1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bitter Biker - Spiteful Brewing

Not Rated.
Bitter BikerBitter Biker

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sweetlou25
sweetlou25

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-27-2013 17:01:43 | More by sweetlou25
Photo of fatboy91
fatboy91

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-14-2013 18:52:49 | More by fatboy91
Photo of CesarLopes
CesarLopes

Brazil

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-03-2013 19:33:08 | More by CesarLopes
Photo of TwelveOunces
TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%

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,

10-27-2013 23:39:09 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of pixieskid
pixieskid

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

10-15-2013 16:11:43 | More by pixieskid
Photo of Purp1eOne
Purp1eOne

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

10-05-2013 16:03:57 | More by Purp1eOne
Photo of Turney
Turney

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

10-02-2013 22:44:31 | More by Turney
Photo of assman79
assman79

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

09-12-2013 02:41:19 | More by assman79
Photo of Norseman
Norseman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-30-2013 22:51:34 | More by Norseman
Photo of Kaveman
Kaveman

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

08-26-2013 02:41:13 | More by Kaveman
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-25-2013 02:53:56 | More by BeerNDoggerel
Photo of dedbeer
dedbeer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

08-22-2013 15:18:27 | More by dedbeer
Photo of Jaycase
Jaycase

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

08-16-2013 02:40:01 | More by Jaycase
Photo of feloniousmonk
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
Photo of jschott75
jschott75

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-10-2013 16:51:22 | More by jschott75
Photo of Cynic-ale
Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

07-31-2013 02:15:15 | More by popery
Photo of ygolordned
ygolordned

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-25-2013 20:32:02 | More by ygolordned
Photo of BeerLover99
BeerLover99

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-17-2013 20:00:25 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of ajzy
ajzy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-28-2013 21:10:25 | More by ajzy
Photo of cnbrown313
cnbrown313

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

06-25-2013 16:04:06 | More by cnbrown313
Photo of NorthSideSean
NorthSideSean

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-25-2013 03:57:21 | More by NorthSideSean
Photo of jmarsh123
jmarsh123

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-14-2013 01:01:16 | More by DIPAFAN
Photo of Ncpogs
Ncpogs

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

06-13-2013 02:05:12 | More by Ncpogs
Bitter Biker from Spiteful Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.