Alley Time | Spiteful Brewing

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Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States

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.

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 178
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 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 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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Photo of larryarms847
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 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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Peppercorn, Grainy, Bitter, Meow

Simcoe hop addition in this APA, that is all are palates need with the range it displays. The Pilsner malt holds this brew together well. Grainy, bready, & nutty. Hoppiness goes a little catty but does not lash out. Not your usual APA which makes it fun and interesting rather than just jumping through the typical hoops to be one.

STYLE: American Pale Ale | ABV: 6.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #92 (Sep 2014)

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Photo of Stevem68
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a floral / musty hop aroma. Taste matches the aroma with hoppy note. Is a little bit lighter of a drink than I would have expected. Overall a really nice APA

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Photo of 98green
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just a brilliant APA. The citrus-y bright hops are all there in the smell and taste, and the malt bill is on point. Too bad all I got was one sixer on a trip to Chicago. This would live in my fridge if it came to MI

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Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On my latest trip to Chicago, I stayed with a Couchsurfing host in Niles, which was not bad as long as I did not mind the long Blue Line trip at the end of the night. On one occasion, I was at Union Station with plans to head into the western suburbs when they came through and kicked everybody out, ticketed or not! I then weighed my options and realized that in my monk's robe, I had sufficient cover for the night and headed for a nearby alley to crash for the night. I do not recommend this during the winter or any time that inclement weather is forecast or for most casual travelers, but for us hippie/punk/ex-military types, this CAN be de rigeur. Speaking of de rigeur, The CANQuest (tm) is making APAs/IPAs/DIPAs a regular thing in clearing out the backlog, so expect loads of reviews in the next few days.

From the CAN: "Don't fight it SPITE IT!"; "This beer is brewed with Pilsen Malt and a single addition of Simcoe (r) 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."; "Photo by: Brad Shaffer Words by: Blake Young".

Yeah, I was feeling kind of expletive-heavy the following morning, but once I got back on the road, via METRA, I began to feel better. I felt even better when I CANducted the Crack! and got a spray across my fingertips. I love it when they squirt. I was also getting some foaming action through the vent, so I decided to allow it to calm down before proceeding. It seemed that the culprit was a brimful craft CAN, which is the beer equivalent of a Baker's Dozen, but it also calls for a more gentle pour. I still got two fluffy fingers of bone-white head that fell pretty quickly, leaving nice lacing in their wake. Color was a faintly cloudy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose smelled like somebody decided to share their stash down the Alley! Dank and rich with notes of peaches, pears, lemons, wow! This is an APA?!? I CAN't wait to try some of their other offerings. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was a riot of citrus and stone fruits along with a biscuity maltiness that gave it a biscotti-like quality. I think that I need to exhale after a hit like that one! I may have done it out of Spite, but I have no regrets. Finish was dry, since even the malts imparted a dryness, but it was pleasant, not gasping. The fruit flavors lingered well after the swallow and suddenly, I wished that I were back in Chicago.

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Photo of EvanM
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First of all, look at the name. If you poured it into a tulip you've missed the point completely. Next if you live on IPAs and love that life well then you won't like this. If you are so tired of the HOP level oneupmanship that dominates current the craft brew religious insanity then this just might be for you. Drink it from the can! After a week of drinking this well balanced bright ale, everything else will taste like it's loaded with corn syrup!

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Photo of SteveB24
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

look-poured a nice, light golden color with two fingers of white head. nice retention.
Smell- light fruit upfront, mild citrus, floral notes.
Taste-light fruit and floral notes upfront, but flavors are very subdued and not really any malt backbone.
Feel-moist and slightly creamy upfront, mild carbonation, finishes rather creamy.
Overall-a decent pale ale, very mild and a nice choice for some easy drinking, but doesn't really impress in my opinion.

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Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can
$9.99 6-Pack
Binny's Willowbrook

Alley Time is golden, a little tarnished, with brass highlights running its length. The foam is pure white and bubbly, easily growing to a couple fingers in height. It's takes its sweet time falling but eventually rests at a thick crown with a craggy, soapy look. Big puffy lace clings to the glass in waves.

I like Spiteful's pale ales, they always lean toward bitter and the smell of this hints at the same. Orange and grapefruit pith by the handful, even a squeeze of lemon, lead the way. Weed follows closely with a resinous touch. There is also a whisper of that aspirin bitter. The malt base doesn't add much, it's pale with some biscuity notes and soft grain.

The flavor profile is much the same as the nose. Big notes of pithy orange and grapefruit run from front to back while a soft undercurrent of aspirin-like bitterness follows. The resinous weed pops up on the finish to join the party. The grain bill brings a soft sweetness, just enough to keep the hopping in check, with freshly cracked grain and dry biscuits.

Lively carbonation makes the moderately weighted body pop. It's a quick mover, scrubbing the tongue along the way, and leaving a solid bitterness in its wake. The bitterness grows as you drink but never really above moderate, it does though seem to invade every nook and cranny from my lips to my cheeks to my throat. This beer is made for drinking and it succeeds.

I said it earlier and I'll say it again, I've always been a big fan of Spiteful's pale ales. They use the palest of malts, make them very hop forward and make sure to pack in a good deal of bitterness. This beer fits the bill and is flat out delicious. Enough said.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from a can.

A. A light yellow almost lemon color with medium haze and a 1/4" head.

S. As I swirl the glass a smell a slight aroma of biscuity malt followed by a more prominent citrus smell. A bit Perfumy also. Very pleasant on the nose.

T. More malty on the palate. Not very citrusy. A little Perfumy tasting.

M. Medium bodied and slightly prickly.

O. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer. Nice to look at. Aromas are great. Taste is on very nice. And the mouthfeel is just what I want from a pale ale. Nicely done spiteful.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%

Pour is hazed pale golden with lots of tight white head. Nose is light grain, faint honey, a bit of sweet malt, hops are herbal with notes of melon rind. Taste is even sweeter, stronger grain but more sugar, lighter malt, hops are husky melon rind and a bit grassy, hay like. Very light bitterness, drinkable, moderate carb.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into SP wine stem.

Appearance: Translucent light straw yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of bone white head that drops quickly to a thin cap. Spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Very dank and catty nose from the hops. Citrus is also there, but it takes a back seat to the dank and catty hop notes.

Taste: Light sweetness and light bitterness that strike a really nice balance. This is much more mellow than you would expect from the nose. Light pine and tangerines with a hint of tropical fruits and melons. Biscuit and bready malt profile. Grapefruit rind in the finish and especially when you burp.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation. The carbonation is creamy, but slightly thin. You can feel the resinous hop oils which seem to make this beer have a more substantial feel with being to heavy. Really crushable APA as well.

Overall: The nose makes you think that this beer is pretty intense with all the classic simcoe dankness and catty profile present, but the flavor profile dialed down and has well defined simcoe hop flavors with being as over the top as the nose. I got to sample this beer super fresh because this beer that I am drinking was canned only 2 days prior to me consuming it. This is a great example of how tasty that a single hop simcoe APA can be.

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Photo of SeasonsOfTheBrew
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Brewery: Spiteful Brewing

Location: Chicago IL

Beer Style: American Pale Ale

Sub-Style: West Coast Style

Overall Rating: 5 Stars (Outstanding)

Bittering Hop Character: Hoppy

Aromatic Hop Character: Strong

Malt Character: Medium Malt

Season(s): Year-Round |

Comments: Solid west coast style pale ale loaded with simcoe hops. Nice. Massive aromatics make for an enjoyable beer.

Food Pairing Matches: Citrus & Bitter Clean Grapefruit Mango Pine Pineappl

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Photo of barnzy78
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, no apparent freshness date
A 3.5 - hazed golden ale topped with a thinner creamy off-white head
S 4.25 - tropical with zesty citrus, biscuity malt - I wouldn't guess Pilsen
T 4.25 - fruity, biscuity, caramel, toasty grain, zesty, tropical
F 4 - medium body, finishes somewhat bitter and very dry, keeping you coming back for more
O 4 - very easy drinking APA with a pleasant blend of flavors. I'd drink this again any day.

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Photo of MrPlayboy
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

I'm surprised this isn't rated higher. An extremely refreshing and bold pale ale. This is packed with dank, hoppy, resinous aromas. The flavor is like hop resins, rubber cement, grapefruit peel, and cannabis. The simcoe hops really shine with just a hint of malt.

Try drinking out of the can. It seems to pack more of a punch that way. Awesome job Spiteful!

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Photo of RMelyon
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you're a fan of Simcoe hops and can get this beer fresh, it's the best APA available. The genius is in its simplicity. One hop variety, and one malt variety. It pours a deep orange-brown and smells like sickly sweet tangerine. Tastes like that too. The finish is perfect for an APA, not too bitter with no hint of alcohol. I'll admit I'm biased because Simcoe is my favorite hop variety and can get this beer days after it's been canned. But, it's better than Zombie Dust, better than The Lizard King, and better than whatever APA you're drinking tonight.

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

A: Medium pour centered in the glass. Pale golden color produces a nice three finger head that fades quickly to leave behind some lacing.

S: Aroma of tropical fruit, pine, sweet grain and some additional floral notes. Nice nose for a single hop-single malt beer.

T: Tastes of tangerine, grain, grapefruit zest, hints of pine. and some black pepper.

M: Mouthfeel seems light, oddly refreshing, slightly bitter with a dry finish.

O: First time seeing cans from our inner city friends and have to say I kind of like it and will look forward to see what is offered next.

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Photo of Florida9
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light copper in color. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lots of lacing.

S: Aroma has a light sweetness. Lighter citrus notes, some pine, and a bit of earthiness.. Despite this being a single hop beer, the aroma is not tell-tale Simcoe.

T: Taste is lighter than expected, though this is supposed to be an APA. Lighter caramel malts. A touch of sweetness. Orange rind, grapefruit, and a bit of pine. Finish is earthy and watery.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Restrained bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. Feels a bit thin, though.

O: This beer is listed as an APA. The bottle calls it an APA. But, the ABV is in the area of an IPA. And while I understand this beer is supposed to be an APA, it just comes off as feeling more like an underpowered IPA than a strong APA. It's not bad. Actually, I quite like it. But at this price point, it's not something I'd be willing to bother with again.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a DFH tulip shaped pint glass. Batch 39 hand written on side.

Pours a cloudy copper with a nice inch+ white frothy head. The smell is very hoppy and big on citrus notes. Wouldnt guess this was a pale from the nose. The taste is intriguing. Good amount of hops presence at first but its also malty. I get hints of citrus, lemon and pine. More like an IPA than a pale, or maybe in between. Its reminiscent of a toned down zombie dust to me... so high praise. Very easy drinking, i took a few big sips back to back to try and pin point the exact flavors in this.

Definitely recommended, a real treat.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.9/5  rDev -1%

A: dirty yellow shiny, finger white head,
stunning lacing

S: lemon grass/peel, biscuit malt

T: lemon peel, mild grassy, creamy malt,
long mild bitter finish

M: med/creamy body, oily + sticky mouth

O: What a treat! Interesting APA offering.
Will get again and again.


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Alley Time from Spiteful Brewing
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 178 ratings