22 oz bottle. I think this was the bottle from Lum. :unsure: If not, it was from StevePete. Either way, into a pint glass.
A: Pours up a dark golden body with a touch of copper to it. Held to the light, more golden hues push through and add some vibrancy. The body has a surprising amount of debris in there. Incredibly lazy carbonation activity. Pour got me less than a finger of wispy white head, and it doesn't hold up. No retention, no lace.
S: Well, the smell definitely has that Dorito note that Pete told me about. Light spice from the peppers, an almost corn like back drop. Chili powder, a bit of veggies. I would expect to get this type of aroma out of a bag, not a glass of beer. With that said, it quite nice.
T: Nice spicy, pepper not starts things up. Getting some nice heat, but nothing insane. It really allows you taste the meat of the pepper, all the flavor in there. Not just all heat like a lot of chili beers. A little bit of veggie sweetness kicks in. Malt sweetness adds to the mix, pale and just enough to tame the peppers. Can't really find any hops because the heat is keeping all fo that at bay. Just a very drinkable and tasty chili beer.
M: Light side of medium in body. Carbonation is very low, actually this beer is almost flat. Spice on the palate. The beer dries up pretty well but does leave some lingering spice. No abv to worry about. Aftertaste is all pepper flavor and a touch of heat.
OA: Just a really well composed chili beer. The most impressive part is the fact that it is not all heat. The pepper flavor and aroma is really there. Its a nice note all over the beer and isn't all burn your face off craziness. This is my second bottle of this beer and I have to say that I really like it.
This one surprised the hell out of me. Pours a brilliant gold/amber with a fairly long lasting white head. Aroma is toasty malts with a definite residual ground chili pepper (smells like Anaheims to me, although they use others as well) aroma as well. Makes me want a bowl of my friend Ziggy's chili. Almost anything makes me want a bowl of his chili, come to think of it. Mine's won awards - his is better. But I digress...
And if I had one, I'd use this to wash it down all day long. Long ago in a stupider time, I subjected myself to Cave Creek Chili beer, a foul brew if ever there was one. This is the antithesis of that beer. Starts out with a vast round toasty maltiness, slightly sweet in an American Amber style, but very little graininess. Underneath it a spiciness grows - if it were hops, it would be a middle of the road IPA level spiciness, but in this case it's chili peppers. Somehow they managed to get the spiciness and pepper flavors in without any "off" vegetal overtones. Just a smooth, warming heat, leaving a pleasant, not overbearing tingle in the mouth. There's a peppery bite in the finish in the back of the throat, but it's nicely counterbalanced by the malty sweetness. just enough bittering hops to balance, but they're a bit player. Silky smooth mouthfeel with that hint of bite.
They brewed a second batch due to popular demand - and I can see why. Should have grabbed more than one bottle, and will next time I see it. This would be amazing with Mexican food or with chili.
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