degbert (1565) - 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 (68) - 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 (1827) - 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 (1822) - St. Louis, 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 (6607) - 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 (2870) - 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.
GTAEgeek (1750) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2011
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a pale yellow with a thin off-white head. The aroma is distinct chile, wheat, and light hops. The flavor is sweet and a little salty. The palate is light to medium, acidic, and a little bubbly. Overall, this is a clean and straightforward chile beer. The spiciness is mild.
DiarmaidBHK (4021) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle from Jubilation. Pours clear yellow with a thin white head that doesn’t linger very long. Big roasted chile pepper aroma. Massive but pleasant. Unfortunately most of that flavor disappears on the tongue. Watery finish.
smaynard6000 (921) - Apopka, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle at O’Niell’s. Tried this both out of curiosity and because a friend agreed to buy it if I would drink it. Small head on a clear light yellow beer. Aroma is mostly spicy and peppery. Flavor is just a bad combination of green chile and beer which are great when not mixed together. Doesn’t work for me.
SudsMcDuff (7660) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Casey, i still think you should have taken off the label before sharing with the group .. . Pours a deep yellow, sparse foam .. . aroma of jalapeno and bell peppers, with a touch of corn .. . flavour is the same as the nose, no real heat .. . i actually really liked this, and i don’t really care for chilli beers, would go nicely with fajitas .. . Brace yourselves gentlemen. According to the gas chromatograph, the secret ingredient is… Love!? Who’s been screwing with this thing?