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Chug's Private Stash Big Bite IPA - Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 25.49%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 10-08-2011)
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Reviews by TheSeeker61:
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TheSeeker61

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +33.3%

Poured a finger and a half, orange color. Had a good look.
Has a yeasty malt smell
A good balanced tasting beer. Can certainly taste the hops up front, a citrus taste, California style. The malts follow the hops.
Mouthfeel is medium.
I like this IPA. Not a favorite but will do again.

11-16-2011 21:47:39 | More by TheSeeker61
More User Reviews:
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +30.7%

Found this at Tully's. In a pint glass the beer was an amber color with a medium-sized off-white head. There was a bit of lace.

Pronounced citrus aroma, sweet malt.

Citrus dominated the taste: grapefruit, orange, even a little tangerine. Pleasant background of malt.

Nicely hopped, good balance.

Satisfying IPA.

10-10-2011 20:32:39 | More by lordofthewiens
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Moo5152

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

09-13-2012 16:27:36 | More by Moo5152
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

07-15-2013 15:37:29 | More by williamjbauer
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +13.7%

Undated 22 oz bottle, brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY, served in a snifter.
Pours hazy amber with a tan head of modest size and durability.
The aroma is a little tame, in terms of hops, and sweet for style, but has some complexity and fruitiness plus a nice nutty character.
No "big bite" from this IPA which has been tamed by a good load of caramel and other malts. Still plenty of flavor and a moderate bitterness, with herbal and spicy hops dominating the flavor.

O: A decent IPA, especially for the price. The relatively high ABV is well hidden but shows up in the aroma after warming, and in the mouthfeel. Has the character of an IPA that has aged a bit.

01-15-2013 00:42:58 | More by chinchill
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JohnLynch


3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

06-26-2012 04:30:25 | More by JohnLynch
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +23.9%

Bomber served cold into a goblet.

Big Bite IPA is a redish amber color with a slight haze. It has thick white head and good lacing.

Aroma is definately old-school east coast IPA. It isn't the big citrusy hop bombs we're becoming accustomed to from California. It's definately more malt forward with minimal dry hopping.

Flavor is definately not what I was expecting from "big bite" on the label. This is a more balanced malty IPA with plenty of sweetness, maybe a bit too much if you ask me. It's got some hoppy bitter quality to it but I would lean towards calling it a hoppy red ale over IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a solid effort at a red ale and would probably be better received as such. As an IPA, it's a bit of an overly sweet letdown.

03-05-2013 01:30:27 | More by GilGarp
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.2/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours caramel with 3+ fingers of tan head. Great head retention & above average lacing

S: Leafy hops, faint fruittyness all fade quickly

T: Woody & leafy hops with, pears & a touch of caramel up front. Pears, a touch of persimmons, woody & herbal hops & tanic bitterness. some jammy notes skewing towards apricot. Finishes fruitty & dry with woody & tanic hop notes & just a bit of orange peel

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, decent balance

This seemed more like an English IPA, no freshness date, so who knows? Spanish Peaks has duped me again. Would rate this .5 higher as an EIPA, drinkable enough, but I will not buy again, not a fan of the hop blend at all

02-09-2012 14:35:17 | More by russpowell
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -2%

07-15-2013 18:37:35 | More by TheMrFarnham
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

12-19-2011 04:02:28 | More by Beertracker
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GuyIncognito

Maine

1.25/5  rDev -59.2%

01-28-2013 12:14:04 | More by GuyIncognito
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

09-29-2012 22:49:57 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -51%

02-26-2013 15:31:45 | More by UnderPressure
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mntlover

Tennessee

2.3/5  rDev -24.8%

Pours a burnt copper color with a nice fluffy cream colored head that falls slow to clumps with some good lace.

Aroma is well subdued malt forward caramel malts with underlying very light hop notes, lightly earthy.

Taste is like aroma subdued caramel malt with some lingering toast notes. Hops play small part very light, not sure where the big bite comes in but it is not from the hops. Some lingering grapefruit like bitterness but this brew is a mess as an IPA, just got this in at my store and has few reviews so it must be new? Surly to God they did not store this in a warehouse for two years before release but that is how it tastes.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation level, feel is nice for the style.

Overall well it looked good fells like it should but aroma and taste is well not worth a try sadly. Maybe they should redo the label and brand it an Old Ale but still not hoppy enough for that.

05-27-2012 01:04:38 | More by mntlover
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Zorro

California

2.74/5  rDev -10.5%

Chill hazed dark amber colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head. More or less this is red colored.

Smell is spicy and malty with a strong tea aroma. Little bit of grapefruit and pine but not much. Mostly this smells like sweet tea.

Starts out sweet with a strong tea flavor. Astringent for sure. Strong tea with a lot of sugar. And there are no subtle flavors, just alcoholic sweet tea.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall the only word that comes to mind is "crap." This is not good avoid please.

04-02-2013 02:00:44 | More by Zorro
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silverking

Florida

2.7/5  rDev -11.8%

A- Cloudy amber with one finger of off-white head. Head retention is excellent, and there are defined rings of lacing.

S- Toasty, toffee, fig, light herbal hop. It smells sweet. Not what I expect from an IPA.

T- Mild toasty notes smashed together with unbalanced hop flavors. There are some fruit flavors as well. Like the aroma, a little on the sweet side. There aren't enough hops to balance this beer.

M- Medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. It feels dry, but it tastes sweet.

O- Not my favorite. I hadn't seen this beer before so I picked it up... not recommended.

06-20-2013 18:55:12 | More by silverking
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memphischas

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

08-13-2013 22:14:25 | More by memphischas
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +20.9%

Big creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly reinforced by streaming bubbles from the bottom, nice retention leave the good notched lacing, over slightly hazy nectar orange color.

Nose has some nice hops with a little bit of candy and some light citrus, I hint of tangerine and apricot like fruits, and plenty of reddish malt sweetness underneath.

Taste starts semi sweet, again candy hops and fading hop flavors, light citrus and hint of resins, a big bite of bitterness, hint tangerine, guava and spicy hops, with a big malty base, reddish caramel malts and a big sweetness to balance the bitterness. finish brings a little bit of booze and a lot more bitterness with some more of the candy almost syrupy flavors and semi sweet but then lightly dries as a bitterness fades.

Mouth is a bit fuller bodied, decent carb, light booze warmth.

overall it's a big beer with quite a bit of bitterness and sweetness much more east coast style with more bittering hops not flavorng hops, it does have a bit of the candy aged hop flavor as well and with no date on the bottle I don't know how fresh is.

02-20-2012 01:08:10 | More by jlindros
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -31.4%

Bomber poured into a DFH snifter. Lightly hazy light amber body topped with a generous cap of off-white foam. Impressive retention and a fair amount of soapy lacing.

As there's no freshness dating on the bottle, I'm left to wonder if this is an old IPA or a subpar one. Smells of bready malt and butterscotch with some light floral sweetness and stray herbal notes. Tastes pretty much the same, although the herbal qualities become increasingly pronounced as it warms. The bitterness is just fine, and keeps the sweet, viscous body from becoming a complete chore to handle. Underwhelming yet inoffensive. Not a brew I'm likely to revisit.

04-26-2012 23:47:08 | More by PDXHops
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Tone

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +29.1%

Pours a cloudy, amber/maize color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, floral, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of biscuit, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, alcohol, hops, hint of floral, and pine. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, and blend.

12-23-2013 21:41:40 | More by Tone
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.15/5  rDev +2.9%

Purchased on a whim as I was checking out at Bootlegger's (Topsham, ME), this was $1.99:

Into a pint glass:

A: fairly hazy golden orange colored body leaving a nice foamy two finger white head that lasts for most of the brew, but settles a bit to a half finger after a minute. Some nice spotty yet ringy lacing appears around the sides of the pint glass.

S: hops in the front, like a normal American IPA, nice malts follow to back up a pleasant aroma. Some citrusy pine comes in but subtle, no bite to me.

T: exactly the same, nothing special, nothing bad.

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, in fact a very gentle creaminess makes this especially smooth. I would say this is extremely drinkable, just wondering how fresh is this, while I'm looking at the ABV, rhetorical???

O: different for an American IPA, though its called "Big Bite IPA," right now I'm wondering where's the bite. I know this might be my first one by Spanish Peaks, so if they want me to have this fresh with the "so-called bite" its supposed to have by its name, maybe they should put a freshness date on it. Still a decent beer, probably only have again on tap or depending what else was served. Oh, and I almost forgot, the malts come out really strong all over, is this closer to an English IPA? Just wondering.

12-13-2012 00:02:19 | More by BeerKangaroo
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mactrail

Washington

2.98/5  rDev -2.6%

Looks nice enough, with the orange-tinted amber color and modest head in the tulip. Sudsy head lasts for a while. Watery body. Modest aroma of canned peaches and crackers.

Just plain odd notes: butter and old peaches. Fairly sweet to start with plenty of malt, but more on the cereal side. Quite herbal and vegetal. A hint of the dank hoppy flavor but more of a murky taste with the sort of bitterness of cauliflower leaves. Fairly bitter aftertaste, but overall the bitterness is not in the usual radioactive zone.

Murky and even if you accept it at face value, not very drinkable after a glassful. An interesting idea of what an IPA should be, but hey! it's a free country. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Total Wine.

09-12-2012 05:38:10 | More by mactrail
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Pamola

Vermont

4/5  rDev +30.7%

11-28-2011 14:50:38 | More by Pamola
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

08-27-2014 16:31:42 | More by ncstateplaya
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hardrock

Arkansas

2/5  rDev -34.6%

12-06-2012 22:49:46 | More by hardrock
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Chug's Private Stash Big Bite IPA from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.