Eight Legged Rye Pale Ale
Spider Bite Beer Company

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Rye Beer
Ranked #66
Ranked #18,193
3.97 | pDev: 11.08%
Spider Bite Beer Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: Eight Legged RyePA is an American styled IPA but we replaced much of the crystal malts with 30% rye malt. This lightens the overall appearance and body while giving a touch of rye spice to the finish. Packed with hops you will immediately notice the grapefruit, citrus aromas and flavors.
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ThorSigurdsson from New York

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First introduction to Spider Bite, this beer was amazing. Crisp and spicy wirh that nice peppery note indicative of thr ryePA style. Compared to others produced by larger, more established breweries, this brew holds its own. Just wish they would produce some more of it. Its been awhile since Ive been able to obtain it.

Sep 24, 2015
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CHickman from New York

3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold color with a small white foamy head that faded on the fast side and left decent lacing. Smells of floral hops, soft pine cone, herbs, light caramel, grains and rye; herbal and spicy, soft for an IPA as it's often labeled but nice for a rye beer. Tastes of grapefruit, lemon, citrus hops, floral hops, mild piney hops, herbs, caramel, brown sugar, sweet malt, honey, grains, rye and mild spices like pepper and coriander; like the nose, it's herbal and spicy, but the hops come out more and make for a nice balanced brew with a nice hint of rye. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with light zesty carbonation, a light battery and a slightly bitter finish that has crisp citrus and herbal notes. Overall a very nice light IPA that's highly drinkable, clean and refreshing. BA lists this as a rye beer, so above average in that category.

Apr 04, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Draught 55 in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy apricot heading to orange in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some peach highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with moderate aromas of rye spiciness. There are slightly heavier than moderate amounts of hop aromas present - citrus/grapefruit and pine stand out.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with a moderate to strong amount of spicy rye flavors as well. There are moderate to strong flavors of hops towards the finish - citrus/grapefruit and pine stand out. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which linger for a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: A very nice rye IPA - lots of nice rye spiciness present in the nose and the taste of this beer. Easy to drink and enjoyable (also tastes super fresh). I would definitely grab this one again if I came across it.

Aug 22, 2013
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PEBKAC from New York

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$8.95 for a 64oz growler from New Beer. Put back that $12 bomber of barrel aged baloney kiddo.

Dirty yellow garnet body. Thin, frothy, lasting, white lace.

Smells of Juicy Fruit gum & grass. Mild pine, bigger citrus rind. Bit of butter.

Taste is heavy on yellow grapefruit juice, bittersweet, never getting too acidic. Toasty/textured malt middle. Muted pepper. Lingering rind. Not totally crazy about hoppy rye beers.

Moderate body, mellow carbonation. Well integrated alcohol. Demi sec.

I would of enjoyed a bigger amount of rye, but I guess I'll just have to wait & see if Paul ever reproduces his smoked roggen to get my fix. :)

Oct 04, 2012
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Billolick from New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Green Growler Grocery in Croton on Hudson, NY

Pours fairly clear lighter amber. The loose head is off white, leaves an ample collar and film. The lace is in sheets and fine strands.

Herbal nose, with some grainy hops and undertones of the expected rye grain.

Tasty enough pale, with a solid rye note. Malts/Hops trying to be balanced, but resiny hops clearly in command. Smooth and coating in the mouth. Medium bodied and with carbonation on point.

Well done, if you like a flavorful, and well hopped rye beer/pale ale this one is well worth a try.

Another respectable craft creation from SBBC.

Jun 15, 2012
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cosmicevan from New York

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a 16oz fill of this about a 1/2 hour ago, enjoyed from my blue point snifter (keepin it local all the way!).

a - through the growler has a soft orange yellow look with a darker core...the pour into the glass looked the same but the hard pour yielded several fingers of foamy white frothy head that really hung out for a while leaving massive chunky lacing on the glass.

s - smell is top notch. heavy rye with a bouquet of fresh hops and some light fruitiness.

t - taste matches the nose. great hop flavoring, but the rye grain really steps into the front seat in the flavor. big and bold. as a fan of rye beers, i'm rather impressed. heavy on the rye grain though.

m - mouth has steady even carbonation and leaves a tingle. medium bodied with lots of rye. easy drinker.

o - overall one of the better rye beers i've had. also super fresh which never hurts things. this is DEFINITELY worth seeking out if you are a fan of rye. paint me impressed...spider bite continues to blow me away. even my wife was pretty impressed by this beer and she isn't the beer freak (er...i mean...geek) that i am. thoroughly enjoyed, i WILL revisit this beer.

Jun 01, 2012
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plaid75 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured peppery and piney hops with a touch of diactyl.

The taste was driven by the peppery hop predominantly with lesser notes of pine, rye spice and earthy crystal malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a lingering rye spice.

Overall a delicious, complex and highly drinkable ale.

May 25, 2012
Eight Legged Rye Pale Ale from Spider Bite Beer Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 25 ratings