FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at 1702, Tucson; August 2011
Arrives with a frothy, large bubbled, quickly disappearing, off-white colored head. The beer is a pale gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, very light, straw-gold color when held up to the light. I could just be imagining it, but a distinct note of roasted green chiles is noticeable as this is set down on the table, but an actual smell of the aroma smells more of sweet corn, herbal (not really roasted) green chile and perhaps a touch of fruitiness, and some spicy, peppery like character. The beery aromatics of this beers nose are actually pretty lame, but the green chile adds enough of an interest that I am even liking the balance that the base beer brings to the aroma.
Very light bodied, this along with the sweetness reminds me quite a bit of a simplistic, industrial hard cider, though one that isnít overly sweet. The chile flavor is quite subtle, there is just a hint of green chile flavor through the finish and perhaps just a hint of chile heat that is noticeable after a bt that lingers very subtly on the palate. Flavor of green corn (I am sure the chiles influence this). The flavor is quite noticeable for having almost no perceptible hop character; neither a bitterness or hop flavor is really here. The chile character perhaps attempts to replace the missing hop character, but in reality there is not enough chile character to the flavor to provide enough balance to the sweet grain / malt flavors. The green chile becomes a bit more noticeable as the beer warms, and while noticeable, it is still not quite as distinct as I might like.
Interesting, but I really wish more of the roasted chile character was here, and in general this could use a whole lot more chile in the flavor and aroma. I wouldnít mind a bit more of a characterful base beer either, though this wouldnít be nearly as noticeable if this had been more of a prominent green chile gimmick beer. Said another way, the current base beer needs a whole lot more green chile flavor to be a good attempt at a gimmick beer, to actually be a good beer though both the chile flavor needs to be boosted and the base beer needs to completely change to something with a whole lot more character (even a porter would work if the roasted green chile was done properly).
LilBeerDoctor (3543) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the ABQ brewpub. Pours a clear yellow with a small white head. Aroma of crackery malt and a hint of green chile. Flavor of crackery malt with green chile and salsa notes in the finish. Light heat, very tasty. Very drinkable for a chile beer, the heat is on the mild side. Good stuff.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
10/27/10 at azwine.
yellowy orange with a white head which leaves behind some spotty foam.
the aroma is sweet and malty mixed with mild green chile and corn.
it tastes like a tortilla chip coated in lime and salt.... along with a defined mild chile earthiness. itís not terrible but by no means is it desirable. 4/3/4/3/10
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle-pours an off white head and hazy yellow/gold color. Aroma is chile, secondary grain. Taste is chile, secondary sweet grain/light malt. At front of palate, slight initial warming, none at back end. OK carbonation. Smooth.
marcus (7818) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 7, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from beerboxer. Pours clear yellow with a modest white head and a light floral aroma. There is a thin pale malt flavor with a slightly peppery finish.
That1Guy (2090) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crushed at GABF í10. Decent chili aroma and flavor. Some good heat in it, but itís pretty unspectacular. This is no Ghost Face Killah, but itís aight.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2011
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a pale clear gold with fast fading fizzy white head. Aroma of green chili and grainy malt, not bad. Flavor was more grainy, sweet water then it was chili. Light, watery mouthfeel with high carbonation. Overall, it just seems like it did not overcome the sweet grain water vs spice.....
Sledutah (6184) - Utah, USA - MAY 19, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle from Plaza liquors in Tucson
Appearance: Clear yellow with a medium sized white head and some lacing
Aroma: Chili peppers
Taste: Light chilies and pale malts, bathwater
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I really have no idea what Iím getting into with this beer. Tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo and I picked up what I initially thought would be your basic Mexican Lager (Cerveza is Spansih, after all). But a closer inspection of the label informs me that this is a berr with green chili flavor. No other pertinent information is available, which means no ABV, etc. Let me just say that Iíve had my share of chili beers that Iíve liked (Rogue Chipotle, Weston Labs #2, Flat Branch Green Chili, etc.), but more often than not theyíre revolting (Cave Creek Chili Beer). Letís see what this guy has to say. Pours a light straw thatís crystal clear, with a big foamy head that dies as quickly as it begins. So far so good. It looks like beer. First aroma is stale green chili and not much else. First taste is weird. Thereís this very metallic and mineral aftertaste and not much else, except maybe a little bit of chili heat (nothing overwhelming) at the end. Second taste yields a bit more flavor, as both the beer character and the green chile flavor are finessed. Iím glad this thing isnít the palate destroyer that I had feared when first opening the bottle, but Iím also a bit disappointed that itís not a bit more substantial. This beer would be killer with some nice pork tacos or other spicy Mexican food. On itís own itís a little bit of a let down.
Padron4KM (702) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle, no freshness date noted.
Hazy golden with no head and no lace.
Roasted green chili dominates, but here is some skunky stuff underneath.
Not much going on in the flavor department. Mostly mild roasted green chili.
Finish has nice low and slow burn, needs some pork. Might be better as a marinade, or maybe an accompaniment to some Juevos Rancheros.