Bitter Biker - Spiteful Brewing

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86
very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 02-11-2013)
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Reviews by chanokokoro:
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3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle marked Batch #6 into an unbranded short-stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a deep, clear amber with golden highlights capped by a cream colored fluffy two finger head. Above average retention and some splotchy lacing. Pineapple, tropical notes, caramel maltiness, and whiffs of clean alcohol on the nose. Pineapple, zesty mandarin orange, big caramel malt midpalate. Caramel carries through the finish and is joined by warming alchohol and intensely bitter citrus rind; really intensely bitter citrus rind, which leaves a very strong aftertaste. Huge full body due to the large malt backbone which puts this beer on par with most American barleywines. Moderate, gentle carbonation, soapy and smooth on the palate. This brew is truly a palate wrecker. The strong bitterness of the finish really pushes my limit and trends just a bit too intense at times.

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Batch #6
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear slightly dense deep aged copper body with a bubbly light beige head that last a good bit.

S- The new sneakers aroma blends with pithy hops and a slightly sweaty earthy quality that turns into a buttery toast aroma as it opens.

T- The big bitterness stings the tongue and lingers for a good bit after each sip. There is a light toasted dry malt flavor that turns a bit more caramel when it opens and some buttery diacetyl follows. Some minty and pine qualities to the hops come through as it warms but the bitter dandelion milk hops still bite after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat but it does have a bit of a slippery texture as it opens.

O- The big pithy sweaty beer has a bit too much bitterness without much hop flavor or aroma and not enough malt support. There are some sweaty, buttery flavors that are off but they don’t detract from the bitterness.

Photo of timc100
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 24

A: Really nice looking. Dark amber/blood orange, off white head that sticks around for days. Pretty sticky retention

S: Interesting. A kind of metallic note (don't know how else to describe it) that I got off hopslam this year in a bad way, and what I get off all no-coast IPA's in a good way - so I'm assuming a concentrated astringency and resin. It doesn't do much for it but take away. There is a sweet biscuit and melon character that comes through. Very bitter, concentrated grapefruit oil and not-very-sticky resin.

T: Again interesting. This is only their second batch of this, and I assume it will get better each time. The concentrated metallic astringency, as I have labeled it, dominates. There is more citrus and tropical hop fruitiness. There is a really nice astringent tropical fruit kick at the end. Very resinous and sticky.

P: Very smooth, a little thin, chewy at the finish.

O: Nice DIPA. I love ghost biker pale and can imagine this being a great beer, however, at the moment it is a little messy. Looking forward to future batches.

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Bright high clarity orange, lots of creamy foam that leaves behind some sticky lacing in the glass. Pretty good coverage, a skim stays across the surface after half the glass.

Floral, sandalwood, dried citrus peel aroma.

Super bitter, aspirin and alcohol, somewhat abrasive and astringent with little to no sweetness. Leafy, vegetal greenery, bitter arugula and dandelion, though the minor hop flavors are overshadowed a little by the rough feel.

As a Chicago bike commuter, I can appreciate the label and name of the beer, although it's probably not one i'll seek out again.

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Bitter Biker from Spiteful Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.