, and a softly tugging sense of alcohol chicanery.

The carbonation is quite light and caressing in its plainly supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and rather smooth, the malt barring the door against any aggressive hop ingress at this juncture. It finishes off-dry, the mouthfeel situation just mentioned still holding true.

A generally appealing and easily drinkable version of the style, nothing fancy, but all pistons firing in the common goal of hoppy pale ale balance. I wonder how much the various spiders I find lurking around my basement would like this stuff - ah, hell, I'm not sharing it with them, we already have a healthy state of detente, and I'm not up for tipping the scales.

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Photo of socon67
3.11/5  rDev -15%
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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2.43/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.96/5  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.

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First Bite Pale Ale from Spider Bite Beer Company
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