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Alley Time - Spiteful Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 07-20-2013

A Chicago bike messenger's favorite part of the day, "Alley Time" is a reward for life on the streets. This beer is brewed with Pilsen Malt and a single addition of Simcoe hops. Perfect for sharing those expletive-heavy stories with a cold one in hand. Alley Time can be any time, but it can only be one place! and whether you're a corporate lemming or an interpretive dancer, find an alley and make it yours.
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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright pale gold body, streaming carb trails visible, ample head of white foam. Some soapy arcs of drippy lacing form in the glass, and there's a steady skim on the surface after a few sips.

Aromas of candied orange peel, woody vines, cat pee (the name seems to be an allusion to where bike messengers go to relieve themselves).

Very light and somewhat crisp, big citrus in the form of candied orange peel again, firm resiny bitterness that sticks in the teeth a little bit. Some trace pale malts and possibly wheat in the background. Some lingering hop flavor, could use a touch more to really shine. Light enough to be an APA,hopped to an IPA level. Nice and drinkable, seems like a session beer until the abv creeps up. Solid Simcoe APA.

Photo of MrPlayboy
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

I'm surprised this isn't rated higher. An extremely refreshing and bold pale ale. This is packed with dank, hoppy, resinous aromas. The flavor is like hop resins, rubber cement, grapefruit peel, and cannabis. The simcoe hops really shine with just a hint of malt.

Try drinking out of the can. It seems to pack more of a punch that way. Awesome job Spiteful!

Photo of EvanM
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First of all, look at the name. If you poured it into a tulip you've missed the point completely. Next if you live on IPAs and love that life well then you won't like this. If you are so tired of the HOP level oneupmanship that dominates current the craft brew religious insanity then this just might be for you. Drink it from the can! After a week of drinking this well balanced bright ale, everything else will taste like it's loaded with corn syrup!

Photo of Barnoloid
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very solid pale ale from Spiteful. Some citrus notes here amongst a caramel malt backbone. Well rounded, good spot of bitterness on the back end.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into SP wine stem.

Appearance: Translucent light straw yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of bone white head that drops quickly to a thin cap. Spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Very dank and catty nose from the hops. Citrus is also there, but it takes a back seat to the dank and catty hop notes.

Taste: Light sweetness and light bitterness that strike a really nice balance. This is much more mellow than you would expect from the nose. Light pine and tangerines with a hint of tropical fruits and melons. Biscuit and bready malt profile. Grapefruit rind in the finish and especially when you burp.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation. The carbonation is creamy, but slightly thin. You can feel the resinous hop oils which seem to make this beer have a more substantial feel with being to heavy. Really crushable APA as well.

Overall: The nose makes you think that this beer is pretty intense with all the classic simcoe dankness and catty profile present, but the flavor profile dialed down and has well defined simcoe hop flavors with being as over the top as the nose. I got to sample this beer super fresh because this beer that I am drinking was canned only 2 days prior to me consuming it. This is a great example of how tasty that a single hop simcoe APA can be.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This APA surprised me - quite good!

Photo of KFBR392
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty clean look to this APA with some slight murkiness in the body. Nice head on the pour to about a finger. Random lacing on the edges of the glass. Average amounts of carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: Light and very bright almost pilsner style malt presence greets the drinker right away. The hop presence comes off with the gummy/sugary sweetness. Easy flowing tropical fruits are very present as well. Not a ton of complexity, but the accents that are there are well done and very enjoyable.

Taste: Easy to find the Simcoe accents in this one. Accents of a crisp hop front hit right away then smooth out with a sweet body. The malt presence makes its way into this brew on the back end and finishes with some slightly nutty tones. Some bright hops sit on the palate very nicely for a while after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Medium dryness, feels a little more like an IPA when an APA on the mouthfeel.

Overall: Definitely a hoppy APA, but the malt presence certainly keeps it in the APA realm. Love the soft hoppy tones which mix excellently with the malt in this brew. Overall its a simple beer, but done oh so well.

Photo of SteveB24
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

look-poured a nice, light golden color with two fingers of white head. nice retention.
Smell- light fruit upfront, mild citrus, floral notes.
Taste-light fruit and floral notes upfront, but flavors are very subdued and not really any malt backbone.
Feel-moist and slightly creamy upfront, mild carbonation, finishes rather creamy.
Overall-a decent pale ale, very mild and a nice choice for some easy drinking, but doesn't really impress in my opinion.

Photo of SeasonsOfTheBrew
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Brewery: Spiteful Brewing

Location: Chicago IL

Beer Style: American Pale Ale

Sub-Style: West Coast Style

Overall Rating: 5 Stars (Outstanding)

Bittering Hop Character: Hoppy

Aromatic Hop Character: Strong

Malt Character: Medium Malt

Season(s): Year-Round |

Comments: Solid west coast style pale ale loaded with simcoe hops. Nice. Massive aromatics make for an enjoyable beer.

Food Pairing Matches: Citrus & Bitter Clean Grapefruit Mango Pine Pineappl

Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Medium pour centered in the glass. Pale golden color produces a nice three finger head that fades quickly to leave behind some lacing.

S: Aroma of tropical fruit, pine, sweet grain and some additional floral notes. Nice nose for a single hop-single malt beer.

T: Tastes of tangerine, grain, grapefruit zest, hints of pine. and some black pepper.

M: Mouthfeel seems light, oddly refreshing, slightly bitter with a dry finish.

O: First time seeing cans from our inner city friends and have to say I kind of like it and will look forward to see what is offered next.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%

Pour is hazed pale golden with lots of tight white head. Nose is light grain, faint honey, a bit of sweet malt, hops are herbal with notes of melon rind. Taste is even sweeter, stronger grain but more sugar, lighter malt, hops are husky melon rind and a bit grassy, hay like. Very light bitterness, drinkable, moderate carb.

Photo of Kraj30
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice everyday beer. wish they would be on tap more

Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can
$9.99 6-Pack
Binny's Willowbrook

Alley Time is golden, a little tarnished, with brass highlights running its length. The foam is pure white and bubbly, easily growing to a couple fingers in height. It's takes its sweet time falling but eventually rests at a thick crown with a craggy, soapy look. Big puffy lace clings to the glass in waves.

I like Spiteful's pale ales, they always lean toward bitter and the smell of this hints at the same. Orange and grapefruit pith by the handful, even a squeeze of lemon, lead the way. Weed follows closely with a resinous touch. There is also a whisper of that aspirin bitter. The malt base doesn't add much, it's pale with some biscuity notes and soft grain.

The flavor profile is much the same as the nose. Big notes of pithy orange and grapefruit run from front to back while a soft undercurrent of aspirin-like bitterness follows. The resinous weed pops up on the finish to join the party. The grain bill brings a soft sweetness, just enough to keep the hopping in check, with freshly cracked grain and dry biscuits.

Lively carbonation makes the moderately weighted body pop. It's a quick mover, scrubbing the tongue along the way, and leaving a solid bitterness in its wake. The bitterness grows as you drink but never really above moderate, it does though seem to invade every nook and cranny from my lips to my cheeks to my throat. This beer is made for drinking and it succeeds.

I said it earlier and I'll say it again, I've always been a big fan of Spiteful's pale ales. They use the palest of malts, make them very hop forward and make sure to pack in a good deal of bitterness. This beer fits the bill and is flat out delicious. Enough said.

Photo of kkleu357
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very very pale straw color. Smells like corn with some hops. Big bitter taste. Slight corn taste. It’s ok.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a DFH tulip shaped pint glass. Batch 39 hand written on side.

Pours a cloudy copper with a nice inch+ white frothy head. The smell is very hoppy and big on citrus notes. Wouldnt guess this was a pale from the nose. The taste is intriguing. Good amount of hops presence at first but its also malty. I get hints of citrus, lemon and pine. More like an IPA than a pale, or maybe in between. Its reminiscent of a toned down zombie dust to me... so high praise. Very easy drinking, i took a few big sips back to back to try and pin point the exact flavors in this.

Definitely recommended, a real treat.

Photo of Florida9
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light copper in color. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lots of lacing.

S: Aroma has a light sweetness. Lighter citrus notes, some pine, and a bit of earthiness.. Despite this being a single hop beer, the aroma is not tell-tale Simcoe.

T: Taste is lighter than expected, though this is supposed to be an APA. Lighter caramel malts. A touch of sweetness. Orange rind, grapefruit, and a bit of pine. Finish is earthy and watery.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Restrained bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. Feels a bit thin, though.

O: This beer is listed as an APA. The bottle calls it an APA. But, the ABV is in the area of an IPA. And while I understand this beer is supposed to be an APA, it just comes off as feeling more like an underpowered IPA than a strong APA. It's not bad. Actually, I quite like it. But at this price point, it's not something I'd be willing to bother with again.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

A: dirty yellow shiny, finger white head,
stunning lacing

S: lemon grass/peel, biscuit malt

T: lemon peel, mild grassy, creamy malt,
long mild bitter finish

M: med/creamy body, oily + sticky mouth

O: What a treat! Interesting APA offering.
Will get again and again.

DELIGHTFUL; PICK UP A BOTTLE!

Photo of aliciamsu
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Taste ok but overall not a bold flavor like I prefer

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from a can.

A. A light yellow almost lemon color with medium haze and a 1/4" head.

S. As I swirl the glass a smell a slight aroma of biscuity malt followed by a more prominent citrus smell. A bit Perfumy also. Very pleasant on the nose.

T. More malty on the palate. Not very citrusy. A little Perfumy tasting.

M. Medium bodied and slightly prickly.

O. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer. Nice to look at. Aromas are great. Taste is on very nice. And the mouthfeel is just what I want from a pale ale. Nicely done spiteful.

Photo of barnzy78
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, no apparent freshness date
A 3.5 - hazed golden ale topped with a thinner creamy off-white head
S 4.25 - tropical with zesty citrus, biscuity malt - I wouldn't guess Pilsen
T 4.25 - fruity, biscuity, caramel, toasty grain, zesty, tropical
F 4 - medium body, finishes somewhat bitter and very dry, keeping you coming back for more
O 4 - very easy drinking APA with a pleasant blend of flavors. I'd drink this again any day.

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Alley Time from Spiteful Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.