Chug's Private Stash Big Bite IPA
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

Chug's Private Stash Big Bite IPAChug's Private Stash Big Bite IPA
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American IPA
3.14 | pDev: 24.2%
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Chug's Private Stash Big Bite IPAChug's Private Stash Big Bite IPA
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Reviews by PDXHops:
Photo of PDXHops
2.12/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a DFH snifter. Lightly hazy light amber body topped with a generous cap of off-white foam. Impressive retention and a fair amount of soapy lacing.

As there's no freshness dating on the bottle, I'm left to wonder if this is an old IPA or a subpar one. Smells of bready malt and butterscotch with some light floral sweetness and stray herbal notes. Tastes pretty much the same, although the herbal qualities become increasingly pronounced as it warms. The bitterness is just fine, and keeps the sweet, viscous body from becoming a complete chore to handle. Underwhelming yet inoffensive. Not a brew I'm likely to revisit.

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Photo of mntlover
2.32/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a burnt copper color with a nice fluffy cream colored head that falls slow to clumps with some good lace.

Aroma is well subdued malt forward caramel malts with underlying very light hop notes, lightly earthy.

Taste is like aroma subdued caramel malt with some lingering toast notes. Hops play small part very light, not sure where the big bite comes in but it is not from the hops. Some lingering grapefruit like bitterness but this brew is a mess as an IPA, just got this in at my store and has few reviews so it must be new? Surly to God they did not store this in a warehouse for two years before release but that is how it tastes.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation level, feel is nice for the style.

Overall well it looked good fells like it should but aroma and taste is well not worth a try sadly. Maybe they should redo the label and brand it an Old Ale but still not hoppy enough for that.

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Photo of katan
3.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark golden color, somewhat amber. Pearly white head formation that sticks to the glass. Fairly opaque.

S - Fruity and citrusy, with a few hints of a deeper malt flavor. Just a bit deep to be hops only. Somewhat nutty in fact.

T - Starts off malty, lightly sweet, but then turns to a pretty strong hoppy flavor. Bitterness comes in full bore, but then I get some oxidation. It seems fruity and citrus like, but then it turns very acidic. Finishes with a nutty and somewhat harsh biting flavor.

M - Moderate carbonation, heavier to thick mouthfeel. somewhat sticky. Feels sticky and sweet in the finish.

O/D - Just not that great of a beer. Just isn't much of an american IPA in most characteristics. Not enough hops, and what is theere just doesn't seem to belong. A little bit filling, but the abv doesn't seem to beat me up too bad.

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Photo of Zorro
2.77/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chill hazed dark amber colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head. More or less this is red colored.

Smell is spicy and malty with a strong tea aroma. Little bit of grapefruit and pine but not much. Mostly this smells like sweet tea.

Starts out sweet with a strong tea flavor. Astringent for sure. Strong tea with a lot of sugar. And there are no subtle flavors, just alcoholic sweet tea.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall the only word that comes to mind is "crap." This is not good avoid please.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Uncle Jack's Spirits in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, dusty copper-hued body with a large-sized, sudsy, off-white head. A few sticky specks of lace on the descent.

Smell: Grated spices with a woodsy edge to it and snippets of fresh citrus peel atop moderately toasted bread and biscuit tops and slathered in sweet-scented butterscotch cream.

Taste: Sweet caramel, a little bit sugary, with plenty of toasted bread and biscuits. Hoppy tastes of Ruby Red grapefruit juice, tangelo, and zesty spices. Moderate bitterness. A little bit of diacetyl lurking in there. Bittersweet, fruity finish, fairly smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's got some boldness, but, overall, it is fairly balanced, which the hopheads won't like that. It's also got a bit of buttery diacetyl, not glaringly so, but some won't like that, either. Me, I thought it was alright. Perhaps I'm off my rocker, but it strikes me as a poor man's misfired homage to DFH 90 Min.

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Photo of russpowell
3.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel with 3+ fingers of tan head. Great head retention & above average lacing

S: Leafy hops, faint fruittyness all fade quickly

T: Woody & leafy hops with, pears & a touch of caramel up front. Pears, a touch of persimmons, woody & herbal hops & tanic bitterness. some jammy notes skewing towards apricot. Finishes fruitty & dry with woody & tanic hop notes & just a bit of orange peel

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, decent balance

This seemed more like an English IPA, no freshness date, so who knows? Spanish Peaks has duped me again. Would rate this .5 higher as an EIPA, drinkable enough, but I will not buy again, not a fan of the hop blend at all

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at Tully's. In a pint glass the beer was an amber color with a medium-sized off-white head. There was a bit of lace.

Pronounced citrus aroma, sweet malt.

Citrus dominated the taste: grapefruit, orange, even a little tangerine. Pleasant background of malt.

Nicely hopped, good balance.

Satisfying IPA.

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Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, amber/maize color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, floral, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of biscuit, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, alcohol, hops, hint of floral, and pine. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, and blend.

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Photo of rangerred
3.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber. No freshness date.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a thick 1.5 finger head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

I'm not really picking up much of a smell at all. Some caramel and roasted malt along with a little bit of earthy hops.

The taste is really quite malty with a lot more malt than hops. Lots of caramel and toffee along with a bit of roast. The hops are definitely on the earthy side with a little bit of pine thrown in. Some bread makes another appearance towards the finish. Moderate bitterness along with a fairly full mouthfeel.

As an American IPA, this really doesn't cut it. However I do believe it is a fairly decent English IPA. The maltiness along with the downplayed, earthy hops are definitely English. Overall a tasty brew I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is hoppy with a fruity overtone that includes orange and apple, and hints of malt and yeast. It pours a beautiful clear coppery amber with a fairly thick pale amber head that leaves some respectable lacing. Flavor has hoppy, malty, fruity and woody notes, and it is slightly sweet and minimally bitter. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a decent fizz and leaves a nice hoppy and malty tingle behind. A toast to the memory of Chug!

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Photo of GilGarp
3.79/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber served cold into a goblet.

Big Bite IPA is a redish amber color with a slight haze. It has thick white head and good lacing.

Aroma is definately old-school east coast IPA. It isn't the big citrusy hop bombs we're becoming accustomed to from California. It's definately more malt forward with minimal dry hopping.

Flavor is definately not what I was expecting from "big bite" on the label. This is a more balanced malty IPA with plenty of sweetness, maybe a bit too much if you ask me. It's got some hoppy bitter quality to it but I would lean towards calling it a hoppy red ale over IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a solid effort at a red ale and would probably be better received as such. As an IPA, it's a bit of an overly sweet letdown.

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Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty amber color with a frothy, thick head that fades to leave lacing on the glass.

"Piney" with buttery-sweet malt upfront. Uh-huh. Not an imperial, which is why the name is confusing.

Flavor is much the same. Your classic old-school IPA. Just enough hops to please without overwhelming the palate.

Mmmm, lingering pine resin, alcohol heat and buttery malt. Pleasant mouthfeel.

Very good. Even better if you prefer some balance.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of coldriver
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly reinforced by streaming bubbles from the bottom, nice retention leave the good notched lacing, over slightly hazy nectar orange color.

Nose has some nice hops with a little bit of candy and some light citrus, I hint of tangerine and apricot like fruits, and plenty of reddish malt sweetness underneath.

Taste starts semi sweet, again candy hops and fading hop flavors, light citrus and hint of resins, a big bite of bitterness, hint tangerine, guava and spicy hops, with a big malty base, reddish caramel malts and a big sweetness to balance the bitterness. finish brings a little bit of booze and a lot more bitterness with some more of the candy almost syrupy flavors and semi sweet but then lightly dries as a bitterness fades.

Mouth is a bit fuller bodied, decent carb, light booze warmth.

overall it's a big beer with quite a bit of bitterness and sweetness much more east coast style with more bittering hops not flavorng hops, it does have a bit of the candy aged hop flavor as well and with no date on the bottle I don't know how fresh is.

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Photo of bump8628
3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Average West Coast-style IPA. Bright orange-copper with a nice looking head of white foam. Herbal and grassy hop presence, I'm thinking Columbus. Malt is well-done - balanced but in the background. More raw citrus as it warms. Clean with plenty of dryness. Not bad, but not something that stands out when there are so many great IPA options these days. Always fun to try a new brewery.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Undated 22 oz bottle, brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY, served in a snifter.
Pours hazy amber with a tan head of modest size and durability.
The aroma is a little tame, in terms of hops, and sweet for style, but has some complexity and fruitiness plus a nice nutty character.
No "big bite" from this IPA which has been tamed by a good load of caramel and other malts. Still plenty of flavor and a moderate bitterness, with herbal and spicy hops dominating the flavor.

O: A decent IPA, especially for the price. The relatively high ABV is well hidden but shows up in the aroma after warming, and in the mouthfeel. Has the character of an IPA that has aged a bit.

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Photo of memphischas
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.06/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz served in a Great Divide pint glass

A - Pours a hazy dark copper with 3 fingers of sudsy off white head. Very good retention with lots of 3D lacing left behind.

S - Bready biscuits, caramel malts, pine hops, light citrus,

T - Earthy caramel malt with edges of woody tannins, some herbal hops and whispers of citrus. Has an almost pecan like bitterness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

This seemed like a tired IPA. Lackluster and very forgettable.

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Photo of silentjay
2.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

an amberish copper with a huge tan head that sticks around a while and laces very well.

from the bottle description, I was definitely expecting a more balanced IPA, but this one leans way towards the malty side. bready crackery caramel malts with some butterscotch and a bit of herbal hops if you look for them. smells more like an amber. with a bit of an english-styled ipa mixed in

again, malty and quite thin in flavor with little hop bitterness and a buttery aftertaste.

very thin and watery with slight carbonation and a syrupy feel left behind.

meh. not what I look for in an IPA, would score better as an American Amber, but still isn't that great a beer. a bit of diacetyl, but no other off-flavors. one and done with this beer.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks nice enough, with the orange-tinted amber color and modest head in the tulip. Sudsy head lasts for a while. Watery body. Modest aroma of canned peaches and crackers.

Just plain odd notes: butter and old peaches. Fairly sweet to start with plenty of malt, but more on the cereal side. Quite herbal and vegetal. A hint of the dank hoppy flavor but more of a murky taste with the sort of bitterness of cauliflower leaves. Fairly bitter aftertaste, but overall the bitterness is not in the usual radioactive zone.

Murky and even if you accept it at face value, not very drinkable after a glassful. An interesting idea of what an IPA should be, but hey! it's a free country. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Total Wine.

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Chug's Private Stash Big Bite IPA from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 44 ratings