TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flight on tap at Tribes (Mokena, IL). Pours a copper hue, popping glow in this bad boy, clear transparent body with a healthy tannish head that dies to a thick film, laces well. Aromas are earthy peppers, chiles, and touches of sweet and toasty malts mixed with a gentle cinnamon appeal. Nice firm pepper heat sits up. Initial is mellow earthy pepper up front, touches of smoke and heat, green chile, gentle to decent heat grows with more earth and smokey flavor. Touches of cinnamon, Big Red gum. Touches of malt fall by the wayside with the pepper taking on a firm flavor. Middle shows peppers, gentle to decent heat grows, which to me indicates great care in making a pepper beer as it grows as a slow wave, picking up earthy and gentle smoked chile flavors not to be outdone by a spicy cinnamon appeal. A nice synergy between the two flavors in my opinion. I can see some people absolutely hating this beer as the pepper is gentle and the cinnamon picks up some life in the back of the throat and grow a warming wave of spice. Finish is lingering spice and cinnamon, pepper on the palate. Up front shows that earthy chile but breaks way for the "Red Hot" part of the equation in the backend, finish, and lingering essence. They do play well off of each other. I enjoyed this beer, but can understand those who don’t.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Fiery orange body, thin off-white head. Hot nose with peppers. Toasty body, hot and peppery with cinnamon red-hots and vegetal peppers, finishing bitter and hot. Hints of caramel. The beer seemed lifeless and limp, the malts not firm enough to carry the heat.
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at GTMW. Pours a clear red with a light beige head. Candy malts some pepper spices on the nose. Spicy hot flavors. Taste those peppers. Hot odd, kinda like those red hots. But really who would want to drink a beer like that. Not too good. 7/3/5/3/11
HonkeyBra (3348) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the GTMW 2011. Pours reddish with an off-white head. Aroma of peppers, vegetables, and cinnamon candy. Really dominating aroma. Flavor is mildly spicy with tons of cinnamon and sugar. Heat peaks out towards the middle of this beer. Finishes on a vegetable note. Interesting beer.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Great Taste. This was kind of one of those fun and silly beers. Pours an amber/red with a hint of pink to it’s head. Nose is cinnamon and green peppers, some caramel. On tasting, there is less heat than I expected, but still a blast of cinnamon candy and true green jalapeno. The beer itself isn’t anything special overall, but still pretty fun. Alright.
arkurzynski (1503) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tipsy Cow Friday night pre-GTMW. Red in color. Spicy cinnamon and cracked pepper in the nose. Flavor is mostly cinnamon, pepper, acidity from the jalapeno. Very little malt sweetness poking through with the heat overwhelming the palate. Not overwhelmingly spicy, despite this. Acidic finish. Different for sure.
Drake (8442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft at the Tipsy Cow in Madison, WI at the GTMW pre-party. Pours a hazy red color with a medium creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of big red pepper notes. The taste is toasted malts, caramel, red hot pepper finish. Medium bodied.