Alley Time | Spiteful Brewing

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89
very good
174 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
Ratings:
174
Reviews:
27
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.23%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jaydoc
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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 Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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 InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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 jgunther71
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of SadMachine
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
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 Canada_Dan
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of barnzy78
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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 cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%

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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