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Burning Bridges - Spiteful Brewing

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-14-2013)
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Texasfan549, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

kjkinsey, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I've had it on good authority that the burning of bridges is not the greatest tactic in the world... Anyway, this stuff pours a very dark black-brown topped by over a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises leafy greens, roasted malts, mild Cameroon tobacco, and dark chocolate. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some mild citrus rinds. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice hoppy brown ale, one that actually seems to showcase a good number of the different hops varietals involved (though others just get drowned out by the malt) and achieves a pleasant balance. Not bad.

TMoney2591, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #10

Poured into a tulip glass, there's a dense head of tan foam the forms quickly and lasts for awhile. leaving behind plenty of lace in it's wake. Brownish black color, doesn't reflect much if any light.

Toasty aroma, chocolate malt is present, dry unsweetened bakers chocolate. Not much of a distinctive hop aroma.

Light toasted cereal aftertaste, moderate hop bitterness. Light florals and dried citrus peel hop character ride underneath the primary malty flavors. Fairly dry in the finish, medium bodied with a smooth carb level. Overall it's decent. Aptly named, knowing some of the background.

emerge077, Mar 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

InspectorBob, Aug 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Sparky44, May 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

BeerLover99, Jul 24, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a mug

A - This is about as dark as a brown ale can be. When held to the light I get faint amber highlights. There is about half a mug of tan head.

S - The smell is grain, molasses, and chocolate. There are a few wafts of citrus.

T - The taste has some remnants of a once hoppy beer. I taste some orange and a little citrus. The main flavors are from the malt. I get wonderful roasted grain and chocolate malt.

M - Medium to full

O - This is a flavorful brown ale. Unfortunately, I held on to it past its prime as far as the hops go, but the malt bill is delicious. I am really enjoying this beer. This is my first Spiteful beer, and I will definitely seek out more of their offerings.

buschbeer, Jul 06, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 3/13/13,
Batch #10
HF Wine glass

A: Pours deep brown. Not getting any real light through it. Nice layer of two fingers of light tan head. Leaving sticky lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Definitely piney and earthy hops. Chocolate cocoa like note. Roast. More milk Chocolate. Touch of coffee.

T: Nice piney bitterness up front. Sort of more like a BIPA than a brown ale. Then you get some roast and chocolate, like a sessionable porter/stout. Really style bending brew.

M: Big medium. Nice body on this one.

inlimbo77, Apr 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

thinwhiteduke, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

pixieskid, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

BeerOps, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

bigbluebeerguy, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Zimm, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

blindpiggie, Jul 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Zonian1, May 01, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 10. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Half Acre snifter.

A - Pours a very dark brown that is pretty much impenetrable by light. A nice one a half finger frothy head. Incredible retention & consistency of bubble size.

S - Hops & nuts. Roasted notes pair well with a grassy hop character. Some nice bitter chocolate.

T - Nice roasted & toasted notes to begin, with a piney hop presence to balance. A bit of a boozy presence at the very end. Reminds me of a nice porter.

M - Great creamy mouthfeel, with superior drinkability.

O - Very impressive job here from a new brewery. A very interesting take on a brown ale. Do not hesitate to pick this up.

wyatt13, Apr 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

gmendez1122, May 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

dt_gbpackersfan, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

olafphysics, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jmtpi, Jun 17, 2013
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4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle. I've tasted a few ounces of this twice. This will be my first time with a decent pour.

A - Dark and thick for a brown. Fine-bubbled khaki head fades quickly. More reminiscent of a porter than a brown. Bleh, how are you supposed to rate appearance on .25 intervals--this one's great I guess!

S - Hoppy, then roasty, then hoppy. Finally some caramel/toffee. Right up my alley.

T - Whoa, burnt toast, roast, bitter deliciousness. Thinking 3 Floyds' Snow Weasel. Nice dark chocolate in the middle with just a hint of citrus. Something about the lingering coffee and hops make the beer taste fresh--a characteristic that I'd think would hold up to the test of time. A really enjoyable flavor.

M - Medium to thick body for the style. Lots of carbonation, but creamy. I like it. Very hoppy, but still balanced

O - Well, this beer can't get much better for me. Perhaps there are some palates that won't agree, but as a hoppy porter kind of guy I love this. Looking forward to more out of these guys. Thanks Spiteful!

dlello2, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

SalukiAlum, Apr 17, 2013
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Burning Bridges from Spiteful Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.