Alley Time | Spiteful Brewing

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Alley TimeAlley Time

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Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States | website

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

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Reviews by Florida9:
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3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
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 emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright pale gold body, streaming carb trails visible, ample head of white foam. Some soapy arcs of drippy lacing form in the glass, and there's a steady skim on the surface after a few sips.

Aromas of candied orange peel, woody vines, cat pee (the name seems to be an allusion to where bike messengers go to relieve themselves).

Very light and somewhat crisp, big citrus in the form of candied orange peel again, firm resiny bitterness that sticks in the teeth a little bit. Some trace pale malts and possibly wheat in the background. Some lingering hop flavor, could use a touch more to really shine. Light enough to be an APA,hopped to an IPA level. Nice and drinkable, seems like a session beer until the abv creeps up. Solid Simcoe APA.

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Photo of MrPlayboy
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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 EvanM
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
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 HeyYoMar
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of dohm179
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mjc3151
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent tasting IPA solid work spiteful

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Photo of JohnnyNicks
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of larryarms847
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Jaycase
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ConradSomm
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tarheels4life23
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of NRo
2.5/5  rDev -38%

Photo of blue-dream
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of gfunk1121
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of PatB1987
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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Alley Time from Spiteful Brewing
4.03 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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