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

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

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 21.18%

Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2006)
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Photo of Cervezaconcalor


3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:25:28 | More by Cervezaconcalor
Photo of mralphabet


3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:38:12 | More by mralphabet
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 19:18:56 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 03:24:48 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of Slatetank


3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 23:59:53 | More by Slatetank
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

- Timberline series. Anaheim, Fresno, Serrano, Jalapeno, & Habanero peppers.

A: A fizzy, dirty white head is slightly bubbly atop, and was quick to dissipate to a polished surface. Tangerine orange with a medium translucent quality ahs a misty haze of suspended floaties. Like the extra suspended material which saves this from a below average visual, most likely peppery remains.

S: Jalapeno and habenero peppers get noticed, light to medium intensity, no where near thier Ghost face killa levels.

T: Flavor had a quick sweet peppery start, some warming of heat moves in, Jalapeno and habanero come late on the swallow with a distinct character. Again managable, not over the top heat intesity like thier ghost face killa. I noticed the serrano, has a spicy mixture of sweet malt and heat that lingers with a gentle conclusion.

M: some heat, spicy and warm pepper with a light to medium body. The heat grows the longer you hold on glowing the inner cheeks with a kindering warrmth.

O: Overall drinkable, nice blend of peppers, a little sting on the backend, warming glow of peppers that make you aware but not uncomfortable. Its a chili pepper beer, plain and simple, it brings a modest display of heat range, limited range of complexity beyond the peppers and a novel approach that is somewhat decent but may fall a bit short of good.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 00:43:55 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of megahurts4


3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twisted Pine Billy's Chilies

Appearance: straw golden with a large head initially that dissipated into nothing.

Smell: sweet peppers!

Taste: a blend of many peppers that goes down with a spice burn. There is a small hint of malts. It's actually fairly difficult to keep discerning flavors after drinking some of it.

Mouthfeel: smooth yet burning.

This is one of the oddest flavor medleys I've had for a beer. It is spicy and unique. It is also like salsa -without the chunks of course. Did I mention the burning?

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 06:54:29 | More by megahurts4
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a medium yellow in color with significant amounts of active carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chilies - specifically jalapeño and light amounts of the pickled jalapeño juice when they come out of the jar/can. There are some light notes of smokey chilies as well but you can tell there will be at least a little heat in this one.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of biscuit and cereal grain malts but that is quickly overtaken by the flavors of the chilies which basically overpower any other flavors from the beer. I can taste jalapeño as well as ancho chilies but I'm sure there are at least a couple of more in there - possibly chipotles. Overall the flavor is warm heat from the chilies but not anything crazy - you know there are chilies and it is spicy but it doesn't burn the mouth (disclaimer: I enjoy hot and spicy foods so this might be a touch hotter for folks not used to them).

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Definitely one of the better chili lagers that I have had - there are better chili beers available but they are almost always much more intensely flavored styles of beer that can more easily support the chilies. I didn't find this one too hot or too intense but not sure that I would want to have more than one of these in a session.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 16:57:39 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of WoodBrew


4.68/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow what a beer....I don't think I have ever had a beer that was so interesting. The beer poured a nice clear golden color with white head that laced somewhat. The scent and taste was absolutely....PEPPER!!!! The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall I am not sure I could drink alot of this....but boy o boy its tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 02:01:15 | More by WoodBrew
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3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Billy's Chilies pours a dark golden color, with no head. There is a fresh chilly pepper aroma. The taste has a strong and fresh chilly pepper taste, and finishes with a kick of spice in the back of your mouth. The only flavors present are those of chilies, and the spice may make it hard to drink, hard to drink even one. Overall a good beer if you enjoy hot chilly peppers.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 02:53:38 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of thecheapies


3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

No freshness date on the bottle. Pouring it into a pint glass.

Came out almost all foam. Like a 1:6 ratio of beer to foam. Waiting for the loud hissing and crackle of the chemical reaction of gases escaping to bring the head down so that I can fit the other half of the bottle into the glass, a little more slowly this time. Reduced to almost no head. I can tell this one is overcarbonated. Beer is light gold, by the way.

Aromas of green chilies, pale malts, pickling liquid, and grassiness. Hard to detect hops in this nose with all of this vegetable being thrown around. Definitely has heat in the smell along with both fresh and lightly pickled chili pepper. Most noticeably serrano and Anaheim peppers.

For a chile beer, this is right on style. Flavors of pickled peppers, fresh serranos, fresh Anaheim, and jalapeno peppers. Has a sweet pale grain note that hides beneath what turns out to be a next level hotness. Rather spicy, veggie, and green. That extra heat has habanero written all over it. Hops, again, are hard to recognize; but, I think they would just complicate things and over-enhance the spiciness. Would make drinking this beer difficult, wheras right now, it's just a labor of love. We've established that it has a nice bite to it, and the flavor is authentically Tex-Mex, but it's still just a light ale without much behind the cloak and daggers. Still, I pay respect to a very bold and genuine chile beer.

I think it feels kind of rough. What, with the super-fizzy and aggressive carbonation that peters out in the glass crossed with hot sauce piquancy, this beer is not sessionable. A one-and-done is more than enough for me, from a mouthfeel standpoint.

The main attraction here is not the spiciness, which I'm a glutton for, but the vegetable replication (or, should I say, representation). It's a beer for beer-lovers who love peppers. I love peppers. So does my girlfriend. This beer is, indeed, for us. And, we both really enjoy drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 04:45:18 | More by thecheapies
Photo of stumac


3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this at the brewery!!! This beer has five peppers in it! So it pours up a nice clear golden color with as mall white head. Aroma of Serrano and jalapeños. The peppers dominate the nose. Taste of pale malts and peppers!!! I love it. Just a kiss of spice. Light bodied, very smooth. Great pepper beer!!

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2013 21:54:30 | More by stumac
Photo of GossageBrewery


3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz Chilie Beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear golden color, produced an average white head, avg. retention and left little lacing on the glass.
The aroma consisted of smoked chilies. Medium bodied, a foundation of cereal grains- much like a simple lager- spicy hot chili peppers come through right away and dominate the brew. Not a lot of balance or complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 23:36:42 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of chugalug06


4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Small 1 1/2 finger white foamy head. Brew is very foggy yellow with lots of whites.

Heavy heat, as in spice. Jalapeno, Anaheim, and Fresno stand out.

Thin, watery, crisp, hiding heat that comes out in the finsh. Not sessionable, but nice and relaxed for the style. Some of the best flavors I've had for the style. Low carbonation, no sweetness, dry, earthy bitterness.

Recommended, for style.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 04:28:21 | More by chugalug06
Photo of dcarr


3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

As you can imagine, there was a very distinct aroma and taste to this beer. It was infused with 5 different peppers and they spicy after taste lets you know they're there. Interesting, but not a favorite by any means.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 22:35:07 | More by dcarr
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - yellow with no head

S - huge peppper aroma, jalapeno seems to come through the most, reminds me of kettle cooked jalapeno potato chips

T - cooked peppers, faint grains, some heat in the finish which is warming and no where near unbearable

M - light, smooth, spicy, well carbonated

This is a decent chili beer. It's a bit simple though. It has a great pepper flavor which I think could be utilized in a more flavorful beer to make something a bit more intriguing. I probably won't buy this again, but I did enjoy it for what it was this time around.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 01:16:57 | More by tdm168
Photo of SkeeterBoganski


3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light head, solid lacing; "where's the breakfast burrito?"; Indeed, the breweries site recommends this beer with a breakfast burrito; felt like some hot pepper jack cheese and a butter cracker would be a great compliment as well; distinct almost burning nose; very noticeable, although not intense, chili flavor all down the throat; full flavor, fun; great accessible experimental beer; four days after we tried it, I still find myself craving this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 02:07:27 | More by SkeeterBoganski
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i should start by saying this is not my favorite genre of beer. however, this is a well made pepper beer, as they go. 5 types of peppers are used here, and you can feel the heat. it pours an unassuming pale color with an average white head. the nose is chili hot, with some pale malt backing. the flavor is in my opinion overpoweringly hot, not as brutal as the ghostface, but its intese capsaicin right off the bat. fortunately it doesnt last that long in its most intense form, and mellows with the malts until the finish, where it leaves a powerful heat on the throat and lips. i know some people get off on these, but this just isnt for me. the mouthfeel would be fine if it werent for all that residual heat. overall a cool beer for those interested, but it was just too hot for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 18:48:43 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of chefhatt


4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a perfect pint glass. It has a straw color body with a small very fizzy head. The smell is crazy of green chilies and serrano chilies but nothing else cuz the chili smell is very powering. The taste is strictly chili pepper taste up front but not extreme heat though. The mouth feel is very nice and leave a nice peppery/burning sensation in your mouth, Overall i like this beer and would recomend it to somebody who want to try something different and out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 18:39:33 | More by chefhatt
Photo of csiewert


3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Firat review on the new BA

A - clear straw color with no head... Fairly blah... But it is a chilie beer

S - green chilies are up front... Not much else because it's so overpowering but it is very unique and crisp... I like it

T - well it's a chilie beer so it's nice to see a lot of hot chilie flavor... Again, it's so overpowering that it's all you really get, but it is nice and clean. Good spicy finish, but not too spicy that you can't drink it like ghost face killah

M - properly carbonated, strong burning sensation from the spice, but that's to be expected

O - a good chilie beer... Not too overwhelming which is nice and makes it still drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 01:12:06 | More by csiewert
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 10 oz chalice.

A- pours a light golden with a 1 finger white head. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S- lots of jalapeño and that's about it.

T- pale malts and slight sweetness, and then a big jalapeño pepper spice blast.

M- medium body and carbonation. Drinks well and then a big spiciness burn at the finish.

O- fairly good pepper beer. Overall taste is a little lacking but has a nice pepper flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 00:57:52 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of Scott_McCool


4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry, first ever review. Won't be too technical.

From a bottle into a Pint Glass.

Surprisingly powerful pepper smell. Color is a bit cloudy, nothing remarkable. First taste is a light, smooth beer, but then a strong pepper after taste that actually packs a punch of heat. I had never ever heard of a Chile Beer until I tried this one. I definitely want to try another.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:47:59 | More by Scott_McCool
Photo of txbrewer


3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nothing to rant about. Another light amber colored beer with an ample head that did not really hang out.

S - Mostly the peppers. The malt and hop are downplayed in this one.

T - Mostly the peppers like the nose. Nothing spicy, just mostly the pepper flavor. Jalapeno was the stand out for me.

M - An average 'beer'

D - If you like the pepper flavored ones, yes. If you were hopeful to find some more beer favor, not so much.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 22:53:26 | More by txbrewer
Photo of StoneTSR


3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Straw yellow with a really good looking, white, fluffy head - about three-quarters of an inch thick. Decent retention on the head with the bigger bubbles popping as I watch it. A great deal of carbonation rises from the bottom as well, lively looking beer. It is a little cloudy as well. This is one of the better looking yellow beers I have seen.

SMELL: It smells pretty straight forward like bell peppers, maybe with a little jalapeno or habanero. An ever so slight breadiness lurks way back behind the peppers somewhere.

TASTE: Light, crisp and bready flavors start out the sip while a mild pepper flavor eases the drinker into the sip. That mild flavor quickly manages to pack a punch though as the hotter chilies kick in mid-dip and finish very strong.

MOUTHFEEL: Light and refreshing at the tip of the tongue and at the front of your mouth, but a nice, moderate chili burn coats the back of the throat and the lips after a few sips. Halfway through the glass this is not overwhelming, but it is a reasonably spicy beer.

OVERALL: Good take on the style. I'm impressed with this one from Twisted Pine.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 07:00:27 | More by StoneTSR
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3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: no head to speak of on a cloudy straw colored body.

S: Chiles and Habanero.

T: Chile peppers and Habanero. light caramel malts make there way through as well. Actually fairly drinkable. About 4 alarms lower than the Ghost Face Killah.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 00:43:12 | More by kylehay2004
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Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series) from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.