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Rye ale brewed with agave nectar and aged on habanero peppers ABV: 7.0% Brewed with rye malts that bring their own natural spice, this invigorating cerveza gets its zesty kick and peppery flavor from habanero peppers that we add after fermentation. Agave nectar, produced in Mexico, helps to sweeten and lighten the body, while our Belgian house yeast strain tempers the beer’s fiery disposition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaBeer1972 (1506) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2015
On tap at Lord Hobo. A deep golden amber brew. Off white head. Huge aroma of sweet and spicy peppers. Flavor is mild and somewhat sweet at first, but the pepper really hits on the finish. Spice becomes more apparent with each sip, and takes over by the end. Very interesting stuff, but not something I’d try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (7215) - Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2015
750 ml bottle shared by a friend after installing brakes on my car. Pours a murky brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have pretty sizable peppery heat, but not offensive, some agave nectar sweetness, mild Belgian character, I got a tea note toward the finish, not something I would revisit, but I think as a pepper beer it’s decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1421) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Deep red pour with mahogany and peack tones. Aroma of grain, fruit, and of course peppers! Flavor is awesome. Very spicy, but also with sweet notes of dark fruit and honey. Full, firey and fruity. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (14682) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2014
Draft at the brewery taproom. Pours cloudy, rich gold with a fine, white cream head. Dried green chilies in the aroma with hints of citrus. Light-medium sweet flavor with quick, up-front chili pepper heat, then some doughy bread and hints of brown sugar. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Sturdy chili pepper finish with mild yeast and rich, lightly doughy bread, some toasted sugars, hints of cocoa. Pretty decent chili beer. Hot, certainly, but not outrageous. I thought it was good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Amber pour, off white head. Spicy. Very pepper forward. The burn Kept going. As it warned I got some honeyed notes, light Belgian yeast. Just a bit too much heat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sailracer (447) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle. I’m not usually a fan of the chili pepper beers, but this one wasn’t bad. It has a pleasant chili burn and a flavor with a nice balance between bitter and sweet. A pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (5086) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle. Golden pour with white head. Agave, some fruit and malty aromas. Spicy pepper flavors dominate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rweingarten (46) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2014
This beer was a fun pour with immediate hotness. The spiciness stayed on throughout the drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (2897) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2014
750 ml bottle thanks to WillRunForBeer. Pours a beautiful reddish-amber color with a big frothy head that fades quickly to a ring. Aroma are smokey peppers, cereal, mango, bubblegum, and herbs. Taste has strong habanero pepper heat to mix with some light cereal sweetness and bubblegum. Peppers are a bit too strong in this but it’s still pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4414) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2014
On draught around Boston and at the brewery, 2013/2014
Chestnut brown body shows a good clarity with light auburn tints to it. Light beige/tan head is well-retained, especially for a chili beer.
Light biscuity/nutty malt and rye notes in the nose, with a hint of sweetness and a bit of chili pepper-like spiciness on the end. A touch of fruitiness from the yeast esters. Very mellow and softened by the yeast, as claimed.
Spicy rye and red pepper notes up front with a soft, supple body and creamy, tight carbonation. Light vanilla and cream-like maltiness balances perfectly and the slow building but very spicy habanero burn kicks in on the finish. Assertively spicy but really nicely balanced and drinkable (assuming you can handle chili pepper heat). One of the best chili pepper beers out there. It’s great that they put a lot in to the beer aspect of it, and it shows.
It’s a shame seeing all these worthless Danish ratings of the beer. Wish they could all just be deleted.

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