arjoseph (639) - 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 (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, 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.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from iowaherkeye. Thank you Joey. I love pepper beers. Poured a clear medium orange color. Head was white and reduced over a few minutes to a thin film. Aroma was of subdued, but distinct chiles and a whiff of honey touched cereal grain. Dry, hot, and spicy on the tongue. There was mild to moderate spiciness up front with a green vegetable flavor and distinct chile pepper. The chile flavor mingled with some grassy hops and biscuity malt. As expected, the flames were fanned each time I took a sip. By the end of the glass my mucous membranes were on fire. Solid chile beer.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handbottled bomber from Iowaherkeye - thanks a million, Joey! Crystal clear amber with a slight head that left in a hurry - I might have snoozed on this one just a bit too long. Still, a few bubbles rise to the top, so it’s not completely still. Nose is fresh cut jalapeño pepper, just a mild doughy base to back it up. Flavor is nice, fresh jalapeño - pepper haters need not apply, for sure. The only pepper burn in way at the back of the throat. Not overly hot, mind you, but you certainly know it’s there. Once the pepper flavor subsides a bit, a fairly solid brew emerges - a bit of doughy bread, some lightly floral hop. This beer is all about the pepper integration, though, and it’s done well. Someone send Cave Creek a bottle, and quick...
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler courtesy of iowaherkeye. Pours amber/copper with some sparse white carbonation. Smells of jalapenos, some smoke, some citrus and biscuit elemets. They did a really good job capturing both the heat and the vegetal qualities associated with this pepper on the nose. Tastes of a nice blend of citrus with a punch of hot pepper. Amazingly, I can also taste the pepper itself, not just the bite from the heat. Some grassy and lemony hints are also present. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish gives a nice bite at the back of the throat but does not thrash my palate. While the base beer isn’t anything to write home about, the pepper is done very well which is the reason for my high score. Excellent usage of jalapenos!
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a grolwer, thanks for sharing, iowaherkeye. The body was medium copper. The aroma was obvious up front with the jalepenos. This reminded me of nachos. There was also a nice doughy note. The taste was light bread crust with low jalepeno spice that you felt in the back of your throat. There was also a subtle hint of hay. Medcinal notes come out, but in a pleasant way. The thin body made this very drinkable. A really nice pepper beer.
iowaherkeye (2696) - 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.
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.
bu11zeye (11971) - 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.