First Bite Pale Ale | Spider Bite Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spider Bite Beer Company
New York, United States
spiderbitebeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This amber colored pale ale was the first beer we brewed together, so it was only fitting to name it FIRST BITE. Generous additions of American hops, light body and a dry finish give it plenty of flavor and aroma while still remaining highly drinkable. “YOU GOT BITTEN.”

Added by Gmann on 11-16-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
89
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
11.23%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Photo of dd53grif
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear Amber with a one inch white head that was fairly well retained and left a fair amount of lacing. Smells of citrus, pine and sweet malts. Tastes of grapefruit, some grapefruit rind, pine, a floral quality and bready malts. Medium bodied and carbonated, finishes slightly dry and moderately bitter.

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Photo of dextermcgurk
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rdoggg
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of batt6343
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Icemann383
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tank880
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jcorn
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LinksusMaximus
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BobMessina
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - a more pedestrian label involving spiders than the other offerings that I've seen from these guys.

This beer pours a clear, dark copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some exploding snowbank lace around the glass as it gently melts away.

It smells of bready, crackery pale malt, a touch of biscuity caramel, peppy orange and white grapefruit rind, faint pine needle and resin, and a further leafy, floral hop bitterness. The taste is more bready, doughy pale and caramel malt sweetness, muddled citrus flesh and pith, floral and bitter herbal esters, and a softly tugging sense of alcohol chicanery.

The carbonation is quite light and caressing in its plainly supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and rather smooth, the malt barring the door against any aggressive hop ingress at this juncture. It finishes off-dry, the mouthfeel situation just mentioned still holding true.

A generally appealing and easily drinkable version of the style, nothing fancy, but all pistons firing in the common goal of hoppy pale ale balance. I wonder how much the various spiders I find lurking around my basement would like this stuff - ah, hell, I'm not sharing it with them, we already have a healthy state of detente, and I'm not up for tipping the scales.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

for some reason i liked a lot of the new york hoppier pales more than others have on this site. something about the crispness, quite far from the sticky oily weighty west coast hoppy beers that appeals to me, maybe as much out of something different than anything else, but nevertheless, i thought this was really nice. its got a little malt to it too though, balanced in a way where both sides are bold. a slight copper hue to it, and that malt flavor is there, just a little richer than a pale base, and it gives the hops a lot to work with. not sure the varietals used, but i would think simcoe and/or centennial as a primary, it really has that awesome woody piney bitterness to it, really woodsy and adirondak feeling to me. the carbonation is really high, and i think thats needed in a beer this intensely flavored. i like that its hoppy like an ipa, but drinkable like a pale, with lower abv and just a medium body. maybe not the most inventive beer on earth, but i found it delicious and refreshing and beautifully hopped. i would buy this if it were available in colorado.

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Photo of Zekenyce
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bustersuess
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pjkelley82
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SoonerNY
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of R11415
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craftaholic
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of McBAINx
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hammertimeee1
4/5  rDev +9.6%

I really like this beer not because it's brewed in my backyard but because of the lite citrus flavor it has. This beer is always a party favorite for us!!

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First Bite Pale Ale from Spider Bite Beer Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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