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Alley Time - Spiteful Brewing

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Alley Time
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89
very good

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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:
Don't fight it. Spite it! 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.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 07-20-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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 InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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 barnzy78
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Florida9
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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3.92/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

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!

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4.6/5  rDev +16.2%

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Alley Time from Spiteful Brewing
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