Working For The Weekend
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,059
Ranked #4,102
4.09 | pDev: 7.33%
Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 259
Photo of dukeandduke
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

5/26/19 (Chicago): $11.06 four 16 oz cans purchased from Binny's Niles 5/26/19, canned 4/2/19, poured into standard pint glass. Light clear copper blond pour, mild carbonation, light white head leaves lacing. Nice pine and citrus hops aroma. Dry hops taste, pine grassy, slight bitterness. Firm mouth feel, dry and bitter, leaves after taste, mild carbonation remains. Overall good offering.

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Photo of Beerbadger55
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Binny’s in Schaumburg while in town last week, canned on 1.3.19. Some citrus on the front end, a lot of malt on the finish. It’s definitely not a juice bomb, more west coast style in my opinion. It’s a pretty good DIPA, glad I took a chance on a 4 pack.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1pint can into an IPA glass
Canned on 12/06/2018

Clear copper / orange body. A shorter-than-usual head formed, quickly collapsed, and left a sparse amount of soapy lacing.

Sweet citrus. Orange peel. Touch of pine. Whiffs of caramel from the malts broke through, creating a sweet essence all around. In short, tropical fruit contained by a strong, sweet malty backbone.

Mild grapefruit notes hit the tongue first. Secondary notes consisted of: orange peel, mango, and a slightly earthy tone of pine. Sweet caramel was all I tasted from the malts. While the hops were tame by DIPA standards, there was definitely nothing small about the flavor profile.

Moderate carbonation with a crisp finish.

I really liked this DIPA from Spiteful. It is indeed hop-forward, but there is enough of a presence from the malts to keep this from being a hop-bomb.

Sidenote: Excellent label artwork - definitely at the top of my list!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, date stamped "09/25/18 PAC4EVR". Copper colored DIPA with a thick and foamy off-white head. Zesty citrus aroma with tropical fruit and caramel malt. Bold flavors consist of zesty orange & grapefruit, pine, mango, caramel, honey, and bready malt. Full resinous body, ample carbonation, dry & bitter finish. I had this once before and I liked it - glad to have it again. It's very good.

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Photo of BigMac59
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Somewhere between a straw and honey color.
Aroma is awesome, a lovely citrusy hoppy smell.
The first taste was awesome. The website mentions the Mosaic and Citra hops. Well, two of my favorites, that explains why I like it.
A very nice mouthfeel.
Overall a great DIPA.

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Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the source. good drinkability while meeting the style. some lace. good malt backing and not much palate erasure. A bit under for a DIPA but still enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear golden orange body, moderate white head, minimal lacing.

S - Strong nose of stone fruit, mostly peach, with just a hint of pine.

T - Folows the nose, bright fruit, peach and plum, pungent resin and pine, moderate bitter finish.

M - Brisk open, mild carbonation and clean dry finish.

O - Delicious. A big DIPA that does not go overboard and is the better for it.

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Photo of Buck89
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a 4-month old can poured into a glass. A hazy golden amber color with a modest white head. Nice aroma for its age: candied oranges and mangoes. The taste was also impressive with bright citrus and some earthy resin. Again, impressive for a 4 month old beer. Dry and clean finish. Would love to try this one fresh.

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Photo of ksimons
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a dark golden orange color with a fingers worth of white rocky head

S-sweet malt, citrus, tropical fruits, and a small amount of pine

T-taste is similar to the smell with citrus, light pine, and caramel malt

M-medium body and light to medium carbonation

Overall very nice aroma, pretty drinkable for a DIPA

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at Dukes ale house and kitchen in crystal lake, IL. It poured a clear orangish with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of tropical fruit. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus peel presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear gold to amber with a foamy white head that recedes but laces well. Like sheets cascading down.

Smells sweet and melon like, but bursts with tropical and citrus juices, almost like bubblegum, with a big pine like after taste.

Feel is spot on. Sweet at first then anything but balanced be being completely taken over by crisp bitterness.

Clean, crisp, juicy, and bitter as f. That's my jam. Cheers and thanks again Joe.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, slightly chill hazed golden yellow with a frothy finger of foam.

Bright citrus and resinous grassy hop aroma.

Citrusy orange and grapefruit notes are prominent with a firm toast-like and caramelly malt base.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, crushable.

Overall, for it's ABV this is quite dangerously crushable!

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Photo of hanuswalrus
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 9/5/17. First run of this beer in printed cans from Spiteful. I'm really happy to see these guys moving up as they've been my favorite Chicago brewery since I got into craft beer about 4 years ago.Can't wait to check out the taproom.

It's much more clear than I remember it being coming out of their old brew house, and maybe a little bit of a deeper golden color as well. I am in no way saying that that is a bad thing, especially considering the flavor and aroma is still all there. This is very West coast, and I dig it.

The aroma is an awesome blend of citrus, pine and floral w/ bready and somewhat toasty malt behind the hops. Simcoe/Amarillo/Centennial if I had to guess. I really, really like the nose, but the flavor is where I really fall in love. It has a tongue-coating bitterness/hoppyness. Like orange or grapefruit rind on the middle of your tongue. Very bitter and hop saturated. Finishes very dry like an IPA should.

Even with their recent move and upgrade on equipment (that Sprinkman brewhouse is gorgeous), they have maintained that "Spiteful flavor" that I have always been a huge fan of. Couldn't be happier with this beer. Thanks, Spiteful.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really interesting pine-driven, resinous DIPA. Almost no sweetness to the malt backbone. I will give this another try in the near future, but not sure I could pound a lot of these. It was a little "hot" and out of balance, so will have to re-visit. But glad I tried a Spiteful beer (finally!). Really good stuff. Like a Pac NW IPA on steroids... turned to 11. (Updated "taste" on 8.20.18 - this beer continues to get better).

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Photo of vikingpillager
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first Spiteful experience! And a good one at that! Excellent 16oz can artwork. I can relate all too well to working for the weekend.
To the beer. It is extremely exciting. An entirely unique, creamy flavor profile! A DIPA with style and attitude. Will definitely be drinking again, but probably not tonight. It is a Wednesday after all. :)


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Photo of FBarber
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a completely clear and crisp bronze color. Velvety white head dissipates slowly leaving a thin residual layer of tight white foam.

Smell is initially a pungent fruity aroma that, as the beer warms, turns into a grassier malty aroma.

Taste has some notes of peach, guava and mango giving way to a dried bitter grass flavor, alfalfa, and hay. Strong prominent malty body comes through to the back end. Strong pine bitterness on the finish - gets more bitter as the beer warms. Nice old school DIPA.

Feel is smooth and full bodied. Mild carbonation. There is kind of sappy feel to the beer. Definitely feels like a DIPA.

Overall a really well crafted DIPA. For a DIPA its remarkably easy to drink and is rather refreshing.

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Photo of ch_star
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass. Very cloudy, in a NE DIPA way. Medium amount of head. Color was dark, more copper than yellow or gold. Nose was very fruity, with grapefruit and pineapple dominant. Palette carried some of the fruit and added some pine resin and flowers. Finish was medium length, but at the end dropped into a watery finish. Would score higher by carrying more of the fruit and some complexity into the body from the nose.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Sticker on tab says 10/24.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Sweet cereal grain malt aroma brings notes of caramel and butterscotch. Not quite what I was expecting. Also a slight booze fume.

T- The sweetness continues as the malt dominates this beer bringing lots of bready, grainy flavors to the table. There's some hop flavor and mild bitterness but not enough to really call this an IPA in my opinion. ABV is decently hidden.

M- Slightly slick and oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Call it an Imperial Amber or an Imperial Pale Ale but not an IPA. Just not nearly enough hop character here. Even at a month old, no IPA should be this malty. My first Spiteful beer and I'm not impressed.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden amber in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint copper colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick (made up of medium to larger bubbles) film covering about 75% of the surface of the beer surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to slightly stronger than moderate aromas of tropical/mango, tropical/guava, citrus/grapefruit, and dank/resin hops with some light aromas of pine hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of toasted + grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are slightly less than moderate flavors of toasted + grainy malts with a moderate amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of tropical/mango, tropical/guava, citrus/grapefruit, and dank/resin hops which impart a moderate amount of aggressive bitterness which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially slightly thin, then becomes slightly chewy, with a light hint of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Really nice combination of hop flavors and aromas which are well balanced by the sweetness of the malts. Not overly bitter and easy to drink. Enjoyable and one I will definitely not have problems enjoying again.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 16 oz can on September 22, 2016. Look is hazy amber with an off-white head and sticky lacing. Smell is tropical, citrus, grass and tea with caramel malt aromas. Taste is orange citrus, guava, grass and herb with sweet and bread malt flavors. Feel is medium in body that has some crisp bitterness up front but finishes pretty smooth.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can from CNRowland (thank you!). No obvious canning date. Served in my trusty Phish snifter.

Pours a hazy peach orange with a finger and a half pale head. The froth subsides, leaving a rocky layer of surface retention, a full collar and copious lace.

Smells of tangerines, flowers, citrus peel and just a little bread. Pretty inviting.

Taste is a pleasantly bitter blend of orange peel, grass, lemon, flower petals, mint and cracker. The hop character is nice but this seems to lack the malt backbone I typically expect from a double IPA. That said, it tastes good and is quite easy to drink.

Oily, medium light feel with some fairly hefty carbonation. Aftertaste is moderately bitter with some citrus and floral hop notes.

Spiteful rides the line between single and double IPA with Working For The Weekend. I found it a bit thin for the style but I can tell this has been aggressively hopped. I may prefer a full-on double IPA but this is still solid work that is worth a try.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly surprised by this beer. Looks like your typical IIPA. Copper-orange in color with a finger of thick white head. Orange rind, grapefruit,pineapple, and pine in the nose. Taste is well-balanced between the citrus and pine elements.....very drinkable as the alcohol is hidden very well. Great representation of the style.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a foamy white head. Not a whole lot of aroma on this one. I get some orange, grapefruit, and mango. Taste more than makes up for the lack of aroma. At first you get this huge wave of citrus, and then some bitterness comes in with a nice malt backbone, and then a great tropical fruit finish. Not getting any alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is sort of on the thicker side, but very smooth and creamy. Carbonation is perfect. Overall a great DIPA. This is my 3rd can and I feel like I didn't enjoy it as much the first two times. I thought it was a little on the malty side but this time it seems much more balanced.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely hazy copper color with a tight white head and good lacing. Aroma is citrus but hard to pin down beyond that. Taste is fairly bitter with a mix of citrus and earthy flavors that, once again, are hard to pin down. Like all other Spiteful IPAs I've tried, there's an undercurrent of sweetness that seems almost artificial. Texture is crisp and not too heavy for a DIPA. Not a bad beer but there is something that Spiteful puts in its IPAs that does not suit my palate.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with 1 finger head. Smell is of grapefruit, pineapple, something a little green, like a clover you'd pick in your yard. Sweet aroma. Taste is ripe fruit flavors of the aforementioned varieties. Has some perceived bitterness in the back end. Has a piney taste too it. Refreshing to drink. Overall, this is an IPA of real nice quality. No real perceivable alcohol flavors or aromas in this, but you can tell its there cause this has some substance to it. Get ya some.

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