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Alley Time | Spiteful Brewing

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3.94/5
Very Good
175 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Chicago bike messenger's favorite part of the day, "Alley Time" is a reward for life on the streets. This beer is brewed with Pilsen Malt and a single addition of Simcoe hops. Perfect for sharing those expletive-heavy stories with a cold one in hand. Alley Time can be any time, but it can only be one place! and whether you're a corporate lemming or an interpretive dancer, find an alley and make it yours.

Added by emerge077 on 07-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,855
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
175
pDev:
9.14%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
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3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drunkenmess
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dannycohen62
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Toynk
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a can of this off the single shelf at Binnys. It poured a clear yellow with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had citrus peel and pine. The taste is slightly bitter through the drink but still easy to drink. There is tangerine sweetness. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's on the cuse of being a fantastic beer....hopefully it will morph into a 90 percenter.

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Photo of beagleyx2
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Earthy. Bit malty. Some pineapple. Lighter bodied. I feel like there is some pilsner malt that is fighting with the hop flavors. A miss for me. Not terrible, but could go without it.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pineapple tangerine start. Bitter finish. Effervescent body that is slightly bigger than a typical pale. More like a Session IPA in terms of bitterness and body. Easy drinking out of a can and refreshing.

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

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12oz can on September 30, 2016.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Farnswurth
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skaboom420
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kevanb
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, undated but picked up from a fresh delivery at Binny's in Lincoln Park, poured into a Pipeworks glass.

The beer pours a slightly muted copper color, hues of gold, lightly hazy with two fingers of white head, nice retention and lace. The aroma is heavy on the pine, a bit of cat pee, juicy citrus peel, resinous oils and hop spice with some crusty malts that linger. The flavors echo the nose well, plenty of pine, earthy hop spice, resinous and grassy with some of that cat pee that is common with simcoe, the malt is a bit doughier on the tongue with a sharp spicy hop finish. The mouthfeel is good, coating, heavier but medium body that has good carbonation, lively but gentle with a crisp and dry finish.

Verdict: A nice pale ale from Spiteful, very easy to drink but offers plenty of hoppiness. It really is like a slightly smaller version of their IPA, which I really enjoy as well. While a bit on the earthier side, the simcoe treatment is very successful.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chicago brewers are popping up so fast that I can't keep up.
First one from Spiteful. (Although I admit that being an old fart, I shied away from them because of their name.) That said, I wish I had had this earlier. It is a well-balanced APA and went well with sesame cold noodle in a peanut sauce and a modest kick.

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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed straw yellow with a half finger of white foam.

Citrus, melon, tropical fruit, and floral.

Floral, citrus, grassy hops with a bready and toast like malt backbone.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, soft, crisp.

Overall, decent but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, no canned on date or freshness information present. My first canned offering from Spiteful Brewing, acquired a single can as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Excited to finally be seeing Spiteful cans out here in the west Chicago suburbs.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A crisp, light golden orange pour, slightly hazy, with one finger of frothy white head that falls to a ring. Leaves some good scattered strands of squiggly lacing behind. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks good for what it is.

S - A fresh, floral, creamy aroma. Notes of sweetened honeyed / bready pilsen malt, & fresh, floral, juicy Simcoe hops. A beautiful fresh floral hop aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose: fresh, floral, & creamy. Crisp honeyed / bready biscuit malts, balanced by the fresh, floral Simcoe hops. Herbal, floral, grassy, earthy. Very delicious stuff, on par with some of the higher DIPA offerings I've had from Pipeworks in terms of hop flavor and freshness.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, fresh. Medium-light bodied, and very easy drinking stuff.

Overall, a wonderfully delicious, easy-drinking pale ale from Spiteful. Would love to see more cans come my way!

Spiteful Brewing Alley Time Pale Ale -----4/5.

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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Alley Time from Spiteful Brewing
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 175 ratings
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