Bark Bite | Big Wood Brewery

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Brewed by:
Big Wood Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Minn_Joe on 07-31-2013

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2.7/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of runwild99
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of alphagnome
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rather clear, golden hued body with plenty of sediment caught in suspension. Topped by a respectable, white head that withers away slowly leaving moderate lacing behind.

Very earthy hop presence. Light pepper spices things up in an otherwise uneventful aroma.

Bitterness is upfront and more potent than most. Excessive grass and pine hop character dominate the taste-scape leaving little room for anything else. Light acidic notes come and go.

Pucker inducing dry finish is a bit excessive. The medium body plays host to very light carbonation and one of the driest finishes I can recall from recent memory. Each drink leaves me longing for a thirst quencher, and this isn't one.... Vicious cycle ensues.

Definitely not the worst IPA out there, but there is nothing special about it either. If you're after an IPA that will have you wondering if you mowed your lawn or grazed it, this is the IPA for you!

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Photo of Rawwie
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamesMN
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

No canned on date so I'm going into this one blind.

Appearance: Light golden straw color with visible carbonation and a slight haze. One finger off-white fluffy head.

Aroma: A nice mix of hops and malt without being super aromatic. There is an interesting sweet marmalade aroma coming from the hops with compliment of toastyness from the malt. Some citrus and pine underneath it all.

Taste: If I didn't know any better, upon the first sip I'd claim this one to be an American Session Ale. There is a lot of bitterness and not much to back it up. But I do know better, and this 6.6% ABV IPA seems to be lacking the depth of flavor I was expecting. Bark Bite starts with big bitterness alongside some faint pilsen and light caramel malts. The hop character never really develops past an earthy pine flavor, making the slogan on the can "bitter bite, citrus soul" only half right. The sweet marmalade aroma must be due to dry-hopping because I just can't seem to find the citrus in this one. Finish is bitter and dry. Aftertaste of dank bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just above thin in body with aggressive carbonation and subpar drinkability. The overt bitterness just gets to be too much without malt to back it up.

Final Thoughts: Just not crazy about this one. Reviewed their Bad Axe Imperial IPA and enjoyed that one. Then again, not sure how fresh this can was. Would I drink it again? I suppose, if I know it's fresh.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of davidhoff
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's good. Cdiap citrus flavor like a lagunitas IPA but not grapefruity. I enjoyed it, but I prefer a lagunitas if I'm looking for this style of beer. Not bad at all, but not amazing.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of cx329
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a well balanced complex beer with a satisfying malty head and nice lacing. The consistency is what I would expect from an IPA and I was not disappointed in that respect.

It starts off with a floral punch to the nose followed by fruity notes (apricot perhaps) and finishes with a musty, almost coconut vibe. There is nothing wrong with this beer. But for some reason the lingering aftertaste just doesn't agree with my palette.

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3.48/5  rDev -5.7%

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Bark Bite from Big Wood Brewery
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 109 ratings