iowaherkeye (2636) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 From a growler picked up @ the brewery about fifteen minutes ago. Pours a clear amber with highlights of gold with a small fading light beige head in my new Sam Adams glass (dunno the type of glass--a glorified English pint/tulip). Aroma of bell/jalapeño peppers, celery, black peppers, and some light sweet flower petals. A slight bit of honey comes through as well. Flavor up front is vegetal with spicy jalapeños, flowers, some light citrus tang, a little bit of crackers, and a semidry clean finish. Not really any bitterness noted. The more you drink, the more the heat builds, but doesn’t get overbearing (my gf has no tolerance for heat, and she still thought this was pretty good). Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. This would be excellent with the Indian cuisine from this place, or any spicy food, actually. The only downfall would be that the beer wouldn’t cut the heat at all. My friends I shared the growler of this with were all sketchy at first, but all three thought this was really good. Update:I’m not sure if it was the "flower petals" that I wrote about earlier, but there is some definite incense mixed into this brew. You know how at Indian restaurants you can smell the curry and incense? That’s in this brew--minus the curry.
bu11zeye (11113) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Could smell the fresh jalapeno aroma from a distance. Flavor of jalapenos without the kick that burns. An excellent pepper beer! ...and I did not think I woud ever say that.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a rich golden color that almost approaches amber. White head is generous and has good staying power. Aroma is outstanding: jalapeno, sure, but the aroma of fresh green peppers, not a synthetic nightmare. The flavor is the best part. This beer is NOT a novelty "let’s see how hot we can make it so that only manly men will finish a glass." This is amazingly drinkable for a pepper beer. As balanced as you are ever going to find in a chili ale. Hops are there, you just don’t taste anything much after the pepper oils hit. Also the ever-present gypsum as with all the beers from this brewer. A couple sips of water and you can get back to the raspberry wheat even. If you are into jalapeno beers, I agree with Braudog, this is about as good as you are going to get.
arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is basically an uninteresting amber beer loaded with jalapeno flavor and bite. Interesting idea, but doesn’t go much further than a novelty, and it’s not something I would need to have ever again unless pairing it with specific foods. Clear and fresh tasting, the aroma was jalapeno all the way. The pepper hits the flavor too, with some crisp barley backbone and a barely-noticable hop finish. No head. Definitely one to try.
Braudog (5026) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
You can smell this coming at least 2 feet away. They serve this with a jalapeno slice on the rim of the glass, but you hardly need the reminder that this is abundant with peppers. It’s an amber beer with a clearly evident pepper aroma that may intimidate. But the beer is, surprisingly, not super hot. Instead, you get a very warming pepper flavor with just the right finish of heat at the back of your throat. Can’t think of a better way to accompany some of Jaipur’s less spicy Indian fare.