10-9 Bike Messenger Appreciation IPA | Spiteful Brewing

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Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
October 9th marks bike messenger appreciation day, so raise a class of this IPA brewed and dry hopped with El Dorado and a pinch of Citra hops. These people are overworked and underpaid as they bike through anything that Mother Nature brings, delivering packages on time. What is better than a half-hour delivery service when it's crunch time? So next time you see a messenger racing through a yellow light, get the hell out of the way!

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 54
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #466 tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on September 18, 2016. Look is orange gold blend with a thick white head and some sticky lacing. Smell and taste is citrus and some melon. Feel is medium in body with some heat from the high abv.

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Photo of novamat
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled early September 2016. Pours fairly clear the color of gold with a hint of orange. Plenty of white head that settles slowly and leaves a lot of lacing. Smell is fruits, primarily citrus and overripe melon. Taste is more melon and citrus with hints of alcohol, which is not unexpected considering this beer is nearly 11% ABV. I find this to be a bit more bitter and dry compared to other DIPA offerings in the market, but this is consistent with my experience Spiteful's other DIPAs. Mouth feel is smooth with well balanced carbonation. Overall a pretty good effort from Spiteful, not the best of what they've put out, but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Resuin
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed glass. This is batch #164.

Appearance: Pours an interesting clear, peach color and gives a couple fingers of dense white head that slowly fade, leaving lacing on the glass. Definitely the most transparent imperial IPA I've seen - has an interesting look to it. (4.75)

Smell: Big peach, honey, malts, pear, with some floral hops in the background. Pleasant and fairly balanced. (4.25)

Taste: Peach, honey, sweet cereal malts, resin, pineapple, mango. None of the flavors are too dominant - this is pretty well balanced. Finishes a tad bitter but plenty crisp, despite the sweetness in the flavor profile. (4)

Mouth-feel: Fairly thick body with low carbonation. Smooth finish for the ABV. (4)

Overall: This is a nice, full bodied, big IPA. Well balanced between the malts and the hops, and very drinkable for its size. Somewhere in between a session and a slow sipper. Here's to the bike messengers! (4)

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Photo of KFBR392
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a solid finger of head. Medium amount of active carbonation in glass. Bright orange color.

Smell: Pine and straw jump right out of the glass. Juicy tropical fruits provide a very solid body. Grounded tones of hay, prairie grass, and bitter hops continued to come in waves.

Taste: Bright bouquet of tropical fruits hit the palate right away. Mangos, watermelon, melons, kiwis, and mandarin oranges. The pine and straw earthiness is detected more so on the back end of the brew. Sweet fruity finish with medium hop dryness.

Mouthfeel: Outstandingly soft and sweet on the palate. Hop bitterness is definitely more sweet then bitter. Dangerously drinkable. Fruity tingle on the palate throughout.

Overall: The El Dorado and Citra hops create a fruity bright experience that is rivaled by few. One of my favorite DIPAs to date. Masterfully done by Spiteful.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

bomber into a tulip. batch 61

Pours a pale golden color with a nice head. A bit lighter in appearance than most IPAs. The smell is massively sweet and dominated by citra hops. Tons of tropical fruit on the nose. The taste is just overpowering with the sweetness for me, pineapple and banana flavors and a ton of citra hops. Full bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall this is an incredibly sweet beer that im just not a fan of. My first offering from spiteful that i didnt love. Drain poor for me

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Photo of carmike813
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a Tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

I love my local Chicago microbreweries, and this one didnt dissapoint.

Appearance - Hazy orange, with a thick head that gathered in the tulip flare. Lacing was consistent throughout, and left a nice resinous dew on the glassware

Smell - this was the least impressionable especially for a DIPA, hint of citrus and grapefruit aromas, not alot, not what i like either. It was there but not at the levels that make it special.

Taste - Piney bitter, with the grapefruit tatsy goods coming through - not a "hop bomb", a solid amount of bitterness at the finish. Very drinkable for a DIPA, not overly bitter but really tasty. No malt whatsoever in this, which is what i prefer.

Mouthfeel- i would say a buttery feel - creamy in the body, felt thicker than i expected

An outstanding beer, my first from Spiteful. This is a beer that would be good for the novice DIPA drinker. Not overly hoppy, drinkable and one i enjoyed.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear light amber in color with a good 1 finger white foamy head.

Smell has big juicy citrus hops foreword along with a small presence of honeydew and other melon like hop aromas. Hops are cut slightly with a decent alcohol presence. Malt is light and slightly grainy.

Taste is hop forward with citrus and pine the most notable. There is a somewhat strong alcohol presence that cuts into the hops before a big bitterness. Malt is very faint and grainy.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for the look and aroma. Lots of hoppy oil give this a moderate to heavy body, Lots of bitterness and a very slight dry finish.

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Photo of awakeavast
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear light orange. Almost topaz-colored. Thinner head leaving light lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of fruity and sweet hops. Tropical fruit smells from the citra hops are accompanied by a very sweet scent.

T: Get the citra hop flavors right away. Tropical fruit, slightly piney, and a nice bitterness. The sweetness follows it. It's sweeter than the typical malt sweetness you get from IIPAs. I have never had el dorado hops, but I am guessing that is contributing to the sweet flavor I'm getting.

M: Lighter than I expected based on the flavors. Mostly smooth, but it does have a very slight stickiness. I got a small amount of alcohol heat at the end, but not nearly as much as the 10.9% label suggests.

O: This is a pretty solid IIPA. I will be buying another one at some point. Definitely worth trying if you can.

I'm loving the newer spiteful beers. I think they are really getting in a groove with their batches, and I look forward to trying more.

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Photo of beardown2489
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

batch #164.

Appearance: Classic midwest style dipa. Slight Haze, golden color. Solid lacing.

Smell: This batch has more dorado on the nose than citra. The citra is there, but el dorado steals the show. Not complaining. Its a juicy smell with all kinds of excotic fruits as well as umderlying sense of peachiness.

Taste:Mango, peach, guava. Awesome stuff. Same underlying peachiness.

Mouthfeel: Greta mouthfeel. Medium to medium plus for the style. Bitterness is spot on. Dry juicy finish

Overall: One of Spitefuls best. Glad i got a bottle this time around. Not sure if i prefer this batch or the previous batch i had two years back. That batch had more citra. Either way, both are fantastic.

Well done Spiteful

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10-9 Bike Messenger Appreciation IPA from Spiteful Brewing
4.13 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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