Scopey (5307) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Craft Islington. Lively! It pours cloud orange with a medium yellow-white head. The nose is juicy, creamy orange, mango, passion fruit, pepper and minerals. The taste is orange peel, grapefruit, spice, dough, nacho, minerals, jalapeno and a touch of astringency with a lingering spicy finish. Medium body and lively carbonation. Fun, interesting and pretty tasty.
sebletitje (6238) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Hoppy Loft.
Dorée légèrement trouble, col blanc-cassé épais.
Arôme est de suite centré sur le piment avec un bouquet généreux de Jalapeno que je trouve tout bonnement super. Le tout garde un petit côté fleuri qui, pour moi, rappelle un peu le sureau.
Palais est, ici aussi, à fond dans l’idée de l’épice et cela fonctionne. Jalapeno est idéal pour une bière de ce faible niveau. La chaleur arrive en toute fin de bouche et perdure sans pour cela être trop dérangeante.
Theydon_Bois (6541) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Craft Clerko, 27/01/14.
Hazed orange amber with a moderate off white covering that thins to a swirl.
Nose is big on green pepper, grassy, spice, toasty malt, orange notes, light mango.
Taste comprises orange pith, touch of green pepper - nowhere near as intense as the nose, hoppy tinge, spice, mango.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, grassy bitterness and spice at the curtain call.
Decent balance for this one, subtle chilli heat in the closure, well done for a chilli beer.
EdKing (1718) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg in CBC Clerkenwell, Meet the Brewer event. Colour is almost but not quite amber, with a thin white head. Texture looks slightly oily in the glass. Nose is remarkable. Big hit of jalapeño chilli, sweet corn, grain malt, little grassiness. On the taste it’s more vegetal, hot jalapeño and quite savoury with the sweet corn.
teorn88 (1913) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at the Evil Twin MTB event at CBC Clarkenwell. It pours a golden body with a medium white head. Aroma is spicy with notes of corn and veggies, jalapenos and light grass. Taste is balanced between some grassy bitterness and some grainy sweetness, with big notes of freshly cut jalapeno peppers. It doesn’t get much more true to the name than this. Medium bodied with good carbonation. An interesting one, but not to my likes.
maneliquor (2729) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at CBC Clerkenwell at the Evil Twin meet the brewer event. To be fair I wasn’t expecting much when it came to this but it was actually quite a bit better than I thought it would be. Huge jalapeño and spice. It actually smells like a nacho. Not much else to be had. Basically nacho/pizza/Mexican food as a beer
Chad9976 (1067) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a mug. There was no freshness date. It cost $1.99 ($0.09 per ounce).
Appearance: Bright, clear golden hue with plenty of visible carbonation. Pours to a large, white, soap sudsy head which laces and retains well.
Smell: Fresh jalapeno peppers and some citrusy hops.
Taste: I should disclaim this review by mentioning the bottle I’m reviewing is possibly from an infected batch. My beer store marked it down from $10.99 to $1.99 and advised me to open it over the sink. Thankfully, it was not a bottle rocket, though it did pour to a huge layer of foam. I was able to finesse the pour well enough to not waste much of the beer. That being said, the beer itself doesn’t taste contaminated in any way. It’s just a simple palette of pale ale and fresh jalapeno peppers which create for a very strong, earthy, rustic, and of course spicy flavor. Though, I wouldn’t describe it as a hot brew per se.
I’m a fan of spicy food and I grow my own peppers every summer, so I’m familiar with the way fresh ones taste. I was quite surprised that Evil Twin Spicy Nachos has a taste so similar to freshly-sliced peppers. It’s a distinct taste that’s much different from those from a jar, as well as simple pepper flavoring. You can almost taste the soil. Though I’m not sure if that’s quite a compliment.
The beer is a pale ale at the base and does have noticeable pale maltiness as well as some lemony hop character. The genuine core brew becomes more noticeable as I become accustomed to the peppery spice and warmth, though those two flavor combinations never lighten up. I would say this beer is more spicy than it is hot, but it’s probably only enjoyable by capsaicin connoisseurs. As a beer it’s more interesting than it is truly good, though that’s often true of novelty beers.
Drinkability: I guess it goes without saying that Evil Twin Spicy Nachos is a pretty intense beer. There’s definitely a prickly, warming sensation from the overt jalapeno character, but that’s to be epected. I found myself able to drink it in rather large sips, though there was a warmth that lingered in the throat after each pull. Otherwise, it has the body of a standard pale ale - crisp and dry. The 5.5% ABV weight is almost irrelevant - you’re not going to be drinking this in large quantities.
TBone (11753) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @Beer Hunters
Slightly hazy orange color, good cloudy white head. Strong, grassy chili aroma. Medium-bodied. Lots of chili, fruityness and chili burn in the aftertaste. Kind of good way Jalapeños in this beer. For chiliheads.
crazyvin (1840) - New York, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A slight cloudy golden body with a very large white head. The head was almost 60% of the beer. I do not think I shook it. Aroma had a nice happy profile. Mild citrus and pine notes. Nice hot peppery note. Flavor was nice and hoppy and the jalapeño peppers were hotter then I expected. Nice and assertive. Smooth finish. Aside from the giant head a good beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
CanIHave4Beers (2880) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden with a real nice head there brother.
The aroma is of roasted jalapenos, it’s a little fruity, and mild... but inviting.
The flavor has quite a good bit of jalapeno character, it’s got a nice fruity hoppiness as well. The malt character is noticeable, crisp and clean, but it’s generally buried beneath the spicy jalapeno pepper flavor.
Fun, shelf beer, but fun.