blipp (9691) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 29, 2015 Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Old Grove location. Golden pale pour with small white head. Nose is a bowl of freshly picked earthy jalapeños. I’d say guajillos, but I’ve never smelled a fresh bowl of those. The anticipation is one spicy brew. Yep. Taste is exactly the same. Spicy and sharp. Earthy and clean with a lot of pepper bite. Wahoo with Thai chili and lime was not overpowering. This is.
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Light pepper, some malty sweetness, relatively mild heat, and a dry finish with just a bit of bitterness. Pretty good. slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2015 Quite agressive with the peppers in this one - they’re all up in your face on the nose, flavor, a little heat down the throat. But, if you like peppers, this beer is good. Can’t say it’s better than the well above average for the style calico, but definitely a unique welcome addition."
badhack (566) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 13, 2014
I love guajillo so I had to try this. Tap Takeover for SF beer week at Original Gravity. Pours a darker amber color. First thing I noticed was the smell of the smoky, roasted, earthy guajillo peppers. Tasting revealed a mild (both in flavor and spice) that made this an interesting drink. Too spicy to be refreshing. Earthy and vegetal, BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
On tap at the Old Grove Location. Pours with a clear copper hued body with a small tan head. Aromas are earthy, green and vegital with further notes of caramel and black pepper spice. Flavors are vegital, peppery, caramel, pencil shavings. Medium esters. Flavors are dominated by dried peppers. Lively bubbles, medium bodied. SDalkoholic (2431) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
On tap at Home Brew Mart location: Aroma is mild and doesn’t smell any different than the original calico but does have a fresher scent of hops and that’s probably due to it being fresh from the draught. The flavor is bitter and somehow blander than I remember a regular bottle of calico but there is a nice malty balance while a minimal amount of the guajillio comes through.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Sample in the tasting room...it’s a funky slightly peppered amber...it’s more roasted than spicy, light body refreshing. Still has the malt and slight roast from the regular amber and it’s augmented heavily by the roasted pepper flavor. It’s weird, very interested, and pretty tasty. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2012
(Draught) Pours an amber-brown body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of peppers, vegetal, and caramel. Flavor of caramel, earth, and chile peppers. JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Draft at OBriens. Amber pour with a slight haze and off white head. Meaty peppers, vegtable, a bit of sweetness, and some bready malt. This addition certainly makes the beer more interesting. Reminiscent of a meat and bean chili. Not so hot. crossovert (13909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Love the smokiness and slight heat that the peppers lent this otherwise middle of the road ale.