Ghost Bike Pale Ale - Spiteful Brewing

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Ghost Bike Pale AleGhost Bike Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-09-2013)
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4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

High octane citrus aromas came spewing out before I even had a chance to pour. In the glass, Ghost Bike’s hue is a wonderful copper tone and its clarity is remarkable for such a small batch brew. A dense, small bubble white head formed and retained well with moderate lacing. On the nose, bright clean citrus zest of lemon and orange won the battle of dominance, beating out pleasant notes of pine needles, resin, caramel, and toffee. Forefront on the sip, bitter citrus fruit reclaims its dominance in a west coast fashion. Mid-palate is where wonderful malt sweetness, carrying notes of light caramel and fruity esters, swoops in and saves the palate from a harsh bitter bite. Both components are married into beautiful harmony by the long and lingering finish.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz Can
$9.99 4-Pack
Beer Temple - Chicago

Ghost Bike is apple juice golden with crystal clarity. I could read a book through the body of this beer. Carbonation rises in swirling streams throughout the body. The eggshell white head easily grows to two fingers in height before settling to a bubbly, craggy, impressive head. Good looking beer.

The nose is a bit subdued but what's there is in line with my tastebuds. Big bitter grapefruit pith leads the way. Close behind is orange that's a little sweeter and less sharp than the grapefruit. Citrus abounds. Sugar cookie malt adds some sweetness while cantaloupe, and even some graham crackery key lime pie, fill in the remainder. Unique and inviting.If only the nose was more pronounced.

While the citrus is bold the cantaloupe seems to nearly match it, making for a unique profile. Citrus and melon are upfront before bitter grapefruit pith hits in the middle. The sweeter orange soothes the bitter grapefruit on the finish. All the while a moderate graham cracker and sugar cookie backbone keeps the hops from running rampant. Pine driven bitterness grows on the finish as this beer warms.

The body leans toward the lighter side of moderate but there is a velvety softness. The carbonation is soft and enjoyable while the bitterness grows after each sip. A semi-dry finish accentuates the moderate+ bitterness.

Spiteful hit the nail on the head with Ghost Bike. A 6.5% pale ale, in pint cans, that's bold, easy drinking, and bitter. These will be on the shopping list in the future, no doubt.

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22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Handwritten Batch #40 inside of a planchette with a cool Ouija board themed label. My second beer from the new local brewery Spiteful Brewing out of Chicago. Expectations are moderately high.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours one finger of creamy fluffy off-white head on top of a beautiful bright orange colored body. Thin spotty lacing. Looks vibrant and great.

S - Mmmm, smells very nice also. Lots of big bright tropical fruits & florals, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, green apple, grass, cream, caramel, some soapiness, and some musty yeast.

T - Taste follows the nose: bitter grapefruit / orange, sweet tea leafiness, caramel apples, and herbal earthiness. Delicious.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with lots of bitter and resinous pine & grapefruit hops lingering on the palate. Delicious.

Overall, another wonderful beer from Spiteful Brewing. By the looks of how things are going, these guys are shaping up to be the next Pipeworks. Very glad I decided to pick this up before it was too late. Highly recommended.

Spiteful Brewing Ghost Bike Pale Ale ---4/5.

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Ghost Bike Pale Ale from Spiteful Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.