jthg (84) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow. What an amazing beer! First, the beer greets you in the nose with a wonderful pepper aroma. Correction, slaps you in the face with a SPICY peppery aroma. And, this is coming from a slightly cloudy pale beer. The beer enters the mouth smooth, with a bit of pepper - not as much as the aroma would let on and leaves the throat with a bit of heat.
This is truley a beer for hot pepper fans. There isnít malt or hops for these peppers to hide behind!
If you donít like peppers or donít think that peppers have any place in beer, there is some simple advice a sage friend of mine said: donít buy a pepper beer and expect it to taste like something other then peppers. The peppers in this beer come through amazingly well!
dmac (3688) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Crossroads. Damn this is hot, do these guys make real beer or just novelty heat seekers?? This one poured a very light honey amber bodr body with a larger foamy off white head that had average lasting power. Aroma was fresh peppers, grains, sweeter honey topped breads, corn and dry grass. Body seems to be medium but with this heat itís a bit hard to tell as everything is rather hot. Flavor is the same as the aroma, with a touch more pepper heat, and more ligering pepper hottness. This is good but hotttttt.
EithCubes (4571) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, twist-off crown. I approach this as a fan of their Ghost Face, though that position may end up hurting me if I underestimate this as a little brother. Nothing but earthy, green, really organic and vegetal peppers in the nose, lightly smoky and inviting, but the latter really only as a food source. Pours clear pale yellow with average carbonation and a fizzy white head thatís short-lived. Light body but not watery, the swirl of the first sip in the mouth doesnít make an impression, but the really flavorful and immediate mild burn in the throat certainly does. Again, green and earthy, lots of rich little wrinkles and flavor developments, the blend of peppers seems expertly chosen and is really the strength of this beer. Even has a clean, bready finish! Calm, simple mf, not nearly as oily as I expected, but the base beer does what itís supposed to do, support and then get out of the way. I love the balance here despite the growing strength of the heat with accumulated volume, and despite warnings I think I could drink several bottles of this in an evening, and without going slowly. They really dialed the levels in perfectly, just nailed it. Fresh and delicious!
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2013
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle. Mostly clear yellow-orange pour with minimal head. Warm peppers on the aroma and taste - too bad I hate that in a beer. Pretty spicy, especially late. Not my thing.
jbuskirk (273) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2013
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I canít think of a single instance in which I would crave this beer or actively seek it out. Yet, there is a certain novelty to having one. This beer is spicy, but it isnít punishing. Once upon a time, I would have recommended this beer as a just-for-the-hell-of-it option. Lately, though, better, tastier Chili beers have become more commonplace. Drink one of those, instead.
KennyGalanif (42) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a nice light golden ale color. Smells of strong pepper aromas! Not a lot of hop or malt notes. Taste is pretty hot! The only way I can describe it is if you chewed on a jalapeño, the took a taste of an ordinary ale. Overall, not too impressed with this beer. I think it could have been done better, and had more balance and flavors going for it.
Azand222 (170) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2013
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Dark yellow pour with a light cream head. The aroma is ver spicy, sharp and very heavy on the peppers. The taste is a mix of all the chilies; over powers the rest of the beer. Overall a spicy beverage, not really drinkable. It's not too spicy, it's just doesn't work.
ineedbeer (516) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery.Aroma is very chili forward with a balanced note of green chilies and spicy chilies. Not much malt character or hops gets through the chili. Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a thin white head with pretty good retention. Light lacing and no legs. Flavor is like the aroma and dominated by chili?s without much else. The chili note is complex though with spice and many different chili flavors. Light wheat notes. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Spice is pretty high upfront but it doesn?t linger too badly. Light bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall an enjoyable chili beer with a lot of chili character. The base beer is fairly lacking, but I think that was purposeful considering how light of a base beer they chose. The chili complexity is really nice though and not one dimensional at all.
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells like queso dip. Squat, twistoff west coast longneck, throwback 50ís-style label. Misty maple colored beer, not much head. Lightly sweet, dominated by a serrano dry heat. Technically pretty good, but unenjoyable. Iíve never really met a pepper beer that I liked - theyíre only fit for cooking. Medium light body, Anaheim green-ness over the slow burn. Iím just waiting for this to scald my urethra. Proof Bottle Shop.
BeerViking (1996) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Golden, small head, vegetal chilli on the nose, then on the palate a big hot chilli note swamps everything else, thereís not even any bitterness detectable through the burn. I wouldnít even pair this with hot food as it would confuse rather than complement.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at the Great Charlotte green chili food and drink orgy. Hazy pale yellow color, small white head. Aroma of chili flesh and black pepper. Taste is steady heat, light body. Nice aroma, but one-sided flavor.