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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A smokey amber ale designed in collaboration with Chef John Gorham of Toro Bravo, this beer is intended to pair with his restaurant’s spicy, rich, and layered tapas menu. For additional resonance between the beer and John’s food, we used a touch of Espelette pepper in the brew kettle.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2013
On draught at Breakside 2/16 for Zwickelmania 2013. Red amber in color. Full-bodied taste with a smokey, peppery spice to it. Surprisingly easy-drinking.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hungover (59) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2016
Very caramelly and almost creamy. Thick and lowly carbonated. Really nice. No head and sessionable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3762) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2016
Hazy amber,lasting beige head.Nose of light malt/hops.Pleasant sweet malt start,medium hop bitterness

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
chriszfat (82) - Lake stevens, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2016
From a bomber. Pours clear amber with substantial head. Aroma is mild to non existant. Drinks light with not much of a finish. Has slight build of the chili bit mot much. Needs something more.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ddemmingjr (795) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Bottle at home watching the cavs game. Pours clear dark golden, off white head. Not a ton going on in the nose. Mild vegetable notes. Some warming heat eventually but kind of bland in general ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2588) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Pours deep amber with a finger of off-white head. Caramel malt and smoky, peppery goodness. Quite complex and not overly spicy.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7202) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/creamy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of butter, frosting, vegetables/chiles. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly to moderately burning. Not a lot happening in the nose, seemingly some diacetyl though, and as with most chile beers I really don’t understand why you’d want a vegetal note in beer, it just makes it smell off, akin to DMS. The flavor balance errs on the sweet side but as expected it’s somewhat burning in the aftertaste, which they may have intended to try to help balance the sugars. Overall kind of unpleasant and clunky.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lagerboy (1856) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2015
Bomber. Clear orange copper, creamy fine off-white foam settles and lasts. Lightly spiced toasted caramel malt aroma. Taste is lightly sweet lean caramel malt and not much else, no hops, no heat. Average carbonation, thin bodied, low hopped. Disappointing. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nocturne (1709) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Tap at Bakushu Club Popeye, Tokyo. Reddish orange shade. Short head. Piney hops throughout. Did not know that this was brewed with peppers and found the heat strange. Now that I know, I can say that their attempt was successful, but that it doesn’t make for a great beer. Intriguing but not for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
floqqulator (4) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2015 does not count
Bomber. Light amber copper in color. Rich, earthy taste. Good, balanced smoked chile flavors. Subtle and lingering slow burn. Tastes like a sun-drenched dirt field, in a good way.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9016) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
On tap @ Manito, Spokane. Our final destination after hitting 12 breweries on the NW Ale Trail for TvM’s bachelor party. Red-orange hue, earthy caramel aroma and flavour, soft ripe tropical fruit nuances, peppery capsicum note in the finish. No heat that I could detect, but a really nicely flavoured amber.


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