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Bitter Biker - Spiteful Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 1
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jimmy13, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of DannyMac614
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is true to the name! Bitter but wonderful! A awesome hop aroma from the Columbus and a great caramel end taste to help balance it all out! It's strong but great. I was fortunate to have this brewery a few ocks from me and had this the day after it was canned! Extremely fresh!!! I must admit thought! The full flavor came out in my opinion about a week or so later! Overall great beer for hop heads and bitter bikers alike. Cheers!!

DannyMac614, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

IronTom, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

robwestcott, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

teamwiggum, Jan 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

awdturboiv, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

sweetlou25, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

fatboy91, Nov 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

CesarLopes, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle pouring into a pint glass

Batch 55, dated 9-26-13

A- Pours incredibly hazy orange color. Not much of an off white head.

S- Doesn't smell like its only a month old. A dark fruit tone an overly ripened fruits. A sugary malt backbone.

T- A more balanced IPA then I expected. The sugary sweet and caramel flavored backbone really offsets the bitterness and adds good feel to the beer. The beer is bitter and hoppy, but it does seem the hops have died off slightly. There is still a bit of onion, pine, lime. A more herbal and astringent hop flavor.

M- Bitter, but well balanced and a nice feel.

O- Decent enough for a DIPA, although mine is fairly young it has the hop flavoring of an aged IPA. Oh well, give it a shot,

TwelveOunces, Oct 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

pixieskid, Oct 15, 2013
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Turney, Oct 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

assman79, Sep 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

dedbeer, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Jaycase, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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?

feloniousmonk, Aug 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jschott75, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

BeerLover99, Jul 17, 2013
Bitter Biker from Spiteful Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.