First Bite Pale Ale
Spider Bite Beer Company

First Bite Pale AleFirst Bite Pale Ale
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Spider Bite Beer Company
New York, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #1,083
Ranked #25,561
3.65 | pDev: 10.68%
Jun 26, 2022
Nov 16, 2011
First Bite Pale AleFirst Bite Pale Ale
Notes: 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.”
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Rated: 3.77 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jun 26, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by florisj135 from Virginia

Jun 26, 2018
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Reviewed by DrMullet from Florida

3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a slightly cloudy amber/orange with medium head and persistent lacing.
Smell is sweet caramel with a hint of citrus.
Taste is light sweet malt followed by citrus and orange hops.
Tastes better than it smells.
Apr 22, 2018
Rated: 3.71 by durwood64 from Ohio

Apr 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A- murky amber color with orange highlights. 1 and half finger foamy head with spiderweb lacing on the pint.

S- mild floral hops with hints of pine and grapefruit

T- Strong grapefruit with floral on the back end. very sweet yet dry

M- sweet dry and light bodied. Goes down smooth at first but it gets drier.

O- the grapefruit hop is quite over exaggerated but it is still a good beer.
Mar 30, 2018
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Rated by kimlhurst from Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Amber color with slight pink overtones, mild aroma, initial bitter taste that mellows into a nice buttery finish.
Mar 28, 2018
Rated: 3.51 by Profchaos20 from Pennsylvania

Feb 28, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Marvicsin from California

Feb 19, 2018
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
First bite pours a darker copper color with a tiny lacing head. Mellow aroma hints of spice. Taste is mellow but full, crisp hop flavor and hints of spice. Good body and feel. Overall a well constructed beer, nice hop flavors that doesn't smack you in the face.
Feb 03, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Dface from Texas

Feb 01, 2018
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Moderate head from a fairly vigorous pour. The head dies quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Nice streaky lacing, though. The color of the broth is amber with a strong haze.

Full, pale malt aroma with a nice touch of bittering hop spice. Classic smell except for a light earthiness nose.

The malt start is brief with a far more strong bitterness from the hop than the smell indicates. It reminds me of the original microbrew pale ales from the early 90s--not very complex but the combination worked well. This beer is similar with a white pepper finish and a decently long aftertaste. The body and carbonation are both within the moderate range. The overall effect is pleasant with a strong leaning to the bitter.
Jan 28, 2018
Rated: 3.06 by Choppin-Banana from New Hampshire

Jan 27, 2018
Rated: 3.19 by HeartPAC from Illinois

Jan 26, 2018
Rated: 3.62 by dd53grif from Michigan

May 30, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by The_Beer_Guru from New York

May 18, 2017
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Reviewed by EMH73 from New York

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.
Apr 30, 2017
Rated: 3.66 by dextermcgurk from New York

Mar 05, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania

Oct 20, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by batt6343 from Texas

Sep 24, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Icemann383 from New York

Aug 28, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 20, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by Tank880 from New York

Apr 15, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by Jcorn from Massachusetts

Feb 20, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by LinksusMaximus from New York

Jan 27, 2016
Rated: 3 by BobMessina from New York

Jan 22, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB)

Aug 02, 2015
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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.
Jul 20, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by SonictheBeerhog from New York

Jul 07, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

Jul 07, 2015
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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.
Jun 16, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Jun 03, 2015
Rated: 3.83 by Bustersuess from New York

Apr 13, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by pjkelley82 from New York

Feb 18, 2015
Rated: 3.62 by SoonerNY from New York

Feb 11, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by R11415 from New York

Jan 28, 2015
Rated: 3.34 by craftaholic from New York

Jan 23, 2015
Rated: 3.47 by McBAINx from Washington

Jan 20, 2015
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Reviewed by Hammertimeee1 from New York

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!!
Nov 07, 2014
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Reviewed by biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I was hoping I'd be able to say it: this Spider Bite beer casts webs of lacing around the glass. (The wine community might refer to this as 'legs', which would be an equally appropriate term because this has lots of 'em!) This does indeed look awfully nice for a pale ale - its clear amber complexion is practically flashing with auburn and golden tones around its rims.

Contrary to its name, however, First Bite doesn't seem to actually have much bite. At least not in the nose. While there is enough hoppiness to impart an appreciable herbalness, notions of pine and traces of tropical fruits, it certainly doesn't have that kind of immediate, apparent bitterness that can often characterize American pale ales.

First Bite is a nice middle-of-the-road pale ale in more than one sense; at 5.5% it's a little bit bigger without being significantly stronger, and its flavour is comprised pretty much evenly of malt and hops. There's enough each of the oven-fresh biscuits and leafy greens to please both camps. Everybody's happy!

The two elements actually make complimentary pairings. There are subtle orange blossom and citrus notes to the hops that are strongly reminiscent of marmalade; they make a perfect accompaniment to all the soft, bready qualities. The hints of pine also flatter the beer's subtle caramelization. This is a flawlessly balanced recipe.

First Bite makes a good first impression. I'll bite on buying more next time I'm in Western New York. Granted, the infection isn't likely to become viral and it's certainly not incurable - there are lots of beers out there similar and more or less equal in quality. But hey, this is one spider that's more than welcomed to nest in my house!
Oct 29, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by paulish from New York

Oct 21, 2014
First Bite Pale Ale from Spider Bite Beer Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 102 ratings