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Fiery Hell - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 79
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 42.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-20-2012

Cask conditioned lager infused with chilies.
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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 79
Reviews by feloniousmonk:
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surly Fiery Hell. Hell, the Helles lager, with a ton of peppers in it. I had this at All Pints North, avoided it at Autumn Brew Review. Now, I can finally get a full pour (didn't know they were releasing kegs of it. )…so, let's have one, though I know what I'm in for.

Hazy dark golden hue, small white head above.

Aroma: Peppery flavor (without the heat) resting over a basic pilsnery malt nose.

Taste: Ow! Ow! yew! The peppers are in full effect. Ooo, ooo, ooh! yeeeow! But, you know, ..ow! Yeow! It keeps biting!

What can I really say about this? It's my evil antithesis. Long ago I learned that a light lager plus hot chilis does not equal pleasure for me. I'd rather it were done with an ale, with more flavors to compete and contribute to this mess. But a light lager will only give the pepper so much more room to shine, and while that may be ideal for some, it is not for me. I skipped this at ABR, having had my fill at APN, but couldn't resist the chance to "tick it", in this sort of fashion.

from Acadia's flier: blah blah (about Hell)...and then..."Cask conditioned and aged on Hickory wood and Puya chiles for a slow burn on the back of the tongue. 4.5% aBV, 12 degrees Plato, 20 IBU.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of gatornation
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ brewpub
A-clear dark yellow with a slim very white head
S-lager yeast and malt with a slight smell of pepper
T-slight hops with a more pronounced pepper taste it compliments this lager and in no way overpowers bready malt and caramel finish
M-crisp with just a touch of pepper heat
O-thought this was very good not a big pepper fan but i liked this one its worth a try fir sure

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw golden yellow. White head at first that fades away.

Aroma is fairly mild. I get hints of the peppers, but nothing over the top.

The flavor brings out the peppers a bit more. Spicy in the finish. Not super hot compared to other pepper beers, but enough to let you know they are there. The nice part about the peppers is they still let you know you are drinking hell.

Mouthfeel: Light and spicy.

Overall, I like this better than hell. I thought the peppers and oak barrels made this beer a bit more complex. I'd drink more of this if it's around.

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Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is what it is, a relatively simple lager with some wood and pepper but it works. Hell (the base beer) serves as a great vehicle for the chillies. It's aromatic and flavorful and has a decent degree of heat to it. Nowhere close to Ghost Face Killah, but definitely enough to be felt.

Definitely a fest novelty that I would not particularly want to purchase in 4-pack cans but will try whenever it makes an appearance.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of warmbier804
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Muddy Waters in Minneapolis, MN. Served in a Surly shaker glass.

Appearance: Color is a straw pale golden yellow with some orange. Moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Bready biscuity malts with a quite noticeable scent of hot chili peppers. Nice scent of grass and earthy hops. Hints of cereal grains, caramel, toffee, and crackers with some lemon zest. Fairly floral and yeasty. It essentially smells like the base beer Hell with a big kick of chili peppers. Pretty interesting and intriguing.

Taste: Holy Red Hot Chili Peppers Batman! The peppers come out considerably stronger in the taste with a fairly sharp heat to them. Not overwhelming, but it packs enough heat to compare with a big boozy beer. Although you can still taste the base beer. Behind the peppers is a nice bready biscuit flavor with good hints of cereal grains, crackers, toffee, and caramel. Fairly floral with some hints of earthy hops and grass. Somewhat in your face with the spice but good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and pretty spicy but still pretty easy to get down.

Overall: The spice whacks the tongue but this is pretty good if you like extreme flavors. A nice kick to the base Hell beer. Would easily stand up to a spicy Mexican dish.

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Photo of optimator705
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

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3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of dav2080
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the Surly taproom in Minneapolis.
Nice golden color. White head that faded. Streams of carbonation. Looked beautiful in the winter sun streaming through the glass wall.
I must be sensitive the pepper taste. At first the malt came through followed by the pepper. It lingered and IMO over took the beer.
It had a slight oiliness to the mouth feel.
Overall, my wife, who is a miller lite fan, and tells me she is really trying to like "my" beers, loved this one. I ordered her a 8oz Hell. She ordered a 12oz Firey Hell with the meal.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of enelson
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.36/5  rDev -38.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Fiery Hell from Surly Brewing Company
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