Eye Be Use | Spider Bite Beer Company

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Spider Bite Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pours a golden yellow color and crammed full of hops. It starts with a citrus and dank hop aroma that follows through to the flavor. While malt may bring up the finish you won’t soon forget about the hops. When you need IBU’s ask for it by name.

Added by plaid75 on 10-27-2012

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Photo of biboergosum
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, with a whole new IPA-themed punny name, at least to me.

This beer pours a slightly glassy, medium bronzed amber colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, rocky, and moderately bubbly off-white head, which leaves some solid rock face lace around the glass as things quickly abate.

It smells of stale orange and red grapefruit rinds, grainy pale malt, a twinge of hot caramel, Pine-Sol, and further warm alcohol esters. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, cotton candy, sugary orange wedges, piney car air freshener, earthy and woodsy hops, and a rather untamed metallic and medicinal booziness.

The bubbles are adequate in their supportive and somewhat frothy ventures, the body medium-light in weight, and so-so smooth, the proclaimed hops apparently wasting their time here (along with the wild-ass booze) to make things just a bit more miserable. It finishes sweet, unhinged, and untethered - the differentiation within available upon request.

Yeah, upon first whiff, my mind was set, and not to be changed by what came after - Phenol-Rama 2015! There is a decent enough DIPA under all that sideshow, bad homebrew-esque crap flitting about, but you'd hardly know it. Anyways, one of the poorer versions of the style that I've had the displeasure of paying north of 10 bucks for, of late.

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Photo of beerloserLI
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours out amber with a decent nose of citrus fruit, hops and sugars.

The drinking is a sweet sugar and booze bomb to the palate. A booze and bitter finish follows with more sweet malts. The mouth feel is rather heavy and sticky. Major booze bomb and not overly impressed. Bottled 9/1/14 in MA.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3 oz sample pour at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a cloudy amber, with some haze, a one inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells include citrus fruits (grapefruit), caramel malts, and pine sap.

This is another maltier DIPA that I'm trying today. Some grainy, malty sweetness up front, reminiscent of caramel, followed by some nice piney and citrusy hop flavors. A little bit of lingering bitterness.

Light to medium body, crisp, dry finish. No alcohol present

First beer from this brewery. Not a knock your socks off DIPA, drinks more like a single IPA, really, in terms of hop flavor and alcohol. Still pretty good.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color, too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of piney hops are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the caramel malts are stronger and the flavors of pine are most noticeable in the finish. This is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and hops. It also does a good job hiding just about all of the alcohol from the taste. The hop aromas and flavors are basic and seem like a throwback to the IPAs of the early 2000s in the craft beer revolution.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an impy nonic a clear lighter amber shade with a half finger lacey white head that settles into a thin frothy mass atop.Resinous hops and big caramel malts in the nose,not overly sugary though wich is good.A mix of sweet doughy and caramel malts mixed with pine and mild tropical fruits,not as big and sweet as many of the style but still quite sweet.Not bad,it's got good looks but not anything to search and seek out either.

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Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

The smell featured balmy tropical fruit like hop aromas coupled with a light sweetness.

The taste was hop driven, but in a softer sense. Elements of mango and pineapple dominated with a light clean caramel close behind.

The mouthfeel was full and relatively clean with no signs of ABV heat.

Overall an enjoyable and different DIPA.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: even light amber color, heavy bubbles on the body creating a thick white head at first that rose to roughly a full inch settling before dropping.

Smell: Light citrus, you feel the grapefruit...not bad just a little light.

Taste: Floral, nice and rosey if you ask me. Bitter by yet smooth, hops are strong but definitely don't overcome the beer.

Mouth: medium-heavy body, nice bitter finish.

Overall: good beer, got a lot more than what I was expecting. I have to also thank Shoreline beverage for carrying this gem, hope you all enjoy and keep drinking. Salud!

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled at Yorktown (NY) Beverage.

Pours cloudy, lighter brown, nice looking fine film, and plentiful fields of sheeting. Nice looking brew.

Pine hop nose, on the muted side

Densly flavorful and well hopped IIPA. More pine and resins.

Smooth n' tasty. High quality all the way. Glad to get to enjoy it on draft.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +3.4%

A: nothing wrong here appearance-wise - deep golden, almost amber ale - nice and clear beneath the tan foam head...

S: bright pine action underscored by sweet malt and caramel... bright hops right up the nose, softened by darker malt impressions

T: big blast of woody and rustic hops, elements of pine and dark citrus at play; malty chew and caramel sweetness nicely balanced with the bitterness

M: leans ever-so-slightly to the hop, bittering accompanied by a nice roasty aftertaste - almost with some notes of nut; medium weight and amply carbonated

O: for fans of the style, of course you should grab one - its a real good DIPA - for the intermittent drinker of DIPAS, it a basic entry into the field...

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

picked up a 16 oz growler fill locally earlier today (was told the keg was fresh when i asked). enjoyed from a blue point snifter globe.

a - brew poured a transparent deep amber orange with a generous 2+ finger foamy head. as the head evaporated, chunks of lacing clung to the glass. looks great.

s - smells of caramel hops. sticky pine cone with a nice malt back bone.

t - nice dank hop with an equally big caramel malt back bone. almost barleywine like in how it seems so jam packed with ingredients, but the flavor is spot on.

m - smooth, not as syrupy or thick as i would expect. kind of like a barleywine with an ipa body.

o - overall, another impressive beer from spider bite. great flavor, well integrated abv...good body. this is a beer that i will seek out again.

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Photo of MAB
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fabulous IPA, with plenty of hop aroma. I almost wanted to smell it more than drink it. But taste is where it's at-- lots of hop flavor, and malt to give it a thicker mouthfeel. One of my favorite beers of 2015.

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Photo of ThorSigurdsson
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! One of the best brews by Spider Bite. Ive had several and this is by far one of the best!!! Really nice cool weather brew. Goes down really nice with a rack of ribs! Mmmmmmmmmmmm!

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Eye Be Use from Spider Bite Beer Company
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