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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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Photo of dav2080
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Superbohl4
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBrewo
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Photo of Taybeh
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At the brew hall, into a tulip.

I like the base beer a lot. In many of the pepper beers I've had (by other brewers), the pepper (and usually its heat) overwhelms the base beer instead of harmonizing with it. Here, the pepper is nicely integrated, it is quite strong but it isn't too fiery nor is it overwhelming. I don't like it as much as Hell on its own, but it is interesting and it is well-made.

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vonerichs
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ilafan
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Fiery Hell from Surly Brewing Company
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