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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 10   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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This light-bodied ale has an amazing chili aroma that jumps out at you. We infuse this beer with fresh Serrano, Habenero, Jalapeno, Anaheim, and Fresno chili peppers. Surprisingly, the chili flavor is strong but not overpowering and comes through without lending too much heat. Billy’s Chilies is a very drinkable beer and pairs perfectly with chicken, steak and especially tacos. It finishes dry with a spiciness that will leave you thirsty for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike! Pours a hazy, golden color; white head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Huge amounts of fresh peppers in the aroma; spicy, authentic, hugely vegetal; this is actually surprisingly nice; like fresh roasted green and red peppers. Lots of heat / spiciness in the mouth; medium mouthfeel, with a huge pepper presence; light carbonation; green peppers, habaneros, and pepper seeds; lots of solid warmth and legitimate pepper presence. Actually quite nice overall. Medium finish: touches of wheatiness and loads of lasting fresh pepper hotness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Clear straw yellow colored body. Huge, instant nose of pickled jalapeno peppers, like sticking your nose into a jar… the jalapeno/pickle juice note is raw, intense and true to the character of the chiles, though there’s little in the way of wheat beer behind the peppers, aroma-wise. For flavor, it’s mostly mild up front for the first second, becoming peppery (black pepper) and tangy and prickly on the middle and back of the tongue, but never really getting hot. Comes across as acidic heart-burn at times, but again, never really gets hot. For what it is, it’s actually a pretty nice representation of the flavor of the chiles, but tends more towards pickled jalapenos rather than a more pulp/fruit flavor of the others. Biting and sharp towards the end, not terrible by any means, but ultimately simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Courtesy of arcdz. Clear pale straw body with a small white head. The nose is fresh chopped peppers. The flavor is mostly chili peppers, but a bit watery otherwise. Meidum/light body is a bit thin with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2008
Bottle (22oz). Shared by blankboy with GregClow, jerc and tupalev. Hazy flat-looking light yellow pour, Sour light aroma of green peppers, spicy, quite earthy - okay, more like dirt than "earth." Taste - not that bad, light, stick sweet golden malt and mild fresh ripe jalapeños - not great, but not horrid. Thin and acidic mouthfeel, the pepper heat is there, just not overwhelming - it even seems to want to be sweet and a little sticky. Again, not great, but not horrible - almost like beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GregClow (2881) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev & jerc - courtesy of blankboy. Slightly hazy light yellow-gold. Aroma of fresh green chilies with a hint of cheese. Thin, watery body. Flavour - wow, this is a bit disappointing - I was expecting/dreading having my palate ripped by some overpowering chili heat, but it’s pretty mellow. Just a light, inoffensive beer with a bit of chili heat. A decent novelty beer for Tex-Mex restaurants, I guess, but nothing I’ll be looking for again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Spicy bell pepper nose. Small head and light gold color. Cornmeal sweetness, with mild heat, no distinguishable bitterness. Light carbonation, thin body, but somewhat crisp--even with the heat. Actually pretty nice for a chili beer, great with Mexican food, not too overwhelming.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
blankboy (6030) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2008
My bottle (22oz) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- courtesy of Kevin. Looking at someone else’s pour and it looks...well, not good. Pours a pale murky yellow with lots of little floaties and a spare white head. Aroma: Yeah, I’m not liking this, it smells like a jalapeno cheese dip -- no resemblance to beer whatsoever. Flavour’s a bit better, it’s drinkable at least and not burning, but I still don’t like it -- basically a bland beer with some jalapeno peppers. Thin watery body. Definitely better then the Cave Creek Chili but I still would never, ever drink this again. Me no likey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2008
2008-06-11. Hazy pastel yellow, thin film of a white head. Green peppers up front in the aroma, spicy, a lot of jalapeño nacho cheese dip character to it. Surprisingly bland flavour to start out, hot peppers in the back grow with each reluctant sip. Thin. Novelty, did not finish, but it was a lot less bad than it could have been. Bottle shared by Blankboy

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2008
22oz bottle acquired in trade with Kevin (thanks!). Poured a lighter yellow color with a very small sized white head. Aromas of, you guessed it, peppers (lots of different kinds) and mexican food. Tastes of peppers but not as strong as the aromas. The peppers where there but not in an overly offensive way. Thin body. Hey Tom, because of that comment, I’m going through my top shelf beers tonight :)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
egajdzis (5312) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Poured a clear golden color with no head and a minimal white head. Aroma of fresh green pepper, perhaps some corn and a bit of toffee as well. Taste was sweeter malt, a bit of corn, and a green pepper finish. Medium hot. Funny comment there Tom.

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