Spiteful IPA | Spiteful Brewing

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Spiteful IPASpiteful IPA

Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Current can (2014) says:
"A delightful India Pale Ale brewed with Amarillo hops."

This IPA is short and sweet:

A wonderful India Pale Ale

Brewed with El Dorado hops.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mostly clear blonde color with some slight haze. Tall, webby head of 3 fingers, gradually receding to a thin ring and leaving tons of lace behind.

Aromas of sweet bread and malts, with tropical notes of mango, papaya, and passion fruit.

Flavor is bitter to start, but follows with a polite sweetbread and notes of mango and citrus. The fruit notes are muted but they are there. Pine stabs in and out and it ends on a cracker finish.

Feel is creamy and semy dry.

A nice IPA that I'll be glad to keep finishing.

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Photo of FBarber
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque orange tinged brown. One of the darkest colored IPAs I've seen. Frothy two finger white head.

Smell has lots of pineapple aromas initially. Other aromas of orange, lemon, pine, wood, bark are noted as the beer warms. The aromas are all very earthy in the way that other IPAs are tropical. Definite malty backbone noted in the aroma.

Taste follows the nose with a earthy array of orange, orange rind, lemon, grass, pine, oak, and wood. Nice caramel malt backbone gives some underlying depth to the beer. Overall there is an almost tea like nature to the flavors. Very earthy and refreshing reminiscent of black tea. Bitter finish with some sweetness throughout.

Medium carbonation provides an initial momentary tingle. Feel is light, bit sweet and thick on the tongue with a coating finish in the mouth.

Overall an interesting IPA from Spiteful. Certainly unique. Definitely a must try.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and slightly rusty gold with subtle orange hues and a finger of off-white foam.

Grassy and slightly pine resin character, juicy orange and lemony citrus fruit, and a nice slightly toasty and slightly sweet caramel malt backbone.

Orange, grapefruit, and lemony citrus fruit notes with a good amount of resin, pine, and grass, encompassed in a solid caramel malt sweetness.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, prickly carbonation, and perfect bitter bite.

Overall, a solid go-to IPA from Spiteful here.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, no canned on date or freshness information. My second canned offering from Spiteful Brewing, acquired a single can as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A deep golden honeyed body, apt carbonation, with one finger of frothy white head that lingers to a fluffy ring, with some scattered soapy lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma of fresh, earthy, leafy, floral, grassy, spicy Amarillo hop character, with some earthy bready malt. Creamy, with a bit of spicy herbal horseradish type hop aroma that I sometimes detect. Smells fresh and appealing.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp, creamy, fresh, floral Amarillo hops. Earthy, herbal, piney, resinous, & bitter. Notes of mango, passion fruit, clementine orange. Lingering hop resin / bitterness.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, creamy. Medium-bodied, and easy-drinking stuff. Sticky, fruity, dank, resinous, & bitter hop finish lingers. Beckons the palate for another sip.

Overall, an excellent Amarillo hopped IPA from Spiteful. Tasty, drinkable, and sessionable stuff even. Would go good with summer weather and bbq.

Spiteful Brewing Spiteful IPA -----4/5.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz can on November 7, 2015. Look is hazy bright gold, a creamy white head and nice lingering lacing. Smell is bitter citrus, piney and hints of sweet malt. Taste is bitter citrus fruit, with grass and spice notes. Feel is medium in body with a spicy bite in the finish.

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Photo of Brew_Betty
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - mostly orange and floral with a light malt presence. Good intensity.

Taste - basically matches the aroma. Simple and tasty. Low-medium bitterness for the style.

Overall - a clean IPA that always satisfies. Priced right. Happy to buy it more than once.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tea, Bark, Spicy, Grassy

Heavily laced with El Dorado hops ... yeah, we get to know this hop real well sip to sip. This IPA does not walk the same path as others but still speaks the same language. Spicy woody overtones are unique, bitterness grasps the palate strong. Even enough to flaunt the malt foundation and light enough to make the alcohol somewhat noticeable. An IPA to seek out.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 6.2% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #92 (Sep 2014)

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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I keep finding myself in a loop (Loop), returning time and again to Chicago. I am not going to say that I would want to live there (my top 3 North AmeriCAN cities, in descending order: San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Chicago), but I always have a good time when I visit. The Midwest definitely beckons and a visit to Binny's (South Loop) is always on the menu, given its proximity to Union Station. I scored this one in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm) at Binny's on a recent trip and I CAN only encourage others to visit also.

From the CAN: "A delightful India Pale Ale brewed with Amarillo (r) hops".

Oh, yeah, The CANQuest (tm) has a definite Chicago bent today! I was Spiteful earlier and I plan to be Spiteful yet again. The Crack! unleashed another spritz from a brimful craft CAN and I smiled in anticipation of what was to come. I utilized a gentle Glug down the side of the glass, and still acCANplished a finger of foamy, bone-white head that quickly fell, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Now, we're talking! The nose was filled with tropical fruits, like mango, papaya and breadfruit. I miss the days of being stationed overseas and having ready access to such fruit on a daily basis. Color was a slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) and so the gelt boys, Mammon, Croesus and Midas popped in for a taste. Mouthfeel was a little thin for the style. The taste was a riot of tropical fruit flavors, like when we were kids and would take a roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers and put one of each on our tongue. I did not get coconut here, but I did also perceive tangerine to go with the aforementioned fruits. Mmm. Yummy! Finish was semi-dry which is a nice change of pace from so many pine- and citrus-driven hopped AIPAs, since they CAN be (literally) breath-taking as I have adult-onset asthma. More like this, please!

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful looking beer. A murky golden hue with creamy white head. Fairly powerful nose, with hints of tangerine and mango. Taste follows the nose but is not as powerful as you would expect. Mouthfeel is fine but a bit on the thin side for an IPA. A really solid, easy-drinking IPA. A great summer beer.

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Photo of Raj
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with sticky off white head. Smells great - orange peel, grapefruit with some sweetness. Taste juicy hop, grass, orange marmalade from the amarillo, some malt presence but overall pretty bitter. Easy drinking, well carbonated, dry enough to want to take another sip. Overall a really well made IPA, and based on the price and 6pk cans, will be a go-to for me.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nicely balanced juicy and bitter IPA that showcases the Amarillo hop. Fresh as can be straight from the can. Great pricepoint. Citrusy nose leads right into the grapefruit and orange peel notes. Crushable and well made.

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Photo of kevanb
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, brewed with Amarillo hops, poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

The beer pours a hazy copper orange color, a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a thick, soapy finger and a half of white head that has very nice retention and yields a massive wall of lace. The aroma is bitter, with nice earthy and piney hops and grapefruit peel, though there is some definite juicy citrus and grassiness with a hint of honey malt. The flavors are right in line, plenty of bitter and juicy hops, grapefruit, pine, juicy orange citrus, grassy hop spice and biscuit and honey malt. The mouthfeel is nice, very dry, coating, abrasive carbonation that finishes easily.

Verdict: A very nice IPA from Spiteful, refreshing, quaffable and effortlessly simple. It serves it's purpose very well, showcasing the Amarillo hop very well and for the price of $8.99 for a fresh 6 pack, this is hard to turn down.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Duvel tulip.

A. A hazy, carmel/honey colored beer with a 2 finger head. Perfect ring of lacing around the glass.

S. Big biscuity aroma with a mild touch of pine and herbs. Just a slight amount of citrus that I only got after some beer stuck to my nose.

T. Backs up the aroma but much more balanced. Much more fruity and juicy "almost a taste of banana or pear and a little plum" in the mouth and slightly piney. Just enough bitterness at the backbone to let you know it's an IPA. Delicious and quite independent from the normal citrusy/grapefruit taste in IPA/APA's. A welcome difference.

F. Medium bodied with a lingering mild crispness.

O. Yum! Delicious and fruity yet differentiates itself from many IPA/APA's out there. Looks great with some nice lacing and just enough bitterness. Very enjoyable and I will be looking forward to getting this again. Though it's odd the smell and taste don't agree, it just tastes great and I can get passsed that.

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Photo of rudzud
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy golden hue with a one finger white head that faded to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of bright amarillo hops, good tropical notes, nice pineapple, faint bitterness. Very pleasant.

T - Taste is not quite as good as the nose. Much more malts here, the tropical notes are very faded, though there are some light light grapefruit and citrus. Light bitter finish. Really falls flat.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, slightly thin feeling.

O - Overall, the nose was really pleasant but the taste was just a bit too malty. And the mouthfeel was a bit thin.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of barnzy78
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12oz can, no apparent freshness date; "A delightful India Pale Ale brewed with Amarillo hops", 6.2%. Finally my first Spiteful brew! I have wanted to try something from them for a while, but didn't want to shell out $8-10 for a bomber
A - creamy ivory head slowly fades atop a tangerine colored ale
S - fruity, tropical, mandarin, caramel
T - hop-forward, juicy, mandarin rind, pine, caramel, bread crust
M - medium body, resinous, finishes very dry and bitter with pine lingering
O - nice west coast feel to this IPA. Very impressive. I'll buy this again and again.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from a can into a tulip. Pours a light golden yellow color, slight chill haze, and 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Very nice lacing left behind as the head fades. The smell is as good of any IPA. I'd be hard pressed to say that it almost smells like a DIPA. The taste follows suits with the smell. Smooth, somewhat sweet malt backbone with a bigger than expected hop finish. Overall, this beer is a great IPA and I would be more than happy to pick it up again

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Photo of KFBR392
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a fluffy white head of about a finger and a half. Sticky lacing left behind with every sip. The color is a golden orange with a slightly murky body. Active carbonation is just what it should be for the style.

Smell: Bright tropical fruits with accents of mango, kiwi, pineapple, and tangerines greet the drinker. Soft, sweet malts open up on the body. A touch of bitter pine and earth show up toward the back end. Bright fruit notes are the highlight throughout.

Taste: Pretty much what you'd expect after the aroma. Pineapple and kiwi really jump the palate and shine so bright. Toffee and slight caramel create a pleasant stage for the hops to showcase themselves. Some bitter pine and heavier citrus fruits linger on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Sweet fruits and malt on the front yield to a slightly heavier finish but this one still goes down too quickly. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: One of my favorite single IPAs I've ever had the pleasure of trying. Spiteful really knocks this one out of the park and my love of El Dorado hops only continues to grow. Keep doing you Spiteful, I'll keep giving you my money.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can shared by stillmatic2232. Thanks man!

Pours a hazy orange, with a 3/4 inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells fairly citrusy, lots of orange, mango, and pineapple, with some pine in the background.

There's only a small amount of lingering bitterness here, the hop flavor runs much more towards sweeter juicier hop flavors, with some underlying dank/herbal/pine/grassy flavors as well. But the flavor profile definitely favors citrus. Very little malt flavor here, slightly crackery, I'd wager.

Light to medium bodied, very crisp clean mouthfeel to this IPA. Flavors are well defined, with a slight amount of lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation.

Another great IPA, this was a solid night for IPAs for sure.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy yellow orange, some carbonation and a one finger head that lingers.

S-Some nice cirtus and lemon notes, tad bit of wheat as well. Tropical hops.

T-Starts with nice citrus/tropical notes. Had a bit of wheat and malt to it as well, but the hops are still there. Ends with a nice bitterness and mild earthy notes.

M-lighter, semi crisp finish, not much carbonation.

O-First time knowingly drinking a beer with El Dorado hops, rather good.

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Photo of Daktah
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy orange/gold with small, quick-moving white head. My first experience that I know of with El Dorado as the featured hop. Smell is what I'd expect with lots of tropical and a little citrus in there. Taste followed suit, with a bit of the bite I like from straightforward American IPAs - nothing overly fruity, and very balanced with good malt presence and weight to it.

Very happy I picked up a six-pack - I've seen it on bar menus but never ordered it. At $10, I consider it a decent value and something that would be a regular purchase if readily available. Excited to try more from Spiteful.

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Photo of joe1510
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Wil, again, handed me a couple of these the other day because he's a generous dude. Thanks, generous dude! An overenthusiastic pour on my part added a lot of haze to the apricot orange body making it quite muddy. A fingers worth of pure white foam sits atop the surface like whipped cream with no inclination of disappearing. The lace is soft and wants to coat every inch of glass.

El Dorado is an interesting hop, in my opinion. Of the few beers I've had that use El Dorado I've always gotten soft, buttery banana as a component. Herbal qualities are present with a hard to identify but enjoyable citrus kick. If I was forced to pick out specific citrus qualities they would lean mostly toward orange, pineapple, and under ripe mango. The banana quality faintly reminds me of banana Now n' Laters. All of that sits atop a caramel and graham crackery malt base.

The flavor profile is more expressive than the nose. Citrus is more in the forefront with orange and pineapple leaving fingerprints. Pale, sugar cookie malt runs middle to end with a drizzle of caramel. Herbal happiness, bordering on earthy, pack a little punch mid-palate. The finish is orange jammy and resinous making for a very unique hop profile. This IPA really grows on me as I drink.

The body weighs in at medium with coronation that adds a velvety feel. This beer flows like silk. Bitterness doesn't seem like much upfront but with each successive drink grows, eventually becoming assertive and jowl numbing. Dryness hits quickly on the swallow accentuating that bitterness.

Again, El Dorado is a very unique hop. It's very different from the more common varietals with citrus, herbal, and banana notes, though mild banana. The malt base is pale and allows the hop profile to shine, Drinkability is high. The cans can be enjoyed on the go. Spiteful does it right yet again.

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Photo of rawfish
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can to glass, pours cloudy and golden with a finger high cap of stark white foam. Retention is very good but is short on lacing, a few tendrils reaching up and flecks here and there.

Bready malt adds sweetness of caramel, solid foundation for the El Dorado hops. Citrusy with some tropical fruit, if you really look for it there is pear and watermelon jolly ranchers in there too.

Clean malt, has a pleasant bready foundation that adds some honey sweetness through the drink. Hop flavors are solid and safe with warm citrus and pine. Grassy and pear juice in the finish before a rising bitterness takes the palate through a cleansing.

Medium body and carbonation. Finish is bone dry, medium-high bitterness with alcohol well hidden.

This is a good, clean IPA, highlights the EL Dorado nicely, varied aroma and bright hop flavors. Would love a few more of these to take camping or down to the beach.

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Photo of Jonny41
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can in a heady topper snifter

Appearance :Hazy tangerine, light head and nice lacing

Smell: Citrus notes slight hop so much better as it warms

Taste: Mild bitter bite at first smooth middle citrus peel finish with mild after taste and resonation thru the nose very faint alcohol on the end

Mouth feel: Crisp and clean, great carbonation and tingle, sticky dry finish

overall: Good beer. I had never heard of and got in a trade as and extra, would gladly buy again if local but not extraordinary enough to hunt for. A great tasting ipa and at 6% I might session it. Drinking as I warms found improvement,, I dare say it impressed me as much as the hop zombie. Would drink again great effort by spiteful

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange, plentiful foam, seafoam lacing in the glass. Lasting surface coverage.

Pungent hoppy aroma, leafy greens, citrusy orange and tangerine with a pleasant light undercurrent of pale malt sweetness.

Bitter orange peel, light pale malt sweetness, tangerine pulp. Dry aftertaste, lingering light bitterness and pale malt flavors. Very clean and sessionable. Go-to beer for sure.

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Photo of MCain04
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can, no bottling date but it just came out so should be very fresh. Poured into Speigelau IPA glass.

Golden amber body with perfect clarity, a nice fluffy pure white head, good retention and lacing. Smell is fruity with mango and pineapple at the forefront, some pine notes as well, citrus flavors and fresh squeezed orange. Taste is more pine than the nose is, the tropical fruit flavors are present similar to the smell, a good level of bitterness balances it out. The beer is crisp, smooth, medium bodied, and dry. Overall a delicious and balanced IPA. I haven't had much experience with El Dorado hops before, but based on what I just tasted I need to be trying more. Great stuff.

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Spiteful IPA from Spiteful Brewing
4.12 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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