agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2012
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma - roasted green chile;
Appearance - light golden, quickly nonexistent head, no lacing at all;
Taste - subtle green chile front, mild malt back, finish has a faint roasted profile, absolutely no heat throughout;
Palate - slightly crisp, weak body;
Overall - an extremely poor effort at one of my favorite styles.
OldMrCrow (1998) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at El Farol in Santa Fe.
Light pour, strong chile nose Fairly thin mouthfeel, not hot, just chile flavored, which is alright, even interesting, with the first sip, but is pretty much down hill from there. Like a tuba sonata, my friend remarked --- amazing that it can be done not unpleasantly.
Ibrew2or3 (7146) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle opens with a whimper and pours out clear deep gold with almost no head. The aroma offers up lots of chili pepper meat with just hints of beer like notes. The taste is similar with firm levels of chili pepper meat and only mild bits of capsicum heat. The chili pepper lingers for just a moment or two when the taste just recedes away. Cool brew where the “beer” notes are at just noticeable levels but the chili pepper is delivered with lots a great aroma and flavor. Solid crisp summer time brew.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours pale yellow. As described, this has quite the roasted and almost smoked chili aroma and even reminds me of some tomatoes. Flavor is similar only less intense. No heat and some sweetness on the back end. Really not too bad for a chili and I really enjoyed the aroma-more like food than beer.
degbert (1222) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours an apple-juice gold with no -- repeat, NO -- head. The nose is very, very green -- canned jalapeno and some toast predominant. The flavor is good enough, I suppose; fair lager mixed with green pepper, somewhere between jalapeno, poblano, and Anaheim. No real heat to it at all, but a slight tingle on the finish. It’s all right, and to say that about a chile beer is a reach.
DrSamPHD (67) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - FEB 15, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My first rating in a very long time. Thought I’d come back with something different. Poured into a pint glass, a very faint pigment, yellowish color. Typical light beer with minimal head. Aroma smells of chili pepper and salsa, kinda like a tex-mex restaurant. The flavor is light with a hint of salse. Pretty refreshing. Would make for a good summer beer.
seymour (1495) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2012
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tasted from bottle into tulip glass, thanks gregwilsonstl! Poured a clear light golden color with small off-white foam which quickly subsided, no lace. I would’ve preferred more color and head retention. Strong green chili pepper aroma, definite adjunct corn, no discernable hops. Weak pale malt flavor with overpowering green chili pepper taste. First drink is interesting: like vegetarian fajitas on corn tortillas, but the impression quickly goes downhill from there. Worsens as it warms. I was glad to sample my first beer from New Mexico, and I love the concept of experimenting with indigenous ingredients, but Rio Grande didn’t pull-off a quality brew here, unfortunately. Lacked complexity and balance; just way too much of the one unusual ingredient.
gregwilsonstl (1167) - Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2012 Very strong green chile aroma and taste. This tastes like an enchilada in a bottle....or maybe velveeta and rotel. Very faint head, no lacing. Very delicious at first, but halfway through the bottle, it got old quick. This is a taco bell beer.
AmEricanbrew (6030) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 9, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear golden color/ fleeting white head. Green chili, pale malt aromas. Light bodied with average co2. Corn, pale male, pale lager flavors with very mild chili--weak on the chili
troyc (2585) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
[Bottle] Pours a very light yellow color with a fizzy and quickly receding head. Mild dusty malts, peppers and earthy hop aroma. The taste is that of a pale lager with some peppers mixed in. Lingering sweet pepper finish. I appreciate the fact that the heat is not over the top here. It comes off as more vegetal and green pepper-like, which is somewhat unappatizing in this brew.