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Original Gravity 440 Pepper Smoker

Original Gravity 440 Pepper Smoker
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Amber Ale brewed with German smoked malt to give a pronounced, but well balance smoke profile. Fresh Jalapenos added during several stages of the brewing process gives this beer the bold Jalapeno flavor and aroma that marries perfectly with the smoke flavor from the malt.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1125) - Northville, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Pours a darker amber with an off-white head. Potent pepper aroma slightly restrained by malts. Flavor is nice chili pepper matched by some resiny smoke on a toasty malt base. All well-balanced and tasty, this avoids the excesses of some other chili beers well. I was thinking about this beer the rest of the night.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (602) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2014
On tap at Dan's. The pour on this is a nice amber shade, with a thin white head and solid lace. The aroma smells like pepper jack cheese. It's got a nice smokiness to it, but a booming jalapeño character. The woody smokiness is there from the start but it's just overpowered. The flavor is much of the same. The pepper dominates from the get go, and no matter how hard the smoke tries, it's crushed. Then there is a heat that moves in and cloaks the palate. The mouth feel is thin, and the flavor just lasts and lasts. There is a similar fashion with the heat. Not for me ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Smells exactly like pepper jack cheese, with hints of some dry smoked salami beside it - all appealing so. Non-translucent muddy brown. Very underhanded flavor for the style, and smoothly cheesy. Smoke comes in more as the flavor dwindles into the palate. A bit low in viscosity, but the peppery flavor maintains enjoyably.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mschwab505 (1) - - DEC 31, 2012 does not count
Smells of jalapeno fill the air, clear dark brown with a tan head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, PEPPER is the name, with a little bit of zip, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish that hangs with you

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
paintedmaple (420) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2012
On tap at the Blackthorn Pub, Holly,MI...Lots of smoke upfront which I liked, but zero Jalapeno flavor or hottness which was disapointing. Also, this stuff is pretty sweet with a more of root beer flavor than beer. Overall, I liked its smokey, root beerish weirdness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (2007) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear medium amber color with no head. Aroma is smokey jalepenos. Taste is exactly like it smells. I like it more than I usually like pepper beers. The finish is smoother than the usual pepper beer but you still get a slight burning. Pretty decent.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2012
On tap at brewpub
This was a train wreck waiting to happen but somehow it came out decently. I’m not usually a fan of jalapeno infused beers. Somehow this one works OK; if not for the sharp bite in the finish it would be easy to drink a pint.

Aroma / Appearance - Dense bronze fluid sticks to the sides of the glass. Wispy head spreads around the top like tufts of clouds. The jalapeno is sharp even in the nose. Smoky peppers cooked for too long in the deep fryer stick in the air.

Flavor / Palate - The intensity is just as present in the mouthfeel. Biting back from the first sip there is no delay at all before it begins to burn the throat. There is a finish like cold cigarette ash for extra depth. Overall it isn’t bad but this type of beer is not my thing.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9171) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Draft… RBSG/MBGSF… Murky caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The aroma is of a grass fire with smoked meat and a hint of caramel thrown in. Medium-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and subdued carbonation. The well-balanced, chipotle-like flavor offers loads of tasty malt and peppery warmth. Finishes crisp, mildly smoky and lightly sweet.

2.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mallons72 (164) - livonia, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2010
I strangely liked this beer. Jalapeno is very apparent. The smoke is overpowering. Tastes like drinking a campfire.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Sample at OG. Pours a hazy light brown with a medium beige head. Smoky aroma, but not quite hammy. Also a not-so-subtle note of dried hot peppers. Flavor of smoke (but once again not completely smoked meat; more like half ham and half smoked cheese without the creaminess) and dried jalapeno. Tastes like smoked pepperjack and I don’t really mind it. Bizarre brew that I was wary of trying, but glad I did.


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