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

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Chug's Private Stash Big Bite IPAChug's Private Stash Big Bite IPA

Brewed by:
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Cyberkedi on 10-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of mbarano
1/5  rDev -67.3%

Photo of GuyIncognito
1.25/5  rDev -59.2%

Photo of UnderPressure
1.5/5  rDev -51%

Photo of Emberwake
1.7/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another IPA sample from the distributor. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a murky golden brown. Plenty of carbonation, but a small, fizzy head.

S - Sweet, with heavy notes of caramel and apple, and an indistinct hop aroma.

T - Overpoweringly sweet. This beer has tons of unfermented malt, and if it really had the 7% ABV advertised on the bottle I would be shocked. Some sour funk yeast character, with the hops making an appearance in the aftertaste.

M - Syrupy, but nicely carbonated.

O/D - Its hard to rate the overall beer, since I'm confident that the result is the fault of underfermentation above all else. I definitely can't recommend it, but I would certainly give Spanish Peaks a second chance down the road. This tastes like a home-brewer's first kit beer, made with love, but not with skill.

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Photo of hardrock
2/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of PDXHops
2.12/5  rDev -30.7%
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 welldigger888
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured a honey orange hue with a huge rocky head that laced down glass world class.

oxidized hops dominate, if had fresh I am sure a good aroma would be. otherwise a toiugh brew to smell.

Again oxidized hops dominate with a slight hit of alcohol.

Seems to be a medium full bodied brew that was prolly good a year ago.

@ $3 a bomber I was ripped off.

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Photo of mntlover
2.32/5  rDev -24.2%
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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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of SawDog505
2.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, not sure of bottle date. Pours a reddish orange, with a sticky off white head, that leaves nice lacing. Smell is papaya,lemon, grass, and carmel. Taste is very unusual for an IPA, very sweet with a touch of grapefruit in the after taste, overall very one dimensional. Body medium, plenty of carbonation, not dry, and not that easy drinking because not loving the flavors. Just too sweet, wish I new the age.

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Photo of silverking
2.71/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A- Cloudy amber with one finger of off-white head. Head retention is excellent, and there are defined rings of lacing.

S- Toasty, toffee, fig, light herbal hop. It smells sweet. Not what I expect from an IPA.

T- Mild toasty notes smashed together with unbalanced hop flavors. There are some fruit flavors as well. Like the aroma, a little on the sweet side. There aren't enough hops to balance this beer.

M- Medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. It feels dry, but it tastes sweet.

O- Not my favorite. I hadn't seen this beer before so I picked it up... not recommended.

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Photo of silentjay
2.71/5  rDev -11.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Zorro
2.77/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Sygma
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of this to try last week. I found it to be similar to Saranac Imperial IPA, a sort of self-described IPA that I had to try very hard to categorize as a regular, hopped American IPA.
It's like it was hard for me to see this as an IPA. Far from a Stone, Dogfish Head or Port Brewing Swami's or Hop 15.

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Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StaveHooks
3.06/5  rDev 0%
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 BeerKangaroo
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased on a whim as I was checking out at Bootlegger's (Topsham, ME), this was $1.99:

Into a pint glass:

A: fairly hazy golden orange colored body leaving a nice foamy two finger white head that lasts for most of the brew, but settles a bit to a half finger after a minute. Some nice spotty yet ringy lacing appears around the sides of the pint glass.

S: hops in the front, like a normal American IPA, nice malts follow to back up a pleasant aroma. Some citrusy pine comes in but subtle, no bite to me.

T: exactly the same, nothing special, nothing bad.

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, in fact a very gentle creaminess makes this especially smooth. I would say this is extremely drinkable, just wondering how fresh is this, while I'm looking at the ABV, rhetorical???

O: different for an American IPA, though its called "Big Bite IPA," right now I'm wondering where's the bite. I know this might be my first one by Spanish Peaks, so if they want me to have this fresh with the "so-called bite" its supposed to have by its name, maybe they should put a freshness date on it. Still a decent beer, probably only have again on tap or depending what else was served. Oh, and I almost forgot, the malts come out really strong all over, is this closer to an English IPA? Just wondering.

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Photo of russpowell
3.21/5  rDev +4.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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Chug's Private Stash Big Bite IPA from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 44 ratings