Hot-Jala-Heim - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 26
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WesWes on 01-06-2008

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Photo of rudzud
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear copper hue with a thin white halo that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of jalapeno peppers, maybe Anaheim too which would make sense. Pleasant spicy, green chili, light malt sweetness. Pleasant

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice malt sweetness, good green pepper and light chili, nice bright Anaheim chili, good lingering heat. Not overwhelming.

M - Mouthfeel is rather thin and watery, worst aspect of the beer.

O - Overall this beer was a nice surprise. Good chili notes, very pleasant. Just wish the mouth was better.

Serving Type: Bottle

Photo of logicalparadox
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

holy shit! No joke with the chilis. This beer is spicy, and offers a lot of the chili fruitiness and I've always craved from a chili beer. Quite daring, but not for the faint of heart!

Photo of Billolick
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle w/o freshness info.

Pours lightly clouded lighter almond amber. Moderate and non long lived head, leaves a minor film, very thin collar and minor lace.

I get green pepper on the nose and more chilies and peppers on the palate. Chili pepper level is just about right here, you don't have to search for it and it doesn't blow up your taste buds. As a chili head who enjoys moderate head, this one was about spot on. My non-chili head wife felt about the same....Worth a try, especially if ya like the style

Photo of T-34-85
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was my first foray into the "chile" beer realm. Although it didn't blow me away, it was an interesting and enjoyable experience.

Aroma: Mild hop aroma with light malt sweetness, and the added punch of the hot peppers.

Taste: A relatively moderate pale ale with balance of hops and malt, and a moderate level of peppery heat that persists in the back of the throat.

Overall, this was a nice beer and very drinkable considering the style. Based on my understanding of many of the other chile beers, that seems to be a more balanced and approachable version.

Worth a try.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of anaheim and jalapeño peppers are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of chili peppers—the anaheims stand out more prominently—and has a light to moderate amount of associated spiciness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The chili peppers make your tongue tingle a little.
O: I found this beer to be quite drinkable for a chili beer—it had lots of pepper aromas and flavors but the spiceness was't that strong. It would pair well with Mexican food, such as tortilla chips and salsa.

Photo of Wortman1998
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow in color. Pure white, thin head with a slight lace left behind. The first thing that stands out is the real, true pepper smell - delicious. The first taste is very light and "pilsnery" followed by a very real, excellent pepper flavor - not overpoweringly so and not overly hot. Mouthfeel is, I guess a bit watery, but not off putting. Overall, a really nice chili beer - goes well with pizza. We want to use this for cooking - maybe chicken breasts or sausages!

Photo of rlee1390
2.89/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Clear orange, some carbonation, no head.

S-Very off putting hot peppers, not well balanced, almost nothing besides the peppers.

T-Too much hot pepper, it lingers and lingers, nothing else to balance it out. Practically leaves you sweating. Maybe some grass as well?

M-Light, watery, not much carbonation, and that pepper heat again.

O-A bad avoidable beer, unless you think you'd like it. That being said a major avoid for me.

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a clear looking golden color with a thin white head on top. The retention just leaves behind a thin film over the beer. The lacing in very minimal. The smell of the beer definitely has pepper on the nose, good amount of them. It also has a slight smokiness to it along with sweet malts. The taste is sweet for a few seconds right off the first sip then the peppers come in. There is a good amount of heat for a minute or two then it fades. The finish is kind of on the sweeter side. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice carbonation to it. Overall it's actually a pretty good chile beer, the heat comes in strong but doesn't make you wanna die, it tingles and then fades nicely allowing you to go back for another sip. It's not a beer I would drink a lot of, but having a single glass of it was enjoyable.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

snagged an 11oz pour at jryan

The beer pours a clear golden yellow with a razor thin white head that fades quickly, yet provides streaky lacing. The beer was tap-served cold, but still has a sweet jalapeño spiciness in the nose. It's exactly the nose I was looking for which is a relief in comparison to the intense chilies in ghostface...The taste is outstanding and does its part highlighting the chili while also continuing to be smooth and drinkable. There is a light burn on the back of my palate, but it doesn't prevent you from taking your next sip. I think they nailed this beer and I would definitely try it again. My advice would be to use some smoked chilies to bring out even more smoothness; frankly the jalapeño beer is a little overdone and could stand a facelift!

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first ever try at a Chile beer...

Smells a bit spicy, nothing too crazy though. Taste is medium bodied, a nice balanced ale upfront with some slight pepper flavors. Once you swallow the spiciness kicks in and is actually much hotter than I would have expected. That being said, it's a good spiciness and actually rounds out the beer pretty well. Might be tough to have more than one of these in a sitting, but definitely worth a try and one of the more unique beers I've had.

Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1" head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: caramel and some spiciness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, pepper, some mild orange citus, and a mild bitterness is up front, but after swallowing the chili pepper bite really kicks in and lasts.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short for the beer, but the chili heat definitely lingers softly on the tongue for a while.

Overall: For the style, this is well done. One glass is all you can drink solo, but with some spicy tacos or some gumbo I could do a few of these.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

slight bit of pepper way in the back but it was not dominating by any means. The initial sip was a work of art. Sweet milk chocolate and sugar roll across the tongue with a lively and well carbonated feel that really lets the flavor pop. Moving through you start to feel a tingle on the tongue, a warming in the throat and a fire in the belly. Subtly the chili comes through, warming you as it goes, but by no means is this too big. This is perfectly blended in the flavor, rising subtly to a crescendo that then backs down as easy as it came up.

Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Beers of the World in Henrietta.Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear dull light goden with a bit of orange tinge,a thin wispy white head atop.Aromas are very light with biscuit dough a tinge of hard water,there is a nice sweet biscuit dough malt base on the palate,the chilis come in the back end and hit the throat.Not as assertive as I thought it would be but it's malt profile is nice.

Photo of clickpush
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 22oz bottle to pint glass. A dark golden color is topped by one finger of white head after a sturdy pour. Tons of small bubbles throughout. Head reduces to an opaque coat of white.

Nose: Double-faceted: one side is an earthy minerality, like wet soil, a bit of pepper; the other is a fruity, almost overripe, yeasty tinge.

Mouth: The flavor is very similar. Sweet malt dominates but as the beer courses over the buds a cooling minerality comes through, and is followed closely by a chili pepper bite. Mouthfeel is not quite as crisp as I was expecting, a bit creamy, which perhaps highlights the wrong flavors.

The pepper is enjoyable, unlike some other pepper beers I've had.

Photo of harrymel
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Steelerx for this beer as an extra. Cheers Joe!
Paired this with some white chili.

A: Brass ale with little-no head formation. Coarse bubbles round the edge and stick around. Scant ribbons indicate carbonation. No lacing.

S: Vegetal nose with lots of bell pepper, jalepeno, anaheims. They did a great job making this a chili beer without any off flavors. Great.

T: Great light blonde ale with chili tones. Light grains and bread flavors are the backbone, but again only the canvas for the peppers. Lightly spicy, not burning, but at the far palate, oropharyngeal burn.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Dries the tongue.

D: Fantastic for a chili beer. I would take this in volume to a summer BBQ. Very, very yummy.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Horseheads Hot-Jala-Heim

Some friends recommended this beer to me. They're not really beer drinkers, so I was excited to give it a try; but at the same time I have had some bad encounters with "chili" beers so I was prepared to be at least a little bit disappointed. That said...

I've had chili beers before, but I've never experienced one that had so much pepper aroma to it. If you like that smell, as I do, it really is fantastic. It clearly beats any of the others that I've sampled. I clearly get Jalapeno, but I'm assuming there are some Anaheims in there as well given the name. If there's any maltiness coming through I'm not really getting it as anything other than a kind of sweet bready note - and my mind must be making connections that aren't really there, because I kind of thought of it as a corn tortilla aroma. Wow, the power of suggestion.

On to the flavor... I've had jalapeno beers that were just overly hot and biting (Ed's Cave Creek), and I've had ones that were less peppery but still a bit out of balance. This one seems perfect to me. There's just a little bit of peppery heat atop a basic, sweet, pale-malt base. I don't find any hops, but I didn't expect to; nor do I find any yeasty fruitiness, which is probably a very good thing. In that respect it is kind of one-sided (or is it actually two sided, displaying both the malt & the peppers?). But complexity isn't really the issue here. It's interesting enough in and of itself. The pepper flavor is great; and the fact that they've been able to put it together so perfectly is really intriguing.

Taking a step back, it looks great in the glass as well. The body is a clear deep gold, and I can just about make my fingerprints out through the glass. The pillowy white head that rises up above it remains remarkably intact, and it leaves some really nice lacing as well.

So what to say about drinkability? It is, of course, a love it or hate it beer. Pretty much any "vegetable" beer is going to fall into that category; and I think that even vegetables themselves probably fall into that category - in the U.S. at least. So let's cut it this way, if you like the flavor and heat of hot peppers you'll like this beer. And, in fact, you may love this beer! I say that because I really feel I could drink two pints of this in a row and really enjoy both of them.

But what about food? Yes, there is a clear inclination to want to pair this with food. In fact, drinking it makes me hungry for Mexican - even just a taco with some fresh lettuce, diced tomato, black beans, onion and cheese would be a gift from the heavens. The pepper aroma and flavor immediately fire the synapses to recall memories of food flavors made with peppers. But would I drink this while eating those foods? I don't know. I think that might be overkill. But it is tempting. I think that what I would do, on the other hand, is pair this with foods that might benefit from just a little bit of peppery spice. Perhaps some extra large sweet scallops browned in butter. Or how about a juicy steak still sizzling just off the grill? Salmon? Perhaps.

In the end there's almost not enough praise I can give this perfect gem of a beer. Amazing!

Photo of woosterbill
2.59/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks, Matt, for sharing!

A: Clear light amber with a finger of coarse, persistent head. Spotty lacing. Just fine.

S: Mild corn, light malt, and plenty of spicy pickled jalapeño. Not great.

T: Grainy sweetness up front, followed by peppers. Tons and tons of peppers. A slow burn follows things up, and lingers forever. This certainly delivers the chile flavor, but what complexity there is beyond the heat isn't that great.

M: Smooth medium body with ample, soft carbonation. Works quite well with the heat.

D: No.

Notes: I enjoyed this beer's spiciness, but the actual pepper flavor wasn't that rich or enjoyable. What's more, the supporting sweetness was decidedly unpleasant. I'm glad I got the random chance to try this beer (you never know what's going to come out of the fridge at NEBCo), but this one really wasn't that great.

Cheers!

Photo of dogfishandi
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

22oz bottle at about cellar temp split with a friend poured into a standard pint glass.

pours out a golden color with a one finger or so of white head that eventually faded to a thin layer.

the aroma is sweet jalapeno peppers, very nice, very spicy. a bit of bready malt.

great jalapeno, spicy hotsauce like flavors. very peppery, exspecialy on the backend of the palate, the heat really sticks around. crisp pale, bready malt balances things out.

spiciness all the over the palate, a little tingle but nothing unmanagable. medium in body.

a great beer to end the night with. i love this, i could session this easily, and at the low price that wouldnt really be a problem. i highly recommend this.

ive only had 2 chile beers in my life, this and the rogue, and i really enjoy the style, but this is definatly the better of the 2.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head that stayed as a thin layer.

S - spicey jalapeno peppers.

T - the beer starts out with a sort of macro (grain) taste but then the jalapenos kick in hard and hot.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - it's a novelty beer that goes better with food rather than on it's own.

Photo of BruChef
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass, transparent golden orange in color, with an inch of creamy off white head. Aroma is slightly sweet w/ caramel like overtones but overall, heavy, earthy, jalapeno and green bell pepper aroma. Taste is extremely well balanced for the style. Maybe just a tad more hops to balance the caramel/corn like sweetness, but the jalapeno spice is just the right amount. You really taste the flavor of the jalapeno without being over powered by heat. Assuming that anaheim peppers were also used, it seems to add an earthy, fresh taste without contributing to the heat too much given that they rank a few thousand scoval units lower than a jalapeno. The mouth feel is creamier than i expected and pleasant enough for the style with enough carbonation to bring out the pepper flavor in your mouth as well as aroma.

I would definitely drink it again with a Thai noodle bowl or Caribbean/Jamaican cuisine. I just don't think i could drink more than one pint at a time and i would also recommend finishing it before it gets too warm as the pepper flavor/spice tends to get a little harsh towards the end.

Overall this was a great tasting, well balanced beer for the style unlike the novelty chile beers you might be used to seeing.

Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden yellow orange looking body with a light and smooth, a fluffy egg-shell white, foam head. My first reaction is "Wow" when I take a whiff. It just smells spicy like peppers, especially jalapenos, with a slight touch of citrus. It also tastes spicy. Again, like hot peppers and chiles. The small anaheim shines with a definite fresh jalapeno kick; it is like putting pepper seeds on your tongue.
This beer is as if I'm drinking a stuffed jalapeno popper--with the yeasty, malt flavor standing in for the fried breading with a subtle citrus-caramel aftertaste to soothe the spice.
My mouth is on fire. There is little carbonation, but holds up well and is surprisingly drinkable for how spicy and peppery (as chiles) it is.

Photo of 7ways
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from Steelersxl, thanks for this unknown diamond in the rough!

Pours like a pale ale, orange/amber with just a bit if white head. No lace. It's a chili beer, who gives a damn. Onto...

...the intoxicating aroma. Wow, it smells like adobo sauce, which is a Latin American sauce/marinade made from smoked jalapenos stewed with tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, salt, and spices. AND IT'S ALL RIGHT HERE in the aroma and taste!!! I use adobo sauce all the time to make my chili, and it's amazing stuff, my chili kicks ass : ) On the front and mid-palette, there is a honey quality that balances the heat, but the hotness takes over as it finishes.
The spice works very well in this beer, not too overpowering but enough kick to open your sinuses a bit. Light, crisp mouthfeel, and just enough tiny bubbles to wash it all down. Screw the hops, it's all about the hot.

Clearly not a session beer; however, if I were eating a lot of Mexican or spicy Italian food (as I am about to), I would drink several throughout the meal. I've had quite a few chili / peppercorn beers, and this the best yet. Fantastic execution, I want more.

Photo of steve8robin
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a BIF. Thanks Cuzco. 22oz...

A: Deep golden honey color with a 1 inch head that fades quickly to a lace atop the brew. Good.

S: I get some bitter hops blended with some spicy chiles upfront. Some sweet sugary malt flavors hidden in the middle with some nice bready notes on the backend. Interesting, but good.

T: Watery sweet chili with hints of red pepper and molasses. Some vanilla notes blended with some roasty coffee bean hidden way in the back. Again, very interesting, and a little weird to taste at first, but good.

M: Medium body with some thick carbonation. Good.

D: This one goes down a little hard. Need a tough stomach for something like this mainly because the flavors are so unique and a little overwhelming. Decent.

All in all, this was a unique beer. Not amazing, but if you're looking to try something different, then I would definitely recommend this brew. If you're looking for a solid brew, this one might not be for you.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to Cuzco for this bottle!

Not sure I understand the name, but those dogs on the bottle do look pretty fierce. The brew pours a clear golden copper topped by a finger of steadfast white foam. The nose is rather heavy on the pepper, showcasing both its inherent heat and even deeper chlorophyll levels. Some vague wheat and extremely light citrus notes lie submissive in the background (I fear for their safety). The taste immediately begins as a normal light lager-ish brew, but quickly a decent amount of peppers comes in, washing o'er all and staying through the finish, when a bit more of that lager comes in, vague floral hops, light wheat and corn, and whatnot. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat drying feel and finish. Overall, a nice chile beer, a hulluva lot better than most of its competitors (though I think that may go without saying...).

Photo of mentor
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Half-finger soda pop head is gone moments after pouring. Liquid is clear bright copper with a few aggressive streamers. Smells hearty peppers with a bright fresh pepper meat character. Very nice to avoid the vegetal character that usually comes in a pepper beer. Smells like the pepper flavor of a well-made chile rellenos.

Tastes bright pepper flavor with mild but dancing pepper sting. Malt sweet is well balanced to the pepper flavor and heat. Not much flavor in the way of malt and no hop flavor or bitter than I can detect. As far as pepper beers go, this is quality stuff. Medium body with a nice dextrinous quality that holds both the malt sweet and pepper sting. Me likey...give me more!

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Hot-Jala-Heim from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.