Braudog (6793) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2004
You can smell this coming at least 2 feet away. They serve this with a jalapeno slice on the rim of the glass, but you hardly need the reminder that this is abundant with peppers. It’s an amber beer with a clearly evident pepper aroma that may intimidate. But the beer is, surprisingly, not super hot. Instead, you get a very warming pepper flavor with just the right finish of heat at the back of your throat. Can’t think of a better way to accompany some of Jaipur’s less spicy Indian fare. cubs (10677) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2017 Growler @ Exira Beer Summit IV. Pours a bit hazy, somewhat dark orange appearance with a small, off white head. Light caramel, toasty malty, spicy fresh jalapeno peppery aroma. Just a touch sweet, really nice, moderately spicy jalapeno flavor with a fair burn on the finish. Carbonation was a bit low even though I picked this up yesterday. The peppers are integrated quite nicely and this may be the best pepper forward beer I’ve had, but it is a bit simple. I would drink this again. (May 2013: 3.7) ... thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
I chug this beer ever time I travel through Omaha. It is $14 a growler but it's also the finest pepper beer on earth. Raising my rating to 4.5. It's a goddamn classic. (Sept 2017: 4.5)
Growler via Mat, thanks again! Pours a golden standard BMC lager color with a super frothy head even having been in the growler for a week or two. Aroma is out of this world jalapeno! The vegetable and spice notes really come through in the nose to make it something I could keep smelling all day. Taste is jalapeno with a nice bread background but very little spice. This is all the good things about jalapenos. Overall, I have no idea how this beer isn’t more hyped. Now to find a homebrew clone. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 24, 2005
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a rich golden color that almost approaches amber. White head is generous and has good staying power. Aroma is outstanding: jalapeno, sure, but the aroma of fresh green peppers, not a synthetic nightmare. The flavor is the best part. This beer is NOT a novelty "let’s see how hot we can make it so that only manly men will finish a glass." This is amazingly drinkable for a pepper beer. As balanced as you are ever going to find in a chili ale. Hops are there, you just don’t taste anything much after the pepper oils hit. Also the ever-present gypsum as with all the beers from this brewer. A couple sips of water and you can get back to the raspberry wheat even. If you are into jalapeno beers, I agree with Braudog, this is about as good as you are going to get. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 From a growler picked up @ the brewery about fifteen minutes ago. Pours a clear amber with highlights of gold with a small fading light beige head in my new Sam Adams glass (dunno the type of glass--a glorified English pint/tulip). Aroma of bell/jalapeño peppers, celery, black peppers, and some light sweet flower petals. A slight bit of honey comes through as well. Flavor up front is vegetal with spicy jalapeños, flowers, some light citrus tang, a little bit of crackers, and a semidry clean finish. Not really any bitterness noted. The more you drink, the more the heat builds, but doesn’t get overbearing (my gf has no tolerance for heat, and she still thought this was pretty good). Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. This would be excellent with the Indian cuisine from this place, or any spicy food, actually. The only downfall would be that the beer wouldn’t cut the heat at all. My friends I shared the growler of this with were all sketchy at first, but all three thought this was really good. Update:I’m not sure if it was the "flower petals" that I wrote about earlier, but there is some definite incense mixed into this brew. You know how at Indian restaurants you can smell the curry and incense? That’s in this brew--minus the curry.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Growler courtesy of iowaherkeye. Pours amber/copper with some sparse white carbonation. Smells of jalapenos, some smoke, some citrus and biscuit elemets. They did a really good job capturing both the heat and the vegetal qualities associated with this pepper on the nose. Tastes of a nice blend of citrus with a punch of hot pepper. Amazingly, I can also taste the pepper itself, not just the bite from the heat. Some grassy and lemony hints are also present. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish gives a nice bite at the back of the throat but does not thrash my palate. While the base beer isn’t anything to write home about, the pepper is done very well which is the reason for my high score. Excellent usage of jalapenos! DietPepsican (1592) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - SEP 28, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2011 This beer is blowing my mind. Huge thanks to foppa78 for the growler. It pours a hazy amber, nice off white head. Aroma is huge. Jalapenos. Lots of them. Very powerful. Some grass, and a bit of biscuit round it out. Flavor is huge with fresh, sweet jalapenos. Very nice. Again, some more biscuit malt and that is about it. The finish has a sour twang, which compliments the heat very well. I’d put the heat factor around a 3/10. If you think jalapenos are hot, you still could probably drink this. Every sip makes you want just a bit more though. I’m not sure if I enjoy this more than the Slow Eddie, but man...it’s good. CanIHave4Beers (4194) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Pours an orange color, kind of hazy, with a very small head... Oh and that little jalapeño slice garnish on the glass... I know that’s not "part" of the beer, but I have to give a little extra love for presentation. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 5, 2007
The aroma is great, lots of clean jalapeño and roasted pepper notes. Lightly salty smelling, lightly malty sweet. Mostly just appetizing and "roasted- jalapeño -esque"
The flavor is clean, and perfectly focused with lots of clean jalapeño flavor, the spiciness is mild and well balanced with a nice touch of malt sweetness and light fruity character. Simple, clean, and delicious.
Omaha is 2 hours from here... and this among other things reminds me that I am an idiot for not visiting more often than I do.
Handbottled bomber from Iowaherkeye - thanks a million, Joey! Crystal clear amber with a slight head that left in a hurry - I might have snoozed on this one just a bit too long. Still, a few bubbles rise to the top, so it’s not completely still. Nose is fresh cut jalapeño pepper, just a mild doughy base to back it up. Flavor is nice, fresh jalapeño - pepper haters need not apply, for sure. The only pepper burn in way at the back of the throat. Not overly hot, mind you, but you certainly know it’s there. Once the pepper flavor subsides a bit, a fairly solid brew emerges - a bit of doughy bread, some lightly floral hop. This beer is all about the pepper integration, though, and it’s done well. Someone send Cave Creek a bottle, and quick... beastiefan2k (4033) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Oh yeah. Finally get a chance to drink this. Drank half a growler over a celebratory evening. Orange clear color. Small to no head. The beer is very nice pepper beer. Malts a slightly sweaty sweet but plenty of room to clear out for the pepper. A good green pepper flavor with a great little burn. Not to strong but felt all over the throat for a while. Thanks a lot Mat for getting this for me.