RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.32/5   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 140   ABV: 4.67%
This beer has an unmistakable roasted chili aroma and flavor without being too hot. The whole chili is used to infuse the beer with a mild green chili flavor and leaves you with just a hint of heat on the back end.

Brewed as Rio Grande Brewing Company, Moriarty, NM.

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gregwilsonstl (2735) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2012 Very strong green chile aroma and taste. This tastes like an enchilada in a bottle....or maybe velveeta and rotel. Very faint head, no lacing. Very delicious at first, but halfway through the bottle, it got old quick. This is a taco bell beer.

AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Clear golden color/ fleeting white head. Green chili, pale malt aromas. Light bodied with average co2. Corn, pale male, pale lager flavors with very mild chili--weak on the chili

troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2011
[Bottle] Pours a very light yellow color with a fizzy and quickly receding head. Mild dusty malts, peppers and earthy hop aroma. The taste is that of a pale lager with some peppers mixed in. Lingering sweet pepper finish. I appreciate the fact that the heat is not over the top here. It comes off as more vegetal and green pepper-like, which is somewhat unappatizing in this brew.

GTAEgeek (2578) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a pale yellow with a thin off-white head. The aroma is distinct chile, wheat, and light hops. The flavor is sweet and a little salty. The palate is light to medium, acidic, and a little bubbly. Overall, this is a clean and straightforward chile beer. The spiciness is mild.

DiarmaidBHK (6170) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2011
bottle from Jubilation. Pours clear yellow with a thin white head that doesn’t linger very long. Big roasted chile pepper aroma. Massive but pleasant. Unfortunately most of that flavor disappears on the tongue. Watery finish.

smaynard6000 (1275) - Apopka, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle at O’Niell’s. Tried this both out of curiosity and because a friend agreed to buy it if I would drink it. Small head on a clear light yellow beer. Aroma is mostly spicy and peppery. Flavor is just a bad combination of green chile and beer which are great when not mixed together. Doesn’t work for me.

SudsMcDuff (8552) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Thanks Casey, i still think you should have taken off the label before sharing with the group .. . Pours a deep yellow, sparse foam .. . aroma of jalapeno and bell peppers, with a touch of corn .. . flavour is the same as the nose, no real heat .. . i actually really liked this, and i don’t really care for chilli beers, would go nicely with fajitas .. . Brace yourselves gentlemen. According to the gas chromatograph, the secret ingredient is… Love!? Who’s been screwing with this thing?

GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Pours a dull golden color with a highly carbonated head that fizzes away abruptly like it was embarrassed or something. It does smell of green chiles though. I really like the aroma. Medium nectar with fizzy beachball bubble carbonation. This brew is actually sweet and malty with just a hint of chile on the palate. Horrible beer, just horrible. Drain pour. I mean, it’s not even funny. At least Daves chili beer comes with a chili in it.

decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Cloudy yellow with white head and lace. Pepper dominates the aroma. Chilli or Bell pepper flavor. Not as hot as I had hoped. Medium to light bodied very fizzy not much but not bad.

FlacoAlto (4240) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Sampled at 1702, Tucson; August 2011
Arrives with a frothy, large bubbled, quickly disappearing, off-white colored head. The beer is a pale gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, very light, straw-gold color when held up to the light. I could just be imagining it, but a distinct note of roasted green chiles is noticeable as this is set down on the table, but an actual smell of the aroma smells more of sweet corn, herbal (not really roasted) green chile and perhaps a touch of fruitiness, and some spicy, peppery like character. The beery aromatics of this beers nose are actually pretty lame, but the green chile adds enough of an interest that I am even liking the balance that the base beer brings to the aroma.

Very light bodied, this along with the sweetness reminds me quite a bit of a simplistic, industrial hard cider, though one that isn’t overly sweet. The chile flavor is quite subtle, there is just a hint of green chile flavor through the finish and perhaps just a hint of chile heat that is noticeable after a bt that lingers very subtly on the palate. Flavor of green corn (I am sure the chiles influence this). The flavor is quite noticeable for having almost no perceptible hop character; neither a bitterness or hop flavor is really here. The chile character perhaps attempts to replace the missing hop character, but in reality there is not enough chile character to the flavor to provide enough balance to the sweet grain / malt flavors. The green chile becomes a bit more noticeable as the beer warms, and while noticeable, it is still not quite as distinct as I might like.

Interesting, but I really wish more of the roasted chile character was here, and in general this could use a whole lot more chile in the flavor and aroma. I wouldn’t mind a bit more of a characterful base beer either, though this wouldn’t be nearly as noticeable if this had been more of a prominent green chile gimmick beer. Said another way, the current base beer needs a whole lot more green chile flavor to be a good attempt at a gimmick beer, to actually be a good beer though both the chile flavor needs to be boosted and the base beer needs to completely change to something with a whole lot more character (even a porter would work if the roasted green chile was done properly).

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