Ghost Bike Pale Ale | Spiteful Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States
spitefulbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by emerge077 on 03-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
71
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden orange color with a finger length head that goes away slowly and leaves a ring of lacing. Moderate carbonation coming off the glass. Smells of tangerine, grass, floral, grapefruit, and a sweet and doughy breadiness. Taste starts with some grapefruit and tangerine. Moderate sweetness from the beginning. The middle brings more maltiness. Biscuit and carmel come into play along with more grapefruit, as well as lemon and now more like orange zest rather than tangerine. Taste finishes with a lot of orange zest, grapefruit, some lemon, some pine, sweet carmel, and a biscuitiness. Not too astringent on the finish, as the citrus flavors dominate and last on the palate; however it is pretty dry. Pretty well balanced as well. Medium body with a creamy and sticky mouthfeel. More like an IPA than a pale ale. Not too bad.

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3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dull shade of amber. Forms a rather sizable, bubbly, and stable white head. Light lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly citrus, grapefruit, and some light pale malt.

T: Taste is decent, but fairly simplistic. Light pale malts, then more grapefruit, a little light citrus zest. There is more than a bit of earthiness on the back end, then there is a dry, earthy astringency on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Dry. Medium carbonation. Moderate, but persistent, bitterness.

O: A decent APA, though one that is probably pushing into the IPA portion of the spectrum. That said, it is a fairly average APA, with not a whole lot to set it apart from the pack. If it were available in 6 packs at a reasonable price, I would probably buy it again, but can't justify buying another one of these in bomber format at current prices.

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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I've never noticed one of these ghost bikes in the City before, but, then again, I'm never paying all that much attention to my surroundings down there... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by over a finger of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, tangerine zest, light lime peel, and a soft backbone of sweet biscuit. Things are decidedly hoppy, yet somewhat restrained and balanced, sure not to blast the nostrils with too much. The taste holds notes of slightly-funky lemon peel, dark-and-spicy-and-earthy greens (very tobacco-like), sweet biscuit, light honey, and a splash of grapefruit rind. Those tobacco greens seem to wanna be remembered forever, leaving behind a strong, lingering bitterness throughout the finish and aftertaste. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice pale ale, though the exquisite promise of the smell is never truly fulfilled. Still, it's solid enough to warrant another go, should the opportunity arise.

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Ghost Bike Pale Ale from Spiteful Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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