Bitter Biker - Spiteful Brewing
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3.76/5 rDev -1.8%
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,
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2013 23:39:09 | More by TwelveOunces
3.66/5 rDev -4.4%
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?
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2013 02:33:22 | More by feloniousmonk
Bitter Biker from Spiteful Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.