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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Reviews by tigg924:
Photo of tigg924
4.7/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden yellow in color, minimal head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chili peppers

Taste: the first taste is sweet malt, then the fire begins with a big peppery kick. There are many different pepper tastes in here.

Mouthfeel: sweet start that does not last long before the hot pepper feel. Smooth, light bodied, minimal carbonation

Drinkability: A well done beer is a well done beer and this is the new standard bearer for the style for me. I love the heat this one brings and I can feel the burn well after I have tasted my last sip. That being said this is a sipper. This has a more complex pepper taste to it than most pepper beers. I would have this one again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head on this bubble-filled, golden egg fades quickly and in a fizzy manner.

The is aroma is just as expected: juicy chile peppers. It's mouthwatering for a pepper lover like myself.

The taste is spicy from start to finish, though it never overwhelmed me. I like the body of it, it's got a decent amount for what it is. I can't say it tastes "beery" as the the label suggests, but I don't need it to. I'm not rushing to the fridge for another, but I finished this one rather quickly. You probably want to be acclamated to spice before diving in nose and tongue first. Yum.

Photo of txbrewer
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
2.18/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is very similar to the juice you get in canned jalapenos, with some sweet biscuit malt also thrown in. The flavor is a mix of bread and jalapeno notes that burns the throat as it goes down. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not one of the better hot and spicy beers I have tried.

Photo of Sammy
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 5 chile peppers, laggerish. Lighter mouthfeel, lighter colour, and a little too carbonated. Still some pepper aroma and taste.Would be greater with food.Must try but one dimensional, a germ killer.Can pour onto food.Drink lots of water afterwards.

Photo of tdm168
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.66/5  rDev +39.9%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Billy's Chilies Beer is made with fresh anaheim, fresno, serrano, jalapeno and habanero peppers. As a fan of all of these peppers and spicy things in general, I am intrigued to try this beer.

A- Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow color with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

S- The aroma is a lot of spicy chilies. Not much of a beer aroma, the aroma is more like the juice of all the different peppers.

T- The taste starts out with a simple malty base beer but the peppers slowly come in an create a lingering spiciness well into the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation and some spiciness from the peppers.

D- Overall, I enjoyed this beer for what it is. It is not a beer that you are going to sit down and want to drink all night but it is a nice change of pace from the regular beer. I'd be interested to see how this beer pairs with food.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like "beer" in the TV commercial sense, yellow and fizzy.

This smells exactly like those Dorito's Jalapeno Cheddar crackers I buy at work. Not much else going on, but the peppers do smell fresh.

Not surprisingly, I taste peppers. Fresh peppers up front with a little sweet malt in there that fades to some pretty strong heat. The finish is fairly balanced sweet and hot with a lingering tingle.

The feel is apropriately light, yet not watery in the least.

Overall, this is pretty good for what it is.

Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe this has been revived, but either way, here goes the review:

Pours an effervescent & hazed straw color with 1 finger of white head. Beer cleared nicely & possessed very good head retention & lacing

S: Smokeyness & ancho chilles

T: Rich smokey chilles up front. Chilles heat surfaces as this warms along with some honey malt notes. Finishes slightly sweet, a little hot & a little dry

MF: Creamy, medium bodied & perfect carbonation

Drank easy. This & Amicas chilles beer are the 2 best I've had. Would go great with Tex/Mex or BBQ

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 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 beerthulhu
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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 jacobseyb
3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A=cloudy golden color with a white one finger head the dissipates rapidly to near nothing.

S=Very much what was expected jalapenos is the primary aroma of pepper that was noticed

T=spicy with the jalapeno being the pepper flavor that i was able to pick out.

M=good feel pretty light on the carbonation though

D=drinkable, but not something I would choose to have a bunch of in one sitting.

Photo of Tolnik
1.48/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I've never had to pour out a beer until this one. I am ashamed that I had to do this to a beer. But as this beer doesn't have anything really to attribute to a beer it happened.

The appearance was good with the head that came off and then reduced to thin lacing. The smell had some hops to it but then the chilies came to power. The taste was just pure chili. If you want nothing else to taste but chilies this would create a dream beer for you. But as I enjoy the combination of all the different aspects of a beer, this one lacked everything that in my mind makes a beer.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter from the bottle.

A-pours a very light yellow with barely a hint of copper tone. No head no lace

S-well it is no doubt exactly what it says if u blind folded me and stuck my nose in this veer I'd be more apt so say I was over a basket if peppers than a beer. Habenaro and jalepeno most prominent.

T-well it might be a beer after all. There are
very subtle undertones of malt under the heartburn inducing peppers that dominate the flavors. But just barely anything there

M-very thin and watery almost no carbonation

D-no thanks I'll be lucky to finish the glass

Photo of EgadBananas
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, this is not my kinda thang, but i feel I should review it for what it is... and for what it is, its a good enough beer.

Pours a somewhat very light copper colour, looks to be unfiltered or maybe theres fine bits of peppers..who knows? Heads thin, dissappears quickly.

Smells like a lager, only spicier.

Tastes like a light ale, and there is some significant spice that hits you on the finish. May not be the most pleasant, but it tasted and did exactly as im sure it was supposed to. It's a chile beer for christs sake! What did you expect it to taste like? Made with 5 peppers, its rather tame compared to what im sure could have been, but it's unfortunate that people are ripping it because of the spice.

Feels light in body, thats about it, but its not bad.

This is like a typical but spicy lager, but the spicy flavors add enough to pull it above a typical beer and make it interesting. If you like spicy things, give this a go with out question. I am in no way a parishioner of spicy anything, but I find this to be a welcomed oddity to my usually fair. May not be heaven, may lean toward hell in essence, but its worth a try no matter where your faith lies.

Photo of Ian_Y
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Great beer if you like spicy food

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 Scott_McCool
4.06/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a medium gold color with a thin, limpid white foam. I usually give chile beers a break on the appearance of the foam due to the oils from the peppers always preventing a nice, stabilized head.

Nose has a few different pepper aromas I can pick out, definitely has the earthy green chilies (Hatch or Aneheim), sharp habanero and the seedy smell of a jalapeño. Really not much else beyond the peppers are detectable, which is pretty typical of the style when using some sort of golden lager as the base.

Let me preface this by saying I am a pretty big fan of chile beers, I have even brewed them a time or two myself. This one has got quite a bit of heat, not surprised if they did indeed use any amount of habanero and/or serrano. There is some mild, sweet grainy malts up front coupled with a nice earthy pepper flavor. The finish does have a little bitterness to it, but quickly followed up by some heat...and not just a bit. The heat really does not stay in the mouth, but rather migrates to the back of the throat and lingers there for quite some time. I like it, and feel it ranks above average for the style. Might be a tad too hot though, as just as much pepper flavor can be achieved without the fire.

Photo of megahurts4
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
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?

Photo of blakelive784
2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - A soapy white head of 1.5 fingers sits on top of a transparent, straw golden color. Retention is quite bad, but it leaves a small amount of lacing.

S -Roasted green chilies, jalepenos, and refined barley. It's hard to detect much else in the aroma with the overbearing nose of the peppers.

T - Basic pale malt and adjunct flavors open. A bit of floral hops try to come through but they're overmatched. Strong sweet/roasty/fruity peppers dominate the palate from climax to finish, lingering with a little spiciness on the tongue. It's built better than any other chili beer I've ever had (then again that's not saying much as every one I've had was complete crap).

M - Light bodied and crisp. Probably ideal for the style.

D - I'd drink this one again, though it's not sessionable by any stretch. I compliment the brewers for attempting to build a chili beer around a decent foundation. Certainly the best attempt at the style I've come across.

Photo of weeare138
1.06/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thanks to hopdog for the opportunity...
Appears a light gold with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap that dissipates. No lacing, or CO2 are present.
Smell is of chili peppers, and mexican food with a bad salsa gone awry.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas...not sure what else to say. I'm at odds and not really sure what to say.
Mouthfeel is hot...spicy, that is. Pretty gross. Sorry, I just don't have that much to add. It's peppers, it's hot, it's a spicy salsa beer. Hmmmm.

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