Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series) - Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series)Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series)

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 18
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2006

Our chili beer is made with five different kinds of fresh chili peppers. Rich pepper aroma greets you when the bottle is opened, followed by its satisfying beer taste and then subtle spiciness.
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Photo of jwall76
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had some nice heat. Better than drinking a crappy Bud or Coors any day.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa recently, having never had this before. I'm not a huge fan of this style of beer as I always feel that I need something to eat to accompany a brew of this sort but in this case, there was enough here that I didn't need to pair it with any food. The only question I had was whether I would still be feeling this hours after I got the last sip down

Out of the nearly 1,000 beers that I've reviewed on here, none of them have ever had a sound quite like this one as I poured it out. The head sounded like receding sea foam as it bubbled up and popped, attempting to jump out of my glass. Lots of habanero and jalapeno in the nose which the latter coming out strongly in the taste. I almost felt like this was jalapeno cheese that had somehow been liquified and fermented, powerfully enough to cut the wheat that I could see but not taste. It looked like it should have been there, given the subdued golden hue and cloudiness of this beer, but the heat just seemed to smother everything else out. Not hoppy, this still had a good body to it and enough carbonation to keep this light in spite of my lips still burning well after finishing this off.

While weak enough to be a session beer, having more than one in a sitting would be a bit gutsy. This wasn't enough to change my mind about what I think of these beers but if I was bit rebellious and wanted to push the envelope, I'd have another one of these just to liven things up. This was about as good as it could get for the style with just a hint of bread to keep it relatively even-keel. Surprisingly fun stuff!

Photo of Moonshae_D
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The chilies are the saving grace here. The beer itself reminds me of the BMC variety. Loved the smell of the peppers as I poured. The heat on the back end is very nice. The higher end of this score is for those peppers.

Photo of HipCzech
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle served in a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, pale lemon yellow with modest white head and no lace.

Smell: Rich pepper aroma shines, both sweet fruit and spice, on top of a light, wheat malt base.

Taste: Nice fruity, earthy and vegetal pepper notes but the base beer lacks. Mostly pepper fruit and some malt sweetness with growing spice heat.

Mouthfeel: Light body and light to medium carbonation.

Overall: Some good pepper flavors and aroma shine through, but the base beer is an otherwise uninspired, light wheat ale.

Photo of EMV
2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had on tap at Disney's Epcot Center

L: Pours a clear light golden color with a thin white head.

S: Chili peppers and vegetables.

T:/F: This tastes pretty awful. Chili peppers and tobasco sauce with an unpleasant chili burn. No other detectable flavors. Carbonated and kind of fizzy.

O: I very much disliked this beer and would have dumped it had I gotten more than a 4 oz pour. Mild chili flavor can augment a beer but it sure can't carry one. Maybe worth trying once for the novelty.

Photo of bmxnick101
4.37/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maybe a new batch, little different label, 5.2abv. Still tasted great, really enjoying the spicy brews.

Photo of Jobin_24
2.11/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not much of s fan of spicy/pepper beers, it's alright

Photo of keng1343
4.01/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good beer with nice spice.

Photo of Can_has_beer
1.69/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

This is a fine beer for making chili, and that's about it. I can't drink this. It's just too harsh on the peppers. It's like drinking straight pepper juice.

Photo of Westmeister
1.78/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

vomitous, rancid, my first straight chili beer and probably the last.

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow haze (unfiltered) in color.

Smells of Anaheim peppers and Tabasco.

Taste like a smooth, bitterless lager with extreme habereno burn! Not for the faint of heart. A little much for me perhaps.

Mouthfeel and carbonation is similar to that of a traditional unfiltered, lager.

Photo of Lukebell15
1.76/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Yuck yuck yuck yuck and more yuck!

Photo of Tx_Lightnin
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Great nose - like green cactus salsa! Definitely recommend.

Photo of Iamlavra
4/5  rDev +20.1%

I really enjoy this beer! With fresh chiles, you really get a full mouth of spice and refreshing lager. I love pairing this with cheeses and/or a nice bowl of chili on a cold evening.

Photo of cb26
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

I was excited to try this beer, good chile aroma and taste at first, but it had that wheatty finish which tastes like something rotten to me. The head was light, fluffy and effervescenty and quickly dissipated. Birdsong Jalapeno pale ale and Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin are way better. Those are the only other two peppery beers I have tried so far.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. There is what appears to be wisps of oily sediment floating throughout the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, chile pepper, and pepper juice aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, chile pepper, and pepper juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of chile heat that lingers on the palate long after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with pretty solid chile aromas, but the taste has an earthy quality that reminds me of unwashed peppers.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Bright lemony color. Hazy with sediment and fairly significant white foamy head.

S: Mostly pepper. Some vegetal sweetness, and slight floral fruitiness.

M: Light to moderate body with a pretty smooth feel. Low, but active moderation. Ends up a little thin.

T: A little cardboard flavor to start out. Slight metallic. Wet hay, chili and pepper spice. Little ascorbic lemon on the follow. Keeps palate warm. Slight nasal drip from spice, but not crazy. It's one of the beers you think chile of first, not a beer that happens to have chiles.

Photo of Ian_Y
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Great beer if you like spicy food

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. From notes.

A: Pours a hazyish golden color. There are two fingers worth of white-colored head, and the retention is pretty terrible. No lacing is left behind. Not exactly a good-looking brew.

S: The pepper character is great: they're both sufficiently spicy and nicely fruity. It doesn't have the overdone spice of Ghost Face Killah, either. Not much else, but at least the chilies have a nice aroma to them.

T: Slightly fruity to start, with a nice peppery finish - this is hot, but not over the top at all. The problem is when you take away the chilies from the rest of the beer. The base beer is more or less a blank canvas, providing nothing else but a way to showcase the chili spice. At the end of the day, I want more than just a nice heat.

M: Good body, perhaps too much body in fact. The chili heat keeps the finish moderately dry, at least. Carbonation is low - this could certainly stand to be a bit stronger.

O: While it's pretty insipid, I think this would make a fantastic chili adjunct - it's not over the top like Ghost Face Killah, yet still brings a wonderful pepper character. Too bad that's its only real note to speak of. Try it once, if you want.

Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of various chili peppers are present in the nose. I'm assuming these are the blend of Anaheim, Fresno, Habanero Jalapeño, and Serrano chili peppers.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of the five varieties of chili peppers and has a strong dose of associated spiciness that persists and lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The chili peppers lend some heat to the mouthfeel and burn your mouth.
O: This beer is very hot and spicy, but if you can handle very spicy food like atomic wings it is manageable. This reminds me a lot like the brewery's Ghost Face Killah, except that that beer has little drinkability whereas this isn't nearly as hot because it doesn't have the intense heat of the ghost face chiles.

Photo of Cervezaconcalor
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank one out of a pint glass and the second out of a snifter.

A - Nice golden color with a small head that dissipates quickly.

S - Ripe chilies.

T - The taste is just as advertised. Chilies! This is a straight forward beer with a rich blend of chilies that are light to medium in heat with a bit of sweetness. The sweetness comes out better when drinking from the snifter.

M - Smooth but tongue tingling from the chilies.

O - A really good chili beer that delivers some spice.

Photo of mralphabet
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.... (drank 1/2 the brew.... other 1/2 added to chili)

A: Poured a clear golden color with 1/2 a fingers worth of head that dissipates very quickly with no lacing.

S: Without a surprise it smells like chili peppers... Hot with a little corn sweetness mixed in... This is the best part .

T: Not bad.... a straight up simple lager right up front then the peppers kick in....

M: Light bodied, almost watery, with moderate carbonation

D: Of the other chili beers I've tried this is the best one... It is what it is a chili beer.... As for my chili I made with the other 1/2 of the beer... If was fantastic, the best chili I've ever made... I will look for this beer for my next chili.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Slightly hazy adjunct lager color. The head disappeared so fast I don't remember the color. No lacing.

Aroma: Heat from peppers greets the nose.

Taste: Peppers, all the way. I only recognize Jalepeno, but I also taste green bell pepper in this, and it gives the beer some authenticity. Pepper heat and taste all around.

Mouthfeel: Hot but a light body.

Overall: Authentic and hot with heat. But nothing I'd want to session.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled tonight on 1/11/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a large white fizzy head that settles down to just a thin line. Spotty lacing was seen with each sip. Lots of bubbles from the carbonation. The aroma of various peppers (actually Anaheim, Fresno, Serrano, Jalapeno & Habenero peppers) hits your nose right up front with some grain. The taste at first starts out sweet then the heat of the peppers hits your tongue with some heat BUT doesn't last long after, then the taste of malt. Not overpowering at all. Stronger than "Dave's Chili Beer" with the single pepper at the bottom of the bottle. Overall, this is pretty good and is different.

Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in the sampler crate pack, enjoyed chilled in a pils glass.
The color is golden hued with good clarity and fizzy soda-like come and go head. The carbonation rises rapidly. The smell is faintly peppery more earthy and vegetal than anything really but you get the sense there is some peppers involved by the smell. The feel is good with a nice balance of heat and carbonation with a mild hint of sweetness and very dry finish.

The taste is good, peppery and dry with a subtstantial heat in the pepper flavor with a very light grain flavor in the background almost chalky with a lightly vegetal pepper taste that lingers after the swallow. The drinkability is very good - nicely spiced and pretty nice when paired with food I wouldn't really want to try to have a session with Billy's Chillies though

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Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series) from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.