Ferris (17800) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle - Actually smells like roasted chillies, although a bit artificial. Lime and a sweetness that you normally get with lagers. Clear gold no head at all, looks like ginger ale. No bitterness at all, flavour disappears so quick you don’t get a chance to enjoy it, but a lingering heat in the back of the throat. Half way through that unique smell and taste gets very old. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Wow... this beer looks horrible. It’s nearly impossible to get it to form any head, and what little head does form fizzles out in a matter of a few seconds. There isn’t even much carbonation released from the bottle when it’s opened. I have a feeling this is widespread. Its color is a light, muted yellow color and the body itself looks extremely clear and practically water-like... about as bad as you can get.
The nose is actually pretty sweet, with a hint of chiles and really reminds me of a Mexican breakfast plate, strong with green sauce. As much as it reminds me of food, it’s not too bad. Unfortunately, this is where my short-lived kudos end. Although the flavor tastes exactly like the aroma, it really seems like something that should only be smelled... and not tasted (at least without being in the presence of a very strong-malted beer, like a stout). Yes, actually, this would taste great if it was a stout. Unfortunately, it’s about as far as a beer could get from a stout. It just has way too strong of a green chile flavor to be coupled with such a light-bodied beer that has practically no malt presence. It’s honestly hard to finish. My suggestion: cook with it. Don’t drink it. djd07 (16465) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear gold with paperthin white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is corn malt and chilies. Thin mouthfeel with a light spicy chili flavor with sweet corn malt. Hides the spice well, a decent spiced brew from Rio Grande. agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Aroma - roasted green chile;
Appearance - light golden, quickly nonexistent head, no lacing at all;
Taste - subtle green chile front, mild malt back, finish has a faint roasted profile, absolutely no heat throughout;
Palate - slightly crisp, weak body;
Overall - an extremely poor effort at one of my favorite styles. OldMrCrow (2447) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2017 Bottle at El Farol in Santa Fe.
Ibrew2or3 (8989) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Light pour, strong chile nose Fairly thin mouthfeel, not hot, just chile flavored, which is alright, even interesting, with the first sip, but is pretty much down hill from there. Like a tuba sonata, my friend remarked --- amazing that it can be done not unpleasantly.
Revisit ABQ airport. Pretty much as above.
12oz bottle opens with a whimper and pours out clear deep gold with almost no head. The aroma offers up lots of chili pepper meat with just hints of beer like notes. The taste is similar with firm levels of chili pepper meat and only mild bits of capsicum heat. The chili pepper lingers for just a moment or two when the taste just recedes away. Cool brew where the “beer” notes are at just noticeable levels but the chili pepper is delivered with lots a great aroma and flavor. Solid crisp summer time brew. wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Pours pale yellow. As described, this has quite the roasted and almost smoked chili aroma and even reminds me of some tomatoes. Flavor is similar only less intense. No heat and some sweetness on the back end. Really not too bad for a chili and I really enjoyed the aroma-more like food than beer. degbert (1776) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours an apple-juice gold with no -- repeat, NO -- head. The nose is very, very green -- canned jalapeno and some toast predominant. The flavor is good enough, I suppose; fair lager mixed with green pepper, somewhere between jalapeno, poblano, and Anaheim. No real heat to it at all, but a slight tingle on the finish. It’s all right, and to say that about a chile beer is a reach. DrSamPHD (68) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - FEB 15, 2012
My first rating in a very long time. Thought I’d come back with something different. Poured into a pint glass, a very faint pigment, yellowish color. Typical light beer with minimal head. Aroma smells of chili pepper and salsa, kinda like a tex-mex restaurant. The flavor is light with a hint of salse. Pretty refreshing. Would make for a good summer beer. seymour (2126) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Tasted from bottle into tulip glass, thanks gregwilsonstl! Poured a clear light golden color with small off-white foam which quickly subsided, no lace. I would’ve preferred more color and head retention. Strong green chili pepper aroma, definite adjunct corn, no discernable hops. Weak pale malt flavor with overpowering green chili pepper taste. First drink is interesting: like vegetarian fajitas on corn tortillas, but the impression quickly goes downhill from there. Worsens as it warms. I was glad to sample my first beer from New Mexico, and I love the concept of experimenting with indigenous ingredients, but Rio Grande didn’t pull-off a quality brew here, unfortunately. Lacked complexity and balance; just way too much of the one unusual ingredient.