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Fiery Hell - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap from the upstairs walk-up bar, at the new Surly taproom in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It arrived in a tall, thin house tulip, showcasing a clear, shimmering deep gold coloring. A half finger head of snowy white bubbles retained briefly, leaving only an effervescent layer across the top of the liquid, with no real decoration of lacing otherwise. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be highly active in a column at the direct center of the beer. This reminded us of champagne. The aroma offered a blend of corny adjuncts, cleaner pale malts, pilsner malt, simple syrup sweetness, candy corn, hair mousse chemical bite, green poblano pepper spice giving the faintest heat, light citric hops, lime rind bitters, lime soda sugars, lemon seed, white cooking onions, and building peppery and savory hot pepper heat with warmth. The taste buds met a generic blonde malty profile, with hearty wheat, pilsner, and crystal toast graininess, spicy heat of juicy pepper oiliness (especially breathing through the aftertaste), fresh mint and cilantro herbal mash, icy metallics, corny adjuncts, buttered popcorn, vanilla coolness, light grassy hops, mineral, mild red apple and apricot fruitiness, acidic lemon juiciness, and plastic dust. The body was medium, and the carbonation was the same. Easy slurp, smack, cream, and froth came with each sip, lending a foaminess to the otherwise oily, lingering, spicy coating left around the mouth. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability was decidedly average.

Overall, this is a nicely approachable chili pepper beer. From the very first sippable pull of the liquid into your mouth the spicy oiliness becomes apparent. By the end of the sip you can find some relatively decent heat packed into the flavor. This is particularly true of the aftertaste, which tends to linger, even after it is long gone from the palate. The pepper, which seems commercially comparable to a smoky habanero (even though it isn’t), builds nicely upon the basic base Munich helles malt profile. It actually improves the base, rather than muddying it or obscuring it. You keep that bittered, crisp grain profile, which deviates from many hotter chili beers that try to meet the heat with more of a sweeter, cream ale style grain profile, or a hoppier wash. Don’t expect a beer like Crime or Punishment to kick you to the curb; take in the milder heat, enjoying it for what it is. This is German, and Minnesotan, and well-done. Good on you, Surly.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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Fiery Hell from Surly Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.