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Bitter Biker - Spiteful Brewing

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86
very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
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:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 02-11-2013

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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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Not sure why, but I think of my old pog collection when I look at this label. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear salmon-copper (that's a new one) topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, pine sap, peach flesh, timid caramel, and a hint of eucalyptus. The taste brings in more of the same, focusing on the bitter rinds of the aforementioned fruits instead of the bright flesh. A lingering sense of citrus-y chlorophyll keeps an extended vigil throughout the aftertaste, producing an almost medicinal flavor in the process. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid DIPA, though the bitterness was overdone a bit, especially considering the fruity promises made by the smell. Still, I wouldn't necessarily be averse to another somewhere down the line.

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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Spiteful Brewing Bitter Biker double IPA. 9.5 % ABV.
I had this for the first time at a bar/restaurant called The Bad Apple in Chicago, IL. I was intrigued by the similarity to something like, say, Surly Brewing Bitter Brewer Ale. Found a bunch of bottles at that Binny's in Schaumburg, IL, and went with this one, among a half dozen choices, despite the horrible illustration. Blech! None of the others I saw were very much better. Nonetheless, I'm going to take down this bomber, starting …now.

Highly hazed…deep amber/nearly orange. Good 1/2 inch head of chalk white forage. Not bad. Quite nice, actually.

Aroma: ah! There's the pine, there's the citrus, the mango and grapefruit and orange of it all, a bit bitter, and a bit refreshingly lovely. Double nice.

Taste: First the malt comes over, a bit o' sweetness, followed by the hop hit on the palate. Some cocoa and caramel arrives on the palate, bumping up against the citrus and pine contributed by the hops. An interesting mix.

Let's stop and read the label, shall we? ""Don't fight it. Spite it! Cyclists beware! This city is a minefield: potholes, ruthless cabbies, pedestrians texting---and a headwind from hell. (sic) Arm yourself! This double India Pale Ale was brewed for you. Loaded with Zythos, Columbus, and Falconer's Flight 7c's hops. Bitter Biker is our homage to the trials of the year round biker. Ride safe, stay bitter, and watch out for oblivious fools!" Batch #9, it also informs us, in hand-inked numeration.

About the beer: This will not challenge any lists of favorite or best double IPAs out there. Simply said, politely put. But it's what these guys are doing. Not everyone can be the best, some just do what they do. And what it is is pretty darned tasty.
I have the feeling that these guys will always be Chicago's scrappy upstarts, and they may not be the next Half Acre or Revolution, certainly not the next Goose Island. They've got a punk rock attitude, and a DIY aesthetic, but the beer comes out well, so they've got that going for them, right?

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Bitter Biker from Spiteful Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.