Spanish Peaks Chug’s Private Stash Big Bite IPA

RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This is a classic IPA, big & bold with a golden amber color. It has a very pleasant hop character that integrates nicely with its smooth malt flavor.

Brewed since summer 2011 at Olde Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, NY for the east coast market, and at Butte Creek in Ukiah, CA for the west coast market.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (4210) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2014
It poured a clear amber color with a tan head. The aroma was of caramel malts, raisins and some floral hops. The taste was of bitter citrus hops with caramel malts and low carbonation with a lingering bitterness. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2013
10/29/2013. 22 oz. bottle. Pours hazy amber color with a foamy white head. Malty aromas with caramel and citrus. Caramel flavors, alcohol burn and light on hops. Seem a bit off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6630) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a big ol’ foamy head, quite rocky and frothy. The aroma is quite woody, hinting at bark and earth. This does drink with a dirty aspect, gritty even. The hops are quite mashy, giving off a wet-sodden appeal. Filling beer. (#5276, 10/5/2013)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Golden pour with a white head. The aroma is full of biscuit, toffee and flowers. The flavor is floral with some toffee notes, caramel, grass and earth. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3605) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Hazy medium orange body with a tall, sticky, off-white head. Fruity caramel aroma. Good aroma, but not the hoppy one i was expecting from an IPA. The flavor is balanced between the sweet malts and the light hop bitterness. Decent flavor, but again it follows the aroma and isn’t very IPA-like.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2013
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear orange body with a small white head. Aroma of grass, caramel, florals, and herbaceous notes. Flavor of grass, caramel, herbs, cardboard, and light citrus with a lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 11, 2013
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. Serving type: bottle 08-04-2012

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (10143) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle. Hazy medium orange amber with a generous and lasting frothy white head. Aroma is surprisingly muted for an IPA, none of the expected aggressive hoppy aromatics, mostly just sweet caramel with light florals. English toffee flavoured malts dominate here, with light floral hop notes and a slightly herbal bitter finish. A low-key IPA, but with a nice malt profile that I enjoyed anyway. I can see why hopheads may lament.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Imaena (2304) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle: Sub par IPA - lacks the hop wallop i expected and is a bit thin in the middle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thegreenrooster (4328) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pour is a cloudy amber with a large white head. Aroma is a pleasent hop and not much else. Flavor is way more malty with an ever so slight hop but finishes with a wierd sourness. This was more of an English style IPA but I’m thinking the brewer was not going for that. Kinda like someone’s first attempt at homebrewing an IPA.

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