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Bitter Biker - Spiteful Brewing

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86
very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-11-2013 00:12:09 | More by spycow
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

02-11-2013 05:48:52 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

02-12-2013 01:53:46 | More by emerge077
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev -4.7%

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?

08-12-2013 02:33:22 | More by feloniousmonk
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

04-09-2013 15:30:01 | More by rhoadsrage
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-03-2013 21:31:56 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-01-2013 12:02:46 | More by Cynic-ale
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popery

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

07-31-2013 02:15:15 | More by popery
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Florida9

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +7%

A: Deep rusty orange in color. Clear. Forms a moderate sized very off-white head that is very stable and leaves a good bit of lacing on the way down.

S: Aroma is full on citrus. Orange, grapefruit, orange blossom, and a bit of citrus rind.

T: Taste is more of the same. Mildly sweet citrus, with orange rind, and grapefruit dominating. Some very mild caramel malts. This one is fairly high with the IBU's and is unapologetically bitter resulting in a good bit of resiny pine on the finish

M: On the heavier side of medium. Aggressively bitter. Appropriate carbonation.

O: I liked this beer. It's aggressive and in your face with a strong dose of both bitterness and good ole American hops. But, while I wouldn't call it balanced, there is enough malty sweetness to keep it from becoming too lopsided.

03-05-2013 23:26:23 | More by Florida9
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-17-2013 20:00:25 | More by BeerLover99
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2beerdogs

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-11-2014 06:05:16 | More by 2beerdogs
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

22oz, Batch #9 (Feb. 2013)
Riedel tulip

A: Slightly hop hazed amber color. Off white layer of about a fingers worth of head. Good carbonation. Sticky lacing sheets forming.

S: With those off centered hops, getting mostly pine and earthy smells here. Along with sweet malts. Some nuttiness. Almost amber like.

T: Tip of the tongue, nice sharp hop bitterness. Lots of pine. Big floral. Sweet malts. Centered hops that round. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied leading into full with those malts.

03-11-2013 14:47:37 | More by inlimbo77
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-28-2013 21:10:25 | More by ajzy
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ystazi

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-01-2013 16:16:48 | More by ystazi
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

06-18-2013 13:23:36 | More by jmarsh123
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-14-2013 01:01:16 | More by DIPAFAN
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

03-25-2013 12:45:28 | More by thinwhiteduke
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pixieskid

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

10-15-2013 16:11:43 | More by pixieskid
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-07-2013 18:41:09 | More by BeerOps
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jschott75

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-10-2013 16:51:22 | More by jschott75
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-13-2014 22:50:05 | More by mmulebarn
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-23-2013 02:49:21 | More by siege06nd
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-14-2014 01:43:25 | More by robwestcott
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oldvines

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-13-2013 00:38:08 | More by oldvines
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-05-2014 04:10:15 | More by ldhughes3
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Bitter Biker from Spiteful Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.