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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 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 (3272) - 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 (5137) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (5666) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 6, 2014
750 ml bottle purchased at the Brewery. Bottle on 1-14-14, Batch 25 at 6.8%. Amber/ reddish color without any head retention. Nose is vegetable in nature with herbs and grass.

Flavor is similar to a green salad. Romaine lettuce, Italian spices, with just a light kick of habanera pepper in the finish. The heat is mild and not overdone. The texture is lightly syrupy and give all the herbs and spices some balance. Kind of a bit lighter in body. It’s kind of like drinking a spicy salad. It deliver exactly what the brewers say it is and because of that it really is a nice brew if you enjoy drinking something spicy. Well made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2014
$10 for the 750 mL bottle purchased from the source Tuesday evening. To oversized brandy snifter, it pours a murky, light brown-tinted firebrick scarlet with which a sudsy, off-beige head 1 finger in length stood. On label, it reads: "Alc. 6.8% by Vol. Batch #25. Bottled on: 1-11.14." Served just under 50°F. Aromas straightaway of Karo and blue agave syrups, vanilla extract, smoked mesquite, cheap rolling tobacco, buckwheat honey, fish oil, sage, and caramel malt. No pepper heat detectable on nose. Tastes the same with the addition of chili peppers, wheat grain, noble hops, and burnt wool. Cardamom, bitter orange peel, booze, and a lingering hot spiciness experienced by swallow. This is a ballsy, fun idea, but not a thoroughly great one, if I can be so bold. Not necessarily a "palate-wrecker", but certainly a brew wherein only a few limited food items should go fittingly with it during a hearty meal. Another captivating "WTF?!" kind of beer. Don’t drink alone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
anthony850 (448) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2014
On tap at brewery sweet beer with a hot kick build up great for Mexican food. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (993) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle thanks to bleeps. Pours a ruby red cloudy, white head. Aroma of Belgium yeast and malt sweetness. Taste is sweet, smooth, then heat takes over in the backebd. Good balance, lives to the name. Prob best spice beer I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (8020) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle thanks to Will! Pours a cloudy orange with thick white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is habanero peppers, pepper, and fruit. Medium mouthfeel with agave, peppers, and fruit. Not too much heat, easy to drink, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5082) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Cheers, John! Pours a hazy brown-amber with a beige head. Nose is big agave syrup- herbal/ earthy syrup sweetness followed by some fruity quality, and maybe some earthy peppers. Flavor starts off sweet then progresses to drier from agave to a bit of rye and then the assertive peppers kick in- right to the throat and burn for a little bit. One of the more assertive and aggressive pepper beers I’ve tried.Light to medium in body with ephemeral sweetness and lingering habanero burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2014
A slightly opaque dark amber body with a beige head that had great retention and nice lace. Aroma had a nice peppery rye presence initially. There was a hint of bitter hops and a slight hint if hot peppers. No real sense if aguve. Flavor was good. The spice note was restrained. It complemented the rye malts. Although there was a nice presence of hops they were not a main player. There was a slight sweetness in the finish which I can only assume is the aguve nectar. Good beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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