FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is really a hard review for me. I’m a huge fan of all things spicy and a huge fun of beer but I’m having a hard time dissecting the way in which they mix here. Had it on tap at the brewhouse along side a Gale Force.
The body is a hazy burnt orange with a finger of dense white head. Good lacing. Every thing seems in order in that respect.
The nose had me wondering... there was an obvious malt presence that seemed balanced enough, but it was overshadowed by the smell of the peppers. And not in the way you would expect - no real spice, more like sweet bell peppers.
The taste took a similar direction. Up front there were some soft, basic malt notes. But then a wave of vegetable bits that then get snuffed out by the one redeeming aspect of the taste for me: immense heat.
I actually enjoyed the prolonged burn of the serranos and habaneros, but I can certainly see how this could be a turn off for some.
Overall, I sort of hope that the veggie bits were a mistake and not the norm, as I found lots of potential in every other corner of this beer.
Nuffield (3801) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2011
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
I don’t get how people can say "not drinkable" and then still give this beer a respectable rating. This beer has some positive attributes--the creativity with ten peppers, the attempt to give this beer a backbone, etc. But at the end of the first sip every corner of my mouth was stinging, and a lingering burn affected my mouth for minutes. The spicy nose should give it away, but in case it doesn’t, this beer is HOT, HOT, HOT. Way too hot for me to enjoy. Therefore, rating it hedonistically, it can’t be a well-rated beer. (on tap at brewpub)
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Aroma is very peppery with not much else besides. Flavor is Serrano, habenero, and jalepeno peppers with quite a lot of heat. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Certainly not for everyone as this is quite a unique, spicy brew.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark reddish orange with white head. Aroma is...peppers! Jalapeno and serrano in the forefront, but its just a very peppery beer, complete with vegetal and spicy notes. Taste is nice juicy peppers up front, the spice kicks in and takes over from there, and then finishes fairly smoky and dry. Its an interesting beer, but it really gets detracted because its hard to drink more than a glass. Not too spicy for me but could see how it would be for some...
timbeer (69) - Rosemount, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Bomber from my sister-in-law - thanks for thinking of me Carol and Darcy!.
A quite nice looking beer - very clear and bright with a nice reddish hue but no head at all. Some carbonation, but no head. Roasted peppers dominate the aroma and then I took a sip. Whoa! Think really cold but really hot all at the same time. Swish it around in your mouth and your whole mouth will BURN. I broke out in a sweat - and right now it’s -27 out. YES - 27 below zero.
Light mouthfeel and a lasting burn down the throat. No Hops, No malt, the peppers dominate the entire length of the drink.
Tough to rate. I could not drink the entire glass because I was sweating so bad.
I like peppers - but not in my beer.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Tap] Part of the brewpub sampler in August. Pours an amber/orange color with very little carbonation and no head. Aroma of hot peppers and maybe some light biscuits. Taste is like biting into a ripe pepper, with warming permeating every part of your mouth. More balanced than the typical pepper beer though. It is one of the more intense pepper flavored beers, but the marzen character of the malts cuts into that heat a little bit. The spicy/peppery finish lasts for a long, long time. Great to try, but not sure if I could drink a whole lot of this.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear raging red, with an orange fringed and no head. Aroma is peppery, with that rubbery fresh pepper skin character. Uh Oh. Flavor burns immediately burns my tongue and throat. Searing. Holy crap. Lots of jalapeno and almond. Hot. Just hot. Again, like the other wildfire. Finishes with some unexpected hop character. Quite surprising that it shows through. Not drinkable, but fun.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
How do you rate this? First beer i tried at ABR. Smells of peppers, weird, huh? Really hot stuff, burns about everything it touches, including warming my gut for about ten minutes after. Very light body to it, which really makes all the peppers stand out even more. Good stuff, just not the most drinkable cause of the heat.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A toned down lager version of Wildfire ale. Well maybe toned down some, but not a whole lot, thankfully. Hot damn, I love this stuff!
Pours a clear copper red, with just a thin cap of white foam. No head retention, no lacing. Hot chile juice in the aroma. Yes, you can smell the heat.
This is the second hottest beer I have ever tried - last year’s Wildfire Ale being the hottest. This one’s close. It actually has less heat up front than last year’s version, but then it hits you midsip and a nice burn gets going in your mouth, on your tongue, lips, lungs, eyes, ears, etc. The malt presence must be there, but it is overshadowed by the peppers.
Lighter body, very clean, smooth, and moderate carbonation. Hot pepper aftertaste lasts a good long time. And then some.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper Coloring with Creamy, Dark Sandy Ring and a Light Skin. A Raw and Threateningly Potent Pepper Aroma. It’s Enough to Make the Weak of Heart Tread no Farther. I Continued on the Promise that Because This Version was Lagered it Would be Smoother and Roughly 25% Less Like Hell Than its’ Counterpart, Wildfire Ale. Hoops Must Have Been Feeling Particularly ’Ev-il’ that Day...It’s Less Hot and Scarring As the Ale, but Only to a ’Just Noticeable Degree’. An Unabating Burning of Peppers in the Mouth and Throat Is All one Can Taste. They Gave it to you as a Chaser to their Bloody Mary’s in the Red Star Lounge. Too Hot for My Blood.